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Folly Beach enters legal effort to determine who owns fast-eroding land

FOLLY BEACH — The city will join a legal challenge that could disrupt efforts to build on property vulnerable to being washed over by the ocean between sand replacement projects.

In a unanimous decision Monday night, City Council voted to join with the Coastal Conservation League, the nonprofit Save Folly Beach and five residents in the suit.

“It’s to protect the beach for the citizens of the state of South Carolina and the visitors,” Mayor Tim Goodwin told The Post and Courier.

One landowner named as a defendant in the suit, Juanita Wright of Irmo, owns multiple properties that could be affected and had planned to build three houses on the land.

“I’d already hired a builder and we’d started trying to pull the permits,” she said. “I was thinking about this being my retirement plan, and now that I’m at retirement age, to have to do this now is very disheartening to me.”

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