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  • The Future Of South Carolina Working Waterfronts: A Community Partnership Exploring Priorities

    Elizabeth Fly – SC Sea Grant Consortium and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments Jennifer Calabria – Clemson University Tola Adeyemo – The Baldwin Group at NOAA Office for Coastal Management Alex Braud – SC Sea Grant Consortium and College of Charleston

  • Agenda

    1. Project Overview

    2. Engaging Working Waterfront Communities on Priority Issues

    3. Exploring Economic Contributions of Working Waterfront Communities

    4. Community Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of Working Waterfronts

  • Project Overview

    South Carolina Working Waterfronts  Traditionally commercial fisheries  Increasing competition for waterfront space and access

    o Recreational fishing o Tourism o Commercial and residential development

     Increasing vulnerability to changes in climate o Infrastructure o Biological changes

    Project Questions  How do communities define working waterfronts in SC?  What are top priorities for working waterfront communities?  What are the main economic drivers in working waterfront communities?  How do communities envision the future of their working waterfronts?

    Courtesy of Port of San Diego

    James Williams on Flickr

    Henry de Saussure Copeland on Flickr

    E. Fly

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/portofsandiego/4343374943 https://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1315566916/in/photolist-31fCdd-5WHLpf-31baoc-h3dbHd-5uGaC3-5XpfXJ-31b8ti-5uBGm4-4BrfK3-9yd4w-uBn8bd-5uBEWc-5u2Ubh-5uFZNS-5iL5sJ-5tXjs6-5uBHrZ-5uBunZ-5uBDxi-7jirGn-7jirBp-7jnkC9-7jnkHC-7jirJn-7jnkxJ-7jirSr-7jirWz-7jirKX https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt

  • Project Overview

    Community Profile: Murrell’s Inlet

    • Began as a fishing village • “Creek rats”

    • Charter fishing • Popular tourist and retirement location • Finding their identity

    • Hammock Coast ? • 2010 Census

    • Population: 8,547 people • Median income: $39,877 • Per capita income: $28,197 • Georgetown County

    Liz Mitchell on Flickr

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46038438@N03/4228125519/

  • Project Overview

    Community Profile: Georgetown

    • Third oldest city in South Carolina • Second largest seaport in South Carolina • Initial profits from indigo and rice • Shift to lumber mills

    • Atlantic Coast Lumber Co, largest lumber mill on East Coast early 20th century

    • Shift to steel mill • Large component of waterfront, closed permanently in August 2015

    • Fire on waterfront • 2010 Census

    • Population: 9,163 people • Median income: $29,424 • Per capita income: $14,568 • Georgetown County

    Sid Sowder on Flickr

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidmuchrock/6250486863/in/photolist-awknYT-9GnVuU-6aLtvn-oJwogd-9W16np-6XpwGG-dsyTKD-3fbWw-9Gk3VM-8dP2dw-9Gk3MB-ds1mb1-9Gk3mt-6Xpwxh-9Gk2Vp-oJvGSz-ds2Gpw-fistkV-ds2HuU-9GnVGG-fmNwNp-fmNnw8-fmNw38-aqx6o6-fmNmV8-fmNkTZ-fmNmpB-fm

  • Project Overview

    Community Profile: McClellanville

    • Small fishing town • “The Village” • Well known for shrimping fleet • “Septic system for a purpose”

    • Located on Jeremy Creek • Ground zero for Hurricane Hugo in 1989 • 2010 Census

    • Population: 499 people • Median income: $42,500 • Per capita income: $22,425 • Charleston County

    E. Fly

  • Project Overview

    Community Profile: Shem Creek • Located in Mount Pleasant

    • 4th fastest growing community in U.S. • Feeds into Charleston Harbor • Began as a working creek

    • Lime kiln and other mills before Civil War • Seafood industry in 20th century

    • Shrimping after WWII • Now a popular destination for tourists – many competing interests • 2010 Census

    • Population: 67,843 people (2014: 77,796) • Median income: $61,054 • Per capita income: $30,823 • Charleston County

    James Williams on Flickr

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1315566916/in/photolist-31fCdd-5WHLpf-31baoc-h3dbHd-5uGaC3-5XpfXJ-31b8ti-5uBGm4-4BrfK3-9yd4w-uBn8bd-5uBEWc-5u2Ubh-5uFZNS-5iL5sJ-5tXjs6-5uBHrZ-5uBunZ-5uBDxi-7jirGn-7jirBp-7jnkC9-7jnkHC-7jirJn-7jnkxJ-7jirSr-7jirWz-7jirKX

  • Project Overview

    Community Profile: Port Royal

    • Began as a port, with railroads to connect to Charleston and Savannah • Port vitality declined as SC focused on Charleston

    • Port officially closed in 2004 • Purchase and redevelopment of port property has been slow

    • Seafood industry • July 2015 fire at seafood market and docks

    • 2010 Census • Population: 3,950 • Median income: $36,599 • Per capita income: $18,163 • Charleston County

    NAI Avant

    http://www.naiavant.com/

  • Exploring SC Working Waterfront Priorities through Focus Groups Jennifer Calabria

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    The Participants

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    The Format Big maps + Written Q&A + Discussion guided by questions +“Voting”

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    The Topics  How do communities define

    working waterfronts in SC?

     What are top priorities for working waterfront communities?

    Courtesy of Port of San Diego

    James Williams on Flickr

    Henry de Saussure Copeland on Flickr

    E. Fly

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/portofsandiego/4343374943 https://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1315566916/in/photolist-31fCdd-5WHLpf-31baoc-h3dbHd-5uGaC3-5XpfXJ-31b8ti-5uBGm4-4BrfK3-9yd4w-uBn8bd-5uBEWc-5u2Ubh-5uFZNS-5iL5sJ-5tXjs6-5uBHrZ-5uBunZ-5uBDxi-7jirGn-7jirBp-7jnkC9-7jnkHC-7jirJn-7jnkxJ-7jirSr-7jirWz-7jirKX https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdescopeland/5161582342/in/photolist-mHaf2r-8S7sB1-8S7swS-o7CTy3-8VjDgb-8VgA7x-8VgzkF-8VgAiv-8VgAFP-7Zn1FA-aDR1rQ-8S7szs-7UJisZ-8v6Meo-bkZiru-byUbtT-74sHSU-8v7H4G-8v4DoM-8v7Gdb-8v7FgQ-8v7Cyj-8VjDBd-8VjDDS-8VjDx9-4AtWkd-8VgzYt

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    Defining the Working Waterfront

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    Murrell’s Inlet: The Priorities 1. Land for commercial usage

    • Fish house • Dockage

    2. Parking 1. Safety

    • Cars • People

    2. Funds for dredging

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    Georgetown: Top Priorities 1. Redevelopment on the waterfront

    • Steel mill site redevelopment • Port property

    2. Derelict boats 1. Capture ICW traffic

    • Lack of public docks/moorings

    2. Infrastructure to support water-related tournaments 1. Dredging

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    McClellanville: Top Priorities

    1. Dredging 1. Profitability

    • Outlets for product • Price for product

    2. Value added facilities 1. Relationships with agencies

    • Marketing

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    Shem Creek: Top Priorities 1. Dockage security 2. Water traffic control 3. Parking for customers/crew 4. Commercial infrastructure

    • Ice • Unloading dock • Cold storage

    Other issues: • Lack of retail space

    • Lack of leasable space • Dockage • The next generation • Product price

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    Port Royal: Top Priorities

    1. Commercial dock operations • Funding • Management

    2. Outlet for product 1. Off-shore testing 1. Development in the area

    • Inhibited by state regulations

  • FOCUS GROUPS

    The Priorities: Reoccurring Themes 1. Commercial infrastructure 2. Dredging