What You Should Know About the Folly Beach Re-nourishment Project
Did you know that Folly Beach recently began work on a re-nourishment project aimed at providing a better beach experience for all beachgoers? Here are some things you should know about the Folly Beach Re-Nourishment Project.
It Recently Started: Mid-July 2018
The project was slated to begin in April 2018; however after several weather delays, the project finally began July 12th. The re-nourishment project will cover two miles of Folly Beach. The project has received funding through congress with the aim at fixing and repairing damage done to the beach and dunes from hurricanes Joaquin – 2016 and Matthew – 2017, with damages most severe around the northeast end of Folly Beach. Congress may soon provide funding to repair damages to the west end of the beach caused by Hurricane Irma – 2018. For updates on the current project status visit: http://www.cityoffollybeach.com/2018-beach-preservation-project-information/.
Some Sections of the Beach Will Be Closed
Contractors will close certain sections of the beach (>500 feet) temporarily. Construction at any one area is only expected to last five to seven days depending on the weather. These areas are deemed "active work areas" and will be closed off to the public. The construction will begin the northeast area (the Washout area) and will continue to the Coast Guard property on the northeast end. The pipeline pumping water, will be moved and construction will then begin in the other direction (southwest) ending at 8th St. E. You can see what parts of the beach are open and closed here.
The Beach Will Look More Natural
After construction is completed, the beach will initially appear abnormally wide; however, this is done intentionally as natural wave action will eventually smooth the slope, giving the beach a natural look. About two thirds of the new material will end up under the surface by design and will act as a foundation for the new beach (like a foundation would for a house).
Sand will also begin naturally spreading south, which will result it in "feeding" beaches to the southwest. The sand will also appear darker at first, but will be eventually bleached by the sun. The darker color is due to moisture and organic content in the sand.
There may also be drop-offs that you will notice at the high tide line. These "scarps" can be one to three feet high, but may grow taller after several storms.
The beach re-nourishment project is designed to keep Folly Beach healthy and beautiful for generations to come. The project is not anticipated to cause many outward concerns for visitors, but is just something to be mindful of if you are visiting the area.