Ever find yourself digging for change to feed the meter or feeling hesitant to swipe your card just to park your car?
Councilman Harry Griffin is proposing to eliminate paid parking in downtown Charleston. The councilman believes that free parking could attract more people to the downtown area to promote business.
The Charleston City Councilwas presented with the proposal in a virtual meeting on Tuesday night. Though the parking proposal was not approved, the topic is set to be revisited + further discussed at a later date.
Mayor Tecklenburg is asking Charlestonians to contact senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, to ask about the city receiving more state funding to help support projects + ideas such as free parking on the peninsula.
Here’s a list of parking areas and rates. More parking info. + an interactive map can be found on the ParkMeapp.
○ On Thursday, DHEC announced1,636 new cases of coronavirus and 48 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 87,117, and the total deaths to 1,600. Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats.
○ Yesterday afternoon, the SEC announced that the 2020 football season will consist of 10 conference-only games for each team – meaning, Clemson won’t play UofSC for the first time in over 100 years. The season has also been postponed until Sept. 26. (The State)
○ Wednesday afternoon, the ACCannounced new guidelines for fall sports. Teams will be able to start their seasons the week of September 7. Conference schools will play 11 football games – 10 against ACC opponents + one non-conference game. The non-conference game must be played in the ACC school’s home state and opponents must meet predetermined medical requirements. Read more here. (WSPA)
○ Yesterday, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce had the lowest number of people filing first time claims for unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic in March. Charleston County had 875 claims, the third highest rate in the state. (WCSC)
○Clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine will begin next month in North Charleston. Clinical Trials of SC + Pain Specialists of Charleston are working together on this study, which is looking for 1,500 volunteers to receive two injections of the vaccine, which has already passed Phases one and two. Volunteers will be monitored for multiple months following the injections to track the vaccines effectiveness. Enroll here. (WCIV)
○ Due to the pandemic, some Lowcountry government employees will not be receiving raises. Town of Mount Pleasant + City of North Charleston officials have said that merit pay increases had to be cut from the budget because of COVID-19 revenue loss. It is estimated the city’s budget will fall short $12-$18 million.A spokesperson for Charleston County said that merit raises for employees will not be eliminated, but will be cut in half. (WCSC)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
#DYK that this week is Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week? The nation exists all the way from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida and encompasses the Sea Islands + up to 35 miles inland to the St. John’s River.
As of July 2, 2000, the Gullah/Geechee people are an internationally-recognized nation with Queen Quet as their elected head pun de boddee. She was the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people in Switzerland, before the United Nations.
ForParents ○ Charleston County students will have the option between in-person and virtual learning for the coming school year. Parents have until Mon. Aug. 3 to fill out + submit the online form. Option one is for students to participate in in-person classes. Option two is for students to enroll in the district’s virtual academy. Learn more here. (Post and Courier)
PlanAhead ○Tomorrow, Uptown Social (587 King St.) is hosting a Grand Opening Breakfastfor their latest concept, Bodega,which serves NYC bodega-style breakfast sandwiches. The grand opening will be in The Lot – the bar’s newest outdoor patio. Their hope is to move the operation to its own brick + mortar in 2021. Check out the menu here. (Holy City Sinner)
Listen ○ Ohm Radio (96.3FM) has collaborated with 75+ local musicians and community members to create a 90-minute virtual concert to celebrate the station’s five year broadcasting anniversary. The concert will air tomorrow at 11 a.m. – which is the same time the station aired its first song in 2015. Additionally, the community can listen to the concert via the station’s free mobile app, Instagram Live, Facebook Live or on YouTube. Watch a video of the concert here.
Drink ○ The Watch (75 Wentworth St.), the Restoration Hotel’s rooftop bar + kitchen, has curated a cocktails to-go menu. Darren Fallon, an award-winning mixologist, created four one-liter offerings, which serve up to five people. The menu includes a Moscow mule, Romeros bad habit, Sunset spritz, and a Greyhound saint. Read more here. (Holy City Sinner)
Cause ○Point Hope United Methodist Church is hosting a Food Drive on Sat. Aug. 8(3404 Turgot Ln., Mount Pleasant). The Mission Team will roll shelves outside to host a safe food drop-off. Last month, Point Hope collected 184.6 pounds of food + 1,000 pounds of produce. (Holy City Sinner) ○ Three local groups are finding new ways to support local restaurants + feed frontline workers.Feeding Our Heroes-SC raises money to purchase meals from locally-owned establishments + donates them to doctors and nurses. Pay It Forward Charleston provides a weekly bag of groceries to food + bev workers. Vital Hospitality CHS raises money through GoFundMe to purchase meals for frontline workers. (Charleston Mag)
Apply ○ Pour Taproom(560 King St.)is now hiring energetic beer-loving people. Their self-serve rooftop bar currently has 70 craft beers, ciders, wines + cocktails on tap.Apply here.
Health ○ Skip the supplement aisle. Tell Care/of about your diet, health goals, and preferences and their team of nutritional experts will send tailored vitamins, collagen + more right to your door. Take their quiz to get started. Ⓟ
FeaturedJobs ○ Time to dust off your resume and portfolio.Blue Ion, a full service, digital marketing agency with locations in Greenville and Charleston, SC is hiring for two positions: Editorial Manager + Web Developer. Ⓟ
Mimi Striplin, founder of The Tiny Tassel | Video provided by Explore Charleston
Everyone has a different reason for wanting COVID-19 to go away for good: • Getting the kids back in school 🍎 • Rescheduling that trip to Italy ✈️ • Returning to in-person worship ⛪ • Being able to see your grandparents 👴 • Being able to see your healthcare hero 🩺 • Finally throwing your dream wedding 💐 • Sports (and tailgating) 🏈🏀⚾
…and more. But we can all agree that we collectively want this pandemic to subside so we can get back to “normal life.”
Here’s the kicker, Charleston. We all need to take small but important steps now if we want to see our city and state in better shape any time in the near future.
If we don’t make the right choices now, we will continue to face even more difficult choices in the future – like closing businesses (some, permanently), students not returning to in-person classes at all, no spectators in stands for fall (or spring) sports, and not being able to simply visit our favorite restaurants – just to name a few.
Charleston has a history of overcoming adversity, and we can do it again, but it requires doing our part to protect one another.
So, here are the choices that you can make now: • Wear a mask 😷 • Wash hands 🧼 • Social distance 🔙 • Protect the vulnerable 👵
This is a community problem and it requires a community solution. So let’s make the right choices and make them now, CHS. Ⓟ