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$50M Mt. Pleasant park referendum wins close battle at the polls

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — “First of all, I know we’ve been talking about the numbers.”Mount Pleasant Town Councilmember Howard R. Chapman was one of several folks waiting for the ballots to be counted Tuesday evening.But Chapman wasn’t waiting for a candidate’s victory and was pushing for funding for the town’s park system.Chapman and his team of elected officials, including Gary Santos and John Iacofano, along with voting public members, worked over the past six weeks on the...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — “First of all, I know we’ve been talking about the numbers.”

Mount Pleasant Town Councilmember Howard R. Chapman was one of several folks waiting for the ballots to be counted Tuesday evening.

But Chapman wasn’t waiting for a candidate’s victory and was pushing for funding for the town’s park system.

Chapman and his team of elected officials, including Gary Santos and John Iacofano, along with voting public members, worked over the past six weeks on the Vote for Parks referendum.

The referendum barely passed by around a percentage point and several hundred votes.

Chapman says, “But this is another experience that shows every vote counts.”

Another council member, Iacofano, echoes Chapman’s take. And win or lose, he was glad it went up for a public vote.

Iacofano says, “the most important thing is that battle was won at the ballot box.”

The package has a 50-million-dollar price tag. Most of the project focuses on turning 100-plus acres of land purchased in 2011 along Rifle Range Road into what Iacofano calls a “legacy” park.

Multiple fields for multiple sports, including soccer, volleyball, and disc golf, an outdoor basketball court, walking trails, and gymnasiums are mapped out.

Plus, a team effort by Mount Pleasant and Charleston County purchased neighboring land for environmental preservation.

Also, part of the plan is to fix several other parks in the system.

Councilmember Gary Santos is excited about the possibilities.

Santos says, “we’re trying to give the kids that are coming to now, and adults, a place that’s really nice that’ll have new fields for them to play on.”

Perry Rourk, the Chairman of the Mount Pleasant Recreation Advisory Commission, says, “not having this referendum will be a huge setback.”

Despite their enthusiasm, not everyone was on board. That’s easy to tell by the close tally, which is not official yet.

Adding an average property tax of $80 yearly for most homeowners over the 15-year bond payout period was a known turnoff for some voters.

Neighbors recently told us that they worried about flooding and parking issues. Looking at the Phase 2 map of the plan, portions of the property are set to deal with drainage.

On Friday, the vote could be certified, making it official.

If that happens, groundbreaking on the Rifle Range Road portion of the planning could happen in November 2023.

Real estate developer breaks ground on $300 million Patriots Point project

Developers estimate initial construction and submitting of remaining plans will start in fall 2023.MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The Patriots Point Development Authority Board and Bennett Hospitality hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the start of a five-phase, 15-year development project.The Patriots Annex project is a $300 million development that will include three hotels, restaurants, entertainment, shops, three office buildings, parks and an amphitheater. Developers estimate initial construction and submitti...

Developers estimate initial construction and submitting of remaining plans will start in fall 2023.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The Patriots Point Development Authority Board and Bennett Hospitality hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the start of a five-phase, 15-year development project.

The Patriots Annex project is a $300 million development that will include three hotels, restaurants, entertainment, shops, three office buildings, parks and an amphitheater. Developers estimate initial construction and submitting of remaining plans will start in fall 2023.

The project was approved five years ago by state supervisors. After the initial approval, Michael Bennett of Bennett Hospitality and his team began planning the development.

“I’m born and raised in Charleston and when Patriots Point presented the opportunity for me to help develop this property, just as a personal Charlestonian, I was very, very excited to think I could do something that was beautiful, and also help Patriots Point,” Bennett said. “It was a very natural fit for me.”

The largest hotel, the Grand Patriot, will sit towards the back of the property at 250 rooms. The other two hotels will have 100 to 150 rooms.

Gov. Henry McMaster was also at the groundbreaking alongside other state and Lowcountry government officials.

“This project is going to be wonderful [at] the Patriots Point Naval and US Maritime Museum,” McMaster said. “We’re going up. Tourism is a $24 billion business in South Carolina. So that is why we’re thriving. And I promise you, we’re going to keep on thriving.”

Bennett and McMaster said the development will establish hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. By using the land near the USS Yorktown, the money will help maintain the ships and aircraft located on Patriots Point.

“It is going to be a huge economic impact for not only Mount Pleasant, but for the entire Lowcountry in the state of South Carolina,” Bennett said. “There will be hundreds and hundreds of jobs that will afford local people to be able to work here and as well as welcomed visitors to come here.”

The first step in construction is to move the visitor parking lot due to much of the proposed development being built on that land. A new parking lot will be moved to accommodate visitors and tourists.

The project will take about 15 years with five phases to complete.

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Charleston Friends of the Library Celebrates Forty Years

Charleston, S.C.: For forty years, Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL) has given community members the opportunity to become more involved with Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) by volunteering their time and services and providing financial support for programming across all 18 branches. With support from its members and the community, CFOL has been able to help CCPL maintain being the main pillar in the Charleston community for resources of the present and a bridge to opportunities in the future.This past...

Charleston, S.C.: For forty years, Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL) has given community members the opportunity to become more involved with Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) by volunteering their time and services and providing financial support for programming across all 18 branches. With support from its members and the community, CFOL has been able to help CCPL maintain being the main pillar in the Charleston community for resources of the present and a bridge to opportunities in the future.

This past year, CCPL safely produced 1,016 programs over 18 branches virtually and in person. CFOL wants to continue to help CCPL produce programs that our community members can participate in and with the support of generous donors, they have contributed to donating over 1.2 million dollars to help with programs such as the Summer Reading Program, Take and Make, Free and Fresh Community Fridge Program, Books on Buses, and other regular programming at your local branch.

Each year, CFOL continues to raise the bar and this year is no different. We’re hoping to raise $5,000 to continue to provide our donation to the CCPL.

For our 40th birthday, you can give $40 (or more!) to help ensure 40 more years. Thanks to a challenge issued by a generous donor, if we raise $5,000 in total donations, it will be matched by an additional $5,000. You may donate online (https://charlestonlibraryfriends.charityproud.org/Donate/?cid=14614), or send a check to Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL), 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

“It’s been an honor for me to lead the CFOL Board for the last few years. I am standing on the shoulders of previous great board leaders and many dedicated volunteers who keep our engine running,” said Carin Jorgensen, President, CFOL Board of Directors. “I look forward to celebrating more milestones with this great organization and continuing to raise funds to support the important programming that takes place through CCPL. Please join me in supporting CFOL during this amazing 40th anniversary so we can reach our matching gift challenge!”

Follow us on Social Media for updates at @chslibfriends and or directly support us by being a member, making a donation, or signing up to volunteer on our website charlestonlibraryfriends.org. Becoming a Friend of the Library is a great way to show your support for the CCPL, help fund library programs, and encourage reading in our community.

Happy Birthday to the Charleston Museum: 250 Years and Counting What Cancer Takes Away, Camp Happy Days Gives BackBecause…‘Until There’s a Cure, There’s Camp!’ Charleston Custom Carts: 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant Wheels in Motion: Mount Pleasant’s Bicycle Nonprofit is on the Move

‘Patriots Annex’ plans released, construction to start in 2023

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- A 15 year project started on Thursday to bring new business to Mount Pleasant and money to the Patriots Point Museum.The Patriots Annex development will stand on 31 acres of land that Patriots Point is leasing to Bennett Hospitality to build on.“We’re building around great ships and a great museum,” said Wayne Adams, the Vice Chairman of Patriots Point.The development will have a grand hotel, multiple boutique hotels, restaurants, shops and a waterfront park with an amphithe...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- A 15 year project started on Thursday to bring new business to Mount Pleasant and money to the Patriots Point Museum.

The Patriots Annex development will stand on 31 acres of land that Patriots Point is leasing to Bennett Hospitality to build on.

“We’re building around great ships and a great museum,” said Wayne Adams, the Vice Chairman of Patriots Point.

The development will have a grand hotel, multiple boutique hotels, restaurants, shops and a waterfront park with an amphitheater.

“We are going to create a waterfront park so that all the people can enjoy the most valuable piece of land,” said Michael Bennett, the developer of Patriot Annex. “The great hotel that we call The Grand Patriot will sit at the top and it’s the furthest away from the water.”

The lease of the land was something that Patriots Point has to do for the survival of the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey and airplanes in the museum. The historic artifacts need millions of dollars in upkeep every year. But, the solution to fund the renovation bill was not always straightforwards.

“I think how we were going to maintain the ships in a way that honors those who served on them and tells their story has been a struggle for years. A number of years ago we realized we had to monetize the land. That was the only way we were going to be able to do that without the taxpayers for dollars,” said Adams. “We expect it to pay for the maintenance on these ships for years to come, decades to come.”

The current construction on the east side of the museum is where trees are being cleared for the main parking lot at Patriots Annex that will be finished in a year. After that, construction on the buildings will begin.

“Charleston County is routinely named the best place in the county to visit because we are constantly improving. Projects like Patriots Point Annex are what keeps us at the top. What’s being built here today will be one of the most impressive developments we’ve seen in along time and supports Patriots Point and the museum’s mission,” said Chairman Teddie Pryor of the Charleston County Council.

The money made from leasing a new place for visitors and locals to enjoy the Lowcountry will mean that the Patriots Point Museum can fulfill their mission to those who served.

“We’re going to modernize exhibits. We’ll have new exhibits and new ways of telling the story of those who served on these ships,” said Adams.

No, taking photos or videos in SC polling places is not allowed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina election officials say voters cannot take photos or videos with cell phones or cameras inside state polling places.It’s a new rule, officially adopted by the State Election Commission Board in October, that caught at least one voter by surprise Tuesday. A voter said the polling staffers at Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant told him cell phones were not allowed in the building.Isaac Cramer, the executive director of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registrat...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina election officials say voters cannot take photos or videos with cell phones or cameras inside state polling places.

It’s a new rule, officially adopted by the State Election Commission Board in October, that caught at least one voter by surprise Tuesday. A voter said the polling staffers at Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant told him cell phones were not allowed in the building.

Isaac Cramer, the executive director of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, confirmed the policy, citing a rule from the South Carolina Election Commission’s Poll Managers Handbook:

No voter, poll watcher, or observer should take pictures of voting equipment, including but not limited to, the seals on the machines. Cameras, cell phones, and other digital photography and electronic recording devices are not allowed in the voting area.

State Election Commission Executive Director Chris Whitmire said improper use of a cell phone would be a violation of SEC policy.

“If a person refused to comply with the rule, it could result in their removal from the polling place,” he said. “Simply having your phone is not a violation.”

Whitmire said allowing your ballot to be seen by someone else is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in prison. That law, he says, applies to everyone, including candidates.

An opinion published by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson in May 2012 states any voter who allows his or her ballot to be seen, “through any medium, with the apparent intention of letting it be known how he/she is about to or has voted, may be found to have violated the constitutional and statutory mandate for ballot secrecy in this state.”

But Wilson also noted his office “has consistently advised that the judgment call as to whether to prosecute a particular individual is warranted or is on sound legal ground in a particular case is a matter within the discretion of the local prosecutor.”

The 2022 edition of the state poll managers manual also provides instructions on a variety of issues. For example, it states a polling manager should never handle a voter’s ballot unless the voter requires special assistance. The manager should also have the voter wait at the ballot scanner until the screen reads, “Thank you for voting.”

The manual states it is illegal for husbands and wives who are capable of voting separately to enter the voting booth together to vote unless one spouse is disabled and requests the other’s assistance to vote.

Children of a voter are allowed to accompany the voter into the voting booth, but voters must confirm they are the parent of any accompanying children.

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