Steve Bailey: Build the sea wall and save Charleston’s peninsula. But make it beautiful

May 2, 2020

To cut to the chase of the Army Corps of Engineers’ report that envisions Charleston as once again a walled city, turn to the side-by-side maps on page 219. It’s enough to make any good Charlestonian’s blood run cold.

Using simulations of what a 25-year storm event would mean for the peninsula in 2075, the maps show in scary detail what would happen if we build the sea wall and if we don’t.

While the headline of the much-lauded Dutch Dialogues was about “living with water,” a sea wall for the peninsula is very much part of the plan. Dale Morris, an economist who led the Dutch Dialogues, called a sea wall around the entire peninsula “needed and justified.” Read the entire article here.