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Chickens now allowed in 5 more residential zones
Feb. 2, 2016

Since Georgetown County Council took action in late January to allow chickens in more densely populated areas,  there has been a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding the action that took place. 

Prior to an amendment, passed by Council on Jan. 26, only people in areas zoned “Forest Agriculture” or who had a residential lot of at least 2 acres in areas zoned “R-1AC” or “R-5AC” could have chickens. With the new allowances in the ordinance, at least some number of chickens are now legal on residential lots in five additional zoning districts. The affected districts are: R-1/2AC, MR-10,000sf, R-3/4AC, VR-10,000sf and R-10,000sf. Outside of these five zoning districts, there has been no change at all. 

The five zoning districts chosen were selected because the intent of this amendment was to address the issue of chickens not being allowed in more densely populated neighborhoods. Nationwide, raising chickens has become a common practice in urban and suburban communities and, recognizing that, county staff and County Council deemed it was time to update county rules to allow that where appropriate.

Again, this amendment only applies to five of 26 zoning districts. Yet somehow the ordinance has been perceived as a countywide chicken ban, said County Administrator Sel Hemingway. Additionally there are rumors that the ordinance prohibits activities such as gardening and outlaws horses, cows and other livestock in rural farming areas. “That is absolutely untrue,” Hemingway said of the rumors.

To help alleviate some of the confusion, the County recently released the following list of what the amendment to the ordinance does and — perhaps just as importantly — what it doesn’t do.

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Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Thompson to perform in Georgetown

Two chart-topping country music artists will perform in downtown Georgetown in April as part of the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival and other festivities surrounding a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament the county will play host to.

Josh Thompson is set to perform on April 7, while Jason Michael Carroll will perform the following night. Both concerts will take place on Front Street, in front of Francis Marion Park. Opening acts start at 6 p.m., with featured artists taking the stage at 7: 30 p.m.

General admission for both shows is free. A VIP area with waitress service will be available to event sponsors, and silver- and above-level sponsors will be invited to an artist meet and greet party.

Known for hits including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Carroll developed a following with his 2006 debut album Waitin’ in the Country, which hit No. 1 on the country music charts. He has toured with superstars including Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride.

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Georgetown County to host Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in 2016

Georgetown County will be the host site for a 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, bringing some of the nation’s top professional bass anglers to Winyah Bay, B.A.S.S. announced nationwide today. The Elite Series is known as the premier fishing tournament series in the world and has been shown to generate economic impacts of more than $2 million in other host cities.

“To fishing, this series is what the PGA Tour is to golf,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “Being selected to host an event of this caliber is a huge achievement for our community and an honor. This is the chance the county has been looking for to prove we can host a large scale, national event and not only compete with but outdo other jurisdictions that are competing for this type of event.”

The Elite Series will stop in Georgetown with tournament days of April 7-10. Official practice days for the anglers will be April 4-6. Many participants are expected to make trips to the area months ahead of the tournament to get familiar with the local fishery.

Making the announcement even more exciting for area outdoors enthusiasts, the 2016 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival will be scheduled to coincide with the event, making it a weekend not to be missed for anglers and other outdoorsmen...

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