Friday, October 11, 2013
The Front Street Fire Relief Fund Committee met again this week and worked out details for the distribution of more of the money that has been collected to help the victims of the Sept. 25 fire.
Brian Tucker, president of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce says more than $73,000 has been collected since the fire that destroyed seven buildings that housed ten businesses.
At Tuesday's meeting, the committee agreed to distribute $47,500 to aid the residents, business owners and employees directly impacted by the fire. The committee had previously distributed $17,500, Tucker said.
The committee allocated $27,000 to aid the impacted business owners to assist them as many look to reopen their businesses along Front Street, Tucker explained.
“To date, the owners of Zest, Doodlebugs, Colonial Florist, Harborwalk Books, Boardwalk Boutique, and Goudelock have made significant progress in locating new property and reopening. Several of the businesses anticipate being open prior to the October 19th Wooden Boat Show. Helping the businesses in their efforts to reopen will have a long-term positive effect on displaced workers by bringing jobs back to Front Street,” said Tucker.
He said $15,000 has been used to assist the residents with their immediate needs including clothing, initial deposits for housing and furniture.
“The balance of the allotted funds will be designated for the employees as they look for new employment,” Tucker said.
The Distribution Committee consists of three representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, three from the Georgetown Business Association, two from Georgetown County Government, two from the City of Georgetown, and the Executive Director of the United Way.
Donations to the Front Street Fire Relief Fund can be made by visiting any branch of First Citizens Bank. You can also mail donations to: Front Street Fire Relief Fund, C/O First Citizens Bank, 726 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.
Or visit www.GeorgetownFireRelief.com for online donations.
S.C. Sen. Yancey McGill announced a meeting will be held next week to try to find other ways to help those impacted by the fire.
McGill said the meeting will involve local and regional officials who will discuss the potential funding opportunities and other issues for rebuilding,
The meeting will be held at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments office located at 1230 Highmarket Street.