UPDATE: Folly Road Development


{Artwork: “Full Moon Tide” 48″ x 36″ oil on wood by Mary Edna Fraser 2020}

UPDATE 5/22/20:
WE WON! All but the Mayor voted against hotels and motels on the Folly Road Corridor. Thank You to SCELP and every citizen who cared…
UPDATE 4/18/20:
The ordinance prohibiting Hotels & Motels on Folly Road passed and it should get a second and final reading with a Public Hearing on May 21st. Thank you James Island Council Members, Bishop Gadsden, Save James Island, James Island Creek Activists, and all who emailed the James Island Town Council to stop this development on the Folly Road Corridor. They received 54 letters opposing hotels and only one supporting. Power to the People! – MEF
“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,” Joni Mitchell sang in 1970.
On Thursday, April 16th during this pandemic the Town of James Island will hold a virtual Town Council meeting. Town Council will take up the issue of prohibiting Hotels and Motels in the Commercial Core area of Folly Road. The Planning Commission has weighed in on this issue and is recommending that hotels obtain a Special Exception to be built on Folly Road. Folly Road’s Commercial Core runs from Oak Point Road at the SpeeDee to Prescott Street across from Nativity Church, which is a huge portion of Folly Road.

Our Mayor is supporting Special Exceptions for Hotels and Motels in the Commercial Core area, which would likely result in a Hotel on the Bessenger property directly across James Island Creek from my home and just after the bridge on your right driving toward Folly Beach. This will be against the wishes of Neighborhood Preservation and Conservation groups as well as most of our council members as it is a slippery slope to improper development and more Hotels and Motels on Folly Road.

Please send emails to the addresses below to express your opposition to this Special Exception and that you also oppose hotels and motels on this corridor:
Mayor Bill Woolsey – bw******@ja***********.us
Councilman Troy Mullinax – da****************@ja***********.us
Councilman Garrett Milliken – ga*************@ja***********.us
Councilwoman Cynthia Mignano – cm******@ja***********.us
Councilman Dan Boles – db****@ja***********.us
“They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.”
“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”
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Mary Edna Fraser
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  1. Debra Tyler
    Posted April 13, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I adamantly oppose any Hotels or Motels on James Island!! That will only pave the way for future development of this type. We do not need this type of business on our small island!!!

  2. Philip O Kelly
    Posted April 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Please do not allow any hotels/motels/ or similar type buildings to be built on Folly Road on James Island. The traffic is already out of hand and we do not need more cars. Thanks for your time and concern. .

  3. Susan E Morrison
    Posted April 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Please no hotels on James island!

  4. Phyllis DeCoursey
    Posted April 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    please stop the development on James Island. Destroying wh;at is left of the island. The congestion is already terrible especially in the summer. All that development will make it worse. What will happen if hurricane is coming and people need to evacuate; it is going to make traffic even worse. Please stop the development. This is not right. I thought the mayor during his campaign stated he was against more development.

    Phyllis DeCoursey

  5. Posted April 14, 2020 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    I am an outsider -not a local resident – but then aren’t we all outsiders whenever we are allowed to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of the low country? Many times I have viewed and painted this area of natural Charleston. There is so much beauty right next to areas of bustle and hurry. One of the most precious attributes of nature is it’s delight in its own ebbing evolution . When hotels desire to encroach on natural beauty then what is left to love and see? …only a huge patch of concrete which will decay and age and go unnoticed, having replaced the true essence of what once was. Think .

  6. Korine Mahoney
    Posted April 16, 2020 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    As a James Islander for over 20 years it saddens me to see that the charm of the island is not being fully appreciated. Moreover it is being traded for a faster pace, less organic state of life. We moved to Charleston from Los Angeles to buy a home and raise our daughter. This is not James island. I miss the simplicity of my town. Growth is necessary, yes, but at what cost?

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