Budget for Folly Beach renourishment released

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Office of Management and Budget released the budget for the 2013 fiscal year and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District is slated to get $20.4 million to renourish Folly Beach.

The City of Folly Beach will front 15 percent on top of that, allowing the work to start up in late October.

Officials with the Army Corps say the renourishment will put about 1.5 million cubic yards of sand back onto the beach and will take about seven months to complete.

"The project will not have any negative impact on the work currently being done by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and should tie in with that section of beach," said Public Affairs Specialist Sean McBridein a press release.

"We're excited that the work plan included funds to renourish Folly Beach," said Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne, Charleston District commander. "The community has been very active in working with the South Carolina delegation to let them know the importance of this project."

The budget also included $14.2 million for operations and maintenance of Charleston Harbor, $1.575 million for the Post 45 feasibility study, $4.5 million for the Cooper River Rediversion Project, and $875,000 for condition surveys in the federal waterways.

Lawmakers chimed in on the announcement, calling the project an important one that needs to be completed.

"Tourism is one of South Carolina's biggest economic engines," said Congressman James Clyburn. "And it is important that we protect and preserve the beautiful places that draw visitors to this great state."

"I appreciate Secretary Darcy working with us to get these funds reprogrammed," said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. "I also appreciate Mayor Tim Goodwin's tireless advocacy on this project. He played an integral role in helping convey to the Assistant Secretary the critical nature of this project."