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I was born and raised in Charleston. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes I see tourists make when they visit.

I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and I've seen tourists miss out on some of the best parts of my hometown.Charleston will always be home to me.I was born and raised in the Southern city. Even though I left for college, I still go back regularly to visit my friends and family.Ov...

I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and I've seen tourists miss out on some of the best parts of my hometown.

Charleston will always be home to me.

I was born and raised in the Southern city. Even though I left for college, I still go back regularly to visit my friends and family.

Over the last several years, I've watched it become one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and a staple on lists of must-visit US destinations. I love that so many people are flocking to Charleston, both to visit the city and to live in it.

However, I've found that a lot of the newcomers' itineraries skip what I consider to be the most important parts of the city.

These are the 10 biggest missteps I see tourists make when they visit Charleston.

A lot of visitors admire Rainbow Row's historic homes and tour supposedly haunted areas, but those popular activities only scratch the surface of Charleston's past.

There are so many historic sites where tourists can learn more about the city's story, from its association with pirates to its role in the American Civil War.

Two of my favorites are the Sewee Shell Ring Boardwalk, a 1-mile walk through prehistoric shell mounds, and Gene's Haufbrau, one of the city's oldest and most storied bars.

It's also important to be considerate and learn some history if you choose to visit these places.

For example, I've seen tourists explore plantations without acknowledging the land and the estates' ties to slavery, even though about 40% of all enslaved Africans in the US passed through Charleston's port, and about 10% of them lived in South Carolina until slavery was abolished.

Make sure to try the cuisine at a local restaurant for the full experience.

Charleston's dining scene gets plenty of recognition, and rightfully so. From crab rice to Frogmore stew, the local dishes are starkly different from the ones you'll find on a traditional Southern menu.

Many tourists arrive ready to order the unique cuisine. However, I wish more of them would make sure they were trying the foods at locally owned, authentic restaurants, like Poogan's Porch or Charleston Crab House.

When tourists are in doubt about where to eat, they should ask locals. Most Charlestonians are incredibly friendly and excited to show off their city.

Charleston is a lot larger than a lot of visitors think. It's the biggest city in South Carolina.

If tourists have the time, I encourage them to go beyond city limits.

From kayaking in Shem Creek to taking a day trip to Sullivan's Island or Isle of Palms, there's so much to do outside of the downtown area.

In recent years, the sea levels in Charleston have risen, and flooding has become more common in the city.

Tourists forget that even the smallest of ecological footprints have an impact, and they should do their best to be mindful of the environment when they're here.

Visitors should carry reusable water bottles to avoid drinking out of plastic, which I've seen strewn around the city. And if a destination is a short distance away, they should consider walking or biking instead of driving to reduce air pollution.

The majority of tourists come to Charleston from September through November, leading to crowds and longer wait times at restaurants, bars, and other attractions.

Plus, it's also hurricane season, so there's an increased chance of running into inclement weather.

I wish more people would consider booking their trips for other times.

Charleston is a year-round destination. Spring is great for seeing a plethora of flora, summer has perfect beach weather, and winter is fantastic for nabbing hard-to-book dining reservations and exploring museums.

Charleston isn't the place to break in your new stilettos.

Comfort and walkability are key when it comes to selecting your footwear for Charleston. After all, a rainstorm can hit at any moment, and many of the streets are lined with uneven cobblestones.

If you're headed to a fancier venue and do want to dress up, play it safe and pack a spare pair of walking shoes in your bag.

Many tourists make the mistake of using a car to get around town. The city streets are old, narrow, and made of cobblestones. They aren't built for busy traffic, and cars often go around 20 mph down one-lane roads.

Because many tourists aren't accustomed to the slower speeds, I've seen them drive too fast and cause dangerous situations. If someone is going slower than you, it's important to follow their lead rather than make risky moves or drive aggressively.

As long as you're staying within the metro area and not going to a neighboring island, walking or taking a pedicab are your best modes of transportation.

Visitors may come across alligators in Charleston. Their popular sunbathing spots include ponds, marshes, and golf courses.

If you do spot one of the wild animals, keep your distance and leave them alone. People who have gotten too close to alligators or tried to photograph them have been seriously injured or killed.

You can spot dolphins right from the city — you don't always need a fancy tour to do it.

The port city is surrounded by hundreds of dolphins. However, many tourists don't know where to go to spot them.

Some people opt to go on dolphin cruises, but tourists shouldn't feel like they have to shell out extra cash to catch a glimpse of the animals.

Instead, I recommend looking for them by kayaking in Shem Creek, taking the Daniel Island Ferry to the city, or walking down an empty, quiet waterway.

You never know when you're going to stumble upon a pod.

The sunsets in Charleston are tough to beat, so make sure to carve out time for them.

The sunset isn't a priority for many tourists, which is an oversight.

As someone who knows Charleston like the back of her hand, I can say that there's no bad vantage point to watch the sun go down in the city.

Some of my go-to, easy-to-access spots include the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and Sullivan's Beach.

IOP councilman, former mayor fight back against beach parking law

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - More than a year after a state bill was passed that would ensure access to some free parking and give the state control of public roads in beach towns, the former mayor and a current councilman from the Isle of Palms say it is an “unprecedented attack upon the SC State Constitution and rule of law.”Isle of Palms Councilmember Blair Hahn and former Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll sent an open letter to elected officials in the barrier island t...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - More than a year after a state bill was passed that would ensure access to some free parking and give the state control of public roads in beach towns, the former mayor and a current councilman from the Isle of Palms say it is an “unprecedented attack upon the SC State Constitution and rule of law.”

Isle of Palms Councilmember Blair Hahn and former Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll sent an open letter to elected officials in the barrier island towns of the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach.

In the letter, Hahn and Carroll ask for support to fight back against senate bill S.40, which was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster in May 2021.

“We want the right to rule our community,” Carroll said. “We don’t want Columbia to tell us how to run this island.”

The bill requires free public beach parking, but also may include paid parking on state highways. Those highways have to be in communities that are eligible for beach renourishment funds, which use money to add sand back onto beaches.

Parking only can be restricted by the South Carolina Department of Transportation if they find that restrictions are necessary.

“Parking is not free,” Hahn said. “Parking costs emergency services, police services, fire services, it costs for landscaping for trash pickup. It costs money, somebody’s gotta bear that expense.”

It also requires governments to get approval from the South Carolina Department of Transportation before adding or making changes to state highways.

“It is blatantly illegal, it’s unconstitutional on four different grounds and it has to be stopped,” Hahn said.

Hahn says the Isle of Palms City Council has engaged legal counsel to explore their rights. Hahn says if they cannot negotiate a legal statute by amending or rescinding S.40, then they will go to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Larry Grooms (R- Berkeley). Grooms was not available for an interview at this time.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Isle of Palms Mayor Phillip Pounds said: “The City continues to work with SCDOT to find solutions that are beneficial to our residents and visitors.”

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How did SC get the Palmetto State nickname? It wasn’t just because there’s lots of palmetto trees

Ever wonder how South Carolina came to be nicknamed the Palmetto State?While, yes, the state does have many palmetto trees scattered around the entirety of the state due to its large species population within the borders of South Carolina, this tree also has a historical significance to the state.The nickname is derived from South Carolina’s state tree, the sabal palmetto.Also called the cabbage palmetto, s...

Ever wonder how South Carolina came to be nicknamed the Palmetto State?

While, yes, the state does have many palmetto trees scattered around the entirety of the state due to its large species population within the borders of South Carolina, this tree also has a historical significance to the state.

The nickname is derived from South Carolina’s state tree, the sabal palmetto.

Also called the cabbage palmetto, sabal palm, inodes palmetto and the Carolina palmetto, the sabal palmetto was designated as the official state tree by Joint Resolution Number 63 all the way back on March 17, 1939.

This palmetto tree was symbolic toward the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. This was due to the fact that the fort was built from palmetto logs, which absorbed the impact of the cannon balls and would not shatter.

Hence, South Carolina earned its nickname: the Palmetto State.

The Battle of Sullivan’s Island was the first decisive American victory over the British Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War and took place on June 28, 1776.

“The ferocity of the British naval bombardment had no great effect on the fort. Sabal palmetto trunks embedded in deep sand proved pliable and sturdy enough, absorbing iron balls like a sponge,” wrote the National Park Service of the battle.

At the time, Charleston residents were unaware if the fort had been victorious against the British or if it had been captured following the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.

The fort’s commander, Colonel William Moultrie, had then sent a boat to inform the residents of the good news. Loud cheers were said to reverberate through the streets.

“The defense had been a major victory for the Americans in Charleston. General Lee wrote, ‘The behavior of the Garrison, both men and officers, with Colonel Moultrie at their head, I confess astonished me.’ Six days later the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. Afterwards, the South Carolina General Assembly renamed the fort, Fort Moultrie, in honor of the commander of Fort Sullivan,” wrote the American Battlefield Trust.

As for the palmetto trees themselves, sabal palms are native to the southeastern parts of the country.

“The cabbage palmetto is found in the coastal plain region from North Carolina to Florida. The palm inhabits maritime forests, “islands” within salt and brackish marshes, and the edges of ponds. It is also a commonly planted tree in urban areas throughout South Carolina,” states the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The palmetto tree can grow to a height of 33 feet tall and its leaves can grow to about 3 feet across. They are formed with a spongier, scattered tissue and more malleable cells than most other trees, which allow them to bend with the wind during major storms such as hurricanes and tropical storms.

In addition to their many other attributes, these trees flower during the month of July and can be quite fragrant, attracting many types of pollinators.

As for size, according to Plant Real Florida, the University of Florida conducted several age and growth rates of sabal palms, the preliminary results indicated that, under average conditions in the wild, these plants can require 10 to 15 years of growth or more from seed to the first sign of a trunk at ground level. After this initial growth spurt, the trunks will grow about 6 inches per year. Meaning, a standing sabal palm with 20 feet of trunk is at least 50 years old.

The palmetto tree can be seen as a figure of significance in nearly every aspect of the state’s inception. It has been adopted as the state’s nickname, is included in the state seal, is on the state flag, is in the Pledge to the Flag of South Carolina, and can be seen in everyday life while carrying on day-to-day activities within the state.

Annual litter cleanup seeks volunteers

The 33rd annual Beach Sweep and River Sweep litter cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers are needed at nearly 100 locations in South Carolina.In East Cooper, sites include the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island shoreline, Ben Sawyer Boulevard causeway and Shem Creek.Each year thousands of people volunteer for the sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. Last year, despite COVID-19, 2,255 volunteers cleared over 20,000 po...

The 33rd annual Beach Sweep and River Sweep litter cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers are needed at nearly 100 locations in South Carolina.

In East Cooper, sites include the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island shoreline, Ben Sawyer Boulevard causeway and Shem Creek.

Each year thousands of people volunteer for the sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. Last year, despite COVID-19, 2,255 volunteers cleared over 20,000 pounds of debris, covering 161 miles statewide. Groups spread out on foot or in boats from the various cleanup sites, and they typically return with bags packed with plastic and glass bottles, cans, food containers, clothing, toys and cigarette butts. Larger items have included household appliances, vehicle tires and building materials. As much of the debris as possible is recycled.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium partners with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Anyone can participate—individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. Volunteers can sign up to assist at the cleanup sites listed on the websites below.

Sponsors for the statewide event are Curtiss-Wright, Gaitor Bait Adventure Tours, INEOS Aromatics, Magnolia Plantation Foundation, Nature Adventures, Ocean Conservancy, Safe Harbor Charleston City and Walmart Market #34.

To participate in coastal counties, visit https://www.scseagrant.org/bsrs-sites/ or contact Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org. To participate in inland counties, visit https://sweep-scdnr.hub.arcgis.com/pages/volunteer or contact Bill Marshall at (803) 734-9096 or marshallb@dnr.sc.gov.

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Labor Day crowds return to normal for beach businesses

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) — From the shops to the sand, leaders across the Lowcountry’s beaches said this is the first Labor Day weekend “back to normal” since before the pandemic.Sullivan’s Island mayor Patrick O’Neil said although the threat of rain resulted in a slightly quieter weekend than anticipated, local leaders are happy to see the Labor Day crowds return.“We continue, everyday, just to see exponential growth of the foot traffic that’s coming through,” s...

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) — From the shops to the sand, leaders across the Lowcountry’s beaches said this is the first Labor Day weekend “back to normal” since before the pandemic.

Sullivan’s Island mayor Patrick O’Neil said although the threat of rain resulted in a slightly quieter weekend than anticipated, local leaders are happy to see the Labor Day crowds return.

“We continue, everyday, just to see exponential growth of the foot traffic that’s coming through,” said Kathleen Arnold, fine art consultant at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island. “The traffic is constant, back and forth. People walking to the restaurants, people heading to the beach.”

Arnold said in her experience, the tourism season on Sullivan’s Island typically lasts from May until Labor Day weekend every year. However, after seeing tourist travel ebb and flow “practically year-round” in recent years, she expects the season to last through October or November.

“People want to escape the hustle and bustle of life, so they come here,” Arnold said, attributing the steady growth of tourism to Charleston’s “small-town charm.”

Leaders at Folly Beach agree. Mayor Tim Goodwin said stores there are struggling to keep up with an increase of both foot traffic — and car traffic — from tourists and locals this summer.

“Sunday was a pile of people out here,” Goodwin said. “The first time this year we’ve seen traffic backed up as far as it was.”

Goodwin encouraged anyone heading to the water to use the free Beach Reach app. Created by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the app provides live traffic cameras, maps and beach policies for three of Charleston’s most popular beaches.

The mayor said the biggest challenges facing store owners at Folly Beach are a lack of workers and employee burnout. As a result, some stores are struggling to keep their normal hours.

Click here to learn more about the town of Sullivan’s Island.

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