FOLLY BEACH - A beachfront homeowner who was unable to get state law changed last year so he could build an emergency sea wall has been fined and ordered to remove it.

Ed Yarborough has been fined $2,000 by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control for a wall built in November 2012 at his East Ashley Avenue property, DHEC announced.

Yarborough was one of a number of Folly property owners who built or tried to build walls to protect their homes - without the state's permission - when funding delays for beach renourishment left high seas ripping under their homes.

The renourishment is now underway but has been confined to the public beach, leaving a pitted, unrenourished area along what is now high beach along the east end but legally is the edge of private properties.

When state regulators in 2012 stepped in to stop the wall, Yarborough, who also has a home in Spartanburg, called S.C. Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg, from the eroding beach in front of his Folly home.

Sea walls generally are not allowed in the state. Yarborough had tried unsuccessfully to get an emergency permit, but storm tides overran the property before a DHEC decision was made. He asked Reese to submit a bill calling for expedited emergency permits to be allowed.

Conservationists and others were concerned that the bill could crumble regulations limiting sea walls and other hardened beach structures coastwide.

The bill was left in committee.

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