CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Speakers at a public hearing on designating almost 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles said they are all for protecting the turtles.
But they warned during the hearing in Charleston on Tuesday that the designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may hurt the turtles more than help on some beaches.
It's the first time the agency has designated what is considered habitat along the shoreline considered crucial to the survival of the species.
But Seabrook Island Mayor Bill Holtz told the hearing attended by about 60 people the proposed designation would mean some restrictions on beach renourishment projects. And Holtz said it's those projects that help rebuild beaches where the turtles lay their eggs.
Created: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:14:55 EST
Updated: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:14:55 EST