EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a companion to another article: “Court denies DeBordieu request to lift stay“
DeBordieu Colony is pleased with a court order issued Wednesday, Aug. 28. Chief Administrative Law Judge Ralph King Anderson, III denied DeBordieu’s petition to lift a stay for a beach renourishment and groin permit. At the same time, however, Anderson’s order allows DeBordieu to continue its application process to secure a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct three groins. The other main part of its project is to add about 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the 9,000 feet of beach on Debidue Island.
Blanche Brown, executive director for DeBordieu Colony, said “We knew we couldn’t start the project this November.” She hopes to be able to start before the end of the year in 2020, and to complete the project by April 30, 2021.
Anderson has scheduled a hearing on the merits of the case for mid-February. His ruling allows DeBordieu to continue the process of getting the Corps permit and “to continue developing the initial aspect of beach renourishment, in anticipation of constructing the groins.”
Brown said DeBordieu will address the judge’s concerns about dedicating funding to a possible removal of the groins. She added, though, that would be a last resort action. First, several adjustments could be made to the groins if necessary to keep downdrift of sand from causing problems at the adjacent Hobcaw Barony.
She also said DeBordieu has been monitoring its beaches for decades and has done renourishment projects about every six to eight years. The groin project would be designed to extend the interval to about double that.
A future will have more comments from Brown.