Beach Renourishment Info & Updates, Myrtle Beach
UPDATE: August 28, 2017 – The oceanfront area in front of Ocean Lakes is now complete, the beach renourishment project is complete. All of the pipe used to pump sand has been removed and the equipment has been relocated south of the Surfside Beach Pier. The South Swash temporary pipe will be removed next week. Horry County will be in after Labor Day to extend the 3 outfall pipe locations (Horry County has equipment staged at the sailboat access area). Later this fall/early winter the beach renourishment crew will be installing sand fencing and planting sea oats. This project began on Aug. 4th.
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Most of the Ocean Lakes’ beach will be open and available at any point during the Beach Renourishment.
Work will happen in 1,000-foot sections with each section will be blocked off using plastic orange fencing. The beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so there will be plenty of beach available while crews are working. One concern is noise. Our team is not sure as to the impact yet, if any, regarding the noise of the heavy equipment (see photo below). We are monitoring the progress in Surfside Beach (the starting point of the project) and will continue to communicate via this web page, our Blog and Facebook.
Is it Safe to Swim?
Yes, enjoy the ocean! We recommend swimmers enter the ocean water at least 50-100 yards away from the orange fencing. Why? Depending on the water’s current that day, you can “drift” down the beach while swimming, surfing, etc. An example, you’re swimming in the ocean only to emerge from the water and wonder where you beach stuff is (then you realize it is about 50 yards up the beach where you entered the water).
Use Caution – we don’t want swimmers drifting into the work zone (they cannot fence off the ocean). Be especially mindful of children in the water.
Will there be Enough Room on the Beach?
Yes. Soon there will be more room! Beach Renourishment pumps sand up onto the beach creating a bigger beach area. When all goes well (weather, machinery), crews can complete about 500 feet of beach per day. They fence off 1,000 feet per day, about one-fifth of the Ocean Lakes’ beach front. The project is estimated to impact the OLFC beach front for about 10-14 days or so, beginning the first to second week of August.
In most areas, the fencing will be set up to leave walkways near the dunes area. Please note, the timeline evolves based on weather and/or mechanical issues. You can track the progress via this link.