Daniel Island History - December 10, 2015
FIVE YEARS AGO
In the December 16, 2010 issue of the Daniel Island News, the ribbon cutting of the new Seven Farms Village affordable housing complex for seniors was the feature on the cover. Celebrating the opening, Mayor Riley gave the keynote address at the dedication. He praised the Humanities Foundation for the “beautiful” addition to the Daniel Island community and for the organization’s diligence in piecing together necessary funding to make it a reality. In business news, island cruise experts David and Jane Vail, the then owners of Daniel Island based Vail Travel Cruise Holidays, were among very first to sail on the world’s largest cruise ship. Having just returned from sailing aboard the world’s newest and largest cruise ship, the Allure of the Seas, the Vails shared tips and advice for area travelers. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, holds 5,400 passengers and is an architectural marvel at sea. In other news, Plug In Carolina and Eaton Corporation kicked off a statewide tour to mark the deployment of South Carolina’s multi-city Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network. The tour began at the state Capitol in Columbia, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks by then Governor Mark Sanford. The implementation of the charging network is underway to support the variety of new EVs emerging now and in the near future and was made possible by the recently announced agreement with Eaton to supply and support EV charging stations in eight South Carolina cities.
TEN YEARS AGO
In the December 15, 2005 issue of the Daniel Island News, the centerfold featured new development on Clements Ferry Road. Because of a report from South Carolina Department of Transportation that some 52,000 people travelled along 526 and 17,000 people use Clements Ferry Road daily and the area’s expected population was expected to boom, plans for a large “Village” project proposed for the interchange area were in the design and review process. At least one person along the Clements Ferry Road was a bit worried about the area’s future. Richard Miller, Daniel Island Marina and Village General Manager, said growth is certainly good for business, but there are drawbacks, citing the need for a traffic light at Clements Ferry Road and Marina Drive. While the project never came to fruition, traffic remains a hot topic for the area. In sports news, former Wando resident Robert Porcher III’s was highlighted as a football standout who first played at Cainhoy High School and then was an All-American at South Carolina State and a three-time All-Pro defensive end for the Detroit Lions before retiring in 2004 after a 13-year career. The son of Robert, Jr. and Marilyn Porcher, he grew up on Pinefield Road. Other news included the leadership of the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association changing hands on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 as three new people were elected to one-year terms. As of Jan. 1, 2006, Tim Callanan replaced Franklin Medio as president, Patrick McDonald replaced Claude Brusse as vice president and Patricia Marshall replaced Al Vitalo as treasurer. All three outgoing officers declined to run for reelection, and all three new officers ran unopposed. Secretary Valerie Bautista was reelected.