A Sweet Partnership for Honey Hill

A Sweet Partnership for Honey Hill

Honey Hill Improvement Community teams up with J.I. Pride in cleaning up neighborhood

By Charlie Morrison

Community Editor

(Photo by Joe Felder, FIV Images) Longtime Honey Hill Road resident, community activist, and frequent volunteer Sandra Barbour picks up trash on Honey Hill Rd. Saturday as part of a collaborative effort between the Town and the neighborhood
(Photo by Joe Felder, FIV Images) Longtime Honey Hill Road resident, community activist, and frequent volunteer Sandra Barbour picks up trash on Honey Hill Rd. Saturday as part of a collaborative effort between the Town and the neighborhood

 The alliance between the Town of James Island and the Honey Hill Road/Ben Road neighborhood is proving itself to run deeper than mere geography. The neighborhood is located less than a half-mile from James Island Town Hall, and fittingly, the neighborhood has been a strong supporter of the Town throughout its nearly 20-year-long fight for existence. And while the neighborhood infrastructure remains in need of municipal assistance, the Town did take a strong step in affirming the partnership this Saturday, when representatives of the Town joined community leader Anna Mikell Fludd in a morning clean-up of the surrounding area.

The third incorporated Town had promised help regarding the neighborhood in the past, particularly with respect to grading and eventually paving the roadway. Before the right of way claims necessary to pave the road could be acquired, however the Town was dissolved.

Through it all, however, Fludd’s first small and group managed to pull together and pick up trash a couple of times a year. That same, now growing group is currently in the process of acquiring 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, titled the Honey Hill Community Improvement Committee (HHCIC) has taken to caring for the neighborhood as best they could.

On Saturday, March 16 their ever-growing contingent of volunteers got some new in Town Mayor Bill Woolsey and Councilwoman Mary Beth Berry, Chair of the Town’s JI Pride Committee.

The Town representatives weren’t alone in joining the group. Unofficial Town historian Alan Laughlin donned an orange vest and picked up trash.

Newbies aside, it was the presence of two of Fludd’s original partners in cleaning up the neighborhood for the past four to five years, Sandra Barbour and now 86-year-old Julia Mikell.

All in all, a total of 17 volunteers worked to clear debris and other trash from the gutters of both Honey Hill Road along with Ocean View Drive. Fludd was pleased with the turnout, and went on to state that she plans to hold a follow up clean-up in June or July.

“Everything went well, we got a lot of tires, debris and other stuff,” said Fludd. “We are so proud of JI Pride, who is going to help us with a number of items we have planned, and we’re also proud members of the James Island Township.”

Berry seemed equally excited to work with Fludd, or anyone else for that matter. “We would love to help any group with any clean-up,” iterated Berry.

Fludd, who resides herself at 1006 Honey Hill Road, has been working hands on grassroots projects such as the cleaning of the Honey Hill Rd. Neighborhood since 1973.

For more information on the Town of James Island or the James Island Pride Committee, see the Town’s website at www.jamesislandsc.us, give them a call at 795-4141 or stop by Town Hall at 1238-B Camp Rd.

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