NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Alliance, a group made up of Horry County’s coastal mayors, met Wednesday to discuss long-term plans for improving beaches, swashes, and inlets in the area.
The group signed a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to complete a study examining what may need to be done to fix some of the issues.
Some of the problems outlined in the letter include swashes and inlets in our area that have built up silt and sediment, causing high tides and flooding.
The leaders in Wednesday’s meeting mentioned how the berms need to be raised from 7 feet to 9 feet in some areas.
North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, who also serves as the Chair of the Coastal Alliance, says the berms are already 9-feet in North Myrtle Beach, but there are many other areas along the coast that fall short of that.
Hatley says sending the letter to the Army Corps of Engineers will be the first step in a long process that will hopefully bring some much-needed improvements to the coast.
"We need to make sure that our beaches are in pristine shape for our industry, which of course is tourism, so it's also economic,” Hatley said. “We also feel like it's our place to work together so that this project can move forward."
Hatley says the study will probably take about three years to complete, and she’s also not sure when it will start because of the government shutdown.