The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights

Stephanie Hunt, a former student of Dr. Orrin Pilkey, published a column for the Charleston City Paper reflecting on this year’s active hurricane season and the state of coastal development in our area. Read the article here: The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights.

Then, as now (though he’s now retired and “emeritus”), Pilkey preached the gospel of respecting your Mother. Mother Nature and her vast oceans have always, and will always, batter and build up, erode and accrete her shorelines. A beach is, by natural design, an ever-shifting, unstable environment, and it is sheer folly to attempt to engineer it for real estate profit. Add rising seas and stronger storms to the mix, and that folly becomes only more foolish.

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