recent post in the river
of Facebook content related to
Mount Pleasant’s ongoing evolution
stood out for the visceral reaction it
In it, a middle-aged woman
detailed how she “burst into tears”
at the sight of the office building/parking garage under
construction at the corner of Coleman Boulevard and Mill
Street. To many, that may feel like an
overreaction. The picture of an adult
weeping because of a new building seems like a bit much –
not to mention that it’s unsafe to cry while driving.
Yet here we are after years of contention surrounding
growth issues, the formation of an influential grass-roots
group and last fall’s testy election cycle. Palpable personal
angst has risen alongside the The Boulevard apartments,
Earl’s Court and the aforementioned parking structure,
leading to social media rants, packed Town Council
meetings and more than a few hurt feelings.
Now, against a backdrop of heightened emotions,
progress must be made on a host of issues that come
with governing a fast-growing municipality. Quite
simply, town leaders – both elected and administrative
– still have business to which they must attend, some
of which involves attracting business to Mount Pleasant
and the growth debate’s ground zero along Coleman
CounCil Finds Common Ground
Fundamental discrepancies persist on the Town
Council, particularly on the residential growth front, and
Mount Pleasant continues to be tied up in lawsuits as
the result of action taken by Councils past and present.
However, there is common ground in other places, such
as economic development, an area in which the town is
surging, with 521 businesses opening their doors since
the first of the year.
Already in 2016, the Council has voted unanimously
on major projects such as the Shem Creek Park Phase 3, a
$26-million Capital Improvements Plan – which includes
Memorial Waterfront Park Phase 2 – the town’s annual
special events lineup and the creation of the Shem Creek
Task Force. Those votes were made, in part, to foster the
quality of life that high-paying employers find attractive,
town officials said.
The Council’s harmonious track record is similar
when it comes to key economic growth policies such
as the expansion of the town’s Economic Development
Incentive Grant program and the allocation of funds for a
$2-million port area study.
“Mount Pleasant is ‘Open for Business,”’ said
Councilman Mark Smith, who chairs the Economic
Development Committee. “We as a Council are united on
Last September, the town hired Amy Livingston as
its first business development officer. She’s been tasked
By Daniel Brock
a survey by robert
Mills denotes a road
and charleston as
Georgetown road, an
old indian “broad path.”
a ferry service brings
tourists from charleston to
Mount Pleasant, where they
board a trolley that takes
them to Sullivan’s island
and what is now called isle
of Palms, a new resort.
ocean Highway is created by designating
existing roadways along the east coast
for motor vehicles. The route runs
from new Brunswick, new Jersey, to
Jacksonville, Florida. in South carolina,
where the road turns inland to the village
of Mount Pleasant, it is known as route 40.
Plans call for a second
bridge across the cooper
river and for route 17 to
bypass coleman Boulevard.
it will later connect to
route 17 near the present
day Dick’s Sporting Goods.
ocean Highway is
incorporated into route 17,
a north-south federal road
that runs along the coast
from Porta Gunda, Florida,
to Winchester, Virginia.
The cooper river Bridge opens,
and route 17 joins with route
40 in Mount Pleasant by way
of a road across the charleston
peninsula, thus shortening the