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At Planet Green Tree Service, we are firm believers that trees make the world a better place. They provide us with verdant beauty, cool shade, and emergency shelter. They raise our home values, add personality to our neighborhoods, and provide us with clean air to breathe. When your home or business has well-maintained, healthy trees, everyone benefits. That's why we are so passionate about providing our customers with dependable tree services in the Lowcountry.

We believe that honest prices, state-of-the-art equipment, friendly arborists, and good old-fashioned hard work are what set us apart from our competition. With more than 33 years of service in South Carolina, you can rest easy knowing every member of the Planet Green team is committed to the following:

  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Provide you with exemplary tree care services
  • Arrive at your home or business on time and ready to work
  • Provide you with affordable service rates
  • Meet or exceed our industry standards
  • Utilize the utmost safety when removing or maintaining your trees or shrubs
  • Have full insurance to protect themselves and your home

Our customers mean a lot to us, which is why we strive to provide them the best, most helpful customer service in our industry. When you hire our company to perform a tree service in cityname, know that we take this responsibility seriously and will always treat your home like we would treat our own. At Planet Green Tree Service, you won't ever have to worry about sneaky hidden fees or outrageous pricing. We believe every homeowner and business owner should have access to affordable tree services, which is why we set our rates at reasonable levels. Our job is to protect your home, your trees, and also your wallet!

Whether your home has overgrown trees that need trimming or you have an unsightly stump that needs grinding, our team of tree experts is here to help. Curious what kind of tree care work we provide to homeowners in South Carolina?

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Tree Trimming in Isle of Palms

Have you noticed your favorite tree growing in a strange shape? Are your trees or shrubs so overgrown that it's making your property and home look unkempt? Are the trees near your home weighed down by dangerous dead branches? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to speak with a Planet Green Tree Service professional to find a solution.

Like anything that lives, trees respond to their environment. When trees are not properly maintained, they can cause a whole host of problems for the homeowner. Overgrowth doesn't just look bad - it can be a potential safety hazard and liability for your home. To prevent this from happening, it's crucial that your trees are trimmed and pruned regularly. Trimming your trees and shrubs gives your home a tidy, appealing look and facilitates healthy plant and tree growth.

Because every tree and shrub is different, you must approach tree trimming with a plan. Before you start hacking at your trees with a machete, be sure to contact Planet Green Tree Service. Our team of expert arborists will come to your home and determine the best path to take for your tree trimming needs. We always take into account variables like the strengths, weaknesses, and species of your trees.

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Benefits of Tree Trimming in Isle of Palms

For some folks, tree trimming seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of homeownership. It can be a tedious job, but keeping your trees trimmed and well-maintained is more important than you might think. Below are just a few of the many benefits of keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed:

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Tree Health

Part of the Planet Green pruning and trimming process includes the removal of damaged, broken, dead, and diseased branches. When ignored, these dead or dying branches can cause harmful fungi to wreak havoc on the trees around your home or business. Removing these weakened branches helps prevent fungi and keeps your trees healthy. In addition, tree trimming also lets more sunlight and air circulation reach your trees, boosting overall health.

Safety

Safety

As longtime residents of South Carolina, we know how dangerous hurricanes and heavy storms can be. Strong winds from these natural occurrences can cause branches to fall or even be carried away with significant force. This is concerning for many homeowners, especially those who have trees lining their driveways, recreational areas, and walking paths. When you trust Planet Green with your trimming needs, you are actually doing your part to "storm proof" your home from hazardous tree-related accidents. If you have low-hanging branches close to your roof or business, pruning these trees can provide more safety and overhead clearance. That way, don't have an anxiety attack every time a storm rolls through your neighborhood.

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Nobody likes the look of an overgrown, disheveled tree. Tree trimming improves the general appearance of your tree and makes your whole yard and home look better. Tree trimming also prevents your trees from growing weak branches and crotches and helps stop branches from intertwining with one another.

Developmental Tree Trimming

Developmental Tree Trimming

Pruning younger trees is key to protecting them as they age. This vital tree service in Isle of Palms keeps young trees aesthetically appealing and promotes proper structural integrity and optimal branch structure. In addition, as your home's landscape matures, taking the time to trim young trees reduces the chance of expensive problems like tree failure.

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Types of Tree Trimming

Not all tree trimming services from Planet Green Tree Service are the same. Our experts specialize in a number of different tree trimming services to ensure you are getting the right kind of trim for the appropriate situation. Because even the smallest mistake can permanently affect your tree's health, we approach every tree trimming job with surgeon-like precision. That way, you know your trees are in capable, responsible hands.

Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction

When your trees age without the proper kind of care, they can develop too many branches on their interior. Trees like this give great shade, but too much is not a good sign. That's where crown reduction trimming comes in. By reducing the density of your tree's crown, our tree care experts improve its growth rate and health. Crown density reduction also promotes a longer lifespan and a more beautiful appearance.

Deadwooding

Deadwooding

As the name implies, deadwooding involves the trimming of dead wood from your trees. Often required in urban and suburban areas, deadwooding a tree makes it look more attractive and livelier, while maintaining the health of your tree's trunk by removing rotted branches. This process also makes it safer for kids and other people who walk underneath or near your tree that may be harmed by rotting branches that fall. Other tree trimming services that Planet Green offers include: hazardous tree assessments, shrub trimming, pruning, cabling, bracing, and corrective trimming.

Stump Removal in Isle of Palms

For most property owners, removing a tree can seem like a major project. While that notion certainly isn't wrong, tree removal is more straightforward and often easier than trying to remove an unsightly stump from your yard. Have you ever wondered why you see so many yards with stumps dotted around the land? It's because they're very difficult to remove. That is why Planet Green Tree Service has been offering stump removal services in South Carolina for more than 33 years. Our skilled stump removal experts bring a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge tools to every stump removal project they tackle.

The fact of the matter is this: trying to remove a stump on your own is an incredible undertaking. Going the "DIY" route can take weeks to complete, even if you spend an hour or two every day. There's also the issue of operating heavy machinery (which costs time and money to rent) and even light fires to expedite the process, which is dangerous. For these reasons alone, we always recommend that you bring in a professional to remove your tree stump safely and effectively.

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Benefits of Stump Removal in Isle of Palms

Better Looking Yard

Better Looking Yard

If you are a homeowner that loves sculpted hedges, beautiful landscaping, and a tidy law, removing old tree stumps will feel like a huge weight off of your chest. Stump removal not only gives your home more curb appeal, it can actually raise the value of your home. This is particularly pertinent if you are thinking about listing your home for sale in the near future.

More Space

More Space

If your yard is small, even one stump can reduce the amount of space you have in your yard. If you spend a lot of time playing sports or just enjoying your yard space, stump removal is a huge help. After all, nobody wants to toss a football around if there are a bunch of old stumps that you must avoid. Stumps also take up considerable space below ground, with their complicated root systems. Stump removal will give you and your family more room to plant flowers, grow vegetables, install a water feature, and much more.

Eliminate Unwanted Growth

Eliminate Unwanted Growth

When you leave a tree stump in your yard, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted tree growth. This kind of new growth often results in clusters of small trees popping up around the base of the stump. This problem isn't just unsightly; it can be harmful to any plants near the stump because the new trees will suck up all the water and nutrients out of your soil.

Pest Prevention

Pest Prevention

Tree stumps are notorious for harboring all sorts of pests that can damage your hard and cause expensive problems in your home. We're talking wood borers, ants, termites, and beetles. If you want to do away with these pests and protect your home, the best course of action is to contact Planet Green Tree Service for a quote on our professional tree removal services.

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Reduce Headaches

Sure, you could take the time to do your research on how to remove a stump. You could go to Home Depot, rent a high-powered stump grinder, and risk your health trying to operate it without training. You could spend every winking moment of your free time trying to grind the stump down so you can remove it from your yard. But why go through all that trouble when a trustworthy, experienced stump removal company like Planet Green Tree Service is only a phone call away?

Our team of stump removal professionals uses state-of-the-art tools designed to keep your property damage-free during the removal process. We will turn your yard into a beautiful blank slate, so you can focus on enjoying your stump-free while we haul away all the debris.

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Your Premier Tree Service Company in South Carolina

With 33 years of experience, it's no wonder why so many South Carolina locals choose Planet Green Tree Service for tree trimming and stump removal in their city. Clients love us because we believe in exceeding your expectations, no matter how large or small a job is.

  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Provide you with exemplary tree care services
  • Arrive at your home or business on time and ready to work
  • Provide you with affordable service rates

Contact our office to learn more about our tree services in South Carolina or to schedule your free quote today!

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Where to park for the beach: Isle of Palms

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Learn where you can park during your beach visit to Isle of Palms!Paid ParkingPaid parking on Isle of Palms is enforced between March 1 and Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.The City operates two parking lots near Front Beach on Pavilion Drive. The lots are managed by automated parking kiosks. The daily rate is $10 Monday through Friday and $15 on weekends and holidays. After 4 p.m., motorists can pay an hourly rate of $2. Leave your ticket on your vehicle's dash to avoid...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Learn where you can park during your beach visit to Isle of Palms!

Paid Parking

Paid parking on Isle of Palms is enforced between March 1 and Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The City operates two parking lots near Front Beach on Pavilion Drive. The lots are managed by automated parking kiosks. The daily rate is $10 Monday through Friday and $15 on weekends and holidays. After 4 p.m., motorists can pay an hourly rate of $2. Leave your ticket on your vehicle's dash to avoid a $50 parking violation.

Visitors can also park at the meters along Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues. Park in any open space and pay at the kiosk closest to you. The hourly rate is $2.50. Be sure to leave your ticket on your vehicle's dash.

Guests can also park at Isle of Palms County Park, where rates will vary based on the time of the year and vehicle.

Free Parking

The City regulates parking along the public rights-of-way between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visitors are allowed to park on any road right-of-way within the Beach Parking District unless a "no parking" sign indicates otherwise. All four wheels of each parked vehicle must be off the road and vehicles cannot block beach access paths.

Vehicles parked on the ocean side of Palm Boulevard between 21st and 40th Avenue must parallel park at least four feet off the pavement. Double parking on the passenger side of a vehicle that is parked parallel is not allowed. For those parking on the land side of the roadway, vehicles must be at an angle in the marked spaces. Motorists must also not block driveways or mailboxes.

There is no permit requirement or parking fee to park along the public rights-of-way in the following locations:

Handicap Parking

Visitors in need of handicap parking can find spaces in the County Park at no charge, the Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive, on 9th Avenue, at the Front Beach Restrooms, on 21st Avenue and on 42nd Avenue. There is also free handicap parking available in the Municipal Parking Lot behind the Public Safety Building.

The City of Isle of Palms offers free beach wheelchairs on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations are taken for the program, and a copy of the user's license and credit card will be made.

To pick up a wheelchair, fill out a rental form and bring it to the second floor of the Public Safety Building, located at 30 J.C. Long Boulevard. Rentals must be returned by 8 p.m. the day of the rental.

Trailer Parking

Trucks or trailers greater than 20 feet cannot be parked along the public rights-of-way for more than one hour or as long as it takes to load or unload materials. There is an exception for the public right-of-way of 41st Avenue between Waterway Boulevard and the terminus of 41st Avenue for vehicles with attached boat trailers and a valid Resident Parking Permit.

For additional parking details, as well as more information for residents, click here.

South Carolina Department Of Transportation To Provide Options For Restriping Isle Of Palms Connector

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye NewsMembers of the Isle of Palms City Council Public Safety Committee will soon review alternatives for restriping the IOP Connector bridge. Eventually, the Committee will present three options for the community at large to consider.Public Safety Chair Jan Anderson reported at the Council’s June 28 meeting that the South Carolina Department of Transportation is nearing completion of Phase 1 of its study of the bridge and will provide the Committee with eight options. The Committee, whic...

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News

Members of the Isle of Palms City Council Public Safety Committee will soon review alternatives for restriping the IOP Connector bridge. Eventually, the Committee will present three options for the community at large to consider.

Public Safety Chair Jan Anderson reported at the Council’s June 28 meeting that the South Carolina Department of Transportation is nearing completion of Phase 1 of its study of the bridge and will provide the Committee with eight options. The Committee, which also includes Rusty Streetman and Blair Hahn, will choose three alternatives “for community review,” Anderson said, adding that she hopes to have a final plan by the fall.

Without input from the city, SCDOT restriped the bridge in March 2021, adding bike and pedestrian lanes on each side and reduced the center emergency lane from 10 feet to 4 feet, drawing the ire of several Council members and a large number of IOP residents as well.

Phase 2 of SCDOT’s study, now in its preliminary stages, will address traffic congestion on the Connector and the roads that feed into it, including Highway 17, Palm Boulevard, Rifle Range Road and Hungryneck Boulevard, along with the island’s hurricane evacuation plan.

In a related matter, a divided Council narrowly approved a motion to hire an attorney to review the constitutionality of two related issues: the restriping of the Connector and S. 40, legislation signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster in May 2021 that permits municipalities to charge for parking on state roads, but only with approval from the Department of Transportation. Sponsored by State Sen. Larry Grooms, the bill was heralded by the Charleston Beach Foundation, a group that was formed after IOP denied non-residents access to the island during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The motion to hire an attorney, considered after the Council emerged from executive session, was supported by Mayor Phillip Pounds, Anderson, Streetman, Kevin Popson and Jimmy Ward, while Hahn, Scott Pierce, Katie Miars and John Bogosian voted no.

Hahn later explained that he voted against the measure not because he doesn’t favor challenging the constitutionality of S. 40 and the restriping of the bridge, but because he “did not like the lawyer Brent found.”

IOP City Attorney Brent Halversen asked the Council to hire Miller Shealy, a professor at the Charleston School of Law. Shealy also has served in a solicitor’s office, in the office of the Attorney General of South Carolina and in the U.S. Department of Justice.

“I very much am in favor of giving Council what they need to understand the gravity of the situation,” Hahn added. “All of us want to hire a lawyer. This was about which lawyer to hire.”

In other action on June 28, the Council passed first reading of an ordinance that would put a referendum on the November ballot, asking residents if they would like to reduce the size of the Council from nine to seven members. There were three no votes, from Anderson, Ward and Popson. Ward said he would prefer to have the referendum originate from the voters rather than from the Council.

The Council also voted to extend the temporary suspension of enforcement of the plastic ban for businesses that have been impacted by supply chain issues. No business will be able to provide its customers with single use plastic bags at the point of sale. Ward, Miars and Pierce voted no.

City of Isle of Palms names new fire chief

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials with the City of Isle of Palms have named Craig Oliverius as the new fire chief.This comes after city leaders unanimously approved a recommendation from the city administrator to appoint Oliverius who is the deputy chief of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.Oliverius will start his new job on March 29 and will oversee 34 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $5 million, city officials said.Oliverius began his career as a volunteer firefighter in the Sullivan&rsq...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials with the City of Isle of Palms have named Craig Oliverius as the new fire chief.

This comes after city leaders unanimously approved a recommendation from the city administrator to appoint Oliverius who is the deputy chief of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

Oliverius will start his new job on March 29 and will oversee 34 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $5 million, city officials said.

Oliverius began his career as a volunteer firefighter in the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department before joining Mount Pleasant as a firefighter. IOP officials say during his 20-year career, Oliverius rose through the ranks serving in wide areas including emergency response, operations, fire prevention, training, human resources, public relations, administration, emergency medical services and professional standards.

In addition, the city says Oliverius was instrumental in the planning and development of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department’s Strategic Plan and in maintaining accredited status through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

“I am thrilled for Chief Oliverius to join our team at Isle of Palms. He has impressive qualifications and well-rounded experience working in an accredited Fire Department,” said City Administrator Fragoso. “We are fortunate to be able to draw from that experience and ensure that the Isle of Palms Fire Department is a beacon for professionalism and service to our community. His desire to foster innovation, collaborate with our partners, develop stronger relationships with our neighbors, and mentor the next generation of fire service leaders will truly benefit the Isle of Palms Fire Department and the community.”

City officials say they retained the services of executive recruiting firm Developmental Associates to facilitate the search for the new fire chief.

“I am humbled and honored to have this amazing opportunity to work with the City of Isle of Palms Administrator, Council, Firefighters, Staff, and Elected Officials,” Oliverius said. “I look forward to hitting the ground running to lead and serve alongside this talented group of firefighters and staff. I’m excited to develop community partnerships as well as enhance existing public safety relationships. My goal is to deliver excellent customer service to everyone the fire department comes in contact with, including residents, businesses, and visitors.”

“We are thrilled to add someone to our IOP family with Craig’s credentials and background. Craig will be a great addition to an already strong department,” Mayor Pounds said.

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SC might make beaches provide free parking. Isle of Palms begs McMaster to veto bill

In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s di...

In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.

The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s disapproval of a bill introduced by state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley.

The legislation would require South Carolina’s beach communities to provide at least some free parking on state roads.

It also would give towns the authority to include paid public beach parking and to use those funds to maintain, operate and preserve things like beach parking facilities; beach access, maintenance, and renourishment; traffic and parking enforcement; first responders; sanitation; and litter control and removal.

The Isle of Palms council meeting Friday morning took all of 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Two council members, Ryan Buchannon and Phillip Pounds, did not attend.

Mayor Jimmy Carroll, reading from the resolution, said the goal was to express the city’s opposition to the implementation of the legislation “by all lawful means necessary.”

It also urges S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster to veto the bill when it gets to his desk.

The resolution also claims the legislation “clearly discloses that barrier island communities, including the Isle of Palms, are being singled out and treated differently from other municipal entities in this state in a politically motivated, unconstitutional response to the City’s actions taken in the interest of public health and safety.”

It continues, alleging the bill “violates The Home Rule Act, which explicitly gives municipalities the sole power to control roads and streets within the municipality for the public health.”

“Home rule has always been a fundamental part of why South Carolina is so wonderful,” Councilman John Moye said in an emailed statement following the vote. “When home rule is threatened at this scale, issues that local leaders and communities know how to best address are suddenly being managed by politicians in Columbia.”

Isle of Palms, which is located across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant, has become the nexus of South Carolina’s beach parking drama. The back-and-forth over free versus paid parking has sparked debates over who deserves access to state’s public sands.

The debate intensified last year when South Carolina closed public access to its beaches, all of which the state owns, at the start of the pandemic in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. After McMaster reopened the beaches in late April, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach took a more gradual approach, issuing their own emergency orders to restrict public beach access and reduce the number of nonresidents coming in at the time.

Isle of Palms is facing a lawsuit over its 2020 decision to temporarily block nonresidents from using more than 750 parking spots near the beach, leaving just 10 free spaces for visitors.

All beaches are now open to the public.

Recently, ahead of the busy summer tourist season, the S.C. Department of Transportation installed approximately 240 angled spaces on the land side of the state-owned Palm Boulevard, stretching from 22nd to 40th Ave.

State Rep. Joe Bustos, R-Charleston, argued on the House floor last week that the bill was not ready for a vote and urged further debate.

“This is not a beach access bill. This is a beach parking bill, and we need to understand that,” Bustos said.

His attempts to table the bill were unsuccessful.

The local resolution that passed Friday now puts Isle of Palms at odds with Mount Pleasant, a neighboring town that in January passed a resolution to show public support for Grooms’ bill.

The bill, S. 40, passed its final reading May 13 in a 102-10 vote in the state House. It now heads to McMaster’s desk.

It is still unclear whether McMaster will sign the bill into law.

“Governor McMaster is still in the process of reviewing the bill and greatly appreciates all input,” said Brandon Charochak, a spokesman for the governor. “He will make a final decision in the coming days.”

Memorial Day weekend, considered the unofficial start of the summer tourist season, is next week.

A group calling themselves the Barrier Island Preservation Alliance welcomed the move by Isle of Palms on Friday.

The group’s stated mission is to foster dialogue and community engagement to address the unique challenges of barrier island beaches.

Morgan Harris, an Isle of Palms resident and member of the alliance, said council members share their goals.

“They, like we, want Isle of Palms to continue to be an open and welcoming community that is safe for families, businesses and visitors alike. And they believe, as so many of us do, that we, rather than Columbia bureaucrats and politicians, are best equipped to make decisions about parking in Isle of Palms,” Harris said.

This story was originally published May 21, 2021 2:12 PM.

SCDOT, IOP leaders to discuss changes of IOP Connector after independent study

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation and leaders from the City of Isle of Palms are working together to find better traffic patterns and flow on the Isle of Palm’s Connector. The state’s Transportation Secretary Christy Hall and IOP Mayor Phillip Pounds met Friday afternoon to discuss options.Isle of Palms leaders say changes come down to safety issues and decreasing traffic on and off the island during heavy traffic time. Secretary Christy Hall says the state higher and indepe...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation and leaders from the City of Isle of Palms are working together to find better traffic patterns and flow on the Isle of Palm’s Connector. The state’s Transportation Secretary Christy Hall and IOP Mayor Phillip Pounds met Friday afternoon to discuss options.

Isle of Palms leaders say changes come down to safety issues and decreasing traffic on and off the island during heavy traffic time. Secretary Christy Hall says the state higher and independent contractor to study traffic on the connector. The study is the second time in just over a year.

“It’s an absolute gridlock and you know the concerns are really around public safety,” says IOP Mayor Phillip Pounds.

The Isle of Palm’s Connector serving as a lifeline to and from the beach. Mayor Pounds says since last year’s reconfiguration of the connector, removing it’s median and widening bicycle and pedestrian paths, residents and island leaders believe there’s a more efficient option.

“And there really might be a better way than the way it originally was, you know could we get a reversible lane,” says Mayor Pounds. “Could we have two lanes going off?”

The city asked SCDOT to conduct an independent study of the connector and traffic to identify reconfiguring the connector in hopes of adding another lane off the island. Secretary Christy Hall says there’s only so much that can be done.

“What can we do together to try to keep traffic moving as best as we can realizing that there’s going to be points in time when it’s just going to be congested,” says Secretary Hall.

The state says it will take another look at the connector while working to meet the needs of bikers, walkers, guests and residents while addressing the concerns of local leaders.

“We’re open to having the discussion, we’re open to letting the independent team come in and look to see what are other options that could be implemented,” says Secretary Hall.

The study will look at the traffic pattern, number of cars and additional ways to re-stripe the connector. Mayor Pounds believes opening the door to having the conversation is the best approach.

“This is a collaborative effort and there will be give and take on both sides without a doubt but I’m hopeful we’ll get to a good spot on both sides today,” says Mayor Pounds.

The study will likely take a few weeks before the two sides are expected to meet again at the end of March and look at possible changes.

Escaping the beach: Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island work to ease brutal summer traffic

The more popular Charleston’s beaches get, the worse traffic becomes. And there’s not a lot of room to grow.Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, in particular, have little room for traffic control. They each have two ways to get off the island, and one of those ways is to go to the other island. The end of a day at the beach — or the second raindrops start to fall — turns the islands into traffic logjams where it can take ages to escape back to the mainland.While they know their critics want more a...

The more popular Charleston’s beaches get, the worse traffic becomes. And there’s not a lot of room to grow.

Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, in particular, have little room for traffic control. They each have two ways to get off the island, and one of those ways is to go to the other island. The end of a day at the beach — or the second raindrops start to fall — turns the islands into traffic logjams where it can take ages to escape back to the mainland.

While they know their critics want more access to the beaches, the mayors of both towns say they are barely able to manage the current deluge of visitors.

Traffic is “the big nut that we’re all trying to crack, quite honestly,” Isle of Palms Mayor Phillip Pounds said.

To manage those visitors, Sullivan’s Island Mayor Pat O’Neil said he wants to see more support from Charleston County and the state with handling traffic congestion.

“We’re providing beach access in our own way to the greater population of South Carolina one way or another,” he said “We’ve been trying to stress that beach traffic, when you get it right down to it, is the same as after a USC football game or a Clemson football game or a big concert someplace.

“There are protocols for managing those kinds of events. We submit that a busy afternoon at the beach ... is an event. We should treat it as such, but we need help from the county and the state to treat it as such.”

For now, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Mount Pleasant are working together to better manage traffic flow on and off the islands. The local municipalities have also partnered with local TV station WCIV ABC News 4 to get traffic information to people.

“We’re working with (WCIV) at their initiation on a communications plan to really try to get the word out so people can get in the habit of, ‘Let’s check the traffic cameras. Let’s check the traffic reports before we start a 40-minute drive to the beach to avoid getting caught in traffic,’” O’Neil said.

The islands are also investing money in:

“We’re trying to enhance people’s visit to our island, knowing it’s going to be crowded and knowing there’s a lot of people that want to come here,” Pounds said.

Former IOP Mayor proposes making island independent republic

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.

The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP connector last year.

“When you have city leadership saying that we hate the rest of the state so much we’re going to secede and have our own little country here, that sort of ticks a lot of people off,” says South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.

The idea for the Palm Republic is form of retaliation by the organizers against the restriping of the Isle of Palms Connector and Senate Bill S-40, known as the beach parking bill. The bill’s author, Senator Grooms says legislation was needed to keep local leadership from stepping out of line.

“The state had to come in and be almost a little bit heavy handed when leadership basically outlawed all public parking on the island,” says Senator Grooms.

Former Mayor Carroll told News 2 the idea was inspired by The Conch Republic, when Key West, Florida declared itself a Republic from Florida in 1982. He and current IOP City Councilman Blair Hahn are behind the effort believed to be half a joke and half an effort to bring attention to the city’s frustrations with the state’s changes to beach parking regulations.

Former State Attorney General Charlie Condon says the city could claim the state violated the Home Rule Act in court but says seceding from the state isn’t legally possible.

“You can’t secede, that’s going nowhere,” says Condon. “It’s not legal, it’s not possible under our system of laws but they do have access to the courts.”

Some residents I spoke with say they only recently learned of the proposal. Leadership for the proposed Republic were set to have a meeting Friday to outline the future of the Palm Republic, they’re expected to present plans soon. Senator Grooms believes the issue should be approached differently to find better solutions.

“Let fools continue to sing their songs and just try to ignore them and do what’s best for all concerned,” says Senator Grooms.

Current Mayor Phillip Pounds sent News 2 a statement that reads quote, “The City of Isle of Palms is in no way involved with the Palm Republic. Our Council and I continue to be focused on collaborative relationships and seeking solutions that benefit residents and visitors.”

CARTA to offer free weekend shuttle to Isle of Palms starting later this month

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will resume its Beach Reach Shuttle service later this month.The agency announced Wednesday the free seasonal park-and-ride shuttle that provides a connection between Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, will relaunch on May 28.The service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5, as well as on Memorial, Independence and Labor Days.“We work hard at CARTA to make sure we’re providing a cost-effective and efficient way...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will resume its Beach Reach Shuttle service later this month.

The agency announced Wednesday the free seasonal park-and-ride shuttle that provides a connection between Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, will relaunch on May 28.

The service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5, as well as on Memorial, Independence and Labor Days.

“We work hard at CARTA to make sure we’re providing a cost-effective and efficient way of getting people where they need to go – and, in the summer months, that includes the beach,” CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings said. “Thanks to our Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant and Towne Centre partners, we’re able to once again make that happen, and we look forward to re-introducing our riders to the Beach Reach Shuttle.”

Each Saturday, the shuttle will run every hour from 9:15 a.m. (first departure from Towne Centre) to 5:30 p.m. (final departure from Isle of Palms). On Sundays, in order to improve efficiency and ease necessary transfers, the shuttle will run every hour from 9:40 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.

“The Town of Mount Pleasant is proud to stand alongside CARTA, Isle of Palms and our very own Towne Centre to bring the Beach Reach Shuttle back into service,” Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said. “I hope folks throughout our community and beyond will join us in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity to make the most of this summer.”

“This has been a team effort in the truest sense of the term, and we’re glad to be working alongside our remarkable partners to increase beach access and share the beauty of the Isle of Palms shoreline this summer,” City of Isle of Palms Mayor Philip Pounds said.

Riders should plan to arrive at least five minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Beach Reach riders will be able to board the shuttle at stop No. 715, behind the Belk Men’s store in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, and disembark at 9th Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, adjacent to the Isle of Palms beach access.

Parking will be available along Market Center Boulevard in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Connections to Route 40 Mount Pleasant and Route 42 Wando Circulator will also be available.

CARTA provided the following rules for the shuttle service:

Full route details and bus tracking can be found in the Transit App, which is available for download in the Apple and Google Play stores. Riders can also view traffic conditions and municipal information for all area beaches via the Beach Reach app, which is also available for Apple and Google smartphones.

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The New Islander 71 Restaurant: Back to Island Time

For over five decades, the Isle of Palms Marina has been a hotspot for sandy feet and sun-kissed skin. What started by the Finch family as a boat launch and marina, slowly evolved into a local hangout with a little restaurant where fishermen could kick off their flip-flops and mingle. During the glory days of Isle of Palms in the ‘70s, Wild Dunes began to put the small island’s name on the map for tourists. The marina’s restaurant began to attract people eager to get a glimpse of the local spirit and beach-bum lifestyle....

For over five decades, the Isle of Palms Marina has been a hotspot for sandy feet and sun-kissed skin. What started by the Finch family as a boat launch and marina, slowly evolved into a local hangout with a little restaurant where fishermen could kick off their flip-flops and mingle. During the glory days of Isle of Palms in the ‘70s, Wild Dunes began to put the small island’s name on the map for tourists. The marina’s restaurant began to attract people eager to get a glimpse of the local spirit and beach-bum lifestyle.

Dave and Chrissy Lorenz, along with their partner Jon Bushnell, have lived on Isle of Palms for over 15 years and felt that the island needed to bring back that original charm. The group wanted to create a restaurant that would transport visitors back to the good ol’ days. Capitalizing on the picturesque view of the Intracoastal, Islander 71 aims to be a family-friendly gathering place where the simple island lifestyle is appreciated.

Dave Lorenz said, “We wanted to bring it back to the glory days of Isle of Palms in the ‘70s, and we chose the number 71 in particular because that is the year my wife and I were born.” The restaurant creates a place for both locals and tourists to bond over their love of the views and culture that make up the island. As the only restaurant in the area directly on the Intracoastal, we wanted to show off the view, allowing each table to have a view of the water.”

With its outdoor cornhole and bar area, indoor restaurant seating and rooftop bar, Islander 71 has a place for families tying up the boat to recharge after a day on the water and families looking for a nice dinner on the island under the sunset.

Lorenz added, “We wanted to keep the menu simple. It is exactly what you would want when you go to a local seafood restaurant.”

The restaurant features old island recipes that Lorenz gathered from family and friends to highlight Lowcountry seafood. One recipe that Lorenz is especially excited about is the crab dip that was originally created by a family friend, Betty Jane, and has been passed down for decades.

Islander 71 aims to create the authentic experience of the Isle of Palms of yesteryear, and Lorenz has a unique idea on how to incorporate this into the decor. As of now, there is only one picture in the entire restaurant. This picture shows Sugar Hill, the fourth resident of the island, at the beach some 50 years ago. As years go by, Lorenz’s vision is to accumulate pictures from locals of themselves or their families in the ‘70s on Isle of Palms. This plan allows Islander 71 to be a place to look back at the original fishermen who put the marina on the map and carry on their legacy in the spirits of generations to come.

By Madison Broach

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2 injured after getting caught in surprise rip current off Isle of Palms

ISLE OF PALMS — A surprise rip current injured two swimmers over the weekend, serving as a reminder for beachgoers to exercise caution as summer nears.The National Weather Service’s Charleston office observed a rip current around 6 p.m. April 24, forecaster Neil Dixon said. The powerful stream, located about 100 yards offshore between 21st and 22nd avenues, caught up two swimmers.Both were rescued and taken to a local hospital for treatment, Dixon said.The rip current caught meteorologists by surprise, and ap...

ISLE OF PALMS — A surprise rip current injured two swimmers over the weekend, serving as a reminder for beachgoers to exercise caution as summer nears.

The National Weather Service’s Charleston office observed a rip current around 6 p.m. April 24, forecaster Neil Dixon said. The powerful stream, located about 100 yards offshore between 21st and 22nd avenues, caught up two swimmers.

Both were rescued and taken to a local hospital for treatment, Dixon said.

The rip current caught meteorologists by surprise, and appeared to be an isolated incident. There was nothing in the April 24 forecast to indicate such a risk was present, Dixon said.

Rip currents, or localized currents that flow away from the shoreline toward the ocean at perpendicular or acute angles, usually reach speeds of 1 to 2 feet per second, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service. Swimmers who get caught in a rip current are often quickly swept away.

The ocean is a dynamic place, and its wave patterns are constantly changing, said Dwight Koehn, who leads the Weather Service’s observation programs. Intense rip currents can form and dissipate in a matter of minutes.

Conditions mostly depend on near-shore wave conditions, which are affected by the swells coming in from the open ocean, Koehn said.

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, do not panic, Koehn said. It’s important to continue breathing and keep your head above water. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you’re free from the current’s pull, then swim directly toward the beach.

Another ocean-related incident was reported the same day off nearby Folly Beach. Several people called 911 around 3 p.m. after witnessing a man “bobbing up and down in the water” before disappearing near the west side of the pier, said Rocky Burke, the beach’s deputy director of public safety.

The department initiated a search-and-rescue effort, assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and city of Charleston, Burke said.

Authorities used a helicopter and boats to look for the swimmer but efforts were called off around 6 p.m. There is no plan to resume the search unless new information comes in, Burke said.

His department has not received any information about the swimmer’s identity, Burke added.

The Weather Service does not believe that incident had to do with rip currents, Dixon said.

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