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A nonprofit public interest law firm protecting
the land, quality of life & natural character
of the Waccamaw Neck.

  • We oppose  ZONING CHANGES  that increase residential density.

  • We hold our county officials accountable to FOLLOW THE LAW.​

  • We SUPPORT local businesses & PROTECT our local economy.

  • We SAFEGUARD historically and culturally significant neighborhoods.

  • We ASSIST citizens and organizations with issues that fall within our mission.



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  • MARBOEUF COURT (Pending): The Planning Commission voted to recommend DENIAL of this zoning request to substantially increase residential density on a lot currently zoned R-1 (one house per acre) to R-10 (more than 4 houses per acre) on a 1.1 acre lot along the marsh on Pawleys Island Creek. KIGA represented a number of neighboring landowners who vehemently opposed this including the family of Governor McMaster. There were more than 220 letters of opposition and a big crowd turned out for the hearing. This was a victory at this stage, but it still must go to County Council for a final decision. 

  • PETIGRU & MLK (Pending): Due to strong opposition by neighbors and KIG, this developer has deferred its request to increase residential density on this property and has agreed to work with KIG and the community to find an acceptable plan. We are grateful to the developer for listening to the community. 

  • COACHMAN DRIVE (Pending): Due to strong opposition by KIGA and community residents, a developer has withdrawn his request to change zoning from residential to commercial in the midst of a longstanding residential community with heirs' property to accommodate yet another storage facility. There is a related lawsuit pending whereby this developer is trying to get the right to build a road through the yards of private residences in this neighborhood. KIGA is opposing this in court.

  • PRINCE GEORGE (Pending): Lawsuit filed on January 9, 2022, against Georgetown County for granting a rezoning to double residential density on the Goff property near Prince George along a dangerous stretch of Highway 17 across from Hog Heaven.

Click HERE to see Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Click HERE to see Summons and Complaint 

  • COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN UPDATE (Pending): Working to insure meaningful public input in land use plan update and no increases in residential density on the Waccamaw Neck!

  • PAWLEYS ISLAND (February 2022): Successfully opposed a zoning change by an out-of-state developer to put a self-storage facility in a historically and culturally significant neighborhood in Pawleys Island.

  • WACHESAW (January 2022): Successfully settled a proposed zoning change on Wachesaw Road in Murrells Inlet to increase residential density. Developer and attorney listened to residents and agreed to amend request to no density increase.

  • HAGLEY (October 2021): Successfully opposed a proposed high density zoning change in Hagley near King's River Road. Developer listened to residents and withdrew his request.

  • PETIGRU APARTMENT COMPLEX (2020-21): Successfully opposed out-of-state developer's proposed zoning change to high density for a 182-unit multi-family apartment complex on Petigru Road at Mercom.

  • WAVERLY (2020): Opposed a requested zoning change to increase density at Waverly and King's River Road. County approved the Flexible Design District, but developer backed out.

  • LITCHFIELD COUNTRY CLUB (2019): Successfully opposed a requested high density zoning change to build 108 condominium units in Litchfield Country Club on racquet club property.

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Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel 

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Cindy Ranck Person

A longtime resident of Litchfield, Cindy Person brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to KIGA.


She has been a trial lawyer for more than 37 years having served as lead counsel in complex civil litigation including products liability, construction, commercial, real estate, personal injury, employment, probate, and civil rights cases in state, federal, appellate courts, and administrative tribunals representing private individuals, businesses, institutions, corporations, banks, municipalities, school districts, government entities, and nonprofits.

Early in her career Cindy served as an Assistant District Attorney with extensive experience in all phases of criminal prosecution including an emphasis in the investigation and prosecution of child and adult sexual abuse cases.


In addition to her background as a lawyer, she has served in domestic and overseas mission settings focusing on community development and racial reconciliation, including inner-city ministry, outreach programs, church plants, disaster relief teams, and as a law professor in the former Soviet Union.

Cindy has lived in the lower Waccamaw Neck for more than 30 years and cares deeply about our community. She is a member of the Pawleys Island Civic Club and attends and participates on the worship team at House of God Church.


Leadership Team

Walter Wilkinson

Board of Directors

Lynne Bessellieu Ford

Advisory Council

Rev. Johnny Ford

Advisory Council

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Heather Kinder

Board President

Alicia Choate

Advisory Council

Barry Sanders

Board of Directors

Catherine Porter

Board Treasurer

Together, we are making a difference.

Our work to protect the Waccamaw Neck is 100% funded by your generous tax deductible donations.


Checks may be made payable to:


P.O. Box 1922

Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 325-7795


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