By Susan Hill Smith, Island Eye News Staff Writer
Isle of Palms City Council approved initial spending of up to $157,000 for emergency measures related to beach repairs following Hurricane Matthew with unanimous votes at the council’s regular monthly meeting Oct. 25.
A post-Matthew beach survey by Coastal Science and Engineering, slated to cost $30,000, began the week after the early October storm, as did dune replacement and repair work by Ashridge/Lake Moultrie.
The survey should help the city in applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency not only to cover immediate costs but possibly beach renourishment later on.
Initial dunes repairs to immediately protect threatened Wild Dunes properties along Beachwood East and Dunecrest Lane, as well as Seascape and Ocean Club condominiums and the resort’s Grand Pavilion could cost up to $83,000. Protective rebuilding for the 100 to 500 blocks of Ocean Boulevard could cost up to $44,000.
Mayor Dick Cronin also took a moment to reiterate his praise for “exemplary service” shown by the city’s staff before, during and after the storm, which skirted Isle of Palms Oct. 8 while inflicting greater devastation on other coastal areas in Florida and the Carolinas. Debris pickup, for example, was continuing seven days a week.
“The citizens of this island are truly blessed with the service that our employees have shown to the rest of the community from the administrators down to every department,” he said. “Recovery is still ongoing, but fortunately we escaped a major bullet.”
IN OTHER BUSINESS, CITY COUNCIL
• unanimously affirmed on second reading zoning ordinance changes to prohibit “mobile and temporary units” such as food trucks from being used for outdoor sales in island commercial districts, except during city-hosted, sponsored or sanctioned special events
• awarded a contract for nearly $11,000 for an electronic leak detection system for the underground storage tank and the Public Safety Building
• approved a policy for use of electronic devices and email accounts by elected officials
• approved Elizabeth Campsen to fill the unexpired term of Jay Leigh on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the vacant seat for the coming three year term
• reappointed Malcolm Burgis, Sally Muhlig and David Nelson to the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee and appointed Rusty Williamson to the committee’s cultural seat
• reappointed Carolyn Holscher to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Brian Garner to the Code Board of Appeals, and the following residents to serve on the Planning Commission: Richard Ferencz, Lewis Gregory, Bill Mills and Vincent DiGangi