Cannot Rebuild Or Even Repair Your Ocean Front Property

Dated: 11/11/2017

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UPDATE: 11/11/17

Proposed Jurisdictional Lines Public Comment Period EXTENDED

A 30-day public comment period for the Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines (the "current proposal") commenced on October 6, 2017. Based on comments received from landowners, community leaders, the conservation community, and others during this initial 30-day public comment period, DHEC is extending the comment period until April 6, 2018.

Because of this extension, DHEC will begin to adopt final revised beachfront jurisdictional lines in May 2018 with all final revised lines published by December 31, 2018. Existing jurisdictional lines will remain in place until final revised lines are adopted.

During the public comment period, the general public is invited to view the proposed jurisdictional lines and accompanying Line Reports, which describe how the proposed line positions were established on each beach. This information is available for review through the S.C. Beachfront Jurisdiction Viewer web application and by appointment in DHEC-OCRM offices in Beaufort, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

Public comments may be submitted to DHEC through a link provided in the viewing application or in writing to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.

In 2016, S.C. Code Laws §48-39-280 was amended to prohibit the baseline from moving seaward from its position on December 31, 2017. The Department’s decision to adopt revised lines after December 31 affects landowners who own property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline under the Department’s current proposal.

If you are a landowner who owns property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline, under the Department's current proposal, or if you are a landowner who contends other information may prove the baseline on your property should move seaward of the existing baseline, please contact the Department with contact information including current mailing address prior to December 4, 2017 to receive information and guidance on board review under S.C. Code Laws §44-1-60. Contact information may be provided via email to or phone at 843-953-0200. Note that the Department will attempt to proactively reach out to these property owners


Millions of dollars worth of existing condominiums and homes could be in jeopardy on eroding beaches such as Wild Dunes resort on Isle of Palms, Harbor Island near Beaufort and part of Cherry Grove in North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach if a proposed new building restriction line is approved. 

That's the worst-case scenario under a proposed redrawing of the beach building setback lines recently released by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The proposal now goes to public comment until Nov. 6. DHEC has developed an online tool that shows the proposed new lines in detail and provides more information at

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Wayne Gaddy

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