The Town of Seabrook Island received the 2020 Municipal Achievement Award from the Municipal Association of South Carolina for its new website and online public comment portal that was launched April 2019.
While many local governments use their website as a one-way communication tool, the most innovative aspect of the Town’s new website is its focus on citizen engagement. By accepting online comments on pending action items, the Town’s website provides residents and property owners with an easy and productive way to participate in their local government. Individuals who wish to submit a question or comment can read ordinances and other documents in advance and submit considered, thoughtful remarks from the comfort of their home and at their own convenience. Once submitted, all the individual comments are automatically compiled into a spreadsheet that is sent to Town Council for careful consideration.
With nine ordinances coming up for second reading on November 17, residents and property owners are encouraged to participate in the policy making process.
For more information, click here to read the Town of Seabrook Island Public Hearing Notice that Tidelines posted on November 4, 2020.