In light of the South Carolina House of Representative’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 139, which will allow for one more baseline delineation as Kiawah Partners had been requesting, we would like to update you on our plans for Captain Sams and set the record straight on our lobbying efforts in Columbia.
Despite what some media outlets and our opposition would have you to believe, our efforts in Columbia were never intended to change the existing law nor delay the next baseline delineation. We just asked that the next required cycle of delineation that was written into law in the Beachfront Management Act in 1990 be completed before the legislature implemented a permanent baseline. Setting the line retroactively to 2009 would not have represented an up-to-date and accurate measurement nor would it have been fair to change the law at the 11th hour before the next delineation.
We believe that our constructive conversations with the members of the Legislature and the Department of Health and Environmental Control ultimately led to a fair and balanced bill that upholds the property rights of coastal land owners up and down the South Carolina coast and also protects and enhances our unique coastal environment.