By Damien Triouleyre
The official opening of the Ingram Dunes was celebrated by the City of North Myrtle Beach and Preserve Ingram Dunes on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Present were members of the Ingram Family, Mayor Marilyn Hatley and the North Myrtle Beach City Council, three members of the State Conservation Bank, Amy Armstrong from the S.C. Environmental Law Project. Chief Hatcher of the Waccamaw People. TV and print media and many residents who have worked to support preserving the Ingram Dunes.
The Dunes are located along Hillside Drive between 9th and 10th avenues South. The Ingram Dunes is now part of the North Myrtle Beach park system, a home for the animals and people will be able to enjoy the tranquility of its trails and appreciate this beautiful place of nature. The Dunes are now preserved forever.
This has been a long, long journey over the past three years. At times it seemed impossible that the Dunes would be saved, but a small group of citizens never gave up. They loved the Dunes and believed they must and would be saved. This truly has been a community effort. This impossible task happened because many people worked together for this greater good, the owners of the land, the citizens, the City Council, our city manager, mayor and staff, the State Conservation Bank and several environmental organizations.
Friends of the Ingram Dunes have already been working in close cooperation with the North Myrtle Beach Parks Department to maintain the beauty of this place and to help people enjoy and appreciate it. They both see the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve in Cherry Grove as a good model for the Ingram Dunes. “We thank all who gave the hope that the Dunes would be saved and worked in big and small ways to make this a reality,” concluded Triouleyre.