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Love Conquers Hate, Amazing Grace, Singing Presidents

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Folks, The events of these last two weeks will undoubtedly be counted among the most important in decades. I suspect we will not fully understand their implications for years. President Obama visited Charleston on Friday to deliver a eulogy for Senator Clementa Pinckney. Senator Pinckney and eight of his parishioners were murdered last week in the sanctuary of his church, the historic Mother Emanuel AME on Calhoun Street.The president’s theme was grace. There could be no…

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The second kick of a mule; DHEC punts on offshore; Sun City shines; Local food hub fever.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Folks, Strange bedfellows is the theme of the week on transportation. Five groups that don’t ordinarily jeehaw (to use a fellow conservationist’s favorite term) gathered in Columbia on Wednesday to express their agreement on the overriding importance of getting politics out of the road funding arena before raising the gas tax. The S.C. Policy Council, League of Women Voters, S.C. Campaign for Liberty, American’s for Prosperity and the Conservation League urged legislators to…

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TOMORROW: Coastal Conservation League To Take Part in Press Conference on Transportation Funding

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Columbia, SC — On Wednesday, June 10th, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League will hold a press conference with partner organizations at the South Carolina Statehouse to discuss the legislature’s failed attempt at raising the gas tax this session. Addressing the news conference will be Dana Beach, executive director of the Coastal Conservation League; Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council; JoAnne Day, vice president of the League of Women Voters of South…

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No slush funds this year, the hubris of bulldozers and offshore drilling, Isle of Palms steps up for the ocean.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Folks, The news of the week is that the S.C. Legislature has adjourned, abiding (perhaps unintentionally) by the principle “First, do no harm.” (This mandate, incidentally, originates from the Hippocratic school of philosophy, but is not part of the Hippocratic Oath.) In fact, the 2015 legislative session produced almost nothing. In the case of transportation funding (and a variety of anti-environment measures), this was a good thing. Both the House and the Senate had persistently refused…

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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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Captain Sams redux, again; Plain facts, disputed; A noose; But on the good side…

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Folks, If you aren’t confused by what is going on with Captain Sams (no apostrophe) Spit, then you haven’t been paying attention. The latest news flash on the proposal to develop the sand bar on the western end of Kiawah Island is that the state has issued a permit for a sea wall. It is essentially like the one the Kiawah developers applied for some years ago. The first permit request was blocked by an SC…

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Captain Sams Permit Misplaced

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The tides rise and fall, continually eroding and accreting Captain Sam’s Spit. Similarly, state courts’ and permitting authorities’ opinions have swung back and forth, alternately eroding and building people’s h

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Kiawah developers win new permit for Captain Sam’s Spit

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Captain Sams Spit

State regulators have approved a new permit that would allow development of Captain Sam’s Spit. The move came a little more than five months after the state Supreme Court ruled against granting an earlier permit. Environmental opponents characterized the move by Charlotte-based Kiawah Partners as trying to find a loophole around the court decision, and have appealed the staff decision to the Department of Health and Environmental Control board, likely setting…

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Road Rage and Motivated Avoidance

Monday, May 25, 2015

I suspect many of you have been sitting by the computer this Memorial Day thinking, “I hope I will receive an update from Dana.”  Actually, I hope you are outside enjoying this magnificent weekend and don’t see this until Tuesday. After a three week hiatus from me, I can say that things have not changed much in the transportation arena.  The Legislature is still considering passing a massive tax…

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2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Award Winners Include H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, and Coastal Conservation League’s Dana Beach

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — Coastal Conservation League Director Dana Beach will be honored along with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, among others, at the 2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards ceremony tonight at the Carnegie Institution for Science at 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC. The world’s preeminent ocean honors are named after the late author of Jaws and lifelong marine conservationist…

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