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Desecration at Dafuskie

About the story

"This is an account of two visits I made to Dafuskie Island, South Carolina. The story is written from the perspective of an occasional visitor without a vested interest in local politics or real estate development. Just someone who enjoys the beauty of the South Carolina costal area.

The conflict between land development and conservation rages across the planet. From rain forests in South America to the coastal waterways of South Carolina, the race to build is rested by the need to preserve and protect. Promises to be sensitive to environmental concerns are most always broken and the results are the same. The original beauty and ecology of a place is forever disturbed."


Our hearts sank as we moved closer. It was the unmistakable stench and noise of diesel-powered, earth-moving machines. Emblazoned with the word "Caterpillar," two monster machines were tearing away at the half-buried trees on the beach. Stumps and polished trunks were being wrenched from the beach by the flick of the operators wrist on a lever. The articulated backhoe rotated, swiveled and chattered on massive steel tracks. its heavy-duty tracks left the beach looking like there had been a military tank invasion. In a half-mile swath that marked a day's movement of these machines, thousands of fragile sand dollars were crushed to bits under tons of steel teeth.

Criss-crossed tracks. Ugly scars waiting to be healed by the next high tide.

About the book

Edition size of 50 copies. Hand bound with soft covers made from a special Japanese paper. Inside artwork includes a line art map by artist Sue Sneddon of Durham, NC., shell drawings by Carol Blinn and photographic images made from the authors photographs. Prior to publication, the manuscript was reviewed by Todd Ballantine, a notable environmental scientist with a special interest in the South Carolina coastal area. Book size is 5 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" high.