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Dredging begins at Harbor Town

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

It took three years, but the dredging has begun at Sea Pine's Harbor Town Marina's Yatch Basin, and business owners couldn't be happier.

The dredging is going to deepen the basin, making it possible for bigger boats to dock at the marina. State and local leaders say this will be a huge boost to the economy.

"For me, it is monumental," said Nancy Cappelman, the habormaster. "It is going to make the difference in our whole business. We've got a lot of our guests that have been here for years, that have has had to pass us by."

When most of Sea Pines' 2.5 million visitors travel by boat, shallow water isn't good for business.

"Well, it's been a constant struggle for us, and for our customers. Not having enough water, enough depth for our customers, it's been very frustrating," said Cappelman.  

Currently, during low tide, the yatch basin is only four feet deep, but after the dredging it will be eight and a half feet deep.

All of the businesses are singing the praises of those who made this happen.

"Thank you!" said Cindy Creamer, the owner of Lighthouse Realty. "We're very excited about the dredging. It's been a long time waiting for it to get approved."

Dredging is expected to last about 30 to 40 days.

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