The final cost of Hurricane Matthew’s damage to South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park isn’t yet known, but the state will absorb at least a million-dollar hit in the coming weeks.

As reported by the Beaufort Gazette, the park will remain closed until at least next spring, and the oceanfront campground sites will be closed at least through next year.

Those who reserved inland campsites through May 21 will receive refunds, and all the oceanfront site reservations next year will be refunded. In all, the park will give back $1.1 million in camping fees, state parks spokeswoman Dawn Dawson-House said Thursday.

“It’s a jewel, and we’ve always known that,” Dawson-House said. “It’s like a child of ours ….  It’s important we recover and restore as quickly as we can.”

Notices will go out to those with reservations Friday. The refunds could take about two weeks to process.

People who made reservations will have the chance to transfer the reservation to another state park for a 15% discount.

The north end of Hunting Island, including the lighthouse, could reopen to visitors sometime this spring, Dawson-House said. The nature center and part of the fishing pier reopened in October.

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