Folly Beach mayor fights for renourishment money


By Sonya{}

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Parts of "The Edge Of America" are in desperate need of renourishment.

Mayor Goodwin of Folly Beach recently took a second trip to Washington, D.C., to talk to South Carolina lawmakers about trying to get renourishment funds for 2013.

They have already gotten $400,000 approved toward the initial environmental engineering work. Now, Folly Beach needs another $15 million, so officials can start working on developing the construction fund.

"Construction funds actually puts dirt on the beach, mobilizes the dredges, and puts the sand on the beach after engineering and environmental work is done," Goodwin said.

Hurricane Irene, which sideswiped the area in August of last year, made the erosion even worse, but was not the main culprit. The army corps of engineers came to Mayor Goodwin early last year to tell them that the erosion had reached a trigger point and that they should start applying for funds.

"Our erosion factor was triggered before that storm came by in January, February of last year. That is when the corps came to us, because they monitor it all year long," said Goodwin.

He says he is not sure when they will hear about whether or not they will get the renourishment funds.