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Port Royal Town Council to discuss chain-free ordinance tonight

The Port Royal Town Council will begin considering tonight a chain-free ordinance that would ban tethering and chaining of animals.

Council members will discuss it during the 6:30 p.m. hearing and work session at Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave. The ordinance, which will need to be voted on twice, could be up for a first vote at the April 10 meeting.

Resident Brian Stevens asked the town last month to add such an ordinance, which the city of Beaufort already has. The city is the only local municipality that bans chaining.

A public hearing will also be held to discuss changing the growth boundary shared with Beaufort. Beaufort has already approved the changes.

The growth boundary adjustments are needed for the annexation and rezoning of 13.74 acres at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 599 Robert Smalls Parkway, and behind 611 Robert Smalls Parkway. The annexation and zoning will also be discussed during the public hearing.

Council will also discuss setting election and related dates for the fall election of two council members. The seats held by Mary Beth Gray-Heyward and Vernon DeLoach are up for consideration by voters. Dates are expected to be finalized during the April 10 meeting.

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