South Carolina Environmental Law Project

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Ingram Dunes

Ingram Dunes

The Ingram Dunes, located between Hillside Dr. South and Strand Ave in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, are among the highest relic dunes on the coast of South Carolina. They rise to 50 ft. above sea level and are covered with old growth maritime forest including live oaks and cedars. They are estimated by state geologists to be between 12,000 and 80,000 years old, and have been used and cherished as an open space by members of the community and the public for over 70 years. Indeed, Ingram Dunes are one of the last remaining undisturbed natural areas in the city.

Preserve Ingram Dunes has been working hard to advocate for the permanent protection of this community treasure since 2016. SCELP is working on behalf of this group of concerned citizens to help protect the dune system from the proposed construction of 31 houses.

On March 4, we filed an appeal with the S.C. Administrative Law Court to motion for a contested case hearing to urge the Court to review and void the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) granting of a stormwater permit for the site, which is the last requirement before clearing and bulldozing can start.

In our filing, we contend that this open space is not only a beautiful and beloved natural resource, the dunes naturally filter storm water and help control and prevent pollution. What’s more, the dunes are a critical buffer to flood waters, meaning they are vital to an area especially vulnerable to flooding due to surrounding development. DHEC's permit for the proposed project violates the policies…