May 23 2018

Sullivan’s Island Mayor’s Message: May 2018

Dear Island Neighbors,

Well, it looks like our entry to summer will be marked with a bit of traffic hassle thanks to the Wando I-526 bridge closure caused by cable failure. (I wonder how many confused folks called Comcast to complain?)

But right here on the Island, there’s a lot going on these days, so I’ll try to give you the facts, just the facts.


The bridge problems and start of summer make this a great time to equip yourself to monitor real-time traffic conditions in the area via the state network of traffic cameras.

Online, go to And if you do not already have the SCDOT 511 app on your phone, please get it from the App Store or Google Play. (Search for “511 South Carolina Traffic”). The website and app will get you to the same traffic video shots you see on TV, including our area bridges and approaches.

You can see real-time conditions on the causeway by going to Cameras > Charleston Beaches > “100 – 415 Ben Sawyer Blvd”, which looks toward the Ben Sawyer Bridge from the Island. Also at “Charleston Beaches” you can go to cameras 101 and 102, both at 1456 Ben Sawyer Blvd., showing views from Mt. P. toward the bridge (SB) and up Coleman Blvd. (NB).

You can also see all the other traffic cams in the Charleston area (Cameras > Charleston), including our other bridges (Ravenel Bridgerelated cams are # 62-71), and other cameras across the state.

And if you have not yet subscribed to our free Nixle alert service for various (you pick) kinds of emergency notifications, please learn about it and sign up at


 At our last Council meeting we were proud to recognize Patrol Officer Sydney DeNett, who recently graduated from the demanding SC Criminal Justice Academy. We are proud of Officer DeNett for this achievement and look forward to her service to the Island as a fully credentialed officer.

The Island is so fortunate to have a Police Department of highly skilled and caring law enforcement professionals, under the leadership of Chief Chris Griffin. You would be happy to know how many grateful shout-outs our officers get from residents and visitors.


Besides beach season, this is the budget time of year for your Town government. We will hold public hearings on two very important Town financial matters on Monday June 4 at 6 p.m., right before our usual Council Workshop. One hearing is on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (which begins this July 1).

The other public hearing is on an ordinance to authorize the Town to seek funding for necessary capital projects (primarily the sewer collection and treatment system) via issuance of Installment Purchase Revenue Bonds.

These are very critical and substantial projects, which will ensure that the Town can continue to provide essential wastewater services by upgrading its aging infrastructure and preparing for sea level rise. Members of our outside financial team will be present to answer questions.

Please come out to learn about this very major undertaking.

Also, our Planning Commission continues to work diligently on crafting the State-mandated decennial revision of our comprehensive plan. Their next public workshop on this will focus on Land Use, Natural Resources and Priority Investment, and will be on Wednesday, June 9, at 5 p.m. You can follow the status of this project and comment at .

All of the above happens in Council Chambers at Town Hall. Free parking in the rear.


We start our summer twice-weekly garbage pickup schedule the week of Memorial Day. And since that week of course starts with a Monday holiday, things will be off by a day that week. Details for the week and summer at .

And shame on you if you enjoyed seeing an item about garbage immediately following items about your Town officials!


Here is a partial list of great events on the Island in June (another summary at

Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m.: Floppin’ Flounder 5K Race, start and finish at the Fish Fry Shack, 1423 Hennessy. Enjoy a 25-year tradition with an early morning run hosted by the Charleston Running Club and our Fire and Rescue Squad. Info and registration at bit. ly/2018FloppinFlounder.

Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Our second annual Maritime Expo, at the Farmers’ Market site (Battery Gadsden, 1921 I’on, in front of school and library; also at the Coast Guard Boathouse next to the lighthouse). Our Island has a very long and storied maritime tradition.

Come out to visit with Island and other local experts in traditional and modern boatbuilding and history. For more info, go to This event had a great array of beautiful and interesting boats last year.

 Saturday, June 23, 5-8 p.m.: You do not want to miss our 69th annual Fish Fry sponsored by and for our great Fire and Rescue Squad. Great eats and family fun to support our wonderful volunteers. As usual, for those of you who know my day job, consider this your annual dispensation to enjoy some great fried fish!

Thursdays through June 28, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.: It seems like the season just started, but our Farmers’ Market will only run through June 28. Battery Gadsden;

See you around the Island!

Pat O’Neil, Mayor

843 670 9266



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