S.C. lawmakers reach agreement on shoreline management plan

-CHARLESTON CITY PAPER, 2 JUNE 2016, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:

Conservation advocates breathed a sigh of relief this week as South Carolina lawmakers passed a shoreline management bill that aims to preserve areas along the state’s coast.
The bill will prevent the boundary for coastal development from being moved any closer to the sea after 2017, limiting any major construction beyond that point.

Under the S.C. Beachfront Management Act, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control must reassess the location of these boundary lines every eight to 10 years based on the natural erosion and accretion that takes place along the coast. In 2013, a Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management, which included state legislators, legal advisors, and coastal leaders such as former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., issued a report recommending that the state prohibit any further seaward movement of the baseline. <Read More>