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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word “open enrollment” sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there’s always a nagging feeling that you’re wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Care Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you’re in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in cityname or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you’re approaching the golden years of your life, it’s important you understand what Medicare is if you don’t already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor’s visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Care Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won’t cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called “PDPs,” these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Care Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Isle of Palms

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in “gaps” that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Care Insurance Solutions sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Care Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you will be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agency that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Care Insurance Solutions has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in cityname is during the six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Isle of Palms, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Care Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called “MA Plans” or “Part C,” Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an “all in one” solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Care Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in cityname. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor

Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan’s service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan’s network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

The Senior Care Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.

Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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CARTA’s free weekend beach bus to Isle of Palms often ran empty

MOUNT PLEASANT — The 2021 beach season marked the first time in nearly a decade that regular bus service to a Charleston-area barrier island was available, but officials haven’t decided if the “Beach Reach” bus will be back next year.While free to ride, the cost of operating the bus is on track to average about $100 for every round-trip passenger. And that’s assuming there will be lots of riders on Labor Day weekend, the last three days the bus will operate this summer.The beach shuttle was created...

MOUNT PLEASANT — The 2021 beach season marked the first time in nearly a decade that regular bus service to a Charleston-area barrier island was available, but officials haven’t decided if the “Beach Reach” bus will be back next year.

While free to ride, the cost of operating the bus is on track to average about $100 for every round-trip passenger. And that’s assuming there will be lots of riders on Labor Day weekend, the last three days the bus will operate this summer.

The beach shuttle was created in late 2020 during an uproar over public parking on Isle of Palms, where the city’s plan to eliminate free parking and reduce the amount of parking spots available prompted state legislation and S.C. Department of Transportation intervention to keep free parking widely available.

The hope was that offering a regular shuttle between Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant would ease parking demands on the island, while also giving people without cars a way to reach the beach. However, when the state quashed Isle of Palms’ plan to charge for all nonresident beach parking, that eliminated a financial incentive to use the bus.

On a recent sunny Saturday at peak beach-going time, bus driver Lelia Sanders was waiting for passengers at the designated spot in Mount Pleasant, on Market Center Boulevard in the Towne Centre shopping center less than 5 miles from the beach. The bus leaves Towne Centre at 15 minutes past the hour, from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Sanders’ bus was empty that Saturday as 10:15 approached, and it was nearly time to depart when the Route 40 bus from the Charleston peninsula arrived, with one beach-bound passenger. Less than 15 minutes that passenger was at her destination, steps from the beach, at the bus stop next to Isle of Palms County Park. There were no passengers waiting to return to Mount Pleasant.

That was a busier-than-usual trip.

Through Aug. 29, the bus operated on a total of 30 days covering Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays, making nine round-trips per day. That’s 270 round-trip runs to the beach so far.

During that time there were 397 riders, according to CARTA — but a rider is someone who boards a bus, so there were fewer than 200 round-trip passengers. The three-day Labor Day Weekend will add to the final passenger count.

The cost for the summer of bus service is $24,000, split three ways between the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, the town of Mount Pleasant and the city of Isle of Palms. If Labor Day ridership is as large as Memorial Day ridership, the cost per round-trip rider for the season will work out to about $100.

The Beach Reach bus isn’t the only free-to-ride bus in CARTA’s system, the others being three DASH routes and the Route 20, all on the Charleston peninsula. Most buses need subsidies on top of any fare revenues, but $100 for each round-trip passenger “tends toward the higher end of the scale,” said CARTA spokesman Daniel Brock.

“The Beach Reach is in its first full season, and we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” he said.

No decision has been made about the shuttle returning for the summer of 2022, Brock said.

Mount Pleasant plans to review final ridership numbers and then discuss future involvement, said Community and Government Affairs Chief Lauren Sims.

Sanders, a CARTA veteran who was the Saturday bus driver all summer, said passengers were a mix of tourists and local residents, including some who traveled from Charleston or north Mount Pleasant on the connecting Route 40 and Route 42 buses.

Most, but not all, were taking the beach bus for pleasure, she said.

“You have people working over there,” Sanders said, explaining that some riders used the bus to get to their jobs.

She said that in Towne Centre she’s had tourists walk over and inquire about the bus. The bus stop is marked, but there’s no sign saying it’s free to ride.

“It takes time, and I think if they bring it back next summer, then there will be more people,” Sanders said.

Like Sanders, Isle of Palms Administrator Desiree Fragoso hopes to see the beach shuttle continue.

“We are hopeful that CARTA will continue to support this initiative as part of a broader effort to lessen traffic congestion in the region, expand this service to other communities and continue to build on its success for many years to come,” she said.

Fragoso said the city would have liked to have seen higher ridership, but since it was the first year of operation “it seems to have been a good start” and a success. The City Council has made no decision, though, about financially supporting the bus after this year.

Going into the 2021 summer season, the plan for the Beach Reach bus changed several times. The shuttle bus service was launched for a trial run in September 2020 at the urging of Isle of Palms officials, who at the time planned to charge for all beach parking areas available to nonresidents in 2021.

When CARTA approved the shuttle bus for the 2021 beach season in February, the plan was to charge riders $4 for a round-trip ride ($2 each way), and the stop in Mount Pleasant was to be at the Department of Motor Vehicles lot on Sweetgrass Basket Parkway at the Isle of Palms connector, and on the island, the bus stop was at Ocean Boulevard at 14th Avenue.

The price and the location of both bus stops soon changed.

By May, before the service began on Memorial Day weekend, the beach shuttle became a free service after Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms each agreed to pay a third of the cost. And the Mount Pleasant bus stop was moved to Towne Centre, where the Route 40 and 42 buses already stopped.

Soon after the shuttle started running, there were complaints that the stop at the 14th Avenue beach access had no shade and was blocks away from public bathrooms. The stop on the island was then moved to a spot adjacent to the county park.

Memorial Day weekend saw the largest ridership numbers for the season, accounting for nearly a quarter of all the passengers seen throughout the summer prior to Labor Day weekend. Memorial Day, a Monday with clear weather, was the busiest day of the season, but some Saturdays and Sundays that followed saw just two or three round-trip passengers and on June 13, a rainy Sunday, there were none at all.

While Isle of Palms officials hoped the bus would ease traffic and demands for parking — a very small change given the number of riders — public transit advocates focused on the idea that people without automobiles should have access to the beach which, in the summer of 2021, they did.

Scott Pierce Places Bid In Isle Of Palms Special Election

Following statement provided by the candidate With Phillip Pound’s transition to his role as Mayor of Isle of Palms, I will be running for the open Council seat in the April 5 election. I’d first like to extend sincere gratitude to our City Council and Administration. You served endless hours over the past few years addressing pressures of not only day-to-day operations of the City, but also dealing with often conflicting demands of residents, businesses, visitors, surrounding communities, and State/Federal issues...

Following statement provided by the candidate

With Phillip Pound’s transition to his role as Mayor of Isle of Palms, I will be running for the open Council seat in the April 5 election. I’d first like to extend sincere gratitude to our City Council and Administration. You served endless hours over the past few years addressing pressures of not only day-to-day operations of the City, but also dealing with often conflicting demands of residents, businesses, visitors, surrounding communities, and State/Federal issues. The Covid pandemic magnified the obvious, way beyond our city limits – we’re very fortunate to live in a unique paradise, where all want to enjoy, live and access freely. Our community continues to face challenges and opportunities from accelerating regional growth. We’ll need to collaborate with residents, local businesses, other municipalities, and representatives/agencies at the County, State and Federal levels to address the impacts. I believe representation is your voice being clearly heard and reflected in sound public policy, actions and results.

As your representative, my commitment and goals are straightforward:

• Protect our quality of life

• Provide proactive, respectful, objective, and accountable leadership for effective governance

• Be transparent & responsive

• Keep our community safe

My community involvement offers a strong foundation to serve you. Over the years, I’ve attended innumerable Council and community meetings to help address neighborhood concerns, parking, public safety and provide assistance with City budget preparations. I currently serve on the IOP Planning Commission. It’s a privilege to work collaboratively with teams of resident professionals, addressing island issues including drainage projects, sewer & septic challenges, IOP’s Comprehensive Plan, and most recently resident Livability impacts of short-term rentals. Other community participation includes: addressing environmental concerns, identifying potential traffic & parking solutions, Adopt-a-Highway, IOP charity runs & beach sweeps, transparency efforts, Exchange Club member, Barrier Island Preservation Alliance supporter, sponsor of IOP’s Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support (LENS) program, Marina free access & greenspace, and VFW auxiliary member. As personal background, my wife Jennie and I have been married for over 35 years. We have two wonderful children who live out West and all our other relatives live in the Carolinas and Georgia. Our frequent visits, plus the warm reception we received while making the Isle of Palms our winter/ spring home for several years, led us to make the Isle of Palms our permanent home in 2015. My qualifications and skills to serve you include 28-years as an executive with Verizon, including responsibility for global operations, customer service, mergers & acquisitions, division CFO, supply chain, procurement, systems implementation, and disaster recovery.

Since retiring from Verizon in 2011, I have owned and operated a management consulting firm, focused on delivering Fortune 25 enterprise systems. I am a CPA, CFP®, and retired Registered Investment Advisor. I enjoy assisting entrepreneurs launch new businesses and am a partner in a LEED certified data center. I have a BS in Accounting, and an MBA in Decision Science & Finance. I would be honored to represent you on Council and feel free to contact me anytime. I ask for your vote on April 5.

For more information, contact scott. pierce@prodigy.net.

Editor’s Note: The last day to register for IOP’s special election is March 5, 2022. Election date: April 5, 2022.

Isle of Palms now has more free beach parking instead of less

ISLE OF PALMS — On a barrier island that months ago planned to eliminate 200 beach parking spots, the state Department of Transportation has asserted its authority and instead increased the amount of free parking.Described as a win-win solution by Isle of Palms’ mayor because other city parking restrictions will remain, the hard-fought compromise ends months of dispute over where cars can go at one of the Charleston area’s most popular beaches.“The issue of parking and beach access is greater than the Is...

ISLE OF PALMS — On a barrier island that months ago planned to eliminate 200 beach parking spots, the state Department of Transportation has asserted its authority and instead increased the amount of free parking.

Described as a win-win solution by Isle of Palms’ mayor because other city parking restrictions will remain, the hard-fought compromise ends months of dispute over where cars can go at one of the Charleston area’s most popular beaches.

“The issue of parking and beach access is greater than the Isle of Palms and affects the state as a whole,” DOT Secretary Christy Hall said in joining the mayor and city officials to discuss the work April 19.

They talked as highway department crews laid out more than 200 angled parking spots along one side of Palm Boulevard, a state-owned road closest to the beach.

Hall also announced that the speed limit on Palm Boulevard will be reduced to 30 mph, down from 35.

Opinions on the island were mixed.

“Stupidity!” yelled a man on a bike, riding past as Hall, Mayor Jimmy Carroll and others explained the plan to reporters on Palm Boulevard near 27th Avenue.

Resident Tamara Burrell, who was walking a dog on 27th Avenue, said the plan is a good compromise because parking on residential side streets like 27th will remain limited to residents.

“We’ve gone from no parking, to some parking, to more parking,” she said, giving a shorthand summary of the back-and-forth over what to do with the summer influx of cars that began to increase in rhetoric in 2020.

In 2020, the island restricted nonresident parking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, later in the year, officials announced plans to permanently reduce parking near the beach and charge for what remained.

It all came to a head in September when the Isle of Palms City Council approved a plan to eliminate about 200 parking spaces near the beach.

For the DOT, which has authority over parking along state-owned roads, the barrier island had pushed the issue too far.

Hall immediately rejected the plan to eliminate parking and in February threatened to revoke approval of the city’s entire 2015 parking plan.

“We were getting ready to go into a battle with them revoking our parking plan,” Carroll said. “Luckily, at the last minute, both Secretary Hall and Administrator (Desiree) Fragoso worked well together.”

The compromise that appears to have now ended the dispute adds more free parking along Palm Boulevard by installing angled parking where only parallel parking had existed. All the angled spaces are on the land side of the road where there’s a large right-of-way, while the beach side of the road will continue to have parallel parking.

“This is going to be so much better,” said Carroll. “It’s going to be organized parking on Palm Boulevard.” He added, “it increases parking on Palm Boulevard, but protects the neighborhoods and our parking plan. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Police Chief Kevin Cornett said the new layout should improve public safety because it leaves a large shoulder area between the parking spots and Palm Boulevard.

State workers were still laying out the spaces late on April 19 but the final result is expected to be between 220 and 260 parking spots where there used to be 190, Hall said.

No palmetto trees were removed as part of the plan.

City Councilman Randy Bell said Isle of Palms had worked with DOT on the dimensions of the parking spots to assure they are large enough to handle even generously sized pickup trucks, while allowing 12 feet between the road and the back of the parked cars.

“The city’s goal is safe parking, not to keep people out of here,” he said.

That’s not the perception thousands of people had in 2020 when the city talked about eliminating parking and charging for what remained. Aggrieved residents of Mount Pleasant formed a Facebook group that later became an organized nonprofit, which filed suit against the city.

With the parking dispute seemingly resolved, Isle of Palms and DOT are still in disagreement over recent changes to the Isle of Palms Connector, the main bridge to the island. DOT recently added bicycle and pedestrian lanes to the causeway at the expense of a center lane reserved for emergency vehicles.

Both the city and SCDOT plan to conduct traffic studies to evaluate the results.

SC might make beaches provide free parking. Isle of Palms begs McMaster to veto bill

In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s di...

In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.

The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s disapproval of a bill introduced by state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley.

The legislation would require South Carolina’s beach communities to provide at least some free parking on state roads.

It also would give towns the authority to include paid public beach parking and to use those funds to maintain, operate and preserve things like beach parking facilities; beach access, maintenance, and renourishment; traffic and parking enforcement; first responders; sanitation; and litter control and removal.

The Isle of Palms council meeting Friday morning took all of 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Two council members, Ryan Buchannon and Phillip Pounds, did not attend.

Mayor Jimmy Carroll, reading from the resolution, said the goal was to express the city’s opposition to the implementation of the legislation “by all lawful means necessary.”

It also urges S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster to veto the bill when it gets to his desk.

The resolution also claims the legislation “clearly discloses that barrier island communities, including the Isle of Palms, are being singled out and treated differently from other municipal entities in this state in a politically motivated, unconstitutional response to the City’s actions taken in the interest of public health and safety.”

It continues, alleging the bill “violates The Home Rule Act, which explicitly gives municipalities the sole power to control roads and streets within the municipality for the public health.”

“Home rule has always been a fundamental part of why South Carolina is so wonderful,” Councilman John Moye said in an emailed statement following the vote. “When home rule is threatened at this scale, issues that local leaders and communities know how to best address are suddenly being managed by politicians in Columbia.”

Isle of Palms, which is located across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant, has become the nexus of South Carolina’s beach parking drama. The back-and-forth over free versus paid parking has sparked debates over who deserves access to state’s public sands.

The debate intensified last year when South Carolina closed public access to its beaches, all of which the state owns, at the start of the pandemic in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. After McMaster reopened the beaches in late April, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach took a more gradual approach, issuing their own emergency orders to restrict public beach access and reduce the number of nonresidents coming in at the time.

Isle of Palms is facing a lawsuit over its 2020 decision to temporarily block nonresidents from using more than 750 parking spots near the beach, leaving just 10 free spaces for visitors.

All beaches are now open to the public.

Recently, ahead of the busy summer tourist season, the S.C. Department of Transportation installed approximately 240 angled spaces on the land side of the state-owned Palm Boulevard, stretching from 22nd to 40th Ave.

State Rep. Joe Bustos, R-Charleston, argued on the House floor last week that the bill was not ready for a vote and urged further debate.

“This is not a beach access bill. This is a beach parking bill, and we need to understand that,” Bustos said.

His attempts to table the bill were unsuccessful.

The local resolution that passed Friday now puts Isle of Palms at odds with Mount Pleasant, a neighboring town that in January passed a resolution to show public support for Grooms’ bill.

The bill, S. 40, passed its final reading May 13 in a 102-10 vote in the state House. It now heads to McMaster’s desk.

It is still unclear whether McMaster will sign the bill into law.

“Governor McMaster is still in the process of reviewing the bill and greatly appreciates all input,” said Brandon Charochak, a spokesman for the governor. “He will make a final decision in the coming days.”

Memorial Day weekend, considered the unofficial start of the summer tourist season, is next week.

A group calling themselves the Barrier Island Preservation Alliance welcomed the move by Isle of Palms on Friday.

The group’s stated mission is to foster dialogue and community engagement to address the unique challenges of barrier island beaches.

Morgan Harris, an Isle of Palms resident and member of the alliance, said council members share their goals.

“They, like we, want Isle of Palms to continue to be an open and welcoming community that is safe for families, businesses and visitors alike. And they believe, as so many of us do, that we, rather than Columbia bureaucrats and politicians, are best equipped to make decisions about parking in Isle of Palms,” Harris said.

This story was originally published May 21, 2021 2:12 PM.

Organizers announce changes for Saturday’s LOWVELLO cycling fundraiser due to poor weather

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Organizers announced changes Friday for the LOWVELO fundraising event due to inclement weather.The annual cycling event raises funds for cancer research. But rain and gusty winds associated with a coastal storm will pose a threat during the event Saturday morning.“I’m disappointed in the weather, but I’m really excited about what everyone is doing to fight cancer,” said MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Director Dr. Raymond N. DuBois. “Raising money for lifesaving cance...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Organizers announced changes Friday for the LOWVELO fundraising event due to inclement weather.

The annual cycling event raises funds for cancer research. But rain and gusty winds associated with a coastal storm will pose a threat during the event Saturday morning.

“I’m disappointed in the weather, but I’m really excited about what everyone is doing to fight cancer,” said MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Director Dr. Raymond N. DuBois. “Raising money for lifesaving cancer research is an overarching effort that far exceeds the weather. We appreciate everyone’s support.”

The event is still on: Those who signed up for the two longer routes, 57 and 100 miles, can switch to the 43-mile route that leaves from the Isle of Palms rather than Hagood Stadium at The Citadel.

“Unfortunately, expected high winds tomorrow means it’s unsafe to go over the Ravenel Bridge,” organizers said.

The 43-mile route will leave from the Isle of Palms at 8:30 a.m. and go out to Bethel AME Church and then return to the Isle of Palms. It will require riders to cross the Isle of Palms Connector going out and on the return ride back. “The first call for this ride will be at 8 a.m.,” said organizers.

“Our shorter ride still will leave from the Isle of Palms. Riders may choose to do one or two laps of it. The start time for that – whether you are doing one or two laps – will be 9 a.m. with riders needing to be off that course by 11 a.m.The first call for riders on that route will be 8:30 a.m. “

You can also choose to join a stationary cycling class held under a covered tent or participate virtually.

Riders are encouraged to dress for the chilly, windy weather in the morning, and all riders must wear a helmet.

Isle of Palms parking options:

Option 1 – please park in the Isle of Palms County Park 1 14th Ave Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Option 2: Municipal Lot B Public Parking 1490 Ocean Blvd Isle of Palms, SC 29451

All volunteers should report to the Isle of Palms venue. The LOWVELO team will reassign you a post if you were scheduled to work at Hagood.

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