September 4, 2011 6:19 PM

Taxpayers may foot bill to shore up vulnerable coastal town

In the late 1990s, with the economy roaring and coastal property at a premium, wealthy landowners at Folly Beach started building a row of houses on a stretch of seashore that had grown wider than a football field. Now, homeowners are relying on millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded renourishment projects to protect their homes from the encroaching sea.

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