West Ashley, S.C. (WCBD) – Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings looked the part, acted the part, and sounded the part, but his environmental legacy runs much deeper than that.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says that nobody enjoyed their job more than Senator “Fritz” Hollings and nobody was better at it. He moved mountains when it came to protecting the environment, crafting cornerstone coastal and ocean legislation like:
- Coastal Zone Management Act (1972)
- The Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972)
- The Oceans Dumping Act (1976)
- The Sustainable Fisheries Act (1996)
Laura Cantral, the Executive Director for the Coastal Conservation League released a statement after the senators passing saying, “Senator Hollings fought hard for land protection, our oceans, and science-based decision-making. He was proud to represent the people of South Carolina and worked tirelessly to protect its salt marshes, estuaries, and extraordinary stretches of coast, including the ace basin where a national wildlife refuge now bears his name”.
Senator Lindsey Graham adds that “Fritz” Hollings conservation efforts will not be forgotten, “And the legacy for the people of South Carolina will be enduring. Our beaches and our oceans and our mountains and our rivers are better off for his service”.
A public observance for Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings will take place in Columbia from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. today. Tomorrow’s funeral will be at the Citadel’s Summerall Chapel.