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IOP Council tonight at 6 pm

August 22, 2017

Sorry for the lateness of this posting. I am hoping the city does not try to add any more non-budgeted expenses, such as a $700,000+ cardio room, when we have an election just 76 days away. We are discussing the fitness room but right now, we have several major issues facing us, the marina referendum, not enough money in our disaster funds, a surprising report showing we have 1.6 million in deferred maintenance on our city owned buildings, and a spending habit akin to kids in a candy store saying “I want, I want”. We need to take care of our needs, to maintain our city departments to best serve our residents as per public safety, health, recreation, to maintain our buildings and preparing for when the next hurricane strikes. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your elected council member over these last 6 years, and that I ask that you support me in the upcoming mayor’s race on November 7.


Special Joint IOP Council and Planning Commission meeting agenda for sewer to serve the IOP, followed by Ways and Means, Starting at 4pm

August 12, 2017

Remember, November 7th is election day, I need your support as your next mayor. I have easily removable bumper stickers for anyone who would like to show their support. I am happy to deliver, just call me, 843-452-1200 or stop by my office at 103 Palm Blvd, next door to the Boathouse. Thank you, Jimmy

Special Council Meeting on Marina Referendum Bond, Monday, Aug 7th, 4 pm

August 5, 2017

This is a major subject for the residents of the Isle of Palms, I encourage you to come and listen to your elected officials. Thank you for allowing me to serve you over these last 6 years and I encourage you to vote for me as your next mayor on November 7th. Please scroll down my pages to learn my positions. You want your elected officials to take a position based on what you, the residents want.

Special Council Meetng, Ways & Means Committee Meeting and Regular Council Meeting, all one night, July 18th, please don’t come till 5 PM

July 17, 2017

While council is having a special council meeting starting at 4:30, but we have to go into Executive Session, so please don’t come till we start our regular council meeting at 5 PM. I apologize that there are so many meetings in one night. Some on council, don’t like to come to multiple meetings, so they want them crammed into one night. I would like to see the city have a week’s separation between our Ways and Means Committee Meetings and our City Council Meetings. When elected, I will work with council in bringing this age old tradition back for a better, more transparent city. Thank you for allowing me to serve you over these last 6 years and I hope you all will vote for me as your next Mayor. If you would like to get involved with my campaign, please call or email me. My cell is 843-452-1200 and my email address is This is the most important election we have had in decades, and it is time for a change.

Vote Jimmy Carroll for Mayor this coming November 7th.

July 15, 2017

Why vote for a change in leadership? It seems everything is going great, at least, that is what some say. Jimmy Carroll feels this is the most important vote in decades concerning the future of the Isle of Palms. He has several major bullet points.
1) Fiscal Responsibility. We need to stop spending every dime we bring in. We need a much larger emergency fund for when, not if, a hurricane strikes. It took us almost 5 years to recover from Hurricane Hugo. We are told that we haven’t had a tax increase under the current mayor’s term, yet, we had a millage increase. What is the difference; it is a tax increase! Also, we recently had Hill Construction do an evaluation on our city buildings and found we have over 1.6 million in deferred maintenance. Yet, the city is wanting to build a 3000 sq ft addition to to our recreation center for a cardio workout room. It doesn’t always have to be the best, but maybe finding a solution to work within our current footprint and budget.
2) We need a more transparent city. The residents need to know what is going on daily, the residents need to know who their leadership is, the city needs to use social media to it’s advantage on everything. The city needs to reschedule its meeting times so more working residents can attend. The meetings should not be in the mornings, nor should they be crammed all into one night. Yes, some current council members are too busy to meet the 3 or 4 times a month, but that is what the job has always been. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
3) The marina is a fiasco. Yes, the residents voted to buy it in 1998 via a referendum, but it was supposed to benefit the residents, not the tenants. The city screwed up royally in its lease extension and Jimmy Carroll is proud to say he fought it, brought up the reasons why it should be on a long term triple net lease, but the majority did not listen to him or to the commercial Realtor on the Planning Commission who said the same thing.
4) Instead of spending $522,000 a year to the Charleston’s Visitors Bureau (CVB) in promoting the Isle of Palms, we should be putting that money into the beach. If we don’t have a beach, we won’t have tourism; if we don’t have tourism, there goes one third of our budget. We don’t need to have more people when we are already full. Sullivan’s Island doesn’t give the CVB any money yet they get the same amount of coverage in promotions anyway. We should be encouraging our state legislature to let us use tourism funds to re-nourish our beaches instead of promoting more tourism. We need to get them to allow us to use these funds to go on the beach, not in promoting a beach that is eroding. If you build it, they will come; if we lose it, we lose tourism.
5) The parking plan needs to be further revamped. I’m proud of the parking plan “C” I proposed, yet it still needs to be tweaked. After years of doing nothing, and then hiring professionals, the city worked together in finally doing something. I’m glad it is still free for non residents, and it’s along the widest road we have, State Highway 703, and several side roads. It protects the rest of the interior of the island from being overrun by non resident cars. I’m sorry for those who live along these parking areas, but we can do better for these residents. We need to make all parking parallel with only one car wide on each side of the allowable streets, year round, not just May 15th through September 15th. This will also cut back on the number of day visitors. Even with these changes, we will still far exceed the State Beachfront Management Act which will help us with future beach re-nourishment funds when the day comes that we need it.
6) We should always consider our residents and our brick and mortar businesses first. They are the ones who live here, and who do business here, who hire locals, pay business licenses and taxes. These businesses are here during the good months, yet also during the slow winter season. They are the ones who always support our youth sports; we need to take care of them, year round. They should always be considered first.

Happy 241 st Birthday America!!! Special Council Meeting on Farmer’s Market and Seal Team Kid’s Swim on 7-6-17

July 3, 2017

Sorry, was not provided with anything about the farmer’s market, so I’ll learn about it then. However, I know a lot about the Sealkids Swim. In August 2011, a Chinook Military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan killing all 38 aboard including 25 special ops, 13 support personal, and a US military working dog. From this, Sealkids was formed as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit from the surviving children of some of the special operations kids dealing with their family’s loss. This program’s goal is to raise funds to help other military children who are dealing with the loss of a parent.

IOP Ways and Means & Council Agendas, back to back meetings, Tuesday, June 20th, 5 pm

June 17, 2017

I’m sorry for the city having back to back meetings, too much at one time, not enough transparency plus, we will have an executive session in between meetings. Thank you for allowing me to serve you, please vote for me as your next mayor.