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Fishing tournament brings big returns to Georgetown County economy
May 4, 2015
A fishing tournament hosted by Georgetown County from April 22-24 had a total economic impact of nearly half a million dollars, based on conservative preliminary estimates. That’s a significant boon for the local economy.
The B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Championship, held at the Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River, brought anglers from seven states to Georgetown County. Factoring in hotel stays, meals, fuel purchases and other spending by participants, direct spending resulting from the tournament amounted to an estimated $244,671. Add in a conservative multiplier of 1.66 to account forindirect spending and the number jumps to $406,153.
“The actual numbers would probably be a good bit higher. We were very conservative in all our calculations,” said Beth Goodale, Georgetown County’s director of parks and recreation.
Though the tournament lasted for three days, with registration and team meetings stretching it out to four days, most tournament participants arrived anywhere from two to six days prior for practice fishing. That meant a good week forGeorgetown hotels. The Quality Inn in Georgetown was completely booked for the tournament and other hotels were at or close to capacity. Some anglers booked beach houses for their visit, so rental agencies saw benefits from the tournament as well...
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Enter our photo contest!
March 19, 2015
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter our latest photo contest. We’ve selected “Rural Life in Georgetown County” as the theme. We’re looking for shots that show the more rural areas of Georgetown County. These may include landscapes or images of people going about their daily lives or enjoying recreational activities such as hunting and fishing. Color and black and white photos will be accepted.
Deadline for entires is 5:30 p.m. May 31, 2015. Submit entries to email@example.com.
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Capital Project Sales Tax to go into effect in 2015
Nov. 5, 2014
In the November 2014 general election, Georgetown County residents voted to implement a 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.
The sales tax will begin being applied to taxable purchases in Georgetown County on May 1, 2015, and will remain in place for exactly four years, disappearing on April 30, 2019.
It is anticipated the tax will generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds will be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.
For more information about the tax and the projects to be funded, see the links below or call (843) 545-3164.
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