From my family to yours, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eat, drink, be merry, but most importantly, be safe over this Thanksgiving weekend! Now, time to load the car and off we go, on this, the busiest travel day of the year!
The city is moving forward with a plan to better organize parking on the island with an annual parking pass system. There will be parking on some side streets on the south end of the island, there will parking along Palm Blvd from 21rst St to 41rst St, and there will be some parking at the end of the north end side streets. These areas will be with permits only. We are in the process of dealing with SCDOT to make sure we surpass the required Beachfront management act for beach access. The beaches will always remain public, but in a controlled fashion. There will always be day parking lots run by both the city and by Charleston County at front beach where bath houses are provided along with businesses that cater to food and drink. The IOP spent millions to buy this land to ensure public parking. Of the 3 public beaches, the IOP provides more parking than any other island. At this point, the cost of the annual parking fees has not been decided, the daily parking pass fee has not been decided nor has the amount of fines for those who park without a permit. Please go to http://www.iop.net to see the tapes of these public meetings that have been held. Look under the “Residents” tab for “Parking Improvements” and click on this. Our next public hearing will be on Dec 2, starting at 3:30 pm. Please come, and be involved with the future of our island. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your IOP councilman.
If interested, please come to the IOP Special City Council meeting on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3pm in city council chambers. This will be a continuation of discussions concerning annual parking passes from our last public hearing held on Nov 3rd. If you’d like to see the history of parking, go to http://www.iop.net and under the “Residents” tab, then click on “Parking Improvements” and scroll down to reverse chronology. From our last meeting, it was clear, our residents did not want to be charged to park on an island that they already pay taxes on. We also heard loud and clear that this is about our residents lifestyle, not about improving parking for non residents. We also heard loud and clear to make the island golf cart friendly. We are not trying to prevent beach access, but with the growth all over Charleston County and the surrounding counties, the 3 local public beaches cannot keep absorbing more and more day visitors on an already overwhelmed island. Folly Beach has already installed parking meters, the Isle of Palms is wanting to start the annual parking pass system and it appears, Sullivan’s Island will be following. If you are interested, attend. Do not let what has happened in Mt Pleasant happen over hear, after years of discussion about Coleman Blvd, it was finally taking place what was designed and everyone, including me are not happy. Be involved, get involved.
IOP voters, by voting “YES” to the Beach Preservation Fee, one is charging vacationing guests a 1% fee to be used for the maintenance of the IOP beach in many ways, re-nourishment, maintenance, erosion mitigation, monitoring, dune restoration and maintenance of beach accesses within the corporate city limits. Instead of IOP taxpayers having to pay for this, visiting guest will pay for this. Please vote yes for this. For sample of this, visit http://www.iop.net and click on sample ballot at top.