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Bringing back the beach

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Folly Beach County Park is open to the public.

That's good news for the thousands of estimated visitors on the west end.

It closed in 2011 after Hurricane Irene severely eroded the beach, and washed away the sand and structures at the park.

Mayor Tim Goodwin said erosion remains a constant challenge to the landscape.

"I wish I could do something about those storms. Unfortunately, mother nature does what it wants to do. The storms that come in and leave us quickly aren't so bad, the ones that get here and stay here or pressures off the coast that cause nor'easters, those are the ones that affect erosion the worst," Goodwin said.

That's why the stabilization project started pumping sands onto the shores in early May. Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission said they worked almost around the clock to dump about 415,000 cubic yards of sand from the Folly River onto the beach and expanded the park an additional 1,400 feet.

Sarah Reynolds, spokesperson for the Parks and Recreation Commission said that time was of the essence to get this done.

"It's prime habitat space for shore birds as well as sea turtle nests so we wanted to make sure we got it open before that time so sea turtles could start their nest out here," she said.

Now Folly Beach County Parks once again joins the list of beaches with lifeguards, showers and parking (200 coveted spots). They're open from 9a.m. To 7p.m. until Labor Day.

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