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County officials, environmental group come to agreement on International Drive work

An agreement has been reached between an environmental group and Horry County officials in reference to work on International Drive. (Source: WMBF News) An agreement has been reached between an environmental group and Horry County officials in reference to work on International Drive. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County officials and an environmental group have come to an agreement on which portions of International Drive should not be disturbed any further during the construction process.

According to a Nov. 8 letter from attorney Amy Armstrong, with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, to U.S. District Judge Bryan Hartwell, the parties met on site on Oct. 30 and took a closer look at the entire right-of-way.

“They have agreed that five areas should not be disturbed further by the county in any fashion and documented these areas with photographs,” the letter stated.

The letter followed an Oct. 28 hearing held before Hartwell in Florence’s John J. McMillan Federal Building in reference to motions for preliminary injunction and contempt.

Those motions were filed on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League, which is suing Horry County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for what has been deemed an improper permit for the International Drive work.

In regards to the motion of contempt that was filed, the CCL said Horry County officials did not follow a temporary restraining order that had been agreed upon by both sides and applied to certain aspects of the construction of International Drive.

Tuesday’s letter indicated the parties agreed on language to propose to the court in the form of an amended consent order. Photographs of the five off-limit areas would be attached as an exhibit.

“In the meantime, the county has stated that the five areas are being protected from further disturbance,” the letter stated.

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