As evacuees slowly return home, there may be some legal issues that they will face in their own cleanup and recovery process.
University of South Carolina law professor Josh Eagle told South Carolina Radio Network that there are matters that may crop up. “The primary issues are insurance, permitting and then the larger state issues of what do about fixing the beaches,” Eagle said.
The issue of beach replenishment can be complicated due to all the parties involved. “Which involves both private money and lots of probably federal money in this case,” Eagle said. “And some state money.” Some of the
He said homeowners and businesses closer to the beach face more complicated issues as they seek to rebuild. “In particular the areas that are going to be affected by regulation are areas between what are called the baseline and the setback line,” he said. “This is essentially front row, or front- and second-row home and businesses,” Eagle said.
The baseline is typically placed at the crest of the primary sand dune (the dune immediately adjacent to the ocean) while the setback line is landward of the baseline. Its distance varies along the coast. State law does not allow any new construction seaward of the baseline.
Eagle said the insurance industry could also face their own issues when it comes to individual policies in what they say is covered and what is not.