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Lowcountry residents share ideas for development, future of Lady's Island

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Lowcountry residents got the chance to share their ideas for development on Lady's Island at a public input session held by the Sea Island Corridor Coalition, Monday afternoon. 

They got together at the Beaufort County Airport to map out what they would like to see happen in terms of the future development of Lady's Island. Residents highlighted where new commercial and mixed used development and residential areas should go. They were also asked to identify special places and properties on the island that should be protected. Several brought up the need for more parks and nature spaces, along with creating bike paths along major roads. Results from the exercise will be incorporated into a report that will be presented to the Northern Regional Planning Commission at the end of the week.

“Everyone’s been really positive. There’s an upbeat attitude on Lady’s Island that now the community really has a say. Their voices have really been missing in this process," said Rikki Parker, Coastal Conservation League. 

“I think it’s very important, because unless people come out and tell them what they want to see in the development, the improvement, how are they going to know? The government can’t read your mind when you’re sitting on your easy chair," said Merrill Aldhizer, resident, Lady's Island. 

There are two other public input meetings happening this week before the report goes to county leaders on Friday. They will be held on Tuesday, March 21 from 4-6 p.m., at the Conference Room at the Beaufort County Airport (Frogmore International), and Thursday, March 23 from 6-8 p.m., at the Conference Room of the Beaufort County Association of Realtors, located at 22 Kemmerlin Lane, on Lady's Island Drive, just south of Publix and the Sea Island Presbyterian Church. 

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