SCDOT Releases Final Review of the Don Holt Bridge Painting Project Containment System Failure

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has completed its final review of the report on the painting containment system that fell from the supports of the Don Holt Bridge on I-526 in Charleston County on July 19, 2017.

The report concludes an accumulation of rainwater resulting from an extreme and unexpected thunderstorm was the most probable cause of the failure of the system.

The report was conducted by a licensed professional engineer representing Applied Building Sciences (ABS), a leading forensic firm with experience investigating complex collapse claims.? ABS was retained by the insurance company for Eagle Industrial Painting (EIP), the contractor on the painting project. The information in this report includes the material released by SCDOT in its preliminary report on August 1, 2017.

ABS’s findings indicate the weight of the rainwater on the horizontal tarp most likely caused the 1” diameter wire rope chokers to fail. The chokers were used to support the suspended platform beneath the bridge’s superstructure.

The ABS report includes statements from certified meteorologist, Lee Branscome, Ph.D. that maximum wind speeds at the top of the bridge likely reached 58 mph on the day of the incident. In addition, 1.68 inches of rainfall was recorded within five miles of the bridge between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., the same timeframe as the failure of the containment system. The report concludes that the primary load that resulted in the failure was most likely caused by rain accumulation on the tarp and not the wind loads.

The report further observes that EIP did not have access to the containment system during the day to monitor water accumulation, because SCDOT authorized lane closures only at night.? While SCDOT had not authorized a continuous, permanent daytime lane closure during the painting operation, SCDOT would have authorized emergency lane closures for tarp repairs or de-watering had it been requested.? SCDOT did not receive an emergency lane closure request from EIP on July 19, 2017, which is understandable due to the suddenness and unexpected nature of the storm.

Among the motorists whose vehicles were damaged by the fallen containment system, EIP’s insurance company reports 12 vehicle owners filed claims. Ten have received payment.

SCDOT and EIP continue to evaluate processes that will eliminate or greatly reduce the likelihood of a containment failure.? SCDOT once again apologizes for inconveniences caused by the incident and thanks the public for its patience as SCDOT and EIP determine how to best complete this project.

SCDOT’s Final Report on the Don Holt Bridge Containment System can be found at this link:

Mount Pleasant Tops Most Active Termite Locations in the SC, Western NC and Central Savannah River area of Georgia From Terminix Service, Inc.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 28, 2017) – Curious where your city ranks on the list of most active termite locations in the Lowcountry? Terminix Service, Inc., the eighth largest pest control company in North America, has released a ranking of the most active termite cities across its service area in South Carolina, Western North Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia. Based on the number of termite service calls and appointments, the list ranks Mount Pleasant first, followed by the Tri-County areas of North Charleston at 14 and Charleston at 17.

“Termites leave very few clues of their presence, so it’s important to take necessary precautions to protect your home before costly damage occurs,” says Kevin Hathorne, technical director at Terminix Service, Inc. “The first step is to have your home inspected by a certified professional to look for signs of termite activity. The reason most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover termite damage is because it’s something that could have been prevented.”

The top 20 cities in South Carolina, Western North Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia include:

1. ???Mount Pleasant, S.C.

2. ????Hickory, N.C.

3. ????Greenville, S.C.

4. ????Seneca, S.C.

5. ????North Myrtle Beach, S.C

6. ????Charlotte, N.C.

7. ????Florence, S.C.

8. ????Orangeburg, S.C.

9. ????Myrtle Beach, S.C.

10.? Augusta, G.A.

11.? Harrisburg, N.C.

12.? Lake Norman, N.C.

13.? Columbia, S.C.

14.? North Charleston, S.C.

15.? Spartanburg, S.C.

16.? Conway, S.C.

17.? Charleston, S.C.

18. ??Hendersonville, N.C.

19.? Asheville, N.C.

20.? Anderson, S.C.

The National Pest Management Association estimates termites cause roughly $5 billion in damage every year, and a single home infestation can cost up to $8,000. Regardless of the type of termite, locally-owned Terminix Service, Inc. provides a termite protection plan with the strongest guarantee in the business. For more information, visit or call 1-800-TERMINIX.

About Terminix Service, Inc.

For 70 years, our customers have trusted?Terminix?Service, Inc., for the very best in?termite and pest control protection?for their homes and businesses. With annual revenue in excess of $120 million, the family owned and operated?Terminix?Service, Inc. is the largest franchisee of the Terminix International franchise system and the eighth largest pest control company in North America.?Terminix?Service, Inc. operates in South Carolina, western North Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia. Visit? call 1-800-TERMINIX.



Beyond the Caffeine: Metto Coffee & Tea Brings It Home with a Smile

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By Mark A. Leon

In the heart of the constant flow of traffic moving swiftly down Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, lies a corner coffee house on the intersection of Coleman and Broadway Street, Metto Coffee & Tea.? Today’s single origin java offering includes a bold citrus cocoa blend and on tap for the specialty lovers is a cherry hazelnut latte.? After you are settled by the fragrant aroma of warm and tingling coffee, the welcoming culture will sweep you away.

Metto, doesn’t just look for a barista with the skill of creating the perfect latte or espresso.? They seek out artists who embody warmth and genuine passion for the creative canvas of the mug.? Rarely will you order a foamed drink without a leaf, smile or other artistic signature brimming over the top.? Before your wallet has exited your pocket, you are greeted with a hello and a smile from the entire staff.? This is not masked hospitality, but a genuine connection to the customer and that is why the loyalty factor is so high.

There is a warmth the goes on inside the walls of this intimate coffee shop which offers only six tables and two lounge chairs on the inside and five tables and a bench on the outside.? Ordained on the walls are flyers for events from yoga to ballet, music to art.? The local decor is highlighted with featured artist paintings or photography.? An inviting penetration of the local arts scene throughout.

We don’t want to downplay the food.? With an outstanding assortment of sandwiches, wraps, quiche, fruit and salads, Metto is a hot spot for locals, bikers and bridge runners.? Exceptional credit to the soft and abundantly flavorful muffins and the Prosciutto and Brie Panini.? There is an extraordinary blast of flavor and fresh ingredients which are a permanent fixture at Metto in all its freshly prepared daily food offerings.

With an eclectic customer base, on any given day you may find patrons from age five to eighty-five.? This is a testimony to the welcoming open arms culture created here.

Often, we plan an early morning five mile walk to each end of the Cooper River Bridge and that walk does not begin without a cup of Metto resting comfortably in our hands.

As a writing, I surround myself by elements of inspiration, where I can feel comfortable, be around creative and passionate people and feed off of the ambiance.? Metto is one of those rare places.? I won’t lie, sometimes you can be distracted when the staff screams in excitement or breaks into a little dance or song from the audio above.

Metto is located at 354 West Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC.

Big News From CARTA: Launches New Real-Time Mobile App and Texting Service; Previews Website

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CARTA has announced its partnership with Transit, the leading mobile app provider for public transportation.

Riders will now be able to navigate the Charleston area with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications and departure and stop reminders – and it’s all presented in a clear, bold interface.

Transit is available for free download in the Google Play and the Apple App Store. Download and tell your friends!

For riders without smart phones or Internet service, CARTA also introduced a new SMS texting and phone service. Customers can call or text (843) 202-4410 and provide the stop number of their choice, which can be found on signs at bus stops or online here. An automated system will then relay the next two real-time arrivals for each route servicing the selected stop.

Attached you’ll find a Transit 101 document on usage of the app, as well as photo to use for social media posts. Thanks for your support!


  • Know when the next bus is arriving with real-time predictions.
  • Plan A-to-B trips with ease.
  • See exactly where buses are on the map in real-time.
  • Launch GO for step-by-step navigation when on an unfamiliar route.
  • Receive departure alarms and stop notifications as well as prompts to pick up the pace in GO.
  • View schedules and route itineraries. Even offline.
  • Check ETAs for the closest Uber and request a ride.

Daniel Brock
Account Supervisor, PR & Social Media
Rawle Murdy
960 Morrison Drive, Suite 300, Charleston, SC ?29403
843.577.7327 ext. 1130,?919.820.2612?(mobile)

Que d’Keys Misses the Note

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There are great entertainment options in Charleston.? Throughout the city, you can find street entertainers, musicians, theater, art and so much more.? Most provide quality leisure, but some just miss the mark.? Que d’Keys on Market Street is one that truly lacks spirit, talent and a sense of direction.? We had the opportunity to spend three hours on a Friday evening to experience dueling pianos in downtown Charleston.

Early in the evening, just after 8:00 PM when we arrived, the crowd was sparse, but supportive.? We added requested four tunes and give a nice donation of $20.00 to support the musicians.? By 11:20, the only reference to our songs was a single line from ‘Rich Girl’ and an insult on what a bad selection of Guns N’ Roses song we chose. We never actually heard our songs, though a bachelorette party that came in at 10:45 got their request played within five minutes.? That happens.? He didn’t like our choices and chose not to play them.? We chalked that off to an unfulfilled entertainment fee.

At a price ticket of $20.00 per person admission, $5.00 for a beer in which the only imported options are Heineken and Corona and basic domestic bottles and $7.00 to $12.00 for mixed cocktails, expect the evening to get a little steep.? They are partnering with many area hotels and boutique hotels to offer complimentary admission tickets to tourists. That is a favorable option for those visiting our city.

The entertainment, perhaps was the most disappointing part of the evening.? Aside from:

  • Constant reminders that the more money you give, the best chance it will be to hear your song including pot shots at those that either didn’t offer money with their request or only $5.00.
  • Almost ten references to the “Blue Pill”. An occasional Viagra joke is fine, but not a running joke all evening unless that is your core audience.
  • Pressuring an anniversary couple to kiss on stage and a 21-year-old birthday boy to come on stage (which he refused).
  • An appalling country version of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’
  • Lack of originality in the way the songs were performed
  • Seemingly unorganized behavior by the musicians.
  • A drum set whose sound was not synced up with the pianos well
  • Piano players with limited vocal qualifications
  • An audience that was slightly weary

it was a most forgettable evening

There were two shining spots during that evening’s performance. A colleague at a dueling piano bar in California led a phenomenal rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen that got the entire bar singing and shouting and a patron from Florence, Italy here in Charleston for two months ripped up the ivory and complimented it with a great singing voice.? Unfortunately, neither staffed by the establishment.

Overall, if you want quality vocals, there are many great local performers in Charleston.? If the option was a return visit or Karaoke, I would lean on the later.

We do not want to discourage any patrons from experiencing this themselves.? If you have a passion for dueling piano entertainment, please visit and make your own judgement.

Volvo Cars adds next generation XC90, 1,900 new jobs to South Carolina plant in 1.1 billion investment drive

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Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, today announces that the next generation of the XC90 large premium SUV will be built in its new manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina from 2021. This takes Volvo Cars’ total investment in its US manufacturing operations to over USD 1.1 billion and will raise the total of new jobs created at the Charleston site to nearly 4,000.

The South Carolina plant will start production of the next generation S60 in the fall of 2018. The addition of the next generation XC90 from 2021 as well as a planned new office campus will create 1,900 new jobs, which come on top of the 2,000 new employees currently being hired.

“The continued expansion of our plant in South Carolina is another significant commitment to the US market,” said H?kan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “The plant in Charleston will serve both the US and international markets and forms a strong foundation for our future growth in the U.S. and globally.”

Volvo Cars announced in May 2015 that its first ever manufacturing plant in the United States would be located just outside Charleston in South Carolina. The decision to choose South Carolina was taken as a result of its easy access to international ports and infrastructure, a well-trained labour force, an attractive investment environment and experience in the high tech manufacturing sector.

The business logic behind the decision to build the next generation XC90 in South Carolina is compelling. The U.S. is the largest single market for the XC90, although a considerable amount of XC90 volume will be exported from the Port of Charleston. Total U.S. production capacity at the plant will rise to 150,000 vehicles annually.

The XC90 has played an important role in Volvo Cars’ sales revival in the United States and around the globe. The widely acclaimed large SUV, launched in 2014, is the most awarded luxury SUV of the century and helped Volvo Cars recover its sales in the United States from a low of 56,000 units sold in 2014 to almost 83,000 units in 2016.

Today’s announcement on further expansion in South Carolina allows Volvo Cars to take another step toward the company’s ‘build where you sell’ global manufacturing strategy. It currently operates two manufacturing plants in Europe, as well as two factories in China. A third Chinese plant is currently under construction.

In addition to expanding the manufacturing plant Volvo Cars will further develop its neighbouring office campus at the Charleston site. A new office building will be constructed to house up to 300 staff from R&D, purchasing, quality as well as Volvo’s Southern Regional Sales team.

“We’re excited to add a second car to our first American factory and we continue to be impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit in South Carolina,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA. “Our business in the U.S. has been undergoing a transformation over the past two years and this is an important next step for our development here.

While Volvo Cars will employ up to 4,000 people directly at the South Carolina site, the full economic impact on the local economy will be much greater once the job multiplier effect is included.


Volvo Car Group in 2016

For the 2016 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 11,014 MSEK (6,620 MSEK in 2015). Revenue over the period amounted to 180,672 MSEK (164,043 MSEK). For the full year 2016, global sales reached a record 534,332 cars, an increase of 6.2 per cent versus 2015. The record sales and operating profit cleared the way for Volvo Car Group to continue investing in its global transformation plan.

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 534,332 cars in 2016 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.

As of December 2016, Volvo Cars had over 31,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Sk?vde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofstr?m (Sweden).

John Oates Shares His Secrets for Longevity and Success Ahead of Upcoming Charleston Show

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Daryl Hall and John Oates May 29, 2017 Hoagie Nation Festival Philadelphia, PA ?Stuart M Berg Daryl Hall - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals John Oates - Guitars, Vocals Charels DeChant - Saxophone, percussion, Keyboards, Vocals Eliot Lewis - Keyboards, Vocals Klyde Jones - Bass, Vocals Shane Theriot - Guitars, Vocals Porter Carroll Jr - Percussion, Vocals Brian Dunne - Drums

By Mary Kiser and Mark A. Leon

On Saturday, September 30, one of the most successful pop rock duos in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates will be bringing their legendary songbook to the North Charleston Coliseum.? When you think about pairings of rock royalty, a few names consistently come to mind. Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, Townshend and Daltrey and Hall and Oates.? From the #1 1977 Billboard smash ‘Rich Girl’ to the millennial re-boot of ‘You Make My Dreams’ featured in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer, the music of Daryl Hall and John Oates continues to be featured on song lists around the world. ?Their staying power is legendary and their sound timeless including fifteen top ten Billboard hits (six number #1 singles) and an estimated 40 million albums sold.

Both men have brought a unique creative spirit to the duo and that has continued as both have pursued solo efforts.

While Daryl settled in Millerton, New York, John moved to Nashville about fifteen years ago to launch solo projects including a new collaboration album project entitled ‘Arkansas’ and the recent release of his memoirs ‘Change of Seasons’ recalling stories of the 1970’s and 80’s from his partnership with John to their groundbreaking success.

We spent a few minutes talking to John about his book, current project and upcoming visit to Charleston.

John just completed recording the studio tracks for ‘Arkansas’ a personal project focused on a collaboration of the early years of popular American music from the 1920’s and 1930’s including Delta Blues, Ragtime and Swing in Nashville.? With a great band, he will be touring this concept album of personal discovery with a 2018 album release and tour.? John explains that his move to Nashville and his solo career have been a personal re-birth and one that has fueled a new level creativity.

In its purest essence, a musician is a storyteller, relying on lyrics, harmony and rhythm to draw human emotion and share a personal experience.? This is the basis of the many stories John shares in his new book ‘Change of Seasons’ and for choosing to develop an album focused on Americana and the human spirit.

Inspiration behind lyrics

Almost every song has a basis of reality, but not every song is what it seems, as John explained.? He spent time really helping us and the fans understand that not every song’s lyrics are as simple as they seem.? Throughout the memoirs, John gets into detail on the events that led to many of the songs we all know and love.? Here is a little snap shot of some of his cherished stories:

Picture, 3:30 AM on a cold December night in New York City circa mid 1970’s and John is sitting in a soul food restaurant on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village and an attractive girl with a red tutu and cowboy boots walks in.? Two lonely souls in the West Village share a moment.? John’s asks her out for New Year’s and then gets stood up.? On New Year’s Day, John begins to pen lyrics.? Later joined by Daryl, the classic ‘She’s Gone’ is born.

How often do you meet that sexy, hot girl that just uses men and spits them out?? For most of us, that is the story of Maneater.? For John and Daryl, that was only the inspiration.? ‘Maneater’ is a metaphor for New York City.? In the 1970’s and 80’s New York City was wrought with government corruption, racial tensions, limited employment opportunities, the local economy in turmoil, rampant crime and subways cars were used as canvases for street artists.? Living in this time, was a force of inspired creativity for many artists, writers and musicians and for John and Darryl, this was no exception.

In the Chapter Road Trip (Page 203) of ‘Change of Seasons’, not only does he describe the pilgrimage to Los Angeles to work on a new album, but the vivid details of his storytelling put you in the backseat.? When they hit the Arizona border on Route 53, John wrote, “140 miles an hour through Indian Country!? Down the empty road I coaxed the revs up in fourth gear and shut down only to crest a rise blindly.? From there on it was 100/110 for 40 or 50 miles”? There was an essence of Jack Kerouac and the spirit of the road emulated in these recollections.

Staying grounded as a celebrity all these years

John was raised with good parents in a middle class setting with a solid sense of values and common sense.? This level headed upbringing, along with a strong foundation of friends and collaborators, has kept John focused on the important things.? There were moments, like all of us face, that try a man’s spirit.? On the cusp of losing millions due to poor management, John felt his world crashing, but looking back, he saw this event as the greatest moment of his life.

As John described, “It woke me up from my pop star coma”? It forced him to re-evaluate his life and principles.? It was then he sold his possessions and moved to Colorado where he met his future wife.? With a beautiful family, fans around the world, a creative renaissance of new music and ideas, John is clearly in the right state of mind.

During our talk, John explained that the book made him truly realize that so many unique things happened in his life that any one could have changed the course of history.? If he had chosen one of three other schools other than Temple, he may never have met Daryl.? If his first aired record in 1967 wasn’t on the same time as Daryl’s the idea of partnership may have never been planted.? If the financial worries never came to light, he would never have moved to Colorado and met his wife.

These are the stories shared throughout the book.? For fans of music, travel, free spirit, dreams and hope, there is so much to offer through John’s words.

Knowing how many devoted fans are in Charleston we asked John, “What are your thoughts about coming to Charleston, South Carolina?”

“We have an amazing band.? I love playing with Daryl after all these years. We still have a great relationship. I know Daryl has an affinity for Charleston.? He loves it there.? We have an incredible band and have been on tour since May.? The band is well oiled, we put on a pretty good show and I am excited for it.” explained John.

Spending time with John really helped us understand the man behind the guitar.? He is impassioned with a soul for music, a love for the creative process and a genuine appreciation for the fans.

In his own words, “Honestly, what I care about is my music.? I care about creating, I care about writing, I care about writing the next best song, working with an inspiring person, making another record, playing a great show in a place perhaps a place I have never been; these are the things that matter to me more than anything else.”

We want to thank John for his generous time and for John and Daryl for bringing their duo of magic to Charleston.

A few tickets are still available for Saturday’s (September 30th) show – Click here for ticket information

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*Article Header Photo Credit:? Stuart Berg

Local Charleston Resident and Government Officials Express Concern About the Future of Charleston after Recent Irma Attack

During the most recent regular meeting of the Charlestowne Neighborhood Association following the passing of Tropical Storm Irma, members agreed to put off discussion of normal business matters in order to hear three speakers representing the city: Mark Wibert, a newly appointed “resilience” officer (a half-time position), Mark Matzler from the Public Works Department and Mike Seekings, city councilman representing South of Broad and Harleston Village.

  • Mark Wibert spoke about Charleston’s flooding history, recent trends in rising sea levels and sunny day flooding, and big events natural disaster events including hurricanes.
  • Mark Metzler spoke about improvements this year in debris cleanup after the storm and efforts to do better storm drain maintenance.
  • Mike Seekings recounted his experience at the Battery at high tide as waves over washed the road. He promised to push ahead on mitigation, but as of today, it is not clear how.

The candid discussion of these three gentleman, affects of the last storm on Charleston and personal sentiment have many local residents worried about the future.

Gadsden Street – September 11 (Photo Credit: Susan Lyons)

Local Charleston resident Susan Lyons, expressed her observations and personal thoughts on the recent neighborhood association meeting, stating:

“While Hurricane Irma inflicted catastrophic damage on islands and cities south of us, many on Charleston’s Peninsula south of the Crosstown once again found our houses, yards and crawlspaces flooded, needing new duct systems, worried about too many flood insurance claims and too much financial drain, and frustrated by the city’s response.

The Post and Courier’s editorial yesterday called for bold action now, business leaders are encouraging residents to call their state and federal representatives to ask for help, and neighborhood associations have begun to focus on the problem. Communication from the mayor and city council has been thin, but this week, Councilman Mike Seekings, who represents South of Broad and Harleston Village, reported that, despite his wife’s pleas, he went to the Low Battery two hours before and through the peak of high tide at about 12:30 p.m., on Monday, September 11, and captured in pictures what he called the “tsunami” of water — some of it from as far away as the Azores — as it crashed over the sea wall. At one point, he told Charlestowne Neighborhood Association members this week, the harbor water and the Battery “were at the same elevation.” No one has been willing to say, categorically, that the whole Battery was not in jeopardy of giving way one day.? Scary.

Mark Wilbert, the city’s half-time “resilience” officer, has reported that rising seas and intensified rain created high tide events on our streets 38 times in 2015, 50 times last year, and could number as many as 180 by 2040. That does not include severe storms.

We blame climate change, polar ice-melts, over-development, political myopia, bureaucratic buck-passing, and lack of money. But unless the Charleston community unites behind a dynamic and costly flood prevention and mitigation program now, homeowners and businesses will continue losing ground, literally, residents considering leaving town will sell and go, and our city will decline.

Progress has been made on some fronts. Improved check valves were said to have worked well during Irma until the Battery was breached by the surge at high tide, Mark Metzler of the city’s Public Works Department reported that cleanup of debris, storm drain maintenance, and damage surveys of individual homes all have been more efficient this year. And while work continues on the myriad of projects set forth in a 1984 plan, they are not even half finished. A new consultant is said to be coming to City Hall in January to review the entire city’s “remedies vs. threats,” a representative of the Dutch Embassy may pay a visit to Charleston to share that country’s wisdom, and some homeowners are looking into the feasibility of raising their houses.

But the big work — a new sea wall that extends to the Coast Guard Station, and raising Lockwood Drive to protect the Peninsula’s lower west side — appear to be a long way off.
City officials displayed a map of the Charleston Peninsula early on before its west side had been developed on fill, and before many of its creeks and river fingers were paved over. Striking was the picture of where flooding occurred here — water rising in most of those watery same places. “Mother Nature wants her land back,” Councilman Seekings told the CNA audience this week.

Charleston will need all the help she can get to keep her at bay. All of us will need to pitch in.”


Gadsden Street – September 13 (Photo Credit: Susan Lyons)

GALLERY: Charleston Pride Highlights

Yesterday, the city of Charleston stood in unity and celebrated acceptance with the Annual Charleston Pride parade and celebration.? It was a day of colors, smiles, hugs and kisses.? A day that we celebrated openness and acceptance.? The sun was shining and everyone that came out had an amazing time.

We captured some of the best Instagram highlights from yesterday’s celebration of Charleston Pride.

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Seven Of Naman Hotels’ South Carolina Properties Earn Tripadvisor’s 2017 Certificate Of Excellence (2 in Lowcountry)

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Charleston, SC – September 20, 2017 – Naman Hotels Group announced that seven of the company’s South Carolina properties received the 2017 TripAdvisor? Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

The properties that have received the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence are:
Hyatt Place Charleston Airport and Convention Center, Staybridge Suites North Charleston, Hampton Inn & Suites Orangeburg, Hampton Inn Columbia / Lexington, Holiday Inn Express Aiken, Holiday Inn Express Walterboro, Staybridge Suites Columbia.

“Naman Hotels is honoured that so many of our hotels have earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the achievement is a remarkable vote of confidence to our continued business success and commitment to service excellence,” said Nick Patel, Chief Financial Officer.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Naman Hotels
Naman Hotels is a leading hotel management and development company. Established over forty years ago, the company owns, operates and develops hotels in the southeastern United States. Based in Florence, South Carolina, Naman’s portfolio consists of 13 hotels comprising over 1,100 guest rooms throughout the Carolinas. Naman’s wide range of experience includes full service, upscale, extended stay, and select service lodging establishments. Naman’s portfolio includes many award-winning franchises of premier hospitality brands.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide — over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 390 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor. Know better. Book better. Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands:,,,,,, (including,, and,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2016
**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2017