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Government fees, regulations killing businesses

Posted: June 21, 2011 1:41 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Wonder why Lugoff is beginning to look like Detroit east? A grocery store, dry cleaners, dollar store, fast food restaurant and many more are gone. Take a close look down at your local government building.

I opened the Crazy Crab Seafood Market May 27 in a 40-plus-year-old building on Longtown Road in Lugoff. For years it was a bait and tackle with restaurant. To open the doors the fees alone and documents needed were $3,267.75. That’s just fees and paperwork. The government mafia -- DHEC, Planning and Zoning, ABL, SLED, and Fire Marshal -- all have to stop in to justify their jobs. When the IRS comes, there will be money spent and they will find problems. There writes-ups and requirements cost me another $9, 972.63 … to run the same business that was in effect.  

DHEC came three times and there’s paperwork to prove all three times there were different issues -- 18 total in all including a popcorn ceiling that’s been in place 18 years, a sink that’s been there 20 years that needs to be moved.  The last owner was cooking, and I can't even cook now. It is just too much money to be pouring in.

 Every time I meet with a lead man from each group, favorite words are “no need fill out paperwork,” “not allowed,” “not sure,” “need to check with another department,” “need to pay this fee,” “need this paperwork.” They never once realize without me and local businesses they would have no jobs themselves. All this expense and work to run the same exact business, and all the while we have roadside vendors nobody checks. DHEC might want to go to local markets and see food being sold that’s not even refrigerated and out of coolers. Yet a businessman tries to do right thing and they totally rape and molest them. All our county seems to want is check cashing, title loans, pawn shops and used car lots. So when you look around and see the ghost town Lugoff is becoming, know where the blame lies. I will pay the price for this, but bring it on -- I am called Crazy Crab for a reason. Please support local business before all we are left with is Wal-Mart.



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