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Charleston, Folly Beach consider curbing plastic bag use; could bring national fight to SC

Saturday, July 30, 2016

From the Post & Courier’s Abigail Darlington: Charleston, Folly Beach consider curbing plastic bag use; could bring national fight to SC Isle of Palms became the first town in South Carolina to ban plastic bags last year, and now Charleston and Folly Beach are looking to curb consumption of the single-use bags, possibly by banning them or imposing a fee at checkout counters. In doing so they could bring the nationwide…

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Victory for bicycle commuters. I-526 chaos. The root of the problem. The Lowcountry from above. Buckets of fish.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Folks, This week’s news is a mixed bag — success and chaos, root causes and aerial insights, and a bucket list of fish. The Post and Courier reports that the Charleston City Council did the right thing with the Ashley River bridge, by the slimmest of margins.  The Council voted 7-6 in favor of devoting one out of seven lanes on Highway 17 across the Ashley to bicycles and pedestrians. Remarkably, in spite of the years spent analyzing…

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Council scores big with bike lane

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Post and Courier‘s editorial board: Council scores big with bike lane Charleston City Council didn’t just endorse a new bike lane over the Ashley River Tuesday. By voting for the project, it took a bold step toward addressing traffic congestion and parking problems, and it promoted healthy lifestyles for residents. It…

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Bike lane over the Ashley River rolls forward

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From the Post & Courier‘s Diane Knich: Bike lane over the Ashley River rolls forward Bicyclists were elated Tuesday when Charleston City Council voted in favor of a plan to convert a lane of the northbound U.S. Highway 17 bridge over the Ashley River to bike and pedestrian use. The group voted 7-6 in favor of sending a letter to Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey reaffirming the city’s intentions to…

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To fix or to build anew. To bike or not to bike. Backpedaling on transportation?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Folks, In spite of, or perhaps exemplified by, the Legislature’s action on highway funding this session — they rejected a gas tax increase, approved spending $200 million in one time funds on transportation improvements, and substantially reformed the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank — the tug of war between new highway construction, (eg. I-526 to Johns Island), and repairing the existing road system continues.  On one side, the vast majority of South Carolina residents, businesses, conservation groups, low-tax and good…

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Is Charleston Next in Line to Take a Stand on Plastic Bags?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

From the Charleston City Paper’s Dustin Waters: Is Charleston next in line to take a stand on plastic bags?  Let’s consider the plastic bag. Over recent years, there’s been a growing debate across the country regarding the impact of these everyday conveniences. On one side, you have those who argue that plastic bags pollute our cities, waste resources, and harm wildlife. On the other side, you have the counter argument: Plastic bags are efficient, affordable,…

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Statement on Ethics Bills Signing

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For Immediate Release June 23, 2016  Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144, alanh@scccl.org  CHARLESTON – In response to Governor Nikki Haley signing two ethics reform bills in Easley today, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement:  “The Coastal Conservation League applauds Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Larry Martin, Senator Wes Hayes, and Representative Kirkman Finlay for their leadership in…

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Three related subjects: housing, land use and transportation. Two unrelated subjects: turtles and GrowFood.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Folks, This week brought three topics together that are too often considered in isolation:  affordable housing, urban design and transportation. The first article, by Warren Wise with the Post and Courier, reports on Thursday’s housing summit in Charleston, sponsored by the Lowcountry Community Loan Fund.  The theme of the conference, around which there was virtually unanimous agreement, is that poor planning and zoning is a major contributor to the Lowcountry’s housing affordability problem, and that solving…

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GrowFood Carolina in Paste Magazine!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stephanie Burt, a Charleston based writer, and host of the podcast The Southern Fork, recently dropped by the warehouse to chat with our General Manager Sara Clow. Here is a preview of their conversation about connecting local eaters with local farmers. If you like to read more, check out the full interview in Paste. Paste: Besides the obvious (food), why…

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Beating Goliath. Beating Goliath twice. Lines in the sand. Courage on Climate. Goose the manatee.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Folks, Beautiful is the best way to describe Acacia Mack’s description of her childhood home on James Island Creek.  Ms. Mack, whose family has lived in a bucolic family compound on James Island for more than three generations, says it is her “Battery, Waterfront Park and Pineapple all wrapped up in one.”  Diane Knich writes in the Post and Courier that the I 526 extension would have obliterated this small community of relatives and neighbors, passing within 80 feet of the modest…

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