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James Island, South Carolina

James Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is located in the central and southern parts of James Island. James Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area. History[edit] Here at James Island on November 14, 1782, ...

James Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is located in the central and southern parts of James Island. James Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.


Here at James Island on November 14, 1782, Tadeusz Ko?ciuszko, Colonel of the Continental Army, led the last known armed action of the Revolutionary War against the British and was nearly killed. Later, The Continental Congress named Kosciuszko Brigadier General for his service in both the North, including his tremendous assistance to General Gates at The Battle of Saratoga and brilliant efforts assisting General Greene in saving the South Region Army from Cornwallis forces and ultimately severely weakening the British under command of Cornwallis.

In the American Civil War, the Battle of Secessionville was fought on James Island.

Long settled as a semi-rural area, this island has been affected by increasing urbanization and the expansion of the city of Charleston.

Island residents incorporated the Town of James Island on January 8, 1993. Joan Sooy was elected as the first Mayor in March 1993.

A lawsuit was filed by the City of Charleston claiming that the parts of the new Town were not contiguous, being separated by salt marsh that it had already incorporated. The City of Charleston prevailed at Circuit Court and the Town appealed. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against the Town in 1997.

The South Carolina legislature changed incorporation law to allow incorporation over already annexed salt marsh. The Town of James Island was incorporated a second time in 2002. Mary Clark was elected Mayor.

The City of Charleston challenged the Town again, this time arguing that the new incorporation law was unconstitutional special legislation. The City of Charleston prevailed in Circuit Court and the Town of James Island appealed. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the singling out "salt marsh" was irrational, the legislation was ruled unconstitutional and the Town was closed for a second time.

South Carolina changed the state laws affecting incorporation, effective on July 1, 2005. A third attempt to become a town was successful in June 2006, when about 3,000 voted to incorporate. The day after the vote, Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. filed a lawsuit against the town for the third time, saying that it was unconstitutional. Mary Clark was elected mayor of the town for the third time in August 2006.

On November 7, 2008 the City of Charleston lost its lawsuit against the Town of James Island in Circuit Court. In an election on August 3, 2010, incumbent Clark lost to Bill Woolsey, an economics professor at The Citadel and member of the James Island Town Council from 2002 to 2004.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against the Town of James Island in June 2011. It ruled that the South Carolina incorporation law used by the Town was constitutional, but that approximately 25% of the Town was not contiguous. Rather than remove that portion of the Town, it ordered the Town closed.

The Town was incorporated a fourth time after a referendum on April 24, 2012. The City of Charleston determined that it could not successfully challenge the Town by May and the deadline for a challenge passed on July 17. Former Mayor Bill Woolsey led the incorporation effort and was unopposed in the election held on July 31, 2012. He was subsequently re-elected on July 29, 2014 for a second term and again on November 5, 2019 for a third term. [4]

The town limits have never incorporated the entire island of James Island, as the City of Charleston has annexed land on James Island before the original incorporation of the town and between subsequent re-incorporations. There were approximately 18,000 residents in what were the town boundaries and approximately 20,000 in Charleston's city limits as of the 2010 US Census. The Town currently includes a population of 11,500. Approximately 6,000 residents remain in unincorporated Charleston county, and 20,000 in the City of Charleston.

James Island is the home of many historical events and areas. McLeod Plantation, a former Sea Island cotton plantation, was sold in 2011 by Historic Charleston Foundation to the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Fort Johnson is reported to be the site of the first shot of the Civil War.[5] The remains of Fort Lamar are nearby. Recent renovations of historical places include the Seashore Farmer's Lodge on Sol Legare Road.

The Fort Johnson/Powder Magazine, Fort Pemberton, Lighthouse Point Shell Ring (38CH12), Marshlands Plantation House, Seashore Farmers' Lodge No. 767, and Unnamed Battery No. 1 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


The town of James Island is served by the Charleston International Airport. It is located in the City of North Charleston and is about 12 miles (20 km) northwest of James Island. It is the busiest passenger airport in South Carolina (IATA: CHS, ICAO: KCHS). The airport shares runways with the adjacent Charleston Air Force Base. Charleston Executive Airport is a smaller airport located in the John's Island section of the city of Charleston and is used by noncommercial aircraft. Both airports are owned and operated by the Charleston County Aviation Authority.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)12,109[3]
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Notable people[edit]


One of James Island's oldest neighborhoods, Riverland Terrace, was developed in the 1940s, but it is not actually in the Town of James Island. More neighborhoods in the town include White Point Estates, Stiles Point Plantation, Eastwood, Harbor Woods, Seaside Plantation, and Parrot Creek.[citation needed]

  • Oak trees over 100 years old line the entrance to Riverland Terrace

  • Boat landing in Riverland Terrace

  • The Wappoo Cut which borders one side of neighborhood

  • Plymouth Park

  • Recently remodeled Town Hall


  1. ^ "Bill Woolsey". Libertarian Party. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Office of the Mayor - Town of James Island, SC". www.jamesislandsc.us.
  5. ^ "Fort Johnson".
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Stephen Colbert donates ATV to Charleston turtle nesting program". WBTV. July 2, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ McClure, Vaughn (May 17, 2014). "Roddy White's brother shot dead". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "World knew him as Porgy-he died a beggar". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. December 24, 1989. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Stormin' Thomas reconnects with Lowcountry roots, Citadel baseball". WCIV. February 18, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Mehring, Chris (March 4, 2014). "Gorman Thomas is special guest for 2014 Leadoff Experience". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 18, 2014.

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COVID-19 News Release #14

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON Level 2 and in a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Mayor Woolsey issued an Emergency Proclamation today regarding permitting Bed and Breakfasts within the Town’s jurisdiction. No new short-term and long-term reservations shall be made and any new check-ins are prohibited for the next 30 days effective immediately. Visitors who are currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. A violation of this Proclamation may result in fines and imprisonment as prescribed in Se...

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON Level 2 and in a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

Mayor Woolsey issued an Emergency Proclamation today regarding permitting Bed and Breakfasts within the Town’s jurisdiction. No new short-term and long-term reservations shall be made and any new check-ins are prohibited for the next 30 days effective immediately. Visitors who are currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. A violation of this Proclamation may result in fines and imprisonment as prescribed in Section 10.99 of the Town of James Island Code of Ordinances. This proclamation may be viewed here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/Data/Sites/1/media/emergency/emergency-proclamation---bb.pdf


For food, housing, and financial assistance for you or your family members, please direct them to call or visit 211 - www.sc211.org

JAMES ISLAND – As of April 13th, James Island (29412) currently has 20 cases testing positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind this number fluctuates as cases past the 14 days of projected infection are removed from the count. Many more people are likely infected and have not yet shown symptoms or are already ill and have not been tested. SCDHEC is estimating a factor of 9 which would imply as many as 180 total cases on Jame Island. The positive cases are due to exposure in the past. To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice social distancing now.

Peak demand for hospitalization in South Carolina is projected to be April 30th. https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections This is 6 days later than the previous estimate but may change with new information. The danger from contagion will likely be increasing for the next several weeks.

Remain at least six feet away from other people, especially for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more.) Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Help protect your fellow James Islanders by wearing a cloth mask when making necessary trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, or for health care.


The Governor has issued a Mandatory "Stay at Home or Work" order that went into effect on Tuesday April 7th at 5 pm.

The Governor says everyone should stay at home unless they are working, visiting family, obtaining necessary goods and services or enjoying outdoor recreation and exercise while maintaining social distancing.

Retailers Businesses must limit customers to no more than five per 1,000 square feet or 20% of the capacity determined by the State Fire Marshal.
Violating this order is a misdemeanor, and can result in a 30 day jail sentence or a $1000 fine.


Governor McMaster has expanded his original order closing non-essential businesses to now include the following types of stores: furniture, jewelry, department, clothing and shoes, florists, books, crafts and music stores. Stores that can remain open include grocery stories, gas stations, hardware stores, home improvement stores and firearm retailers.This order will go into effect Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

His previous order closed entertainment venues and facilities, recreational and athletic facilities and activities, along with close-contact service providers such as barbershop, hair salons, nail salons and massage services. All businesses allowed to remain open should practice social distancing to protect both their employees and customers.

Short-term rentals throughout the state have been closed to people traveling from coronavirus hotspots across the country. This includes hotels, short-term rentals, vacation homes, B&B's, timeshares, etc.

The Governor has closed all public access to beaches and boat landings including those on James Island and Folly Beach.


The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. For more information regarding what to expect, please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Small Business Loans including bridge loans with advances up to $10,000 that doesn't have to be paid back, visit - www.sba.gov<http://www.sba.gov>

Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/...

CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/.../commu.../guidance-business-response.html

Low Country Local First

TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND AND SURROUNDING AGENCIES- Town Council held a special meeting on April 1st authorizing the use of electronic meetings for Town committees and councils, except the Board of Zoning Appeals. Town Council will be holding it's regularly-scheduled Town Council meeting on April 16th via Zoom and it will be also be live-streamed on the Town's YouTube channel, link found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/videos-and-meeting-archive. The agenda and information on how to provide public comment can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/town-council-agendas-minutes

On March 19, 2020, James Island Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance that deferred the Town's collection of hospitality taxes for 60 days due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Businesses are asked to continue to collect taxes from patrons, but the businesses are not required to remit those monies at this time. Once collections resume you will be able to submit payments without penalty for the months deferred. Town Council also deferred enforcement of the plastics ban for 60 days, closed its parks, and allowed teleworking for non-essential employees.

Town Hall Operations - The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town continues to provide services via phone, email and through drop box operations. Many of our forms are available on our website at http://www.jamesislandsc.us/forms-and-documents and can be emailed into appropriate staff. Staff contact information can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/.../flyer_emergency-provision-of-...

The Town has closed its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park. Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston have also closed their park systems.

The James Island Public Service District Administrative Office is closed the public. Payments for sewer service can be mailed or made electronically. For Wastewater Emergencies ONLY please Call 843-795-2345. The JIPSD has delayed cutoffs of sewer service. Garbage (Roller-bin) service yard debris pickup continues as usual. Pick-up of bulk items and construction waste is suspended. The JIPSD fire stations are closed to the public. For more information: https://www.jipsd.org/

Charleston County has activated a help line you can call from 9 am to 5 pm with questions concerning the pandemic. That number is 1-843-746-3900. Charleston County courts lobby will be open from 10-2 weekdays but only for drop box deliveries. Anything else you should call ahead for instructions. All Charleston County Office Buildings are closed to the public with services available by phone or email. For more information visit: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/clickandgo.php

Charleston County School District has temporarily closed all schools thru April 30th.
Charleston County School District will be offering a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School. Pick-ups are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.
For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com<http://www.ccsdschools.com>

CDC GUIDANCE - The Town of James Island recommends citizens follow the guidelines from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
DHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.scdhec.gov/.../.../coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/.../201.../specific-groups/children-faq.html
Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are experiencing symptoms, MUSC is offering free drive-thru testing at the West Ashley Citadel Mall. Please complete the information on MUSC telehealth to get an appointment before going to the drive-thru. MUSC Tele-health: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html. You can also call 843-792-2300.

The Town remains vigilant in monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 and its continuing impact on our region by making every effort to educate our staff and the public. Updates will be released and posted to the Town's website at www.jamesislandsc.us<http://www.jamesislandsc.us>, the Town's social media platforms, and distributed to our email distribution list. Send an email to [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> to subscribe to our weekly meeting notifications and news releases.

About James Island

James Island is a large triangular sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor on the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach on the east, and the Stono River and Johns Island on the west. Affectionately nicknamed "Jim Isle," it is laced with creeks and sounds ... and well known for its farming, fishing and shrimping, ancient live oaks, and more recently, ...

James Island is a large triangular sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor on the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach on the east, and the Stono River and Johns Island on the west. Affectionately nicknamed "Jim Isle," it is laced with creeks and sounds ... and well known for its farming, fishing and shrimping, ancient live oaks, and more recently, its Holiday Festival of Lights.

The Civil War began on James Island on the morning of April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter. Both forts were located on the island's northern shore.

Most of the fighting in the Charleston area during the rest of the Civil War also occurred on
James Island and Morris Island, as Union troops tried to invade Charleston from the south, from their base on Folly Beach. All of these efforts, including notable assaults on Fort Lamar and Battery Wagner, were defeated.

Charleston is the largest city near James Island. Here is a map of the Charleston area.

Things to Do in James Island

James Island Maps, Transportation

The Charleston area has one commercial airport. It is located 16 miles from James Island:

CARTA provides public bus and trolley service in Charleston County. Most routes are located in downtown Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley:

James Island Jobs, Careers

  • Jobs in Charleston
    Our exclusive Charleston area job board organizes jobs by type of employer, company name, and area including James Island.

  • SC Works Trident Centers
    These branches of the Trident Workforce Investment Board provide job seekers in James Island and in the Charleston area with employment support from job searching and application assistance to on-the-job training and education.

James Island Businesses

For a full guide to businesses located in and around James Island, please see our South Carolina Business Directory.

Visit our featured James Island businesses:

843-795-8787 | 1721 Oak Point Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Oak Point Pediatric Dentistry offers the highest standard of dental care for children, from infancy to teens, in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. Dr. Erin Nichols and her staff create partnerships with both child and parent to achieve the best dental care possible.

James Island Economic Development

  • Charleston County Economic Development Department
    A division of Charleston County's government, the Charleston County Economic Development Department works to recruit new businesses and grow existing industries within Charleston County.

  • Charleston Regional Development Alliance
    The CRDA seeks to be a catalyst for economic growth in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region. It also publishes an annual economic scorecard which compares Charleston to similar US metro areas.

James Island News & Media

The greater Charleston area has one daily paper, the Post & Courier. Other James Island area newspapers and magazines can be found here:

James Island lies within the Charleston service area, and its television and radio stations are located there:

James Island Government

The Town of James Island is located in Charleston County.

James Island Schools, Colleges, Libraries

James Island Churches, Nonprofits

There are several hospitals and health centers located in the Charleston area, all of which can be found here: If you are looking for a place to worship in James Island, this guide will help you:

James Island and Charleston provide a host of charities and community service organizations for local residents.

These guides will help you locate helpful senior citizen resources in James Island and all of Charleston County.

James Island History, Genealogy

Assessing the potential impact of new urban development on flooding

Description The City of Charleston, South Carolina, is currently considering approval of two proposed urban developments on James Island. The proposed Central Park development would involve the conversion of 10.35 acres of woods and wetlands, including grand oak trees and dense undergrowth, into 38 single-family lots. The proposed Riverland Oaks development would involve the conversion of 28.6 acres of woods with grassed areas and pockets of dense vegetation into 146 single-family townhomes. Due to the timing of submission of the stormwater m...


The City of Charleston, South Carolina, is currently considering approval of two proposed urban developments on James Island. The proposed Central Park development would involve the conversion of 10.35 acres of woods and wetlands, including grand oak trees and dense undergrowth, into 38 single-family lots. The proposed Riverland Oaks development would involve the conversion of 28.6 acres of woods with grassed areas and pockets of dense vegetation into 146 single-family townhomes. Due to the timing of submission of the stormwater management plans for the two

developments, the Central Park development is being evaluated under the older Stormwater Design Standards Manual (2013), while the Riverland Oaks Development is being evaluated under the newer Stormwater Design Standards Manual, which became effective on July 1, 2020.

The communities adjacent to these proposed developments already experience significant flooding on a routine basis, and citizen activists have been able to show that the existing drainage system is inadequate under current conditions. The community is concerned about the impact that the destruction of these wood and wetland habitats to create more impervious surfaces will have on their properties. The goal of this project is to determine whether the stormwater management plans for the proposed Central Park and Riverland Oaks developments are consistent with the respective stormwater manuals under which they are being evaluated.

For a brief introduction to the situation in James Island from the perspective of a local resident, click here.

Since first meeting with Thriving Earth Exchange in April 2020, the James Island team has grown to encompass residents living near both the Central Park cluster and the Riverland Oaks cluster. Together, residents have worked together and with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League to commission a report by an external stormwater expert, Dr. Steve Emerman, about the state of the current stormwater system and its ability to accommodate further development. The report is available here and at the bottom of this page.

Residents are also working hard to ensure that their local politicians read and respond to the report. Their ask is simple: fix the current flooding before allowing any more development on James Island.

Project Team

Community Leaders

Franny Henty is a long-time resident of James Island (20+ years) and is a mother and a grandmother. As a local realtor, she is intimately familiar with James Island and its people, and is committed to protecting the island for both her clients and her grandchildren. Franny has personally experienced flooding and its associated costs, and is concerned as a realtor about the constant and increasing threat to both long-time residents and new arrivals. She dreams of the day when yards and living rooms don’t flood and one can safely fish and kayak in the many streams and channels on James Island.

Susan Milliken is a community activist who is passionate about protecting and preserving the sea islands of Charleston County, SC. A resident of James Island for over 22 years, Susan and concerned residents founded “Save Harbor View Road” in the early 2000’s when trees and greenspace were threatened by a county road widening project. After success in convincing Charleston County to redesign the project to save trees and greenspace, “Save James Island” was organized as a small group on Facebook concerned about the massive over development of James Island. Now some 10 years later, “Save James Island” has grown to over 4,500+ local residents who are focused on taking action when poorly planned development proposals threaten our trees, greenspace, creeks, rivers, marshes, native wildlife, flora and fauna on our unique Low Country island. A former Texas attorney, Susan spends most of her time now advocating for South Carolina municipalities to adopt better development practices with the help of local residents through “Save James Island”.

Jimmy Mazyck is a James Island native and a retired firefighter who has lived in Laurel Park for 21 years. In order to save his neighbors and himself, he has been cleaning ditches and pipes on a volunteer basis for years. Nevertheless, his entire home floods several times per year. He is the lone member of the James Island ditch patrol, and has contributed enormously to documenting the poor state of stormwater infrastructure on James Island.

Theodosia Wade has been a member of the Laurel Park subdivision on James Island since 2010 and is an Emeritus Professor of Pedagogy in Biology at the Oxford College of Emory University. As someone who has taught environmental science for over 20 years,she is concerned about the flooding in her neighborhood, as well as the resulting septic system failures, which threaten not just residents but also all the leisure opportunities visitors come to James Island for. Who wants to kayak on a creek that reeks of sewage, or risk being stranded when roads overflow?

Julie Hallman is a local real estate agent and a 10-year resident of the Woodland Shores community. She has long been concerned about the over-development of James Island and has experienced local flooding as a result of new construction in her area. Julie believes that when you take away all the things that make a place special, you risk ruining the community itself.

Scientific Partners

Dr. Steven H. Emerman has a B.S. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University, M.A. in Geophysics from Princeton University, and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Cornell University. Dr. Steve Emerman has 31 years of experience teaching hydrology and geophysics and has 66 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Dr. Emerman is the owner of Malach Consulting, which specializes in hydrologic modeling, especially related to forestry, mining and urban development.

Dr. Kirstie Dobbs received her PhD from the Political Science Department at Loyola University Chicago and her BA in International Studies and French at Butler University. She is currently a full-time lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at Merrimack College, where she teaches in the Early College Program. Working at the intersection of both Comparative and International Politics, she analyzes political behavior in transitioning democracies. Her broad objective as a scholar is to empower young people and their communities to act as powerful agents of change. She bridges this commitment with her research by working with the public to create new opportunities for collaborative engagement on resolving local and global issues.

Collaborating Organization(s)

Anthropocene Alliance (Aa) is a Florida-based nonprofit that builds grassroots coalitions in communities impacted by climate change and environmental abuse. We provide support and training to community leaders, and connect them to the government agencies, nonprofit programs and pro bono professionals that can help them. We help them rally, protest, and organize to stop flooding, mitigate global warming, and end environmental injustice.

Our core initiative, Higher Ground, is the largest flood survivor network in the country. The network is composed of 51 member-chapters from 20 states plus Puerto Rico, serving a total of 500,000 flood survivors and their neighbors.

Save James Island opposes the massive development occurring on James Island that threatens our island’s character, history, beauty, wildlife, and quality of life.

We work with the James Island community to Preserve and protect the green spaces, trees, waterways and marshes of James Island; advocate for appropriate zoning, infrastructure improvements, storm water management, and building design standards tailored to our unique community; and advocate for a bike and pedestrian-friendly James Island, with increased public transportation and affordable housing options for residents.

We also support local businesses. Please join us in doing so.

James Island Report by Dr. Emerman Download

James Island Drainage Council Testimony Download

Dr. Emerman response to Aug 10 Stormwater Mgmt Director letter Download

Dr. Emerman response to Aug 23 Post and Courier op-ed Download

Dr. Emerman letter to Mayor Tecklenburg Sept 6 Download

Dr. Emerman letter to SCDHEC Sept 13 Download

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Last year on December 28, the James Island Bugle went live when I accidentally pushed the wrong button. I had meant to start us up on January 1st! Oh, well. 2017 was an interesting year for me, personally, having this very all-encompassing “hobby” become a major part of my life. Initially I was intent on having a new article on every weekday, and almost blew a fuse after a couple of months of spending every free minute on the Bugle. Then I remembered: this is supposed to be fun! An...

Last year on December 28, the James Island Bugle went live when I accidentally pushed the wrong button. I had meant to start us up on January 1st! Oh, well.

2017 was an interesting year for me, personally, having this very all-encompassing “hobby” become a major part of my life. Initially I was intent on having a new article on every weekday, and almost blew a fuse after a couple of months of spending every free minute on the Bugle. Then I remembered: this is supposed to be fun! And so I dialed it back and made the decision to write articles when I wanted, to edit and post articles as they came to me, and to work hardest on keeping our Events and James Island in the News pages on the website and the Facebook page full of up-to-date information on James Island.

And I HAVE had fun. I’ve met so many amazing people, seen parts of James Island I wasn’t even aware of prior to the Bugle, and learned to relax and enjoy the ride. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

So the first year of the James Island Bugle is almost over, and below are the top 25 most viewed articles since we got started. I have to thank all of the writers who contributed their time and energy this year: Gretchen Stringer-Robinson, Rick Stringer, Kathy Woolsey, Liz McCafferty, Thomas Ambrose Bierce, Susan W. Pidgeon, Shawn Halifax, Katie Dahlheim, Garrett Milliken, Henry Horres, Nancy Hadley, Paul Hedden, Becca Savage Lovett, Gary Davis, and Gary L. Dyson. Thanks to Henry Horres for contributing multiple poems – really, the ONLY poetry that anyone contributed! I especially want to give bear hugs to Gretchen Stringer-Robinson, Rick Stringer, Liz McCafferty, Susan Pidgeon, and Nancy Hadley for contributing multiple articles in our first year. Rock stars, all of you!

A very important addendum

I can’t believe I forgot the very most important person of all: Lani Mustard Stringer! Lani made the very first contribution to the Bugle – our logo. She put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort into making it just right. Without it, we’d have a sad looking website, instead of the wonderful, happy, beachy logo we have that represents us every day. Thank you so much, Lani. I feel like a heel for not mentioning how vital you are when I first wrote this! You are the best.

The top 25 articles of our first year

Sean Mendes’ new restaurant Gillie’s Soul Food set to open soon on Folly Road

This was one of my more recent articles, and it was by far the most viewed article of the year. One of the genuine pleasures of making the Bugle is having the opportunity to meet people like Sean Mendes and his wife Cellie Mendes, two people who make the Blues Cajun Kitchen, Roadside Seafood, and now Gillie’s the fantastic places they are. They make wonderful food, and they are lovely human beings on top of all that. Every time I have a conversation with either of them, I walk away feeling warm and happy.

New restaurant on James Island: Edison is now open!

Meeting Joel Lucas was another wonderful event in my year. He’s so obviously in love with cooking and making eating out a memorable experience, and he once made me a tuna dish that was so good it almost made me cry. Seriously, I still think about that meal. All the time.

James Island: a brief historical overview

Written by Gretchen Stringer-Robinson, this was one of the very first articles we posted, and it was insanely popular at a time when we had a very small audience. Having so many people read this fabulous historical overview of the Island in such a short time really made me think, “Hey, this Bugle thing might just work!” Also, who knew local history was so popular? Or that James Island had so much interesting history to talk about? Now that our History section has filled up, I know that James Island has even more history than I would have ever thought, but this article is what started my education.

Angie Bellinger feeds them well at Workmen’s Café

This was my first article on a restaurant, and it was a genuinely moving experience meeting Angie Bellinger. Sitting at a table in her dining room on a Saturday, a day off for her, and talking about her fascinating life – I won’t ever forget it. The fact that Workmen’s is a one-woman show amazed me, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s the astounding Ms. Bellinger.

Pride of the Island Band Director Neville E. Curtis Retires

Liz McCafferty contributed both photography and articles to the Bugle this year. Her article on Mr. Curtis touched a chord for many James Islanders who benefitted from his band directorship for 21 years at James Island High School. My favorite quote from that article is from Steven T. Mack, JICHS Marching band Color Guard instructor and assistant to the band director: “In this day in time it’s more important than ever for kids to learn that regardless of what your background may be, if we all work together we can do anything. Mr. Curtis has made an environment where this happens.”

Island Breeze hopes to bring you back to Mosquito Beach

Meeting Norma Lemon at the Island Breeze on Mosquito Beach was a special occasion for me not only because I got to meet Norma, but because I had never set foot on that little strip of land before. I didn’t even know it existed! I learned all about the history of Mosquito Beach and what led Norma and her fiancé Norman to create the Island Breeze restaurant. Our conversation led to another extraordinary day for me, de-littering Mosquito Beach with other James Islanders who showed up for the day. I hope Norma gets her wish and Mosquito Beach becomes as popular as it was in its heyday.

Obey the rules at the North Shore and Harborview for everyone’s safety

Nancy Hadley provided this opinion piece, and apparently a lot of people agreed with her! There does seem to be a bit of a learning curve for some people in regard to the road changes in that area, and Nancy reminded a certain select (hopefully now non-existent) audience, “You are being arrogant and lazy and you are going to kill somebody. Please stop. Nobody should be in such a big hurry that they are willing to risk lives rather than take the detour which this new traffic pattern requires”. Right on.

A message to my neighbor with the dead television

I wrote this in frustration at seeing dead televisions on the side of the road all over James Island. I used my next door neighbor as the scapegoat for this article. Luckily, he’s a good natured guy. He not only thought it was pretty funny, but he actually took his TV to the drop off!

The Marine Center is a hidden gem at the end of Fort Johnson Road

Nancy Hadley, who works at the Fort Johnson Marine Center, brought us this short piece. I actually knew about the Marine Center and have vague memories of visiting it as a child, but I didn’t realize it was a place that I could visit now. Back in October I got to attend the special event they have every two years that features myriad learning stations about the work they do and tons of activities for kids. It is an extraordinarily beautiful place. And it wouldn’t have even been on my radar if not for Nancy.

Lighthouse Point Neighborhood Association unveils historical marker

The Lighthouse Point Neighborhood Association picked a beautiful day for their annual picnic and the unveiling of a new historical marker at the Indian Mound Park in the neighborhood. The site was populated by Native Americans at least 3,000 years ago, and later it served as the home site for a colonel in the militia during the Revolutionary War. Of course, there’s lots more of the history in the article, featuring the full texts of the speeches made at the unveiling.

How to hunt for Shark Teeth

I can’t remember where I first saw Becca Savage Lovett’s response to a Facebook post on how to find shark’s teeth, but I had a good laugh. And then I sent her a message and encouraged her to turn it into a Bugle post. And her pointers are funny because they’re true!

Unincorporated James Islanders: New legislation in the works

Yes, it’s the dry stuff of politics, but writing this article helped me understand the complicated set up on James Island in terms of its division between Town of James Island, City of Charleston, and the unincorporated areas. And, apparently, people have some very serious opinions about whether or not unincorporated James Island should join up with the Town of James Island and the City of Charleston.

Sweet Belgium comes to James Island with gloriously delicious waffles

Yes, people love to read about food, and James Island is definitely joining the foodie culture. You may think waffles are rather run of the mill, but then Sergio Tosi brought the real deal from Belgium. Lately he’s been showing up on Saturdays at the Town Market on Fort Johnson Road, and I count browsing the stalls at the Market while eating one of his waffles as a singular pleasure.

I met owner Jack Warren to learn about, among everything else, where the name came from (hint: actual grumpy goats were involved), but it’s really all about the food. As Jack said, “Good food, good service. We really tried to make a value-based menu, having enough lower priced items that you could come in and get a taco and a beer multiple times a week.” They are already growing in popularity because they truly do have great food and fast, genial service.

A Day on James Island: Doing all the things!

Wherein I tried to see how many things I could do in James Island in a single day. As it turns out: a lot. As I say at the end of the article, “I invite any of you who like to write to do as I did: pick a day when there’s a lot on the James Island calendar, have an amazing day, take a lot of pictures, and then write about it. It’s the sort of thing we will be happy to post on the Bugle! You’ll be famous!” The Editor disagrees with me, and no I’m not schizophrenic.

You know who throws garbage out of their car window?

I briefly mention in the “Day on James Island” article doing some trash pick up. In this piece I go in some detail about a trash expedition and spend some time raging and shaking my fist at the ne’er do wells who think that the ground is somehow like a trash can. I recently started over again, 10 months later, on the same side of the road project. It was not as bad as last time, thankfully. And I used the time to have deep thoughts, so that was good.

James Island resident working on the Blessing Boxes Project

Katie Dahlheim writes about her extraordinary project which has continued to grow and expand since she sent me this article in April. It’s hard not to be proud of a James Island resident who has done so much to help people with food insecurity in our area. At the end of her piece she writes, “I believe that people are inherently kind and want to help others, but sometimes it’s difficult to find tangible ways to put that desire into action. This is a local, direct way of helping people in our community.” You’re a good human, Katie Dahlheim.

The election is on Tuesday, November 7. Are you supposed to vote?

This article basically serves as both a primer on how to figure out where you stand as a voter on James Island (that complicated district thing again) and who was running the election. It turned out to be a hotly contested race, with a run-off that was down to a handful of votes. As is often true of these extremely local elections, your vote really does matter a lot.

Gretchen Stringer-Robinson reviewed this book for us, and says, “This is something you don’t think about when you go to a restaurant: who was there before, how they worked, what their concerns were, and what the concerns are today.” In addition to reviewing the book, she interviewed Robert Barber and Andy Weiner to get more details. For any of you who have grown up going there, the many pictures and stories paint a picture of a slice of local history that you may have known little to nothing about.

The sacrifices of the slaves of James Island have not been forgotten

For Black History Month, Gretchen Stringer-Robinson wrote about the slaves of James Island and gave a list of books for those who are interested in reading more about it. She wrote, “Slaves helped build this nation and many individuals on James Island can trace their lineage to slaves on local plantations.” It’s a difficult history to look at, but Stringer-Robinson reminds us of the folly of ever forgetting this horrible heritage.

Dills Bluff historical marker unveiled on Veterans Day

“What a remarkable occurrence that the last battle of the Revolution was fought right here on James Island.” I’ll say! I got another history lesson about James Island on the day of the official unveiling of this historical marker, and if history is your jam, you can read everything that was said that day in the article. There is a concerted effort underway to place more historical markers on James Island, and this is part of that effort.

This article was posted last January. Seriously, I can’t wait for the day when the project is done. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is sick of looking at the orange and white Daleks*.

Election blues and birth of the James Island Bugle

My very first article for the Bugle. Gosh, I was so young and passionate back then.

The Mystery of the Spitting Oysters

This was the first part of Nancy Hadley’s series on oysters, which I loved, loved, loved. If you ever (a) eat oysters, (b) roast oysters, or (c) all of the above, you should read this series. Unless you are already an expert on oysters, like Nancy.

James Island Grammar School in 1938

Finding these photos in our family albums was a cool moment for me. I liked that it showed my family’s personal piece of James Island history, but I really loved looking at my spitfire grandmother as a little kid. For fans of local history, this is a look at a location that no longer exists and is part of the educational story of James Island.

A fish story or three

Whew, that was a whirlwind! So, being the Editor of the Bugle, I am going to add my favorite series of articles to your reading list for the day. Now, I’m not a fisherman. Many of you don’t fish, so maybe that’s why the articles of Rick Stringer didn’t get into the top 25. Whatever, those articles are all awesome, and I’m going to tell you about them and encourage you to go read them because they’re both fun and interesting.

  1. First, there was Meeting a great white shark, wherein Rick Stringer has a special moment with a very well-known fish. “I decided to pull the anchor and drift, laying down for a nap. I was awakened by the sound of a rod banging in the rod holder.”
  2. Next up was Channel bass by any other name, a happy memory trip of boat trips around Morris Island during the 50s and 60s looking for channel bass. “To get to the island they would run the boats full speed, sliding up the mud bank to the island. Burger beer may have been somewhat involved…”
  3. Finally Rick wrote Spiny Dogfish in the winter waters, where we not only get to learn about this weird little shark, but get the story of the author being stranded. “I was preoccupied with the fishing and failed to notice a fog bank coming in my direction until it dropped on top of me.”

Yes, Rick Stringer is my uncle, so maybe I’m biased, but I love these stories so very much, and I want you to read and enjoy them too!


Finally, thanks to all of you who read the James Island Bugle. It’s been a fascinating year for me, exploring this cool place and the people who live and work here. I’m grateful for everyone who reads the Bugle and follows us on Facebook. I hope 2018 is as interesting and full of surprises. For now, with a few weeks left in December, I’m going to focus on eating too much and loving my family, as is tradition. Cheers!

*Daleks are evil space creatures on Doctor Who, a British sci-fil import that is wonderful.

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