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State regulators allow rebuilding Georgetown County seawall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State regulators have cleared the way for rebuilding a seawall in Georgetown County, despite an almost 30-year-old state ban on the structures.

The State newspaper reported an appeals panel of the Department of Health and Environmental Control agreed Monday to allow rebuilding the wall at the Debordieu resort north of Georgetown.

The newspaper reports there were questions as to whether the panel could have refused the permit after state lawmakers put language in last year’s state budget allowing the seawall to be rebuilt.

Environmental groups say they will almost certainly appeal to circuit court.

The state’s Beachfront Management Act passed in 1988 prohibits seawalls because the water washing against them can aggravate erosion by washing away sand at the foot of and next to the walls.

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