South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Pawleys Island Groin Fight Heats Up
Posted: July 1, 2013

After Georgetown County decided that it was not going to participate in the trial over its groin permit on the south end of Pawleys Island, SCELP filed a motion for summary judgment asking the Administrative Law Judge to overturn the permit. We have multiple grounds for our challenge, including the fact that Georgetown County has not responded to any discovery requests and has not complied with the Court's order for pre-trial statements. The County's failure to defend itself has caused it to be a "defaulting party" under state rules, which gives the Judge authority to overturn the permit and rule in our favor. We completed briefing on summary judgment on June 25.

In the meantime, the Town of Pawleys Island has filed a motion to intervene given the County's decision not to participate in the trial. We are opposing the Town's motion and expect the Court to hear arguments on both motions before the end of the summer.