March 15, 2022

Chloe Johnson, Post & Courier

Environmentalists, towns worry new Statehouse effort would gut SC beach permitting

A resolution filed last week in the S.C. Senate would wipe clean virtually all of the state’s beach-building regulations in a little over a year.

By June 30, 2023,  S. 1151 would sunset the regulations written by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control meant to enforce the state’s Beachfront Management Act.

Specifically, the resolution covers rules written before a change in state law moved South Carolina from a policy of beach “retreat” to one of “preservation” in 2018. Unlike a regular bill, however, it doesn’t change the text of the law itself.

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