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The State: $144 million Florence road example of cronyism, critics say

Saturday, October 24, 2015

by Cassie Cope, The State, October 24, 2015 “It’s safe to take a nap in the middle of the road,” activist Dana Beach said of Pamplico Highway. The Florence County road does not have enough traffic to justify spending the estimated $144.4 million in state and local money that it will cost to widen it, he added. So why widen it? Politics, say critics of the state Infrastructure Bank, including Beach,…

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Coastal leaders should follow IOP’s lead on plastic bags

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Coastal leaders should follow IOP’s lead on plastic bags BY KATIE ZIMMERMAN Jun 2 2015 12:01 am Last week, the City of Isle of Palms unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance to prohibit single-use plastic bags by business establishments within the municipality’s boundaries. The ordinance is an excellent first step…

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Rural and Critical Lands Program an Asset to Beaufort County

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Opinion: The Rural and Critical Lands Program is an asset to Beaufort County By Kate Schaefer – newsroom@islandpacket.com To date, some incredible places have been protected with our public dollars: the headwaters of some of our rivers, farmland and other traditional landscapes that make this place so special. Spending dollars on conservation has saved us dollars on infrastructure,…

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News 4: Dorchester leaders push to get out of coastal management plan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Elected officials are making a push to shrink some protected lands in Dorchester County in the name of attracting business, but conservationists say it’s a dangerous idea. Conservationists say it’s a program that provides added protection for coastal waterways. The Coastal Management Program was started in 1979, but some Dorchester County representatives say they only want part of the county to take part. They say the change would make…

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Live 5: Carnival Sunshine to depart from Charleston in 2016

Monday, March 16, 2015

by Bobby Liga WCSC – Live 5 News CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A new cruise ship is set to depart from Charleston in the fall of next year. It’s called the Carnival Sunshine. That joins another Carnival ship that calls the port of Charleston home, the Fantasy. Some residents and environmentalists are concerned about pollution that comes from these ships. In 2011 Charleston residents and environmental groups sued Carnival saying the ships were…

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The State: Environmental protection rules at risk on SC coast

Thursday, March 12, 2015

by Sammy Fretwell The State Lawmakers are examining whether to ease coastal environmental rules that some Lowcountry officials say are hindering industrial development in counties that need jobs. A bill that could loosen regulations protecting wetlands and rivers in much of Dorchester County is fueling the discussion. Bill supporters say South Carolina’s coastal regulations should not apply to inland areas of Dorchester because those communities are much different geographically than areas closer to the Atlantic Ocean. The…

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News 2: Land battle rages in Dorchester County

Thursday, March 12, 2015

  by Rebecca Collett WCBC News 2 Legislation working its way through the State House would eliminate protection for hundreds of square miles of land in Dorchester County. The Coastal Conservation League says the legislation has huge impacts on the natural environment and will impact critical wetlands. County leaders say the unnecessary protection stifles growth. In January, Dorchester County Council voted unanimously to request state lawmakers to initiate legislation that would exempt a portion of Dorchester…

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The State: BP oil spill film used to fight SC drilling as business leaders counterpunch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

by Sammy Fretwell COLUMBIA, SC — Boosters of drilling for gas and oil along the South Carolina coast are punching back at a sustained effort by environmental groups to influence public opinion against a proposal that could allow offshore drilling. As a public comment deadline nears, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and business leaders will hold a forum Wednesday near Charleston to explain why oil and gas would be the right industry for coastal South Carolina. “As…

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Collaboration assures land preservation

Monday, March 9, 2015

by Ashley Demosthenes, Jim Newsome, and Dana Beach You may recall that on a sunny afternoon in early January, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the State Ports Authority, the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center celebrated a milestone achievement stemming from months of close collaboration and fueled by a steadfast commitment to working together to achieve a common goal. A goal not only supported…

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Drilling would endanger S.C. coast

Sunday, March 8, 2015 (International Association of Geophysical Contractors/Provided)

If there is a single resource that exemplifies the best of what our state has to offer, it is surely the South Carolina coast: The beaches, salt marshes, creeks, estuaries, and wildlife are second to none. These resources permeate our culture and underpin the state’s $7 billion coastal tourism and fisheries economy. And yet, somehow, many elected officials have lost sight of this fact. In what can fairly be described as a colossal miscalculation, offshore oil…

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