- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) - An Isle of Palms condominium complex is appealing a heavy fine for what state regulators say is an illegal seawall.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1nxLvlR ) that the fine of $1,000 a day retroactive for two years has now reached $760,000.

In the appeal, an attorney for Ocean Club Villas says the condominium owners had no choice but to build the wall because a legal challenge blocked them from pushing beach sand up to protect the oceanfront property. The appeal says almost $3 million has been spent on sandbags and efforts to rebuild the dunes.

Regulators say the sandbags were piled up to hide the seawall.

The appeal is expected to be heard next month by the board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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

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