Mayor's Message - March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

Hello!  Spring is upon us or at least the pollen season has certainly gotten an early start. Makes me wish we had a car wash on the island for those days when I can write my name in pollen on my car. Spring breaks will start soon, and our island will be filled with vacationers and visitors once again.

As you may have seen from my message last month, there was some editorial license exercised, without my permission, on my message submitted to the local newspaper so going forward I will publish my messages or other updates via the City’s website or social media outlets.

Great progress continues on our projects going on around our island:

Pickleball court construction and basketball court refurbishment at the Rec Center – these should be completed by mid-March and will be a great addition for our community.

Marina – the remodeling of the store continues and work on the renovation of the parking lot has started. The bulkhead repairs and boardwalk construction along the Intracoastal Waterway is progressing nicely and should be completed by the end of March.

Drainage – the work at 30th Avenue should be completed in the next 2-3 weeks, and the road reopened this week. The contractor will then move to 36th Avenue to finish that part of the project.

Overhead to Underground electrical lines – the project at Palm Blvd and 21st Avenue has started and should be completed by the end of March.

Traffic - Last year we had multiple meetings with our partners - Mount Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach, SCDOT, Charleston County Parks, Channel 4 - as we approached our busy season to control what we could to improve traffic flow.  We will have a kickoff meeting for this season on March 17th to again try and do all we can via signage, personnel, social media or other messaging to address the increase in traffic on our island and the rules applicable to each beach community.

Upcoming Events

March 25, 8:00 a.m.- noon – Annual Yard Sale at the Rec

March 31, 9:00 10:00 a.m. – Coffee with the Mayor at Café Paname

April 7, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. – Easter Bunny Hunt at the Rec

Any updates for these and other events that will be added can be found at

Thank you for the opportunity to serve!  See you around the island.

Phillip Pounds, Mayor IOP