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Carolina spoke at length during the discussion before the vote. He said the citizens have opposed this rezoning for many reasons and the issue was deferred so the council’s land use committee could consider those concerns. That committee, which included Beard, Goggans, Thomas and Carolina, voted 3-1 on May 10 for recommending approval, with Carolina being the only "no" vote.

Five people spoke against the rezoning request during the public comment period of the meeting. They were Sam Livingston, a concerned citizen; Eileen Johnson, a resident of the Pennyroyal community; the Rev. Sandra Ladson, pastor of St. Michael AME Church in the area; Marvin Neal, the president of the Georgetown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Amelia Thompson, a lawyer with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project.

Thompson warned that the county may face a legal battle if the rezoning was approved. She said she has been working with other organizations, including the Coastal Conservation League and the Winyah Rivers Foundation, to gather information about the rezoning request and the process the county has followed to get to this point.

"The county’s comprehensive plan specifically councils against the rezoning of the Pennyroyal property," she said. "It talks not only generally about negative environmental impacts, but it specifically points out issues with locating heavy industry on tidally influenced rivers like the Sampit."

"Without that self-purification process, rezoning to Heavy Industrial in an area like this is against Georgetown County’s comprehensive plan which you are all familiar," Thompson said. "It’s important to the community for you to vote no, but its also important from a legal perspective and I think you could be opening yourself up to liability."

County Economic Development Director Brian Tucker, who has been leading the county’s efforts to rezone, purchase and market the property, said during his report to council that after the first land use committee meeting on the rezoning, he and his staff went back, re-evaluated information and talked to consultants to re-assess if the county has in this site what they think they have.

Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance authorizing a property lease agreement with the Career Resource Center for use of space within the North Santee Community Center building, located at 1484 Mount Zion Ave. in Georgetown. The Career Resource Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has expressed interest in using space within the North Santee Community Center building for various community programs.

Council approved second reading of an ordinance to rezone a one-half acre parcel located on Tupelo Road, 200 feet west of Berkeley Court in Murrells Inlet, from forest and agriculture to one-half acre residential. The applicant, Everette Brown Jr., is proposing to subdivide half an acre from his 1.67 acre tract in order to build a single-family structure.

Council approved second reading of an ordinance to rezone 8.5 acres located on Martin Luther King Road, approximately 1,500 feet west of Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island from one-half acre residential to 10,000 square feet residential. The applicant, James Earl Brown, is proposing to rezone the tract in order to provide more suitable lot sizes to accommodate the increase of residents seeking to live in the Pawleys Island area. Adjacent properties are comparable to 10,000 square feet residential zoning and the county’s Future Land Use Map designates this parcel as medium density residential which supports this request.