Why Become a Gold Pass Member – Charleston County Parks & Recreation

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A Gold Pass Membership with Charleston County Parks & Recreation is $70.00 annually for Charleston county residents and $85.00 for non-residents from the date of purchase.? Why do I need to buy a $70.00/$85.00 pass when I can get into the parks for $2.00 (Oh yes, as of October 1, the rate went from $1.00 a person to $2.00)?? Great question.? We have an even better answer.

What parks are included in the pass (Free Entrance)

  • Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier
  • Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center
  • James Island County Park
  • Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park
  • North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park
  • Isle of Palms County Park
  • Folly Beach County Park
  • Laurel Hill County Park
  • Mullet Hall Equestrian Center Walking / Running Trails
  • McLeod Plantation Historic Site (Up to 4 people per vehicle)

As you look at the list, three big things stand out

  • During the summer, it costs $10.00 to park at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier parking lot.? Ever try finding street parking at the beach during the summer season?? Exactly.
  • Ever try finding parking at Isle of Palm.? Once again, exactly.
  • McLeod Plantation Historic Site – You save $10.00 each time you go visit this historic plantation site on James Island.

The savings are starting to add up.

There is more…

pierWhat events can I get into for FREE?

  • Bark in the Park – Oktoberfest!
  • Bird walks at Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center Wednesday and Saturday mornings
  • Brewsday
  • Harvest Festival
  • Holiday Festival of Lights (valid for one-time admission)
  • Latin American Festival
  • Lowcountry Cajun Festival
  • Pet Fest
  • Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series
  • Wannamaker Movie Nights

Many of these events are $10.00 entrance fees.? Holiday Festival of Lights alone is $15.00.

As we roll into the holidays and you are thinking about the perfect gift, this is a great idea.

Things to consider if you are thinking about moving to Charleston, South Carolina

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One of the most challenging decisions an individual, couple or family can make is the decision to move.? It takes a tremendous amount of research to determine the feasibility of happiness and success in a new geographic region.? We want to do our part to help by providing a simple checklist of things to think about as you make this big life changing decision.

Will we move to Charleston, South Carolina Checklist

  • Are you comfortable with a consistent stream of construction (Commercial, residential and highway)? – Since 2012, cranes have been a part of the Charleston skyline and will continue for a number of years to come.? The traditional Holy City skyline has been replaced with the new look and feel of modern Charleston.? With Charleston being part of the Southern migration, this has resulted in new housing and expansion west with additional bridges, highway repair, new hotels and housing development as a new way of life.
  • Can you deal with average commuter traffic in excessive of 30 minutes or more for under 10 mile commutes?? Charleston does not have the volume numbers of drivers as Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston or Chicago, but it is a coastal community.? Therefore, waterways are a part of the structure of the Lowcountry and it has made for some unique, narrow and singular roadways.? Structurally, this region is not designed well for this level of growth, so expect delays.
  • Is your vehicle water tolerant?? I am sure you have heard the stories of flooding in Charleston.? These are not exaggerations, but a very big reality.? Pockets of flooding can be found in various places of the area due to rain or high tide.? Ensure your car is made for high flood areas.
  • Do you value change in seasons?? Charleston is not a four season area.? There has been two snowfalls in 8 years and only one significant snowfall in over a decade.? If you love the changing leaves of New England, you will have to head west toward the mountains to find that type of foliage.? Expect Summer (Long), a brief cold period of Winter and a short Spring in the Lowcountry.
  • Do you love professional sports and attending games/matches?? Perhaps in a few years that may change, but Charleston does not have a major sports team in football, baseball, hockey or basketball (Before folks jump in and say we have the RiverDogs, Battery and the Stingrays), I am referring to NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA.? If you want to watch those leagues live, you will need to travel to Atlanta (5.5 Hours) or Charlotte (3.5 Hours).
  • Do you thrive in a diverse community?? Charleston is not an ethnically balanced region.? White and black residents make up the mass majority accounting for over 95% of the total population.? (Census Analysis)
  • Can you afford to live here? For a family of 2 adults and 2 children, a recent study revealed you need to make $60,067 annually (Study Results)
  • How Liberal do you want your community?? Many consider the Lowcountry a liberal area, but you must keep this in perspective.? Compared to the rest of South Carolina, which is very conservative, yes, this area is liberal, but if your barometer of liberal is San Francisco, New York, Austin or Chicago, then this area is not of the same political and cultural thinking as you are accustomed to.

We hope these insights help as you begin to make some decisions about considering this area your new home.

Poll Managers Needed for June Primary Elections in Charleston County

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Earn $135 and provide a valuable service to your community at the same time!

The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (BEVR)

is in need of additional poll managers for the statewide primary June 12. BEVR needs about 200 poll managers in the following areas: Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island, Hollywood, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly Beach.

“Poll managers have a unique opportunity to serve the community, meet their neighbors and become involved in the democratic process,” said Joseph Debney, BEVR’s Executive Director.

Poll managers are compensated $135 ($60 for training and $75 for working on Election Day) for each election they work. The poll manager must work Election Day to be paid for the training session.

Election Day duties include: processing of voters, ballot distribution, activation of the voting system machines, compliance with election law and procedures, and general voter assistance.

Applicants must be:

  • A registered voter in Charleston County or an adjoining county (Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown or Colleton County). Students ages 16 and 17 may apply as well, although they are not registered voters.
  • Willing and able to attend a Poll Manager Training Session (two to three hours in length) and pass an online certification test.
  • Prepared to work the entire Election Day, from 6 a.m. until approximately 7:30 p.m.
  • Non-partisan and neutral when working an election.

To apply for a poll manager position visit


For questions, please contact electionworkers@charlestoncounty.org or by phone at (843) 974-6421


For information on Charleston County Government news and services, the public can:

Visit our website: www.charlestoncounty.org

Official Press Release

Public Input Needed on Growth in Charleston County – Here is your chance to affect positive change (7 Meeting Opportunities)

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Public workshops will be held to gather input for the county’s Comprehensive Plan Ten-Year Update starting March 19

Charleston County Government will hold seven public workshops in different areas of the county in the coming weeks to gather input on proposed amendments to the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan as part of the ten-year update of the plan.

The Charleston County Planning Commission reviewed all ten elements of the plan throughout 2017, and now is in the process of presenting proposed amendments to the public. The public will have an opportunity to give input on the proposed amendments to the plan during the upcoming workshops. Each workshop will have a drop-in format where attendees can view the proposed amendments at their own pace and submit comments and suggestions before leaving the workshops. Citizens can also view and submit comments and suggestions on the county’s website at https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/zoning-planning/comp-plan.php.

“Public participation in the comprehensive planning process is critical to ensure county growth is consistent with the community’s vision. Public input also helps guide the provision of county services and impacts future policy decisions that improve the general welfare of all citizens and visitors to Charleston County,” said Planning Director Joel Evans.

Details on the seven public workshops:

Monday, March 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Edisto Island Presbyterian Church
2164 Hwy 174, Edisto Island

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Johns Island High School
1518 Main Road, Johns Island

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wando High School
1000 Warrior Way, Mount Pleasant

Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ladson Elementary School
3321 Ladson Road, Ladson

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
West Ashley High School
4060 W. Wildcat Blvd., West Ashley

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
James Island Elementary School
1872 Grimball Road, James Island

What is the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan?
? Charleston County’s Comprehensive Plan is an expression of the county’s intent for where and how future growth and development should occur. The plan also identifies parts of the county that may or may not be appropriate for certain types of growth, given the Lowcountry’s unique character and natural conditions.Why does the Comprehensive Plan need to be reviewed?
? Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires that the Comprehensive Plan be reviewed at least once every five years and updated at least once every ten years. County Council adopted the original Comprehensive Plan on April 20, 1999. The first five-year review was adopted on November 18, 2003; the first ten-year update was adopted on November 18, 2008; and the second five-year review was completed in October
2013 and implemented in January 2015.

Who is involved in the update process?
? The public;
? Stakeholders;
? Charleston County Council;
? Charleston County Planning Commission; and
? Charleston County Zoning & Planning Department staff

How does the process work?
? The Charleston County Planning Commission reviewed the Comprehensive Plan elements during their regular meetings, beginning in April 2017 and culminating in January 2018.
? Public workshops will be held in seven locations to gather public input on the proposed amendments to the
Comprehensive Plan to implement the Planning Commission review.
? The Planning Commission will review the input gathered from the public workshops and make a recommendation to Council regarding the Comprehensive Plan amendments to implement the Ten-Year Update. All Planning
Commission meetings are open to the public.
? County Council will hold at least one public hearing regarding the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive
Plan and adopt the amendments after three readings. All County Council meetings are open to the public.

Visit the Charleston County website at https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/zoning-planning/comp-plan.php for a direct link to public meeting notices, agendas, presentations, and up-to-date news and information about the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan Ten-Year Update.

For information on Charleston County Government news and services, the public can:
? Visit our website: www.charlestoncounty.org
? Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChasCountyGov
? Like us on Facebook (main County site): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charleston-County-Government/474878989220753
? See us on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/charlestoncountygov
? Watch County Council meetings online http://www.ustream.tv/channel/charleston-county-government

Andrew Pinckney Inn Collects School Supplies for Teachers’ Supply Closet







The Andrew Pinckney Inn is partnering with the Teachers’ Supply Closet (TSC) to help get school supplies to local children for the 2017 school year. Now through Labor Day they will be collecting new or gently used school/office supplies in our lobby at 40 Pinckney Street. As a way to say thank you to our guests for supporting our cause, if you bring in at least three supplies we will offer one free night of valet parking during your stay*.

Teachers’ Supply Closet eliminates the need for teachers to pay for the products. They are a nonprofit affiliate of the national Kids In Need Foundation that provides free school supplies to teachers in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties who work at schools where at least 81% of the students are on the free or reduced meals program. In 2016 they provided 27,550 children with free school supplies.

Top 5 Needs: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
-Composition Notebooks
-Copy Paper
-Hand Sanitizer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?.
-Glue Sticks

Other Wish List Needs:
-Pink Erasers
-Washable Markers
-Pocket Folders

Drop Off Location:
Andrew Pinckney Inn
40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC

*Free valet parking is to be used during your current visit only and it is nontransferable. Good for one night only of parking, in exchange for a minimum of three separate school supplies.

Teacher Supplies Closet Mission: To serve children in the Tri-County area in meeting their educational and creative needs by providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

Come for Weezer, Stay for Panic! At The Disco

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By, Minta Pavliscsak

The sleepy little town of Daniel Island, South Carolina was rocked to life Sunday evening when the sounds of Panic! At The Disco and Weezer came streaming from the rows of hanging speakers at the Volvo Car Stadium.

In unison, the crowd jumped to their feet with excitement as “Miserlou,” more notably known as the theme song from Pulp Fiction, suddenly started pumping through the speakers as the outline of a red car appeared, racing across the stage screen. Next entered 29 year old, Vegas grown Brendon Urie, and so it began.

I remember Panic! At The Disco when they first emerged onto the music scene. They showed promise, but then they seemed to fade only to return with what I though was a more mainstream sound, so honestly I lost interest. I am here to 20160619_203226-01 (2)tell you, Mr. Urie proved me completely wrong in every sense of the word this past Sunday night!

Between the bold sounds of the band, Brendon’s unbelievable vocal range -the kind of range that could only come from a deal with the Devil himself- and the energy coming from both the stage and the crowd, feeding off of one another, you had what made for a perfect opening set. I have never seen SO much pure, raw energy on stage, and Brendon even did a couple of -rather impressive- backflips!

The highlights of their set were definitely when Brendon took to his drum set, side of drummer Dan Pawlovich, for a dual drum solo/dueling drums/kick-ass this-is-what-we-do moment, and equally as kick-ass, their tribute to Queen with a crowd pleasing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Among the playlist was “Death of A Bachelor,” “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Hallelujah,” “Girls/Girls/Boys,” “Miss Jackson,” “Crazy = Genius” and “Nine In The Afternoon.”

Thank you Panic! At The Disco for a fantastic performance!

The set change was a bit on the long side. However, it was well worth the wait, and sitting under an almost full moon on the eve of the first day of summer with a cool breeze, enjoying a tasty beverage, how could one complain?! Finally it happened –what we had all came there for– the lights went out and that was our cue to once again jump to our feet, scream as loudly as we could, and welcome to the stage the one, and only Weezer.

I feel that it is important to mention?20160619_222505here that Weezer is what we would refer to as an “old school”
band. That’s not a bad thing by any means! In a lot of ways, it is has its advantages, bonuses even. Their debut album, The Blue Album was released in May of 1994. I was in 5th grade at the time, and have been a fan ever since. {Thank you to my awesomely cool parents who never attempted to censor my musical choices!} I have been to many concerts of artists who fall under this same category – The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Green Day, just to name a few. When going to these shows, you are excited for whatever they give you, but you always hope to hear your favorite classics, the ones that made you fall in love with the band in the first pla20160619_213749ce. Weezer did not disappoint! They got straight to the point, opening with “Hash Pipe” then tossing out giant beach balls to the crowd with “My Name Is Jonas.”

It only got better from there!

Of course they played some of their new stuff which, holding true to Weezer form, was awesome, but it was peppered with their classics as well. A few we were graced with were “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” “Everybody Get Dangerous,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly,” and “Undone – The Sweater Song.” Weezer wasted no time with a bunch of talking, only doing what they do best, rocking out.

As they said goodnight and walked off stage, the entire stadium chanted their name “WEEZER, WEEZER, WEEZER,” begging for their return. Showing sincere appreciation for their fans, they complied and returned for a couple more jams. My longtime dream had come true. Truly a magical night of musical greatness.

Weezer, you rock.


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