Protect S.C. coast: No retreat from ‘line in the sand’

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


South Carolina faces an historic opportunity this legislative session, with a vote on the floor likely in the coming weeks. The time could not come soon enough, as our coastal communities face record-breaking storm surges, sea level rise, and flooding events.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) designate a baseline along the coast every eight to ten years. The “line in the sand” dictates the point beyond which development cannot occur, at least for that particular cycle. Over the years, as coastal erosion has increased and the call for beach renourishment has sharpened, it has become clear that neither “renourished” beaches nor shifting shorelines make stable, smart locations for new houses…

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