Each year between the months of June + November, hurricane season looms over the City of Charleston, threatening the Lowcountry with memories of Hugo and causing residents up + down the coast to stock up on water bottles, sandbags + plywood. By now, Charlestonians are hurricane preparedness professionals. However, 82 years ago this month, a different natural disaster swept through the city – the tornado. 🌪
The firsttornado made contact around 7:50 a.m., starting on Seabrook Island and traveling across the Ashley River before slamming into the Charleston peninsula. Exactly 10 minutes later, at 8 a.m., the second tornado wreaked havoc on Market + Broad St. Before 9 a.m., yet another tornado materialized, tearing through Sullivan’s Island. Thankfully, the following two tornadoes had very little impact as they kept to rural, uninhabited areas. But the first three caused irreversible destruction.
Uprooting trees + powerlines, overturning vehicles and demolishing nearly 200 buildings, these twisters cost the city around $2 million in damages, which would be about $36 million today. Tragically, the tornadoes took the lives of 32 people + injured many more, making this one of the deadliest storms to ever hit Charleston.
Development ○ Ashton Woods, a homebuilder based in Atlanta, has started clearing land in North Charleston on a nearly 500-acre tract it acquired for $20 million. There are plans for 950 new homes, and the first homes are projected to be built in early 2022. The entire project will take an estimated 10 years to complete. (Post and Courier)
Biz ○ The Southeast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is Booming. Harbright Ventures, a Raleigh-Durham based venture capital fund turned a ~$3M investment inAscyrus Medical into a $15M return for it’s investors this month. Opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and individuals who want to support our local startup ecosystem have never been greater. See how you can get involved here.
Announced ○ TheGaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundationannounced that they will be allocating $750,000 in grant money to help museums, libraries andother collecting organizations bring forward new + recovered narratives. The “Broadening Narratives” initiative aims to illustrate BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ perspectives, working-class narratives, small community experiences + other underrepresented groups + viewpoints. A Kick-Off event will be held on Oct. 21. ○ Together SC, the state’s network of nonprofit organizations + allies, has announced four new board members elected by its nonprofit member organizations from across the state. These members include Nicole Echols, John Hart III, Amanda Lawrence + Ann Warner. Find the complete list of Board of Directors here.
TodayIs ○ Yom Kippur. Meaning“Day of Atonement,” Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For 26 hours, worshippers abstain from food + drink and other daily practices to focus on prayer.
Cause ○ In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Antiques & Artisans Village(619 Old Trolley Rd.) is hosting a Paint-a-Bra competition. Submit a painted bra between Sat., Oct. 3 + 10 for a chance to win a Dixie Belle Paint package. Winning categories include Most Creative + Most Beautiful, and voting will begin on Sat., Oct. 10. 🎀 ○ During the month of October, Home Team BBQ will be donating $1 of proceeds from their kids burgers + chicken fingers at their Charleston locations to national nonprofit SEALKIDS. SEALKIDS supports over 300 children of Navy SEALS with educational assistance + will be providing more tutoring + services to children as a result of a 30% increase in requests from families they serve.
Reopening ○ On Thurs. Oct. 1, The Charleston Grill at Belmond Charleston Place will be reopening, featuring a new seasonal menu centered around Southern soul with contemporary flair from Executive Chef Michelle Weaver. The restaurant is now taking reservations for their reopening through Resy + will be operating at 50 percent capacity.
Voices ○ If you’re like us, you have been stuck in your home for a while because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adam Baslow from Johns Island-based New Leaf Builders is here to share a new campaign created to celebrate those special moments spent at home. Read about the campaign + how you can participate here.
TryThis ○ Just in time for the spooky season, the South Carolina Aquarium has added a haunted house experiencefor visitors. The aquarium’s Haunted Trail will include spooky-themed rooms + included in the price of admission. The trail e will open on Thurs., Oct. 1 and will run through the end of the month. (Holy CIty Sinner)
Listen ○ Local singer/songwriter Cody Newman released a new single titled “Palo Alto” that is currently streaming on Spotify + radio stations. Cody was recently signed to Creative Arts Agency(CAA) and was named by KIIS FM LA – one of the biggest stations in the country – as the “next big thing.” Listen to Palo Alto here.
TheWord ○Maskne: Breakouts and acne on the face caused by wearing a mask. Adults who usually don’t have skin issues are experiencing this pesky side effect during COVID-19. Here are 8 ways to protect your skin (and prevent maskne) while wearing a mask. 😷Ⓟ
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FeaturedEvent ○ 10th Annual Mount Pleasant Business & Community Virtual EXPO| Mon., Sept 21- Wed., Sept. 30 | Virtual | Free | This year, the Mt. Pleasant Business & Community Expo will be virtual over 10 days, accessible by any smart mobile device. Learn more about the businesses that make Mt Pleasant, SC feel like home. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
The pier reconstruction project begins on Mon., Oct. 19 and will be a two-year replacement project due to significant worm damage. Replacement costs of the pier are $14 millon + construction will be done in phases. The pier will be closed to the public until 2023. 🎣
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○ Last Thursday, a federal judgereversed the decision to waive absentee ballot witness signatures for the upcoming election. Once again, signatures will be required on all mail-in ballots in South Carolina. (WIS)
○High school football has returned to Charleston with certain COVID-19 protocol in place. Charleston County School District games will have a 11%-18% stadium capacity limit + all fans must wear masks and stay seated. Tailgates will also be prohibited. Click here for more info on CCSD + Berkeley and Dorchester counties. (WCBD)
○ Last week, the South Carolina House and Senate passed the proposal for how the second round of COVID-19 funding would be spent. The majority of the funding – $420 million – will go towards the state’s unemployment fund. (WIS)
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