CCPRC: Steel sheet piles initiate groin build on Folly

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Since last month, contractors have been pumping new sand onto areas of Folly Beach that have eroded away.

The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission has released an update on how the project is going so far.

"Contractors continue to work around the clock to pump sand onto the beach, and since May 5, approximately 175,000 cubic yards of sand have been put in to place," the release reads.

An update on Wednesday confirmed that workers had driven the first of several hundred steel sheet piles into the sand to start groin construction.

This comes after crews established "a dry, longer beach on which the construction for the terminal groin can begin."

The ultimate goal of the Folly Beach Shore Stabilization Project is to allow for the reopening of the park foremost for public beach access, providing space for approximately 200 vehicles, plus lifeguards on staff seasonally. Future plans may also provide for portable restrooms and concessions.{}Furthermore, renourishing the beach will restore and protect the resources of FBCP from erosion and storm events. Secondarily, the restoration will provide a beach and dune area that will facilitate sea turtle nesting and shorebird habitat.{}You can click here for a link to a new CCPRC website complete with weekly updates on the construction.