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SC Coastal Conservation League fights new build

Dec 20, 2010 12:06:00 AM - thestate.com
The lot isn't much bigger than the house that will sit on the pilings that now stand there. With homes lining the beach to either side, it looks like a gap in a set of teeth. Its property line sits in the wash at high tide. Most of those nearby homes hold back the ocean with huge riprap rocks.

This is the latest battleground of the Coastal Conservation League, cheered on by neighbors who are about to lose one of the last open wedges of beach view on the north beachfront along erosive Breach Inlet.

The league's opposition to the home being built on the lot has left its property owner and state regulators shaking their heads.

"We've done everything we know how to do this correctly. He's doing everything he can to be a good neighbor and a good property owner," said Jeff Griffith, attorney for an LLC formed by property owner Ron Blanchard.

"This is a plotted lot. This is a piece of property that's eligible to develop," said Dan Burger, South Carolina Ocean and Coastal Resource Management division communications director. "We do not have the authority to compel (the property owners) to do anything more than what they've already done."

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