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Morgan Creek Request for Proposals

October 4, 2019

There has been a lot of misinformation about what the Isle of Palms council has done as per the request for proposals on the Morgan Creek Grill property. What the city did, was hire commercial real estate professionals to handle the advertising and negotiating of a new lease. Lee and Associates were hired to pursue proposals for a new lease for the restaurant site. The opening of the proposals was on August 30th. There were 3 proposals submitted of which, the current tenant, Jay Clarke, was one. The other two were joint ventures by two different groups. One being islanders Dave & Chrissy Lorenz and John & Bridget Bushnell. The last a group comprised of the IOP Marina tenant, Ravenel Commercial Properties and Lowe, the developer and owner of the Wild Dunes amenities including hotel, golf courses and tennis complex. The first two proposals were for the Morgan Creek property as described in our request for proposals. The last proposal was for the redevelopment of the whole marina. That was not what the city asked for in our request for proposals. The details were kept private to protect the negotiating rights of the different parties. There was no behind the scenes deal, contrary to what some social media comments said. Whatever we do as a city, we will engage our residents as to what the residents want. While we have huge challenges with drainage and the rebuilding of our 11 year old public safety building, it is the marina that our legacy will be based on. We will not make the same mistake that a previous council made in a poorly written lease. Hence our hiring commercial real estate professionals. Please go to http://www.iop.net and click on the top right “The Island” and then click on “Latest News”. There you will see all the facts of the proposals. In this section, please leave your comments on what you your vision is for the marina and what amenities you’d like to have at the marina for island residents. We want, what you want, we work for you, our residents. This is our last opportunity to do this right. If you go to the “City Services” tab, you can view exactly what the city put out for bids under the “Request for Bids & Proposals”. Don’t believe what you read in social media. I left Facebook because there were so many untruths and it became so negative. (Let me clarify, it is a very few who spew the lies and negativity, but like the old saying, it’s the bad apple that ruins the the whole bunch, such a shame) . This is not what our island is, negativity. It’s about neighbors helping neighbors, watching our kids grow and play on this island paradise. For me, it was and is a great place to have grown up on and to have raised my family for over the last 6 decades. I hope this helps explain the city’s position, NOTHING HAS BEEN DECIDED and the city will give you, our residents an opportunity to help guide us. Please leave your comments on the city site, we will read them! Lastly, back under the latest news tab, remember, Dominion Energy will be soon trimming trees. It’s going to be ugly, but there are ways to contact them with your concerns. They will have arborist who will come to meet you at your property and explain what they can and cannot do. We saw what happened in Mt Pleasant, we went to their public meeting and were pleased that their arborists are willing to meeting with individual property owners about the trees in their front yard prior to trimming. This is yet another notice that Dominion Energy is going to trim trees. Something that is beyond the city’s control as witnessed in Mt Pleasant and on Sullivan’s Island. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your mayor. Cheers!

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