Shaping the future of South Carolina’s coast
By Peter Hull
How will South Carolina’s coastline look 20 years from now?
A research team from Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute, led by James London, has prepared a report for the state’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management as it reassessed South Carolina’s 20-year-old Beachfront Management Act.
The researchers examined affects of coastal development and environment influences – information state officials will use to make decisions about future shoreline management.
Through a series of public meetings in Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head, the group looked at how other states approach coastline management, how the South Carolina coast has changed during the last 20 years and options for dealing with the natural dynamics of sand movement.
“An important part of the process was to gather public input on management options to address shoreline changes along the beachfront and in near-shore areas,” London said.