FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – A two mile beach renourishment project has turned into construction for an entire new beach as of Friday.
Folly Beach officials announced that the United States Army Corps of Engineers extended the beach renourishment project to the entire beach, as opposed to original two miles.
After Hurricane Matthew, Folly Beach suffered major storm damage, and it became even worse after Hurricane Irma. The damage led to a post-storm beach renourishment project for a 2 mile stretch from the wash out to 8th East Street. Shortly after approval of that project, city officials say Mayor Tim Goodwin requested the project be extended to the entire beach.
“Mayor Goodwin asked for the whole beach to be renourished back in 2017,” City Administrator, Spencer Wetmore.
A little over a year later, Goodwin’s wish came true. The U.S. Army Corps approved the extension this week.
Five miles of pipeline is going from the Folly River to the upper east side of the beach to pump out sand and water to fill the beach. Starting Friday they are sectioning off 500 to 1,000 feet at a time and working their way from 8th East Street to the east side of the pier. Once they finish the east side, they will take a part all of the piping, lay it back down and fill the west side of the beach. They will work their way from West County Park to the end of the west side by the pier.
Officials say people depend on beach renourishment on Folly Beach.
“The real value is for this community,” Wetmore said. The Charleston area and folks from all over come to Folly Beach and love Folly Beach. Being able to have a beach out here for everyone to enjoy, that’s what it’s all about.”
People can expect for the east side to be completed by October and the west side by the beginning of November. The beach will be open during construction except for the restricted areas.