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Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract

Monday, June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director — (252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Diane Knich, Communications Associate — (843) 530-0211 or dianek@scccl.org Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract Legal filing calls into question Charleston County’s use of half-cent sales tax CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the Coastal Conservation League and three Charleston County residents filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court challenging the county’s use of funds from the 2016 half-cent…

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Google and groundwater

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Today — as we face drought conditions and less than two years after Google’s first request rocked the region — the tech giant is applying for the exact same groundwater permit and the Coastal Conservation League has some of the same concerns. Google wants to pull 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from an ancient and pristine aquifer that supports neighboring towns. Google is set to expand its data center in Berkeley County and wants to pull…

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The people have spoken: Sine Die 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I’m sitting on the steps of the Statehouse, reflecting on and celebrating the close of the first half of another legislative session in Columbia. It’s my tenth year with the Coastal Conservation League, and 2019 will go down in the books as one of my favorites yet. In 2019, we generated more calls and emails to Columbia than ever before. Thanks to you and your engagement, we made progress — we helped good bills advance that will benefit…

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Contract review continues on I-526

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Today, the state’s Joint Bond Review Committee demonstrated fiscal concern for Charleston County taxpayers when it decided to carefully review and digest data gathered by a subcommittee studying the contract for the Interstate 526 extension. And instead of charging ahead with a vote, committee members again requested still-outstanding legal assurances from Charleston County. JBRC member Sen. Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee), who is chairman of the subcommittee studying the contract, said that group will meet one more…

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S.C. House Agriculture Committee passes bill to ban onshore infrastructure for offshore drilling

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Agriculture committee approved an important bill  (House Bill 3087), which would keep the onshore infrastructure associated with offshore drilling out of our communities. The Coastal Conservation League has long opposed drilling for oil and gas off our coast. The risks are just too great. Offshore oil and gas drilling threatens our beaches, rivers, creeks, salt marshes and sea islands. And it could harm brown pelicans, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and…

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Recipe from the warehouse: Strawberry Benne Seed Waffle from SNOB’s Megan Hutchinson

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

This month, Slightly North of Broad Executive Sous Chef Megan Hutchinson is sharing her recipe for a strawberry benne seed waffle. Ripe local strawberries are combined with fluffy batter and benne seeds and topped with warm maple syrup and a splash (or two) of bourbon. Megan doesn’t skimp on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, too. Drool. Strawberry Benne Seed Waffle Wet ingredients

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Where to find local strawberries

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Who’s Growing Them: Hickory Bluff Berry Farm – You Pick Wabi Sabi Farm – You Pick Shuler Peach Company Where to Buy: Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery 14 Carrot Whole Foods Pawley’s Island General Store The Vegetable Bin Whole Foods – Columbia Whole Foods – West Ashley Whole Foods Market – Mount Pleasant Jeremiah’s Local Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Lowcountry Street Grocery Earth Fare…

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Remembering a champion

Monday, April 8, 2019

  This weekend, I was saddened to learn that we have lost a much admired and beloved ocean hero and statesman. Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings of South Carolina died on Saturday at the age of 97. His leadership will live on through his vast array of accomplishments over the course of a long and distinguished career. A particular part of his remarkable legacy that is near and dear…

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Charleston County reveals plan for I-526

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In Columbia this morning, Charleston County’s financial advisor, attorney and Chairman Elliott Summey presented the county’s plans to fund its portion of the extension of I-526, primarily using revenue from the 2004 and 2016 half-cent sales taxes. They confirmed our fear that this plan is half-formed and could jeopardize not only the half-cent sales tax projects, but also the county’s ability to address future needs. On top of that, Charleston County Council isn’t being honest…

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SIGN OUR PETITION TO KEEP EFFLUENT OFF GREENBELT PROPERTY

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A plan to spray treated sewage from a package wastewater treatment plant on a public park under construction on Doar Road in Awendaw is currently being considered by the Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board. The “package plant” would serve both the new school and a new residential development just down the road from the future park. This plan is risky because package plants have…

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