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Posted on: September 13, 2017

City of Charleston Recovery Efforts Continue

City of Charleston recovery efforts related to Hurricane Irma continued today. Public service crews continued to move throughout the city today cleaning residual mud off of roadways and sidewalks that flooded, as well as clearing storm drains. Alternat...Read on...
Posted on: September 12, 2017

City of Charleston Recovery Efforts Underway

City of Charleston recovery efforts have been underway since daybreak following initial assessments of damage related to Hurricane Irma. Throughout the day, more than 200 city employees will fan out across the city to support the recovery.

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Posted on: September 12, 2017

Report Storm Damage

City of Charleston residents are asked to report storm damage, including residential property damage, commercial property damage, debris pickup needed, power/cable line down, storm drain or ditch issue, bridge, street or sidewalk damage, traffic light mal...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2017

City of Charleston Urges Residents to Remain Off Roads Overnight

The city of Charleston remains at OPCON 1 and is strongly urging residents to remain off the roads due to continuing hazardous conditions through the night.

According to the 6 p.m. report from the National Weather Service, “Inundation water level...

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Posted on: September 10, 2017

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma Preparations September 10th Update

Mayor John J. Tecklenburg and city of Charleston officials met today with Charleston County and other area officials to finalize plans to open shelters for citizens who live in low-lying areas. Two shelters are open at Charleston County facilities at 37...Read on...
Posted on: September 10, 2017

Irma Flood Shelters Open

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If you are in a low-lying area that typically floods, you need to consider leaving now. Heavy rainfall, high winds and storm surge are expected in Charleston, particularly on Monday between 10 am and 4 pm. If your property has flooded in the past, it w...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2017

City of Charleston Parking Garages Free to Park Through Storm

Residents who live in low-lying areas can park their cars for free in the City of Charleston parking garages through the storm. Participating garages: Aquarium, 24 Calhoun St Camden/Exchange, 35 John St Charleston Place, 85 Hasell St Concord/Cumberland,...Read on...
Posted on: September 9, 2017

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma September 9 Preparations Update

Today, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg appeared with Charleston County Emergency Management and other area officials to discuss preparations for the anticipated impacts from Hurricane Irma. Mayor Tecklenburg said, “Our emergency management...Read on...
Posted on: September 8, 2017

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma September 8 Midday Update

City of Charleston emergency officials continue to monitor Hurricane Irma and the potential impacts to the Charleston area. The city is now operating at OPCON 2. City of Charleston offices will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. ...Read on...
Posted on: September 7, 2017

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 Update

This evening, Mayor Tecklenburg held a briefing on the city of Charleston’s preparations for Hurricane Irma and the potential local impact. The full briefing can be viewed here or below.

 
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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Sandbags Available to Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

The City of Charleston has a limited number of free sandbags available to assist residents who anticipate localized flooding. Distribution will begin tomorrow, September 7th, at 8 a.m. The sandbags may be picked up from the following locations:

  • City of Cha...
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Posted on: September 6, 2017

City of Charleston Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

The city of Charleston has been and will continue closely monitoring Hurricane Irma’s track and the potential impact for South Carolina. Emergency officials, supervisors, managers, and department heads from the city are meeting daily to make ini...

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City of Charleston News Flash

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

Building Elevation Design Workshop

Those interested in viewing the city of Charleston Preservation Division's presentation from their Nov. 3 workshop regarding the elevation of historic buildings in flood prone areas can do so by clicking here.Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2017

City of Charleston Business Services Division Launches New Business Open House Series

The city of Charleston Business Services Division will host its first New Business Open House for new and potential business owners on Friday, November 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the First Floor Public Meeting Room at the Gaillard Center (2 George Street).

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Posted on: October 25, 2017

City of Charleston Announces FEMA Grant Approval

After speaking directly with state emergency officials today, the city of Charleston can now confirm that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $7,785,715 grant for the mitigation of 36 homes in the West Ashley area, including 32 l...

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Public Engagement Process to Begin for City-wide Transportation Plan

In partnership with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), the city of Charleston Department of Traffic & Transportation has begun the process of updating the city-wide transportation plan. This effort will kick off with a...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

City of Charleston’s ‘Triple A’ Bond Rating Reaffirmed by Ratings Agencies

The city of Charleston is among the most financially sound cities in the nation, according to a pair of recent reports by two of the world’s leading bond ratings agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. In each case, the c...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

City of Charleston to Hold Public Workshop on Low Battery Project

A public workshop to review progress on the Low Battery Seawall Project will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Memminger Auditorium (56 Beaufain St.).

Attendees will receive an update on the overall Low Battery design process, as we...

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Storm Debris Collection Update for Sept. 26, 2017

City crews have completed their initial debris pass, with collections running more than 300 percent above their normal pace. Approximately 501 truckloads of debris have been collected since Irma hit, and crews will continue to work extended hours until co...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Short Term Rental Task Force Votes to Send Proposal to Planning Commission

After more than six months of careful study and deliberation, the City of Charleston Short Term Rental Task Force voted 9-2 this evening to send their proposal to the city’s Planning Commission for consideration. The Task Force’s prop...Read on...
Posted on: September 22, 2017

City of Charleston Responds to Cannonborough-Elliottborough Street Sweeping Requests

Following the success of the street sweeping towing program in Harleston Village and Radcliffeborough, Cannonborough-Elliottborough is the latest neighborhood to request to join the program.

The city of Charleston will begin towing illegally parked vehicle...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

West Ashley Farmers Market 2017 Season Extended

The West Ashley Farmers Market’s (WAFM) 2017 season, originally set to conclude on Wednesday, October 4, will be extended through Sunday, November 19. Beginning on Sunday, October 15, the WAFM will be held on Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 p.m. ...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Cannon and Spring Streets to be Converted for Two-way Traffic

Starting Monday, October 2, work will begin to convert Spring and Cannon streets to accommodate two-way traffic. Weather permitting, the entire process is expected to take two weeks, with the conversion of Spring Street in week one, followed by the conver...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2017

Report Storm Damage

City of Charleston residents are asked to report storm damage, including residential property damage, commercial property damage, debris pickup needed, power/cable line down, storm drain or ditch issue, bridge, street or sidewalk damage, traffic light mal...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2017

City of Charleston Recovery Efforts Underway

City of Charleston recovery efforts have been underway since daybreak following initial assessments of damage related to Hurricane Irma. Throughout the day, more than 200 city employees will fan out across the city to support the recovery.

Public service c...

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Posted on: September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma Updates

For the latest information about the city's Hurricane Irma preparation and response click here or call the Citizen Information Line: 843-973-7219Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2017

City of Charleston Parking Garages Free to Park Through Storm

Residents who live in low-lying areas can park their cars for free in the City of Charleston parking garages through the storm. Participating garages: Aquarium, 24 Calhoun St Camden/Exchange, 35 John St Charleston Place, 85 Hasell St Concord/Cumberland,...Read on...
Posted on: September 9, 2017

Charleston City Council and Committee Meetings Rescheduled

Charleston City Council and Committee meetings that were cancelled due to Hurricane Irma have now been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 13, 2017 as followed: Committee on Traffic and Transportation: 3:45 p.m. City Hall, First Floor Conference Room, 80...Read on...
Posted on: September 11, 2017

City of Charleston Urges Residents to Remain Off Roads Overnight

The city of Charleston remains at OPCON 1 and is strongly urging residents to remain off the roads due to continuing hazardous conditions through the night.

According to the 6 p.m. report from the National Weather Service, “Inundation water level...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

City of Charleston Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

The city of Charleston has been and will continue closely monitoring Hurricane Irma’s track and the potential impact for South Carolina. Emergency officials, supervisors, managers, and department heads from the city are meeting daily to make ini...

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

City of Charleston to Host Civic Engagement Workshop, “I’m a Resident, Now What?”

The city of Charleston will hold a civic engagement workshop, “I’m a Resident, Now What?” on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center. Building on the success of the city&r...Read on...
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Mayor Tecklenburg Releases Statement in the Aftermath of the Tragic Events at Virginia's

Today, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg released the following statement in the aftermath of yesterday’s tragic events at Virginia’s on King restaurant: “Like so many others in our community, Sandy and I were deeply sad...Read on...
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Active Shooter Situation Resolved on King Street

The active shooter situation in the 400 block of King Street, inside the “Virginia’s on King” restaurant, has been resolved. The gunman has been shot and transported for medical attention in critical condition. The individu...Read on...
Posted on: August 24, 2017

City of Charleston Gives Briefing on Active Shooter Situation

Charleston County Dispatch received a call today at 12:17 p.m. in reference to a shooting within the 400 block of King Street. One shooting victim was transported to the hospital, but there is no update on their condition at this time. There are a small...Read on...
Posted on: August 16, 2017

City Hires NBM Construction to Stabilize Read Brothers Buildings

The city of Charleston has obtained the services of NBM Construction Company, Inc. to begin work stabilizing the Read Brothers buildings. City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the $41,700 contract with NBM. On Friday, August 4, upon receipt of the lat...Read on...
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Mayor Tecklenburg Introduces Resolution Following Charlottesville Attack

Tonight, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg asked that the following resolution be added to the August 15, 2017 City Council agenda: “Whereas, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are en...Read on...
Posted on: August 11, 2017

City of Charleston to Upgrade Permit Software

The City of Charleston will switch to a new and improved permit and land management software, EnerGov, on August 14, 2017.  With this upgrade, users will have access to online permit management, increased reporting capabilities, as well as inspec...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Read Brothers on King Street Ordered Closed Until Buildings Stabilized

Based on a new report from structural engineer Craig Bennett (attached), the city of Charleston has ordered Read Brothers on King Street closed until the associated buildings have been fully stabilized. In his report, Mr. Bennett states that portions of ...Read on...
Posted on: August 8, 2017

City of Charleston Celebrates New School Year at First Day Festival

The city of Charleston will welcome thousands of students and their families to the 15th Annual First Day Festival at Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. Each year, the festival ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

City of Charleston Gives Public Notice of FEMA Grant Application

The City of Charleston has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) as a sub-grantee. The proposed work includes the replacement of ex...Read on...
Posted on: July 13, 2017

Global Entry Program Interviews to Be Held at Gaillard Center

The City of Charleston has arranged to have U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conduct in-person enrollment interviews for applicants to CBP’s Global Entry program in Charleston at the Gaillard Center first floor public meeting ro...Read on...

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Charleston Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

Eighty-five Cities Now Committed to Making Government More Effective Using Data and Evidence July 12, 2017, Mayor John Tecklenburg announced that Charleston has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’...Read on...
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Public Input Sought for Design of Low Battery Seawall, Public Space

The city of Charleston Design Division is seeking public input on the design of the public space along the waterfront at the Low Battery seawall. The city will be undertaking an extensive reconstruction project to replace and raise the Low Battery seawal...Read on...
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Following Treatment, Charleston Fire Department Station 11 Reopened

Charleston Fire Department Station 11 has been treated and cleared for reentry. Earlier this week, full pest treatment protocols were activated at Station 11, after bedbugs were spotted on top of a covered mattress in the dormitory area. Firefighters who ...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2017

City Responds to Inquiries about Timing of the Decision to Remove Carriage Horses from the Street

Today, city spokesperson Jack O’Toole released the following statement, in response to inquiries about the timing of the city’s decision to remove carriage horses from the streets under the city’s new heat ordinance: Under t...Read on...
Posted on: July 5, 2017

New City Horse Carriage Heat Ordinance Triggered by High Temperatures

Due to high sustained heat levels, Charleston Director of Livability and Tourism Dan Riccio ordered horse carriages to return to their barns at 2:40 p.m. on July 5, 2017. This decision involved four consecutive temperature readings indicating 95 degree or...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2017

Full Pest Treatment Protocols Now in Force at Charleston Fire Department Station 11

Full pest treatment protocols are now in force at Charleston Fire Department Station 11, after bed bugs were spotted on top of a covered mattress in the dormitory area overnight. The report was confirmed this morning by a trained, pest-sniffing dog, which...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2017

New Signage to Appear on Charleston Horse Carriages

Like many large trucks now on our highways, horse carriages in the city of Charleston will soon carry signage reminding drivers to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and the carriage in front of them. The signs will also suggest that drivers refra...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2017

City of Charleston Files Suit in Short-Term Rental Case

Today, the City of Charleston filed suit in Charleston County Court of Common Pleas against the owner of 4 Atlantic Street in downtown Charleston for violating the city’s zoning ordinances with regard to short term rentals. Under current law, sh...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Mayor Tecklenburg Names Interim Police Chief

Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor Headshot.jpg Today, June 30, 2017, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor as the Charleston Police Department’s Interim Police Chief. Taylor has served in law enforcement for more than forty years, most...Read on...
Posted on: June 26, 2017

Street Sweeping Towing to be Enforced in Radcliffeborough

Following the success of the Harleston Village street sweeping towing enforcement, the City of Charleston is responding to requests for towing of illegally parked vehicles during street sweeping in the Radcliffeborough neighborhood. In the past, vehicle...Read on...
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Mayor’s Statement on Chief Gregory Mullen’s Retirement after a 35 Year Career in Law Enforcement

Today, June 13, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg released the following statement, in response to Police Chief Gregory Mullen's announcement that he will be retiring on August 1, 2017, after a 35 year career in law enforcement: Like all great police chi...Read on...
Posted on: June 6, 2017

City of Charleston Summer Camp to Include Reading Partners Curriculum

On June 5, the City of Charleston Recreation Department’s summer camp at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center (AWCCC) began with a new pilot program featuring a specialized Reading Partners curriculum. During the school year, Reading Part...Read on...
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Keith Benjamin Begins as City of Charleston Director of Traffic and Transportation

Randall “Keith” Benjamin, II started work today, June 5, as the new Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation for the City of Charleston. Mayor John Tecklenburg nominated Benjamin for the position at the April 25th City ...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2017

Input Sought on Study of Increasing Tree Canopy Coverage to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

The City of Charleston will hold a community meeting on Thursday, June 15th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to gather public input on the progress of an ongoing study evaluating the city’s utilization of urban trees in stormwater management programs. The me...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2017

Charleston Fire Department Bedbug Update for June 5, 2017

At a press conference today, June 5, Charleston Fire Department officials announced that all four fire stations recently found to contain bedbugs have been successfully treated, and verified to be free of the insects on re-inspection by a specially traine...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2017

City of Charleston Statement About Laurel Island

Today, June 5, City of Charleston director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability Jacob Lindsey released the following statement about North American Properties’ decision to withdraw its plans to create a large-scale, mixed use development...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Submit a Complaint or Compliment about a Charleston Police Officer Online

It is now possible to register a complaint or compliment about a Charleston Police Department officer online through the Professional Standards Office.What is the Professional Standards Office? It is CPD’s goal to provide highest level of qua...Read on...
Posted on: June 1, 2017

Charleston Fire Department Bedbug Update

Thursday, June 1, the Charleston Fire Department issued the following update on recent bedbug outbreaks at city fire stations:

  • In response to a report of a possible bedbug bite, Station 19 was re-inspected by a trained K9 crew yesterday afternoon...
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Posted on: May 18, 2017

City of Charleston Commission on Women to Hold Public Listening Sessions

The City of Charleston Commission on Women will hold a series of public listening sessions to gather ideas and insights from the community to help shape the focus and goals of the commission. The upcoming listening sessions will take place at the followin...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2017

City of Charleston Seeks Input on Height District Updates

An ordinance has been given first reading by Charleston City Council to update the height district zoning for the peninsula area. The proposed changes convert most of the existing height districts, measured in feet, to districts measured by the number of ...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2017

City of Charleston to Host Final Public Listening Session About Short-Term Rentals

The City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability is hosting the final Public Listening Session for citizens to express their thoughts about short-term rentals in the City of Charleston on Thursday, May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p....Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Keep Charleston Beautiful Hosts 12th Annual Green and Lean 5K

Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) will host the 12th Annual Green and Lean 5K on Saturday, May 13th to benefit Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful, whose mission is to promote the cleanliness and beautification of the City of Charleston through education, ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2017

City Police, Parks Departments Inspect Denmark Vesey Statue; Caulking Repairs to Begin Tomorrow

Today, City of Charleston spokesman Jack O’Toole released the following statement with regard to reports of vandalism involving the statue of Denmark Vesey in Charleston’s Hampton Park: “In response to concerns about possibl...Read on...
Posted on: May 8, 2017

Plan West Ashley Community Events Scheduled May 8-13

Citizens are invited to stay connected with Plan West Ashley by attending community events at the Planning Studio May 8th through 12th and the Work-in-Progress & Feedback Session on May 13th. Planners from Dover Kohl, the planning consultant hired b...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2017

City of Charleston Celebrates National Small Business Week

This week, in support of U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, Mayor John J. Tecklenburg will hold a series of meetings with local small business owners and organizations to discuss their strengths, challenges and op...Read on...