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.
For the fourth straight year running, Conde’ Nast, a high end travel magazine has chosen Charleston as America’s top city destination. Charleston offers something for everyone, singles, couples, and families. From history, beautiful buildings and waterfront sites, lots of fun attractions and of course, the easy to reach beaches less than 30 minutes away. On top of that, Charleston is booming with industry moving in, such as world aircraft heavy weight, Boeing. One only needs to drive across Charleston to see all the construction cranes building everything from hotels, offices, housing and more. Plus, not only are we Conde’ Nast #1 American destination, but we are the #2 world city destination being beat out by a fraction of a point by Florence, Italy. Charleston is a great place to visit, but more importantly to those of us who live here, it is a great place to live, raise families, and do business.
Everyone interested in the Isle of Palms day visitor parking permit allocation plan needs to attend the public hearing being held on October 2, 2014 at the IOP Recreation Center on 28th Ave starting at 6 PM. The residents of the Isle of Palms have demanded that the city do something about the ever increasing pressures put on the island from those who visit the beach on a daily basis. There are a lot of questions to be answered between now and it’s implementation, but it is a starting point. Will this solve the problem right off, probably not, but it is a start. Charleston and it’s two adjoining Counties need to think of ways to bring people to the beach without all the traffic because the islands cannot hold any more cars. To learn more about this, go back and review earlier articles in http://www.ioptoday.com or in http://www.iop.net under the residents section and then clicking on parking improvements. Go to the reverse chronology and click on Stantec’s presentation. Let’s not repeat what happened in Mt. Pleasant by saying we were not told. Get involved, attend, speak up and give us your opinions. Thank you for letting me serve you.