Corps of Engineers budget $20.4 million for Folly Beach renourishment

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District have received a budget of over $20 million to perform beach renourishment at Folly Beach.

According to a release, the renourishment project will place approximately 1.5 million cubit yards of sand onto a 5.47 mile long section of the beach. The Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2013 Work Plan  set aside $20.4 million for the project.

Charleston District will award a contract for the renourishment, and construction is set to being in October. Construction should take seven months, the release states.

"We're excited that the work plan included funds to renourish Folly Beach," said Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne, Charleston District commander, in a statement. "The community has been very active in working with the South Carolina delegation to let them know the importance of this project."

Officials say the project will not have a negative impact on Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission's renourishment project, and should tie in with that section of beach.

The release states the City of Folly Beach will provide a 15 percent cost share for the renourishment.

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