The Mission Statement for the Isle of Palms states:
“The Isle of Palms has developed into a premier barrier island residential community with a variety of housing styles, commercial areas, and recreational facilities. Despite extensive development of the island, the natural resources that make the Isle of Palms such a wonderful place to live and visit remain intact and in good condition. Measures that will enhance the existing character of the island as a quality place to live, and protect the environment both on and around the island, must be taken to guide the development and preserve the quality of live for generations to come.”
The Isle of Palms City Council voted to hire Stantec Inc. to come up with some possible solutions to our traffic and parking problems, representatives from Stantec Inc., have asked to meet with individual council members in the upcoming weeks. Stantec Inc. is a professional engineering company found all across North America and in different parts of the world. ( http://www.stantec.com ) To date, their first order of business was to help create easier signs to direct traffic around the island, most importantly, to public parking. Those signs are being installed now. Plus, those signs were to be more pleasing to the eye as per “island looking”, yet do the same job as the stock state metal signs but to better direct traffic to parking. Their second order of business was to review the different public hearings concerning parking, to look at the suggestions by island residents, to review and digest the different committee meetings and council meetings and to try to come up with some possible suggestions to the city.
Thanks to you, I was elected to represent you, the residents of our island, not vacationing guests, or day guest. I would like to get feed back on ideas that you may have so I may present those ideas to Stantec. Yes, if you have already attended those public hearings and submitted them, then you do not have to do it again. But, if you would like to make sure, please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will make sure your ideas are heard. I am your ear to city hall. I ask that you tell others to visit this site and go back in my many earlier postings, to see the progression the city has made along these lines.
See April 16, 2012
See March 28, 2012
See March 10, 2012
See March 5, 2012
Senator Glenn McConnell wrote the State Newspaper on Jan 19, 2011, that “Difficult times that face us are not partisan, nor are they insurmountable. They are challenges common to us all, and their solutions lie in our collective wisdom. We all have a universal desire to do what is best for South Carolina (Isle of Palms), even if we have different methods of getting there. In achieving the best for our state (Isle of Palms community), compromise is not always a dirty word. Taking a small step forward is much better than simply standing still”.
We have some hard difficult decisions to make. We need to look at the Beachfront Management Act and see what is required as per providing beach access. By doing so, we qualify for beach renourishment monies, should we need them. Also, we need to better understand the SCDOT right of way guidelines to see what we can do. Our roads have become way too congested, traffic at a standstill, it has become dangerous. Someone is going to get hurt, if not worse. I won’t even go into what is going on along our beaches. Please feel free to send me your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org so I may pass them along. Feel free to send them to all city council members, visit http://www.iop.net to find those addresses. Again, please tell your friends to do the same. This is our island, let’s follow our island’s mission statement and preserve the quality of life for generations to come.
Thank you, Jimmy Carroll “Your personal representative on council”
While this weekend marks the beginning of summer, please don’t forget the meaning of Memorial Day, it is the day we remember those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It started back after the American Civil War as Decoration Day and soon after became known as Memorial Day. In 1968, the Federal Government created the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which moved four holidays to a specified Monday to create 4 day weekends, of which is Memorial Day. It was on May 30th, but is now the last Monday in May. Be safe, have fun, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives for our freedom.
The Isle of Palms police department is seeking input as to the job they are doing. You can find the survey by going to the city website, http://www.iop.net and finding it on the home page under news. Or, to expedite it, click on the link below. Police Sergeant Jamie Meekins asks your comments in the survey, be it good, bad or indifferent. The best way to learn is to ask for comments from those who you work for.
While we worry about big issues such as fining someone who leaves their recycle can out too long, or about silly things such as signs on cars, the island is experiencing bigger problems with erosion along our beach. We’ve been hearing for years about the north eastern end of the island in the Wild Dunes, but now, we are seeing new areas being affected. Starting this past fall with Hurricane Sandy going up our coast, the beach on the south western end of the island near Breach Inlet lost over 50′ of dune line. Over the past 2 days, we’ve lost another 20-25′. In some areas, over a 100′ of dunes have been lost over this past winter. Yes, tourism is up, but we really need to wake up and protect the reason people come, our beach. If you get a chance, go walk the beach, you will be surprised at the loss of our dunes. The board walks you see were all cut back and re-enforced but now, you are seeing sections of walkways up in the air creating new hazards.