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2018 could be big for Cottageville
So much has happened in 2017 in Colleton County. Businesses have come. Others have closed after being in business for many years. In this past year, we have seen some of our community’s non-profits successfully raised money, while others have faced challenges and moved locations. Some large projects have been completed, like Edisto’s beach renourishment. And, other projects are just getting started. When we look at all that has happened, it’s been a beautiful cluster of movement.
Yet there is one project in the middle of all of this movement that we see as being a festering one. This particular project has been talked about for years. It is either hated or liked very loudly by the town’s residents. Regardless, it holds tremendous consequences. And perhaps more poignant than anything else we’ve said about it, Cottageville’s potential incoming water and sewer and annexation movements absolutely need to happen just for the town to move in one direction or another.
Cottageville’s location is prime. Its potential is huge. But the town has sat still for decades, with little growth or ability to improve daily life for its residents. Some would argue that people in Cottageville don’t want their days to improve. They like it just the way it is. But, here is the problem: the “talk” of Cottageville has been circling for so long that we just want it to either happen or let the conversation end indefinitely. For the first time in a very long time, Cottageville has some leaders in place who want the town to improve. They don’t want to change it: they just want a few things added to the town’s roster that makes life there a bit more enjoyable. This includes the recreational expanses and the luring of new businesses. It also includes some sometimes-contested talk about bringing in water and sewer. Because of the tremendous amount of growth happening near Cottageville, and the growth plan that is inevitably coming toward the town, we believe laying water and sewer is a smart move.
We also believe creating some more town ordinances will only safeguard the town’s way of life.
Meanwhile, as the talk continues to happen, money is going into the town to turn some of the plans into reality. We see this as a good thing – if the town’s residents will support the efforts and take advantage of the outcomes.
As usual, we ask residents to get involved with their municipality plans and meetings. In this case, we are also asking that you throw more support behind some of the plans taking shape in Cottageville.

Heather Walters (1341 Posts)