Coastal Observer


Land use: Developer makes pitch for county tech park as apartment complex

Property at Pawleys Island once envisioned as a high-tech park is being considered for high-density residential development. The proposal from Graycliff Capital Development is under review by Georgetown County Council. “We’re struggling with what...
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Pawleys Island: Defund the police? It isn’t what you think

Even without a parade, the town of Pawleys Island will be a busy place on the Fourth of July. Its four full-time and four part-time police officers will all be on duty. But the...
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Litchfield Beach: Owner’s hopes dashed again in effort to get sailboat afloat

A collective sigh rose from the crowd like the last breath of the evening breeze when the mast fell across the rolling deck. Joshua Powers, owner of the 30-foot sailboat Grundoon, has tasted failure...
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Traditions: Virus rains on July 4th parades

The town of Pawleys Island this week canceled its Fourth of July Parade, a tradition for 54 years, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area. Organizers of the Murrells Inlet Boat...
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Politics: Options unclear, Charlton still disputes District 2 primary

Bob Anderson received the last 11 votes in the Republican Party primary for County Council 2, all cast by the local GOP executive committee. Added to the 22-vote margin he garnered at the polls,...
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Coronavirus: Rise in virus cases follows high school graduation

For a parent of a high school senior, it was a hard request to turn down. “I don’t want to miss every single graduation event,” the child said. The child had stayed at home...
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Politics: Charlton will challenge 22-vote loss in District 2

Ron Charlton will challenge this week’s GOP primary election that left him 22 votes short of winning a seventh term on Georgetown County Council. “There are a lot of unanswered questions in this thing,”...
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Safety: Pawleys teen organizes peaceful protest against injustice

A member of Generation Z is stepping up to inspire people of all ages in the fight against racial injustice. Eileen Carter, a rising sophomore at Waccamaw High School, led hundreds of people in...
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Politics: Coroner candidate agree experience matters, but differ on its content

The two candidates seeking to replace Georgetown County’s long-serving coroner agree on at least one thing: most people don’t understand what the job entails. Allen Morris and Chase Ridgeway part company when it comes...
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Roads: Median study shows fewer injuries even as crashes increase

There have been fewer injuries in crashes on Highway 17 in the Pawleys Island business district since construction of a raised median five years ago even as the total number of crashes has increased,...
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Nonprofits: All 4 Paws wins grant for clinic with ’can-do’ idea

Staff at All 4 Paws Animal Rescue take to the road when it is time to spay or neuter cats and dogs, driving as far as Moncks Corner to use clinic space. So a...
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Sports: High school league issues first guidelines for activities

Team competitions are prohibited. So is spitting. Conditioning and sports-specific drills are allowed. The S.C. High School League has released the first phase of its guidelines for the resumption of athletics. There is no...
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Litchfield Beach: The last voyage of the Grundoon

An east wind brought the sailboat ashore. A twin-axle trailer took it off. In a month spent on the edge of Litchfield Beach, the Grundoon drew hundreds of onlookers eager to see if it...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: April 8, noon.  Virtual meeting. For details, go to

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District: April 9, 6 p.m. Virtual meeting. For details, go to

No other local government meetings are scheduled at this time. , .