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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South Carolina House Approves Landmark Shoreline Management Bill

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Coastal Conservation League FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Katie Zimmerman –, (843)725-1292 Alan Hancock – (803) 361-1693 June 1, 2016 COLUMBIA, SC – Today the South Carolina House of Representatives approved the strongest protections for South Carolina beaches in 25 years. Scientists, developers, attorneys, and lawmakers have worked for nearly a decade to develop common-sense policies regarding development near beaches. The shoreline management bill, S. 139, would permanently set a baseline from moving seaward along our state’s beachfront, restricting certain…

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Grand Tree Removals in the City of Charleston

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The City of Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals – Site Design (BZA-SD) is responsible for approving or denying requests for impacts to or removals of grand trees with the city’s boundaries. The BZA-SD meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm in the Public Meeting Room, First Floor, 2 George Street (Gaillard Center Municipal Building). At each meeting, there is an opportunity to comment on requested impacts or removals. So what is the best…


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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State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board Makes the Right Call on Mark Clark Extension

Thursday, May 26, 2016

News Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League May 26, 2016 Contact: Chris DeScherer, SELC, (843) 720-5270 Mike Mather, SELC Communications, (434) 977-4090 or Natalie Olson, CCL, (843) 723-8035 or Alan Hancock, CCL, (803) 361-1693 or State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board Makes the Right Call on Mark Clark Extension COLUMBIA – Today the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or “SIB,” voted against giving the County a year-long extension to explore funding the project with…

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Statement on Legislative Audit of State Transportation Infrastructure Bank

Thursday, May 26, 2016

For Immediate Release May 26, 2016 Contact: Alan Hancock (803) 361-1693, CHARLESTON – In response to the Legislative Audit Council review of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement: “The audit underscores the need for the Legislature to pass reforms to move the the infrastructure bank under the Department of Transportation, so we don’t have two separate transportation agencies in South Carolina. We need to make…

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P&C: Letters show overwhelming opposition to new cruise ship terminal in Charleston

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

From The Post and Courier May 23 9:09 am David Wren The verdict is in: Most Charleston-area residents don’t want the State Ports Authority to build a new cruise ship terminal at Union Pier. At least that’s the majority opinion of those who took the time to send written comments to the Army Corps of Engineers, which will decide whether the SPA gets a federal permit…

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Landmark Shoreline Management Bill Up for Final Approval in South Carolina Legislature

Monday, May 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katie Zimmerman, (843) 725-1292, –  Alan Hancock, (803) 361-1693, May 21, 2016 Landmark Shoreline Management Bill Up for Final Approval in South Carolina Legislature  COLUMBIA, S.C. – The strongest protections for South Carolina beaches in 25 years are one step from becoming law this week. Scientists, developers, attorneys, and lawmakers have worked for more than 10 years to develop common-sense policies for shoreline development. The shoreline management bill, S. 139, would permanently set…


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…


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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