Come sit a spell and let us tell you about Surfside Beach and South Carolina

I’m envious of those of you who will be in the path of the great Total Eclipse of 2017!   We live north of Charlotte, NC and unfortunately are not going to be impacted much if at all.  Plus our kids will be in school that day so we can’t take a day trip down – although I’m not above pulling them out for the day!  But if you are in Surfside Beach on August 21, you will get to be a part of it!

Here are two great websites I found which will guide you through you the what, when and where to expect about the Eclipse:  2017 Total Solar Eclipse in SC and SCETV Solar Eclipse.   The time of the eclipse will be around 2:30-2:50 (these sites will give you the exact times).

The nearest city which will experience the total eclipse is Georgetown – it’s about 45 minutes south of Surfside Beach, straight down Hwy 17.   I suspect it will be very crowded, as they have several viewing events planned.  But Georgetown is a hidden gem along the Southern Strand – worth a visit whether you go on August 21 or not!  But if you want to head down there on Eclipse Day, here is another useful link:  Georgetown Eclipse Guide.

Remember to get your viewing glasses – don’t look directly at the Eclipse!  For now, you can purchase them at our local Walmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and Home Depot, among many retailers in the area.   You can also order online from Amazon and I suspect many other sites.

Enjoy this remarkable event!

 

 

Surfside Beach, along with other beach communities comprising the Grand Strand of South Carolina, suffered beach erosion and other lasting impacts from Hurricanes Joaquin (2015) and Matthew (2016).  In order to restore our beach’s wide shoreline and its pristine conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced on July 5 it would begin a beach renourishment project in July 2017, possibly starting as early as July 15.

This renourishment project will not only provide additional beach width for the benefit of residents and visitors, but during storm events, the new sand will offer critical protection for structures and infrastructure landward of the beach.  In addition, a healthy beach provides nesting areas for species such as sea turtles and shorebirds.

Another positive we’ve heard from other areas which have undergone a beach renourishment program is the shell hunting afterwards is tremendous as previously buried shells are uncovered in the dredging process.  We’re told serious shell hunters will come from long distances to collect seashells!

While no one likes the timing of the project, it is important to complete it before moving into the heart of hurricane season when storms could further damage and erode our beaches.  Also, the equipment used in this project is needed in other locations during the winter months to keep shipping lanes open.

 

What is going to happen?

The work will begin near the Surfside Beach pier after July 15 and move north towards Myrtle Beach State Park. That work is expected to take 25 to 35 days barring any significant weather delays.

After that section is complete, sand renourishment will move south from the pier toward the southern project boundary in Georgetown County (Garden City Beach) where work will last for 30 to 35 days and be completed by mid September.

The Corps will be placing approximately 800,000 cubic yards of material on approximately 7.5 miles of Garden City and Surfside beaches.

The contractor works 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day.  This means that active construction moves quickly and will only be in front of any particular building or area for two or three days, per the Corps.

During active construction, the majority of beaches will remain open and available for the public to enjoy.

The fenced off area is usually about 1,000 feet long, so it should be easy to go around the active construction area.   Surfside Beach has 36 beach access points along its 2-mile stretch of beaches, approximately every block.  If one beach access point is closed, visitors will need to walk or ride their golf cart to the next open access point.

Pipelines running along the beach outside of the fenced area can safely be crossed where the contractor places crossover sand ramps over the pipes. The public should keep away from lines and only cross them at the sand crossovers, according to Surfside Beach town officials.

 

What does this mean for you as a vacationer at Surfside Beach?

We at Noble Beach Homes will monitor the project closely and will promptly address any issues or concerns which arise as a result of this effort.  Our maintenance supervisor lives at Surfside Beach and he will provide daily reports on how this is affecting beach visitors and our guests.

We hope it will have little to no impact on anyone’s visit, except perhaps the inconvenience of using a different beach access point for a day or two.

For reference, The Flamingo and Taylor Made II are located north of the SSB Pier, at 13th Ave N and 14th Ave N, respectively.  The beach renourishment project is moving north in its first phase and provided it starts on July 15 and there are no weather delays or other hindrances to its progress, it should reach that section of the beach in late July/early August.

Annie’s Getaway and Abe’s Corner are located south of the SSB Pier, at 8th Ave S and 12th Ave S, respectively.   It would probably reach that section of the beach in late August/early September.

All that is just an estimate at this point, of course.

You can follow the progress of this project from the Town of Surfside Beach’s website:  SSB Renourishment Project

We’ll continue to update this blog as the renourishment project progresses!

We want your upcoming vacation to be worry-free and super safe.  With that in mind, please read this post and be sure to review with all members of your party!

Lifeguards are posted at stations up and down Surfside Beach from May 15-Sept. 15.  Please click here to see where they are stationed and learn about other safety precautions you can take during your vacation.

Riptides/rip currents are dangerous conditions which occur from time to time.  Sadly, every year a few swimmers drown because they do not know how to swim out of a riptide.   While the Surfside Beach lifeguards will post warning flags when these conditions exist, it is important for beach-goers to also recognize the threat (especially in the off-season when there are no lifeguards).   Please review this article which shows pictures of riptides and describes how to escape them.

The Town of Surfside Beach has asked all property owners to share this important message with our guests:

WHY LARGE HOLES ON THE BEACH ARE DANGEROUS

  • A cubic yard of sand (3′ x 3′ x 3′) can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds – this is why people who are buried in sand cave-ins suffocate.
  • A hole no deeper than two feet can cause serious injury if someone accidentally steps in it, and if it contains water it poses a drowning hazard for small children.
  • Sea Turtles are sweet, lovely and fragile creatures, especially during their egg-laying season.  Surfsidians consider it an honor that sea turtles choose to lay their eggs on our beaches and we recognize we have a responsibility to protect them.  Sea Turtles, which are an endangered species, get trapped in holes and cannot get out to return to the sea. Baby turtles will die overnight.
  • Town equipment used to clean the beach as well as Surfside Beach Police Department patrol vehicles can be damaged in large holes.

For your safety and that of the sea turtles and other vacationers, please fill in the holes you dig on the beach (as well as any you might stumble upon)!

Now we hope you will enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation!