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Port Royal chain-free ordinance up for first vote tonight

Port Royal Town Council is expected to vote for the first time tonight on a chain-free animals ordinance that would ban tethering pets as a primary way of confinement.

Town Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave.

The ordinance was introduced at the April 3 meeting and needs two votes to pass. The next expected vote would be in May. It is based off the ordinance for the city of Beaufort, which is the only local municipality that bans chaining.

Council is also expected to vote for the second and final times on ordinances that will change the growth boundary and allow annexation and rezoning of 13.74 acres at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 599 Robert Smalls Parkway, and behind 611 Robert Smalls Parkway.

Council is also expected to set election and related dates for the election of two council members. The seats held by Mary Beth Gray-Heyward and Vernon DeLoach are up for consideration by voters.

Also on the agenda are resolutions on fair housing and non-discrimination on the basis of disability policies, a challenge grant for the Spanish Moss Trail, and naming the boardwalk after former councilman and mayor Henry Robinson.

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