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Editorial: Retirement haven

Posted: September 20, 2018 1:58 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Readers may recall our editorial of May 25, in which we suggested that more effort should be put into marketing Camden and Kershaw County as a premiere retirement destination. Our reasoning was -- and continues to be -- that we already have most, if not all, of the important elements in place for making our community a desirable place for retirees seeking a place to spend their golden years. Our simple, relaxed, small Southern town charm combined with a flourishing cultural scene, wide variety of outdoor amenities, quality shopping and restaurants, close proximity to larger urban areas, and generally pleasant climate in which to enjoy all of it makes for a very desirable, yet affordable, life style.

As it turns out, we are not alone in our assessment.

Recently, SmartAsset, a financial/technology company, named Camden as one of the top 10 places in South Carolina to retire -- we were No. 6, in fact -- behind Greenville, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and Seneca. SmartAsset’s study took into consideration several factors, including taxes, medical care/doctor’s office availability, and opportunities for recreation and social life.

We are pleased that someone in the business of helping people plan their financial futures agrees with us. But even without the endorsement of financial planning experts, we believe this is an important, even vital segment of economic development that absolutely needs more focus.

Let’s get on it. The advantages are too many to ignore.

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