Summer is upon us, which means citizens from the tri-county area will soon be flocking the city’s pristine shores. As an effort to encourage daytime visitors to park in the Front Beach commercial district and to support local businesses, city council recently approved changes to the parking fee structure in the city’s parking lots, located on Pavilion Dr. The parking fee has changed from a flat daily rate of $8 on weekdays and $10 on the weekends and holidays to $1 an hour.
Residents with a city issued Resident Parking Permit or a Wild Dunes Resident decal on their vehicles can park in the Municipal Lots at any time free of charge.
As you know, Chief of Police Thomas E. Buckhannon III retired last month. Chief Buckhannon served in law enforcement for the past 37 years. His career with the City of Isle of Palms began on November 16, 1980, where he took the oath as Patrol Officer, until his promotion to Sergeant in 1985. In 1989, he was promoted to Lieutenant and then to Deputy Chief, and accepted the position as Chief of Police in September 1995. The City is forever grateful for Thomas’ exceptional service, distinguished career and commitment to public safety in protection and service to the residents, families and businesses of the City of Isle of Palms.
Captain Usry has been appointed Interim Chief of Police while the city engages the services of a recruitment firm to help fill this vacancy and the city administrator’s position.
I would like to update you on some steps city council has taken to address the top two issues identified by the residents in the two Citizen Forums held earlier this year. As it relates to parking management, city council recently approved changes to the Managed Beach Parking Plan to include year-round enforcement of the plan, parallel parking only on Palm Blvd. between 21st and 41st Aves., and no trailer parking on Waterway Blvd. The goal of these changes is to improve safety and the quality of life of our residents. The city is currently working with an engineer to implement these changes as soon as possible.
Addressing drainage improvements was another top priority identified by the residents. City Council has included funds in the proposed FY19 budget to address needed drainage outfall improvements, which were recommended by the Planning Commission. I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow councilmembers on these challenging issues, and together making impactful contributions.
This month, the SCDOT will begin micro-surfacing work on Palm Blvd. between 21st and 41st Aves. Electronic message boards will be placed around the area alerting citizens of the construction schedule prior to the beginning of the project, which will depend largely on the weather. The contractor is working with the IOP Police Department on a detour route, which will avoid traffic to be stopped at any time.
Thank you to all of you who attended the IOP Annual Yard Sale and the Household Hazardous Waste and Shred Day.
Both events were a success and we can’t wait until next year. Please visit the city’s website and follow the city’s official social media accounts to stay up to date with all the latest news and events.