“Mosquito Beach began to lose its popularity with African-Americans following the desegregation of more popular beaches nearby. Hurricane Hugo damaged the hotel in 1989 and it was closed for repairs, but without customers, it never reopened,” according to Preservation South Carolina.
“Today, the Pine Tree Hotel is in need of critical repairs even as it has proven itself to be as resilient as the community it once served. It has survived several hurricanes including major damage from Hugo. However, the increasing frequency of serious storm and flooding threats (has) escalated the concern for the hotel’s continued endurance,” the foundation said.