Coastal areas getting state money for water access

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ten municipalities along the South Carolina coast are getting state money to improve public beach and water access.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday announced the areas eligible for the funds. The budgets for the 23 projects are being finalized and municipalities must provide matching funds.

Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Sullivans Island and Folly Beach are all getting money for dune walkovers or beach access. Georgetown County is getting funds to renovate a boat landing.

In Charleston County, the money will be used for water access along state Highway 174 and at McLeod Plantation.

Mount Pleasant is getting money for interpretive signs at its new Shem Creek Park.

The grant also will help pay for a waterfront walkway in Port Royal.

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