If a big hurricane blasts Myrtle Beach and wrecks oceanfront property, many seawalls that protect high-rise hotels might have to be removed and thats a problem, members of a state coastal study commission said today.
Under S.C. law, seawalls that sustain more than 50 percent damage must be taken out and cannot be replaced.
So even if the big hotels survive a storm, they could lose seawalls that protect them from beach erosion, panel members were told.
Thats the Catch 22, Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown, told fellow members of the state Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management. That high rise cant exist without a seawall.
The discussion came as part of an effort to improve South Carolinas 23-year-old beach management law, which critics say has not worked as first envisioned. The law encourages a gradual retreat of development from the beach as a way to lessen the impacts of erosion and reduce the threat to major properties.