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Road Rage and Motivated Avoidance

Monday, May 25, 2015

I suspect many of you have been sitting by the computer this Memorial Day thinking, “I hope I will receive an update from Dana.”  Actually, I hope you are outside enjoying this magnificent weekend and don’t see this until Tuesday. After a three week hiatus from me, I can say that things have not changed much in the transportation arena.  The Legislature is still considering passing a massive tax…


Peril on the Edge

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This week’s theme is edges. The first article, by Sammy Fretwell with The State, describes the threat to the edge of the Francis Beidler Audubon Sanctuary at Four Hole Swamp from the expansion of a solid waste landfill. Waste Management received a permit to fill 14 acres of wetlands in the Four Hole drainage to increase the capacity of their facility. The law regarding wetland fill establishes an extremely high standard for…


Protection for Prince George, but not yet for Captain Sams. A new tack for cruise ships, and water policy in a time of drought.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In celebration of the arrival of a glorious spring, The State‘s Sammy Fretwell reports that the University of South Carolina Development (and Conservation!) Foundation has sold the 1,200 acre Prince George tract, just south of Pawley’s Island, to a conservation buyer. The future of this extraordinary property, formerly part of Arcadia Plantation, had been uncertain, with development a troubling possibility. The Conservation League’s Nancy Cave has followed the project for the past…


It’s open season, and not just for turkeys…

Friday, April 3, 2015

What a week it has been! Spring is finally here. The pollen has largely washed away. Spring break is over (for our family anyway). That’s the good side. On the other hand, the Legislature, and one DOT commissioner, are still up to an unprecedented level of mischief. This article by Sammy Fretwell with The State sums it up perfectly. Although only turkeys are in season in the Lowcountry, it is open season on environmental…


Flip This Island

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Captain Sams Spit

“You won the first round, but you’re not going to win the second round.” This comment was made by Senator Paul Campbell at today’s hearing on the beachfront protection act. Sen. Campbell is promoting an amendment on behalf of a Charlotte-based development company (which is, incidentally, backed by a hedge fund in New York.) His amendment would have allowed the beach building line to move seaward, facilitating the construction of a road and…


Three if by land, two if by sea…

Saturday, March 14, 2015

“Three if by land, two if by sea…” I’ll admit to mangling the quote, but this week’s news includes assaults more serious than even the British on South Carolina’s natural resources — land, wetlands and water. On the positive side, the first item is a superb editorial from the Beaufort Gazette exhorting the county to use the gun range controversy (which has essentially been put out of its misery) to stimulate a conversation about…

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