Press Release | April 18, 2018

Holden Beach Withdraws Terminal Groin Applications After Finding Project Fiscally Irresponsible

“We commend the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners for doing the right thing for its beaches, its residents and visitors, and its budget,” said Geoff Gisler, senior attorney. “The terminal groin proposal rejected last night would have marred the beachfront with a destructive rock pile while locking its residents into paying more than $34 million to provide limited protection to a handful of properties. The groin would have been an environmental and fiscal disaster. Ending the project after years of study—which ultimately demonstrated the groin’s futility—was the right decision. Other municipalities considering extraordinarily expensive, destructive terminal groin projects for the benefit of a very small number of property owners should similarly re-think their approach to these environmentally and fiscally irresponsible projects.”

For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With over 70 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region.

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