June 20th Kayak trip to Captain Sam’s Point

Backside of the spit where terrapin and dolphin breed and feed

Highest point on backside of the spit where terrapin and dolphin breed and feed

We had a wonderful trip on the Kiawah River to learn about the environmental harm that developing this sandy point of land would cause. Over 40 people supported the Coastal Conservation League and Friends of the Kiawah River in their efforts to save Beachwalker Park and Captain Sam’s Spit from improper development. The Park is not owned by Charleston County. It is leased from developers, who plan to extend Beachwalker Drive through the current parking lot and build a beach club and up to 50 houses on the Spit.

On June 13th, in Post and Courier article Sam’s Spit wall sought, Bo Peterson states:

Developers want to set a 1-foot-wide corrugated metal wall five to 10 feet deep in the sand for 300 to 350 feet through the narrow neck. It would rise about a foot above the existing surface. …[Kiawah] development’s own environment analysis, conducted in the 1970’s…characterizes the spit as extremely unstable…. “If it’s stable then, then why do you need a structure to prevent erosion?”

Developers claim that this is a stable beach and plan an “environmentally sensitive development.”

Watch our short educational film, 50 Houses on Kiawah Sand, about this issue with Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Professor Emeritus of Duke University, and Nancy Vinson of the Coastal Conservation League.

Sand where developers want to put foolish (over half mile) revetment wall

Sand where developers want to put foolish (over half mile) revetment wall

Peter, "Friends of the Kiawah River" webmaster

Peter, "Friends of the Kiawah River" webmaster

Sidi Limehouse, "Friends of the Kiawah River" president

Sidi Limehouse, "Friends of the Kiawah River" president

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