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Army Corps Funds Beach Renourishment for the Grand Strand

Conway, South Carolina - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their FY 2017 Work Plan last evening and included $16 million in funding for the Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project.  The funds will be used to complete renourishment in the City of Myrtle Beach.  This is in addition to $35 million in federal funds that has already been allocated to the Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project for the City of North Myrtle Beach, the Town of Surfside Beach, and the Garden City sections of Horry and Georgetown Counties.

A regional effort led by Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, Mayor Bob Childs, Mayor Marilyn Hatley, and Mayor John Rhodes has been instrumental in getting funding for the beaches that have been affected by Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew.  The effort has been supported strongly by Representative Tom Rice, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Senator Tim Scott who have advocated for this critical part of the local economy.  In addition, the State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism under the leadership of Governor Henry McMaster and Director Duane Parrish have been instrumental in assisting the region in moving this project forward with the Army Corps.

Construction bids for renourishing North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Garden City will be opened by the Army Corps today and it is anticipated construction will begin in fall 2017.  The Army Corps is presently in design for Myrtle Beach’s renourishment for a separate bid later this year.

Quotes

“It’s a great day for Horry County.  Because of the partnership between Horry County and the municipalities, we have been able to work as a team to get the Army Corp’s support to fund this critical project.  We thank the Army Corps for seeing the importance of this project in protecting the Grand Strand” – Mark Lazarus, Horry County Council Chairman

“Myrtle Beach makes up the heart of South Carolina’s tourism economy.  Due to the advocacy of Representative Rice, Senator Graham, and Senator Scott, Myrtle Beach is in position to continue to lead South Carolina’s largest industry.” – Mayor John Rhodes, City of Myrtle Beach

“This project is very important for the City of North Myrtle Beach, whose beach was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew and previous storms.  Without the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Governor McMaster’s administration, Duane Parrish in particular, the General Assembly, and our federal elected officials, we would not be in the position we are now.” – Mayor Marilyn Hatley, City of North Myrtle Beach

“Surfside Beach is grateful for the support from the Army Corps and the General Assembly in getting our beach renourished.” – Mayor Bob Childs, Town of Surfside Beach

“Over 18 million people come to the Grand Strand every year and the beaches are the reason why.  The business community appreciates the hard work from our federal, state, and local governments to keep our local economy growing.” – Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

About the Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project

The Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project was authorized for construction by the Water Resources Development Act of.  The project covers three reaches: Reach 1 (generally the City of North Myrtle Beach), Reach 2 (generally the City of Myrtle Beach), and Reach 3 (the Town of Surfside Beach, unincorporated Horry County south of Myrtle Beach State Park, and a small segment of Georgetown County).  This project provides for periodic beach renourishment to provide shore protection to one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations (17.9 million visitors annually) and over $3.5 billion in improved property.  Beach renourishment is paid 65% by the federal government and 35% by the state and local governments.



25th Annual Beach & River Sweep

Conway, South Carolina – The 25th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is being held this Saturday. Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina's largest one-day volunteer cleanup event. Every third Saturday in September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., thousands of South Carolinians come together to clean our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of litter and debris. Beach Sweep/River Sweep is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources and has taken place annually since 1988. This statewide event is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations. 

There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the Beach Sweep/River Sweep, no matter where you live or vacation in Horry County. Visit nearly any beach access, boat landing, or waterfront in the Grand Strand, and you are sure to find a group of volunteers that will welcome your assistance. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper and its partners, including Keep Horry County Beautiful, will be hosting cleanups along the Waccamaw River starting at 9 am. Volunteer groups will be at Chris Anderson Landing on Hwy 9, the Conway Marina, Little Savannah Bluff Landing, Pitch Landing, and Peachtree Landing. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring along your rain boots and waders, sunscreen and bug spray. The use of motorized boats, kayaks, and canoes are also welcomed.  

Interested in finding a cleanup site near you?  Visit the SC Sea Grant website.

Want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year? Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (tindalln@horrycounty.org or 843-915-5340) to adopt stretches of county roads and public spaces or reach out to the Waccamaw Riverkeeper to adopt a landing (Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org or 843-349-4007). 

Waccamaw River Cleanup Sites
  • Conway waterfront and boat landings, (Christine Ellis and Kelly Davis, 349-4007 or Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org)
  • Chris Anderson Landing on Hwy 9 (Bo Ives, 843-903-5122 or ives5122@sccoast.net) (a partnership between Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Riverkeeper)
  • Little Savannah Bluff Landing to Black Slough (Biff Johnson, 843-742-0402 or biffjohnson29@yahoo.com)
  • Pitch Landing (Shari Carr, 843-222-6998 or sharoncarr@sccoast.net)
  • Peachtree Landing, Jane and Chris Ochsenbein   

 



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