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Cherry Grove dredging project postponed until Fall 2016

A map showing the areas that will be affected by the dredging project. Source: NMB A map showing the areas that will be affected by the dredging project. Source: NMB
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Cherry Grove Dredging project has been postponed until the Fall of 2016 after city officials learned the material from other dredging projects will not be de-watered in time.

Engineering consultants told city officials that material from the other area dredging projects that is currently stored in the Tidewater Confined Disposal Facility has not de-watered to the point where it can be removed from the basin before November 2015, the intended start date of the Cherry Grove dredging project.

Material from the Cherry Grove project will be temporarily stored at the disposal facility until it is moved to a permanent disposal site. Because the disposal facility will still be in use, the City of North Myrtle Beach intends to hold off the dredging until Fall of 2016 through the early spring of 2017.

The May 11 and 22 hearings scheduled for property owners to submit their objections to the project have been rescheduled for June 11 and 30, at 9 a.m. The deadline for written objections to the City Manager has been extended to June 30 and 9 a.m.

"As a resident, I don't think we should have to pay to dredge the state-owned water," Ronald Eleuteri said.

Ronald Eleuteri has lived in the area for nearly two decades and as much as he would be okay helping foot the bill for the smaller channels near his home, he doesn't feel it's right to contribute to the entire project.

"What are we paying for, they are asking us to pay to dredge the state channel, and pay more to dredge up to my dock. So, you know, it's sort of silly. It seems to me we would be just as well off not dredging at all," Eleuteri added.

The city notified property owners of the new schedule for the dredging project via a mailing sent on April 24. A May 20 certified mailing sent to assessment district property owners will include a revised “Notice of Assessment” reflected the changes to the project.

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