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Features : Editorial Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 - 7:52:36 PM

From the editor - January 16, 2014
By Suzanne Detar
Jan 14, 2014 - 7:51:25 PM

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Community involved in the Cainhoy Plantation development will assure a better outcome
I grew up about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia and left the area 17 years ago to move to Daniel Island. I go back to visit several times a year. In recent years, I’ve been disappointed to see corn fields replaced with haphazard shopping malls, complete with ugly neon signs, and large warehouses dotting once pristine farm land with cul-de-sac neighborhoods plopped here and there.
I’d hate to see the Cainhoy Plantation developed along the same lines. That’s why I’m encouraged by the proposed zoning changes that make it less likely for the Cainhoy Plantation to be developed in a haphazard, slip shod way.  I’m also encouraged by the community input and engagement (Councilman Gary White said it is the most community involvement in planning that he has ever seen), the developer’s stated commitment to historic and environmental preservation, the city’s long term planning, and the track record that the Guggenheim family and developer has had with the development of Daniel Island.
I applaud the community involvement and engagement and thank my neighbors for attending the charette, touring the property, questioning the developer and helping to assure that the land is developed responsibility.
This week reporter Elizabeth Bush provides a full and complete story (see pages 12-14) about the plan, the progress, the community concerns and the timetable. Additionally, on this page read what some of your neighbors are saying about the planned development.

Talking about community
watchdogs – tree concerns raised

Thank you to our readers who brought forth concerns about the safety and integrity of the Grand Oak trees situated between Park View and River Landing streets, near the fire station, where the Spectrum apartment complex is being built. For a story on what is being done to protect the trees, check out Jennifer Johnston’s story on page 2.

Building to Building Feature
We are now into our second year of featuring the tenants and businesses of the various commercial and retail buildings on Daniel Island. This week we feature the businesses located at 109 River Landing Drive (see pages 8-9). Thank you to the Daniel Island Property Owners Association and the Daniel Island Business Association for teaming with us again this year to sponsor this monthly business update.

Cold is cold but snow is fun!
Although we didn’t have snow last week (check out the frozen pineapple photos on our Facebook page), the cold weather reminded many of us why we live here. But let’s face it, snow is fun! While back up north for Christmas, I actually enjoyed my son Jackson’s surprise snowball attack – a direct hit to my ear. And so this week we had our Kid’s Say correspondent, Daniel Island School eighth grader Jenna Maas, ask her peers to share stories about the most fun they ever had in the snow. See page 6 for their stories.

Last we featured Black Tie Music – this week it is painting and dance. Learn about island painter Alana Knuff (page 17) and check out dance photos from the Peace, Love Hip Hop re-scheduled holiday festival routines.
Attention artists, dancers, musicians: let us know what you are up to, send in your photos and stories or contact one of our writers.

Send us your Charleston (and Disney) Marathon photos
One of the great things about the greater Daniel Island area is the trail systems and the number of runners (and walkers) who utilize it. We know that some of you are running this weekend in the Charleston Marathon. We want to recognize all our readers who are running. Please send your photos and stories about your experience to We’d also love to see your Disney Marathon photos from last week’s race!

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