Coastal Observer


Education: Staggered start plan gets mixed reviews

The Georgetown County School District is still working on its reopening plans, but its plan to stagger school start times is not popular with some parents. The district announced in June that elementary and...
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Pawleys Island: After adopting design rules, town moves cautiously on historic preservation

An ordinance that would require town approval before altering or removing nine historic homes on Pawleys Island needs more study, Town Council members say. The proposed ordinance came days after the town Planning Commission...
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Pawleys Island: Judge delays trial in FOIA suit

When voices down the hall interrupted a workshop of Pawleys Island officials last month, someone pushed the door to the meeting closed. The town attorney objected.  “We don’t want to get sued,” David DuRant...
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Roads: Final input session on corridor study draws a crowd

The chance to comment on $53.3 million in proposed improvements to Highway 17 along the Waccamaw Neck drew more than 120 people to a forum this week. It was the best turnout so far...
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Roads: Highway 17 traffic study up for final round of comments

Mark Hoeweler expected to get Georgetown County Council’s blessing last month on a $53.3 million list of proposed improvements along Highway 17 on Waccamaw Neck.  That would make the work eligible for a share...
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Traditions: At Pawleys parade: Freedom. Rings.

There was a little more white in the red, white and blue at Pawleys Island’s Fourth of July Parade. And a little more sparkle. Thanks go to Casey Peissel, his family and his future...
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Traditions: No prizes, but plenty of spirit at inlet boat parade

After 39 years, the Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade finally got straight with the law. “We get a DNR permit every year,” said Lee Hewitt, one of the founders who co-chairs the...
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Environment: Board affirms decision to protect neighborhood’s oaks

A homeowners association will have to find an alternative to cutting down trees that is says are damaging the community. The Reunion Hall Homeowners Association at Willbrook wants to cut down 30 live oaks because...
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Waccamaw High: Warriors build Hall of Fame on 30 years of success

Waccamaw High School is starting an athletic Hall of Fame and the first members will be inducted this fall. “We’re excited,” principal Adam George said. “I think this is something that’s going to draw...
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Traditions: July 4th parades anticipate record turnout

When Fran Ward rode in the Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade a decade ago, she was beside her late husband, Howard, who was the grand marshal. “I remember it well,” she said. “He...
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Environment: Flounder limits change, with license fee funding hatchery

A $5 rise in the price of a saltwater fishing license that took effect July 1 will help fund a hatchery that is part of the state’s efforts to restore the flounder stocks in...
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Beaches: County considers restrictions as beach holes get deeper

A favorite pastime for some beachgoers is digging holes in the sand. But holes that are not filled in can be a danger to turtles and humans. “Nothing gets done with these holes that...
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Land use: Battle over density looms with zoning change

Property off Highway 17 near Prince George took the first step toward higher density development, but not before the chairman of the Georgetown County Planning Commission pointed out to some of the project’s opponents...
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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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