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Lawsuit over ocean views on SC coast in mediation

SULLIVANS ISLAND — A judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit involving ocean views on Sullivans Island northeast of Charleston.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that two property owners are suing over a town policy regulating the trimming shrubs along a strip of land between the beach and their oceanfront property.

They say they should be able to trim the shrubs to only 3 feet high so they can see the ocean. The town says it owns the land and trees and shrubs should be left at 5 feet.

The Department of Natural Resources says the maritime forest protects nesting sea turtles, bird habitat and has 125 plant species.

The property owners say their property has been devalued as much as $1.5 million because they have no ocean view.

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