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Court of Appeals allows case on beachfront land ownership to move forward

Monday, August 7, 2023

FOLLY BEACH, SC – The Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging ownership of land newly created through artificial beach renourishment found a path forward last week as the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in their favor. On Tuesday, August 2, the Court reversed and remanded a lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit that held that the City of Folly Beach, Coastal Conservation League, Save Folly Beach and a group of local homeowners lacked standing…

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Partner Groups File Coordinated Motions to Intervene in Pine Island Case

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Today, four groups filed independent motions to intervene to defend Beaufort County’s denial of plans for three (3) 6-hole golf courses on St. Helena Island in the appeal initiated by Pine Island Property Holdings, LLC.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (filed by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project), The Penn Center (represented by Jack Smith of Nelson Mullins), Coastal Conservation League (represented by Ross Appel of McCullough Khan Appel)

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Coastal Conservation League Seeks New Director of GrowFood Carolina Program

Monday, July 17, 2023

The Coastal Conservation League announced today the launch of a search for the next Director of GrowFood Carolina, their highly successful and innovative nonprofit food hub. GrowFood Carolina is a local food hub providing logistical, sales, marketing, and distribution support to South Carolina’s smallest producers, with the added goal of supporting the conservation of the state’s farmland. “GrowFood Carolina strengthens our connection to land and the people who feed us,” said Coastal Conservation…

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Coastal Conservation League requests review of Edge Road Mine permitting decision

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

HORRY COUNTY, SC – On Wednesday, July 5, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project filed a request on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for board review of the June 20 DHEC staff decision to issue a permit to Soilutions LLC, authorizing the company to resume operations and begin additional construction on 33 acres at Edge Road Mine, a sand, clay and topsoil mine adjacent…

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Union Pier Plan shifting to community-focused process after significant public feedback

Friday, June 16, 2023

A coalition of Charleston advocacy groups is applauding the announcement Friday by the South Carolina Ports Authority and the City of Charleston that there will be a fresh start on the redevelopment of Union Pier, a significant project that for months has drawn overwhelming community feedback. At the June 7 Planning Commission meeting focused on the proposed Union Pier project, Barbara Melvin, President and CEO of the Ports Authority, assured the hundreds of concerned citizens…

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South Carolina partners begin action on Salt Marsh Conservation Plan

Monday, June 5, 2023

After nearly three years of development, a comprehensive plan to protect salt marsh along the coast from North Carolina to east-central Florida has finally come to fruition. The South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative’s (SASMI) plan calls for protecting the sinewy channels of coastal grasslands for their value in reducing flooding and erosion, providing wildlife habitat and supporting coastal businesses and economies. “Salt marshes are iconic landscapes in the coastal Southeast, yet their health and sustainability is…

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South Carolina Real Estate Commission to require disclosure of flood history to buyers

Monday, June 5, 2023

Petition to shield home buyers from unforeseen costs and damages CHARLESTON, S.C. — This month, a new disclosure form published by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission goes into effect that will ensure better information about flood history and erosion risk is shared between home sellers and buyers across the state. This improved transparency will help home buyers better prepare for future floods and take precautions such as purchasing flood insurance. Previous requirements…

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Beaufort County Council confirms original community vision for St Helena Island 

Monday, May 8, 2023

Decades ago, the St. Helena community made clear that its vision for the island’s future was a place where generations of Gullah/Geechee families could continue to sustain their rich farming, hunting, and fishing culture. This vision does not include golf courses, gated communities, and resort developments, which threaten to interrupt the cultural way of life for this community.  Today, a third and final reading by Beaufort County Council of clarifying revisions to…

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Avery Research Center awarded $2 million grant from Mellon Foundation

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From: Coastal Conservation League January 25, 2023 Contact: Diane Knich, Coastal Conservation League, [email protected], (843) 530-0211 Avery Research Center awarded $2 million grant from Mellon Foundation We congratulate the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston, and Dr. Tamara Butler, the center’s Executive Director and member of the Coastal Conservation League’s Board of Directors, for being awarded a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation. The funding, says Dr. Butler, will allow the center to…

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Environmental groups and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island awarded $1.2 million to establish living shorelines

Thursday, January 5, 2023

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (Dec. 6, 2022) – The long-term resilience of Beaufort County’s military installations got a boost this week with the announcement of a major grant to reduce climate impacts at Parris Island and surrounding communities. The Coastal Conservation League, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Sustainability Institute (SI), Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, and The Pew Charitable Trusts…

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