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Isle of Palms Covid-19 Update #24

May 9, 2020


These last several months beginning in mid March have been trying. As promised, the city’s job was to lower the curve of the spread of the virus. We have constantly updated our residents, on March 20th during an Emergency council meeting, through our first Emergency Order 2020-01, we limited access to the island beginning March 21 to help protect both our residents and public safety officers and first responders. On March 26th through Emergency Order 2020-02, we eliminated short term rentals of 29 days or less. On March 31st, as per the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16, all beach and waterway accesses were closed. On April 19th, the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Island issued a joint statement in contrast to the Governor’s opening of beach access, all 4 communities remain committed to maintain their checkpoints to just those who live on the island or who have business here on the island. On April 20th, the IOP through Emergency Ordinance 2020-03 began allowing residents and property owners to have access to the beach between 7am and 7pm for exercise, dog walking, surfing and other recreational activities. Non residents may do the same before 7am and after 7pm. There shall be no sitting in chairs or laying on beach towels or groups larger than 3 unrelated. On April 28th and starting on May 1, the IOP extended the beach access for non residents from 7am to 8am and beginning at 5pm as opposed to 7pm, to give non residents 3 more beach hours. On May 4th, the IOP city council decided to lift checkpoints as of May 5th to allow non residents access to the beach. Also, restaurants may start serving food outside using proper social distancing. Finally, on May 8th, the IOP city council rescinded the “Keep it Moving Policy” for the beach and based on several meetings of our short term rental task force, will be allowing short term rentals as of May 13th using proper guidelines for cleaning. This has been a constant fluid process because of this unprecedented pandemic with over 24 updates. Please go to http://www.iop.net and click at the top of the page at latest news. Please know, we are having yet another information giving Zoom meeting about Dominion Energy’s tree removals on Monday, May 11th starting at 1pm. Please visit our site mentioned above to read about Dominion Energy’s tree removal plan or go back on this site to see the list of trees planned to be taken down. From my perspective, yes, the trees are planted on SCDOT right of ways, but have been there for decades. The right of ways are there for utilities, but damn it, why can’t they bury these lines. They have an underground main power line from Porchers Bluff under 5 miles of marsh and the waterway to the IOP, so doing so on high ground should be easy, albeit, expensive. Find a way to work with the residents to offset the cost. Please send council your comments and or, call Dominion and have them come to your house. You can find the contact info on this site on an earlier posting or on the city’s site. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

IOP Covid-19 Update #23 and Charleston County Letter to the IOP

May 6, 2020

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As we slowly work our way through this unprecedented event, we find ourselves with a fluid target. The city is constantly meeting, all meetings results can be found at http://www.iop.net and click on latest news at the top of the page and if you would like to watch all the meetings council has held, go to YouTube and like the City of Isle of Palms. Sadly, we find some who spread negativity, while others appreciate the time that city staff and council have put into this to keep us protected. Remember, we are all in this together. Thank you for electing a good city council and for allowing me to serve as your mayor. Remember, social distancing, wash your hands frequently and please, stay safe.

Dominion Cutting Trees

May 5, 2020

Thank you Dominion, you could not have picked a worse time to trim, cut, or butcher trees. Here we are under a pandemic event with Covid-19 and all the problems we are faced with. Why can’t you think long term and put your power lines under ground. Surely, if you can come under the marsh from Porcher’s Bluff in Mt Pleasant to the Isle of Palms under the marsh of Gray Bay and including under the Intracoastal Waterway, you can certainly underground our power lines on high ground. I’d be pissed too, if you were cutting trees in my yard.

IOP Special City Council Meeting on Beach Access, Monday, May 4, 5 PM

May 4, 2020

Go to YouTube to watch, like the city of Isle of Palms. Also, follow the latest updates at http://www.iop.net under latest news at the top.

IOP Letter to Mt Pleasant explaining beach restrictions

May 1, 2020

Isle of Palms Covid-19 update #20

April 29, 2020

Isle of Palms City Council Meeting Agenda Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020


I hope everyone is getting along as well as possible during these trying times. Who would have thought of an unprecedented pandemic event when everything was going along just fine? I wish everyone the best, stay healthy, and please keep a sense of humor. We are all doing the best we can to keep everyone safe using the sound medical advice. Please remember to follow the city’s website at http://www.iop.net and click on latest news at the top. So far, we have had 19 Covid-19 updates. Also, please watch our livestream council meeting tonight by going to YouTube and liking the City of Isle of Palms. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor. Jimmy

Special Emergency Council Meeting, April 20, 2020, 1pm, & Joint Statement by Charleston’s 4 Public Beaches

April 20, 2020

Please know, we, the city feel for each and everyone. Our business community, our vacation rental companies, our individual rental owners, our residents and especially those who have contracted Covid-19 or have lost someone to this. And yes, this affects our city as well, most importantly, we are trying to protect our first responders and public safety personnel. They have to decontaminate after every contact with an individual with a shower, washing their cloths, and decontaminating their equipment and vehicles. This takes time, by limiting those who come on the island, we are lowering their exposure. The other side of this for the city, is that like our business community, the city itself is a business, a non-profit business that runs mostly off of the tourism business. When tourism is shut down, our income stream is shut down, yet, our expenses continue with police, fire, sanitation, and city staff. We are fortunate that we have saved for emergencies, that we have the money to finish our public safety building’s major renovation due to faulty construction in 2008. However, we are looking at other ways to save money, whether to do certain projects or not. Everything is on the table for discussion, but please know, we are not in dire financial trouble. However, we have to be fiscally conservative in how we spend and or borrow money going forward. Please keep up with our latest updates on our city website, http://www.iop.net and click at the top of the page under latest news. To date, we have had 17 updates, which include both our emergency ordinances and all of the Governor’s Executive Orders. Lastly, you can watch city council meetings live-streamed on YouTube by liking the City of Isle of Palms. Thank you for electing a great council and for allowing me to serve as your mayor.

Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Order Closing the Public Access to the Waterways and Beaches of South Carolina, March 30, 2020

March 31, 2020

Prior to this, on March 21, the IOP limited access to the island for only residents, long term tenants, business owners, and vacationers. On March 23, Sullivan’s Island followed suit and blocked the Ben Sawyer Causeway to only SI residents, businesses and were allowing IOP residents to pass through to align with the IOP having allowed SI residents to pass through. On March 25th, the IOP limited all short term rentals of 29 days or less, and to allow those already here to finish out their reservation. We took these steps on the sound medical advice of Dr. Edward O’Bryan of MUSC. This is a fluid, unprecedented pandemic that we are constantly learning from as we go. Please bear with us, our job is to protect our residents, and our public safety personnel who have to decontaminate after every call they go on. Let’s all work together to flatten the spike. Please thank all of our city staff for the jobs they are doing, they too have families, yet they are on the front lines. Thank our businesses that are serving take out food, and those like the Harris Teeter who are exposed serving us daily. We feel horrible for all of our businesses who are being impacted. You can follow the timeline by going to http://www.iop.net and click on the latest news at the top of the page. God Bless, stay smart, stay safe and social distance yourself as much as you can. Jimmy

IOP and COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Wow, who would have thought we would be where we are today, 3 weeks ago. The city is prepared for emergencies, especially hurricanes, however, this pandemic event is unprecedented. Please go to http://www.iop.net and look under latest news at the top of the page, we are on Update #6. As it stands, we in constant contact with the Governor’s office, with Charleston County, with DHEC, and with our surrounding communities. We held a special council meeting last Friday on how we want the city to proceed based on a number of factors. Council voted unanimously to limit access to the island to residents only, to those who rent here year round or vacationing. That all restaurants and bars are take out only. That those businesses that have licenses can do business. However, this is a fluid state of emergency that can change as the city leaders understand what is being told to them by the professionals listed above. Our goal is to keep you and our public safety personnel safe. Just so you better understand what our public safety personnel have to do, they have to decontaminate not only each responder, but their cloths, their equipment and their trucks after each call. We cannot afford to have them get sick. This comes at a critical time, when the public safety building was just starting its renovations and our public safety personnel were moved into trailers. We have since had to open up the sleeping quarters in the Public Safety building to give our personnel safe sleeping quarters. Please bear with us and as we are updated, we will make changes as need be. Please visit the city website daily for the latest updates. Be safe!