Coastal Observer


Pawleys Island: Owners say a court bar on condemndations could end suits

The owners of three oceanfront lots on Pawleys Island are not ready to drop lawsuits challenging the town’s efforts to condemn easements for beach renourishment even though a judge quashed one attempt and the...
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Georgetown County: With shifts in rural projects, council adopts spending plan for sales tax surplus

A $7 million package of capital projects that include the completion of the last phase of the Bike the Neck route passed Georgetown County Council this week after a month’s delay for rural residents...
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Pawleys Island: Corps will move forward while town seeks beach easements

A Circuit Court judge last week denied the town of Pawleys Island the chance to fix flaws in the process it used to condemn easements for beach renourishment. That means the town is likely...
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Passages: Bill Chandler, 87, fought to preserve Murrells Inlet

Bill Chandler helped put a man on the moon, but he never let his vision stray far from the oaks and marsh at Murrells Inlet that shaped his own voyage. “My interest is to...
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Legislature: As delegation seeks appointees, one still in doubt

Whether James Sanderson or his son, Jamie, is nominated to fill a vacancy on the Georgetown County Election Commission may not make a difference in a looming rift between the state lawmakers who represent...
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Legislature: Delegation faces split on board nominations

Even a virtual meeting can’t disguise the empty seats when the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District board meets. “We could stand a couple of new board members,” Bill Schwartzkopf, who chairs the board,...
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Courts: County objects as zoning suit probes for rationale on council decision

Three years after Georgetown County Council first approved a zoning change to allow construction of a marina store and restaurant at Marlin Quay Marina, one neighbor is still trying to find out what the...
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Education: District will keep virtual option for coming year

The Georgetown County School District will continue to offer a virtual learning option for students in the next school year, but it will be more selective about who can enroll. Parents will have to...
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Coronavirus: Lights remember a year that some prefer to forget

A year after the first patient in Georgetown County was diagnosed with COVID-19, staff at the area’s hospitals say it is important to remember the gains as well as the losses from the pandemic....
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Georgetown County: Ransomware attack’s cost will be felt in budget

The cost of a ransomware attack on Georgetown County’s computer network in January is likely to reach $200,000. Although the county was insured and had a $10,000 deductible, the county will have to replace...
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Pawleys Island: Owners filing plans in advance of design code

As the town of Pawleys Island works to devise a set of design standards for new homes, some property owners have submitted house plans to get approval before the rules change.  “They are all...
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Land use: Apartment opponents push county to change tract’s zoning

A citizens group that fought a zoning change to allow an apartment complex in Pawleys Island is now asking Georgetown County to make a change. Keep It Green wants 14.5 acres on Petigru Drive...
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Legislature: Delegation catches up on filling vacant board seats

The board of the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District will be back at full strength for the first time in nearly four years if Gov. Henry McMaster approves four nominations from local legislators....
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No monopawley on good ideas as classic game gets a local spin

Here’s a deal. You buy Myrtle Avenue for $170, put up four beach houses for $100 each, then sit back and collect $750 from everybody who stops by. And if you want to get...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: First and third Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center. For details, go to

Georgetown County Council: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Howard Auditorium, Hawkins Street, Georgetown. For details, go to

Pawleys Island Town Council: Second Mondays, 5 p.m. Virtual meetings.For details, go to

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