The Bucksport Marina on the Waccamaw River in southern Horry County is a community marina owned by the Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority in cooperation with Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation. The marina currently is used by boaters, campers, fishermen and the local Bucksport community.
In late 2013, Grand Strand Water & Sewer applied for a permit to construct an industrial marine commerce facility on the site and dredge in the Waccamaw River. The proposed industrial marina is speculative no specific occupants have been named. The permit application says the facility is intended to support water dependent uses like boat building, boat building services and cargo operations. Such a facility on the Waccamaw, adjacent to the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, could negatively impact the river with pollutants, threaten wildlife habitat, fill the area’s two-lane roads with trucks and threaten the health of Bucksport residents.
The Coastal Conservation League has joined with the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the Bucksport community, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project and other organizations to oppose construction of this proposed industrial marina that has no demonstrated need.