Living with the South Carolina Coast
is the latest volume in the Living with the Shore
series that comprehensively investigates the status of a specific state’s coastal region. Completely revising a previously published work in the series that dealt with South Carolina, this book not only brings up-to-date a wealth of information on migrating shorelines, selection of building sites, and pertinent regulations, but also reflects an expanded concept of the coast to include a broad range of coastal hazards.
Powerful storms have always played a major role in coastal processes in South Carolina, and the effects of Hurricane Hugo, the storm that ravaged the area in 1989, are thoroughly discussed. A series of Coastal Risk Maps are also included. These maps, graphically depicting areas of predictable erosion and storm damage potential, have been provided for every developed beach or barrier island in the state. Beyond the threat of hurricanes and coastal erosion, South Carolina, home of the Charleston Seismic Region, is also at risk for earthquakes. An entire chapter is devoted to earthquake-resistant construction, and the great Charleston earthquake of 1886 is examined in detail. Fires and floods are discussed. The Beachfront Management Act of 1990—the first state legislation of its kind that provides a system for dealing with migrating shorelines while preserving beaches for future generations—is also explained.
Covering everything from a history of the development of South Carolina’s coast to recommendations on how to select an island homesite, this book will be a resource to professional coastal planners and managers, residents, prospective homeowners, and naturalists.
List of Figures, Tables, and Risk Maps xi
Preface 1984 xvii
1. Welcome to South Carolina 1
2. Barrier Island Processes 15
3. Hugo and Associates 29
4. Responding to Coastal Change: Going with the Flow 41
5. Assessing Island and Site Safety 57
6. Individual Island Analyses: Extreme-, High-, Moderate-, and Low-Risk Zones 71
7. Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Earthquakes, Fires, and Floods 135
8. Building or Buying a House Near the Beach 145
9. Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction 167
10. Coastal Land Use and the Law in South Carolina 175
A. Hazard Safety Checklists 191
B. Guide to Federal, State, and Local Agencies Involved in Coastal Issues 197
C. The Beachfront Management Act 209
D. Useful References 215
“Duke University Press has published a series, Living with the Shore, to educate the determined shore dweller. Maps show what is happening on each stretch of beach, in enough detail to cover specific homesites. The books offer guidelines for buying and building at the shore. They list federal, state, and local agencies that are involved in coastal development, as well as give up-to-date information on laws that regulate land use.”—Kelly Walker, Forbes