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Closing of Lee Landing Rd. draws mixed reactions from community

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) Gun shots and litter are just some of the reasons Florence County agreed to shut down the road leading to one boat access.

The closing of Lee Landing Road has created a lot of buzz in this community. One man was so upset by the decision he says he would like to see all the taxpayer dirt that maintained this road dug up and removed.

"I retired back in 2004, and I have been fishing ever since," said William Marlowe.

Before today, Lee Landing was one of William Marlowe's favorite spots to sit back, relax and fish.

Property owners in the area complained there is a lot more than fishing and boating going on after dark at Lee Landing, and the Sheriff's Office agreed.

"You know we were constantly being called to Lee Landing. Not just us, the Highway Patrol did their best do take care of the problems we were having down there, but it's just constant, constant crime," said Sheriff Kenney Boone, Florence County.

Highway Patrol reports multiple DUI arrests have been made here and neighbors say they also frequently hear gunshots.

"You know it's just a constant problem, a crime driven area. I guess its easy access and people get there and do whatever they want to do," said Sheriff Boone. "But it's the litter left behind from those vandals that everybody notices."

"Well they scattered and piled up in the woods where they drink and throw em out," Marlowe said. For William Marlowe the closing of Lee Landing is bittersweet.

But for people like John Fennel, closing Lee Landing is unacceptable.

"There is probably more dope out here on this road than down there," said John Fennel.

Most people throughout this area have strong feelings when it comes to the closing of Lee Landing.

While some agree closing the landing will rid the area of drugs, others think those crimes will just relocate to another area landing.

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