New Year’s Resolution

Dear Editor,

With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year's resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption.

One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods. Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Even fast-food chains Chipotle, Denny's, Panera Bread, Subway, Taco Bell, and White Castle are rolling out plant-based options.

A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate, convenient, delicious plant-based meat & dairy products. Meat industry giants Tyson Foods, Cargill, and Canada's Maple Leaf Foods have invested heavily in plant-based meat development. So have a number of Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and PayPal pioneers.

According to Plant-Based Foods Association, plant-based food sales have grown by 20% in the past year, ten times the growth rate of all foods. Sales of plant-based cheeses, creamers, butter, yogurts, and ice creams are exploding at a 50% growth rate. Plant-based milks now account for 15% of the milk market.

The plant-based New Year’s resolution requires no sweat or deprivation - just some fun exploration of your favorite supermarket and food websites.

Sincerely,

Gary Tipton

Georgetown

Humbled and Grateful

As we look forward to both a new year and the start of a new decade, I want to take a moment to thank every person who has donated to Palmetto Goodwill, shopped in our stores or volunteered their time.

We are proud that 2019 marked our 40th year of operation and that more than 90 cents of every dollar we generate is used to provide job training and employment services to those in need. The community support we received last year allowed Palmetto Goodwill to have an immense impact, serving over 20,000 individuals (including 1200 veterans) and helping place more than 4,000 into new jobs.

As Palmetto Goodwill continues to grow and evolve, we are humbled and grateful to be able to serve a greater good, and we remain committed to being a valued provider of education, training and employment services to those in need. On behalf of our dedicated Board of Directors, employees, partner agencies and most importantly, the people we serve, we thank you. We are truly grateful for your support and contributions and we promise to make 2020 and beyond even more impactful.

Robert Smith

President & CEO

Palmetto Goodwill

Pet Owners

Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone along with the holiday visitors. Some have remained and new visitors are here for the New Year. It is good to have families and friends visit during the holidays along with family dogs. This brings up a huge problem with dogs. The day before Thanksgiving from second street to the pier there were 14 dog poops. Pet owners need to take responsibility for their pets and pick up the pool and discard in trash binds. Another problem are dogs running wild on the beach and not anywhere near their owners. My neighbor's daughter came for a visit and likes to run on the beach but the other day there was a dog who wouldn't leave her alone. The owner told the lady that if she didn't run her dog wouldn't bother her. That is not right. No one likes a big wet dog running up to them and jumping on them. This is a beach for adults and children to enjoy without being bothered by someone's dog. There needs to be a leash law year round or no dogs allowed on the beach. It seems Pawleys Island is getting behind other beaches in dog control, plastic, smoking and alcohol drink. What does it take to wake up the leaders of this community?

Harriet Nubson

Pawleys Island

Who Stands to Benefit

In February there will be a public hearing on the Georgetown County 5 Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This plan will delineate the guidelines for how our County will be developed going forward as it relates to land use. Decisions about density levels, green space, building heights, single family vs rental apartments, condos and other topics that could dramatically change Pawleys Island from the quaint community it is today to something more like Myrtle Beach. If you want to protect your property values and maintain your quality of life here on the lower neck, you need to get involved. Many of us moved here to retire and enjoy living in a community composed mostly of individualized single family homes with condos and apartments limited to the beach tourist areas. Now there are plans being drafted and/or being discussed for a Market Commons like area, introducing more condos and apartments. Smaller cookie cutter houses on tiny lots. Plans to add more commercial and shopping areas while some of our existing stores are struggling to stay open, several have actually already closed! You will be asked to put on your rose colored glasses and imagine yourself riding your bike or walking on trails and sidewalks to your grocery store, Pharmacy, Beauty Shop and favorite Restaurant. You will be shown pretty pictures of apartment buildings with nearby open air restaurants and fast food options. What you won't be shown is: Improved Beach Access with adequate parking for locals, dog parks or small neighborhood parks where your children or grandchildren could play. There is no money to be made providing those things. There are Architects, Real Estate Companies, Lawyers, Developers and large land owners that will benefit financially from higher density residential and re-development of existing commercial property. Highway 17 is already above the capacity of traffic it was planned for and our schools don't need to become more crowded than they currently are. Those of us that have paid taxes for years thinking we were protected from such development need to stand up and be counted or you will be forced to accept plans that could destroy your lifestyle. The plan is to ignore you and lure new residents used to high density and less individuality to move here. New people totally ignorant of local history and what Pawleys once was. If we allow this to happen we will be unrecognizable as the arrogantly shabby, crime free community people yearned to move to when they retired. With the consulting firms plans, Myrtle Beach will just spread it's tacky, over crowded tentacles to Murrells Inlet and the Waccamaw Neck. We must prevent this by insisting our county adopt stricter building codes and require lower density zoning which will make Pawleys less appealing to the Fast Buck Greed that Myrtle Beach has experienced over the past five years. The only large tracts of land on the Waccamaw Neck that can be developed are our Golf Courses and Arcadia Plantation. Arcadia's plans were approved years ago and are still active, that would add a minimum of 2500 new homes and 5000 new cars to our area. Several of our golf courses are owned by The Founders Group, they have publicly stated they plan to sell many of their holdings. With less density and stricter building codes we can at least make it more profitable to build in Horry County With fewer Golf Courses in Horry, the golfers will come play and stay in Georgetown County, thus making our courses and asset worth keeping.

Marlajean Hamby

Pawleys Island