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Post-Matthew Hunting Island State Park Report

Last week, Duane Parrish of the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism released a plan to restore Hunting Island after the damage it sustained from Hurricane Matthew last October. Plans are in place to have part of the beach, lighthouse and campground reopened by Memorial Day weekend. Clean up and debris removal has been underway for several weeks.
Hunting Island State Park sustained $4,225,000 in property damages and requires another $1,250,000 in debris removal costs.According to the report, the physical damage and recovery needs include:
450 parking spaces in the park were permanently lost and will be replaced by about 200 new spots.
Some road surfaces remained under water for up to four weeks which has left them in poor condition with estimated repair costs of $2.5 million.
The beachfront campground sustained a complete loss.
Two of the four comfort stations have been destroyed completely, with the other two having damages and are in immediate danger from beach erosion.
The sand dune system at the beach no longer exists

The Department has recommended focusing on the beach area to get folks back in the water by constructing picnic sites and public parking for beach access. A minimum of fifty sites would be established to compensate for the complete loss of parking at the South beach.
Also proposed is a new shuttle system. The report recommends working with locals to establish areas for off-site parking and a shuttle service to bring folks to the park and beach during peak visiting times on weekends and holidays.
The agency is also recommending construction of new cabins in the interior of the park “with an overnight accommodation experience which has been long lost at Hunting Island.”
“Hunting Island is one of the most popular and iconic locations in all of South Carolina,” the report added. “Its overwhelming popularity and cultural significance compels each generation to protect this state treasure.”
This information was reported on eatsleepplaybeaufort.com.

 
The Hunting Island "Still Standing Strong" t-shirts are in! :) 
 
The park will be calling the people who reserved t-shirts.
Watch for information coming soon about ordering t-shirts online. 
Hunting Island State Park
Phone: (843)838-7437
Fax: (843)838-4263
www.southcarolinaparks.com 
Help rebuild the park. The rangers and staff are selling Standing Strong t-shirts that show the still standing lighthouse. The t-shirts are available at the Nature Center, which is the only open building at the park. 

 

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