March 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! It seems like yesterday that we were saying Happy Thanksgiving. With the arrival of March, I would usually say that tourists are on their way, but not this year. With the great weather we have had, they never quit coming. As the weather continues to warm up, we will need to switch into tourist season mode earlier than in previous years. Watch out for pedestrians who seem to enjoy stepping out in front of automobiles, and prepare for extended times of weekend travel as the traffic continues to increase. Our lines will grow, as all local beaches have, with the vast increase in the area’s residents on James and John’s Island as well as West Ashley and the cities of Charleston and North Charleston.
The first week of March will find me and the City Administrator in Washington DC, beginning the federal fight for beach renourishment funding for needed engineering studies in 2017, and pumping sand in 2018. We will also meet with the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin work on allowing Folly to take sand from the federal COBRA zone, Folly River and Stono Inlet. This would allow the Corps to use these areas as borrow zones for the sand source, reducing the cost of our next project. I will update you as these efforts proceed.
As always, feel free to contact me with a call or an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 729 0298.