Residents concerned about a stretch of land being used by the State Ports Authority

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DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – What is happening out on a large portion of Daniel Island that most people Rarely ever see? That’s what one resident asked Count on 2’s Berkeley County reporter, Raymond Owens to find out.

A viewer reached out to get more information about the land which is owned by the State Ports Authority.

He said he has noticed more truck traffic there, trucks that kick up dirt and ends up on neighboring properties like his.

“It kind of comes along the western end of the island and wraps around to the south end of the Peninsula,” said Marie Delcioppo, President of the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association.

About 1,300 acres of land was purchased a long time ago by the Ports Authority to be used as a port terminal. That plan was later scrapped. Today, dirt is brought to the site.

“That site is used for spoils from the port dredging of the harbor,” she said.”

As the harbor is dredged, this is where the sediment ends up.

A portion of the land is being used for dredging while another portion is being considered as a wetlands bank.

The Ports Authority said their wetlands plan is currently awaiting Corps of Engineer approval.

“I’m going to have a conversation with the Port about if there’s some sort of time parameters we can work around truck traffic and noise,” she said after hearing about our viewer’s concerns.

You can see trucks are pouring water on the site, which is also used to help minimize some of the dirt blowing around. But, there is another issue with the land.

The biggest issue I have encountered is some safety concerns,” she said.

With the land being full of dumped dirt, vehicles can get stuck out there, and some portions of land can be hard to reach in an emergency. So, they are asking people to not visit the site.

“We understand people want to go out there, I mean it’s amazing uninterrupted views of the Cooper River, the Ravenel Bridge—it’s absolutely breathtaking out there,” she noted. “But safety is my number one priority and obviously, it’s the number one priority of the Port.”

The dredging work on Daniel Island is expected to continue for at least the next few decades.

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