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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Goose Creek, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Goose Creek area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Goose Creek, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
in Goose Creek, SC

Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Goose Creek, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Goose Creek, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Goose Creek, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Goose Creek, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

04

Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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Goose Creek Fire Department ‘facing a staffing crisis’

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - There are about 48,000 people in Goose Creek according to the census estimate in February 2022. Right now, only 11 fire fighters are staffed to serve this many people from Goose Creek Fire Department.The Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina held a press conference at Goose Creek City Hall about the staffing shortage.Roger Odachowski, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina, says Goose Creek Fire Department is facing a staffing crisis. As of Feb...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - There are about 48,000 people in Goose Creek according to the census estimate in February 2022. Right now, only 11 fire fighters are staffed to serve this many people from Goose Creek Fire Department.

The Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina held a press conference at Goose Creek City Hall about the staffing shortage.

Roger Odachowski, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina, says Goose Creek Fire Department is facing a staffing crisis. As of February 17, 2022, the union says the station has about 8,200 calls per year. He says only 11 fire fighters can respond to this many calls from the Goose Creek Fire Department.

To put this in perspective, Odachowski says you need about 25-30 fire fighters to cover an average structure fire. He says last month, there was over 5,600 overtime hours logged from the current fire fighters working at Goose Creek. He says he’s never seen anything like this working on the front line or in his leadership with the association.

Odachowski says he’s been contacting the fire chiefs and Mayor Gregory Habib since February about this, but no one has responded and is willing to sit down and talk.

“The chief said it was due to COVID,” Odachowski said. “City officials said it’s because of this, it’s because of that, it’s because of this. We are here because the firefighters of Goose Creek are truly concerned about the safety of its citizens and it’s continuing to be ignored. We need bored to do something before it causes a fatality because that would be on them.”

Odachowski says over the last two years, Goose Creek Fire Department has lost 40 firefighters. This averages about $24,000-$26,000 for each fire fighter. In summary, he says that’s about one million tax dollars wasted.

“The citizens, 48,000 citizens sure, should be able to, with their tax dollars, be able to put out a fire in their own house without asking for neighboring departments,” Odachowski said.

The other men from the association that stood behind Odachowski at the press conference were affiliated with the neighboring departments. They say no one from Goose Creek Fire Department was present due to fear of retaliation.

Zack Jawish is affiliated with North Charleston Professional Fire Fighters Association, and he says having so few people working with no one able to stand by for backup makes for a huge safety issue.

“We stood outside for a press conference today and the heat was pretty draining,” Jawish said. “If you’re looking at putting these guys in their gear and running to a fire, you’re only having some days 11 personnel doing minimum staffing and that’s with the rescue browned out right now.”

Odachowski says he’s been contacting the fire chiefs and Mayor Gregory Habib since February about this, but no one has responded and is willing to sit down and talk.

“I think we’ve waited long enough,” Odachowski said. “Six months is a long time for this to continue to go on without any progress. You know, any testing, any whatever. So, so that’s why we’re here today. And, you know, we don’t want to come off as the aggressor, but with the terminations, the guys getting hurt, the next step is a fatality. So, we have to do something.”

Live 5 has reached out to the City of Goose Creek for a response and we are still waiting to hear back.

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Lack of resources for children with autism causing parents stress

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Parents of children with disabilities say they are struggling to find adequate resources, such as daycare and therapy for their children across the state.Jamie Carter is a parent of a 5-year-old with borderline autism. She says her son has not had the therapy he has been prescribed since November due to a lack of available resources and short staffing of certified therapists. She says he switched therapists four times within six months because they will quit.She says she is had trouble finding ...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Parents of children with disabilities say they are struggling to find adequate resources, such as daycare and therapy for their children across the state.

Jamie Carter is a parent of a 5-year-old with borderline autism. She says her son has not had the therapy he has been prescribed since November due to a lack of available resources and short staffing of certified therapists. She says he switched therapists four times within six months because they will quit.

She says she is had trouble finding a daycare that will take her son because he is not potty-trained, regardless of his disability.

“It’s just been frustrating finding daycare, finding ABA therapy, because he’ll start with a therapist, they quit,” Carter said. “He went through four therapists in six months because they would turn over. So, the agencies aren’t able to keep people employed. You know, just consistency.”

Carter says the company she has been with consistently to support her son is discontinuing its services for autistic children next month. They had been providing help with learning and applied behavior analysis therapy. Now she says she does not know what to do.

“By the grace of God, I do set my own schedule,” Carter said. “So, I’m thinking about the poor mom who has to go work at a dentist’s office or wherever that doesn’t have that luxury. What is she doing with her kid? You know, because daycares aren’t going to take them.”

Able S.C. is a disability-run and led organization that helps foster inclusion in communities by providing adequate resources for people with disabilities across the state.

Mary Alex Kopp, director of public relations and special events for Able S.C., says this sort of issue comes from a lack of funding and not having enough people certified to work with these kids.

“Funding, funding, funding,” Kopp said. “Lack of adequate funding is the reason why things slow down, why they don’t move quickly. And when we have more adequate and appropriate funding, people have better access to two services, and that includes people with disabilities seeking those particular services.”

Kopp says a disability is not something to fix because there is nothing wrong with the person. She says parents just need to find their child the right place for guidance.

“Parents should feel that they have the right to seek the same resources as parents of children who do not have disabilities,” Kopp said. “And that’s kind of our main thing here at Able is while like certainly seeking very specified services that you need, that your child needs for their disability, it’s just as important to ensure that you were seeking services for your child to participate in that don’t necessarily, that aren’t necessarily disability exclusive.”

Able S.C. says Family Connection of South Carolina, South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion, Federation of Families and the United Way 211 number are great resources for parents to contact if they need help for a child with disabilities. They can help with services from early intervention to parenting.

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Commentary: Wind energy industry can help support SC communities in need

All over the United States, communities like Georgetown are in the midst of a historic transition away from coal and toward clean energy. The Winyah coal plant, which dates back to the 1970s, is expected to close this decade. The shutdown has already started, with parts of the plant idled and a fraction of the workforce still needed to run the facility.This change raises the question: What happens to workers and communities as these plants close and the economic benefits these facilities provide go away?One potential answer for...

All over the United States, communities like Georgetown are in the midst of a historic transition away from coal and toward clean energy. The Winyah coal plant, which dates back to the 1970s, is expected to close this decade. The shutdown has already started, with parts of the plant idled and a fraction of the workforce still needed to run the facility.

This change raises the question: What happens to workers and communities as these plants close and the economic benefits these facilities provide go away?

One potential answer for the Georgetown community could be in the recently passed offshore wind industry resolution (H.4831). A big thank you is in order to state Rep. Jason Elliott, R-Greenville, and everyone who helped get this legislation to Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk. Who knew an Upstate legislator so far from the coast would have such a keen interest in offshore wind?

H.4831 provides exactly the type of economic development we need to pursue for areas such as Georgetown.

It instructs the Department of Commerce to identify the benefits of expanding South Carolina’s offshore wind supply chain industry. The study and the roadmap it creates will mean attracting new companies and expanding existing companies that build the components needed for offshore wind: the turbine towers, blades, cables and more. While there are many possibilities for the future of Georgetown’s economy after coal, measures like this could help provide high-quality jobs in clean energy that can help fill the void left by the closure of the Winyah coal facility.

Georgetown has a long history as an industry town, and creating opportunities in emerging technologies such as wind could be just what’s needed to help our community grow in a sustainable way.

Our community is no stranger to the boom-and-bust cycle of industry, as evidenced by the ups and downs of the steel mill over the years. I believe that the wind industry can provide a stable foundation to grow South Carolina’s economy and provide continued prosperity to communities like Georgetown.

The offshore wind industry in the United States is expected to skyrocket over the next decade, with new projects expected to meet the lofty federal goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind deployment by 2030. Offshore wind also offers some of the highest-paying jobs in clean energy, with a median hourly wage well above the national average.

Our state has seen these economic benefits firsthand: The recently expanded Nexans subsea cable manufacturer created more than 200 jobs with its expanded facility in Goose Creek. As a coastal town with a long industrial background, Georgetown is ripe for similar opportunities in the offshore wind industry.

I hope the momentum from this legislation’s passage and the results of the study inspire my fellow lawmakers to look for other ways to capitalize on the growing wind energy industry and a new clean energy economy. Thinking outside the box is essential to developing creative solutions that provide new avenues for growth for Georgetown and many others across the state.

As the long legacy of coal power comes to a close, it’s important that we are proactive in finding new ways for our communities to prosper.

S.C. Sen. Ronnie A. Sabb represents District 32, which includes parts of Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

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Lowcountry High School Football Preview 2022: 5-A

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) -5-AAshley Ridge Swamp FoxesHead Coach: Shane Fidler (3rd season)Last season: 5-5Top Returners – TJ Wilson (LB, Sr.), Christian Garland (LB, Sr.), Alex Ledford (LB, Sr.), Xavier Proctor-Floyd (QB, Sr.), DJ Drayton (WR, Sr.), Dwayne Simmons (TE, Jr.), Jacob McDaniels (G, Sr.)Top Newcomers – Derrick Gailliard (FS, Sr.), Nik Jefferson (CB, Jr.), Derrick Salley (WR, Jr.), Cody Peterson (G, Fr.), Keith McCune (K/P, Fr.)...

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5-A

Ashley Ridge Swamp Foxes

Head Coach: Shane Fidler (3rd season)

Last season: 5-5

Top Returners – TJ Wilson (LB, Sr.), Christian Garland (LB, Sr.), Alex Ledford (LB, Sr.), Xavier Proctor-Floyd (QB, Sr.), DJ Drayton (WR, Sr.), Dwayne Simmons (TE, Jr.), Jacob McDaniels (G, Sr.)

Top Newcomers – Derrick Gailliard (FS, Sr.), Nik Jefferson (CB, Jr.), Derrick Salley (WR, Jr.), Cody Peterson (G, Fr.), Keith McCune (K/P, Fr.)

Berkeley Stags

Head Coach: Jerry Brown (20th season)

Last season: 2-6

Top Returners – McCrae Driggers (QB, Jr.),

Cane Bay Cobras

Head Coach: Russell Zehr (12th season)

Last season: 9-3

Top Returners – Jabori Grant (QB, Sr.), TJ Wright (RB, Jr.), Brody Roberts (WR, Sr.), Kameron Durant (OG, Sr.), Andre Mitchell (OG, Sr.), Cameron Avery (LB, Sr.), Jair Harris (DE, Sr.), Nevin Stephens (LB, Sr.), Lawson Thorn (K/P, Sr.)

Top Newcomers – Deontae Wheeler (RB, Sr.), DeShawn Tompkins (RB, Jr.), Jonas McKeen (DB, Soph.)

Ft. Dorchester Patriots

Head Coach: Steve LaPrad (20th season)

Last season: 12-1

Top Returners – Zoleton Osborne (QB, Sr.), Michael Smalls (LB, Sr.), Zion Reynolds (RB, Sr.), Tre Ryan (WR, Sr.), Ty’rek Deas (OL, Jr.), Desmond Mathis (TE, Sr.), Aaron Lawrence (LB, Sr.), Bryce Carpenter (DB, Sr.)

Top Newcomers – Davion Brown (RB, Jr.), Deandre Jones (DL, Sr.), Chris Brabham (DB, Jr.), Jordan Evans (DL, Jr.)

Goose Creek Gators

Head Coach: Jason Winstead (5th season)

Last season: 7-4

Top Returners – Drew Moore (QB, Sr.), Le’Vari Brown (OL, Sr.), Davion Malloy (WR, Jr.), Maurion Scott (WR/DB, Sr.), Jordan Turner (FS, Sr.), Aaron Bryant (LB, Sr.), Jaylon Richardson (DL, Sr.)

Top Newcomers – Troy Reid (WR, Sr.), Jaden Roper (DL, Sr.), Gabe White (DB, Sr.), Kaine Moses (DB, Sr.)

Stall Warriors

Head Coach: Benjamin Lailson (1st season)

Last season: 0-7

Top Returners – Chris Aikens (RB/S, Jr.), Emanuel Foster (OLB, Jr.), Craig Middleton (LB, Jr.), Aexis Olmos (LB, Jr.), Cam Grandison (WR, Jr.), Zack Brisbane (WR/DB, Jr.), Ze’me Shuler (WR/DB, Sr.), Antwan Brisbane (OL/DL, Sr.), Oscar Garcia (LB, Sr.), Jaiden Mack (QB, Soph.), Hayden Gregory (OL/DL, Soph.)

Stratford Knights

Head Coach: Dennie McDaniel (5th season)

Last season: 4-5

Top Returners – Jalen Barry (QB, Jr.), Markell Holman (LB/RB, Jr.), Savionne Jones (DB/RB, Sr.), Jakai Robinson (WR/DB, Sr.), Jayden Martino (WR/DB, Sr.), Brenden Carter (WR/DB, Sr.), Tory Gethers (RB/LB, Sr.), Landon Stradcutter (OL, Jr.), Brett Marrs (TE, Sr.), Dylan Loftis (DE, Sr.)

Top Newcomers – Darrell Holmes (DL, So.), Tre Davis (LB, Jr.), Ahnrei McMillian (LB, Jr.)

Summerville Green Wave

Head Coach: Ian Rafferty (3rd season)

Last season: 4-5

Top Returners – Campbell McCurry (QB, Sr.), Marquez Spells (RB, Sr.), Yannick Smith (WR, Jr.), Drew Inabinet (OL, Sr.), Reggie Pinckney (OL, Sr.), Keith Elmore JR (DB, Sr.), Michael Jenkins (DB, Sr.), Steve Simpkins Jr (OLB, Sr.), Jacob Cotterill (DL, Jr.)

Top Newcomers – Ashton Allen-Hawkins (RB, So.), Keshon Washington (TE, So.), Nickolas Lincoln (DL, So.)

Wando Warriors

Head Coach: Rocco Adrian (3rd season)

Last season: 2-6

Top Returners – Skylar Surman (DL, Sr.), Reggie Grant (RB, Soph.)

West Ashley Wildcats

Head Coach: Donnie Kiefer (3rd season)

Last season: 5-5

Top Returners – Khalil Robertson (WR/QB, Sr.), Shyne Smith (C, Sr.), Chris Dolloff (QB, Jr.)

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Goose Creek mayor defends development after resident concerns

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek resident Lisa Berry has lived in the West Greenview Acres neighborhood since 2004. She describes her neighborhood as “pretty quiet,” besides occasional traffic.She found out about a planned development that could be built right next to her home and was taken aback. To her understanding, a road was going to run adjacent to her home and go to Red Bank Road, and a playground with a parking lot was going to be built on the other side of her property. She said those plans were concerning....

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek resident Lisa Berry has lived in the West Greenview Acres neighborhood since 2004. She describes her neighborhood as “pretty quiet,” besides occasional traffic.

She found out about a planned development that could be built right next to her home and was taken aback. To her understanding, a road was going to run adjacent to her home and go to Red Bank Road, and a playground with a parking lot was going to be built on the other side of her property. She said those plans were concerning.

She posted in a Facebook group for Goose Creek residents, trying to inform her neighbors about what was going on. She said she was inspired to speak up; and said there should be no more construction.

“I was driving down Red Bank Road, and by the rural fire department, they have a marquee; it’s a flashing sign that changes,” Berry said. “It said, ‘if not you, then who?”

Berry’s post got the attention of Mayor Greg Habib, who responded in his own post in the group. He said he felt the need to give an explanation about what their processes are, what they are trying to accomplish, and how growth is important.

Berry met with the mayor Wednesday morning, and she discovered that there was an updated plan. She said that now instead of a road next to her house, it is proposed to be a walking trail, and the playground plans have changed as well. Habib said it is going to be a mix of townhomes and single-family homes with a commercial element on Red Bank Road.

One of the concerns that Berry had was that the property floods. Habib said the only way the flooding problems are going to go away is if someone develops the property properly.

“I knew it had a flooding problem,” Habib said. “We told the developer when he first came to us, you have to address flooding in this area if you’re gonna do anything here, and what the developer has proposed is a stormwater plan that actually takes water from off the property onto his own property to mitigate the flooding problems that are there now.”

Now Berry said she is not opposed to development but wants it to be done in a smart way.

“We have to change,” Berry said. “We can’t just stay the same. I just want it to be an informed decision where all citizens understand what’s going on and can voice their concerns, and if we don’t share that information then people are left out.”

It is not the first time that development concerns have been expressed in rapidly growing Goose Creek, or in the Lowcountry. Goose Creek is now the 8th largest city in South Carolina.

“We’re 47,000 people,” Habib said. “We are not a small town in small-town America anymore.”

Habib said he often hears concerns about traffic issues. He said the greatest tool to reduce traffic is economic development and putting people and businesses closer together.

“We got traffic here,” Habib said. “How do you mitigate that? Well, understanding that not building anymore is not an option, so how do you then mitigate it there is your plan for it, you do it right, and you do it in a way that makes sense.”

Habib said there are over 5,000 homes entitled to go up in the city. Habib said some of those are going to create more traffic than others because they are on the outskirts of the city. Until there is commercial development there, those people will have to drive into the main commercial section of the city to get what they need. He said they need to get commercial development out to those areas as fast as they can to mitigate the traffic.

“If we’re gonna build houses, which we know we have to, we’re going to insist developers to build communities,” Habib said.

Habib said they cannot sit by as development happens. Instead, they need to participate in it and make it look like what they want it to be.

There will be a public hearing regarding the aforementioned planned development on July 5 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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