It's the time of year when nesting sea turtles and their offspring need your help. Make sure you keep lights out near the beach,
fill holes in the sand and remove all debris from the beach.
Sea Turtle Protection
SCUTE, or South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts, is a group of volunteers dedicated to sea turtle conservation in Georgetown and Horry counties.
SCUTE, or South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts, is a group of volunteers dedicated to sea turtle conservation in Georgetown and Horry counties. Organized in 1990, SCUTE is permitted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to protect and, if necessary, relocate turtle nests as well as record turtle deaths through the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.
SCUTE coordinates volunteer efforts to preserve quality nesting habitats and to monitor nests. The group also works to control beachfront lighting, which disorients nesting female turtles and hatchlings. Thanks in part to the efforts of SCUTE, Georgetown County and the town of Pawleys Island have passed ordinances to limit beachfront lighting along their beaches. Beachfront lighting has been minimized in some areas of Horry County as well.
On average, SCUTE records over 100 loggerhead nests with more than 12,000 eggs along the beaches of Horry and Georgetown counties. Volunteers estimate that about 70 percent of the eggs hatch. A limited number of hatchlings reach adulthood, which takes over 30 years. These low odds make the SCUTE/Santee Cooper preservation effort essential to loggerhead sea turtle survival in South Carolina.
Santee Cooper has worked with organizations like SCUTE since 1990 to preserve and protect loggerhead sea turtles. Santee Cooper supports the efforts of SCUTE by shielding lights and working to raise awareness about sea turtles through a public education program.
Santee Cooper provides free colorful "Lights Out" bumper stickers to remind property owners and visitors to turn off beachfront lights after 10 p.m. during nesting season. Throughout the nesting and hatching season, SCUTE volunteers distribute information to beach users who express an interest in turtle conservation. For more information on the loggerhead sea turtle, contact SCUTE at 843-237-9821 or 843-235-8755 or Myrtle Beach State Park at 843-238-0874.
To learn more about Santee Cooper's involvement with SCUTE, contact your nearest Santee Cooper retail office.
Litchfield-by-the-Sea (LBTS) a unique beach side 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.
Georgetown County is in the initial stages of resurfacing Willbrook Boulevard.
They will be repairing certain curb sections along Willbrook, starting at Willbrook Blvd. and Tidewater, and will continue for the next several weeks. Following the curb repairs, they will be milling, resurfacing and restriping Willbrook Blvd.
The County anticipates the following (approximate) schedule:
- Curb Repairs through April
- Begin milling and resurfacing beginning the first part of May
- Completion beginning of June
Please use caution over the next two months and aware of traffic changes when traveling Willbrook Boulevard.