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Captain Sams redux, again; Plain facts, disputed; A noose; But on the good side…

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Folks, If you aren’t confused by what is going on with Captain Sams (no apostrophe) Spit, then you haven’t been paying attention. The latest news flash on the proposal to develop the sand bar on the western end of Kiawah Island is that the state has issued a permit for a sea wall. It is essentially like the one the Kiawah developers applied for some years ago. The first permit request was blocked by an SC…

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Captain Sams Permit Misplaced

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The tides rise and fall, continually eroding and accreting Captain Sam’s Spit. Similarly, state courts’ and permitting authorities’ opinions have swung back and forth, alternately eroding and building people’s h

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Kiawah developers win new permit for Captain Sam’s Spit

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Captain Sams Spit

State regulators have approved a new permit that would allow development of Captain Sam’s Spit. The move came a little more than five months after the state Supreme Court ruled against granting an earlier permit. Environmental opponents characterized the move by Charlotte-based Kiawah Partners as trying to find a loophole around the court decision, and have appealed the staff decision to the Department of Health and Environmental Control board, likely setting…

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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…

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2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Award Winners Include H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, and Coastal Conservation League’s Dana Beach

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — Coastal Conservation League Director Dana Beach will be honored along with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, among others, at the 2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards ceremony tonight at the Carnegie Institution for Science at 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC. The world’s preeminent ocean honors are named after the late author of Jaws and lifelong marine conservationist…

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Duke Energy To Clean Up Robinson Coal Ash In South Carolina After Conservation Groups Disclose Contamination

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, SC – After the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center disclosed arsenic pollution and the dumping of low-level radioactive waste at the site, Duke Energy today announced it would clean up its coal ash stored beside Lake Robinson in Darlington County, South Carolina.  For months, the groups urged Duke Energy to excavate its polluting ash from unlined pits to dry, lined, storage away from the lake. With this announcement, all South Carolina…

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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…

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Imagine an alternative to traveling by car…

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recognizing the need for transit alternatives (like Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail, or Commuter Rail) along the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) initiated the I-26 Regional Fixed Guideway Transit Alternatives Analysis study (I-26ALT). The purpose of I-26ALT is to enhance regional mobility with transit along the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston – providing people with an alternative to sitting alone in their car in gridlock on…

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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…

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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…

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