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New Parking Rates Go into Effect May 1, 2018

April 25, 2018

As of May 1, 2018, the parking fee in the Municipal Parking Lots, located on Pavilion Drive, will change from a flat daily rate of $8 on weekdays and $10 on the weekends and holidays to $1.00 per hour. The City lots are operational between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

“It is a positive step forward for the City to encourage daytime visitors to park in the Front Beach commercial district by making it more affordable and accessible for all,” said Mayor Carroll. “Visitors can pay to park in the City lots and head down to the beach for the day, or pay to park for a couple of hours while they enjoy one of our great restaurants or shop in our unique stores.” Residents with a City issued Resident Parking Permit or a Wild Dunes Resident decal on their vehicles can park in the Municipal Lots anytime free of charge.

Handicap parking is available in the small Municipal Parking Lot behind the Public Safety Building at no charge for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or placard. Disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart are also exempt from the pay parking requirements when their vehicles bear a disabled veteran's or Purple Heart license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The new fee structure only applies to paid parking in the Municipal Parking Lots. Metered parking on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues will remain at $1.50 per hour.  

Parking in violation of any regulation related to paid parking spaces, parking pay stations or kiosks along the public streets or in the public parking lots will result in a $25.00 fine.

Soft Sand in Isle of Palms Restored Beach Following Rain and Tide Event

April 25, 2018

Walking on the highest points of tilled areas affords the most stability.
Walking on the highest points of tilled areas affords the most stability.

The City of Isle of Palms has received reports from citizens of soft sand in the recently restored beach. In response to these concerns, the City has investigated conditions and worked with the City’s Coastal Engineering Firm.   Coastal Science & Engineering (CSE) assessed the situation this morning and reports that the soft sand is due to a combination of significant rain and tidal over wash of the berm which has saturated the berm and created a "waterlogged" beach.   

“This soft sand creates conditions requiring beachgoers to use extreme caution when traversing this area,” states Mayor Jimmy Carroll. 

“Please be aware that beachgoers might unexpectedly step into one of these pockets of soft sand.  Those beachgoers having physical challenges may wish to avoid the area of the beach from approximately access 57 to Dewees Inlet until this phenomenon concludes within the next couple of days and the shore is more stable,” continues Mayor Carroll. 

What has intensified this event is that the recent weather is the first significant rain event since the restored beach has been tilled.  Tilling of the berm, which was required by the permitting agencies, is meant to reduce the sediment compaction so that the sand placed is loose enough to ensure suitable nesting habitat for sea turtles. Tilling loosens the sand and increases the pore space (amount of air) in the sand.  When water is added to the freshly tilled sand, it fills the voids and creates the soft sand the beach is experiencing.  It is expected that the beach should dry out in 2-3 days of good weather, and return to normal.

“The only remedy for this occurrence is time and repeated rain and over wash events, which will sort the sand to a natural compaction level where less water will be retained in the berm,” says CSE Coastal Scientist, Steven Traynum. “We will continue to monitor the situation and the duration of the saturation and recovery of the newly restored beach. Until the beach dries, we recommend beachgoers use caution while walking over the berm.”

The City is placing signs around the affected area alerting beachgoers of the soft sand.   The area of the beach along the water line is not affected. 

SCDOT Road Work on Palm Boulevard between 21st & 41st Avenues

March 13, 2018

This spring, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will begin micro-surface work on Palm Boulevard between 21st and 41st Avenue. Micro-surfacing consists of the application of a thin, tough layer of asphalt meant to renew the road surface, seal minor cracks and extend the life of the pavement.

The first step in preparation of the micro-surfacing work involves eradicating the existing traffic marking lines and replacing them with dry paint. This will be a mobile operation that moves continuously at speeds around 3 mph along Palm Boulevard from 21st Avenue to 41st Avenue on Thursday, March 15th. The mobile operation is required to perform pavement marking work in preparation for the future pavement preservation treatment.  The date provided may be affected by weather and further updates will be provided as required.    

Signs, trucks, and flashing lights will be in place to direct traffic.  Motorists are advised to use caution when driving in work zones and to permit extra time as travel delays are possible. 

Answers for Citizens Related to Four Ordinances Under Consideration on February 27, 2018. 

These ordinances have been deferred until the March 27, 2018 City Council meeting. 

Q&A about Ordinance 2017.07 which provides a new minimum elevation for residential construction. 

Q&A about Ordinances 2017.08, 2017.09 and 2017.10 related to the mandatory connection to the public sewer system.
These ordinances will go before City Council for Second Reading on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Proposed Expansion of the Dewees Marina

SCDHEC-ocrm pUBLIC HEARING - tHURSDAY, mARCH 1, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. 

The SCDHEC-Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has scheduled a public hearing on an application by Dewees lsland POA, Inc., 2017-00449, for a permit to demolish and replace the existing facility at Dewees Marina on Morgan Creek at 46 41'1 Street, Isle of Palms, Charleston County, South Carolina. The Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  at the Town of Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex, Council Chambers located at 100 Ann Edwards Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. 

Corps of Engineers & SCDHEC Requesting Public Comment on the Proposed Expansion of the Dewees Marina 

Joint Public Notice 

Written statements regarding the proposed work will be received by the Corps until December 12, 2017 and by SC DHEC until December 27, 2017
On December 8, 2017, Mayor Cronin and Mayor-Elect Carroll issued this letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposed expansion of the Dewees Marina.

OCRM Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines

SCDHEC extended the public comment period for the Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines until April 6, 2018.

Read the notification letter. 

Per the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control:

Based on comments received from landowners, community leaders, the conservation community, and others during the 30-day public comment period, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (Department) is extending the public comment period for the Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines (the "current proposal"), until April 6, 2018. As a result of this extension, the Department will begin to adopt final revised beachfront jurisdictional lines in May 2018 with all final revised lines published by December 31, 2018. A tentative adoption schedule for each beach will be available on the DHEC website on November 13, 2017. 

The Department is extending the comment period to allow interested persons time to meet with Department staff, understand the Department’s methodology in setting the jurisdictional lines and bring any additional information to the Department’s attention for consideration. Comments may be submitted online or in writing. Please visit for more information. 

In 2016, S.C. Code Laws §48-39-280 was amended to prohibit the baseline from moving seaward from its position on December 31, 2017. The Department’s decision to adopt revised lines after December 31 affects landowners who own property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline under the Department’s current proposal. To view the proposed lines for your property, please visit

Landowners who owns property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline, under the Department's current proposal, or landowners who contends other information may prove the baseline on your property should move seaward of the existing baseline, please contact the Department with the information requested below prior to December 4, 2017 to receive information and guidance on board review under S.C. Code Laws §44-1-60. Note that the Department will attempt to proactively reach out to these property owners. S.C. Code Laws §44-1-60(J) states "[a]ny statutory deadlines applicable to permitting and licensing programs administered by the department must be extended to all (sic) for this final review process." It is the Department's position that the December 31 date would be extended for landowners who file a timely request for review under S.C. Code Laws §44-1-60. 

To receive information and guidance on board review, please provide the following information via electronic mail [] or phone (843-953-0200) prior to December 4, 2017: 

  • Property Address
  • Name of Owner(s)
  • Mailing Address of Owner(s)
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Telephone Number
  • Contact Email Address 


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