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Lowcountry Watchdog

Paving wetlands is the real environmental threat

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order allowing the Interior Department to review the prospects of oil and natural gas leasing in Atlantic and Arctic ocean waters which are

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Should there be a park at “The Pig”?

Rumors are swirling that the City of Charleston is interested in purchasing the property formerly occupied by Piggly Wiggly at “suicide merge” at Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and Old Towne Rd.

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McCoy legislation battles James Island overdevelopment

James Islanders have had it with recent high density development such as The Standard apartments on Maybank Highway, The Core apartments being built next to the Standard, and the proposed

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Media filter – how news outlets can report events completely differently

There is a wide variation on how local news outlets cover stories.  The Tues. Charleston City Council meeting at the James Island Recreation Center provides a great example of that.

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Charleston County School Board members deserve raise

The Post and Courier newspaper ran a front-page story Sunday about the Horry County School Board voting itself a pay raise of $6400 per year, making it the state’s highest

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Do we want to “retrofit suburbia”?

At the March meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC), Dover Kohl planning consultant Emily Glavey posted the goals sought by the City of Charleston in developing the West

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Presidents’ Day should focus on the Presidency

The origin of Presidents’ Day began in 1885 as Washington’s Birthday, celebrated on Feb. 22. Schools would teach students about George Washington’s role as the Father of our country. George

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Consumer choice needed for electrical power

Century Aluminum in Goose Creek recently filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against Santee Cooper Electric Cooperative for not being able to purchase 100% of its energy on the open market.

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More transparency needed in development process

When the City of Charleston considers allowing the development of a new subdivision, shopping center or apartment complex, developers must go through the Technical Review Committee to answer questions about

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Charleston needs to downsize zoning density

The City of Charleston is the only local government in the Lowcountry which is a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The global organization was founded

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