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Court hears from Dairy Land, City over new planters

The owners of Dairy Land Restaurant in Walterboro have filed legal papers against the City of Walterboro, resulting in a judge issuing a temporary injunction on Friday against the construction of large planters in front of the Jefferies Boulevard business. The judge also ordered that the restaurant’s owners, Thurston and Camie Hiers, speak with Walterboro officials and representatives from the S.C. Department of Transportation within 10 days about the problem.
That 10-day time frame started on March 29.
As of press deadline on Tuesday morning, the Hiers’ were waiting to speak with all officials involved.
The Hiers’ declined giving official statements to the media at the advice of their attorney. However, Camie Hiers told “The Colletonian” on Tuesday that she would “hate to see Dairy Land close because no one can get into their business.”
Dairy Land has been open in Walterboro since 1949.
The project in question is part of the “Loop Project,” which will beautify Walterboro from the Interstate 95 Exit 53 interchange throughout the city and back to Exit 57. This “loop project,” as it is commonly called, has been in the planning phase by city officials for more than 10 years, and was voted on by Colleton County residents in the November 2015 referendum as an approved project to receive taxpayer funds from an additional one-cent sales tax.
In addition to these taxpayer funds, the beautification project is also receiving a variety of grant funds.
Specifically, Dairy Land’s entrance now has a 72-foot planter in front of the business. This planter, according to restaurant officials, is blocking customers from having direct access to the business. The planter was not a part of the city’s original design.
City officials will now meet with the DOT and the Dairy Land owners about the project. Until then, remaining parts of the “loop project” will continue as planned, according to city Manager Jeff Molinari.
Meanwhile, the signatures of approximately 1,600 Colleton County residents are on a petition asking that the loop project not negatively impact Dairy Land. That petition is being circulated via social media and on hard copies at some Walterboro businesses.

Heather Walters (788 Posts)