North Myrtle Beach closer to dredging permit

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Although North Myrtle Beach is closer to getting a federal permit to dredge the Cherry Grove channels, officials say it could be two years before the crews start the physical work.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the city is working on financing the estimated $10 million project now that years-long fight over ownership of the canals has ended. A court determined that the state, not a realty company, owns the canals.

The city could get a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the end of the year.

North Myrtle Beach City Councilman Hank Thomas says officials plan to meet with environmental agencies Tuesday in Georgetown to review mitigation plans.

City officials say about 1,100 people own property along the channels, including condo owners.

Credit: The Associated Press.