New group to oversee Litchfield landscaping

The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News

A group that will oversee landscaping and some beautification efforts on parts of the Waccamaw Neck will form by early next year, according to some residents who gathered at Litchfield by the Sea on Thursday night.

The group will seek to maintain the landscaping along U.S. 17 South in the Litchfield area, said Clem Thoennes and Henry Jobe, who are leading the efforts to form the Litchfield Beach Corridor Beautification Committee.

The idea has gained the support of at least two members of Georgetown County Council and some businesses along the Waccamaw Neck have pledged money to maintain the landscaping already in place in the median near Litchfield Beach, Jobe said.

Other money has been pledged by the Sea Community Association, Willbrook Road Maintenance District, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and the new owners of the Litchfield Company.

“This is our reason for forming, to maintain the Waccamaw Neck’s front yard,” Jobe said. “This is citizenship.”

The palm trees and landscaping on parts of U.S. 17 South were previously maintained by the former owners of the Litchfield Company, Thoennes said.

The development company sold its assets and will no longer maintain landscaping.

The Litchfield Corridor Beautification Group is being formed to maintain the landscaping.

At least $42,000 has been raised to continue the work, Thoennes said. The group needs to raise at least $53,000 to maintain the landscaping next year – including planting, trimming, seeding and fertilization.

The same landscaping work could be included in other parts of U.S. 17 South, Jobe said. Area businesses could be asked to pitch in and join the effort to add plants and flowers to medians near their businesses.

“We could creep south and add more [landscaping] projects,” Jobe said. “Additional businesses might want to be included in this.”

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