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Isle Of Palms Mayor’s Message: December 2018

It is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the season of celebrations and the season of giving.

The City experienced unprecedented tidal flooding Thanksgiving holiday weekend due to a combination of a king tide, a nor’easter and a full moon. Unfortunately, the experts say that tidal flooding will happen more frequently due to rising sea levels.

You have probably heard me say this repeatedly: Drainage is our #1 priority. Last month, City Council approved a contract with Thomas & Hutton to develop recommendations and cost estimates for improving the outfalls located at 30th, 36th and 41st Avenues; this work is expected to be completed by early spring of 2019. City Council is being proactive and doing what it can to protect our community.

I’m sure you have seen the new parking signs along Palm Blvd. between 21st and 40th Ave. The City has rolled in new parking regulations to ensure the safety of both citizens and vehicles.

Vehicles must parallel park at least four feet away from the pavement on both sides of Palm Blvd. between 21st and 40th Ave., and double parking on the passenger side of any vehicle that is parallel parked is prohibited.

The City’s parking regulations are enforced year-round between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please register your vehicle and get your Resident Parking Permit. Getting your residential parking decals is free and easy. You can complete the application online at or visit the Isle of Palms Public Safety Building located at 30 J C Long Blvd.

Congratulations to the Town of Sullivan’s Island, Town of Mount Pleasant and the City of Charleston on approving a ban on single-use plastics, disposable straws and Styrofoam products! The City of Isle of Palms was the first municipality in the state to ban single-use plastic bags. The Public Works Committee is evaluating expanding the City’s ordinance to also include certain one-time use plastics and Styrofoam products.

Please share this good news with your neighbors: The Recreation Center is now open on Sundays from 1–5 p.m.

 Support our local businesses this winter. Stop by Front Beach to have a delicious meal, go shopping and enjoy the light displays right in your backyard. Parking is free on the street and in the Municipal Parking Lot.

Please pat our dedicated, hardworking city staff members on the back whenever you get a chance. They all deserve our thanks and well wishes.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

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