Edisto Beach Rebounds Just in Time for Summer
EDISTO BEACH, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — Spring break has already begun and towns all along South Carolina’s coast are relying on vacationers to drop off millions of dollars before they head back home.
Edisto Beach is one of those coastal towns that will be hosting visitors from near and far. The beach community faced an uphill battle after Hurricane Matthew decimated its beaches.
Now, town leaders say Edisto Beach is back and better than ever. “The project should be completed in May and we’ll have a brand new, wider and more stable beach, and hopefully we will have some sand that will last us for another ten or twelve years,” said Lisa Harrell, Executive Director with the Edisto Chamber of Commerce.
In fact, the beach refurbishment project is ahead of schedule with an original completion date in June. “This has been planned for a long time,” said Harrell. “And we are happy that we are going to be ahead of the turtle season. Turtle nesting season starts in May and we definitely want to be ready for that.”
Edisto Beach has always been such a draw for families and vacationers coming for spring break, and Lisa Harrell says Colleton County relies greatly on the tourism revenue.
“The last time tourism revenue was measured a few years back was $12-million for Colleton County. That is not maintained regularly, but we have upwards of 500,000 visitors a year who come to the beach,” she said.
Not only do beach tourists boost revenue for local businesses and restaurants but also the rental properties. Edisto Beach is free of hotels, but all over the beach are condos and beach houses for guests to rent out.
Harrell says that is one of the reasons it is so hard to measure just how many people come to Edisto each year. She says right now they are getting more visitors from away rather than locals coming out to the beach. “We do a lot of advertising in other states, so they are coming as a result of the advertising. But more Charleston locals is the market that we are trying to bring out, the day trippers, they are not quite sure we are back in business.”
Lisa Harrell says she and Edisto Beach want everyone to know they are open for business.
They have a few events planned, including Music at the Marina which kicks off this weekend and runs through October. Harrell says its a great venue with a great sunset!
The Art Guild will host their spring show on Saturday with handcrafted items and the Edisto Indians are coming to town with a very diverse and cultural event that brings ceremonial dancing and artifacts from the Edisto River.
Later in the month the 3rd Annual Dolphin Slam will take place at the marina where Edisto Marina and Bohicket Marina will compete for the heaviest dolphin fish.
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