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2018 Isle of Palms Beach Nourishment Project

The heart and soul of Isle of Palms is the miles-long beautiful beach that visitors and residents enjoy year-round. The beach is also the mainstay of the Island’s environment and economy, and is why people choose to live here and millions more visit. Like most islands, Isle of Palms is subject to the natural cycle of erosion. Most beach erosion is a naturally occurring phenomenon with offshore currents redistributing sand and changing the shape of the island.

To preserve this beautiful Island and continue to provide residents and visitors with a unique wide stretch of sandy shoreline, the city of Isle of Palms began a beach nourishment project in late December. This will be the second such project since 2008, and is a necessary undertaking every seven to ten years depending on storms and weather conditions. The process will use a dredge, a booster pump, and many miles of pipeline, through which the sand will be pumped, along with attendant tug boats and barges. The land based equipment includes numerous bulldozers to shape the new sand, survey equipment, and support vessels.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC has begun the process of using heavy equipment for offloading pipe at the 53rd Beach Access path and onto the beach.  The actual dredge is on its way from Norfolk, VA with a possible stop in North Carolina if seas are too rough for transport. Weather and maintenance may affect exactly when the dredge will be on site and working, but the goal remains that the work will start around the first of the year and be completed by approximately the end of March.

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