11.20.20 Folly Beach Feasibility Study Public Information Meeting Press Release click here.
View Public Information Meeting Presentation here. The meeting is scheduled for December 1st at 6 pm.
We are delighted to release the USACE draft report for the next 50 years of renourishment on Folly Beach. This study has taken place over several years, and we believe it will bring a much more robust project to Folly.
Some highlights include:
- Each individual renourishment project will place more sand than previous projects, creating a stronger beach system and hopefully increasing time between nourishments.
- The federal project will build dunes throughout the beach for more robust storm protection for our City
- This study is the necessary first step to reauthorize the renourishment contract for the next 50 years (through 2074)
- The City’s favorable 85-15% cost-share will remain in place, with nonfederal cost estimates in line with the City’s savings in our Beach Preservation Fund
- While the projected interval between projects is longer than we hoped for, the City is still eligible for 100% federally funded post-storm replacement projects outside the of regular renourishment cycle if the beach is substantially damaged by hurricanes
- The study has identified sufficient sand resources, both offshore and inshore, to complete the future projects. The specific sand source would be determined based on conditions prior to each individual renourishment project
The full study and the information to submit comments is available online: https://www.sac.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Supplemental-Funding/Folly-Beach-Feasibility-Study/
While the study didn’t answer every single request by the City, it is a substantial step forward in our long-term beach preservation efforts. We thank the US Army Corps for their partnership, hard work, and flexibility to answer the unique needs of Folly Beach throughout this project. We expect the project will be Congressionally authorized and will supersede the existing renourishment contract once approved.