HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Coastal Conservation League plans to appeal the Administrative Law Court's decision to allow the International Drive paving project to move forward.
Nancy Cave, a spokesperson for the Coastal Conservation League, said they plan to appeal this decision to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Last week, a judge sided with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Horry County Public Works, stating that the county has made efforts to minimize environmental impacts of the project to widen and pave 5.6 miles of International Drive, a dirt-and-gravel road off Highway 90 near Carolina Forest.
While a judge granted the conservation group's request to reconsider and clarify some items in their petition to block the paving of International Drive over environmental concerns, the same judge has sided with those seeking to move forward with the road project.
A response to a reconsideration order was filed last Tuesday in a case between the petitioners, the Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, and respondents, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Horry County Public Works.
In the order, Judge Ralph King Anderson, III, states that the county has made efforts to minimize environmental impacts in the project, there is an overriding public interest in moving it forward, and no alternative exists. So while the petitioner's motion for reconsideration is granted, it is only to discuss issues that were no already addressed in the court's order allowing the project to continue.
About 20 people marched and chanted outside the Coastal Conservation League office in Georgetown last month, nearly one week after the South Carolina Environmental Law Project filed the motion for the judge to reconsider his ruling in favor of the permits to pave International Drive.
The project has been mired in a legal feud for years, and was originally scheduled to begin in 2013.