MOUNT PLEASANT - The freezing weather didn't cool off a vocal group opposing several new developments here, and their members might organize to heat things up when town voters go the polls in November.
More than 225 residents packed Moultrie Middle School's cafeteria Thursday night and heard 20 people speak about concerns that their town is growing too fast - and in the wrong way - from the Old Village to new neighborhoods off S.C. Highway 41.
Jimmy Bagwell, chairman of the nonprofit Save Shem Creek, began with an overview of how rapidly the town's population has grown and ongoing controversial developments.
Several people urged Save Shem Creek to push back at the ballot box on Nov. 3, either by fielding a slate of four Town Council candidates or holding a referendum to slow down growth, or both.
The turnout heartened those who want change.
"We've got standing room only, this is just fantastic," Bagwell said. "For months, they (town leaders) have been telling us we're just a small group of people. but I don't think that's the case."
Bagwell raised new questions about a controversial office and parking garage development on Shem Creek, one that triggered residents to form the nonprofit group last year. He said it does not contain enough parking spaces, as required by its deal with the town. Mayor Linda Page, who was not at the meeting, said earlier this week the town is waiting on more information from the developer.
The meeting's speakers also touched on other developments, including Central Mount Pleasant, commercial property in front of the Brickyard subdivision, the former Channel 4 site on Ben Sawyer Boulevard and old concrete yard at Long Point Road-Belle Hall.
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