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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 Medicare 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 Isle of Palms 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:
The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:
At Senior Medicare 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 Medicare Insurance Services 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:
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 Medicare 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 may 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 agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services 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.
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 Medicare 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 Medicare 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 Medicare Insurance Services 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 Isle of Palms. 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 Medicare 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.
Latest News in Isle of Palms, SC
Proposed changes to the IOP Connector, experts and users weigh in on options
The SCDOT has proposed five potential new lane designs for the Isle of Palms Connector bridge, and they’re looking for input from residents.CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed five potential new lane designs for the Isle of Palms Connector bridge, and they’re looking for input from residents.The current connector features one lane of traffic each way, bike and walking lanes on each side in a single direction, and a small, paved median. The new designs vary fr...
The SCDOT has proposed five potential new lane designs for the Isle of Palms Connector bridge, and they’re looking for input from residents.
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed five potential new lane designs for the Isle of Palms Connector bridge, and they’re looking for input from residents.
The current connector features one lane of traffic each way, bike and walking lanes on each side in a single direction, and a small, paved median. The new designs vary from adding a traffic lane leaving the island, to widening the paved median, to combining the bike and walking lanes into one wide multi-use path. You can see a visual representation of the five designs with detailed explanations, here.
Engineers with the department presented the designs to the City of Isle of Palms and the Town of Mount Pleasant before the public comment period. At the Isle of Palms meeting, transportation officials explained the designs don’t add a lot of capacity for vehicles but rearrange the shoulder and paved median options.
The bike and pedestrian lanes were added to the IOP Connector two years ago. The Department of Transportation also lowered the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph on the bridge.
Executive Director of Charleston Moves Katie Zimmerman advocates for safe and efficient alternative travel lanes. She says the best configuration is what is currently in place.
“It’s working really, really well as far as balancing safety of motorist’s, safety of bike/ped and emergency access. So, from our perspective, there’s really not a need to - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s working well for everybody,” Zimmerman says.
During the South Carolina Department of Transportation presentation to Isle of Palms City Council, Police Chief Kevin Cornett confirmed there has not been a single car and pedestrian accident reported since adding the lanes, despite him seeing a few close calls himself.
At the meeting, Fire Chief Craig Oliverius also said there have been no changes in emergency response times after adding the bike and walking lanes to the bridge.
“We now have that data to understand that things are working well. Concerns before the restriping have not come to fruition. Or have not been borne out, which is wonderful. That’s a relief,” Zimmerman says.
She fears moving all the walkers and bikers, or vulnerable road users, into one multi-use path will be more dangerous for them.
“The current configuration is great because it splits people up by direction. It gives a buffer and it gives people enough safe space to actually enjoy going over the connector while also providing space for motorists if they need to slowly pull to the right in the case of an emergency required by law,” Zimmerman says.
Chief Cornett says there is nothing inherently unsafe about the current lanes on the connector, but sees this reassessment as an opportunity to look for improvement. He says the biggest aspect he looks at as an emergency responder are the medians and buffer zones. Configuration three stuck out to him because of the wide median.
“The reason we like that median is because it gives the ability if there’s a collision, we can move vehicles into that median or direct traffic around that collision so that we’re not clogging up the entire lane of travel and keeping people from leaving or coming on the island. But it also gives that that extra room for vehicles to be able to pull to the side when emergency vehicles are coming through,” Cornett explains.
Cornett says his department already works well with the connector traffic and would be able to work with any of the changes. He reminds people to drive carefully on the bridge, watching for traffic stacked up at the light as you enter the island. He also askes people to keep moving in their cars and never stop, even though the view can be beautiful and you’ll want to stop and look.
“We do have so many people that come across that bridge, whether they’re work here, they live here they play here, or they’re just coming to be part of the business or enjoy the beautiful scenery on the beach. Regardless, we want your opinion,” Cornett says.
The public comment period began on Jan. 13 and will last 30 days. After that, South Carolina Department of Transportation engineers plan to assess the input and return to Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms councils to make presentations and recommendations.
To participate in the survey, click here.
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Wild Dunes suing IOP over development restrictions
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Wild Dunes Resort on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Isle of Palms (IOP) for enacting ordinances which limit the resort’s development.Five ordinances were passed in November which proponents said protected the city’s greenspaces. The ordinances amend stipulations of a Planned Residential Development (PRD) zoning district contract created in 1975 when the development of the resort began. It was previously amended in 2016 to reduce the number of units permitted.The most recent c...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Wild Dunes Resort on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Isle of Palms (IOP) for enacting ordinances which limit the resort’s development.
Five ordinances were passed in November which proponents said protected the city’s greenspaces. The ordinances amend stipulations of a Planned Residential Development (PRD) zoning district contract created in 1975 when the development of the resort began. It was previously amended in 2016 to reduce the number of units permitted.
The most recent changes were brought about in response to proposed plans by Wild Dunes to build additional condos/hotels where current golf courses and recreation spaces exist.
In a series of public meetings, residents expressed concern about the overpopulation that the additional development could bring as well as the damage it could cause to the environment.
Despite initially expressing concern about how long the process could take, councilmembers acted quickly to pass the amendments, which Wild Dunes claims violated the city’s own protocol.
“The City failed to comply with the requisite procedure. As detailed above, the Planning Commission reviewed and recommended the Subject Ordinances on or around November 9, 2022, which was after the public hearings on the Subject Ordinances had already been held on October 18 and November 1, 2022. Thus, the City violated the procedural requirements of Section 5-4-39 of the City’s Code for amending PDD zoning districts.”
Likewise, Wild Dunes claims the city failed to meaningfully engage with stakeholders — despite a representative publicly appealing to council members at a November 15 meeting — and left them no option but to take legal action.
The lawsuit also argues that the city’s reasoning for passing the ordinances is misguided, stating that Wild Dunes has brought “measured and positive growth to the City for decades,” and would continue to do so with any new development.
It cites the many rehabilitation and renovation projects undertaken by Wild Dunes over the years — sometimes in partnership with the city — to improve the shoreline, golf courses, and other recreation facilities.
Regarding overpopulation, Wild Dunes noted that the existing PRD allowed for another 330 dwelling units and 53 inn units to be built, but Wild Dunes had no plans to build them all at once. Instead, developers said they would be “completed over time based upon real estate market conditions and other factors.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that individual rental properties bring far more traffic to the island, and that taking away property rights should not be used as a solution to regulate traffic.
Ultimately, the lawsuit claims that the ordinances prevent “economically viable and productive uses of [Wild Dunes’] property,” which effectively amounts to “the regulatory taking of [the] property.” Thus, according to the lawsuit, the city should compensate Wild Dunes for the land it took, or return the property rights to the owners.
News 2 has reached out to IOP for comment.
Editor’s note: This story is breaking and may be updated.
Flatland Cavalry announce 2023 tour
Texas country band Flatland Cavalry have announced a North American headlining tour, which takes place in the midst of their dates supporting Luke Combs. Openers on their tour vary by date, including Brent Cobb, Pony Bradshaw, Cole Chaney, Meghan Patrick, Connor Smith, Colby Acuff, Emily Nenni, and more. Tickets for all headlining dates go on sale Friday (1/20) at 10 AM Central.NYC gets a stop on ...
Texas country band Flatland Cavalry have announced a North American headlining tour, which takes place in the midst of their dates supporting Luke Combs. Openers on their tour vary by date, including Brent Cobb, Pony Bradshaw, Cole Chaney, Meghan Patrick, Connor Smith, Colby Acuff, Emily Nenni, and more. Tickets for all headlining dates go on sale Friday (1/20) at 10 AM Central.
NYC gets a stop on April 26 at Gramercy Theatre with Cole Chaney. All dates are listed below.
Last year, Flatland Cavalry released the Songs To Keep You Warm EP and the unique live acoustic project Far Out West Sessions, which followed their 2021 album Welcome to Countryland. Check out one of the Far Out West videos below.
Flatland Cavalry -- 2023 Tour DatesFebruary 24—College Station, TX—Hurricane Harry’s*February 25—San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center – San Antonio RodeoMarch 23—Austin, TX—Venue TBAMarch 24—Houston, TX—713 Music HallMarch 25—Arlington, TX—AT&T Stadium+March 30—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall†March 31—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe†April 1—Indianapolis, IN—Lucas Oil Stadium+April 7—Lubbock, TX—Cook’s GarageApril 8—Newcastle, TX—Fort BelknapApril 13—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel‡April 14—Athens, GA—40 Watt Club‡April 15—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium+April 22—Detroit, MI—Ford Field+April 25—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground‡April 26—New York, NY—Gramercy Theatre‡April 27—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere‡April 28—Charlottesville, VA—The Jefferson Theater‡April 29—Pittsburgh, PA—Acrisure Stadium+May 4—Columbia, MO—Rose Park§May 5—Chicago, IL—Joe’s on Weed St§May 6—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field+May 11—Hays, KS—Fox TheatreMay 12—Omaha, NE—The Admiral#May 13—Minneapolis, MN—US Bank Stadium+May 19—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot§May 20—Boise, ID—Albertsons Stadium+May 24—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall§May 25—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory§May 26—Tacoma, WA—Elks Temple§May 27—Vancouver, BC—BC Place+May 28—Palmer, AK—Venue TBAJune 3—Edmonton, AB—Commonwealth Stadium+June 8—Fort Smith, AR—TempleLive^June 9—Wichita, KS—WAVE**June 10—Kansas City, MO—Arrowhead Stadium+June 15—Columbus, OH—The Bluestone++June 16—Cincinnati, OH—Bogart’s++June 17—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium+June 22—Little Rock, AR—Little Rock Hall††June 23—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion††June 24—Luling, TX—Watermelon Thump††July 6—Isle of Palms, SC—The Windjammer^July 7—Orlando, FL—House of Blues^July 8—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium+July 13—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts CenterJuly 14—Huntsville, AL—Orion Amphitheater‡‡July 15—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium+July 20—Buffalo, NY—Buffalo Iron Works††July 21—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair††July 22—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium+July 27—Norfolk, VA—The NorVA^July 28—Richmond, VA—The National^July 29—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field+
*with special guest Connor Smith+supporting Luke Combs Word Tour†with special guest Meghan Patrick‡with special guest Cole Chaney§with special guest Colby Acuff#with special guest Brent Cobb^with special guest Pony Bradshaw**with special guests The Steel Woods and Pony Bradshaw++with special guest Grady Spencer & the Work††with special guest Emily Nenni‡‡supporting Parker McCollum
10 Of The Friendliest Towns In The United States
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is getting to know the locals in the location that one is visiting. Of course, the more hospitable the locals are, the more fun it is likely that one will have while traveling there.Personal experiences may tell people a lot about a place, even if there is no way to establish exactly which communities in the United States are the friendliest using scientific methods. It is highly recommended that vacationers pay one of these cities a visit if they are looking for a destination in which th...
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is getting to know the locals in the location that one is visiting. Of course, the more hospitable the locals are, the more fun it is likely that one will have while traveling there.
Personal experiences may tell people a lot about a place, even if there is no way to establish exactly which communities in the United States are the friendliest using scientific methods. It is highly recommended that vacationers pay one of these cities a visit if they are looking for a destination in which they are likely to witness goodwill among residents and visitors.
This past year, Savannah left quite an impact on tourists, to the point that it is now considered one of the nicest cities in the United States.
It is difficult to pinpoint just what it is that makes the people who live here so content. It might be the vibrant and unashamed Southern cuisine culture that the city has to offer. It might also be the abundance of independent bookstores and antique shops that are rife with hidden treasures.
It's also possible that the magnificent public parks and many things travelers would want to do in Savannah are what give folks an extra spring in their step.
Charleston, South Carolina
There are a lot of amazing things to do in Charleston. Charleston is a little coastal city that packs a lot of punch when it comes to Southern hospitality. Visitors frequently come to see historic monuments such as Fort Sumter and The Citadel, but they often choose to remain because of the city's vibrant food culture.
Additionally, Kiawah Island and Isle of Palms are located close to the city boundaries, making it possible to reach the beach in a very short amount of time by car.
The kind and welcoming locals, on the other hand, are the icing on the cake. They never fail to make those from out of town feel at home.
Northern Virginia's Alexandria has long been a popular destination for young professionals and families looking for a more relaxed atmosphere than that of neighboring Washington, D.C., owing to its picturesque waterfront, historic brick-lined Old Town, and easy access to the city via metro.
Tourists are increasingly drawn to the area because of its vibrant retail, culinary, and artistic scenes. One of the best things about Alexandria is that it welcomes dogs with open arms. This may be the secret behind residents' happiness!
Because of its proximity to the United States mainland and its almost unlimited selection of indoor and outdoor activities, Honolulu has long been regarded as one of the most desirable locations for beach vacations in the United States.
Those planning to visit Honolulu keep coming back because of the abundance of exciting new hotels, restaurants, and galleries, many of which celebrate Indigenous traditions.
There is a growing feeling of community and identity in Honolulu, whether through hyper-local eateries or a museum exhibit highlighting Hawaiian history.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
For the larger part of the century that has just passed, Santa Fe has been an alluring destination for artistic types who are drawn to the city by its breathtaking natural landscapes and wide open spaces.
However, the welcoming locals aren't simply artistic; this city is home to a wide variety of individuals, and one can see this diversity mirrored in the city's food scene and other aspects of life here.
A lot of people would love to spend a weekend in Tucson. Tucson is still considered to be one of the most underestimated cities in the United States, despite the fact that it has a sizable population; nonetheless, our readers are beginning to take notice.
This artistic desert town has a little something for everyone, whether they’re seeking historic theaters, destination spas, or hot dogs that have won the James Beard Award. One can find all of these things and more here.
Another major selling point is the welcoming nature of the people, who will go out of their way to point tourists on the right path or make them feel at ease in their community.
Key West, Florida
Visitors may easily have a wonderful time in Key West, thanks to the welcoming locals and their one-of-a-kind brand of comedy. A number of creative types, such as Ernest Hemingway and others, have always found this town to be a welcome change of pace.
The city that sits at the southernmost tip of the United States is well-known for its welcoming atmosphere and acceptance of individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives. The fact that it's a great place to let free and forget about one's problems is often cited as the main reason to visit.
Telluride, Colorado, is not just one of the state's most stunning mountain towns, but also one of the state's warmest and most welcoming.
Located in the heart of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, this picturesque town features a background of jagged mountain peaks and streets dotted with stately Victorian-era houses that give the town a fairytale sense.
Some think the lack of billboards, neon signs, and even stoplights contributes to the pleasant nature of the residents. Maybe it's in the air or the water. No matter what brings tourists here, they won't find a more chill atmosphere or more stunning surroundings anywhere else.
Asheville, North Carolina
Those interested in music, art, craft beer, and more have made Asheville, North Carolina, a hotspot in recent years. One of the happiest areas in America, according to certain surveys. Everywhere people go in this lovely little city, the friendly residents will greet them with a grin.
A pleasant spot to take a stroll, the River Arts District is home to several museums, breweries, restaurants, and buskers. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with several picturesque paths and raging rivers perfect for whitewater rafting.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Beaufort, South Carolina, is often cited as an example of "Southern hospitality" and as one of the nicest places in the United States.
Located only 90 miles from Charleston, this 300-year-old settlement is where locals may be seen relaxing on their front porches with sweet tea and enjoying neighborhood crab boils with friends and neighbors.
Besides being the second-oldest settlement in the state, it is also home to several historic landmarks, beautiful antebellum buildings, a charming shoreline, and delectable local food, most notably its thick and spicy gumbos.
Isle of Palms council discussing limiting development in Wild Dunes
The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes pISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes planned development district on Tuesday.The discussion stemmed from a 1975 agreement that would make it possible for there to be over 300 more rooms built in the Wild Dunes between hote...
The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes p
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes planned development district on Tuesday.
The discussion stemmed from a 1975 agreement that would make it possible for there to be over 300 more rooms built in the Wild Dunes between hotels and condos.
According to Mayor Phillip Pounds, it all started back in February when a group of residents asked the council to take a look at the decades-old agreement to see if they could make some changes. Anthony Santiago says he was one of those residents.
“We thought we were developed already after The Sweetgrass Inn,” Santiago said. “We don’t even have parking for that. And then through the due diligence we discovered the capacity to expand this more than double.”
Santiago and others who are against future development in Wild Dunes say that more development would overwhelm public safety and public works resources, cause more drainage and sewage issues, and make traffic and parking on the island more of a nightmare.
“Every city municipality has the right to rezone as you develop,” Santiago said. “This is almost fifty years ago when we did this. Nobody thought we’d be as big as we are.”
The Isle of Palms City Council now has five ordinances up for discussion that would preserve public and private facilities and put a cap on density in the planned development district.
Beverly Miller is the executive director of the Barrier Island Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit formed to address challenges unique to the barrier islands. She said she wanted to show support for the ordinances through a petition. It now has over 750 signatures.
“When that was written, this island was erratically different, and it’s so different now that we need to amend those zoning ordinances so that we are up to today and the demands that are on the island today that were not here in 1975,” Miller said.
Pounds said the Wild Dunes agreement was one of the first of its type in the country.
“Unusual maybe, but as areas get built out there’s certainly an opportunity for cities to revisit the zoning and the density and the future development,” Pounds said.
Pounds said the city has received many phone calls and emails from concerned residents worried how much the island could take. He says there’s confusion about the slow process, but he says with the public hearing, that will stop development even though they aren’t completely through the process.
“When you’re on an island where you have such little landmass to develop anything, the ability to put 300 plus units in Wild Dunes today, I don’t even know where they would put them because there’s not that kind of landmass,” Pounds said. “But some of the concern was, could they do something on the golf courses, could they do something on the tennis courts. That’s some of the ordinance that we’re looking at during this process is protecting those areas.”
Tuesday’s public hearing will take place at Isle of Palms city hall at 5 p.m. Another public hearing will take place Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the city’s recreation center. The city’s planning commission will take a look at the ordinances and give feedback to city council. Then, it will be up to city council to schedule a second reading which would solidify the ordinances.
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