Help us prevent huge dock on Ellis Creek

Self Portrait, batik on silk, 102" x 36"

Self Portrait, batik on silk, 102″ x 36″

We need 20 letters to help us get a public hearing to prevent the building of a huge dock on Ellis Creek (right across from Mary Edna and the Doctor Babe.) Please email a letter of your own, including your home address in signature, to Sarah E. Reed at reeds2@dhec.sc.gov and feel free to copy the text from ours below:

Dear Sarah Reed,

Please take into consideration our comments regarding permit number OCRM-16-267-D v2.0, located at 754 Bermuda St, James Island, South Carolina 29412 prior to your permit approval. My husband and I live at 1723 Oak Point Road on James Island Creek also known as Ellis Creek. This letter is in protest to DHEC for the expansion of an original single use boat dock with floater Donna Hughs obtained before she sold her property. The new owner has gotten a 3 lot subdivision approval and wants to build a huge covered pier with 3 ramps, bigger floater and 3 boat lifts which will extend another 25’ out into the Ellis Creek channel. This could potentially prevent boats from low tide maneuvering as the channel is silting in on the north east side and all boats currently hug the southwest side to pass safely. It is my understanding that we need 20 letters to get a public hearing to oppose this unprecedented structure on our already threatened creek. The sheer magnitude of this creates a commercial marina on a marsh grass area negatively impacting all who use these waters to swim, paddle board, shrimp, fish and boat. Thank you for your time as we build community action to have all the neighbors questions and comments put on record prior to any new permit.

Sincerely,
Mary Edna Fraser and Dr. John Sperry

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Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Season 50_ x 36_ batik on silk, Mary Edna Fraser 1998 _22in copyCheck out these timely responses to our recent hurricane and climate change, including a video in the New York Times, an insightful article from Medium, and an animation of the flooding in Cape Fear.

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Victory for Captain Sams 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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