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Forums Planned to Discuss Future of Working Waterfronts in Five South Carolina Coastal Communities

Jan 13, 2017

Charleston, S.C. – The future of traditional working waterfronts in five South Carolina coastal communities will be discussed in a series of public forums in January coordinated by researchers from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Clemson University and College of Charleston.

Working waterfronts in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown, McClellanville, Mount Pleasant and Port Royal face a variety of stresses, including population growth, sea-level rise and economic concerns. Each of those communities strikes its particular balance of fisheries, shipping, recreation and residential use of its waterfront, and the importance of each use has changed through the years.

In 2014 and 2015, the researchers talked with stakeholders from each community in group meetings and individual interviews about those changes and their preferred future courses. Information gathered helped identify needs, challenges and opportunities for each community.

The results of that research will be presented at the public meetings, which are designed to facilitate discussion and help prioritize issues.

The meetings are scheduled:

  • Monday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m.,
    Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m.,
    Waccamaw Council of Governments, 1230 Highmarket St., Georgetown
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.,
    McClellanville Town Hall, 405 Pinckney St., McClellanville
  • Monday, Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m.,
    Clemson Extension Office, 102 Industrial Village Rd., Beaufort
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m.,
    Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant