Wednesday, April 18, 2018 News · Press Releases

Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Captain Sams Spit

by Diane Knich

Coastal Conservation League and South Carolina Environmental Law Project


Emily Cedzo — Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director [email protected] (843) 725-1290
Caitie Forde-Smith Communications Director — [email protected] — (252) 714-4790

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2018

CHARLESTON, SC Today, in an unprecedented fourth opinion, the South Carolina Supreme Court definitively denied a half-mile long wall proposed by developers on the sandy riverbanks of Captain Sams Spit and issued a stern rebuke of the Administrative Law Court’s 2016 decision.

In response, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project and Coastal Conservation League issued the following statements:

“Similar to its previous 2014 ruling, the Supreme Court has again affirmed the significant value of the public trust shoreline at Captain Sams Spit, and the urgent need to protect it. The Court’s opinion underscores the importance of protecting the public’s use of and access to tideland critical areas,” South Carolina Environmental Law Project Executive Director and chief counsel Amy Armstrong said.

“Today’s ruling from the state’s highest court, denying a developer’s request to build a nearly half-mile long wall leading to Captain Sams Spit, is a win for our coast. The Court’s opinion serves a blow to irresponsible coastal development,” Conservation League Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director Emily Cedzo said.

“The Coastal Conservation League appreciates our persistent attorneys at the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, and the committed band of supporters who, for ten years, have joined us in our fight to protect Captain Sams Spit,” Cedzo said.

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