Hunting Island should soon have a ‘brand new’ beach as part of a long-awaited project

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Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort work to remove fallen trees on the beach at Hunting Island State Park this month. The work comes ahead of a long-anticipated major beach restoration project that will pump more sand onto the island’s North Be

Posted October 17, 2019

A long-awaited project to bolster Hunting Island State Park’s erosion-plagued beaches will begin as soon as turtle-nesting season ends.

Work to pump additional sand from offshore onto the beach should begin by Dec. 1 and take several months, park manager J.W. Weatherford said. About 2 miles of beach between the campground and South Beach will receive an additional 1.2 million cubic yards of sand as part of work permitted by state and federal regulators.

Permits also call for building another groin — a hard structure extending into the water to trap and build up sand — with an option to build a second.

To prepare for the project, Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have worked this month to clear some of the fallen trees that serve as the backdrop for photos, and to remove obstacles for adventurous children. The “boneyard” of fallen trees on the south end of the island will remain undisturbed, Weatherford said.