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Emmi Palenbaum

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Charleston County compromises on tree amendments

Friday, March 1, 2024

Your voice made a difference! On Tuesday night, Charleston County Council cast their third and final vote on the tree amendments bringing to end a long fight to uphold tree protections. Ultimately, their approach settled on the inclusion of meaningful tree mitigation and public input. After months of speaking up at meetings, writing to council members, signing and sharing a petition that yielded close to 10,000 signatures, Charleston County Council members heard you and voted…

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South Coast Newsletter: St. Helena advocates visit Columbia

Friday, March 1, 2024

South Coast Newsletter, February 2024  Despite the cooler temperatures, the month of February got off to a hot start as our South Coast team partnered with community members from St. Helena Island and Jasper County to rally against incompatible development threats.   Our corner of the Lowcountry and the people that call its beautiful landscapes home are worth fighting for. From the stately longleaf pines of Jasper County to the expansive St….

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Annexation 101: Let’s talk about the Chelsea development

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Welcome to Annexation 101! The Town of Ridgeland voted to accept an annexation petition for 3,000 acres of land along Snake Road that abuts Hazzard Creek and the Port Royal Sound watershed. The annexation request is tied to a master plan and development agreement that would permit over 2,000 dwelling units and 500,000 sf of commercial development.   What is annexation?  Annexation is the legal process used by towns and cities (aka municipalities) to expand their borders and…

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Now is the time to show up for Lewis Ocean Bay!

Monday, February 19, 2024

The 3rd and final reading to rezone the Conway Medical Center (CMC) property across from Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve is  on the agenda  for Tuesday’s Horry County Council meeting. We need your help! Please attend the meeting to show the council that smoke and hospitals do not mix and the best outcome for this parcel is for CMC to sell it to SC Department of Natural Resource so that it can be conserved.

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Deep-sea corals: Ecosystem engineers

Monday, February 5, 2024

We’re continuing our journey to the depths of the Blake Plateau and its fascinating deep-sea coral ecosystem by diving into the ecology that supports life at extreme depths and at the surface. No need to have a background in ecology, just your excitement for all things Under the Sea is required!

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We couldn’t protect our coast without you, valentine.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting coastal conservation! Want to share in the love? Download and send your valentine a card from below. Download conservation candy hearts Download With love from Coastal Conservation League

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Share your thoughts on RIDE 4!

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Share your concerns now before the projects are on the ballot in November.  Your voice matters!  The proposed road project list for Horry County is not yet final. This comment period is your chance to have your opinions heard on where your tax dollars should go for the next 25 years.  Commenting is easy!  Horry County will be collecting comment cards at each meeting or you can…

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South Coast Newsletter: New Year, New River Advocacy

Monday, January 22, 2024

Happy New Year from the South Coast office of the Coastal Conservation League! We hope you rang in 2024 with a serving of collard greens to bring you wealth, and a scoop of hoppin’ john for good luck!   Stick around to learn about our advocacy to protect historic rice fields and sensitive landscapes along the New River, from its headwaters in Hardeeville to its mouth near Palmetto Bluff.  

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A false choice for St. Helena

Thursday, January 11, 2024

As we mentioned before the holidays, the Pine Island developer’s claims that a large residential subdivision will be built if the golf resort plan is not given an exception from the Cultural Protection Overlay (CPO) rules is neither a likely option, nor the only other option for the property. In fact, this fall, the developer’s conceptual plan for 144 homes was met with significant concerns by…


Deep-Sea Corals: Biology

Monday, January 8, 2024

We’re continuing our journey to the depths of the Blake Plateau and its fascinating deep-sea coral ecosystem by diving into the biology that makes deep-sea corals so unique. No need to have a background in biological sciences, just your excitement for all things Under the Sea is required!   The remote operated vehicle, Deep…

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