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More Beach Renourishment Coming To SC




From 1954 to 2010, a whopping $351 million (in 2010 dollars) has been spent on “beach renourishment” projects in South Carolina.  For those of you not hip to the term, “beach renourishment” is when government takes your money, purchases sand … and dumps it into the ocean.

Again and again.

No seriously …

Government’s answer to the unavoidable impact of longshore drift (i.e. the natural evolution of the coastline) is to drive dump-trucks full of sand out onto our beaches, back them up and empty them.

And then repeat, as necessary.

And the millions have continued to pile up since 2010, as we noted in this report.

Now, according to The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, another massive taxpayer-funded renourishment push is about to begin in the aftermath of “Floodmaggedon,” this month’s record rainfall event that resulted in widespread flooding.

“Another round of renourishment is imminent, bringing with it a multimillion dollar price tag,” reporter Bo Peterson noted.

Jeez …

One thing that can be said for this money, though?  Unlike a lot of expenditures in this state, at least we know where it’s going …