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Sand flows onto the beach in Pawleys Island. Coastal Science & Engineerting

SC - PAWLEYS ISLAND End of beach work reopens campaign debate

The last of 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand flowed onto the beach at Pawleys Island this week. The $14.3 million renourishment project stopped just north of First Street, drawing criticism from the town’s former mayor.

The last of 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand flowed onto the beach at Pawleys Island this week. The $14.3 million renourishment project stopped just north of First Street, drawing criticism from the town’s former mayor.

“Many of us on the north end feel betrayed,” Jimmy Braswell said in an email this week.

He said the current council should honor the commitment made last year to extend the renourishment when it opted to expand the volume of sand from 700,000 cubic yards.

The town is funding the project with $6.1 million collected over 20 years from a local accommodations tax. The town also borrowed $2.5 million. The balance comes from a state grant.

Mayor Brian Henry, who defeated Braswell in the November election, said the town asked the contractor to place sand as far north as possible. The contract that Braswell signed didn’t require work much beyond Pawleys Pier, he added.

“It is unfortunate that you elected to spread disinformation, incite our neighbors, and sow more division,” Henry said in an email. “I believe we should be celebrating the success of the project.”

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