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Sea Pines dredging completed

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The dredging of Hilton Head Island's Harbuor Town Marina's Yacht Basin is complete, just in time for the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing Corp.

The dredging project began at Harbour Town Yacht Basin in November. The project deepened the Yacht Basin, which was 4 feet, to 8.5 feet. Gull Point and South Beach Marina's were deepened as well.

"It is going to make the difference in our whole business," said Nancy Cappelman, harbor master. "A lot of our guests have had to pass us by last year."

It's definitely going to make a difference for the RBC Heritage this year, especially Aesthetically, because all of the big yachts will be able to get dock there.

"It really sets us a part from any other event on the PGA Tours - being able to have the 18th whole finish up in a harbor," said Steve Wilmot, the director of the RBC Heritage.

And with the iconic lighthouse behind it, Wilmot said, "It's truly a win-win-win for everybody."

The heritage generates nearly $80 million for Hilton Head and South Carolina each year. Most of Sea Pines' 2.5 million visitors travel by boat, so now that their waterways are deeper Wilmot said this year's heritage could generate millions more.

"There's a true renaissance that's happening in this community," he said. "This is going to help us really set the table in our negotiations, and moving forward with our title on presenting sponsors being RBC and Boeing."

The Heritage Golf Tournament starts on April 14.

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