Beach Renourishment Info & Updates, Myrtle Beach[PLEASE read all the info to understand if it will affect your vacation.]
UPDATE: August 11, 2017 – The Great Lakes team is still set up between the main swash (beach access P), claimed a little more space going north, and are up to the beach front Snack Shak (H beach access). The actual sand pumping/ excavating is currently at the 3 crosses. They are back up and running strong so we should start to see some movement northbound this afternoon (they had some sand pipe repairs in work yesterday on Aug. 10th). The best description of how they work/move equipment is as a giant “slinky.” It will stretch out as they reposition and remobilize and then it will tighten up as they excavate. We should see them in front of the I camping section this weekend if the equipment and weather cooperate.
The Beach Renourishment project began in Surfside Beach and is working north towards Ocean Lakes. To date they have made it to the Holiday Inn (just south of OLFC’s most southern perimeter). Barring bad weather or mechanical delays, the work will begin on the beach in front of Ocean Lakes Family Campground at week’s end, as predicted around Aug. 4th. Read our Blog for details. (Tip: enjoy great shell hunting during renourishment.)
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Know the Facts:
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.