It appears that a last ditch effort by the environmentalists to confuse the facts about paving International Drive is in motion.
Several recent reports in local, state and social media show the Coastal Conservation League and its allies are in spin mode about what is really happening.
After Horry County announced it was starting work on the International Drive road bed so it would be ready to handle emergency vehicles in 40-60 days, a post on the South Carolina Environmental Law Project Facebook page stated, “Yesterday we filed a notice of appeal and a motion for stay in our Bays & Bears case after we learned that Horry County began clearing for the construction of International Drive on Monday.”
Continuing legal action by the environmentalists is no surprise. This case has gone beyond the issues involved to a mano a mano showdown between the environmentalists and county officials.
However, it appears that the only avenue left for legal action by SCELP and the groups it represents is challenging the permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal court.
For the time being, Horry County has the necessary permits in hand and is using county employees for the work on the road bed.
The spin on the issue, however, started with the second sentence in the post, which read, “Still excited by the bulldozer photo-op, County Officials “told it like it is” about the whole project: hundreds, even thousands of new homes to be built along the road. So much for the public safety and emergency access invocations during the March trial.”
The post was apparently referring to a comment Horry County Council member Paul Prince was quoted as making to The State newspaper.