March 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
March is here, and Easter is right around the corner. That means we should be preparing for the influx of visitors that begins this time of year. As the days warm up, parking will be at a premium and the beach will see umbrellas begin to spring up like the mushrooms in our yards. The only difference is, this year I suspect the West end of the beach will experience more visitors than the East end with all the work taking place on the East end of the Island.
The groin rehabilitation and beach nourishment projects will begin to mobilize this month and probably continue into August, with about 500 yards of beach at a time off limits to beach visitors. While the City recognizes the inconvenience, we hope everyone will work with the city and contractors to make this as easy a transition as possible.
Beach nourishment is on everyone’s radar, but let’s not lose sight of other items happening around the city. The Public Works department continues to work with Charleston County Storm Water Division and the State Department of Transportation to refine and improve the city’s storm water drainage. The city completed several projects last year, but there are more in the planning into next year and beyond.
The Utilities department has completed GIS mapping the water system and is now making plans to replace the infrastructure as needed. This has been an ongoing project for the last couple of years and it will be an ongoing project for years to come. The funds for this infrastructure rehabilitation are taken from the utilities budget and not the General Fund Budget.
The City is also continuing to work on pedestrian paths to give our visitors a safer place to walk about in the Commercial district and side streets leading to and from the condos on West Ashley and East Ashley to second street. The Staff also continues to work on ways to communicate with all residents, if you have any ideas all are welcomed and maybe the answer will be born from the discussion.
It’s also time to pick up parking passes for this year, along with your 2018 registration for golf carts and new dog tags if you have a dog as your pet (or as mine are, your boss). One thing to be said for the golf cart registration beside the parking is the help in identification. These registration numbers and information have helped to recover a couple of golf carts that had been stolen and taken off the island. The dog tags are very useful if your dog escapes and is picked up by Public Safety, to help them find their way back home.
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