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Help stop the I-526 Extension

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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 congestion.

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!

Recipients

  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 7 Colleen T. Condon
  • Council Vice Chairman - Charleston County Council - District 6 Alfred 'Vic' Victor Rawl Sr.
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 1 Herbert 'Herb' Ravenel Sass III
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 9 Joseph 'Joe' K. Qualey
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 2 Dickie Schweers
  • Council Chairman - Charleston County Council - District 3 J. Elliott Summey
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 4 Henry Darby
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 5 Teddie E. Pryor Sr.
  • Council Member - Charleston County Council - District 8 Anna B. Johnson

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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.



Opponents of the I-526 extension are willing to talk about compromises that will help address traffic while minimizing damage to the environment and to the Sea Island community and its culture; however, Mayor Riley has stated that he is not willing to discuss the issue--for him and the city, it is alternative G or nothing. Such a stance is outrageous when you consider the threat that this extension poses to the natural beauty and the culture of the Sea Islands, and in particular Johns Island, places that are among South Carolina's greatest treasures and one of the reasons tourists flock to Charleston.

I urge you to vote against giving the I-526 project to the City of Charleston and to work to reach a compromise solution that will address traffic issues in a more targeted, far less environmentally and culturally destructive way.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]