- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) - The state is levying a heavy fine against an Isle of Palms condominium complex after officials say an illegal beachfront seawall was hidden behind sandbags.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1nTluOw ) the fine against the Ocean Club Villas - $1,000 a day retroactive for two years - has now reached $750,000.

Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton says the wall was concealed deliberately.

The homeowners association denies that. The group says it will consider voluntarily removing the wall after the beach in front of it is renourished with sand.

The condominiums sought a permit last year to move sand from Dewees Inlet to shore up the beach. But that permit was denied after property owners on nearby Dewees Island objected.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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