Desirée Fragoso appointed IOP interim city administrator, effective June 1 – The Island Eye News

The City of Isle of Palms has appointed a new interim city administrator. Desiree Fragoso, assistant city administrator since 2015, assumes day to day management of the city on June 1. Linda Lovvorn Tucker, city administrator for 17 years, becomes city administrator emeritus, and will work from home on special projects until her official departure date of Oct. 8. The decision was made Tuesday, May 22 at the regular council meeting.

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SiP Magazine Launches With Boathouse Party – The Island Eye News

Tuesday, May 1 saw the official launch of the 2018 edition of SiP Magazine, an annual, glossy magazine published by Lucky Dog News, owners of Island Eye News. The magazine, which covers Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Dewees, features stories about the people, places, history and things to do on the barrier islands.

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Town Of Sullivan’s Island Appeals Appeal Of Resident’s Lawsuit – The Island Eye News

A long-running lawsuit between The Town of Sullivan’s Island and Sullivan’s resident Paul Boehm almost came to a conclusion last month, when the South Carolina Court of Appeals upheld Judge Dennis’s ruling that Boehm’s garage apartment building on Goldbug Ave. was in fact a principal building and not an accessory structure. The Judge wrote that the Town’s Board of Zoning and Appeals decision to change the building’s status had been “arbitrary capricious, not based on the law and an abuse of discretion.”

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Game, Set, Match And Championship! – The Island Eye News

“If you love tennis, this is the place to be,” said a Tennis Channel commentator last Sunday afternoon. And he wasn’t wrong. Thanks to the Lowcountry’s erratic spring weather, Charleston tennis fans were gifted a spectacular day of tennis at the Volvo Car Open on Sunday, April 8. After a washed out Saturday, eight top-level matches were played on the green clay at Daniel Island’s Family Circle Stadium, starting with the men’s legend’s event featuring Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Tommy Haas and Michael Chang. The men were followed by two women’s singles semi-finals, a doubles semifinal and then the two finals. It was a whirlwind day and this time the weather cooperated.

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Carroll Wins, Marina Bond Fails – The Island Eye News

It’s all change for the City of Isle of Palms government as incumbent mayor Dick Cronin and two incumbent council members, Barbara Bergwerf and Patrick Harrington, are out following an election held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Based on unofficial results posted at the two polling stations Tuesday night, Dick Cronin, who was running for his third consecutive term as mayor, lost to incumbent council member Jimmy Carroll.

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Carroll, Cronin Face Off In Mayor’s Forum – The Island Eye News

The two contenders for Isle of Palms mayor faced off in a candidates forum hosted by The League of Women Voters and Island Eye News on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Incumbent Dick Cronin is seeking his third term as mayor, and councilmember Jimmy Carroll, who has served one and half terms on city council, is looking to unseat him. There will be a special election for the remaining two years of Carroll’s council term should he be elected mayor.

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Citizens Question Value Of Marina Revitalisation Project – The Island Eye News

About a hundred Isle of Palms citizens turned out for the first hour of the community meeting on the proposed “Marina Enhancement and Community Revitalization Project,” held on Oct. 12. The question of whether to take on a $5.5 million bond to finance the project is on the ballot at the city’s Nov. 7 election this year.

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$5.5 Million Marina Project On Ballot For November 7 Election – The Island Eye News

Just over 20 years ago, the City of Isle of Palms asked its citizens if it should purchase the Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor Marina to “ensure public access to the water.” The 5-acre site was slated to be developed into a 21 home, private marina. The answer was a resounding yes. This November, the city will again present a referendum to voters, this time asking whether it should borrow $5.5 million to fund a revitalization project of the city-owned marina.

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Sullivan’s Island Police Chief Resigns – The Island Eye News

Sullivan’s Island Police Chief Daniel Howard has resigned, effective March 1, 2017. Mayor Patrick O’Neil told Island Eye News that Howard chose to submit his resignation for personal reasons. The resignation letter was delivered on the same day it was effective, March 1, according to the Mayor.

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Sullivan’s Island’s History Sealed In Silver – The Island Eye News

Later this month, Sullivan’s Island will be memorialized in silver as the United States Mint releases the Fort Moultrie (Sumter) National Monument, South Carolina Beautiful Quarter, and Sullivan’s Island will be the first place you can get your hands on one of the coins.

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Sea Turtle Hospital Breaks Ground – The Island Eye News

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center took its first step toward concrete reality, with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Opening in May 2017, the Recovery Center will replace the Madagascar experience and will provide a glimpse into how the aquarium’s sea turtle hospital continues its mission of conservation and care.

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Sullivan's Island Town Hall Taking Shape - The Island Eye News

As the Town of Sullivan’s Island approaches its bicentennial next year, it will finally have its very own Town Hall.

The Town of Moultrieville was incorporated in December 1817,” explained Town Administrator Andy Benke, while standing in front of the nearly completed $3.9 million building. “It’s taken almost 200 years to get a real town hall.”


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Dottie Is Coming Home - The Island Eye News

Dorothea Benton Frank

Author’s new book an ode to returning to Sullivan’s Island

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor

Photos by Steve Rosamilia


When Dorothea Benton Frank talks to you—whether face to face, while you sit in a crowd of adoring fans, or as you read one of her books—you feel like she’s your best friend. But not just any best friend. She is that best friend. The one you’ve always wanted; fun, vivacious, kind and above all, side-splittingly funny.

Her wit is worthy of a standup comedy routine, but in its home on the pages of her novels it is free to run rampant, losing only that gorgeous Southern drawl in translation.

The 64-year-old Sullivan’s Island native has made a career out of that wit, writing about the pluses and pitfalls of life in the South, specifically life in South Carolina, even more specifically life on Sullivan’s Island. There’s no shortage of material. The author of 17 books over a career that started in her early 40s.


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