From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:
FOLLY BEACH, SC - The Folly Beach renourishment project is being impacted by strong winds along the coast.
The $30 million dollar Folly Beach renourishment project that began in January is moving along. However, strong winds are creating waves over 8 feet tall a couple of miles offshore, where the rig operation is dredging the ocean floor to supply new sand. So the gathering of new sand is suspended until conditions improve.
Joe Greger works security on the project. "It's really rough out there. Like I said, if it's any more than 8 feet they can't drench out there. It interferes with the process.
While the wind is impacting the project. The project itself is having an impact on visitors to the island.
John Rutherford is visiting Folly from Knoxville, TN. "We rent a house on Folly every year."
Rutherford says they arrived Sunday, but now their front beach house has been blocked by construction vehicles. "When we got here, it was way on the other end. And our house is right down here. So you know, the idea was, hopefully it won't get to us before we finish the vacation. Well, unfortunately, by Thursday, there it was."
He says they have to drive down the street to get to the beach now. But knowing the beach will be here for several more years is worth it. "What are you gonna do? The weather's been good. The weather's been good. We love the place, so you just put up with it."
The renourishment project will continue all the way to the end of the beach at Folly Beach County Park. That's expected to be completed by the end of June.
The project works on 300-500 feet of beach at a time, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
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