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Thursday, May 25, 2017

RESIDENT WRITES THE BLOG CONCERNING THE JUNE 1ST MEETING REGARDING THE COUNTY'S POSSIBLE INTEREST IN THE GOLF COURSE


It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

HERE IS THE EMAIL:


A meeting will be held on Thursday, June 1st with Brian Tucker so that Wedgefield residents in support of the county purchasing the golf course can stand up and plead their case and attempt to convince naysayers that they know better.   This appears to be an organized effort since someone took the time to print postcards, obtain a mailing list, and fund the postage as well as make a sign for the gate area of the plantation.    This organized group believe they are representing a majority of the residents in Wedgefield and God help us if this is truly the case.   If the county purchases the course, this could be the end of one of the few good residential areas in Georgetown as well as our privacy.    Seriously, is having the government in our lives, (literally in our backyards) a good thing?

Those who support the county purchase of the golf course believe the government will do a good job of maintaining the grounds.   Let's think about this.....  Last November a crew of residents cut up downed trees from the hurricane and stacked them on the side of the road for the county to pick up.  It was compost before that actually happened; months later.   Visit a county park and if you think it's well maintained then you are very easy to please or your expectations can't be too high.  Georgetown County is a poor.   This means it doesn't have deep pockets to maintain its municipalities to the standard most of us will expect.     Doesn't the county use inmates for road cleanup?   Please correct me if I'm wrong.   Is there a guarantee that this won't be our maintenance crew when times get tight?   

If this doesn't convince you that the county purchase of the course is a bad idea, think about your safety and privacy.    How many people do you think will be coming through the gate of Wedgefield on a daily basis to wander or drive around our streets, make noise, and leave behind trash?    Do you think driving through this gate will be easy given the amount of cars that will be parked in the plantation for various public events?   We are talking about giving up our privacy.   Our homes will be backed up to a public park.  We have no control over who is wandering the course behind our homes at any given hour of the day or night.   Which brings up the issue of safety.   We don't have police patrolling in Wedgefield.  We could be prey to anyone who comes here with bad intentions or to disrupt our community.     Just who will be coming through that gate?  How many of us moved to Wedgefield for safety and privacy?

This is just a tip of the iceberg folks.   There are so many other issues such as the very real possibility of a decline in housing value.    Let's face it, for every person who would love to live next door to a very large municipal park governed by the county, there are that many more if not more who find it undesirable.   Which means the pool of buyers for Wedgefield will be down. 

So when you ponder the idea of the county buying Wedgefield's golf course, picture this... driving into the main entrance of the plantation and instead of seeing the beautiful brick Wedgefield sign, you see a big fat Welcome to the Georgetown County Public Service/ Municipal Golf Course and "___________" Recreation Center" (named after the self serving person who pulls this off).     Imagine sitting on your back patio and instead of viewing and listening to the wildlife around the pond, you are watching strangers fish because this fishing hole is now public property and available to anyone at anytime.  Perhaps they will leave their trash behind because that's what the maintenance people get paid for.   If your curiosity peaks you, go to a public park at night and watch the activity.    Will you sleep sound at night in your Wedgefield home after what you may see?   And don't call the police if there's a strange car parked on the side of the road near your house, it may just be a park visitor using your private road as public access and expecting them to respect your privacy just might violate their rights as taxpayers.

So are you ready to plunk down $500 a year, (after year, after year) to support the county's municipal golf course?    Is there another plan in place should residents oppose this fee? That would mean the county can buy the course without your money or opinion.   This would be a good question to ask Brian.    

I guess I just don't understand why the sale of the golf course is our responsibility and why some feel it's the homeowners obligation to subsidize the operation.     How did we ever get to the point of offering up financial support to potential owners who don't have the means to make it on their own?      It's a level of desperation that leaves us vulnerable in more ways than one.    Who is protecting the residents and has our best interests at heart?  

Brian will be presenting the county's ideas for the purchase of the golf course on June 1st.   It's unknown if he will listen to concerns during this meeting or only allow positive feedback as those were the rules in last meeting held on this very similar topic.   Go, listen, and make your OWN decision.   Think about how a county purchase of the golf course will affect, if at all the quality of your life and the future of Wedgefield.    Don't be afraid to speak up whether you are for or against this plan.   Your voice should be heard and opinion respected.   


Good luck Wedgefield......

Friday, May 19, 2017

A RESIDENT HAS SENT A POST TO THE BLOG AFTER READING ABOUT THE GOLF COURSE ON LINE. IT APPEARS, AFTER READING QUOTES FROM OUR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, THAT THE WRITER HAS CONCERNS ABOUT OUR REPRESENTATION FROM THIS BOARD

PLEASE NOTE:  THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER ADDED THE PICTURE/QUOTE ABOVE - LITERARY LICENSE.  I DID NOT SEEK THE WRITER'S OPINION, NOR AM I CLAIMING THAT THEY AGREED WITH IT.

It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

THE RESIDENT LETTER FOLLOWS AS SENT MINUS THE NAME:


I was doing some back reading on the golf course closure and came across two articles from Myrtle Beach online.    

Below are quotes from our President, Jacky Walton and our VP, Bob Garrison, cheerleaders for our community.  

Bob Garrison quote: 
Myrtle Beach online June 8, 2016

“We think [the course] is very important because a large percentage of the houses that are in here border the golf course,” Garrison said. “If that thing goes to seed, and instead of looking at a golf course you’re looking at 5-foot high weeds, it’s going to be problematic. It’s a piece of this place. It’s integral to it. But I don’t think over the years this community has done a whole lot to support the golf course.”


  • Really Bob.... way to throw us under the bus.   You did a great job of selling our community.   Maybe next time you will get the questions in advance of an interview and have someone with common sense edit your responses before you let potential buyers think we won't support them.     I  don't see where your negativity is doing us any good in this matter. 

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/sports/golf/article82632277.html#storylink=cpy

Jacky Walton quotes:
Myrtle Beach online, January 26, 2017
Jacky Walton, president of the Wedgefield Plantation Association of homeowners, said he and several residents have been cutting grass, weeds and bushes on parts of the course to “keep things in a little bit better manner than what they had been at one time,” and residents cleaned up Wedgefield’s entrance following Hurricane Matthew.
  • Ohhh really Jack..... I'm not so sure I've seen you on a mower.   I've seen you supervise from your truck on "one" occasion, but that mowing thing you said you did.... can you prove it happened?   But hey, you sure looked like a local hero in the online paper. 
Yet another Jackyism.....

Walton doesn’t know what support the golf course would receive from residents if it were to reopen. “It goes back to whoever is looking into purchasing it and what they can actually offer the residents,” he said. “The marketing side is what will convince the residents – if they will offer some type of a package.”
  • Open mouth and insert foot Jack.   The new owners of the golf course don't owe us anything.  If they offer "some type of package" it will be nice, but I'm not sure why you are implying possible deal breakers when the residents will be happy to support the new owners.    Why do you act like we have a say in the matter?   Don't see you enforcing any of those covenants that would prove to potential course owners that we are on their side....wouldn't that be a "package" we could offer?     

People ... can we afford anymore of this type of cheer leading/community representation.   

Please consider a run for the board..... and please let's start voting the existing board out before it's too late for Wedgefield to turn it around. 


Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/sports/golf/article129047574.html#storylink=cpy

A POTENTIAL BUYER TO WEDGEFIELD WRITES THE BLOG. THEIR THOUGHTS ARE INTERESTING.


It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

HERE IS THE POTENTIAL BUYER'S LETTER.  I'VE REMOVED THE NAME TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT.
I'LL ANSWER THE RESIDENT LATER.  I HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER IN TOWN WHO I SERVE AS GUARDIAN.  I NEED A COUPLE OF DAYS TO SPEND TIME WITH THIS PERSON.

Dear Madeline,
  My wife and I are retired and living in Green Bay, WI and grew up in Charleston SC. I have been looking for a winter home or condo near Charleston and was drawn to the Wedgefield Plantation condo's  and have been keeping up with your blog. I want to tell you i am so happy for you that you have the courage to stand up for what is best for all the residents there at Wedgefield. I wish you the best of luck with turning things around for the better...
  I was hoping to get your candid thoughts on me purchasing one of the condos that are for sale at the present.. I dont have a real estate agent there that i can trust to give me honest answers... If you could suggest one to me that would be wonderful..
 I know you had some flooding after a hurricane in the last dozen years or so. Did the water come up enough to go into the condos? and do you know if you have to get flood insurance there? Any other info you could let me know would be greatly appreciated.
 I am so glad to see you are getting the golf course mowed. I wish you all the luck in that...
Sincerely,

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TWO ARTICLES WERE POSTED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS


THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER MADE AN ERROR IN A POSTING, SO I'M REPOSTING. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

Yesterday - Wednesday, I hurried to post a meeting, before I headed out to appointments.  I typed too fast, and posted the golf course mowing group meeting as being held on Wednesday.  It is tonight.  Hope you will attend, and support this effort that benefits all of us.

HERE IS THE ARTICLE:

THE GOLF COURSE MOWING - IS IT IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO HELP? MY NOT SO HUMBLE OPINION, AND TWO SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW.


It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com


At the end of last night's WPA Board Meeting during resident comments, resident Butch Williams - spokesman for The Wedgefield Community Support Group, reported on the progress of their effort to keep the entire golf course mowed.  

To date, 106 members have contributed $20.00 per household to pay for the contracted mowing through private donations.  It appears that they have almost completed the first round of mowing.  In order to keep the mowing going, it appears that the # of donors needs to increase to 200.  This crew is running a demonstrated open, inclusive effort that will continue until the golf course is sold.

There is a planning meeting for the group tonight, May 17th at 6:00 PM at the WPA office.  Please consider attending to support their effort.  If you are already contributing, you'll want to hear for yourself - what is next.  If you aren't already contributing, this is your opportunity to hear about their plans, and fine efforts, to keep Wedgefield beautiful.  

It appears, that 94 more financial ($20/month) volunteers are needed.  In my not so humble opinion, no matter where you live in Wedgefield - golf course, canals, or condo lots, we all need to support this effort.  Our golf course threads around, and into every area of our community, when it is mowed - it is an asset to the beauty of our community, and the value of our homes.  When it is over grown, it detracts from the assets of Wedgefield, and our home values decline.

Please consider attending the meeting tonight.  If you aren't able to, please consider contacting the Wedgefield Community Support Group on FaceBook, and lending your support.  If you aren't on FaceBook, Butch Williams is in our Wedgefield directory.

Will you help keep Wedgefield beautiful?  I hope so.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

RESIDENT TITLES LETTER TO THE BLOG - "LET'S HELP OUT GARY ROBERTS"


It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

HERE IS THE LETTER:

Gary has been working hard bringing potential buyers to Wedgefield and we wish him well in getting the course sold.    Let's help Gary out..   I'm thinking that potential buyers not only determine if this is a wise purchase by looking at the condition of the golf course, the pool, Manor house, etc, but also take into consideration the view Golfers will have from the course.  This is your backyard.    ALL golf communities mandate that residents adhere to covenants and regulations set forth by the HOA and they are not lax in enforcing these rules.  Therefore you see well maintained, thriving golf communities.    But since we have a board that looks the other way and doesn't care who does what, or who parks whatever wherever they want, WE need to take matters into our own hands by embracing pride in our properties and Wedgefield as a whole.   For the good of our community and to potentially help in the sale of the golf course, please take a good long hard look at your backyard, (and front and side), and determine if it's something you would be proud to have someone view while playing a round of golf, (and for many property owners there is pride).    Think about it, well kept homes and yards could be a positive factor in the sale of the golf course.   The aesthetics of the course doesn't stop at your property line.    We need to work together with Gary and potential course owners by holding up our end of the deal and adhering to Wedgefield's covenants and regulations.    It's not only good for the golf course and it's success, but your property value.    

A thank you to Butch and his crew for taking charge and getting the mowing done.  Thank you to the wonderful residents supporting this effort.  And another thank you to the crew of neighbors who have been mowing endlessly since last fall to do their part as well.    Perhaps their actions will encourage others to step up and clean up and to think up and not down.  Thank you ALL. 

THE GOLF COURSE MOWING - IS IT IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO HELP? MY NOT SO HUMBLE OPINION, AND TWO SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW.


It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com


At the end of last night's WPA Board Meeting during resident comments, resident Butch Williams - spokesman for The Wedgefield Community Support Group, reported on the progress of their effort to keep the entire golf course mowed.  

To date, 106 members have contributed $20.00 per household to pay for the contracted mowing through private donations.  It appears that they have almost completed the first round of mowing.  In order to keep the mowing going, it appears that the # of donors needs to increase to 200.  This crew is running a demonstrated open, inclusive effort that will continue until the golf course is sold.

There is a planning meeting for the group tonight, May 17th at 6:00 PM at the WPA office.  Please consider attending to support their effort.  If you are already contributing, you'll want to hear for yourself - what is next.  If you aren't already contributing, this is your opportunity to hear about their plans, and fine efforts, to keep Wedgefield beautiful.  

It appears, that 94 more financial ($20/month) volunteers are needed.  In my not so humble opinion, no matter where you live in Wedgefield - golf course, canals, or condo lots, we all need to support this effort.  Our golf course threads around, and into every area of our community, when it is mowed - it is an asset to the beauty of our community, and the value of our homes.  When it is over grown, it detracts from the assets of Wedgefield, and our home values decline.

Please consider attending the meeting tonight.  If you aren't able to, please consider contacting the Wedgefield Community Support Group on FaceBook, and lending your support.  If you aren't on FaceBook, Butch Williams is in our Wedgefield directory.

Will you help keep Wedgefield beautiful?  I hope so.