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Litchfield-by-the-Sea (LBTS) a unique beachside community in the heart of the South Carolina Low Country is located south of Myrtle Beach, north of historic Georgetown.

Our special community offers homeowners, visitors and vacationers a unique life style built around beach activities, tennis, golf, a private water park, walking, fishing, crabbing as well as biking and hiking paths which extend for miles through some of the loveliest marshlands. We are just three miles away from Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the world.

LBTS is a magnificent community balancing progress, careful planning and bountiful natural resources.

Sea turtles nest in protected areas where conscientious neighbors quietly watch over their protected nesting locations.  Watching the moon rise over the ocean from the huge community deck is a popular evening activity. The beach stretches for eight miles making a paradise for bathers, walkers and runners.

During the summer months there's no better place to relax than on our beach with a good book or just to soak up the magnificent Carolina sunshine. The area offers an abundance of things to do.  We have it all; whether it is classes at nearby Coastal Carolina University, tours at our large wildlife sanctuaries at Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony and Huntington State Park, or photographing the natural beauty that is all around you.   

Myrtle Beach, one of the country's top tourist destinations, is only a twenty minute drive away.  You will find a wide variety of excellent attractions to keep everyone happy including some the best shopping you will ever find including two large Tanger Outlets.

At the end of a relaxing and fun filled day you can choose from a wide selection of restaurants in the Pawleys Island area offering a variety of cuisines. _click here

A letter to our
homeowners from

Bill McElroy
President of the LBTS Board

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Effective October 1, 2014, an agreement was signed between the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and the LBTS management “to place the property (roads) under jurisdictional control of the Georgetown County Sheriff Dept. for enforcing all traffic laws………..on private roads within the property owned by the LBTS Association.”  

The main purpose is to control speeding and the unlawful use of golf carts and other modes of transportation covered by Law at the request of the Association.  They will not patrol the roads unless requested but they will, however, enforce all laws when observed by the officers when on the premises at the request of LBTS. The speed limit on all roads is 25 mph.  As always, the Board encourages owners and guests to drive with caution throughout LBTS.   

Glass containers prohibited on all Georgetown County beaches.

Fines enforced by Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit.

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Litchfield-by-the-Sea is a fireworks-free zone.  
Fireworks are strictly prohibited.

SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program is pleased to announce the official beginning of the 2014 hatching season in South Carolina with  Edisto Town Beach reporting the first hatchling emergence in the state!


Now that hatching season is upon us remember Lights Out for Loggerheads!


Loggerhead hatchlings may be disoriented by artificial lights. When loggerhead hatchlings emerge from the shell, they are attracted to the blue and green wavelengths of light which are naturally reflected off the ocean through celestial light. They use this natural light cue to navigate from the nest towards the ocean.  If an artificial light source on the beach is brighter than the natural ocean horizon, the hatchlings will head towards this artificial source.  The causes of these disorientations include streetlights, gas station lights, city sky glow, exterior lights on commercial establishments and beach front homes. People on or near the beach carrying flashlights or lanterns and bonfires can also disorient loggerhead hatchlings.


What You Can Do to Help Sea Turtles in South Carolina

* Obey local and county lighting ordinances.
* Observe from a distance. If you encounter a nesting turtle, do not shine lights on her or take flash

   photography. Stay behind the turtle so she cannot see you. Lights and human presence can cause her to

   abandon her nest effort.    

* Do not touch or prod an animal to move. Stay out of the way as she crawls back to the water.
* Turn off exterior lights visible from the beach, dusk to dawn, from May through October.
* Close blinds and drapes on windows where interior lights can be seen from the beach or ocean. 
* No flashlights, fireworks or bonfires on the beach.

* Fill in large holes dug on the beach at the end of the day because adult sea turtles and hatchlings can become

   trapped in them.
* Remove beach chairs and other items from the beach and dunes at the end of the day that could obstruct a sea

   turtle when nesting or emerging hatchling.

If you encounter sea turtle hatchlings on the beach or an emerging nest:
* Do not approach any sea turtle hatchlings, give them plenty of space.
* Do not carry, guide or help sea turtle hatchlings to the ocean.
* Do not shine any lights on or take flash photography of the hatchlings.




Michelle Pate

Program Coordinator

SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program

P.O. Box 12559

Charleston SC  29422-2559

Email: pates@dnr.sc.gov

Phone: 843-953-9052

Fax: 843-953-9282


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