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      Debris, erosion problems on Garden City Beach

      The Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation spent Sunday clearing up debris left after a massive coastal storm hit our area.

      Inlet Pointe in Garden city was hit particularly hard by the March 6th storm, which had heavy winds and rain.

      "We love the beach. We are here every day. In the summertime, you'll find anyone of us with our feet in the sand every morning. To us, it's just personal. This is our home. This is our backyard," said Dave Crystal, a volunteer for the Surfrider Foundation.

      The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to keeping Horry and Georgetown County beaches clean.

      Matt Bickford is part of the foundation and told the group about the debris after he visited Inlet Pointe a day after the storm.

      "Six months ago, we had a similar storm. It did some damage, but not half the damage that this last one did," Bickford said.

      However, volunteers told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that clearing the debris will only be a temporary fix.

      There is an erosion problem that continues to worsen on that section of the beach.

      "The fact the houses are so close to the beach, we don't have enough barriers for it," Crystal said.

      Ultimately, the lack of barriers has caused dunes to erode and the staircases built on those dunes to fall apart.

      Crystal is concerned that a bigger storm could do even more damage.