South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

ALC Judge Puts Captain Sams Spit Back in Jeopardy
Posted: March 31, 2016

On March 22, the Administrative Law Court authorized Kiawah Development Partners, II (KDP) to construct a 2,873' vertical bulkhead along the Kiawah River and a 270' concrete block revetment extending 40' into the critical area at Beachwalker Park. This decision comes in spite of the Supreme Court's 2014 ruling that the public benefits from protecting the Kiawah River shoreline in its natural condition and that coastal resources such as the Spit must be used to the maximum benefit of the public. The next day, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) filed a motion for a stay of Judge Anderson's decision, on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League (CCL). On March 30, SCELP filed a notice of appeal and motion to transfer to the Supreme Court. On April 15, after CCL and KDP submitted written arguments, Judge Anderson issued an order preventing the construction of the vertical bulkhead he approved. SCELP's general counsel, Amy Armstrong, is optimistic that the Supreme Court will again hear and decide this case.

Read the whole Spit legal saga here.

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