8.04.2017

Equipment problems delay arrival of renourishment work on beach by Ocean Lakes

Equipment problems have stalled progress on beach renourishment work this week, delaying its arrival on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Crews finished repairing offshore equipment and got sand pumping to the beach again Friday morning after a week of delays. The work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes on Sunday or Monday, barring any additional mechanical or weather delays.

Crews work Friday morning to repair the booster pump used to get sand to the beach for renourishment. Mechanical problems with the boosters have delayed progress up the beach this week.
Crews have been stuck in the same spot just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach most of the week because of equipment problems with the offshore boosters.

The renourishment work stalled just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach this week. Crews resumed renourishment work Friday. 

The boosters pump sand to the beach, where crews use heavy equipment to spread the sand to build up the beaches, which have been battered by hurricanes, most recently Hurricane Matthew in October.

The schedule depends on a number of factors, including weather and equipment issues, and can change at any moment.

Until the delays this week, crews had been steadily progressing up the beach since beginning the $26.3 million renourishment project just north of the SurfsideBeach Pier in July.





It will take about 10 to 14 days to complete the nearly mile-long stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, barring any weather or mechanical delays.

Beach-goers can track the progress with the real-time onlinemap.




Will I still have access to the beach?

Yes. Crews are blocking off 1,000-foot sections of beach at a time for the work and anticipate each section will be closed about two or three days. 
The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so guests still will have access to the majority of the beach by Ocean Lakes at any given time during the work – it just may not be their usual favorite spot on the beach.

How noisy will the work be?

Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off.

Why are you doing this work during the peak beach season? Couldn’t you wait until the fall?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the timing for this project; it was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.
Corps officials said the money for the project came through emergency funds, which have to be spent as soon as possible. Also, there was a short window this summer when the equipment needed for this project was available.

The renourishment work is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.
“Beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible and before peak hurricane season,” said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

Is there a way to know where crews are working before I head to the beach each day?

Yes. Beach-goers can track the progress on a real-time map to see where the work is taking place.

How long will crews be working on the beach by Ocean Lakes?

Crews will work in 1,000-foot sections and are expected to complete about 500 feet a day. It will take crews about 10 to 14 days to complete the stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, barring any mechanical or weather delays. At any given time, the majority of the beach will be open and available to beach-goers.

What’s the deal with this pipe running along the ocean?

The pipe runs up the beach outside of the blocked-off work area and is used to pump the sand onto the beach.
Please do not sit on the pipe or try to climb over it. Use the sand ramps over them to cross safely.


Use the sand ramps to cross the pipe on the beach.
We thank all of our guests for their patience and cooperation during this much-needed work. Enjoy your stay with us!


8.02.2017

Here's what you need to know to make the most of the S.C. Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

If shopping is on your to-do list at the beach this weekend, you’re going to save a few bucks.

Shoppers will not pay sales tax on many items – including clothing, bathing suits, beach towels, linens, computers and school supplies - during South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 4 and wraps up Sunday.



Splurge on that new bathing suit for your vacation. Stock up on the bath towels, bed linens and bath mats you need to outfit your rental house. Or just get that souvenir Myrtle Beach T-shirt. 

Shoppers won’t pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax and applicable local tax on those and many other items on the long list of tax-free items this weekend.  




Not everything will be tax free. Shoppers will still pay taxes on jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, wallets, watches and other items including many household goods such as window curtains, wastebaskets, cookware, table placements, toys and others.

Be sure to check if the items on your shopping list are tax free before heading to the store.






All retailers participate in the tax-free weekend, and many offer special discounts on top of the sales tax savings.

Shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the sales tax holiday in previous years, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.


Happy shopping!

8.01.2017

Six things to know about beach renourishment as work reaches the beach by Ocean Lakes

The much-needed beach renourishment work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground this week.

Crews work on the renourishment project the week of July 24 north of the pier in Surfside Beach.

Officials can’t pinpoint an exact day when the work will start by Ocean Lakes because of factors including weather (not only on the beach but out in the ocean where the boosters operate) and potential mechanical issues, which have stopped work at times since Friday. 

On Tuesday morning, the blocked-off work area extended to just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach. A mechanical issue was keeping sand from pumping Tuesday morning, but crews were working to fix the issue and resume their work. Work is expected to resume Wednesday morning.

Once the work resumes, crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. expect to reach the southern border of the campground by the Holiday Inn in two to three days. Beach-goers can track the progress using a real-time map.

A kite flies next to the renourishment work area Tuesday morning just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach.
The project pumps sand from offshore onto the beach, where crews use front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to distribute the sand and build up the beach.

Crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. met with officials at Ocean Lakes Family Campground and Horry County Stormwater Management on Monday to review details about the renourishment work.

Here are some key things to remember as the work approaches the beach by Ocean Lakes:

Will I still have access to the beach?

Yes. Crews are blocking off 1,000-foot sections of beach at a time for the work and anticipate each section will be closed about two or three days. 
The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so guests still will have access to the majority of the beach by Ocean Lakes at any given time during the work – it just may not be their usual favorite spot on the beach.

How noisy will the work be?

Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off.

Why are you doing this work during the peak beach season? Couldn’t you wait until the fall?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the timing for this project; it was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.
Corps officials said the money for the project came through emergency funds, which have to be spent as soon as possible. Also, there was a short window this summer when the equipment needed for this project was available.


The beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground the day after Hurricane Matthew hit in October.
The renourishment work is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.
“Beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible and before peak hurricane season,” said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

Is there a way to know where crews are working before I head to the beach each day?

Yes. Beach-goers can track the progress on a real-time map to see where the work is taking place.

How long will crews be working on the beach by Ocean Lakes?

Crews will work in 1,000-foot sections and are expected to complete about 500 feet a day. It will take crews about 10 to 14 days to complete the stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, though at any given time the majority of the beach will be open and available to beach-goers.

Beach-goers should use the sand ramps to cross over pipes outside the blocked-off work area.
What’s the deal with this pipe running along the ocean?

The pipe runs up the beach outside of the blocked-off work area and is used to pump the sand onto the beach.

Please do not sit on the pipe or try to climb over it. Use the sand ramps over them to cross safely.

We thank all of our guests for their patience and cooperation during this much-needed work. Enjoy your stay with us!


7.25.2017

Beach renourishment project underway in Surfside Beach

Crews started pumping sand to build up area beaches Monday afternoon in Surfside Beach and are working their way up the beach to Ocean Lakes Family Campground.


The work will likely reach Ocean Lakes in early August, barring any weather or mechanical delays. Officials can’t pinpoint an exact date when the work will reach the beach by Ocean Lakes, but have estimated it would be about two weeks after crews started pumping sand in Surfside Beach. That would put crews on the beach by Ocean Lakes around Aug. 7.

Crews are blocking off 1,000-foot sections of beach at a time for the work and anticipate each section will be closed about two or three days. The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so guests will still have access to the beach at any given time during the work – it just may not be their usual favorite spot on the beach.


The project pumps sand from off-shore onto the beach, where crews use front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to distribute the sand and build up the beach.

Beach-goers can track the progress to see where the work is taking place each day.

Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. It is expected to take about a month to complete the leg of the renourishment project from just north of the Surfside Beach Pier to Myrtle Beach State Park (the section of work that includes Ocean Lakes).

Crews plan to complete about 500 feet a day.

The timing of the work during the busy tourist season was set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control. The work is needed to rebuild the beach and dunes, which were wiped out by Hurricane Matthew in the fall.

Crews started pumping sand for the beach renourishment project Monday in Surfside Beach. The work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground in early August.

A few reminders:

NOISE | Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off. 

A sign reminding beach-goers to use caution around the work area Monday around Sixth Avenue North in Surfside Beach.

SAFETY
| Please use caution and stay out of the work area. There will be pipes outside of the work area, but the contractor will put sand ramps over them so they can be crossed safely.

NEED | The $26.3 million renourishment project is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.

The last renourishment by Ocean Lakes was in 2008.

Once the beach from Surfside Beach to Myrtle Beach State Park is complete, crews will renourish the area south of the Surfside Beach Pier to Georgetown County and then in North Myrtle Beach.

The project will place about 1.2 million cubic yards of material on area beaches.

SHELLS | Beach-goers are likely to find lots of shells after the work.
"Shells should be cool and abundant due to the project and it is cool to see if someone hasn't seen this type of work before," said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

STAY UPDATED | Use the real-time online map to track the project and see where crews are working.

We'll also continue to update guests through our blog, social media and website.