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Wild Dunes Resort Beach Nourishment 2017-2018

 The Isle of Palms is a barrier island.  Along with Sullivan’s Island, Morris Island, and Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms protects the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves, which has created the famous low-country tidal marshes and the Charleston Harbor.  Barrier islands are dynamic systems; constantly on the move, migrating under the influence of changing sea levels, storms, waves, tides and longshore currents.

Wild Dunes Resort is located on the North-East end of the Isle of Palms.  Similar to all barrier islands, it’s beach is constantly reworking and moving in a southerly flow.  In addition to wind and waves, the outflow of Dewee’s Inlet (the waterway between Isle of Palms and Dewee’s Island) affects the size of the beach zone in Wild Dunes Resort.   Recently, beach erosion hot spots have formed in the  Wild Dunes Resort in front of Seagrove, Grand Pavilion and along Beachwood East.  The outflow of sand from these hot spots has created a large shoal just offshore, which is in the process of reattaching to the beach.  To speed this process along, the City of Isle of Palms is preparing to start a $13 million beach nourishment project starting Fall/Winter 2017-2018, which will use off shore dredging equipment to pump this sand located just off the coast back onto the beach.   

For beach nourishment updates, please visit the City of Isle of Palms website at: 

Or the Wild Dunes Community Association at:

Coastal erosion has been greatly affected by rising sea levels globally.  We are so fortunate that the City of Isle of Palms is proactively working to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion in Wild Dunes Resort by coordinating this $13 million project starting later this year or early in 2018.