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 coasts 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
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
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