Sullivan’s Island City Council to Consider Historic Preservation Study – The Island Eye News
By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News
Sullivan’s Island City Council has accepted a report from the Town’s Historic Preservation and Design Study Group and will discuss it in more detail at an upcoming council workshop. At its August 16 meeting, the Board decided that the report of the HPDSG, a subcommittee of the Board’s Land Use and Natural Resources Committee, will require further review before recommendations requiring changes to the The zoning ordinance is forwarded to the Planning Commission and that policy changes are implemented by the municipal administration, under the direction of the Council.
Chaired by John Winchester, the HPDSG completed its work after holding nine public meetings from March 3 to July 7. Among his recommendations is that of encouraging owners to restore free-standing historic structures rather than attaching them to new constructions. Council member Bachman Smith stressed that he was unsure what he and his colleagues were supposed to do with the report, which had already received the blessing of the LUNR committee and its chairman, Councilman Gary Visser. “I don’t know where we are going. I read it all, and I loved everything I read. But right now I’m much more confused than when we started. What are we voting on and what is the scope of the vote we take? Visser asked.
“What is the consequence of the vote we take? What are we doing here?” Visser replied that he hoped the Board would accept the report and act “at subsequent Board meetings.” Smith said he would rather tackle a few recommendations at a time, rather than to approve the whole package.” I’m not comfortable with something so comprehensive voting on it as a document as a whole,” Smith commented. “I think it might be a bit risky to review 16 recommendations and vote at the same time to send them somewhere.” A motion to accept the work of the subcommittee, “for informational purposes only”, and study the report at an upcoming workshop of the Board was passed unanimously.At their August 16 meeting, Board members also heard from Alissa Lietzow, Executive Director of Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, who provided information on the upcoming Art on the Beach program. self-guided tour of Sulliv’s Island homes an has been held on the second Sunday in November for 23 years. In addition to the chance to view artwork – including some made by Sullivan’s Island residents – attendees will be able to sample food prepared by chefs throughout the tour.
The annual event raises funds for Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, which provides legal aid to low-income community members. Council also heard from Avery McMurtry, who provided an update on his experience design and landscape architecture project at Battery Gadsden. “Migration”, which aims to boost the population of monarch butterflies, will continue until September 3. Also at the August 16 meeting, O’Neil reported on a letter the city received from Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston regarding a historic plaque that was unveiled at a recent ceremony. “I have participated in many patriotic events over the years, but none have moved me more than the wonderful tribute you organized for the marker honoring the heroism of Lt. Col. Jimmy Dyess in our own community,” indicates the letter. “The marker will be a permanent reminder to all who see it that indeed ‘freedom is not free’. Hopefully the tablet will inspire all who encounter it, young and old, to follow Lt. -Colonel Dyess and to become better citizens of our great country. In 1928, Eagle Scout and Clemson Cadet Dyess saved two women from drowning in the waters off Sullivan’s Island. Dyess, like Livingston, recipient of the Medal of Honor, was killed in action in the Marshall Islands during World War 2. The mayor and council also received a letter from Myra Jones and Lee Rowland, co-directors of the Charleston Beach Foundation, requesting that people who do not live on Sullivan’s Island have the same rights and privileges to park on state highways as Island residents.
“Our survey shows that there are at least 15 blocks or areas on state highways that have designated golf cart parking spots. While we agree that there are a few areas that are too small for other vehicles to park, the majority of areas are not. Additionally, some of the areas have landowner encroachments that are illegal and infringe upon state property and the rights of others to use the space to park a vehicle,” the letter states.