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North Myrtle Beach dune restoration brings mixed emotions for some

(Liz Cooper/WPDE)

The dune restoration in North Myrtle Beach is more than half way complete.

The project started Dec. 4. and extends from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South and from 42nd Avenue North to 55th Avenue North.

But the newly rebuilt dunes are catching some people by surprise because of their size.

Crews are restoring them to seven feet high and about 35 feet wide and because of that, they're now blocking ocean front views for some.

"If you are looking at them from the beach right now, it kind of looks like a sand tsunami," said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach city spokesperson. "It's very tall. If you look at it from behind the dune then you will see what we are doing is actually rebuilding the dune that existed on the dune line."

Dowling said over time the wind and ocean will wash away some of the dunes.

He said this restoration is necessary.

"Areas that were just flat out wide open to a high storm surge from a tropical storm or another hurricane, we want to protect because obviously there's value in those structures both to the owners and to our economy," said Dowling.

Other people who live in the area agree with Dowling.

"I'm very pleased with what they've done. they know what they're doing," said Sandy Harris, who has lived in North Myrtle Beach for five years. "I trust the scientist who know how to do this and I think when its finished its going to be wonderful."

The project is expected to be completed by March 1. Dowling said the cost of the project is about $600,000.



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