North Myrtle Beach moves forward with dredging of old canals

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The city of North Myrtle Beach is going ahead with a more-than $16 million project to deepen canals in the city that have not been dredged in 60 years.

Media outlets report that City Council agreed on Monday to create a special assessment tax district to generate money to dredge the canals in the city’s Cherry Grove neighborhood.

The project will cost about 700 property owners $24,000 over a 10-year period.

The man-made canals were created in the 1940s and 1950s and that’s the last time they were dredged.

Two years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a 10-year permit to allow the dredging to proceed.