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Planned Kiawah Development Would Affect County Park

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August 14, 2008

By Tony Bartelme – The Post and Courier

Roughly 30 years ago, Charleston County landed a 100-year lease on about 2 acres of beachfront property on Kiawah Island and created Beachwalker Park.

At the time, 100 years seemed like forever.

Now, with Kiawah’s developers planning to build 50 homes next to Beachwalker Park, county park officials hope someday to make that public access permanent.

“That’s my goal,” said Thomas O’Rourke, executive director of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, adding that his agency has held informal talks with Kiawah Development Partners about the issue for five years.

While the county still has about 70 years to go on its lease, its Beachwalker Park will be affected by Kiawah Development Partners’ plans to build homes on a 120-acre spit on the island’s southwestern tip.

To access that land, developers would have to build a road through the park’s parking area, O’Rourke said, adding that the developers have an easement allowing them to do so.

Asked if the county was considering buying the undeveloped spit, O’Rouke said, “That would be very expensive, and it’s certainly not for sale.” He added that Kiawah’s developers have been “amazing to work with.”

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