South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Famed Angel Oak threatened, judge told
Posted: April 4, 2012

by Sammy Fretwell

A seven-year-old plan to build apartments near the famed Angel Oak tree was battered with criticism Tuesday during the opening day of a trial that could help determine whether the project is ever built in Charleston County.

If developer Robert DeMoura gets environmental permits for the complex, he likely will sell land near the centuries-old Angel Oak to North Carolina developers interested in finishing all or part of his approximately 500-unit project on Johns Island.

But during opening arguments in state Administrative Law Court, environmentalists said the Angel Oak will surely suffer if the development project is built near the massive tree — no matter who completes the project. They are appealing the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s approval of water quality and coastal zone permits for the work.

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