Oct 12 2015

Coastal Conservation Efforts

Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin recently participated in a meeting as the Chairman of South Carolina Beach Advocates to discuss efforts to preserve SC’s beaches and other issues affecting the coast’s population. The group, made up of appointed and elected officials, held their first meeting in Myrtle Beach and will be proactive in reaching out to state legislators to give back to coastal communities through money collected through hospitality and sales taxes that are given to the state annually. While funds are collected and distributed throughout the coastal areas, the costs have risen considerably, and coastal cities are spending upwards of $20-$40 million towards beach renourishment.

Other items on the group’s agenda included the following:

  • Competition for federal funding and the costs of dredging our coastline
  • Sand Resource Mapping
  • Streamline permitting
  • Regionalization and how to combine projects to save money and reduce monitoring
  • Education of lawmakers and the public to improve perception of beach nourishment and restoration.
  • Implementation of User Based Fees and Dedicated State Funding
  • SC Economic Impact Analysis
  • Formation of a state caucus to create a state and national face for our coastal communities

As Goodwin explained the initiative, he stated, “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…” and how received taxes should be used to improve our coastlines. Membership to South Carolina Beach Advocates is available for Individuals, Profit and Non-Profits, Corporations, Local Governments or Communities, and Friends of the Coastline.

Current members include:

City of Folly Beach

City of North Myrtle Beach

City of Isle of Palms

DeBordieu Colony Community Association

Kiawah Island Community Association

Town of Edisto Beach

Town of Seabrook Island

Town of Sullivan’s Island

Town of Pawleys Island

Horry County

Seabrook Property Owners Association

Edisto Beach Property Owners Association

Applied Technology & Management

Coastal Science & Engineering, Inc.

Dial Cordy & Associates

Wild Dunes Resort

Marinex Construction, Inc.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Southern Dredging Co.

Elko Coastal Consulting, Inc.

National Marine Manufacturers Association

Geoscience Consultants

Andy Hammill

Ray Rhodes
(source: http://www.scbeaches.org/)



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