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For Immediate Release
September 5, 2012

DHEC: Coastal Public Access Improvement Grants Awarded

COLUMBIA, S.C. - S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton announced today that ten (10) coastal municipalities will receive state funding for public coastal access improvement projects. Twenty-three (23) total projects will be enabled by these grants.

"DHEC is very pleased to be working with our municipal partners all along the coast to enhance public access to our shared coastal resources," said Templeton. "Each coastal access enhancement project provides a valuable opportunity to invest in facilities that promote the responsible use and enjoyment of our coastal resources by our residents and visitors."

The funding for the coastal access improvement grants was made available through a state budget proviso that allows DHEC to expend a portion of available beach nourishment funds on coastal access improvement. Individual project budgets are in the process of being finalized, and each municipality is required to provide matching local funding for each project.

Municipalities that will receive state funding for public coastal access improvement are:

  • Horry County: three (3) beach access point renovations
  • City of North Myrtle Beach: six (6) dune walkovers
  • City of Myrtle Beach: six (6) dune walkovers
  • Georgetown County: East Bay Boat Landing renovation
  • Charleston County: water access and parking improvements along S.C. 174
  • Charleston County Parks: McLeod Plantation promenade and waterfront access
  • Town of Mount Pleasant: coastal resource interpretive signs for Shem Creek Park
  • Town of Sullivan's Island: five (5) beach access walkways
  • City of Folly Beach: East Ashley beach access renovations
  • Town of Port Royal: Waterfront Promenade and boardwalk renovation

Read state Budget Proviso 22.34:

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Mark Plowden, Communications Director