Friday, February 28, 2014
In 1968, then Town Councilman Harry Hitopoulos cited area growth, saying, “It appears that ample water really governs an area’s expansion. The sewage disposal problem is still in the mill with the optimum solution being sought.”
In discussing growth, he pointed out several commercial ventures that had been launched, including a new seafood restaurant, a planned marina, an outlet for a national chain which distributes auto tires and accessories, and new motels and additional service stations on the bypass.
In regards to suburban living, Hitopoulos commented on the significant increase in subdivisions such as Snee Farm, Creekside, Parish Place, Wakendaw (Lake Woodlawn), Porcher’s Bluff, and the plans of Georgia-Pacific and others indicated the high desirabality to live east of the Cooper.
At that time, Millwood and The Groves were seeking annexation into the town.
In closing, he said it was crucial that citizens seriously consider the “desirability of seeking another bridge.”
He said it would take a year to convince the state that a bridge is vital to the area’s continued expansion, another year for testing, design, etc., and at least two years to construct.
The proposed marina at the time was being considered for the southern end of Pitt Street but faced resistance.
“Our petitions simply express our opposition to the marina and our opposition to the granting of any lease by council of the fishing bridge for any purpose other than its present use – that of a fishing bridge for individuals,” said opposition spokesperson Jay Muller, who lived at 955 Pitt St.
As we know today, that plan was shot down, and the would-be location of the Pitt Street marina became Otis Picket Park, a town-owned greenspace.
In December of that year, the town Christmas parade was sponsored by the Jaycees and featured over 100 floats. The parade lined up at the corner of McCants and Rifle Range Road and proceeded to Moultrie Shopping Center.
In 1968, nursing homes and retirement homes were called rest homes and the IRS stated that close relatives did not have to be a member of your household to be claimed as a dependent. For example, an article read, a person can still claim a parent as a dependent if they go into a rest home.
Stay tuned each week as the Moultrie News uncovers clips from East Cooper’s past. It was all documented by Moultrie News reporters from 1964 and on.
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