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July 13, 2015Boating safety public meetings to be held around the state

Everyone that makes memories on South Carolina's lakes, rivers and coastline is encouraged to attend a series of meetings around the state. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting the meetings in preparation of potential regulation changes to discuss how to make you and your family safer on South Carolina waterways. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled to be held on:

* July 28 - FE Dubose Center - Auditorium - 3351 Sumter Hwy, Manning

* Aug. 6 - Horry Georgetown Technical College - Auditorium - 2050 East Hwy 501, Conway

* Aug. 11 - Fort Johnson Marine Center - Auditorium - 217 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston

* Aug. 13 - Clover School District Resource Center - Auditorium - 320 Clinton Ave., Clover

* Aug. 25 - Strom Thurmond Institute Clemson University - Auditorium - 230 Kappa Street, Clemson

* Sept. 8 - Center for Advance Technical Studies - Auditorium - 916 Mount Vernon Church Rd., Chapin

The state of South Carolina has an abundance of water resources with 8,000 miles of rivers, 460,000 acres of lakes and 3,000 miles of coastline. As of 2014, there were approximately 485,000 registered boats in South Carolina with thousands more registered each year. The Palmetto State consistently ranks in the top ten of all states for registered boats.

For more information, contact Lt. Kim Leverich at 1 (800) 277-4301 or LeverichK@DNR.SC.Gov.

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