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Beating Goliath. Beating Goliath twice. Lines in the sand. Courage on Climate. Goose the manatee.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Folks, Beautiful is the best way to describe Acacia Mack’s description of her childhood home on James Island Creek.  Ms. Mack, whose family has lived in a bucolic family compound on James Island for more than three generations, says it is her “Battery, Waterfront Park and Pineapple all wrapped up in one.”  Diane Knich writes in the Post and Courier that the I 526 extension would have obliterated this small community of relatives and neighbors, passing within 80 feet of the modest…

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I-526, the power of imagination, and the future of the Lowcountry. The taming of the STIB. Sunshine brings clouds over Charleston.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Folks, This was a banner week for transportation in South Carolina.  On Thursday, after more than a decade of blood, toil, sweat and tears on the part of concerned citizens and the Conservation League, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) voted to withdraw funds for the I-526 extension to John’s Island.  The demise of this project, which had become the most expensive highway in South Carolina’s history, has the potential to launch a fresh, new discussion about transportation planning. It…

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The Laurel Island Project

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today in The Post and Courier, Warren Wise wrote about proposed development on Laurel Island, between Morrison Drive and the Cooper River, north of the Ravenel Bridge. Jeff Speck, a city planner, author and consultant helping the developer assemble a team of planners, called Laurel Island the “best developable site on the East Coast.” “It’s 160 acres of unbounded opportunity,” said Speck, who in 2012 wrote “Walkable City: How…

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The miracle of the red knot. The drama of nature in the comfort of your home. Conservation in the cause of economic development.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Folks, This was a big week for birds (especially small ones).  Deborah Cramer, whose beautifully titled Pulitzer prize winner, “The Narrow Edge:  A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey,” celebrates the courageous — even miraculous — life of the red knot, spoke at the Library Society on Wednesday to a standing room only crowd.  Who would have guessed that there could be such enthusiasm for an obscure bird that appears in…

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Two Talented Sixth Graders on Captain Sams Spit

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ashton and Nola, two talented sixth graders at Fort Johnson Middle School, created this PSA after researching the pros and cons of building on Captain Sams Spit. We think you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

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Population growth. Oil and virtuous cycles. Terrapins and salt marsh.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Folks, With the presidential primaries in full swing, this week brought the usual fare of annoying, discouraging and alarming news. One could put David Slade’s coastal population growth article in the Post and Courier in the last category. All David needed to do was dust off the article he wrote last year and change the dates. (Being an excellent journalist, he didn’t.) In 2015, the three fastest growing metro areas on the Atlantic Coast were…

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Krill, Baby, Krill! Beautiful swimmers. Sad news about Hamilton.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Folks, The long, dark night of offshore oil is over. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has withdrawn its proposal to allow drilling in the seabed along the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Right whales, bottlenose dolphin, grouper and marlin can celebrate, free from deafening seismic blasts. Pelicans, gannets and terns can fish safely in non-oiled waters. Krill and plankton — foundations of life in the ocean and…

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Offshore Drilling: We Won!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

You spoke up. They listened. And today we won! A little more than a year ago, the Obama Administration shocked us all by announcing plans to allow oil and gas drilling off our coast — a direct threat to South Carolina’s tourism economy and quality of life. Tens of thousands of citizens organized throughout the state to stop offshore drilling. Hundreds of coastal towns and cities passed resolutions declaring their opposition. Businesses and local leaders, Republicans…

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Manatees following monarchs. The offshore drilling IQ deficit. The worst form of government.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Folks, Last week the good news was about the resurgence of monarch butterflies on their wintering grounds in Mexico. This week, it’s the lithe monarch’s antipode, the Florida manatee, as the Washington Post reports. Once threatened with extinction, the population of this peaceful, herbivorous resident of Florida’s freshwater springs, (and, increasingly, South Carolina’s coastal waters), has grown from several hundred in the 1970s to roughly 6,000 today. The manatee’s rebound is the direct…

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East Edisto: A landmark victory

Friday, February 26, 2016

Yesterday was a monumental day for land conservation in South Carolina. After planning and negotiating for nearly a decade, a major corporation, conservationists, business leaders, government officials, and members of the community came to an agreement that will conserve a swath of land nearly twice the size of Mount Pleasant — forever. The so-called East Edisto property, owned by WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco), is 72,000 acres and 19 miles long — running from Hollywood…

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