HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) - The city of Hardeeville is expected to double in size over the next two decades.
The new Jasper County Ocean Terminal will create around 1 million jobs in the area.
Thursday night, the community packed a city council meeting to hear how they will be impacted. There are traffic and environmental concerns, but the developer of a new 212-acre housing project assures the community all guidelines will be met.
Mayor Harry Williams says this growth will be a positive addition.
"Sun City of Hilton Head, of which this is a part, has been a very successful development over the last 21 years. Their homes continue to sell at a very high rate. There are so many more seniors coming to this area, and part of it's because of all the hoopla about Margaritaville," said Mayor Harry Williams, Hardeeville.
A second reading will take place in two weeks.