After hearing calls from citizens to reject a proposed resort on an uninhabited Lowcountry barrier island, a Beaufort County zoning board voted unanimously Thursday night to deny the request.
The luxury development was proposed as an ecotourism use on Bay Point Island, which is considered an important habitat for shorebirds and sea turtles. Location was a major consideration in the zoning board’s rejection.
“This is a great idea,” vice chairman Kevin Mack said just before a vote was taken. “But I just don’t think it’s compatible to the surrounding area. I think it’s going to be more harm to the environment.”
Mack also expressed concerns that critical conversations between the developers and the St. Helena Island community were lacking, describing himself as a “product of St. Helena Island” and of the Gullah-Geechee Nation.
“I’m very sensitive to what the people within the community have to say about what’s coming into