I would like to invite a recent letter writer to visit Georgetown, which he referenced as a “dying town” in his recent letter to the editor. Sure, Georgetown has had its share of economic problems such as sinkholes, constant flooding, a devastating fire, the closing of the steel mill, lack of interest in our port and its designation as the poorest city in the state. Most of us who live and work here take pride in this wonderful place we call home and welcome the many thousands of visitors and tourists who, just by chance, happen to discover what a great city and county we have.

There’s no need to be too solemn when you pay your respect as I doubt seriously you’ll see anyone dressed in black and driving a hearse. You’ll also be happy to know the traffic isn’t as bad as what you’re used to, and you’ll feel better when you discover free parking.

Turn off the unattractive Highway 17 corridor and you’ll find a charming seaport town full of historical structures framed by live oak canopies.

Visit our retail and specialty shops, take a walking or tram tour, dine in one of our many restaurants, relax on a boat tour to North Island, visit our five museums, stroll our Harborwalk and mingle with our locals and many visitors.

Stick your head in the Chamber of Commerce office and read what many of our visitors have to say about our city. You won’t find the words “dull, boring or half dead” in their comments.

Or if you want to visit when so many others do, make plans next year to attend the Bass Master Elite Series Tournament, combined with the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival; the annual Plantation Tours, which have been around for over 60 years; the Wooden Boat Show; the Bridge 2 Bridge run; and during the summer months our biweekly Music in the Park gatherings.

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Plan your visit and I think you’ll change your mind about Georgetown being a dying town.

Paige B. Sawyer III

Highmarket Street

Georgetown

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