By Kathryn Casey, Island Eye News Staff Writer
After revising the concept for the plan for summer parking on the Island, the Isle of Palms has received approval from SCDOT for its parking plan concept C.
“When we [Carrol, Buchannon, Loftus & Ward] were elected 4 years ago we made it our goal to make an improved parking plan for IOP,” councilmember Jimmy Carrol said. “Each summer the Island gets more and more and more visitors during the beach season. We knew we had to take control of the island and take care of its residents first and foremost.”
Concept C separates the Island between resident and visitor parking. The beach parking district will include the Breach Inlet parking lot, 3rd and 4th Avenue between Ocean Blvd and Charleston Blvd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th avenues between Ocean Blvd and Carolina Blvd, and Palm Blvd between 21st Ave and 57th Ave. With the recently gained approval from SCDOT for this new parking plan, the city can now move forward with its plans.
Although the council wanted to have this project completed by this summer, the plan will not go into effect until next summer.
In the meantime, the council is working with Stantec to make signs to place on the Island to signify the parking areas. Around 120 signs will be made.
The next council meeting is July 28 at 6 p.m. where updates on the parking plan will be discussed.