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South Carolina Beach Advocates discuss impacts to coastal communities

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina Beach Advocates held their first meeting to discuss coastal community issues and beach preservation.

Elected and appointed officials from up and down the Grand Strand agree the beaches are the foundation to the way of life in this area. Now, they believe it's time to give back to our beaches.

“I've been coming to Myrtle Beach, ever since I was three, I would come with my parents on vacation, love Myrtle Beach, it's the most beautiful place in my opinion,” Juli Dolan said.

Juli Dolan is someone who visited here, and then came back to buy here with her family. She is also an example of what the South Carolina Beach Advocates are trying to show state leaders.

Chair of the South Carolina Beach Advocates and Folly Beach Mayor, Tim Goodwin, says a lot of money from coastal cities and communities is given to the state in accommodations, hospitality and sales taxes, while costs to maintain these beaches are on the rise.

“The storms, the high tides, the rising cost of beach renourishment, the rising cost of just beach preservation, just the cost to preserve public access to the beaches,” Goodwin explained.

Goodwin says each coastal community, depending on the size, spends anywhere from $20 to $40 million in beach renourishment.  Even though today's meeting may have been the first, city and state representatives, biologists and other coastal organization leaders came together to go over the issues, and the ways to solve them.

“It’s very important, I mean, just for the environment, and for our children and grandchildren, and the future generations to still have a clean and beautiful place to come to,” Dolan explained.

“The best case scenario for the state of South Carolina would be to recognize that this is a big economic driver, and to put aside the money to help communities preserve the public beach for the public and the tourists who come here.

Goodwin says the group will be taking the issues to Columbia, in hopes state leaders will take part in their cause.

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