FOLLY BEACH — A state Senate bill that would have allowed beachfront owners on this island to build sea walls to protect their properties was not moved on by a committee today.

The senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee “carried over” the bill, meaning the committee took no action. The bill can be re-introduced in the next session in January 2014, and the committee can bring it back up in this session, but that’s not likely because of a tight deadline for moving bills to the House of Representatives.

The bill would have allowed Folly Beach homeowners, who have had their beachfront properties eroded since Hurricane Irene, to build sea walls and other hardened structures if seas come or could come wiihtin 10 feet. Most are allowed only sand bags and other “soft structures” now.

Environmentalists and other were concerned the bill could undermine state regulations that restrict the walls coastwide.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.