City Hears Plans for New “Homes2Suites” Hotel on Daniel Island

BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The City of Charleston Technical Review Committee (TRC) gave a first review last week to a preliminary site plan to construct a Homes 2 Suites hotel at 160 Fairchild Street on Daniel Island. Applicant Giles Branch of Earthsource Engineering presented the plans for the hotel, slated for construction next to The Islander … Continue reading City Hears Plans for New “Homes2Suites” Hotel on Daniel Island

The Roots of Cainhoy

The Roots Of Cainhoy Historic "Meeting Tree" may be impacted in Clements Ferry Road widening project BY: CHARLIE MORRISON For the third time in just over two decades, a historic, 15-foot, 7-inch live oak tree along the eastern edge of Clements Ferry Road is slated to be removed to accommodate the expansion of area infrastructure. … Continue reading The Roots of Cainhoy

City TRC Takes Up Daniel Island Roundabout Plan

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City TRC Takes Up Daniel Island Roundabout Plan New public information meeting scheduled for May 25 BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The City of Charleston’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) has conducted its first review of the Berkeley County-led plan to install a roundabout at the corner of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive. The TRC, a … Continue reading City TRC Takes Up Daniel Island Roundabout Plan

Can you hear me now?

Roundabout Project Moving Ahead on Schedule It’s been almost four months since Berkeley County hosted an information session to gather community feedback on a proposed plan to add a roundabout to the intersection of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive. By all accounts the gathering appeared to be a success; residents asked questions, elected … Continue reading Can you hear me now?

A Moment with our Mayor

One year after taking office Tecklenburg’s optimism on full display at DI Speakers Series By Charlie Morrison A record crowd of more than four hundred sat patiently in the ballroom at the Daniel Club for the latest installment of the Daniel Island Speaker’s Series last Wednesday night, when all of a sudden the ballroom piano … Continue reading A Moment with our Mayor

West Ashley’s Wire-to-Wire Winner?

Youngest, last entrant to Mayoral field Stavrinakis is showing no signs of fatigue in pushing for Mayoral job   Several months ago, JIM managed to creatively carve out some one-on-one time with S.C. House of Representatives Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (Dist. 119) by “unknowingly” dropping in on a campaign fundraiser a little early. Not wanting to … Continue reading West Ashley’s Wire-to-Wire Winner?

A Pawn of No Man

‘‘I will move my knight to ‘C3,’ taking your bishop,” said former City Councilman Paul Tinkler, now running a campaign to be the City’s next Mayor in November. It will take a special campaign run by a uniquely talented candidate to win the race to fill the retiring Riley’s seat atop the City of Charleston. The Holy City Mayoral elections will carry one from a field of seven talented candidates vying for the City’s top job.

Breakin’ Up the Boys’ Club

Regarding development, particularly residential growth on the outlying barrier islands, Deerin’s take shows nuance. “I do think that density and gathering places are part of the solution in making all of Charleston interesting,” states Deerin. “I think if we don’t have these we won’t have diversity. I think we should have nice suburban areas for people who want to live in nice, suburban areas,” she states, before turning her attention to the mechanics of how the City processes requests from developers.

An Underdog in Dollars Only

Washington Runs Campaign that's heavy on ideas, lean on dollars In his professional life, candidate for Mayor of Charleston Maurice Washington is a man driven by details. As the President/CEO of financial consulting firm Trust Management, LLC, figures and facts are Washington’s business. But where equations, theories, and projections are the realm of economists, Washington’s … Continue reading An Underdog in Dollars Only

THE EDUCATION MAYOR

Gregorie runs on platform of education BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON AUGUST 6, 2015 GOVERNMENT, NEWS The James Island / Folly Beach Democrats played host to City of Charleston Councilman and Mayoral candidate William Dudley Gregorie earlier this summer at an event held at the James Island Senior Center. Gregorie outlined his … Continue reading THE EDUCATION MAYOR

Tecklenburg Tackles the Tough Times

Tecklenburg’s team has run a solid campaign so far, and things were moving along well for the West Ashley-based commercial realtor and former Director of Economic Development for the City, going well that is until the tragic shooting of the Emanuel Nine.

Medway Mess

The little-known, long-term joint use agreement that governs the City of Charleston’s lease of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) owned Medway Park in Riverland Terrace has become a matter of contention and is currently the subject of legalese between the two municipal monstrosities. Activities in the park have been reportedly restricted. This means the end for two superlative community projects set for the green space. The Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market will no longer be held on the park grounds, breaking both tradition and many a Riverland Terrace heart.

Happy Birthday James Island

Busy Town meeting caps of first full, permanent year with meeting chock-full of surprises By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor It’s been a busy couple of weeks in James Island politics. The Town capped off a flurry of municipal activity in holding it’s August meeting of Town Council last Thursday, Aug. 15. The date, symbolically … Continue reading Happy Birthday James Island

Same Road, Different Paths

Developer’s use of “closed road” causes riff among residents and local officials By Charlie Morrison │ Community Editor When is a law a law? That question was recently raised as construction continues on a City of Charleston-zoned, 38-unit residential development adjacent to the Harbor Woods neighborhood that utilizes a roadway that was and may still … Continue reading Same Road, Different Paths

The Gate to Compromise is Closed

The Gate To Compromise Is Closed Belle Terre gates remain shut as City-led effort to find compromise sputters July 24, 2013  By Charlie Morrison On April 30, JIM reported that the City of Charleston had approved “temporary” security gates at both ends of the neighborhood now known as Belle Terre, a long-debated tract of land … Continue reading The Gate to Compromise is Closed

A Square Peg for a Round Hole

“My desire is to allow the people that were formerly in the Town of James Island to be able to be annex into the Town. How do you do that without contiguity? That’s what this bill addresses.” — Paul Thurmond, S.C. State Senator “When I prepared the early drafts, I had assumed that the JIPSD Commissioners … Continue reading A Square Peg for a Round Hole

Honey Hill Back on the Map

Ribbon-cutting ceremony brings full circle four-decade long effort to bring community roadway up to standard By Charlie Morrison Community Editor This past Saturday, May 18 the residents of the Honey Hill Community took part in an intergovernmental ribbon-cutting ceremony the likes of which their neighborhood, nor any other part of James Island for that matter, had … Continue reading Honey Hill Back on the Map

Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

JamesIn an email obtained by JIM, Charleston City Councilman and former Mayor Pro Tempore Dean Riegel, in an email from James Island Town Councilman Darren "Troy" Mullinax, the Councilman of the issue. To his credit, and that of Mullinax, City staffer Laura Cabiness has been tasked with reviewing the controversial decision that led to the gating of the … Continue reading Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

A Backdoor to a Frontdoor?

Recent “temporary” closure of gates to subdivision brings symbolic end to decades-long fight over the fate of the property By Charlie Morrison Community Editor “It was the only place on the water we could afford without bars on the windows,” says Lighthouse Point Homeowner’s Association President Brook Lyon of the home she and her husband … Continue reading A Backdoor to a Frontdoor?

A Cry to Consider Context

A Cry to Consider Context Local, state leaders lambast SCDOT for Grimball Ext./Folly traffic signal report, lack of flexibility on signalizing intersection By Charlie Morrison Community Editor In September, following requests made from the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD), the City of Charleston, and the Town of James Island, the South Carolina Department of … Continue reading A Cry to Consider Context

Burying the Hatchet

Riley-led pivot on City’s longstanding feud with Town bears fruit less than a year into transition By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The status quo has changed when it comes the City of Charleston’s stance towards the fledgling Town of James Island. One needn’t look further than last Thursday evening of the newly formed James Island … Continue reading Burying the Hatchet

A Beginning to a Beginning

A Beginning to a Beginning James Island Intergovernmental Council wraps up inaugural meeting to sound of applause By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   It was an evening unlike any other in the history of James Island. Representatives from the across the uniquely wide spectrum of municipalities and political entities that govern the island and provides … Continue reading A Beginning to a Beginning

Corridor Cooperation

Corridor Cooperation Town, City, County to harmonize development of Folly Road Corridor By Charlie Morrison Community Editor A new spirit of cooperation between the handful of municipal governments that service James Island is beginning to bear fruit. In the case of the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island and the Charleston County, that … Continue reading Corridor Cooperation

The Genie in the Bottle

The Genie in the Bottle Proposed Harbor View assisted living facility shot down amidst public outcry By Charlie Morrison Community Editor In what proved to be a resounding victory for opponents of the further development of Harbor View Road, the City of Charleston’s Planning Commission, last Wednesday, voted down an application to rezone the vacant, … Continue reading The Genie in the Bottle

Their End of the Bargain

Their End of the Bargain Community volunteers rally around effort to beautify municipal golf course By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The City of Charleston's Charleston Municipal Golf Course been renovated, renewed redone a number of times since it opened over eight decades ago, back in 1929. As caretaker of the “Muni,” the City has undertaken … Continue reading Their End of the Bargain

PUD Number Three

PUD Number Three 160-unit planned residential development to incorporate increasingly popular PUD zoning By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The City of Charleston Technical Review Committee (TRC) reviewed plans, last Thursday, Feb. 7, for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designed for a vacant, 41-acre tract of land within the greater Seaside Plantation neighborhood. The proposed subdivision, … Continue reading PUD Number Three

The Pride of the Island

The Pride of the IslandTown’s arm of responsibility re-emerges under a different brandBy Charlie MorrisonCommunity Editor A quarter hour hadn’t yet passed during the first-ever meeting of newly established, all-volunteer “James Island Pride” committee before the group collectively cut to the chase. “So …,” began longtime Town activist and committee member Gary Millikan with a wry … Continue reading The Pride of the Island

A Gathering of Discontent

CUTLINE: Chuck Travis, principal with Charlotte-based Housing Studio and Woodfield Investments partner Mike Schwarz field questions from concerned citizens at a public meeting last week A Gathering of Discontent The Gathering Place continues to draw criticism despite appeasing City’s Design and Review Board By Charlie Morrison Community Editor Town of James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey … Continue reading A Gathering of Discontent

County Conundrum

County Conundrum Enlivened meeting leaves County Council to weigh pros, cons of controversial extension By Charlie Morrison Community Editor                           The curtain was raised on the drama that is Lowcountry politics last Tuesday evening, when Charleston County Council welcomed a host of area … Continue reading County Conundrum

An Imminent Domain

An Imminent Domain? Subdivision of historic Heyward-Cuthbert property flusters preservationists, Lawton Bluff residents By Charlie Morrison Community Editor Last month, the City of Charleston’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) all but approved an application to subdivide the Lawton Bluff property on which sits James Island's second oldest home, the Heyward Cuthbert House, circa 1745. Property owners … Continue reading An Imminent Domain

Where it Stops, Nobody Knows

WHERE IT STOPS, NOBODY KNOWS City's request for I-526 puts the pressure on County Council By Charlie Morrison Staff Writer Earlier this month, the City of Charleston fired a shot across the bow of those living throughout the Lowcountry regarding the proposed plan to extend Interstate 526 currently sponsored by County of Charleston. On Nov. … Continue reading Where it Stops, Nobody Knows