Horry County Council supports efforts to bring inland beach to Conway

Conway city leaders are looking to take over Lake Busbee from Santee Cooper
Conway city leaders are looking to take over Lake Busbee from Santee Cooper(WMBF News)
Published: Apr. 4, 2023 at 6:06 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 5:25 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County leaders voiced their support to bring an inland beach and more recreational activities to the city of Conway.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Horry County Council voted in favor of a resolution that supports the efforts of Conway to acquire the former Grainger Steam-Electric Plant site, including the ash ponds and Lake Busbee.

The city of Conway has requested that Santee Cooper transfer the ownership and responsibility of the land.

With that land, the city of Conway intends to develop boardwalk trails through the site and extend the existing Conway Riverwalk by about four more miles.

According to the resolution, the city plans to also develop a beach area, kayak/paddleboard area and inland marina on the former site of ash pond #1.

“Horry County Council believes that the above referenced project and related improvements will be a great asset not just for the City of Conway but will benefit all of Horry County,” the resolution states.

The city administrator for Conway said the city hopes to use part of its 2023-2024 budget for the project.