Sand brought to Folly Beach in effort to open county parks

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - County parks are still closed since Hurricane Irene caused some major damage on Folly Beach. Mayor Tim Goodwin is trying to do something about it.

Mayor Goodwin is taking action so visitors can go back to the county parks on Folly Beach.

Since Hurricane Irene, the county park has been closed because of erosion. The Army Corps of Engineers says Folly lost enough sand to fill 250,000 dump trucks.

Mayor Goodwin ordered an emergency order that grants the county permission from DHEC to move sand onto the beaches. Sand was brought in from other parts of the state.

Work to move the sand can only happen at certain parts of the day because of the changing tide. Most of the sand will be used to replace the dunes that act as a barrier between the county park.

Since those dunes washed away, most of the parking lot is covered in sand and debris. Park officials still say its unclear when the park will open.

There's not an estimated cost on the project. Workers are contracted by the county and are paid by the hour.

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