Quick Facts about 2018 Horry County Beach Renourishment
- Total cost of about $34.8 million
- 5 month timeline
- 1.4 million cubic yards of sand
- 8 miles of Myrtle Beach
- 4 miles of Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach
- 2 miles of North Myrtle Beach
2018 Horry County Beach Renourishment Project
UPDATE - The City of Myrtle Beach has added an interactive map to their website so you can see the progress of the beach renourishment project.
Why is beach renourishment important? In Horry County, tourism supports our local economy. The beach is a large attraction for tourists. However, the beach and dunes also create a habitat for coastal plants and animals including sea turtles and shore birds. The beach also protects the ocean front structures.
The 2018 Horry County beach renourishment project started on August 1, and it is expected to cost $34.8 million. The initial stages of the project include installing the pipeline that will pump sand from the ocean to the shore. The project, run by the Army Corps of Engineers, will take approximately 5 months and will start in the Horry County section of Garden City Beach. The timeline could be extended due to bad weather or hurricanes. During the project, 1.4 million cubic yards of sand will be moved from the ocean to the beach.
Small sections of the beach will be closed during the renourishment so it is important to know where and when the renourishment will be happening.
- Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach - August 15 to September 8
- Myrtle Beach - September 12 to November 11
- North Myrtle Beach - November 12 to mid-December
After the renourishment project is completed in your area, hit the beach and look for shells. The beach always has more shells and different shells than you normally see after a renourishment project.