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Beach renourishment set to begin in July for entire Grand Strand

Beach renourishment for the entire Grand Strand is set to begin in July, according to Myrtle Beach Area Chamber President Brad Dean. (WPDE file photo)

Beach renourishment for the entire Grand Strand is set to begin in July, according to Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean.

Dean said local leaders met today to discuss the start date and settled for that time to help repair damage caused by the storms in 2015 and 2016.

"This renourishment includes all areas from the north, south and the central strand," he said. "We are very fortunate to get the entire beach renourished at the same time."

Myrtle Beach will be getting $16 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach renourishment, according to a news release from Horry County.

That money is in addition to the $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, according to the news release.

Dean said in the past there was minimal money in the federal budget for planned beach renourishment, but this year they were able to secure federal funds.

"With a lot of credit to Congressman Tom Rice, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and the local leaders, we were able to get the money needed for the entire Grand Strand ocean front," he said.

Rep. Russell Fry, who represents Horry County, said this is all about protecting the beaches.

"People visit our area for the beaches. After the large scale erosion from Hurricane Matthew, beach renourishment is critical to enhancing the very thing people come here for and for protecting property," he said. "It is encouraging to see so many local, state and federal leaders work together to make this happen."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will oversee the project.

The federal government pays for 65 percent of beach renourishment. The state and local governments split about 35 percent.

Myrtle Beach is one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations with 17.9 million visitors each year.


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