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Fishermen say Bushy Park boat landing needs dredging

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC - If you plan on fishing in Berkeley County this weekend, you may need some help out on the water.

Fishermen out at the Bushy Park Landing say that area needs to be dredged.

They say it’s too muddy and they often have to wait to go out or chance getting stuck.

Fisherman Eddie Loftis says he knows these waters well after 27 years, but says it’s a waiting game every time he comes out here.

“I’m going to have to mess around and probably catch bait out of here for an hour, before I can get out.…used to be, you could just get up and come anytime you want, but now you gotta plan it.”

Fisherman Buddy Horne agrees. He says he has to time his trips to Bushy Park carefully.

“We going to have to wait another hour for it to come in enough where we can get out, low tide was at 7:30 and it’s 9:30 now and you still can’t get out, because there is so much silk in here and mud.”

“I have to stop now and clean out the motor because it’s sucked up so much mud at the pier.”

“When we finish fishing, we have to make sure we come back in before its low tide, if you don’t you going to sit way out there to get in.

News 2 contacted the Army Corps of Engineers to see if a permit was filed to dredge the area.

Berkeley County officials had applied for a permit to dredge the area back in the fall.

But, right now, they say they are trying to determine funding for the project as there is little money with the state or county to pay for the estimated $1.7 million dollar project.

The other problem they say, there is a seasonal window for dredging which is between November and March.

Officials expect the project won’t be complete this year, but they say more likely in 2015.

News 2 will continue to follow this story.

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