Sweetgrass basket maker in battle with Town of Seabrook Island

SEABROOK ISLAND, SC - A Sweetgrass basket maker is in a battle with the Town of Seabrook Island over whether she has the right to sell baskets on private property.

Officials with Bohicket Marina gave Lillian Huger permission to do business there if she applied to the town for a permit.

Huger applied for the permit Thursday, but said town administrator Randy Pierce told her it was against the law for her to operate a business under a tent on the marina lawn.

Huger said she tried to reason with the administrator, but he was rude to her. Huger recalled her conversation with Pierce.

"It's something I grew up doing and I know you would want to embrace this. He said I'm through, I don't want to talk to you, I am finished."

Marina officials allowed Huger to return Friday and set up her tent to sell her sweetgrass baskets.

"It's just a shame that one rogue person has decided to stop Lillian from doing business," said Bohicket Marina managing partner Nick Mcpherson. "Right now we are in violation by keeping the tent up, but we would like to come to some kind of agreement on that they would allow her to be here."

Through a woman who answered the phone at town hall, Pierce declined to comment. She said we would have to talk to the mayor when he returns from vacation next week.

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