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IOP Special Council Meeting, December 10, 2019, 5:30 pm

December 10, 2019

This is the hardest vote I’ve had during my 8 years on council. I’ve opposed it for multiple reasons for many months. #1) We already have a littering law that is very hard to enforce. #2) We along with Charleston County are implementing an all plastics ban as of January 1, 2020. #3) I didn’t see the need for yet another law that would be hard to enforce. #4) I really don’t want our police on the residential areas of the beach, unless of course, they are called for a real crime or accident. They really need to be up on the streets directing traffic and all the associated problems of day visitors. Same thing applies to our BSO’s “Beach Service Officers”, they have better things to be doing. I can hear it now, cell phone call after cell phone call to the dispatcher saying someone is smoking. #5) I don’t like seeing our high dollar police vehicles on the salt encrusted beach sand, they shorten the life span of our vehicles due to corrosion. However, having said all of that, we have been leaders in the protection of our environment. The first to ban single use plastics bags and the harm they do to both our wildlife and marine-life getting tangled up in them and of course, eating them, either as bags or later, as they break down into micro-plastics. I personally adamantly opposed offshore drilling, and the devastating effects it would have on our coast. It was not a matter of if a spill would occur, but when. Do I think a cigarette ban is going to solve the problem of beach litter, no. I am not a smoker, never have been, and hate to be around smoking. However, this is more about education. We need to really push public education through all channels of the media, both print and social. However, I decided at last month’s council meeting to support it, because, I’ll do whatever it takes to protect our beaches and our environment, even if it means passing another law. Thank you for allowing me to serve you on council. I will not say anyone who votes against this is wrong, because I agree with them. At the same time, I agree with those opposing cigarettes on the beach because of the litter and the harmful effects on our environment.

Special Council Meeting for nominations of Committees, Boards, Commissions, Etc. Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6pm

December 2, 2019

I hope everyone had a Great Thanksgiving Holiday and are now looking forward to Christmas, New Year’s Eve and a busy new year for our city hall staff, employees and council. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your mayor! Jimmy Carroll

IOP Ways and Means and City Council Agendas, November 19, 5 pm for Ways and Means, followed by Council at 6 pm

November 16, 2019

As we enter into this joyous time of the year, let’s be thankful for all that we have, be thankful for our veterans, our public safety personnel, our city employees who all who help to make our island the paradise we call home. Congratulations to our incoming council members Kevin Popson, Phillip Pounds and Rusty Streetman. Also, congratulations to Jimmy Ward for his re-election to his 4th, 4 year term. Let’s thank outgoing council members Carol Rice and Sandy Ferencz for their multiple terms in office and Ted Kinghorn for his service. As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve you, this council is about you, our residents and providing you with the best in services and amenities while always struggling to keep our budget in check. Remember, on Thanksgiving, while we are with our families, our pubic safety personnel have to work all day and night protecting us. I plan to drop off several cooked turkeys to Station 1 on Thanksgiving around 11, please consider helping to provide them with a cooked Thanksgiving meal. Use disposable pans and such, there is no way for them to clean and return plates and pans. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Special City Council Marina Visioning Session

November 7, 2019

Please know, we will be having a residents only visioning forum after the first of the year. We want what our residents want. Think about what each of you envisions at the marina that would enhance our community. Is it having a public dock, and or having a water sports dock, or is having a park what we want? This will be our last chance to get this right, let us know. You are our bosses, there will be a lot of different opinions, but one direction will emerge, if enough residents comment. And please follow the http://www.iop.net site on the marina and attend the meetings as much as you can. We are also on Youtube, like the City of Isle of Palms page to see all meetings, some of which are live streamed. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor!

Dominion Energy Public Forum for Isle of Palms residents held on July 23, 2019

October 29, 2019

We as your city representatives do not like the massive destruction of our trees. When Mt. Pleasant put a stop work order on Dominion, both representatives of the IOP and Sullivan’s Island went to support Mt. Pleasant. We all were told that they would have abhorist on call to discuss this with individual property owners. We posted this on our city website, http://www.iop.net and then click on the upper right button called “The Island”, on the drop downs, click on “Latest News” the 3rd item down, is the Dominion Energy Tree Trimming, complete with the above forum presentation and also the map, questions and answers, and even contact information. The city has tried to be as transparent as possible. I as would all of council, prefer that they stop spending money on trimming our beautiful trees and start using it towards burying the lines underground. That way, the trees would remain beautiful, while at the same time, be protected from storm damage and soak up water to offset drainage problems. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

IOP City Council Agenda, Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019, 6 pm

October 19, 2019

Please remember, you can watch city council live on YouTube’s Live-streaming. Just sign up for the City Isle of Palms YouTube live streaming free account and also watch past council meetings. (We would rather see you in person in council chambers, however, we are just trying to reach as many residents as possible) Please follow http://www.iop.net to keep up with our calender of upcoming events and topics. We are holding a special council meeting on November 7th at 5 pm to discuss council’s vision for the future of the marina, and soon after, we will be hosing a public forum in order for council to hear, what you, our resident’s want at the marina. This decision is huge, this is our last opportunity to get this right. No decisions have been made, we want what you, our resident’s want at the city’s most valuable asset. Let’s work together to create something that we, and our future generations, will be proud of. As always, thank you for letting me serve you as your mayor.

IOP Ways and Means Committee Meeting, October 15, 2019, 5 pm

October 14, 2019

As always, our city does it’s best to keep our residents informed of our regular Ways and Means and City Council meetings. Please follow http://www.iop.net I personally created the IOPToday website to further post and promote our meetings and their agendas. Please feel free to sign up for the automatic email updates by tapping on the blue highlighted “Sign up for Email Newsletter”. Don’t forget, we have our scary, yet family friendly, “Ghostly Tide Tales” this Friday. It starts at 6pm on the beach at 25th Ave complete with fires, s’mores, hot chocolate, and LowCountry ghost tales by our very own island pirate. Bring beach chairs, a blanket and flashlight to better enjoy. Also, another one of our exciting events is our annual Halloween Carnival at the Recreation Center starting at 5pm and runs through 7pm. We’ll have costume contest for different ages, carnival games, jump castles, face painting, balloon artists and of course, CANDY. Last, but not the least, don’t forget about our “Farmers Market” every Wednesday at the Recreation Center for local produce, local craft products which could make for good Christmas gifts and last but not least, we have entertainment. This runs through October 30th. Please come and support our local farmers and craft artists. Thank you for allowing me to be your mayor, Jimmy Carroll