News Briefs - July 18, 2019
COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT FIELD OF HONOR PROJECT AFTER THEFTS (ELIZABETH BUSH)
Although the 2019 Daniel Island Field of Honor display has officially been dismantled, community support around the project is still flying high. After a string of thefts from the project’s Smythe Park display, donations have been made to fully cover the costs of the missing flags, according to the Exchange Club of Daniel Island, the initiative’s sponsoring organization.
In an email dated July 15, Field of Honor project chair JC Dominick reported to The Daniel Island News that the club had received donations covering all lost flags and that several other people had come forward offering to pay for any additional flag losses. A total of 12 flags were taken.
“This outstanding community support shows the true strength and heart of our people,” stated Dominick.
“The actions of a few will not deter your Exchange Club’s determination to bring this important community service project to you once again next year,” he continued.
There were a total of 675 flags in this year’s display, which included 600 on River Landing Drive and 75 in Smythe Park. Flags could be sponsored for $25 each by community members in honor or memory of veterans, active military members, first responders, teachers and your hometown heroes. Over $6,000 in net proceeds from the project will benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank, Fisher House of Charleston, One80 Place, and Palmetto Warrior Connection.
ROUNDABOUT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND UNDER BUDGET (PROVIDED)
Berkeley County continues to oversee work on the Daniel Island roundabout, at Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive, and anticipates the project will be complete by this Friday, July 19. This completion date is dependent upon weather.
Last week, crews removed the temporary truck detour, remaining signage was installed, and permanent striping was added. The final concrete medians have been placed and concrete work has wrapped up. The landscaping was scheduled to be completed early this week.
Berkeley County contractors started construction on the roundabout on April 22, 2019. The project consists of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection.
The project was originally expected to be complete by the middle of August; however, it is wrapping-up ahead of schedule, nearly a month early.
This project is part of the Berkeley County 2014 one-cent sales tax program and was budgeted to cost $2.4 million; however, according to a county press release, it is coming-in approximately $350,000 under budget.
BCSO ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY OVER ANIMAL CONTROL (PROVIDED)
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has assumed responsibility over Berkeley County Animal Control. Berkeley County Animal Control was formerly under the Berkeley Animal Center. This change was made with the passage of the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget that was approved at the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019.
Under the Sheriff’s Office, four animal control officers will be dedicated to respond to animal control calls around Berkeley County. The new phone number for Berkeley County Animal Control is (843) 719-4300.
NEW ‘DANIEL ISLAND NIGHT MARKET’ (PROVIDED)
Lowcountry Farmers Market recently announced the launch of the Daniel Island Night Market, a summer market series that takes place on Fridays at Guggenheim Terrace.
The market, which debuted on July 12, features a wide variety of local vendors, artisans, crafters, food vendors and live music. Each market will have a different theme with a group of rotating vendors. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday through September 6.
Weekly updates will be posted on the Lowcountry Farmers Market Facebook page.
Those interested in being a vendor at the Daniel Island Night Market can apply online at www.lowcountryfarmersmarket.com. The Daniel Island Afternoon Farmers Markets concluded at the end of June.