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Jan 07 2015

Sullivan’s Island Seeks Regional Solutions To Parking Problems

Staff Report for Island Eye News

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Sullivan’s councilmember Jerry Kaynard is seeking solutions to the island’s traffic, congestion and increasing parking problems for the next summer beach season. Car traffic coming to the beach is increasing due to explosive growth in Mount Pleasant and neighboring communities.

Kaynard, as Mayor Pro Tem, has engaged Mayor Page of Mt. Pleasant and Mayor Cronin of IOP in a dialogue “to find ways to reduce car traffic and congestion to our small beach community seeking solutions rather than waiting for the problems to become unmanageable,” Kaynard said.

I am suggesting a direct, express trolley shuttle from parking lots in Mt. Pleasant where beachgoers can leave their cars.”

Kaynard has elevated these issues to a regional discussion by presenting these ideas to Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority where he serves as the Sullivan’s Island representative.

At Kaynard’s suggestion, in January, county and municipal officials will meet with CARTA officials to review his proposals to reduce car traffic to our community, as a shared county responsibility.

The objective is to provide relief to our small, beach community from congestion, traffic and parking issues on peak beach days with regional solutions and resources supporting our local efforts to manage these growing problems, which result from increasing numbers of guests from our neighboring communities,” Kaynard said.

The State of South Carolina mandates that all state residents have equal access to our public beaches. This shifts a disproportionate burden on small beach communities, like Sullivan’s, to meet the state-wide needs for guests,” he said. “Since the State of South Carolina owns the public, paved roads on the island and the rights-of-way for roadside parking, SCDOT will play a key role in the formation and implementation of paid parking plans on Sullivan’s Island and on IOP.”

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