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Island Eye News - February 28, 2014

Island Eye News - February 28, 2014

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Volume 9, Issue 22
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CONSTRUCTIVE LESSON
PG 6
 
Sullivan’s Island
 
Isle of Palms
 
Goat Island
 
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
February 28, 2014Volume 9 Issue 22 FREE
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TAKE A CHANCE
PG 9
INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
GET YOUR GOAT 
PG 5
After a motion to hire three
more reghters was defeated last November, the Isle of Palms Ways and Means Committee has revisited the matter. At its Feb. 18 meeting, the committee voted to recommend to Council the hiring of additional personal for the re department. According to City Administrator Linda Tucker, the impetus for revisiting the issue was driven by a need to have personnel on board and trained before the peak summer season begins.“If we wait until July 1 we will have lost the ability to use them for water rescues and such during peak season,” she said.Councilmember Marty Bettelli reminded the committee that the city last hired more reghters in 2002. “The reason we did that was because of a devastating re in Wild Dunes,” he said. “I don’t want to be sitting on this dais in the future when citizens are out there saying you knew you needed to do something, why didn’t you act when you had the chance? We’ve uncovered a need. We’re remiss if we do not follow up on the information we’ve got.” The principal objection when the issue was raised last year was that the hiring was not in the budget. The committee planned to defer the matter until the next budget year. But, with prompting
IOP closer to hiring new
frefghters
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
 
Fireghters
continues on page 10
SIES
continues on page 10
COMMUNITY GATHERS TO WATCH AS FINAL STRUCTURAL BEAM IS PLACED
STAFF REPORT
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
 T 
he community gathered at the site of the new Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Saturday to watch as the structure was “topped off” with its nal structural beam. Before being placed, students and parents were given an opportunity to impart a permanent memento on the beam, signing their names and best wishes for the school.  There’s still a way to go before the school is ready for the students, but it is on track to be open for the 2014/15 school year. The Friends of SIES are currently holding a fundraiser for the school, linked to its building in a unique way. Supporters have an opportunity to
(top) The nal beam is lowered into place. (above) The men behind the building, from left, Tom Kozlik, Randy Grant, Spencer Faw, Thompson Turner, Bill Lewis, Jason Tolleson and Bob Faust. (top right) Elliot Haynes and her father Ashley celebrate the building of her new school.
PHOTOS BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA
SIES is ‘Topped Off’
 
2February 28, 2014
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CIVIC
Zoning Board Vacancy
 Town of Sullivan’s Island seeks to
ll an out-of-cycle Board vacancy on the Board of Zoning Appeals, for a term expiring September 2015. Interested residents should submit application packet by 2 p.m. April 3, 2014. Contact Lisa Darrow at ldarrow@sullivansisland-sc.com or 843.883.5744 for an application packet or visit the Town’s website at www.sullivansisland-sc.com for more information.
Holiday Street Closures
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will take place Saturday, March 15 and Monday, March 17. Local businesses in the commercial district will celebrate the holiday outdoors and for safety reasons the following roads will be closed:
Saturday 
: 12 to 6 p.m., Middle Street between Station 22 1/2 - Station 20 and street sections feeding into Middle Street in this area.
Monday 
: Station 22 1/2 between Middle Street and I'On Avenue will be closed.A family friendly non-alcoholic St. Patrick's Day celebration will take place in Stith Park on Saturday, March 15, from approximately 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Public Input Requested
 The Town is asking for public input on the building of the  Town Hall, Police Station and Park Improvement Project. Two community workshops have been held, with a third to be scheduled soon. Email your comments to sithproject@sullivansisland-sc.com and/or complete a comment card available at sullivansisland-sc.com.
Emergency Alerts
Following the recent severe weather Police Chief Howard would like to remind citizens to sign up for emergency text alerts from the Sullivan’s Island Police Department at www.nixle.com.
Sullivan’s Island Councilmember Mary Jane Watson’s 2nd grade class reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Feb. 18 council meeting.
Updates from Town of Sullivan’s Island
STAFF REPORT
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
 
February 28, 2014
 
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Lynn Pierottipublisher 
lynn@luckydognews.com
Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
 jennifer@luckydognews.com
Swan Richardsgraphic designer 
swan@luckydognews.com
Lori McGee 614.0901Catherine Lambert 452.9903advertising executivesChristian LeBlancsocial media
christian@luckydognews.com
Steve Rosamiliaphotographer 
Contributors:Diann ClarkMel GoodwinRuth ThornburgMariana HallConnie C. CossettiBill MartinHeidi Alexander Lauren AdamsCarol AntmanJohn NelsonDimi MatouchevBob Hooper 
Published by:Lucky Dog Publishingof South Carolina, LLCP.O. Box 837 Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482843-886-NEWSSubmit your letters to the editor to: info@luckydognews.com Future deadline: March 5 for our March 14 issue
UCKY
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UBLISHING
 
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 SC, LLC
Publisher of the
Island Eye News 
and the
 Island Connection 
The Island Eye News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lucky Dog Publishing of SC LLC, is a free, independent newspaper published every two weeks and is for and about the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Goat Island and Dewees Island. Copies are mailed free of charge to every active mailbox in our coverage area and are also avail-able at area businesses. Contributions of informa-tion, pictures and articles are welcomed and are used according to space limitations and news value and cannot be returned except by special request. Op-ed articles and letters to the editor do
not necessarily reect the opinion of Lucky Dog
News, or its writers. All advertising rates are listed at:
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 under “advertising”.
Isle of Palms 886.6428 www.iop.net 
Monday, March 3
Public Safety Committee
9 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Recreation Committee
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, March 4
Board of Zoning Appeals
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, March 5
Muncipal Court
9 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee
11 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Real Property Committee
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, March 6
Personnel Committee Meeting
10 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Livability Court
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, March 11
Public Works Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, March 12
Planning Commission
4:30 p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883.3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com 
Monday, March 3
Council Workshop
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, March 4 & 11
Municipal Court*
5:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, March 5
Coffee with the Chief!
Stop by for a chat about SI with Police Chief Howard at Cafe Medley.
8:30 a.m.
 
2213 Middle Street
Wednesday, March 12
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, March 5.
8:30 a.m.
 
2213 Middle Street
Planning Commission
6:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Thursday, March 13
Board of Zoning Appeals
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
* Bench Trials will be at a temporary Town Hall facility located behind the Fire Station, next to the Stith Park (2050 Middle Street). Contact SI Clerk of Court directly at 883-5734 (Maria LoRusso) for payments or questions.
Civic Calendar 
 
 
Recycle - WEDNESDAY- MARCH 5 - Recycle
Two weeks left to ‘Save the Angel Oak’
$400,000 NEEDED BY MARCH 14
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
ast Thursday, Charleston County Council’s Finance Committee unanimously approved $2.5 million to buy the remaining acreage surrounding the historic Angel Oak Tree on  Johns Island. The campaign, spearheaded by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, is now just a county council meeting and $400,000 away from raising the $3.3 million needed to encompass the tree with protected land. The massive live oak has been at the center of a fundraising campaign for the past year, after plans emerged that a North Carolina developer was going to build an apartment community on land surrounding the tree.Conservationists feared that development so close to the tree would endanger the health and future of the landmark, and began a campaign to raise the funds to buy the land from Raleigh-based Coastal Federal Credit Union.  The LOLT spearheaded the
purchase of the rst tract of 17
acres for $3.6 million. Following a contribution of $2.4 million from Charleston County’s Greenbelt Board, and efforts of nearly 12,000 donors, the land was purchased last November. The LOLT then decided to pursue the remaining 18 acres of undeveloped land around the tree, priced at $3.3 million.“To grab the whole thing, the whole 35 acres, affords a whole new level of opportunities for the communities,” Elizabeth Hagood, Executive Director of the LOLT, said. “If you combine that with the current nine acre city park where the Angel Oak resides right now, that’s 44 acres of open space protected.”  The space will become a passive-use park managed by Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, incorporating recreational trails
 Angel Oak
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“IF EVERYBODY WHO GAVE IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN GAVE AND TALKED TO FIVE FRIENDS ABOUT IT WE’D MAKE THE $400,000.”
~ Elizabeth Hagood

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