Victory for Captain Sam’s Spit

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Last week: “The S.C. Supreme Court dealt a striking blow to the Kiawah developers by reversing the Administrative Law Judge’s authorization of the 2,513 foot long bulkhead along the banks of the Kiawah River at Captain Sams Spit! Kiawah Development Partners wanted this vertical wall and an associated revetment in order to facilitate the development of this fragile and dynamic 150-acre barrier island habitat.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the ALJ’s authorization of the bulkhead structure was erroneous and contrary to all of the evidence indicating that the structure would fail and would eliminate the existing public trust shoreline and its uses. The Court affirmed the authorization of the 270 feet of bulkhead and revetment only in front of the parking lot at Beachwalker Park. As for what happens next, it is possible that KDP could petition the Court for rehearing, but such rehearing is entirely discretionary and we believe unlikely given the strong language of the Opinion, which you can read here.

More likely, KDP will double down on their permits for the steel sheet pile wall, road, water and sewer lines and other infrastructure in connection with the development. Judge Anderson held a 7-day trial in that case in August, and we are awaiting his ruling on this newer round of permits. While the Supreme Court’s ruling undoubtedly set very valuable precedent applicable to this case, different legal standards apply to each, leaving the pending permits decidedly undecided.

2018 marks the 10th year that SCELP has been representing the Coastal Conservation League in this legal saga….” [Text edited from SCELP. Image of original artwork by MEF: Captain Sam’s Spit, batik on silk, 57.25″ x 34.5″]

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No Carwash on our Creek, continued…

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Stop the car wash from being built at the current site of Huff’s Seafood on Folly Road. It would be detrimental to Ellis Creek and it would put the livelihood of the giant live oak at risk.

In order to stop the car wash, a minimum of 30 people must attend the BZA meeting on April 17th at 7 PM, at Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road. Please email savejamesisland@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

We will be presenting this petition, with over 1700 signatures, to the BZA: https://www.change.org/p/town-of-james-island-bza-board-of-zoning-appeals-oppose-special-exception-and-variance-for-autobell-car-wash-on-james-island

[Text edited from Save James Island.]

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No Carwash on our Creek

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A lot of folks do not want this on James Island Creek. Here are ways to act:

Please the April 9 James Island Intergovernmental Council meeting at Town Hall, 1238B Camp Rd. This is a meeting where all the James Island government officials attend and discuss important matters (Town, City, County and JIPSD);

Please attend the April 17 BZA meeting at the Town of James Island, 7 p.m. where the BZA will decide whether or not to grant a Special Exception and a variance for a car wash to be built at 765 Folly Rd. You must sign in and also be sworn in if you wish to speak on the matter, so it’s important to arrive by about 6:50 p.m. The information on the April 17 BZA meeting is here (thank you to the Town for putting early notice of this meeting on their website): http://www.jamesislandsc.us/town-of-james-island-public

…and; Please attend the Town Council meeting on April 19 where Town Council will take up the Town Budget for next year and also take up a modification in their land use plan to allow for the treatment of animals in private homes in residential neighborhoods if it is an “emergency”. The agenda is not out yet, but here is info on the Public Hearing on the Budget: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/notice-of-public-hearing-2018…

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