Folly Beach Co. Park may not reopen

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Folly Beach County Park may never reopen because of a dispute between park officials and conservationists.

The park has been closed since Hurricane Irene caused heavy damage in the summer of 2011.

Park officials want to install a rock or wood wall extending into the water from the shore to catch sand to rebuild the beach. The Coastal Conservation League says it will appeal and go to court if officials approve that wall.

But if that happens, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Director Tom O'Rourke says the county will walk away. He says the $3 million groin needs to be installed now or there simply will be no more beach to protect.

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