Georgetown County Council: Median and horse issues bring large crowd

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chris Sokoloski / Times
So many people came out for Tuesday’s Georgetown County Council meeting that it was standing room only. Most people came for public comment on a Pawleys Island median project or on a rezoning issue that would have allowed a family to build a small barn to keep three horses.

More than 100 residents packed the Georgetown County Council meeting on Tuesday night.
Two issues brought the large crowd: closing the median on U.S. Highway 17 in Pawleys Island, and rezoning a property in Parkersville to allow a family to build a small barn to keep three horses.
A group of opponents to closing the median protested outside the Historic Courthouse before the meeting, holding signs and passing out stickers with the ďDonít Strip the NeckĒ slogan on them.
As the council meeting began, every space on the benches was full and people stood along the side and back walls.
More than a dozen people spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, seven urging council to stop or delay the median project, four urging council not to rezone the Parkersville property, and a few on other issues.
Once everybody had their say, the Donít Strip the Neck people chatted amongst themselves while leaving the meeting, as council members patiently waited before continuing.
Council later tabled the ordinance that would have rezoned the Parkersville property and allowed the horses, leading about half of the horse opponents to leave the meeting, causing another delay.
Council had also scheduled a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, but nobody spoke.

By Chris Sokoloski

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