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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Isle of Palms, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Isle of Palms.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Isle of Palms: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Isle of Palms is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Isle of Palms
  • Historical Sites - Isle of Palms Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Isle of Palms, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Isle of Palms, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Isle of Palms, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Isle of Palms, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Isle of Palms, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Isle of Palms or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

Latest News in Isle of Palms, SC

Wild Dunes suing IOP over development restrictions

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Wild Dunes Resort on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Isle of Palms (IOP) for enacting ordinances which limit the resort’s development.Five ordinances were passed in November which proponents said protected the city’s greenspaces. The ordinances amend stipulations of a Planned Residential Development (PRD) zoning district contract created in 1975 when the development of the resort began. It was previously amended in 2016 to reduce the number of units permitted.The most recent c...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Wild Dunes Resort on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Isle of Palms (IOP) for enacting ordinances which limit the resort’s development.

Five ordinances were passed in November which proponents said protected the city’s greenspaces. The ordinances amend stipulations of a Planned Residential Development (PRD) zoning district contract created in 1975 when the development of the resort began. It was previously amended in 2016 to reduce the number of units permitted.

The most recent changes were brought about in response to proposed plans by Wild Dunes to build additional condos/hotels where current golf courses and recreation spaces exist.

In a series of public meetings, residents expressed concern about the overpopulation that the additional development could bring as well as the damage it could cause to the environment.

Despite initially expressing concern about how long the process could take, councilmembers acted quickly to pass the amendments, which Wild Dunes claims violated the city’s own protocol.

“The City failed to comply with the requisite procedure. As detailed above, the Planning Commission reviewed and recommended the Subject Ordinances on or around November 9, 2022, which was after the public hearings on the Subject Ordinances had already been held on October 18 and November 1, 2022. Thus, the City violated the procedural requirements of Section 5-4-39 of the City’s Code for amending PDD zoning districts.”

Likewise, Wild Dunes claims the city failed to meaningfully engage with stakeholders — despite a representative publicly appealing to council members at a November 15 meeting — and left them no option but to take legal action.

The lawsuit also argues that the city’s reasoning for passing the ordinances is misguided, stating that Wild Dunes has brought “measured and positive growth to the City for decades,” and would continue to do so with any new development.

It cites the many rehabilitation and renovation projects undertaken by Wild Dunes over the years — sometimes in partnership with the city — to improve the shoreline, golf courses, and other recreation facilities.

Regarding overpopulation, Wild Dunes noted that the existing PRD allowed for another 330 dwelling units and 53 inn units to be built, but Wild Dunes had no plans to build them all at once. Instead, developers said they would be “completed over time based upon real estate market conditions and other factors.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that individual rental properties bring far more traffic to the island, and that taking away property rights should not be used as a solution to regulate traffic.

Ultimately, the lawsuit claims that the ordinances prevent “economically viable and productive uses of [Wild Dunes’] property,” which effectively amounts to “the regulatory taking of [the] property.” Thus, according to the lawsuit, the city should compensate Wild Dunes for the land it took, or return the property rights to the owners.

News 2 has reached out to IOP for comment.

Editor’s note: This story is breaking and may be updated.

10 Of The Friendliest Towns In The United States

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is getting to know the locals in the location that one is visiting. Of course, the more hospitable the locals are, the more fun it is likely that one will have while traveling there.Personal experiences may tell people a lot about a place, even if there is no way to establish exactly which communities in the United States are the friendliest using scientific methods. It is highly recommended that vacationers pay one of these cities a visit if they are looking for a destination in which th...

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is getting to know the locals in the location that one is visiting. Of course, the more hospitable the locals are, the more fun it is likely that one will have while traveling there.

Personal experiences may tell people a lot about a place, even if there is no way to establish exactly which communities in the United States are the friendliest using scientific methods. It is highly recommended that vacationers pay one of these cities a visit if they are looking for a destination in which they are likely to witness goodwill among residents and visitors.

Savannah, Georgia

This past year, Savannah left quite an impact on tourists, to the point that it is now considered one of the nicest cities in the United States.

It is difficult to pinpoint just what it is that makes the people who live here so content. It might be the vibrant and unashamed Southern cuisine culture that the city has to offer. It might also be the abundance of independent bookstores and antique shops that are rife with hidden treasures.

It's also possible that the magnificent public parks and many things travelers would want to do in Savannah are what give folks an extra spring in their step.

Charleston, South Carolina

There are a lot of amazing things to do in Charleston. Charleston is a little coastal city that packs a lot of punch when it comes to Southern hospitality. Visitors frequently come to see historic monuments such as Fort Sumter and The Citadel, but they often choose to remain because of the city's vibrant food culture.

Additionally, Kiawah Island and Isle of Palms are located close to the city boundaries, making it possible to reach the beach in a very short amount of time by car.

The kind and welcoming locals, on the other hand, are the icing on the cake. They never fail to make those from out of town feel at home.

Alexandria, Virginia

Northern Virginia's Alexandria has long been a popular destination for young professionals and families looking for a more relaxed atmosphere than that of neighboring Washington, D.C., owing to its picturesque waterfront, historic brick-lined Old Town, and easy access to the city via metro.

Tourists are increasingly drawn to the area because of its vibrant retail, culinary, and artistic scenes. One of the best things about Alexandria is that it welcomes dogs with open arms. This may be the secret behind residents' happiness!

Honolulu, Hawaii

Because of its proximity to the United States mainland and its almost unlimited selection of indoor and outdoor activities, Honolulu has long been regarded as one of the most desirable locations for beach vacations in the United States.

Those planning to visit Honolulu keep coming back because of the abundance of exciting new hotels, restaurants, and galleries, many of which celebrate Indigenous traditions.

There is a growing feeling of community and identity in Honolulu, whether through hyper-local eateries or a museum exhibit highlighting Hawaiian history.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

For the larger part of the century that has just passed, Santa Fe has been an alluring destination for artistic types who are drawn to the city by its breathtaking natural landscapes and wide open spaces.

With more than 250 art galleries that are housed in the adobe houses that line its streets, it maintains the creative history that it was founded on, creating many amazing things to do in Santa Fe.

However, the welcoming locals aren't simply artistic; this city is home to a wide variety of individuals, and one can see this diversity mirrored in the city's food scene and other aspects of life here.

Tucson, Arizona

A lot of people would love to spend a weekend in Tucson. Tucson is still considered to be one of the most underestimated cities in the United States, despite the fact that it has a sizable population; nonetheless, our readers are beginning to take notice.

This artistic desert town has a little something for everyone, whether they’re seeking historic theaters, destination spas, or hot dogs that have won the James Beard Award. One can find all of these things and more here.

Another major selling point is the welcoming nature of the people, who will go out of their way to point tourists on the right path or make them feel at ease in their community.

Key West, Florida

Visitors may easily have a wonderful time in Key West, thanks to the welcoming locals and their one-of-a-kind brand of comedy. A number of creative types, such as Ernest Hemingway and others, have always found this town to be a welcome change of pace.

The city that sits at the southernmost tip of the United States is well-known for its welcoming atmosphere and acceptance of individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives. The fact that it's a great place to let free and forget about one's problems is often cited as the main reason to visit.

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado, is not just one of the state's most stunning mountain towns, but also one of the state's warmest and most welcoming.

Located in the heart of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, this picturesque town features a background of jagged mountain peaks and streets dotted with stately Victorian-era houses that give the town a fairytale sense.

Some think the lack of billboards, neon signs, and even stoplights contributes to the pleasant nature of the residents. Maybe it's in the air or the water. No matter what brings tourists here, they won't find a more chill atmosphere or more stunning surroundings anywhere else.

Asheville, North Carolina

Those interested in music, art, craft beer, and more have made Asheville, North Carolina, a hotspot in recent years. One of the happiest areas in America, according to certain surveys. Everywhere people go in this lovely little city, the friendly residents will greet them with a grin.

A pleasant spot to take a stroll, the River Arts District is home to several museums, breweries, restaurants, and buskers. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with several picturesque paths and raging rivers perfect for whitewater rafting.

Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina, is often cited as an example of "Southern hospitality" and as one of the nicest places in the United States.

Located only 90 miles from Charleston, this 300-year-old settlement is where locals may be seen relaxing on their front porches with sweet tea and enjoying neighborhood crab boils with friends and neighbors.

Besides being the second-oldest settlement in the state, it is also home to several historic landmarks, beautiful antebellum buildings, a charming shoreline, and delectable local food, most notably its thick and spicy gumbos.

Flatland Cavalry & Stacked Openers List Announce 2023 Tour

Flatland Cavalry have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks and months. They’ve already been announced as one of the big beneficiaries of the massive stadium tour Luke Combs is throwing this year, opening the shows with Brent Cobb, Lainey Wilson, and Riley Green. They’re also taking the stage at the San Antonio Rodeo on February 25th as one of the finale acts.But they won’t be sitting on their laurels in between. Announced on Monday (1-16), Flatland Cavalry will be playing shows throughout the Eastern Unite...

Flatland Cavalry have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks and months. They’ve already been announced as one of the big beneficiaries of the massive stadium tour Luke Combs is throwing this year, opening the shows with Brent Cobb, Lainey Wilson, and Riley Green. They’re also taking the stage at the San Antonio Rodeo on February 25th as one of the finale acts.

But they won’t be sitting on their laurels in between. Announced on Monday (1-16), Flatland Cavalry will be playing shows throughout the Eastern United States through late July, including numerous dates in Canada. Coming along for the ride will also be a very cool set of openers that includes Cole Chaney, Colby Acuff, Brent Cobb, Pony Bradshaw, Emily Nenni, Grady Spencer and the Work, The Steel Woods, and Meghan Patrick.

And don’t worry all of you folks on the West Coast. This only covers half the year, so who knows what the later portions of 2023 have in store.

Along with their last studio album, the highly-rated Welcome to Countryland from 2021, Flatland Cavalry also recently released an acoustic EP called Songs To Keep You Warm to tide folks over through the Winter. The track “Mountain Song” from the EP was just featured on an episode of Yellowstone—the debut for Flatland Cavalry on the popular series.

Tickets for all headlining dates go on sale Friday (1/20) at 10 AM Central.

February 24—College Station, TX—Hurricane Harry’s*February 25—San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center – San Antonio RodeoMarch 23—Austin, TX—Venue TBAMarch 24—Houston, TX—713 Music HallMarch 25—Arlington, TX—AT&T Stadium+March 30—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall†March 31—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe†April 1—Indianapolis, IN—Lucas Oil Stadium+April 7—Lubbock, TX—Cook’s GarageApril 8—Newcastle, TX—Fort BelknapApril 13—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel‡April 14—Athens, GA—40 Watt Club‡April 15—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium+April 22—Detroit, MI—Ford Field+April 25—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground‡April 26—New York, NY—Gramercy Theatre‡April 27—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere‡April 28—Charlottesville, VA—The Jefferson Theater‡April 29—Pittsburgh, PA—Acrisure Stadium+May 4—Columbia, MO—Rose Park§May 5—Chicago, IL—Joe’s on Weed St§May 6—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field+May 11—Hays, KS—Fox TheatreMay 12—Omaha, NE—The Admiral#May 13—Minneapolis, MN—US Bank Stadium+May 19—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot§May 20—Boise, ID—Albertsons Stadium+May 24—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall§May 25—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory§May 26—Tacoma, WA—Elks Temple§May 27—Vancouver, BC—BC Place+May 28—Palmer, AK—Venue TBAJune 3—Edmonton, AB—Commonwealth Stadium+June 8—Fort Smith, AR—TempleLive^June 9—Wichita, KS—WAVE**June 10—Kansas City, MO—Arrowhead Stadium+June 15—Columbus, OH—The Bluestone++June 16—Cincinnati, OH—Bogart’s++June 17—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium+June 22—Little Rock, AR—Little Rock Hall††June 23—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion††June 24—Luling, TX—Watermelon Thump††July 6—Isle of Palms, SC—The Windjammer^July 7—Orlando, FL—House of Blues^July 8—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium+July 13—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts CenterJuly 14—Huntsville, AL—Orion Amphitheater‡‡July 15—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium+July 20—Buffalo, NY—Buffalo Iron Works††July 21—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair††July 22—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium+July 27—Norfolk, VA—The NorVA^July 28—Richmond, VA—The National^July 29—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field+

*with special guest Connor Smith+supporting Luke Combs Word Tour†with special guest Meghan Patrick‡with special guest Cole Chaney§with special guest Colby Acuff#with special guest Brent Cobb^with special guest Pony Bradshaw**with special guests The Steel Woods and Pony Bradshaw++with special guest Grady Spencer & the Work††with special guest Emily Nenni‡‡supporting Parker McCollum

Isle of Palms council discussing limiting development in Wild Dunes

The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes pISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes planned development district on Tuesday.The discussion stemmed from a 1975 agreement that would make it possible for there to be over 300 more rooms built in the Wild Dunes between hote...

The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes p

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Isle of Palms is holding the first of two public hearings to discuss limiting future development and protecting the golf courses in the Wild Dunes planned development district on Tuesday.

The discussion stemmed from a 1975 agreement that would make it possible for there to be over 300 more rooms built in the Wild Dunes between hotels and condos.

According to Mayor Phillip Pounds, it all started back in February when a group of residents asked the council to take a look at the decades-old agreement to see if they could make some changes. Anthony Santiago says he was one of those residents.

“We thought we were developed already after The Sweetgrass Inn,” Santiago said. “We don’t even have parking for that. And then through the due diligence we discovered the capacity to expand this more than double.”

Santiago and others who are against future development in Wild Dunes say that more development would overwhelm public safety and public works resources, cause more drainage and sewage issues, and make traffic and parking on the island more of a nightmare.

“Every city municipality has the right to rezone as you develop,” Santiago said. “This is almost fifty years ago when we did this. Nobody thought we’d be as big as we are.”

The Isle of Palms City Council now has five ordinances up for discussion that would preserve public and private facilities and put a cap on density in the planned development district.

Beverly Miller is the executive director of the Barrier Island Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit formed to address challenges unique to the barrier islands. She said she wanted to show support for the ordinances through a petition. It now has over 750 signatures.

“When that was written, this island was erratically different, and it’s so different now that we need to amend those zoning ordinances so that we are up to today and the demands that are on the island today that were not here in 1975,” Miller said.

Pounds said the Wild Dunes agreement was one of the first of its type in the country.

“Unusual maybe, but as areas get built out there’s certainly an opportunity for cities to revisit the zoning and the density and the future development,” Pounds said.

Pounds said the city has received many phone calls and emails from concerned residents worried how much the island could take. He says there’s confusion about the slow process, but he says with the public hearing, that will stop development even though they aren’t completely through the process.

“When you’re on an island where you have such little landmass to develop anything, the ability to put 300 plus units in Wild Dunes today, I don’t even know where they would put them because there’s not that kind of landmass,” Pounds said. “But some of the concern was, could they do something on the golf courses, could they do something on the tennis courts. That’s some of the ordinance that we’re looking at during this process is protecting those areas.”

Tuesday’s public hearing will take place at Isle of Palms city hall at 5 p.m. Another public hearing will take place Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the city’s recreation center. The city’s planning commission will take a look at the ordinances and give feedback to city council. Then, it will be up to city council to schedule a second reading which would solidify the ordinances.

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IOP residents oppose possible development of Wild Dunes greenspaces

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Residents on the Isle of Palms voiced concerns about a possible threat to the island’s golf courses, green spaces, and recreation spaces.Some of the green spaces in the Wild Dunes Resort could be bulldozed if action isn’t taken to prevent development. Neighbors say they’re concerned Wild Dunes Resort owners are looking to build hotels and homes over the spaces.The overwhelming message from residents during a special called city council meeting Monday was working to protect th...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Residents on the Isle of Palms voiced concerns about a possible threat to the island’s golf courses, green spaces, and recreation spaces.

Some of the green spaces in the Wild Dunes Resort could be bulldozed if action isn’t taken to prevent development. Neighbors say they’re concerned Wild Dunes Resort owners are looking to build hotels and homes over the spaces.

The overwhelming message from residents during a special called city council meeting Monday was working to protect the green spaces. City council approved the first reading for five ordinances they say will do just that. Some council members warn it could be a lengthy process.

“Who wins when we give away accommodations tax money,” says Randy Bell, a former Isle of Palms City Councilman and concerned resident. “The entities that don’t benefit the community, that is not a benefit to this community.”

Dozens of residents voiced concerns about potential plans to build over Wild Dunes golf courses and recreational spaces saying the development could bring severe consequences.

“Not only to preserve the greenspaces and open spaces that are critical for stormwater management but also to limit the density in Wild Dunes to mitigate the impact on the city’s resources,” says Bev Miller, a concerned resident.

Plans for development within the resort could bring hundreds of homes, hotels, or condos in place of the current green spaces. Residents at the meeting say it would also bring traffic, noise, and parking issues with it.

“And it’s for the purpose of allowing this audience and this community a voice in the affairs of the community,” says Bell.

Council took up five ordinances meant to protect green space and prevent the building. All five ordinances passed with 8 to 1 votes.

“We need to make sure we protect all the interests, protect as much greenspace as we can,” says Councilman Rusty Streetman. “Conservation and all of that is top of mind.”

Councilman Kevin Popson was the only no vote on the ordinances. The ordinances will likely move to second reading in the coming weeks. Council warns the process could be a lengthy one with potential negotiations with Wild Dunes or legal action looming.

“I fully support what we are doing,” says Councilman Blair Hahn. “But this is the beginning of what could be a six-month process.”

During the special called meeting, residents say it’s important to keep fighting to protect the land and recreational spaces.

“We can not back down from these people,” says Tony Santiago, a concerned resident. “They will just keep coming and coming and coming.”

Isle of Palms City Council will hold a public hearing on the topic and five ordinances Tuesday, October 18th at City Hall to allow people to give feedback before they get a second reading. The hearing will start at 5 pm.

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