Rock revetments work well for Fripp Island

info@islandpacket.comMay 6, 2013 

Your April 28 editorial titled "Don't undermine efforts to protect S.C.'s beaches" included the paragraph below:

"We know hard structures, such as seawalls, rock revetments and groins, exacerbate erosion. We have seen the effects all along our shoreline. That's why new structures were prohibited and old ones couldn't be rebuilt if they were damaged more than 50 percent under the 1988 law."

Rock revetments at Fripp Island fully protect the beachfront structures and have shown that revetments serve many useful purposes, including collecting and holding beach sand.

Fripp Islanders have spent many hours consulting with Duke University professors and convincing state legislators and the courts that a fully-rock-reveted island can be protected until the ocean decides to return sand.

The Fripp beach is a very good example of how rock revetments can be useful, some say necessary, and must be considered in future plans in South Carolina. Fripp Island's neighbor, Hunting Island, needs revetments for protection and to give time for collecting sand.

Albert Santoni

Fripp Island

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