Dr. Jen Plunket, Stewardship Coordinator with the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at USC spoke to Club on Sea level rise. This is a subject that all coastal communities must address.
Jen discussed her work to monitor sea level rise and the impacts to our resources. We’ d better start planning now, for there is no disputing the fact that the sea level is going to rise and encroach on low lying areas.
Tuesday February 2nd, 2016
Brain Tucker, Director of Georgetown County Economic Development gave us an update on economic development. He states that it is a new error in Georgetown County because of its top strengths such as quality of life, low -cost reliable energy, availability and cost of land, port access and proximity to Boeing. Major businesses that are already thriving in the county are AgruAmerica, International Paper, SafeRack, 3V Sigma and Mercom to mention a few. The future outlook is positive! In a Q&A session, he said that there had been no communication with the owners of the steel mill property about their plans for the facility and the County was taking a wait and see approach.
Anne Faul discussed the continuing need for The Smith Medical Clinic. Every morning in Georgetown County, one in three low-income adults wakes up to another day without health insurance, hoping not to suffer a serious illness or injury. Smith Medical Clinic, Inc. provides free-of-charge medical care to residents who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay for medical care. She explained that there is a large group of people that weren’t eligible for either Medicare or Obamacare, and those are the ones served by Smith Clinic.
Smith Clinic which started and currently operates a clinic in the Pawleys Isand Community will be opening a clinic in Georgetown at the new Tidelands Health Community Services building at the corner of Highmarket and Wood. Since the majority of patients treated come from Georgetown this will greatly reduce transportation issues for those patients. It costs $250 for us to provide complete medical care for a patient for a full year. It’s only $50 a visit at SMC vs. $1600 at the Emergency Room.