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Environmental groups oppose beach renourishment plan for Georgetown County’s DeBordieu Island

Environmental groups oppose beach renourishment plan for Georgetown County’s DeBordieu Island

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Homeowners are ready to front the bill to save their beach front properties on DeBordieu Island in Georgetown County.

The shoreline has gone through several beach renourishment projects before, but people who live on the exclusive barrier island now want to build three groins to keep the sand they’ve replaced in front of their houses.

However, environmental groups argue it’s a short-term fix for a more challenging, long-term problem.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Office of Ocean Coastal Resource Management have issued permits for DeBordieu Colony Community Association to place up to 650,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach and construct three groins to preserve that sand.

Groins are similar to jettys. They are hard structures built perpendicular to the shoreline to collect and keep sand in certain locations.

“Groins will keep sand there longer, so it will protect private property. It will protect the ecosystem much more than just placing sand there that’s going to wash away every few years. To not take into account the changes that have taken place in the last thirty years in coastal management, it just doesn’t make sense,” Blanche Brown, the general manager of DeBordieu Colony, said. “We have our 30-year plan in place. We have the funding. We expected to have a lengthy appeal process, and we hope to be able to get through that process and start construction in 2021.”

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