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Due to COVID-19, Georgetown County offices are open on a limited basis at this time. Residents are asked to call or e-mail the department you have business with before coming to county facilities. Many requests can be met virtually, saving you a trip. Admittance to county facilities is currently on an appointment-only basis. Visit our online newsroom for more information.


County Council meetings return to virtual
Jan. 19, 2021

Georgetown County Council will return to virtual meetings through end of February due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. Meetings will continue to be broadcast live via the county's YouTube channel to allow for public participation. Anyone wishing to make public comments or speak at public hearings during virtual meetings should sign up by 3 p.m. the Monday before the meeting by using the link below or contacting the Clerk to Council, Theresa Floyd, at (843) 545-3058. Registered individuals will be asked to report to Howard Auditorium no later than 5:15pm on Tuesday, January 26 to make public comments during the meeting via live video. Only those who have signed up in advance will be allowed into the facility.


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South Island boat launch to close for paving
Jan. 13, 2021

South Island Ferry Landing boat launch will be closed for parking lot repairs and improvements from Feb. 1 to May 31. The Ferry will remain open.


Summary Courts suspended until further notice
Jan. 11, 2021

All in-person proceedings in Georgetown County Summary (Magistrate) courts are suspended until further notice as part of a statewide action in response to rising cases of COVID-19. The suspension begins Jan. 11. Anyone who was scheduled to appear in summary court on or after this date should receive written notice via mail with further information. 

Limited exceptions to this order include bond hearings and emergency matters, including but not limited to restraining orders, orders of protection, and vacation of bench warrants.

Staff may still be reached during this time via phone and email. The closure is scheduled to last at least until Jan. 26. More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Georgetown RISE receives international recognition
Dec. 23, 2020

The United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development in Georgetown – better known as Georgetown RISE – has been selected from more than 175 other RCEs around the world for a prestigious international award.

This award, the 2020 RCE Award for Outstanding Flagship Project, featured a partnership with the Georgetown County Public Services Department and its director, Ray C. Funnye; local community leader and sustainable organization consultant Peg Howell; Pamela Martin, Ph.D., professor of politics and executive director of  RCE Sustainable Development at Coastal Carolina University; and Maeve Snyder of the National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Council extends mask mandate, State of Emergency through January

Dec. 8, 2020

Georgetown County Council voted on Dec. 8 to extend the ordinance requiring individuals to wear face coverings in businesses. The ordinance will expire Jan. 27 if not renewed by County Council at its Jan. 26 meeting. 

The ordinance mandates that members of the public wear masks that cover the nose and mouth in Georgetown County businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and retail stores. Restaurant patrons are exempt while dining, but employees must wear a mask at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

Businesses are required to post written notification at their main entrance notifying customers of the new law. One may be downloaded below, or businesses may create their own.

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