WATCH: Town Hall - Growth in Horry County: How much is too much?
Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) —
From new homes and new companies to traffic backups and an increase in crime – there is no question that Horry County is growing.
According to census data, the county has grown from 197,000 residents in 2000 to an estimated 335,000 residents in 2017 and is expected to grow even more in the next 10 years.
How much is too much? Will this growth benefit Horry County? Will any of it negatively impact the county and residents?
That is what we discussed with you Tuesday evening.
ABC 15 hosted a town hall to discuss growth in Horry County from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 27.
You can watch the town hall in its entirety at the top of this story or watch the Facebook live stream below.
Our panel included Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, Realtor and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce former board president Radha Herring and Coastal Carolina University economics professor Rob Salvino.
We also had Dr. Paul Richardson with Conway Medical Center, Candace Howell with Horry Georgetown Technical College, Erin Pate with Coastal Conservation League, Janet Carter and David Schwerd with Horry County Planning and Zoning and Joe DeFeo, chairman of the Horry County School Board as experts in our audience.
Join in on the conversation on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #WPDETownHall.