This is old news and has been fought over for decades.
For the edification of newcomers: the conservation easement that SC DNR holds on the wooded area (that the nature trail runs through) is not permanent and expires soon. The Patriots Point Development Authority has long said it will not renew the easement when it expires. The PPDA is desperate for money to keep their rustbucket ships from falling apart and polluting Charleston Harbor. They do not care about preserving habitat - they want MONEY. The US Navy is still laughing at sticking the state of SC with millions of dollars in required maintenance of the USS Yorktown.
Back in the 1980s folks like Dana Beach and Jane Lareau of the Coastal Conservation League (with area birders like Will Post and Dennis Forsythe) tried very hard to get the conservation easement made permanent and to preserve some habitat instead of developing every available inch of Patriots Point. It was a long, big fight over many years but essentially the good guys lost.
Several years ago, there was even a move to turn the Patriots Point Golf Course into a housing subdivision. There was another fight over this, since Land and Water Conservation Fund money had helped pay for the golf course and it's not supposed to be developed. This and people in the Bayview subdivision in Mt. Pleasant making a LOT of noise managed to stop that development.
Around 6 (or 7?) years ago, the Patriots Point Development Authority tried to bully SC DNR (a fellow state agency) into dropping the conservation easement before its term expired. This was when the PPDA was badly in debt to the state over the $9 million they borrowed to repair the USS Laffey. Fortunately, SC DNR held firm.
Back at the time, I recall ducking out of a Black Rail Working Group meeting at Savannah NWR to join a conference call between folks like Dana Beach, SC DNR Director Alvin Taylor, and others to discuss options. The best that could be done was DNR holding on to the easement until its legal expiration. Bottom line: nobody can force the PPDA to renew the conservation easement, despite over 30 years of trying.
People are welcome to make a last-minute public outcry, but that has been done for decades and failed. Sad but true.
If people want to get on board a more feasible option for protecting bird habitat along Charleston Harbor, they should get on board with the regional park Mark Sandford and others are working to create at the south tip of Daniel Island.
On Sun, Nov 4, 2018 at 8:11 PM Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote: > > C-birders, > A recent letter to the editor in the Moultrie News (read it here), speaks about the possible development of the wooded portion of Patriot's Point in Mt Pleasant, SC. However, the writer of the letter fails to cite a source for his claim. Can anyone comment or provide incite on this possibility? > Thanks, > Jack Rogers > > -- > Jack Rogers > LSU Museum of Natural Science > Baton Rouge, Louisiana/Mt Pleasant, SC > My Flickr page