January 31, 2013

Horry County Notebook | Casino boat case continues; voter ID meeting set

Horry County’s lawsuit against SunCruz Casino continues to move through the legal process with no final decision in sight.

Horry County’s lawsuit against SunCruz Casino continues to move through the legal process with no final decision in sight.

County attorney Arrigo Carotti said SunCruz officials have filed a motion to reconsider an Oct. 31, 2012 ruling that they must pay the county a per-passenger fee. SunCruz also sought more time to respond to the judge’s ruling that the they violated discovery by not providing answers to information the county sought in the lawsuit.

Carotti said another hearing on the case would be premature until Judge Benjamin Culbertson can rule on the motion to reconsider.

Previously, Culbertson ruled that SunCruz is in violation of a county ordinance and surcharge agreement since it hadn’t paid Horry County the agreed-upon $7 per-passenger fee since Aug. 1, 2011. An escrow agent was appointed to assist in making sure the money is paid.

Carotti said SunCruz has been making those payments per the judge’s order.

Horry County filed suit against Sun Cruz on Nov. 10, 2011, seeking reimbursement of the per-passenger fee. The exact amount the county could be awarded, if the judge rules in its favor, has not been determined.

The county claims it’s owed upward of $500,000. Casino boat officials have said they were caught off guard by the legal action and wished there had been negotiations.

SunCruz is based in Little River and carries passengers beyond the seaward territorial boundaries of Horry County and South Carolina to gamble onboard..

County hosting public meeting about voter ID law

The Horry County Registration and Elections office will host a public meeting to talk about the state’s new voter identification law.

That meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the second-floor multi-purpose rooms at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway.

The state’s photo identification bill passed prior to the 2012 general election and took effect Jan. 1.

Horry County’s next election is the special April 30 vote to fill Tom Rice’s former seat as County Council chairman.

Bucksport library closed for renovations

The Bucksport branch of the Horry County Memorial Library system is closed for renovation work, and officials hope to reopen in the spring.

Renovation work includes the installation of a mobile shelving system, putting down new carpet and bringing in new furniture.

The work is expected to cost between $85,000 and $100,000.

Library officials expect the project to be complete by the end of March.

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