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      Lawmakers approve funding for Folly

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      FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- During a special legislative session Tuesday, state lawmakers approved the inclusion of funds to renourish Folly Beach in the final budget.

      Both District 119 Representative Leon Stavrinakis and District 115 Representative Peter McCoy, Jr announced the approval on Twitter Tuesday.

      Stavrinakis and McCoy had teamed up to help get over $20 million in funding for the beach.

      Folly Beach Mayor Goodwin has been fighting for the cause since last year, traveling to Washington, D.C. several times to talk to South Carolina lawmakers about trying to get renourishment funds.

      They have already gotten $400,000 approved toward the initial environmental engineering work.

      Since April, contractors have been pumping new sand onto areas of the Charleston County Park on Folly Beach that have eroded away. It's part of a $3 million renourishment project paid for by a bond through the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission.

      The park closed in late 2011 after heavy erosion from Hurricane Irene made it unsafe for the public. It's slated to reopen in July.

      According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approximately 75,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of beach were washed away during Hurricane Sandy, compared to the 300,000 to 350,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Irene.

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