South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

The Summer Newsletter is Here!
Posted: July 19, 2018

Please enjoy our 2018 Summer Newsletter, covering cases update and other news from our staff, board and operations, including the ongoing celebrations of our latest win in the Captain Sam Spit saga.

From the cover story:

April 18 was an historic day. On that day, the South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously and decisively ended Kiawah Development Partners, II’s plans to cover three acres of sandy shoreline along the Kiawah River with a half-mile long concrete wall. The wall sought would have extended 40 feet into the river itself, converting the sandy shifting shoreline into a hardened fixed shoreline. The developer sought the wall in order to facilitate a 50-house development on Captain Sams Spit, the iconic 150-acre barrier island spit, which is used extensively not only by the public, but also by a myriad of wildlife species, including Diamondback Terrapins, Bottlenose Dolphin, Red Knots and Piping Plovers.

The Supreme Court’s Opinion – the fourth one on the topic of whether this enormous wall should be constructed on public trust tidelands – ends this chapter in the legal saga after a grueling 10 years. Continue reading ...