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    “It’s time”: Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis stunned town officials with his announcement this week that he will retire at the end of this term.
    Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer


    Pawleys Island: Longest-serving mayor will step down after 20 years

    Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis will step down at the end of the year after 20 years in the office. He fought back tears as he read a prepared statement to Town Council members at the close of their monthly meeting this week in the Pawleys Island Chapel. Read more…

    Golf carts: Town will require permit to park under draft ordinance

    Golf carts will need a town permit in order to park on public property on Pawleys Island under an ordinance approved by Town Council this week. It’s still unclear whether the town has the authority under state law to restrict golf carts, but the measure received the first of two required readings while the town attorney studies the issue. Read more …

    Legislature: Goldfinch says environmentalists are roadblock to infrastructure

    State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch thinks the legislature will find money to build and repair roads in South Carolina. But that will still leave one big hurdle, he said: environmentalists. Read more...

    Offshore oil: Seismic test ban seen as delay, rather than win, by opponents

    Local opponents of drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean say they will remain vigilant after seismic testing permits off the shores of the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia were denied by the Obama Administration last week. Read more...

    Safety: POA council wants government to aid with sick wildlife

    Concern among residents about an increasing number of sick raccoons has the Waccamaw Neck Council of Property Owners looking for help from the state or county. “When you raise the question, there’s a chuckle. It’s not funny,” said Bob Hesterfer, a POA council member and president of the property owners association at Ricefields. Read more...


    The Rev. Patrick Stenson.
    Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

    Father Pat: Parish plans send-off for priest of 17 years

    With a new priest scheduled to be named by the end of the month at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, Father Pat Stenson is ready for the next chapter of his career. Read more ...


    Made in Georgetown: Coastal Wire expands out west

    The stars aligned for Coastal Wire founder Michael Coward in the late 1970s when he stopped at a recycling plant to ask about buying some used wire carriers. Read more...

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