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Pawleys Island: Town due to start beach repair March 1

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The town of Pawleys Island will pay $665 an hour for a contractor to push up sand on the island’s narrow south end to rebuild a dune damaged by storms in October. Work is scheduled to start March 1.

Town Council awarded a contract this week to Goodson Construction of Darlington. It has a $100,000 cap before the firm has to check with the town about further scraping.

The town has an emergency permit from the state to push up sand in front of 58 houses out of 71 on the south end. It is still awaiting approval of a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. In the meantime, it has applied for permits to push up sand along the entire length of the island. If approved in time, that would allow creation of a continuous dune along the south end.

The project will remove a foot of sand from the beach. The work has to be done at low tide and be completed by the end of March to avoid sea turtle nesting season. If the general permit is approved, work could extend beyond the south end depending on time and tide, Administrator Ryan Fabbri said.

“This is a wonderful thing for the property owners,” Mayor Bill Otis said. “It’s a scary thing down there.”

The council also approved a contract with Beam and Associates to lobby the legislature for a share of $40 million Gov. Nikki Haley put in her budget for beach nourishment. The town wants $3 million.

Pawleys Island will split the $42,000 fee with Edisto Beach, which wants $5 million in state beach nourishment funds.

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