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Pawleys Island: Town gives $5,800 to hurricane relief

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The town of Pawleys Island gave a $5,800 donation to a community group in New York to aid recovery from Hurricane Sandy, not the $58,0000 donation reported in last week’s print edition. Mayor Bill Otis said he checked the minutes of the council’s Nov. 14 meeting and confirmed with Town Council members that the amount was what they intended.

The council began its discussion about a donation to the Rockaways communities on the oceanfront in Queens with $5,800. Police Chief Mike Fanning grew up in the area and still has family there. He recommended the Graybeards, a group that started as a men’s basketball league and took on a wider role after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The community is home to many police and firefighters and over 50 died in the attacks.

Although Otis suggested the town give the hurricane relief effort $50 to $100 for each of the 585 homes on the island, and Council Member Sarah Zimmerman suggested a minimum of $100, Otis said he realized that was far more than the council talked about initially.

He sent the $5,800 donation last week after confirming the amount, but said he would bring the issue before council again at its December meeting in case members want to increase the amount.

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