North Myrtle Beach gets $10M for beach renourishment

North Myrtle Beach gets $10M for beach renourishment

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach is getting a makeover thanks to a large chunk of money.

The city secured more than $10 million from the federal government to spend on beach renourishmnet after suffering through multiple hurricanes.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley said North Myrtle Beach officials have been fighting to see their beach renourishment plan in action since before Hurricane Joaquin back in 2015.

Now, Hatley said those prayers have been answered, at no cost to the taxpayer.

"Due to the fact that this is emergency funding, there's no match, there's no match for the citizens of North Myrtle Beach," said Hatley.

Approximately $10,609,844 will be made out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to renourish the beaches, something critical to the success of the city.

"That is our economy here in the Grand Strand. We don't have other industries. The tourism industry is our industry," said Hatley.

Hatley added the money is also due to the efforts of U.S. Congressman Tom Rice, who she said pushed to secure the funding for North Myrtle Beach. However, they'll still have their part to play.

"We're going to have to pay for the dunes to be rebuilt, and we're going to have to pay for the sea oats and anything else that goes along with the dunes," she said.

Hatley said the city would typically bid for beach renourishment funding every decade, and have to pay a percentage of it back. However, this money will take care of the problem for the next 10 to 12 years. That means the state can spread the wealth.

"So we are now saving $9 million for the state and the city. So the state's money can be spent for some other beaches who are also needing beach renourishment," Hatley said.

The bidding process will begin soon for the renourishment project, according to Hatley. Hopes are to have the beaches built back up by the end of the year.

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