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Refrigerated Trailer for Rent in Georgetown, SC

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You can think of refrigerated trailer rentals almost like a limousine service for your perishable items. In a limo, you get VIP treatment and stylish travel. In an ice truck rental, luxury and style are replaced with plenty of room, accessible storage, and a temperature-controlled environment. These features keep your cargo cool and protected from outdoor elements like rain, sleet, and snow, so you can make sure your items arrive on time when you need them.

You may be wondering to yourself, "Refrigerated trailer rentals sound like the perfect fit for my business. But how do I find them in South Carolina?" The easy answer to that question is to call Charleston Refrigerators Trailers - the Lowcountry's premier choice for high-quality refrigerated trailers and ice truck rentals.

Every one of our refrigerated trailer rentals are:

  • Delivered and Set Up for You
  • Cleaned and Sanitized After Each Customer
  • Pre-Cooled for Your Convenience When Feasible
  • Pre-Equipped with Adjustable Temperature Options
  • Safe, Secure, and Easy to Use

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What Makes Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer Different?

At CRT, we believe that renting a refrigerated trailer is about more than simply having a quality cooling unit. Unlike some refrigerated trailer rental companies, we incorporate friendly, helpful customer service into every transaction we complete. That way, our clients know that they're in good hands every time they call our office and have peace of mind that their business won't suffer due to lack of communication.

We also make it a point to be flexible for our customers and strive to go the extra mile for them to make their jobs and lives easier. Need power cords to hook up your ice truck for rent in Georgetown? No problem, we can make that happen. Need to pick up one of our refrigerated trailer rentals yourself so you can deliver your own goods? We'd be happy to make arrangements so you can do so. Worried about the overnight security of your temperature-sensitive items? We're delighted to provide a padlock for extra security.

When you boil it down to the basics, Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer has become successful in South Carolina because we truly care about our customer's needs and go out of our way to ensure those needs are met.

We offer trailer rentals for both refrigerators and freezers, which are perfect for a number of industries and uses, including the following:

  • Catering Companies
  • Restaurants
  • Festivals
  • Family Reunions
  • Large Gatherings
  • Events
  • Parties
  • Weddings
  • Remote Refrigerated Storage Needs
  • Refrigerated Transportation
  • Rehearsals
  • Emergencies

About Our Refrigerated Trailers for Rent in South Carolina

At Charleston Refrigerators Trailers, all of our mobile rentals are well-built and crafted with a seamless fiberglass design for both reliability and refrigeration efficiency. When you make arrangements to have an ice truck for rent in Georgetown delivered or picked up, you'll enjoy a range of helpful trailer features, including the following:

  • Each Trailer Comes in a 6x16 Size
  • Four-Inch Walls for Structural Rigidity and Cool Air Retention
  • 54-Inch Reinforced Doors for Easy Loading and Enhanced Safety
  • Pellet-Duty Floor for Ease of Convenience

Cooling and freezing take place reliably with an integrated GOVI Arktik 2000US series refrigeration unit. These compact units provide a temperature range of 0 to 50 degrees F, are all-electric, and only require 110V and 15 amps. Since our coolers have the capability of maintaining temps both below and above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, our ice truck rentals double as both freezers and coolers. This handy feature makes them a more convenient and robust tool for your personal or business needs versus other mobile cooler rentals in Georgetown.

With CRT by your side, there's no need to rent separate ice trucks or mobile refrigerators because our unit is 2-in-1, saving you both time and money.

How Does a Refrigerated Trailer for Rent in Georgetown Work?

Generally speaking, refrigerated trailers aren't meant to cool down or freeze the items stored within them. Instead, they're meant to keep products at a specific temperature for a certain amount of time. At Charleston Refrigerators Trailers, our team members use Polar King Mobile trailers. We made the choice to use this brand for a reason: These ice trucks both meet and exceed all compliance guidelines set forth by the NATM or National Association of Trailer Manufacturers.

Our refrigerated trailers for rent utilize three major components:

Compressor

Compressor

When the compressor is powered correctly, it draws in refrigerant and then compresses it. Once the refrigerant is compressed, it becomes liquified and is passed along to the trailer's condenser.

Condenser

Condenser

After the gas is compressed by the compressor, it is passed on to the condenser for a heat exchange process. The condenser fan allows outside air to flow through, leading to the dissipation of heat and a decrease in the refrigerant's temperature. This cooling process results in the refrigerant condensing from hot gas to regular-temperature liquid.

Evaporator

Evaporator

The evaporator receives the liquid refrigerant through an expansion valve that regulates its flow and cooling. The refrigerant transforms into a cool liquid as it passes through the valve, then expands and turns into a warm gas in the evaporator. This gas absorbs the heat and air inside the container and is then drawn into the compressor to restart the cycle.

Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer Pro Tip:

Refrigeration units can run in cycles or continuously. Running the refrigeration unit in cycles reduces fuel consumption but creates more temperature variation. Frozen foods are less sensitive to temperature changes and can endure these variations. Continuous cooling is better suited for products and goods that are not able to withstand temperature variations well. At Charleston Refrigerators Trailers, our mobile rental options utilize continuous cooling to ensure your items don't suffer from temperature variations.

5 Benefits of Using an Ice Truck for Rent in Georgetown

For business owners, managing funds and staying on top of costs is a crucial part of owning a profitable company. Purchasing and maintaining a fleet of refrigerated trailers can be a significant financial burden, requiring substantial capital investment and ongoing maintenance costs. However, renting refrigerated trucks can help businesses allocate their funds more wisely.

That's especially true for businesses that do not frequently engage in long-distance refrigerated shipping. Why purchase an entire vehicle and refrigeration system when you need the trailer for more minor tasks, like delivering flowers on Valentine's Day or storing products after an unexpected power outage? If you have a specific product line or a limited-time special, it's more practical to go with a refrigerated truck for rent than to purchase an ice truck outright.

In terms of the additional benefits of refrigerated trailer rentals, there's no shortage of them to highlight:

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  • 01 No Maintenance Costs When you rent a refrigerated trailer, one of the biggest benefits is that you don't have to worry about expensive maintenance and repairs. If you were to buy a unit, it would only be a matter of time before you or a qualified professional would have to make repairs. At Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer, all of our trailer rental options are well-maintained and up-to-date on repairs and updates.
  • 02 Cost-Effective When you buy an ice truck, you're making a long-term investment that may take a long time to pay off. When you rent, you're getting an immediate solution, which is better for your bank account when you only need the trailer for an abbreviated time.
  • 03 No Storage Costs What many folks don't think about when they buy a refrigerated trailer is that they will need someplace to store it when it's not in use. Often, that means paying even more money to rent a storage unit. With a refrigerated trailer for rent in Georgetown, you can eliminate the expenses associated with storage units.
  • 04 Focus on Day-to-Day Business Obligations With an ice truck rental, you can concentrate on your core business activities instead of allocating resources towards managing a fleet of trucks and dealing with all the logistics involved.
  • 05 Refrigerated Space Catered to Your Needs Renting a refrigerated trailer from CRT means you have the flexibility of booking a short or longer-term trailer rental. That can be very helpful, especially for growing businesses and events that might have changing needs from month to month.

Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer Pro Tip

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Looking for a spot to practice towing and trailering? Practicing these maneuvers in an empty parking lot is an excellent idea. It's always better to learn the movements of your trailer in empty spaces, so you can avoid any mishaps like trying to back up and park in front of a busy store.

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Refrigerated Trailer FAQs

At Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer, we're big proponents of giving our customers plenty of information. That way, they can make informed purchasing decisions and know how to better operate our ice truck rentals. To keep yourself educated, keep these FAQs in mind:

  • Q. Does CRT provide power cords for refrigerated trailer rentals? a. 1 - 100ft Cord Provided.
  • Q. What type of plug do I need for towing your trailer? a. You'll need a regular 120v plug within 100 feet of the trailer
  • Q. Is it OK to store goods in the trailer rental? a. Yes, absolutely. We'll even provide you with a padlock for extra safety!
  • Q. Do I have to clean up when I'm done using the refrigerated trailer rental? a. Nope! Once you return your rental or we pick it up, we'll clean and sanitize the unit from head to toe.
  • Q. I need both a freezer and a refrigerated trailer rental. Can you help? a. Our refrigerated trailer rentals are both coolers AND freezers. Depending on your requirements, we can regulate the temperature from 0 to 50 degrees F.

The Top Choice for Refrigerated Trailer Rentals in South Carolina

Renting a refrigerated trailer just makes good sense for many businesses in Georgetown and the metro area. That's why Georgetown Refrigerated Trailer proudly serves South Carolina and the Lowcountry with refrigerated and frozen transportation rentals. If you're looking for the reliability, convenience, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness of a refrigerated trailer for rent in Georgetown, look no further than CRT.

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Georgetown residents cleaning up after record rainfall throughout Lowcountry

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Georgetown is recovering after a coastal storm brought flooding to the area on Sunday.More than 12 inches of rain fell in Georgetown as the coastal storm made its way up the coast.Georgetown Mayor Carol Jayroe says they received double the amount of rainfall they were anticipating.She says about 60 people were pulled from cars...

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Georgetown is recovering after a coastal storm brought flooding to the area on Sunday.

More than 12 inches of rain fell in Georgetown as the coastal storm made its way up the coast.

Georgetown Mayor Carol Jayroe says they received double the amount of rainfall they were anticipating.

She says about 60 people were pulled from cars Sunday by first responders, and that the City’s downtown fire station, holding their emergency operations center, was flooded.

“They were in the conference room and low and behold, water came under their feet unbeknownst to them, it came up that quickly,” Jayroe says.

She says Front Street was one of several areas hit the hardest.

Employees at Monkee’s of Georgetown, a clothing store on Front Street, worked all day Sunday to clean up flooding damage in their store.

“We had water rushing in through the front and through the back,” employee Streater Mitchum, says, “Every employee was here today helping clean up.”

She says thanks to their hard work, they’ll be able to reopen Tuesday to customers.

“It’s the holiday season so we had lots of people knocking on the door ready to shop today,” she says, “We’re a small town, and we appreciate all the transient business that comes through.”

Resident Len Kelpsh described Sunday’s flooding as the “absolute worst he’d ever seen.”

“There were cars floating in front of me,” Kelpsh says. “It’s just such an odd experience to have 13 inches of rain and I hope we don’t have it again but, what can we do?”

Jayroe says the city’s assessment teams have been out all day Monday gauging the damage. She says that business-wise, most of the cleanup efforts are finished.

She says anyone displaced from their home due to the storm should call Black River United Way at 843-546-6317.

She encourages any business that experienced extensive flooding to call the Georgetown County Economic Development Department with the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

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Georgetown County landowners getting extra month to pay property taxes

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown County landowners will have a few more weeks to pay their property taxes.County officials said they received an extension from the S.C. Department of Revenue to mail out property tax notices. Taxpayers now have until Feb. 15 to pay their 2023 real estate taxes.“Property tax bills are already available online and can be paid there any time for those who are trying to get payments in before the end of the year for tax purposes,” county spokeswoman Jackie Broach said. “Residents do n...

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown County landowners will have a few more weeks to pay their property taxes.

County officials said they received an extension from the S.C. Department of Revenue to mail out property tax notices. Taxpayers now have until Feb. 15 to pay their 2023 real estate taxes.

“Property tax bills are already available online and can be paid there any time for those who are trying to get payments in before the end of the year for tax purposes,” county spokeswoman Jackie Broach said. “Residents do not have to wait to receive the paper bill to make a payment.”

County Auditor Ken Baker said the delay in sending the notices stems from printing errors and software problems.

When Baker’s office received tax notice proofs from a contracted vendor, his staff saw that roughly 7,200 accounts had incorrect bills.

State law requires that property values be reassessed every five years, but the law puts a 15 percent cap on how much a property’s assessment can increase. That cap was not factored into the bills of those 7,200 accounts.

“It’s not a lot when you think compared to the entire 56,000 or so tax notices sent out, but we still wanted to be correct,” Baker said.

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Another challenge was that the county switched from an old computer system to a Windows-based one. There were conversion and compatibility issues.

“The old system we were using was outdated,” Baker said. “It had its own limitations. We basically had one staff member of Management Information Services who could really administer the (older software) and he wants to retire. Over the last couple of years, we have been trying to make it work. It’s not that we don’t want this system, but we had to move forward.”

Baker said the system has since been updated and is running smoothly. Tax notices are online and county officials have been collecting payments since the end of November.

“When it didn’t look like we were going to mail them out in time by the Dec. 15 deadline, I reached out to DOR a few days before and talked to people in some of the governmental services because I wanted to make sure we are following the law,” Baker said. “It’s our job to make sure we are doing that.”

The state agreed on the Feb. 15 deadline, which is exactly one month after they would have been due. Baker said he has approved all of the final tax notice proofs and they are getting ready to be mailed out.

“It’s been pretty stressful but we have a job to do,” said Baker, who was elected in 2020. “Tax season always is. I enjoy helping people.”

Georgetown County Government is still dealing with the effects of the Dec. 17 Nor’easter, which dumped nearly 13 inches of rain in the county seat after stalling for hours.

Multiple county departments were forced to relocate from the first floor of the historic Screven Street courthouse after they were damaged by flooding.

The treasurer’s office has temporarily moved its operations to the county council chambers while the stormwater department continues to work out of the Georgetown Airport and the County Emergency Operations Center. The building department has temporarily relocated to the conference room across from the planning department at the courthouse.

It is unknown how long it will take to repair the damaged offices and move the departments back to their normal locations.

“My office didn’t have any damage, but the treasurer’s office was flooded,” Baker said. “They lost multiple computers. They’ve had to relocate up to council chambers. They only have a few computers up there, but it seems they are doing the best they can do with it. It may be slow going, so if someone can pay their taxes online or mail them in, I think it will help them.”

Residents can email the treasurer’s office at taxinfo@gtcounty.org. Tax payments can also be made online at https://georgetowncountysctax.com.

Replica of famous 16th century ship to be displayed in Georgetown next week

GEORGETOWN — A replica of a 16th-century ship captained by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan will soon set sail for Georgetown.The Nao Trinidad is slated to be docked and on display at the Georgetown Landing Marina Dec. 5-10, according to a news release from the event’s organizers.“We hope to take this opportunity to promote Georgetown and its maritime history and all the wonderful holiday events happening in Georgetown right now,” Museum Administrator Hope McFaddin said in an email.Tickets r...

GEORGETOWN — A replica of a 16th-century ship captained by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan will soon set sail for Georgetown.

The Nao Trinidad is slated to be docked and on display at the Georgetown Landing Marina Dec. 5-10, according to a news release from the event’s organizers.

“We hope to take this opportunity to promote Georgetown and its maritime history and all the wonderful holiday events happening in Georgetown right now,” Museum Administrator Hope McFaddin said in an email.

Tickets range from $15 for an adult to $35 for a family. There’s no charge for children under 5. The ship is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. Tickets for the experience will be available at tickets.velacuadra.es. Currently, the ship is docked in Charleston.

The Trinidad was the flagship of what was called Armada del Maluco. The ship was one of five that departed from Spain in 1519, but only two made it to the Spice Islands, with Victoria the other. The expedition was completed in 1522 by Spanish navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano after Magellan’s death a year earlier.

The replica weighs 150 tons and is 93 feet long. The mainmast stands more than 82 feet tall, with five sails and decks. Nao Trinidad has sailed to numerous ports across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic European Coast as a training vessel and floating museum.

Visitors will be able to tour four decks, discover the history of the ship, learn more about maritime basics and immerse themselves in how life was onboard at the time for the crew.

Georgetown’s visit is spearheaded by the Nao Victoria Foundation, a nonprofit that was created to share maritime heritage, research for the recovery, construction and promotion of historical ships, and to sail to ports around the world to allow visitors to meet history, according to its website.

GEORGETOWN — Marie Livingston has big shoes to fill, but the Georgetown native is more than ready for the challenge.

Livingston recently took over as executive director of Friendship Place from Charlie Ball, who retired after 24 years at the helm of the Christian-based nonprofit whose mission is to help break the cycle of poverty in Georgetown.

“I heard a smart man several years ago say something to the effect of, you know when you’ve taken something as far as you can take it,” Ball said. “It didn’t make sense to me at that point, but 24 years later and a fantastic new facility, a great capital campaign, great leadership; gosh, it’s time for fresh eyes to take a look at it and take it into the future.”

That set of fresh eyes belongs to Livingston, a 40-year-old wife and mother of four who additionally co-owns a logistics company with her husband Quentin.

Ball knows Livingston’s father, Commander Franklin Rutledge, who runs the Low Country Veterans Group in Georgetown. He recalled one day years ago when Rutledge hinted to him that Livingston was in the process of moving back to the area from out of state.

“He knew that we were looking for someone to help us who had energy and passion,” Ball said.

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It is actually the second round at Friendship Place for Livingston, who started in 2017 as a program lead for the organization’s Georgetown WORKS initiative and stayed until 2019, when she went to work for the city of Georgetown. Livingston came back in 2022 as the associate director but remained engaged even though she was away.

“We were ecstatic when she came back,” Ball said. “She is the perfect fit. She knows and loves the organization. She’s got the right personality and drive for it and I’m just so excited for Friendship Place and what it is going to do with her leadership.”

Friendship Place has served the Georgetown community for more than two decades. It helps people move from crisis to self-sufficiency through programs with names such as EATS, LEARNS and PRAYS.

Livingston said the nonprofit is averaging 30-40 individuals per day in its EATS program, where anyone can come to the facility at 1423 Front St. and receive a hot meal and words of encouragement.

“We just learn our neighbors and who they are and how we can better assist them with their various needs,” Livingston said. “Oftentimes, we have to say this is what you need, but it’s not a cookie-cutter solution for everyone. ... They are all coming from different backgrounds and different walks of life.”

LEARNS aims to improve reading skills of elementary school students through one-on-one literacy tutoring sessions. Livingston said PRAYS speaks to their role as a Christian-focused organization.

“It’s right in alignment with what we believe in, nourishing the souls of neighbors through effective ministry and prayer,” Livingston said. “Our prayer team and prayer in general keeps us grounded. It helps keep us sound and focused on the mission of what we are doing in our community.”

Livingston said the transition into her new role as executive director has been eye-opening, but she is excited to expand on the foundation that Ball has set.

“We are looking to launch Georgetown LIVES in the spring, which is a little revamping of Georgetown WORKS,” Livingston said. “It was primarily for women but we are looking to open that up for all of our neighbors. It is a more holistic approach to helping those navigate life and get them employed through direct support versus getting bounced around from agency to agency.”

Friendship Place is a nonprofit, so it relies on donations to operate. Two of the organization’s biggest fundraisers are Georgetown’s annual Bridge2Bridge Run in April and Palmetto Giving Day in May. Livingston said they participated in Coastal Giving Tuesday for the first time in November and raised $68,000.

Livingston said the facility’s Tom and Jean Yawkey Foundation Community Room can be rented for meetings.

The Nao Trinidad arrives in Georgetown

A replica of the flagship of Magellan-Elcano’s expedition that led to the first circumnavigation of the globeGeorgetown, November 30th 2023.- The Nao Trinidad will arrive in Georgetown, SC on December 4th. She will dock at Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC.After visiting Crisfield and Charleston, where she received more than 8000 visitants, she continues her path to Charleston expecting to keep spreading the maritime heritage.The Nao Trinidad was the flagship of what was called Arm...

A replica of the flagship of Magellan-Elcano’s expedition that led to the first circumnavigation of the globe

Georgetown, November 30th 2023.- The Nao Trinidad will arrive in Georgetown, SC on December 4th. She will dock at Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC.

After visiting Crisfield and Charleston, where she received more than 8000 visitants, she continues her path to Charleston expecting to keep spreading the maritime heritage.

The Nao Trinidad was the flagship of what was called Armada del Maluco (1519-1522), captained by Ferdinand Magellan. Five ships (Naos) departed from Sevilla, but only two made it to the Spice Islands, Nao Trinidad was one of them.

This beautiful replica weights 150Tn, 93ft in length, and has a 26ft beam, three masts and a bowsprit. The height of the mainmast is more than 82 feet, five sails and five decks, built with an exquisite work in Iroko (African hardwood) and pinewood. This ship has sailed to many different ports across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic European Coast as a training vessel and floating museum.

The Naos have this unique and original design that made them the most advanced in naval engineering, used first as cargo ships in Spain and then taking the lead as exploring vessels. She is a full-scale replica, faithful on her design and dimensions. More than a hundred artisans of the sea worked on her construction: such as ship carpenters, rope masters or naval engineers.

The visitors will be able to tour four decks, to feel how the life was like onboard at the time and how it is to live today on an historical ship of these characteristics. They will be able to learn about the maneuvering, the rigging and interact with the crew, who have the most amazing experiences on their long voyages.

About the Nao Victoria Foundation

The Nao Victoria Foundation is a non-profit entity that specializes in sharing the maritime heritage, researching for the recovery, construction and promotion of historical ships, sailing to ports around the world allowing guests to meet history.

The NV Foundation is constantly looking for the historical accuracy combined with innovative techniques in the ship building sector, always following the current international regulations. This represents a massive advance in terms of environmental impact, costs, durability and maintenance of the ships, without affecting their historical aspect, navigability or maneuver.

Tickets Info:

Date: December 5th – December 10th

Location: Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC

Opening times: 10 am – 5pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm Tickets: tickets.velacuadra.es

CHARLESTON, SC - The College of Charleston recently awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees during the Winter 2023 Commencement ceremony.

The following are the local graduates:

Juan Donmoyer of Hemingway graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Jacob McDaniels of Georgetown graduated with a Master of Science in Computer & Information Sciences.

The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston. Founded in 1770, the college is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. With more than 10,000 students, the College of Charleston offers the distinctive combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs.

‘I want Georgetown to be Christmas town’: Front Street lights up for holidays

GEORGETOWN — If Conway can claim Halloween, Georgetown wants Christmas.The state’s third-oldest city is undergoing a festive transformation to boost tourism beyond the historical landmarks and natural resources that typically draw visitors to the Hammock Coast.“It gives Georgetown such a great opportunity,” said Al Joseph, the city’s director of Main Street. “Conway is ...

GEORGETOWN — If Conway can claim Halloween, Georgetown wants Christmas.

The state’s third-oldest city is undergoing a festive transformation to boost tourism beyond the historical landmarks and natural resources that typically draw visitors to the Hammock Coast.

“It gives Georgetown such a great opportunity,” said Al Joseph, the city’s director of Main Street. “Conway is Halloween town; that’s great. I want Georgetown to be Christmas town, I really do. I think we have the opportunity to make it a Hallmark-type event.”

The idea draws on some inspiration from Georgetown’s municipal neighbor to the north. Conway, the Horry County seat, began rebranding itself as the city of Halloween last year, bringing additional business to its downtown.

A city councilman for six years, Joseph resigned from his elected seat 15 months ago to take on his new role, which focuses on revitalizing Georgetown’s downtown. In addition to tackling other projects since he started in August 2022, the Georgetown native has also been working alongside the city and the Georgetown Business Association to make Front Street and much of the surrounding area a Christmas destination.

“And I think we are already on the way to it,” he said. “In the next two or three years, I think we can really see a tremendous amount of improvement.”

Step 1 is decorating. Joseph said last year there was limited money in the budget to deck the halls, so the city only strung lights on 11 trees at the Broad Street intersection. However, the reaction to those few strands surprised him.

“I thought, ‘OK, it looks great,’” Joseph said. “But their response was unbelievable. I did not expect a response for a display that small. The merchants loved it, the residents loved it and we also received comment cards from visitors.”

This year, Joseph received more money in the budget and was able to put lights on 45 trees and 142 light posts, but he aspires to make the display even larger in the future.

“Next year we will go from Queen (Street) to King,” Joseph said. “So then, we will have all of the blocks of the historic district covered. We missed it by one block this year. We did not have quite enough money. My plan for the year after that, I’d like to see the Harborwalk lit up with arches like you are walking through a tunnel. And then after that, I would like to see a canopy of lights above Front Street.”

Joseph said the Front Street merchants love the look. Some business owners are even lighting up trees outside their respective stores at night. He said all the city lights will be plugged in Nov. 17 and remain lit until Jan. 1.

“It puts everyone in a good mood,” said Alan Sherlock, gallery director at Art Harbor Gallery on Front Street. “Christmas seems to go longer and longer every year, but it’s good. It brightens the place up. It adds a focal point to Front Street, and the more people who walk around and shop, there is a higher chance they will buy things.”

Joseph said Georgetown’s top driver of tourism is history. The No. 2 draw is the surrounding natural resources.

“We are not Myrtle Beach and never will be, don’t want to be,” Joseph said. “We’re not Charleston. We never will be because we don’t have that size. But we have the best of everything that they have to offer. A smaller, more intimate setting.

“Can you imagine what this town would look like, say three years from now, if we can do what we want to do? Eighty-seven trees lit, with a canopy of lights on Front Street and the Harborwalk coming through a tunnel. It would be spectacular.”

GEORGETOWN — Marie Livingston has big shoes to fill, but the Georgetown native is more than ready for the challenge.

Livingston recently took over as executive director of Friendship Place from Charlie Ball, who retired after 24 years at the helm of the Christian-based nonprofit whose mission is to help break the cycle of poverty in Georgetown.

“I heard a smart man several years ago say something to the effect of, you know when you’ve taken something as far as you can take it,” Ball said. “It didn’t make sense to me at that point, but 24 years later and a fantastic new facility, a great capital campaign, great leadership; gosh, it’s time for fresh eyes to take a look at it and take it into the future.”

That set of fresh eyes belongs to Livingston, a 40-year-old wife and mother of four who additionally co-owns a logistics company with her husband Quentin.

Ball knows Livingston’s father, Commander Franklin Rutledge, who runs the Low Country Veterans Group in Georgetown. He recalled one day years ago when Rutledge hinted to him that Livingston was in the process of moving back to the area from out of state.

“He knew that we were looking for someone to help us who had energy and passion,” Ball said.

Georgetown Times

It is actually the second round at Friendship Place for Livingston, who started in 2017 as a program lead for the organization’s Georgetown WORKS initiative and stayed until 2019, when she went to work for the city of Georgetown. Livingston came back in 2022 as the associate director but remained engaged even though she was away.

“We were ecstatic when she came back,” Ball said. “She is the perfect fit. She knows and loves the organization. She’s got the right personality and drive for it and I’m just so excited for Friendship Place and what it is going to do with her leadership.”

Friendship Place has served the Georgetown community for more than two decades. It helps people move from crisis to self-sufficiency through programs with names such as EATS, LEARNS and PRAYS.

Livingston said the nonprofit is averaging 30-40 individuals per day in its EATS program, where anyone can come to the facility at 1423 Front St. and receive a hot meal and words of encouragement.

“We just learn our neighbors and who they are and how we can better assist them with their various needs,” Livingston said. “Oftentimes, we have to say this is what you need, but it’s not a cookie-cutter solution for everyone. ... They are all coming from different backgrounds and different walks of life.”

LEARNS aims to improve reading skills of elementary school students through one-on-one literacy tutoring sessions. Livingston said PRAYS speaks to their role as a Christian-focused organization.

“It’s right in alignment with what we believe in, nourishing the souls of neighbors through effective ministry and prayer,” Livingston said. “Our prayer team and prayer in general keeps us grounded. It helps keep us sound and focused on the mission of what we are doing in our community.”

Livingston said the transition into her new role as executive director has been eye-opening, but she is excited to expand on the foundation that Ball has set.

“We are looking to launch Georgetown LIVES in the spring, which is a little revamping of Georgetown WORKS,” Livingston said. “It was primarily for women but we are looking to open that up for all of our neighbors. It is a more holistic approach to helping those navigate life and get them employed through direct support versus getting bounced around from agency to agency.”

Friendship Place is a nonprofit, so it relies on donations to operate. Two of the organization’s biggest fundraisers are Georgetown’s annual Bridge2Bridge Run in April and Palmetto Giving Day in May. Livingston said they participated in Coastal Giving Tuesday for the first time in November and raised $68,000.

Livingston said the facility’s Tom and Jean Yawkey Foundation Community Room can be rented for meetings.

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