Lawmakers kill renourishment funds to Folly Beach
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- An effort to get more money to rebuild the 'Edge of America' has been denied by lawmakers.
District 119 Representative Leon Stavrinakis tweeted the following:
"Sadly, Senate killed @follybeach_com beach renourish money. @petermccoyforsc and I will not be deterred. We will attempt to restore."
Stavrinakis and District 115 Representative Peter McCoy, Jr 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 last month, 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.
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.