BEAUFORT, S.C. — Beaufort area leaders want more state money earmarked for rebuilding eroding beaches – particularly for Hunting Island State Park where erosion chews away as much as 30 feet of beach a year.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1OthSu9 ) that the Senate version of the state budget includes $20 million for beach projects in the coming fiscal year. That’s only half what the House and Gov. Nikki Haley proposed.

Denise Parsick, the president of Friends of Hunting Island, is enlisting the 900 members of group to contact state lawmakers to get $40 million in the budget. The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce has also started an online petition.

There’s a project proposed to rebuild the Hunting Island beaches with 600,000 cubic yards of sand. A public hearing on the permit is Tuesday.