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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.

History of Wild Dunes Marina Purchase

June 16, 2017

Look at reason #6, benefit to island residents and the cost to launch. It was a referendum vote, 9 to 1 to buy. So, who benefits today?

IOP Agendas for Special Council Meeting on 2017-18 Budget and followed by regular Council Meeting Tues, 5:45 pm

May 22, 2017

Everyone, thank you for letting me serve you, please, if you have questions or concerns on how the city spends your tax dollars, come speak up.

IOP Ways and Means Agenda for May 16, 2017 at 5 pm

May 13, 2017

IOP City Council Tuesday, April 25, 6 PM

April 24, 2017

OK y’all, tomorrow night we have the Bravo tv show vote, emergency helicopter contract, rec center vote for design cost, extending the paid parking season at the front beach lots and meters for another month and the allowing of RVs to park at the city lots. As always, thank you for allowing me to represent you.