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Floods vs Development

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There is an interesting article in The State today about the situation in Cherry Grove. The building setbacks on oceanfront properties have historically been too small to allow for any large scal development. But in the 90s there was a beach renewal project that restored stability to the oceanfront and allowed for the setbacks to be moved. Now there are several large scale resorts coming to Cherry Grove. The problem is that Cherry Grove is in a flood proned area as it is. One good hurricane will significantly damage that area.

The policy for SC is to restrict coastal development when there is beach erosion, and loosen restrictions when the beach is expanding (naturally or artifically). Is it right for the government to alter their costal development policy for private development when tax-funded beach renourishment is all that is keeping an area in tact?

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