Help preserve the natural beauty
and rich cultural heritage of Johns Island and the other Sea Islands by asking
the Charleston County Council to vote against handing the extension of I-526
over to the City of Charleston at their December 13, 2012 meeting and to
consider less environmentally damaging, more targeted approaches to reducing
The City is eager to please
developers by completing the project, which will damage James Island
County Park, do irreparable damage to the marshes, lead to uncontrolled
development on Johns Island and cause long-time residents to lose their homes
either because it is in the direct path of I-526 or because they will not be
able to afford the higher property taxes that come with development.
Act now to help preserve South
Carolina's Sea Islands!
Please stop the unnecessary I-526 extension
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you not to turn the I-526 project over to the City of Charleston, but, instead, to explore the potential alternatives that you had previously endorsed. The current plan for I-526 would dump all of the interstate's traffic onto our already crowded, flood-prone streets, creating a bottleneck of massive proportions.The city has shown itself much more interested in pleasing developers eager to snap up land on Johns Island and the Kiawah residents looking for a slightly shorter route to work than they are in helping the long-time residents of the Sea Islands, many of whom cannot afford to defend themselves from this assault on their heritage. Although some development is inevitable on Johns Island, it is predicted it would increase by 20-40% after extension of I-526--hardly a recipe for smart growth or for smart decisions about protecting the residents and heritage of Johns Island and the other Sea Islands.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
South Carolina Chapter1314 Lincoln St # 211, Columbia, SC 29201-3154, (843) 256-8487