GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - Dozens of protesters gathered along the Garden City Connector in front of the Indian Wells Golf Club Monday afternoon to speak out against a rezoning request that would allow for more than 500 new homes to be built in the area.
The area is home to a 55+ community, and the protesters say they don’t want to see the new homes replace the golf course.
Protesters say they believe the project will cause an increase in traffic along an already congested Garden City Connector. Many say the addition of even more homes would make those delays even worse.
Kathy Kenney, Lives in Indian Wells, "Some days, when there starts to be rush hour traffic, schools are letting out, you can sit four or five cars deep here trying to get out on that connector,” Kathy Kenney said. “We're not in tourist season. We're in offseason right now, and it's bad."
Another concern is the wildlife in the area.
“We have eagles over there on the golf course,” Kathy Jellison said. “We have all kinds of wildlife. There’s birds that migrate through here. It’s a beautiful place.”
The plans for the proposed development will head to Horry County Council Tuesday night. The protesters say many plan on attending. The Horry County Planning Commission voted to send a non-favorable recommendation for the plans to County Council.