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Hollywood Returns Jackie Heyward As Mayor
6/10/2015 10:08:11 PM

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The Town of Hollywood Tuesday re-elected its mayor and two incumbent councilmembers. One new member was elected to the council.
Re-elected to a third term in office was Mayor Jacquelyn Heyward. Councilman John Dunmyer was re-elected to a fifth term in office, Councilwoman Althea Salters was re-elected to a second term and Eddie Scott was elected to his first term in office. Councilwoman Ezell Middleton was not re-elected.
Heyward said her third term as mayor of the rural town on the extreme southern tip of Charleston County’s Yonges Island that is about 70 percent Black represents an opportunity to continue some initiatives begun earlier.
“We’re looking at a number of things to improve the quality of life for our residents that include expanding public water and sewer, developing recreational parks and reviewing our comprehensive plan to help us manage land use and growth.”
The town currently is conducting its five-year review of its comprehensive plan, she said. The review should be completed in the next two or three months. The town of about 4,700 residents has to find a balance that accommodates its indigenous population and new residents moving to the area, Heyward said.

Part of that involves infrastructure development. The town already has provided public water and sewer access on three roads in the town serving about 1,000 resident, she said. As more funding becomes available the system will be expanded, she said.

Affordable housing is a priority for her administration in the community where about 22 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and where the per capita income is about $18,000 annually. Twenty-three percent of families are headed by a single females.

The Holly Grove subdivision at 5171 Baptist Hill Rd. is a planned community of 21 duplex rental units designed for families earning 80 percent of the average median income or below. The project provides opportunities for families in a market that demonstrates a tremendous need where there is a limited stock of safe, affordable rental housing options. Four units have been constructed to date.

Since taking office Heyward’s administration has added two new parks to the town’s two older parks. The Wide Awake Park on the Stono River offers seven acres where residents can fish, shrimp, catch crabs and have fun. The Hollywood Trails at the Sap offers 210 acres of equestrian trails.

Heyward says the administration will continue its work to develop the municipal center and a health and wellness center featuring a swimming pool and senior center. The administration has used county greenbelt to develop 208 acres of green space. And the county plans to build a new St. Paul Parish library near town hall, she said.

Business development is essential, but difficult to create, Dunmyer said. Part of the town’s comprehensive plan includes attracting new businesses, he said.

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