Major Legal Dispute Surrounding Isle of Palms’ Sea Wall Intensifying


A judge has just approved the Coastal Conservation League‘s request to participate in the ongoing lawsuit between the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and a homeowner. Originally slated for April 18, the hearing has been rescheduled for August.

While both DHEC and the homeowner seek the permanent removal of the structure, the Coastal Conservation League delineates distinct arguments for each agency. They contend that although sea walls are intended to shield inland areas from erosion, they exacerbate erosion on the ocean-facing side, posing a long-term threat to the beach.

The expiration of a temporary emergency city ordinance permitting sea walls in a specified Isle of Palms zone looms on April 19.

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