Folly Beach Purchase on Hold — For Now

April 5, 2010

Investigative Reports

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The NerveCharleston County Council member Paul Thurmond requested a deferral on a decision by the Parks and Recreation Commission to purchase land for a park in the town of Folly Beach for $2.8 million, at a council meeting last month.

He said he was not opposed to the purchase but that he had been approached by a town council member who had some questions about the transaction.

Tom O’Rourke, executive director of the Parks and Recreation Commission, attended the March 10 meeting and said he had no objection to the deferral.

Presumably, the issues that the town council member has will be made public and the Council’s finance committee will vote on the park acquisition at the next meeting.

Council approved Parks and Recreation Commission’s planned purchase of a 12.1 acre parcel abutting the Ashley River in North Charleston for $1.87 million. It will use funds generated from the half-cent sales tax to make the purchase.

Warwick Jones is a resident of Charleston and has been involved with a number of area organizations, including the Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board and the Preservation Society of Charleston.