Pawleys Island

“Sand on the beach” at Pawleys Island – more of it, that is - will become a reality in October.

That’s the word from Town Administrator Ryan Fabbri.

It’s been about 20 years since Pawleys Island had a beach renourishment project. Many home- and property owners are looking forward to the project that will result in at least 850,000 cubic yards of sand being used to build an “engineered beach.”

Fabbri sent a letter of intent for the town to Marinex Construction, which will do the renourishment work.

After sending the letter to Marinex, he worked on “putting everything in place to borrow the money” to do the dredging project.

Along with money already in a beach fund, the town will get money from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to help pay for the sand.

The town will need to determine how much of the sand will be placed in public areas. A key element for that determination is how close the sand is to a public access point.

“We have to finalize with the state what the total size of the project will be,” Fabbri told the Georgetown Times / South Strand News on Friday, Aug. 2.

“We know there will be at least 850,000 cubic yards of sand. We have the potential to go up to 1.1 million cubic yards,” Fabbri said. “That’s up to Council.”

He said he expects Town Council to make that decision at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

The project will have a base cost. Because of the availability of funds from PRT and a reduced price for sand beyond the mobilization costs, the decision will be between having to borrow $1.2 million or $2.5 million.

“We could always go back and modify the (PRT) grant,” Fabbri said. He added, “I’d like to do it in one shot.”