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
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.
SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program
P.O. Box 12559
Charleston SC 29422-2559
It has been an exciting time to be associated with Litchfield.
The flowers are being changed to spend the winter with us and provide a beautiful backdrop for the front fountain that has been refreshed with a good power washing. The brickwork on the guardhouse and the posts at the main entrance also received a facelift.
The landscape committee under Vic Figlar’s leadership has been hard at work with replacing dead or damaged plants and trees. Fences that were overgrown have had the vines covering up the chain links have been trimmed so as to take the weight off to prevent another fence failure similar to the one on our south perimeter this fall.
They have also worked very hard to improve the appearance of the medians at River Club by taking out overgrown plants and pine trees that were causing problems on the roads. New plantings will take place during the winter.
The major project for LBTS was to replace the very old and damaged front gate facilities. It had been hit by a truck a few years ago and the painting, etc. was put off until we had the reserve account monies to spend on it replacement. We can all be proud when we go to River Club to the LBTS Pool, the River Club Golf Course or just to visit friends that our properties are being well maintained.
The Communications committee under the leadership of Bob Postiglione is studying ways to make our total communications package more efficient. Vince Franco, our webmaster, is looking for ways to improve the site. We are working to separate owner information from the general information. This will provide available and necessary information for visitors who need units to rent, Rules and regulations, covenants, and bylaws of LBTS for potential buyers of those properties as well as single family homes in our member associations is a pressing goal.
The Security committee under the direction of Jim Nicely is seeking ways to insure that everyone who enters the gates at the Seaside and River Club campuses are “authorized” and in step with our rules and regulations . All the roads that are the responsibility of LBTS have been placed under the jurisdiction of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office to enforce all laws related to traffic. The most noticeable change is the improvement related to U-turns at the light that serves Hwy 17, LBTS seaside campus and Willbrook Blvd. There has been a dangerous situation during school arrival and departure time with families blocking our entrance and exit roads and the northbound lane of Hwy 17 between the light and the entrance gate in order to avoid the left turn going north on 17 onto Willbrook. Your safety will always be a top priority of this committee. Thanks to those who brought this to our attention.
The Christmas decorations will be improved this year due to efforts of that committee under the leadership of Nancy Hopkinson. Please enjoy your Holidays and always feel free to let us know your concerns or suggestions for better service.
Bill McElroy, President LBTS
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