Obama earmarks money for SC beaches, Charleston Harbor

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. After giving his State of the Union address, the president is traveling to tout progress and goals in his final year in office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama’s proposed $4 trillion budget includes money to maintain the Charleston Harbor shipping channel and rebuild Grand Strand beaches.

The president’s budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October was released Tuesday. It includes more than $21 million for Army Corps of Engineers projects in South Carolina.

About $16 million is earmarked for rebuilding beaches in the Garden City area southwest of Myrtle Beach. Almost $14 million more is for maintaining the Charleston Harbor shipping channel at its current depth of 45 feet.

Planning to deepen the harbor channel to 52 feet is moving forward.

But there’s no money in the new budget to pay for the federal share of the half-billion dollar deepening. Congress has yet to sign off on that work.

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