Coastal Alliance discusses dune height, beach renourishment during Wednesday meeting

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Coastal community leaders met Wednesday to discuss projects they’d like to see come to life, heightening dunes and flood prevention being some of them. This is a project the city of North Myrtle Beach has wanted to spearhead for some time now, and Mayor Marilyn Hatley says now is the time to get it going.

At Wednesday’s Coastal Alliance meeting members discussed bringing the dunes in the Surfside Beach and Garden City area up to nine feet in height.

"Their program says 7 feet and they want to change it to 9 feet, so they're going to be adding more sand to their dunes,” said North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley.

But before any sand is moved, studies by the Army Corps of Engineers have to be done. “Why we need this nourishment, what it does to our economy, how it affects the structures on our beaches, how it affects tourism,” are just some of the things Hatley said the study will look into.

This is something the Coastal Alliance Committee plans to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to complete.

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