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Hannah Strong / Charleston Post Courier

SC - Horry County Wants to Know if Beachgoers Are Happy With Their Experience at Beach Accesses

HORRY COUNTY — Have an opinion on what it’s like to visit Horry County beach accesses?

The Horry County Planning Department is utilizing a survey to gather the public’s thoughts for an ongoing beach management project that will determine any updates needed at the county’s 22 unincorporated beach access points.

Leigh Kane, principal planner for Horry County, said opinions from the public are critical and this project also provides a time for public education.

“We need to make sure the public knows where we have existing public access points,” Kane said, adding the department also wants to hear if the public feels there is adequate parking, signage, trash and recycling bins at accesses.

The county’s first Comprehensive Beach Management Plan was adopted in 1991, two years after Hurricane Hugo slammed the coast, and the plan was most recently updated in 2013. Accesses also were given updates after damage due to Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Kane said the foundation of the management plan is assessing the current status of the environment on the beachfront, land uses and development. In addition, the department is needing to know if people believe more lighting, beach mats and beach wheelchairs are needed, which Kane said could be less expensive than major projects like beach renourishment.

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