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Dog park owner blames Charleston Co. officials for having to shut his doors

From our News partners at WCBD-TV:  

A dog park owner is closing his doors and he is blaming the County of Charleston. The owner of Sky Dogs Park in Summerville is alleging Charleston County officials are holding back information he needs to add on a pond to his park.

   He says he is missing out on dog jumping revenue from a pond on the property he wants to build.

John Harper,  the owner, tells News 2 he is not making enough money without a dog jumping pond that has been in his plans for 3 years since he opened. He alleges officials with the County of Charleston haven’t been able to give him a clear answer as to the specs needed.

“We asked for the plans they were holding us to and they said give us two days, of course, two weeks went by… no comment no return phone calls nothing. Where these plans that you have been holding me to??”

John Harper says he will be opening another park possibly in the Summerville area.

Sky Dogs will be closing this Sunday at 7:30pm

Charleston county officials:

"This situation concerning the Sky Dogs Family Park is a storm water issue.…. County and State regulations require the applicant to maintain the same storm water runoff capacity as the dry pond. Therefore, the applicant would have to provide data that shows how the pond will be able to handle storm water. This is necessary to avoid any issues with runoff into the surrounding areas and these policies fall under state environmental law."

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