The recent destruction of an American eagle's nest, as reported in the newspaper, and the cutting of live oaks is a common disregard of Beaufort County regulations -- and in this case federal regulations. Obviously the owners and developers feel they have the right to do whatever they want.
Other examples that I remember are the cutting down of trees on the Best Buy property and, more recently, the cutting of live oaks on property along U.S. 278.
The statement by John Trask III, the spokesman for the land owner, "that they are saddened and surprised and are working 100 percent with the authorities" is a joke. The sequence of events that should have happened are:*Owner/developer notifies Beaufort County building department of the plan to clear the property.
* Beaufort County sends an inspector to walk the property prior to any work being done.
* Inspector notes the eagle's nest. (It should be obvious as it's as big as a small car.) Inspector states that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and federal game and wildlife officials should be notified.
*When permission and permits are granted to the developer/owner, the site preparation company is notified of any restrictions on the property prior to commencing work.
Beaufort County is remiss in not vigorously controlling work permits and development in the county.
Philip W. Wolfe