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A half-mile drive off S.C. 170, a winding, rural road cuts through a thick canopy of trees, according to The Island Packet

Just as drivers round a blind corner on Callawassie Drive, a private dirt road with a grass median splits off sharply to the right. Gaston Plantation Road comes into view so fast that most drivers probably don’t even notice it’s there.

This is a rural area surrounded by forests, with a golf course and a few homes scattered across its landscape. It’s quiet. The neighbors want to keep it that way. They worry that any kind of development on this strip of land could cause a multitude of problems. They say a Beaufort County, S.C.-approved RV park could do just that.

Neighbors worry that the proposed Okatie RV Resort at Callawassie Drive and Gaston Plantation Road will hurt the environment, result in traffic accidents and ruin the rural character of this area in Okatie.

On Wednesday (Aug. 21), Beaufort County staff conceptually approved plans for the first phase of the Okatie RV Resort, which includes 105 RV sites spanning over 19 acres. Phase two of the project, which has not been approved, would add an additional 35 acres and bring the total number of RV sites to approximately 300.

Kenneth Scott Builders submitted the RV park plans to Beaufort County in early June.

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