It was last year that Folly Beach County Park underwent beach replenishment to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
Starting next month, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin replenishing the remaining five miles of the popular beach area.
Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin says plans are underway. “We’ve already seen the boat off the shore starting to put the pipe in,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. The expected start date for the project is January.
The project will pipe sand onto the beach from a sand bar located over three miles offshore. Folly Beach will be responsible for only 15% of the $30 million cost due to the Corps’ decision years ago to place jetties out by the main harbor. The federal government committed in 1993 to renourish Folly Beach until 2043 as needed, or about every eight years, to settle claims that the jetties sped up sand erosion on Folly Beach.
Replenishing Folly Beach sand is expensive and must be done periodically to keep the beach intact. Goodwin says a new study on deepening the Charleston Harbor could find an answer to this ongoing issue.
The sand replenishment should be finished by June.