2018 Beach Renourishment Info, Myrtle Beach
August 23, 2018 – Beach renourishment oceanfront of Ocean Lakes is now complete. CURRENTLY, the pipe is still there until they complete pumping sand two miles north to Myrtle Beach State Park. The pipe does NOT stop guests from getting to the beach – all OLFC beach accesses are open. There are sand walkways over the pipe so our guests can enjoy the beach and ocean.
The necessary beach renourishment due to the 2017 storms occurred Sunday, Aug. 19th – Weds. Aug. 23rd, 2018.
Use this link to track the project and its impact to Ocean Lakes’ mile of beachfront. The project has commenced in Surfside Beach.
The Army Corp of Engineers anticipates the completion of this portion of Horry County beaches by September 8th, but this is also dependent on weather, equipment maintenance and other factors, so there is no way to predict months or weeks in advance exactly where active construction will be.
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Read our PAST Blogs for details about how Beach Renourishment works and why is it crucial to the preservation of the Grand Strand:
July 10th – Starting | July 11th – When at Ocean Lakes | July 25th – Underway at Surfside Beach
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Most of the Ocean Lakes’ beach will be open and available at any point during the Beach Renourishment.
Work happened in 2,000-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 due to the heavy equipment (see photo below).
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 2,000 feet of beach per day. They fence off 2,000+ feet per day. The project is estimated to impact the OLFC beach front for about 5 days or so.
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.