DI News History - January 11, 2018
TEN YEARS AGO – Republican and Democratic primaries
In the January 10, 2008 issue of The Daniel Island News, our centerfold article provided an overview of the candidates running for the upcoming Republican and Democratic primaries. Some of the Republican candidates were Rudi Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul. Those vying for the Democratic seat were Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama.
In local news, Rep. Jim Clyburn was in Charleston celebrating his one year anniversary as House Majority Whip.
“Today is the anniversary date of my becoming House Majority Whip,” Clyburn told an appreciative crowd during a tour of Charleston Development Academy Charter School. “I spent the morning at the Air Force base and now I’m here. It’s interesting to come to the city where it all started for me, to the same neighborhood and with people in the same profession I started in.”
FIVE YEARS AGO – SPA fails to sell land by deadline
In the feature article in the January 10, 2013 issue of The Daniel Island News, it was reported that no one had expressed serious interest in purchasing about 495 acres of land owned by the State Ports Authority (SPA) on Daniel Island. The lack of a buyer for the property, which is located along the Cooper River side of the island, meant the SPA was not able to meet a state-mandated deadline to have the parcels under contract by Dec. 31, 2012.
“The Ports Authority continues to offer the property for sale in accordance with the statute,” explained Allison Skipper, the SPA Public Relations Manager at the time. “No qualified offers have been presented to date and the property is not under contact, but we are hopeful that the prospects of an acceptable sale will emerge as the real estate market improves.”
To date, 50 of those acres now have been made available to the state park system. Use of the remainder of the land remains unclear, although U.S. House Representative Mark Sanford has urged as recently as last year that some of it be used for a regional park.