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Island Eye News - August 1, 2014

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Volume 10, Issue 7
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Sullivan’s Island
 
Isle of Palms
 
Goat Island
 
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
 August 1, 2014Volume 10 Issue 7 FREE
R S  OR S  NDRD U S  O S  GI  D C HR S  O N , S  C RMI   N O 4 3 7  O S R O N
GOEDISTO
PG 9
INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
FUN RUNNING 
PG 23
 
CULINARY CENTER
PG 25
I
f your child could describe his or her perfect school, do you think it would sound something like this: No homework, Fridays off, recess on the beach and the chance to talk to and meet really cool people from all over the world?If so, you might want to check out Sullivan’s Island’s newest school, The Crown Leadership Academy. But, despite that description sounding like a slackers paradise, students at Crown are anything but. The school’s approach to education is rigorous and relevant, seeking to produce students instilled with a lifelong love of learning, an understanding of personal responsibility, and a deep respect for those around them. The school’s project-based approach and blended curriculum, which is heavily technology-based, allows for an individualized education for each student. It is a dramatically different approach to learning, and requires intense effort from its students as well as an innate desire to learn.A private Christian School, Crown Leadership Academy was born from the
Searching for a crowning achievement
NEW SCHOOL ON SULLIVAN’S OFFERS A DIFFERENT  APPROACH TO EDUCATION
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
Academy
continues on page 10
Release
continues on page 4
Tricky times for turtle team
STORY ON PAGE 20
A
182-pound loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for more than thirteen months has fully recovered and was returned to the deep blue sea,  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Isle of Palms County Park. A huge crowd of adoring fans watched as Briar, an adult female loggerhead, tentatively returned to her ocean home.
PHOTOS BY BARBARA BERGWERF
 O  O  S  G W
Sea turtle once facing blindness returned to wild
LOGGERHEAD SUCCESSFULLY TREATED BY SEA TURTLE RESCUE PROGRAM
BY KATE DITLOFF
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
Briar heads home.
PHOTOS BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
Terence Carey, Ashton Howard and Jack Wilson test out their science project, a solar powered boat.
 
2August 1, 2014
CIVIC
“IF (IOP) TURN THE SWITCH ON NEXT YEAR FOR MANAGED PARKING THAT MEANS WE’LL GET A TREMENDOUS VOLUME OF VEHICLES FROM THERE." ~
Andy Benke
 
 T 
he standing-room-only crowd, as usual, came for one thing. This time it was to debate the relative merits of coffee shops compared to restaurants. But had they stayed through the bitter end of the Sullivan’s Island’s July Town Council meeting, they would have been  just as interested in the plans to implement a paid parking system by next summer.“By summer 2015, Isle of Palms will be ready for managed parking. This means charging in some areas and moving people in to the commercial area,” Town Administrator Andy Benke said. “They’ve had a consultant under contract for the last 18 months. If they turn the switch on next year for managed parking that means we’ll get a tremendous volume of vehicles from there.” Thus far IOP has made no decisions regarding its parking, and likely will not until the
consultant rm, Stantec, has delivered its nal report, which
should be after the summer season. However, discussions during IOP government meetings over the last few months indicate the proposed plan will include an island-wide permit system, controlled via smartphones, requiring people to purchase a daily, weekly, monthly or annual parking pass. This will apply to anyone who wants to park anywhere on the island, including residents when they are not parking on their own property.“We have talked about staying neck and neck with IOP in terms of parking in the past,” Benke said during the Council meeting. “So I’ve been talking with their consultant and think we need to start addressing parking for next summer.”Sullivan’s Council then discussed how plans to implement parking payment structures had been considered in the past but never implemented due to the high infrastructure costs as well as the Department of  Transportations’ restriction. However, in recent years the DOT has become more open to local municipalities managing parking, and technology has advanced so far that installing dozens of ticket machines is no longer necessary. “The tech has changed so much,” Benke said. “Now you can go on your smartphone and do a PayPal and enter your license tag and it goes into a database.
 Then the ofcer rides by with a
character recognition software device and scans the license plates.”  There were no decisions made at the meeting regarding implementing a parking plan.  The next step will be for the Town to open more formal discussions
with a consultant rm such as
Stantec.
Considering Coffee Shops
Now back to the pressing issue of coffee shops. At a heated and lengthy public hearing held on June 11, Sullivan’s Island Planning Commission presented its proposed amendments to the ordinance that governs eating establishments on the island. These changes would allow for coffee shops to operate on the island with a 700 square foot maximum patron use with 25 percent available for outdoor patios, porches and decks. Under the changes there could potentially be four coffee shops within the commercial district, with a total of 100 seats. Currently coffee shops are not an “allowed use,” and the businesses that resemble coffee shops are operating under the takeout license in the ordinance. The reason behind this change
is denitely not to help Café
Medley, which currently operates under a takeout license, even though it appears to be a coffee shop. The Planning Commission
Sullivan’s considers coffee shops, begins plans for paid parking
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
SI council
continues on page 13
 
August 1, 2014
 
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Isle of Palms 886.6428 www.iop.net 
Tuesday, August 5
Board of Zoning Appeals
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Real Property Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, August 6
Personnel Committee
10 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee
11 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Public Works Committee
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, August 7
Public Safety Committee NEW TIME
12 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Recreation Committee NEW TIME
9 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, August 13
Municipal Court
9 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Planning Commission
4:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, August 14
Livability Court
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883.3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com 
Monday, August 4
Special Council Meeting
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Special Council Meeting
6:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, August 5 & 12
Municipal Court*
5:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, August 6
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, August 13
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, August 6.
Planning Commission
6:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Thursday, August 14
Board of Zoning Appeals
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
CIVIC
* 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 
 
 
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Lynn Pierottipublisher 
lynn@luckydognews.com
Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
 jennifer@luckydognews.com
Swan Richardsgraphic designer Lori McGee 614.0901advertising executiveChristian LeBlancsocial media
christian@luckydognews.com
Steve Rosamiliaphotographer Kathryn Caseystaff writer 
Contributors:Carol AntmanMarilyn Markel Mary PringleDimi MatouchevBob Hooper Katie Ditloff Ruth ThornburgSarah Reynolds
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: August 6 for our August 15 issue
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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
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N
ow that the 2015 budget has been approved, Isle of Palms City Council has been busy starting its upcoming projects. The Ways and Means committee has moved forward with a couple of projects for this
upcoming year; the rst of which
is the replacement of the Front Beach restrooms. “They’re in need of serious work,” Mayor Cronin said. As a response to the Request for Proposal that was sent out by the city, Liollio and Associates presented a strategic plan on the restrooms to the committee on  July 15. During the presentation by Liollio, presenters Rick Bousquet and Seth Cantley highlighted the sites they were asked to evaluate and weighted them accordingly, by the factors they considered were most important in a public bathroom.  The sites they were asked to evaluate included 1118 Ocean Boulevard (the current location of the public restrooms), 30 JC Long Boulevard, 1116 Pavilion Drive, and the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and JC long Boulevard. All of these sites are within the Front Beach area and could easily become the next site for public restrooms. Liollio focused on a series of factors for replacing the
restrooms including ood zones,
ADA regulations, proximity to the
beach, pedestrian safety, trafc
patterns, construction costs and durability in a harsh environment. Additionally, Liollio considered the impact on the businesses in the Front Beach area, the best use of property, familiarity to the site and aesthetics. As a result of this work the
rm recommended
two locations, the municipal parking lot at 1116 Pavilion Drive and the existing site at 1118 Ocean Boulevard. Following the presentation Council awarded a $10,290 expansion to the existing Liollio contract instructing them to provide a clear understanding of construction costs associated with each site. With this
expansion, Liollio will dene
the construction impacts on the municipal parking lot and generate separate cost estimates. In addition, Liollio will present its
ndings to the city two additional
times. The new bathrooms will
be ofcially added to the FY2016
budget.
IOP approves funding for Front Beach restrooms, beach renourishment
 
BY KATHRYN CASEY
ISLAND EYE NEWS STAFF WRITER
IOP council
continues on page 7
“WE CANNOT ASK OUR CITIZENS TO PAY FOR SOMETHING THE [PEOPLE OF] CHARLESTON COUNTY USES, WE DO THAT ALREADY ENOUGH." ~
Mayor Cronin
 

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