Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Pawleys Island, SC — Jimmy McCants, the newest member of the Pawleys Island Civic Association, was named the group’s Citizen of the Year on Saturday.
McCants, who is also a member of the town’s planning commission and is on the Pawleys Island Chapel board of directors, grew up in Georgetown and is a long-time resident of the north end of the island.
Howard Ward, chair of the Pawleys Island Planning Commission, introduced McCants.
“Jimmy is a real asset on the planning commission,” Ward said. “He wants the island to stay like we have known it for our lifetime. He is thoughtful and wants to protect the island.”
McCants said he is honored and privileged to be named the citizen of the year.
“I have spent a lot of time on Pawleys Island and I remember the Pavilion days,” McCants said. “I want to help keep it the way it is, a wonderful, quiet family beach.”
This was one of several announcements during the group’s annual meeting at Pawleys Island Chapel.
New town council
One major announcement was that Mary McAllister, a long-time member of Pawleys Island Town Council, did not offer to run again in November.
Mayor Bill Otis made the announcement and said she has been on council for 12 years.
McAllister was elected in November of 2001 when her husband Ken McAllister decided not to run, Otis said.
Ward offered to run for the seat and had no opposition.
Otis said since there are the same number of candidates as seats, there will be no election.
“Howard has been a strong supporter of Pawleys Island and is a long-time resident,” Otis said. “He has been highly active in the Civic Association, the Planning Commission, and the Pawleys Chapel board. Howard has volunteered for almost anything in Pawleys Island you can volunteer for.”
Ward will give up his seat on the Planning Commission, Otis said.
Other announcements included a report from South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) by Mary Schneider; a call for volunteers for the island’s beach sweep on Sept. 21; a report from the Town of Pawleys Island police department; and a report from Pawleys Mayor Bill Otis.
Schneider told attendees that this was one of the best recorded years for turtle nesting along our coast.
She said Pawleys Island had 23 nests and 10 have already hatched and been inventoried.
Future inventories, during which the public could have the opportunity to see baby turtles finding their way to the sea, will be posted at Town Hall and on the SCUTE website at www.seaturtle.org.
Schneider said there have been 223 nests from Little River to North Island near Georgetown. Nests have averaged 120 eggs.
She added that this is the fourth year SCUTE has participated in a national DNA study where they sacrifice one egg per nest to gather information about the mother and where she has nested.
Frank Johnson with WBTW News Channel 13 invited the public to participate in this year’s beach sweep and river sweep on Saturday, Sept. 21 on Pawleys Island.
This is in conjunction the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Beach Sweep/River Sweep events.
Participants are asked to meet at Pavilion Park on the North Causeway to the island between 9 a.m. and noon.
Litter will be collected in provided trash bags and volunteers will fill out a checklist to determine what kinds of trash are being picked up.
Data will be used in a worldwide study.
“We hope to see you out there,” Johnson said. “We are looking for a big turnout.”
Pawleys Island police chief Mike Fanning introduced his newest officer, Brian Fulmer.
Fulmer, who is from New York, is one of five full-time and three part-time officers on the island.
Fanning also gave a police report, stating that suspects have been arrested for a series of burglaries this summer, but two more burglaries are now being investigated.
He and Otis told attendees to make sure to lock their house doors and vehicle doors regularly and to never leave valuables out in plain sight.
Otis reported that Town Council is working to continue placing electric and utility wires underground on Pawleys Island.
Some parts of the island, like the Birds Nest section, already have underground wires.
But the goal is to have all lines underground and two sources of power coming onto the island, one at each causeway, he said.
If town council decides that there is adequate support for the project, Otis said island residents who do not currently have lines underground will be asked to pay something in the range of $350 per year.
The town will pick up the balance of the project, which is something in the range of $2.5 million, Otis said.
Also, town council has agreed to continue paying half the cost for homeowners to put up sand fencing, which protects dunes from erosion.
Otis stated that in October, there will be cameras at both causeways that will take pictures of vehicle license plates and transmit them to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
The information will be used for investigations of mischief on the island.
By Clayton Stairs