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Port Royal postpones action on plan for future projects, goals

Port Royal residents will get another crack at deciding what long-range projects they want the town to support.

Town Council decided to Wednesday to delay final approval of updates to the Comprehensive Plan, a state-mandated document that outlines projects and goals and is updated every five years.

"There were things we had the opportunity to put in this that I think were overlooked," Councilman Joe Lee said.

Among his chief concerns were inclusion of the Joint-Land-Use Study for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, the Spanish Moss Trail, the Santa Elena Foundation and potential site excavation, and removal of an estuarium center on the Port of Port Royal property, now that there is one on Lemon Island.

Councilman Tom Klein countered that he's not sure the plan should be too specific. He said it should instead be seen as a "50,000-foot-view" of the town's plans.

On the suggestion of Councilwoman Mary Beth Gray Heyward, council decided to postpone approval and schedule a work session for further discussion. No specific date for the workshop was set.

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