November 29, 2021

Laura Antunez, The Island Packet

Developers still plan to build on Bay Point. What’s happening on the uninhabited island?

Bay Point Island, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands in South Carolina, might soon be home to a 4,000-square-foot villa despite conservation groups’ repeated efforts to stop development, according to county documents.

Since 2016, Six Senses, a chain of resorts and spas, has been attempting to build on Bay Point Island. Last year, Beaufort County’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied the group a special permit to build an ecotourism resort.

Although the company is appealing the decision, Beaufort County has approved a zoning permit that allows the chain to build a single-family home on the island.

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