Letters to the Editor

Bear essay over International Drive has flaws

A construction project to four-lane the International Drive dirt road connecting S.C. 90 to Grissom Parkway has been delayed by environmental groups who are challenging the proposal in court.
A construction project to four-lane the International Drive dirt road connecting S.C. 90 to Grissom Parkway has been delayed by environmental groups who are challenging the proposal in court. The Sun News file photo

Re Rick Baumann essay Sunday about bears deserving protection on International Drive:

Rick Baumann of Murrels Inlet is now complaining that Horry County property owners are pushing for removal of “public oversight on poorly planned road projects and illegal developments. Removing the automatic stay would allow development to proceed with no public remedy for hastily planned or ill-advised road projects and developments.”

Living in Georgetown County, he would not enjoy the convenience and safety that the paving of International Drive would provide.

His supposed “caring” for the lives of bears is strangely related to his desire to getting his thrills from hunting them with a high-powered rifle (“I also remember guiding a hunting trip for George Martin, editor of the NRA’s American Hunter Magazine back in the 1980s,” he stated).

The Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project are “honest” as to why they want to stop and/or delay any project in Horry County. They hope to reap millions, like they did with Boeing, Volvo, and the Port Of Charleston, threatening to take us to Court. Thankfully Horry County’s leaders have said, “Enough Is enough.”

Nancy Cave with the S.C. Coastal Conservation League discusses their case for protecting bears in the Lewis Ocean Bay preserve.

Scott A. Dilliard, Conway

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