Thursday, August 12, 2010

New Florence DNR Office

The SCDNR had the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Florence DNR office for the grand opening earlier today. The new building houses 3 divisions of the DNR--Law Enforcement; Land, Water & Conservation; and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries are all under the same roof of this state-of-the-art 8800 square-foot building. A 1250 square-foot auditorium that will be used for Hunter and Boater Education Classes is a part of the new building, which incorporates many 'green' technologies.

This 1.9 million dollar facility is a cost-saving investment for the SCDNR, which has seen drastic budget cuts in the past few years. Seventeen other SCDNR regional offices were consolidated into this office, and the cost savings incurred by closing those offices--all of which were outdated and in need of extensive repairs--will offset the cost of this new facility rather quickly.

South Carolina outdoorsmen can get hunting & fishing licenses, permits, and tags, boat registrations, and outboard registrations at the new hub.

Several guests spoke at today's grand opening, including Dr. Fred Carter, the president of Francis Marion University, on whose campus the new DNR office is located. Other speakers were Mike McShane, Chairman of the DNR board; John Frampton, Director of the DNR; Sen. Hugh Leatherman; Sen. Kent Williams; Rep. Terry Alexander and Sen. Yancey McGill. These gentlemen were all instrumental in seeing the project to fruition, and appropriately, they all wielded scissors to take part in cutting the ribbon.

PhotosByBrianCope: Director John Frampton shares a laugh with Board Chairman Mike McShane, who stands at the outdoors-themed podium. A number of wild game and fish mounts decorate the new building. The DNR sign welcomes customers to the state-of-the-art facility. The ribbon is cut and the new Florence DNR hub is open for business.

1 comment:

  1. Great coverage Brian. Makes me want to come see it!