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May 21, 2016
Landmark Shoreline Management Bill Up for Final Approval in South Carolina Legislature
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The strongest protections for South Carolina beaches in 25 years are one step from becoming law this week. Scientists, developers, attorneys, and lawmakers have worked for more than 10 years to develop common-sense policies for shoreline development.
The shoreline management bill, S. 139, would permanently set a baseline along our state’s beachfront, restricting certain construction in hazard-prone areas. The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives unanimously passed the shoreline management bill last Thursday.
Peter McCoy, State Representative for House District 115, which includes Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, said: “It has been an honor to stand up and fight for the shoreline protection bill. Preserving South Carolina coastal sanctuaries like Captain Sams Spit must remain a priority to the SC Legislature.” Representative McCoy chairs a subcommittee on the House Judiciary Committee.
Representative Kirkman Finlay of Columbia, also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, noted, “I am proud to stand with Representative McCoy and with Representative Bill Herbkersman of Beaufort in helping pass this important legislation to protect our coast.”
If approved by the House of Representatives, the bill would go to the Governor for signature.
The Coastal Conservation League is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the coastal resources of South Carolina. Our mission is to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water and traditional communities by working with citizens, local governments and the state legislature.