Fewer bags. More wolves, and flytraps. “We have run out of ammunition, so we must think (and operate traffic lights with plungers).”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Folks, Last week I described the news as a mixed bag. This week I’ll describe it as a (literal) bag. In this excellent overview by the Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington, you will learn that single use plastic bag bans in South Carolina are attracting national attention. This comes both from conservationists and coastal communities concerned about the rising tide of plastic in the ocean and the terrestrial environment, and from the plastic bag industry, who…

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Appeals court narrows dates for Charleston cruise ship terminal hearing

Monday, August 1, 2016

From the Post & Courier‘s David Wren: Appeals court narrows dates for Charleston cruise ship terminal hearing After months of delays, the state Court of Appeals has set a date — actually two of them — to hear arguments in a case that will determine whether the State Ports Authority gets one of the permits it needs to build a new cruise ship terminal near Charleston’s Historic District. Lawyers from all sides said they have…

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Charleston, Folly Beach consider curbing plastic bag use; could bring national fight to SC

Saturday, July 30, 2016

From the Post & Courier’s Abigail Darlington: Charleston, Folly Beach consider curbing plastic bag use; could bring national fight to SC Isle of Palms became the first town in South Carolina to ban plastic bags last year, and now Charleston and Folly Beach are looking to curb consumption of the single-use bags, possibly by banning them or imposing a fee at checkout counters. In doing so they could bring the nationwide…


Victory for bicycle commuters. I-526 chaos. The root of the problem. The Lowcountry from above. Buckets of fish.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Folks, This week’s news is a mixed bag — success and chaos, root causes and aerial insights, and a bucket list of fish. The Post and Courier reports that the Charleston City Council did the right thing with the Ashley River bridge, by the slimmest of margins.  The Council voted 7-6 in favor of devoting one out of seven lanes on Highway 17 across the Ashley to bicycles and pedestrians. Remarkably, in spite of the years spent analyzing…

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Council scores big with bike lane

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Post and Courier‘s editorial board: Council scores big with bike lane Charleston City Council didn’t just endorse a new bike lane over the Ashley River Tuesday. By voting for the project, it took a bold step toward addressing traffic congestion and parking problems, and it promoted healthy lifestyles for residents. It…

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Bike lane over the Ashley River rolls forward

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From the Post & Courier‘s Diane Knich: Bike lane over the Ashley River rolls forward Bicyclists were elated Tuesday when Charleston City Council voted in favor of a plan to convert a lane of the northbound U.S. Highway 17 bridge over the Ashley River to bike and pedestrian use. The group voted 7-6 in favor of sending a letter to Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey reaffirming the city’s intentions to…

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To fix or to build anew. To bike or not to bike. Backpedaling on transportation?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Folks, In spite of, or perhaps exemplified by, the Legislature’s action on highway funding this session — they rejected a gas tax increase, approved spending $200 million in one time funds on transportation improvements, and substantially reformed the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank — the tug of war between new highway construction, (eg. I-526 to Johns Island), and repairing the existing road system continues.  On one side, the vast majority of South Carolina residents, businesses, conservation groups, low-tax and good…


Is Charleston Next in Line to Take a Stand on Plastic Bags?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

From the Charleston City Paper’s Dustin Waters: Is Charleston next in line to take a stand on plastic bags?  Let’s consider the plastic bag. Over recent years, there’s been a growing debate across the country regarding the impact of these everyday conveniences. On one side, you have those who argue that plastic bags pollute our cities, waste resources, and harm wildlife. On the other side, you have the counter argument: Plastic bags are efficient, affordable,…

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Statement on Ethics Bills Signing

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For Immediate Release June 23, 2016  Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144,  CHARLESTON – In response to Governor Nikki Haley signing two ethics reform bills in Easley today, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement:  “The Coastal Conservation League applauds Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Larry Martin, Senator Wes Hayes, and Representative Kirkman Finlay for their leadership in…


Three related subjects: housing, land use and transportation. Two unrelated subjects: turtles and GrowFood.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Folks, This week brought three topics together that are too often considered in isolation:  affordable housing, urban design and transportation. The first article, by Warren Wise with the Post and Courier, reports on Thursday’s housing summit in Charleston, sponsored by the Lowcountry Community Loan Fund.  The theme of the conference, around which there was virtually unanimous agreement, is that poor planning and zoning is a major contributor to the Lowcountry’s housing affordability problem, and that solving…

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