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South Carolina plans industrial marine park

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Several local and regional groups are working to establish an industrial marine park near Bucksport Marina in the Conway, S.C., area.

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority, Santee Cooper, Horry County and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. have joined together on the project.

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority's contribution to the industrial marine park is the land. Santee Cooper will provide engineering and permitting expertise, while Horry County will help with the infrastructure to make the park viable for industry.

"Santee Cooper is pleased to join forces with our local partners and build a marine park that will create opportunities for jobs and capital investment by the businesses that will ultimately locate here. That's a benefit for all of Horry County," said Michael Brown, economic development manager for Santee Cooper, in a statement.

It will be some time before the park is ready for tenants, said Fred Richardson, the Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority CEO.

"In the meantime, we'll improve the existing facilities at Bucksport Marina, which will remain a fully functioning marina for residents and transient boaters to enjoy even after the marine park is operational," he said.

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