Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Press Releases

South Carolina Supreme Court Rejects Developer Permit to Build on Fragile Land


Court rules for third time on controversial issue, Coastal Conservation League reacts

Charleston, SC – Today South Carolina Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach responded to the news that the South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected a permit sought by developers to build a massive sea wall and concrete block mat on Capt. Sam’s Spit, a fragile and highly mobile piece of land between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands:

“This is a monumentally important decision not only because it protects Captain Sams Spit, which Justice Hearn described as ‘one of the state’s natural treasures,’ but also because it broadly affirms the public’s primary interest in the marshes and tidelands that define and enrich the Lowcountry,” said Beach. “Besides the positive implications of this ruling for wildlife and recreation, it also protects taxpayers from having to bail out the developers, who sought to build 50 houses on a dynamic, unstable sandbar. This is the end of the road for this ill-conceived project, and now is the time for all of us to work together to achieve permanent protection for this beautiful and unique place.”

The Court’s 3-2 vote reversed and remanded a previous Supreme Court decision to allow building the sea wall and revetment, which developers sought in order to construct an access road to higher land where 50 houses are planned.

This is the third time the state’s highest court has ruled on the issue.


Staff Contact

Laurin Manning · laurinm@scccl.org

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