SC - Charleston County threatens legal action against Isle of Palms over beach, rental restrictions
In a letter to the mayor of the Isle of Palms, Charleston County Council is threatening the possibility of legal action if Isle of Palms does not reopen beach access.
Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey sent the letter, dated Monday, to Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll.
Summey referenced a Friday vote by the city of Isle of Palms to continue restricting access to the beach only to IOP residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., preventing county residents from accessing county parks and prohibiting short-term rentals on the island through May 12.
That vote, Summey says, “directly contradicts” Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive orders that recinded the prohibition on access to public beach access, rescinded the prohibition on short-term and vacation rentals and lifted the Home or Work order and allowed outdoor dining at restaurants who follow specific conditions.