The company that orchestrates new development on Kiawah Island says a spit of land off the southern end of their island is very stable, and that lawmakers should let them have access to tax-payer resources to encourage development.
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Generally, coastal areas are covered by the federal insurance but some areas fall in the "Coastal Barrier Resources System" and are considered too vulnerable and too ecologically important to be eligible for federal dollars. It's a political, "No. I won't buy you a car so you can drive it into that grocery store."
And here's why that law's there: The spit of land, just south of Charleston County's Beachwalker Park, shares a unique relationship with Seabrook Island, over the centuries the spit is joined only to Seabrook, or disappears completely, or becomes its own island.
What's it mean? And how's it affect my pocket?
There's nothing really stopping Kiawah Development Partners from building, but if they can get the land removed from the Coastal Barrier Resources System, it would make it more attractive to homeowners and make the land worth far more. And they had hoped our U.S. Rep. Henry Brown could get that classification changed.
So now when you hear people talking about this spit, you'll know what's going on.
Personally, I've always found building anywhere near the beach to be borderline madness. Wasn't there something in the Bible about this?