Median project opponent Steve Goggans to run for County Council

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:50 am

Steve Goggans

Steve Goggans, the main organizer of the “Don’t Strip the Neck” group on the Waccamaw Neck, is planning to file to run for Georgetown County Council.

He will announce his candidacy and introduce his platform, “Quality of Life in 29585” on Tuesday, March 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lachicotte Company.

Goggans, the main spokesman for the citizens coalition against the median project, has presented council with an alternative to the median project developed by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

He said the project was not designed for safety, although that was originally the main reason for developing the SCDOT plan.

That plan will close the median along the 1.9-mile stretch of Highway 17 in Pawleys Island, with 17 U-turn areas, Goggans said.

A year after S.C. Department of Transportation held public hearings on the project and unveiled its final plan, the Citizens Coalition for Ocean Highway was formed in February, and a very public “Don’t Strip the Neck” campaign began.

Supporters were hoping for the same kind of success the “Don’t Box the Neck” group had in keeping Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart out of Pawleys Island.

County Council members have said they will not take action to stop the SCDOT median plan.

The press conference will be held in the second floor meeting room of The Lachicotte Company, located just north of the intersection of Ocean Highway 17 and Waverly Road.

Parking is available in the front and the back of the company’s building. Parking is not allowed in the Walgreens parking lot.

Times reporter Chris Sokoloski contributed to this story.

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