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Same as it ever was, a transportation vision takes flight, with a reality check.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

As we plunge into 2016 with resolutions about exercising more, eating less (and locally, GrowFood Carolina hopes), and spending wisely, it’s worth considering David Byrne’s percipient lyric, “Same as it ever was.” In that vein, the Legislature will convene next Tuesday. The biggest financial issue they will debate in 2016 is whether to raise the gas tax, just as they did last year, and the year before that. Cindi Scoppe, with The State,…

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Rudolph the blue-eyed reindeer, warm Christmas, hot turtles, eroding beaches, transportation confusion.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Folks,   During this tranquil period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s worth reflecting on those things we have learned this year, along with those we are still confused about.   On the side of understanding, the Huffington Post reports that we now know why reindeer have blue eyes, (because the compression of tissues in the back of the eye increases low-light sensitivity), but also why…

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Supporters want to reopen the James Island Connector!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 2015: Charleston City Council’s Traffic and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the “engineering feasibility study” to reopen the James Island Connector. Well done, supporters! Council Chambers was full tonight, and the only people who spoke were in support of getting bikes back on the Connector! Nineteen speakers stood up and made excellent points, and the council members clearly heard us. At the time of the meeting, we had 977 petition signatures (the

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The Beach Company’s “ugly bookends,” Conservation made permanent, I-526 on its last legs, businesses against offshore oil, Saving oaks

Monday, December 21, 2015

Folks, This week’s news is generally about wrapping things up, which seems appropriate with only a few days left in 2015. First, some great news, concluding a decade of hard work. Our friends at The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance and a few other national conservation groups have spent years struggling to make the tax deduction for donated conservation easements permanent. On December 18th Congress approved the change. The majority of the South Carolina coast’s 1.2…

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Post & Courier: Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 15, 2015 Charleston County has less than four months to come up with a solid plan to cover the more than $300 million funding shortfall for the completion of Interstate 526. If it can’t do that, the $420 million in state money set aside for the project could be dispersed to other large projects throughout…

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One grand tree, houses on sand redux, sun power, a climate agreement, offshore oil, 3 inspiring people.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Folks, This week definitely ended with a bang. On Friday we heard that SCDOT Commission Chair Jim Rozier had directed the Department to cut down a grand live oak tree along River Road on Johns Island… on Monday. CCL’s Natalie Olson called Jim to discuss alternatives, but to no avail. As this Post and Courier editorial entitled “Save River Road Grand Tree” reports, Rozier “variously” justified the project by safety, the poor health…

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Post & Courier: SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak

Sunday, December 13, 2015

SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 13, 2015 The state Department of Transportation has suspended a plan to cut down a live oak tree on River Road on Johns Island Monday, according to a news release from the department. Interim Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall agreed to postpone the removal of the tree after conferring with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the release stated. Jim…

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Live 5: Johns Island residents protest scheduled removal of Grand Oak

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Johns Island residents protest scheduled removal of Grand Oak December 12, 2015 By Liza Lucas Live 5 Charleston JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – A grand oak tree on River Road in Johns Island faces an uncertain future. “The Department of Transportation has deemed this tree to be unsafe for drivers going along River Road,” Natalie Olson, staff attorney and land use director for the Coastal Conservation League said. “As you can see, this tree along with other trees…

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Post & Courier: Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’

Friday, December 11, 2015

Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’ By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December, 11 2015 Johns Island — The state Department of Transportation plans to cut down a live oak Monday on River Road, but local residents, an environmental group and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley are fighting for the tree’s life. Jim Rozier, chairman of the DOT Commission, said the tree, which sits across the street from the entrance to Fenwick Hall near the intersection…

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Holding back the ocean, protecting the ocean, cities without cars, road improvements without tax increases, Native Americans honor a South Carolinian’s work.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Folks, Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach… Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports that an administrative law judge has lifted the “stay” on construction of the latest version of a sea wall on Captain Sams spit. As a recap, the Conservation League, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, prevailed before the S.C. Supreme Court in our opposition to a gigantic, 3/4 mile…

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