The state Senate has removed $1 million for renourishing Folly Beach from its proposed budget, raising fresh doubts about the project.
Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin said he learned of the move from state Rep. Peter McCoy, R-James Island, who previously helped get the sum put in the House’s version of the budget.
McCoy said Thursday he is working to get the funding restored before the Legislature’s budget goes to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. He said he already has talked to House members of the conference committee on the budget and is optimistic they will get the money put back.
Originally, the estimate for adding more sand to Folly was about $15 million to $18 million. Most of that would be funded through the federal government, but state and local governments’ share was to be $2 million.
But the project is now expected to cost $25 million to $30 million, and the local share would be $3 million, Goodwin said.
Folly is hoping the Legislature would cover that extra $1 million cost, but the Senate’s action put that in doubt. “You just don’t have $1 million in your back pocket, sitting around,” Goodwin said.
Folly already is prone to losing its sand largely because of the Charleston Harbor jetties, but Hurricanes Irene and Sandy caused severe damage to both ends of the island in recent years.
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