Protecting the Murrells Inlet Watershed begins with You

Closed Oyster Harvesting Sign in Murrells Inlet

When I grew up with the creek as my playground there was only a handful of families that called Murrells Inlet home.  Collecting fiddler crabs to sell to the few fishermen that fished off the old government pier, crabbing and fishing with the neighborhood kids and watching the Capt. Alex and other boats unload their catches at the end of the day provided much joy and entertainment back in the day.   Our small population has grown into a thriving community welcoming new familes and vistors alike to appreciate and enjoy our slice of a creekside town but beneath the beauty of Murrells Inlet lies troubled waters that must be protected.

Today Horry County Officials will be presented with a resolution to adopt a Watershed Management Plan to help protect the creeks of Murrells Inlet that are in danger due to high bacteria levels and in doing so will become part of this vital project that will pave the way for a healthier Murrells Inlet Watershed for our future.  Georgetown County will also follow suit and with the help of all community stakeholders a plan will be formulated to identify the cause of high bacteria levels in Murrells Inlet and the steps we need to take to ensure the levels decrease for years to come.

Community input and involvement is essential to not only creating but following this critical mission and in leading the effort Murrells Inlet 2020 needs to hear from you.  When the Murrells Inlet Watershed Management Plan is completed it will serve as a guide to help reduce high bacteria levels in our waters the ultimate responsibility lies with us all as we must be mindful of how each of us affects the land that surrounds the watershed since we are after all the reason our creeks are in danger.   Contact MI2020 Executive Director Sue Sledz @843-357-2007 for more information. Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

How you can help ~  Click here to report potential pollution sources in the Murrells Inlet Watershed.

 

Murrells Inlet ~ Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Murrells Inlet Creek cira 1950

I have been fortunate enough to have grown up with Murrells Inlet and I am often amused by how the way things used to be and the way things are today in our blessed piece of the earth and how it  has and continues to evolve.  The growth in Murrells Inlet continues and just like the tide will continue to change the face of our community for years to come.

Our quiet streets remain as does the calm you will find on an early morning walk along the oak lined streets, Marshwalk, and Bike Path in the Village of Murrells Inlet proper.  To define MIP it is East of Hwy 17 Bypass and follows the Mickey Spillane Hwy 17 path which will bring you into the fishing ‘village’ with access to Huntington Beach State Park which has deep roots in Murrells Inlet area history.

And it is quiet if you get here real early ~ after the fishing fleet leaves for a day of fishing and before ~ the jet skis and fishing boats ~ make their run towards the Atlantic from the Public Boat Landing beside Belin Methodist Church along the creekfront.

Murrells Inlet circa 2012

It is amusing to see how visitors and new residents embrace or ignore what others that only get to visit from time to time long for and have embedded in their DNA.  The view of the moment and the smell of pluff mud at low tide &  the taste of fresh caught flounder or steamed oysters and clams just hours from harvest from the shellfish beds of Murrells Inlet.

Murrells Inlet is a special place and the importance of remembering yesterday and keeping it sweet for tomorrow will remain a challenge now that the secret is out.  Endless recreational opportunities, creek front homes & condo’s oak lined streets and neighborhoods, a community hospital and mall and the best seafood in South Carolina.

Yes things have changed and the landscape will continue to be shaped into new homes and businesses for years to come but one thing that we must continue to remember and protect is the vital watershed that makes Murrells Inlet so unique.  Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P,Inc.  Serving the Grand Strand and Pee Dee of South Carolina.