From The Daniel Island News

Business Briefs - July 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013 - 3:06:11 PM

Where to Retire magazine has once again named Daniel Island among the "50 Best Master Planned Communities in the US". Shown here is Smythe Park on Daniel Island.

Daniel Island Named Among The Country's  Top 50 Master Planned Communities
Where to Retire magazine has once again named Daniel Island among the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.”  The magazine features its biennial list of the country's most livable planned communities in this summer's July/August issue. It is the fifth time that Daniel Island has been included on the list.
The staff at Where to Retire conducts extensive research to determine the country's most desirable planned communities. The year-long investigation culminates with editors zeroing in on neighborhoods that are amenity-rich, have a strong sense of community, and offer diverse recreational opportunities ranging from sports and physical activities to culture and the arts. Seventeen states are represented on the list.
The article sites Daniel Island's private golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones, the recreational offerings at the island's Family Circle Tennis Center and Blackbaud soccer stadium, boating and crabbing in the surrounding rivers and creeks, neighborhood parks, island shops and restaurants, and the proximity to Charleston's medical facilities and world-class arts and dining scene among the features that lure residents from around the country to live in this island town community.
According to the article: "Residents of the master-planned communities on Where to Retire's Top 50 list speak of 'a sense of belonging' and 'a wonderful lifestyle change' when describing what they love about their neighborhoods."
"It's no surprise that Daniel Island is consistently ranked on this list," said Rick Vale, Broker-in-charge at Daniel Island Real Estate. "Over and over we hear the same comments from our buyers of all ages about Daniel Island. People are attracted to the amenities, the island's events and social activities and the fact that they're living in a small town community. They love the lifestyle that Daniel Island offers."
"The combination of amenities and social opportunities at each (of the Top 50 communities) produces a common result: the interesting, active and fulfilling lifestyle retirees seek," said Where to Retire publisher Karen Northridge. "Clubhouses, fitness centers, social clubs and educational classes mean residents get much more than a house when they purchase in a planned community.”
The Where to Retire article acknowledges renewed optimism about housing and the economy and credits it - along with pent-up demand - for a growing interest in master planned communities.
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Local Attorney Recognized as Top Litigator in South
Chris Nickels, a member of Clawson and Staubes, LLC, was recently named as a Top 100 Litigator in South Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Clawson and Staubes is a law firm headquartered on Daniel Island which practices in a wide variety of areas including civil litigation, workers’ compensation, commercial law, bankruptcy, corporate law, tax, estate planning, real estate and alternative dispute resolution.
ASLA is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today. ASLA draws its affiliation from lawyers who combine exceptional legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Their exclusive membership comprises less than two percent of all licensed lawyers nationwide.
Nickels specializes in helping clients with business disputes, injury claims and insurance matters. He tries a number of cases each year, appearing in state and federal courts representing individuals, employers, self-insured’s and insurance carriers.
“Chris has been such an asset to our litigation department since he has been with us,” says Sam Clawson, managing member at Clawson & Staubes. “The combination of his experience in trying cases with negotiating skills to seek successful results for our clients at every stage of the legal process has been very valuable.” 
In November 2011, Nickels was elected to Mount Pleasant Town Council. He chairs Mount Pleasant’s Public Services Committee and serves on the Annexation, Human Resource and the Police, Legal and Judicial Committees of Council.
Nickels has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Northern Illinois University.

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