- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The North Myrtle Beach is going ahead with a more-than $16 million project to deepen canals in the city that have not been dredged in 60 years.

Media outlets report that the city council agreed on Monday to create a special assessment tax district to generate money to dredge the canals in the city’s Cherry Grove neighborhood.

The project will cost about 700 property owners $24,000 over a 10-year period.

The man-made canals were created in the 1940s and 1950s and that’s the last time they were dredged.

Two years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a 10-year permit to allow the dredging to proceed.

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