State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, (D-Camden), the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday that the state should help Grand Strand communities remove the stormwater pipes that empty contaminated runoff onto beaches, according to a story posted on The State newspaper's website,

The beaches attract millions of visitors annually and are a linchpin of the state's tourism economy, Sheheen said.

Sheheen was in Myrtle Beach as part of a campaign stop. He said he favors spending $10 million to $20 million in state money to get rid of the pipes so that vacationers aren't exposed to contaminated runoff.

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