By Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.com
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the waves crash down on Folly Beach, it's clear the city's crown jewel is at the water's edge.
"The beach is what keeps this place alive," said Jared Maus, realtor with Dunes Properties.
But recently, some feared the Edge of America might get edged off the map.
"Ten years ago on Folly wasn't the same. There was a lot of change to the county park," Maus said.
"You get fearful," Mayor Tim Goodwin said. "If this didn't happen this year, what would happen next year?"
The Army Corps of Engineers will pay for 85 percent of the $30.7 million dollar project to fight erosion. Crews take sand from the ocean bottom three miles offshore and pile it on the five-mile stretch of beach. Eventually, they will dump 1.5 million cubic yards of sand on to the beach.
"It's a storm damage reduction project. So it's for the next hurricane [or] the next Nor'easter," said project manager Wes Wilson with the Army Corps of Engineers. "It's going to be wider, it's going to be higher. That will help with the erosion over time."
Officials said the project should give Folly enough sand to last a decade. That's enough to satisfy Maus and his clients.
"Protecting the beach is in essence protecting Folly itself," Maus said.
The construction will continuously happen on small stretches of the beach for a period of two to seven days. The Corps expected the project to finish by June.