The South Carolina Coast II. Development and Beach Management

by Timothy W. Kana, Coastal Science & Engineering, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Barrier Islands: Process and Management


The variety of development and conservation areas is superimposed on a wide range of erosion and accretion histories. Lack of construction setbacks has contributed to the general but probably erroneous perception of a worsening erosion rate along places like Myrtle Beach. Where erosion rates are higher, the areas are generally undeveloped or already contain some form of erosion control device. Grain fields dating back 30 years occur along three developed islands: Pawleys, Folly, and Edisto. The compartmented nature of South Carolina's coast provides for complexity of natural processes and erosion trends as well as variable development styles. Beach management efforts have similarly varied along the coast. Additional aspects of the subject are discussed.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Coastal processes | Sea water | Construction management | Resource management | History | Grain (material) | Erosion | South Carolina | United States

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