DI News History - August 23, 2018
TEN YEARS AGO – DI residents sound off about I-526 noise
In the August 21, 2008 issue of The Daniel Island News, an article featured concerns being voiced by some residents of Daniel Island Park about noise generated from I-526. When a group of residents brought the issue to the attention of local, state and federal representatives, a noise study was conducted and produced results showing “noise levels far in excess of federal noise pollution standards.” However, after the SCDOT was alerted, they responded that they did not have funding at the time to address the issue.
Also in the news was an article about a proposed 1-cent sales tax for Berkeley County road improvements that could pave the way for the long-awaited widening of Clements Ferry Road. The tax would pay for road improvements across the county, with an emphasis on fast-growing sectors such as Clements Ferry Road and paving improvements in rural areas.
FIVE YEARS AGO – Residents speak out about DI/Cainhoy school sites
Several Daniel Island residents addressed members of the Berkeley County School Board at their August meeting in 2013, each expressing a desire to keep elementary and middle grades on Daniel Island. With information coming from Berkeley County about new schools possibly being located off Clements Ferry Road, a group of residents wanted to remind the county that they made a commitment to build and maintain a school for Daniel Island that would be K-8. At issue was where a proposed new school, funded as part of a $198 million voter-approved referendum, would be built and what grade configurations it would serve. The district was considering sites on Daniel Island and along the Clements Ferry Road corridor, where a new high school (also part of the referendum package) was expected to open in 2017. At the time, no announcements on specific locations had been made by the district. District officials said the new facility could house either elementary students or middle grades, depending on the specifications of the site selected. Currently, Philip Simmons Elementary, Middle and High Schools are open and operating off Clements Ferry Road. Daniel Island School remains a K-8 school.
In non-profit news, the Daniel Island Rotary Club and four other Rotary Clubs announced that they raised $120,000 from the 2013 Rotary Charity Duck Race to benefit area non-profit organizations.