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News 2: Land battle rages in Dorchester County

Thursday, March 12, 2015

  by Rebecca Collett WCBC News 2 Legislation working its way through the State House would eliminate protection for hundreds of square miles of land in Dorchester County. The Coastal Conservation League says the legislation has huge impacts on the natural environment and will impact critical wetlands. County leaders say the unnecessary protection stifles growth. In January, Dorchester County Council voted unanimously to request state lawmakers to initiate legislation that would exempt a portion of Dorchester…

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Dana Beach to Receive Peter Benchley Ocean Award

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Other 2015 Winners include U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco   Charleston, SC – The eighth annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards will take place the evening of Thursday, May 14 at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, D.C. These are the world’s preeminent ocean awards and the only major awards program dedicated to recognizing excellence in marine conservation solutions across a wide range…

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The State: BP oil spill film used to fight SC drilling as business leaders counterpunch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

by Sammy Fretwell COLUMBIA, SC — Boosters of drilling for gas and oil along the South Carolina coast are punching back at a sustained effort by environmental groups to influence public opinion against a proposal that could allow offshore drilling. As a public comment deadline nears, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and business leaders will hold a forum Wednesday near Charleston to explain why oil and gas would be the right industry for coastal South Carolina. “As…

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Collaboration assures land preservation

Monday, March 9, 2015

by Ashley Demosthenes, Jim Newsome, and Dana Beach You may recall that on a sunny afternoon in early January, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the State Ports Authority, the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center celebrated a milestone achievement stemming from months of close collaboration and fueled by a steadfast commitment to working together to achieve a common goal. A goal not only supported…

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Drilling would endanger S.C. coast

Sunday, March 8, 2015

If there is a single resource that exemplifies the best of what our state has to offer, it is surely the South Carolina coast: The beaches, salt marshes, creeks, estuaries, and wildlife are second to none. These resources permeate our culture and underpin the state’s $7 billion coastal tourism and fisheries economy. And yet, somehow, many elected officials have lost sight of this fact. In what can fairly be described as a colossal miscalculation, offshore oil…


A Vision for Charleston: Priorities for the Next Mayoral Administration

Friday, March 6, 2015

In 2015 the city of Charleston will elect its first new mayor in four decades. Recently, the Conservation League joined forces with If You Were Mayor, Charleston Moves, Historic Charleston Foundation, and the South Carolina Community Loan Fund to host a forum on ideas for the future of city. You’ll find full footage of the event below. Be sure to check out If You Were Mayor’s Stephanie Barna’s wrap-up…

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Post & Courier: Oil spill documentary film screening set for Monday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Photo of Deepwater Horizon

A screening of the “Great Invisible” takes place Monday night at the American Theater, followed by comments and a question and answer period. The film is a documentary about the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Local experts and elected officials are expected to be on hand. Charleston Surfriders and Coastal Conservation League are presenting the session as federal agencies consider opening the South Carolina offshore to oil and natural gas exploration and potential drilling. The screening…

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Post & Courier: Charleston’s growing pains frame mayoral forum

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Most speakers at Monday’s Charleston mayoral forum agreed the city has reached a fork in the road — several showed the same slide of two roads diverging — and they know which paths the candidates will choose. The forum, sponsored by several nonprofit groups, brought about 150 people together inside a Francis Marion Hotel ballroom to highlight some of the big issues they want mayoral candidates to talk about this year.

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ABC News 4: Candidate forum asks people to answer ‘if you were mayor’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Four of the city’s five declared mayoral candidates gathered at the Francis Marion hotel Monday. However, they didn’t speak at the forum; instead, they listened to citizens and civic leaders. Candidates in the audience included Dudley Gregorie, Henry Fishburne, John Tecklenburg and Paul Tinkler. Several other candidates who attended said they planned to officially declare for the election to replace Mayor Joe Riley after 40 years.

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“A Vision for Charleston” Community Forum to Focus on Priorities for Next Mayoral Administration

Monday, February 23, 2015

Event will mark first gathering of candidates for Mayor of Charleston Charleston, SC – Today Charleston Moves, Coastal Conservation League, Historic Charleston Foundation,, and the South Carolina Community Loan Fund will convene a forum at the Francis Marion Hotel to discuss priorities for the next mayoral administration. Sponsored by Mr. John Winthrop, Monday’s event will be the first of several meetings held by various community organizations to engage citizens and leaders and share…

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