Coastal Observer


Land use: Latest plan for shuttered racquet club proposes larger lots

The newest plan for the former Litchfield Racquet Club calls for 19 single-family lots in the place of 17 empty clay courts. At 10,000 square feet, the lots are more than twice the size...
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Environment: Record sea turtle season hits ‘screeching halt’

Hurricane Dorian took its toll on sea turtle nests in the area, washing away about 45 from DeBordieu to North Myrtle Beach. “The season is coming to a screeching halt,” said Jeff McClary, co-founder...
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Roads: County finds new caretakers for ‘orphan median’

Crews went to work last week clearing weeds and trash from 1.9 miles of landscaped median along Highway 17 in the Pawleys Island business district. After two years of false hopes, the area known...
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Environment: Oh, rats! Outbreak has gator wrangler scurrying

They are fond of soap as well as candy bars. They are also looking for water and a place to call home. Pawleys Island has an issue. “We can’t even say it out loud,”...
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Pawleys Island: Despite storms, town moving ahead with beach project

A beach renourishment project is due to start on Pawleys Island in less than a month. Even though it is the height of the hurricane season along the South Carolina coast, it makes sense...
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Safety: At 137 feet, ladder truck is state’s tallest

The tallest fire truck in South Carolina has arrived at Midway and Fire Rescue and will go into service next weekend. The new 12-foot-tall truck, Ladder 814, has a 137-foot ladder and cost $1.6...
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Safety: ‘Secret season’ becomes ‘nervous season’ on coast

Jim Willis arrived at Waccamaw Middle School at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday to pick up sandbags to protect his Litchfield home if Hurricane Dorian brought flooding. More than two hours later Willis finally had...
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Books: Unlikely author delves into the history of Sunset Lodge

December will mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of Sunset Lodge, a brothel that operated outside Georgetown near what is now a county industrial park. Over 33 years it gained world-wide renown for...
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Georgetown County: Business license fee triggers objections

Georgetown County staff will continue to research a business license fee, but members of County Council say they are concerned about the impact on local firms.  The proposal is one of several offered by...
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Pawleys Island: Town takes beach building project to the limit

Pawleys Island is poised to place the maximum amount of sand allowed under state and federal permits for a beach renourishment project due to start in just over a month. Town Council members who...
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Politics: Visit from high-profile candidate has party expecting more

In the last few months, four people who want to be the Democratic Party nominee for president in 2020 made campaign stops in Georgetown County, looking for votes in one of the reddest parts...
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Recreation: Private donations will fund Celebration Park on land leased from county

Property across from Waccamaw Middle School will become a site for celebration and reflection under a plan envisioned by the late Jim Bindner and being completed by his wife Cindy. Georgetown County Council this...
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Georgetown County Sheriff’s Advisory Board: Sept. 3, 5 p.m., sheriff’s office.

Georgetown County Airport Commission: Sept. 3, 6 p.m., airport terminal.

Georgetown County Board of Zoning Appeals: Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers. Pawleys Island Town Council: Sept. 9, 5 p.m., Town Hall.

Georgetown County Parks and Recreation: Sept. 9, 5 p.m., Beck Recreation Center.

Low Country Herb Society: Anne Gladis discusses and creates floral centerpieces. Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m., Waccamaw Library.

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