News Flash

Posted on: August 3, 2020

City of Charleston August 3 Isaias 10 PM Update

With a late course and speed change having spared the area from the worst of Hurricane Isaias’s impacts, the city of Charleston stood down its virtual Municipal Emergency Operations Center at 8 o’clock tonight.

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Storm Updates
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City of Charleston August 3 Isaias 2 PM Update

During their meeting this morning, Charleston City Council passed an emergency ordinance authorizing Mayor John Tecklenburg to enact a citywide curfew tonight, should conditions require it as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias.

At this time, no curfew is in...

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Storm Updates
Posted on: August 2, 2020

Update: City of Charleston August 2 Tropical Storm Isaias Update

In response to this evening’s update from the National Weather Service forecasting 2-4 feet of storm surge tomorrow night related to Tropical Storm Isaias, the city has added an additional Peninsula sandbag pick-up location at the RiverDogs Stad...

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Storm Updates
Posted on: August 2, 2020

City of Charleston August 2 Tropical Storm Isaias Update

City of Charleston Emergency Management continues to work closely with state and regional officials to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias and make preparations for any potential local impacts.

The city’s Municipal Emergency Operations Center will acti...

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Storm Updates
Posted on: July 31, 2020

City of Charleston Prepares for Hurricane Isaias

Update: After reviewing the 5 p.m. forecast, city officials announced that the following parking garages will be open to city residents free of charge from 8 a.m. Sunday, August 2 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 4:

  • Queen Street Garage, 93 Queen Street
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Storm Updates

News Flash

Posted on: April 14, 2021

City of Charleston Holds Online Public Meeting for Ashley River Crossing Project

The city of Charleston is seeking public comment on the Ashley River Crossing project, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect West Ashley and downtown Charleston.

Why it matters

With nearly half of all city of Charleston residents residing in Wes...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Charleston Essentials Market to Return to Marion Square with COVID-19 Restrictions in Place

Due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 in South Carolina, the Charleston Farmers Market will return to Marion Square in its essentials-only format on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will continue every Satur...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 30, 2021

COVID-19 Scheduling Assistance Available at Recreation Facilities Throughout Charleston

With all South Carolinians 16 years and older becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on March 31, trained city of Charleston Recreation Department staff will begin assisting citizens with the vaccine appointment scheduling process at city facilities thr...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Public Engagement Sought for Final Phase of Charleston City Plan

Charleston residents are invited to participate in the upcoming final round of community engagement for the Charleston City Plan, where they will have the opportunity to review segments of the draft plan and provide feedback before a full version is prese...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 22, 2021

City of Charleston Seeks Public Input on Draft Climate Action Plan

The City of Charleston’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability has released the draft strategies and action items for the Climate Action Plan and is seeking public input to help shape the final plan. 

What is the Climate Action Plan? T...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 19, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, March 19, 2021, and will remain open until 7 a.m. t...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 12, 2021

In-Person Municipal Court Proceedings to Resume March 15

Effective Monday, March 15, 2021, the Municipal Court will re-open for in-person Traffic and Criminal Bench Trials. No jury trial cases are being scheduled at this time.

Following an order by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in January 2021, in-person c...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 10, 2021

City Awarded HUD CDBG-MIT Grant to Alleviate Flooding in Medical District

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the city of Charleston was awarded $10 million from the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Mitigation Program to construct the Medical District Drainage Tunnel Extension at Ehrhardt Street, which will provide critical ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 6, 2021

Consistent with Gov. McMaster's Order, City Mask Ordinance Remains in Effect

In response to inquiries, city of Charleston attorney Susan Herdina today issued the following statement:

"As Gov. McMaster's latest order makes clear, local mask ordinances continue to apply in local jurisdictions. Therefore, the city of Cha...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 23, 2021

2021 Business License Renewal Reminder

Reminder: Sunday, February 28, 2021 is the last day to renew a city of Charleston business license without incurring late fees.

Learn more about renewing your business license at: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/135/Business-License-Renewals

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 19, 2021

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Presents Like A Girl: Dare to Dream by Fer Caggian

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Like A Girl: Dare to Dream, a new exhibition by artist Fer Caggiano on view at City Gallery from March 11, 2021 through May 2, 2021. Featuring portraits of more than 35 South Carolinian women, Lik...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Shelter to Re-Open Tonight, February 19

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, February 19, 2021 and will remain open unti...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of Charleston Piloting Free Mattress Recycling Program

The city of Charleston recently received grant funding from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to pilot a mattress and box spring recycling program for city residents. 

Why it matters: Due to their padding and spring...

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Additional Info... City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Mayor John Tecklenburg to Launch Mayor’s Book Club for Kids

The Mayor’s Book Club, a fun new initiative for kids, will launch today as Mayor John Tecklenburg records a virtual reading of the inaugural book selection, “The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls,” by Louise Meriwether, which was...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 2, 2021

First Funds Deployed to Small Businesses from LDC Revolving Loan Fund

This afternoon, Mayor John Tecklenburg held a press conference with Steve Saltzman, CEO of the Charleston LDC, to announce the initial deployment of loans from the revolving loan fund created in September to aid Charleston small businesses impacted by the...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 2, 2021

City of Charleston to Begin Golf Cart Registration Initiative

With the use of golf carts on public streets continuing to rise, the city of Charleston, in cooperation with South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, will begin actively enforcing state registration requirements on March 1, 2021.

This effort comes in r...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 2, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, February 2, 2021, and will remain open unt...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 29, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 29, 2021, and will remain open unti...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 28, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, January 28, 2021, and will remain open un...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 20, 2021

City of Charleston Welcomes New City Architect

Tory Parish Headshot

The city of Charleston has hired Tory Parish as its new City Architect.

Ms. Parish, who began work this week, will help shape the city’s built environment by overseeing the work of the Board of Architectural Review - Large, Board of Architectural...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 18, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Shelter to Re-Open Tonight, January 18

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, January 18, 2021 and will remain open until...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 17, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Shelter to Re-Open Tonight, January 17

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Sunday, January 17, 2021 and will remain open until...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 16, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Shelter to Re-Open Tonight, January 16

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming shelter at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street, will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday, January 16, 2021 and will remain open unt...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 15, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight, January 15

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming center will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 15, 2021 and will remain open until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

How it works: Guests must arrive by 11 p.m. to be chec...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 11, 2021

City of Charleston to Co-Host Stimulus Webinar for Small Businesses

The city of Charleston Business Services Division has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center to host a free webinar, The Stimulus Round 2: What Small Businesses Need to Know, to provide important inform...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 8, 2021

In-Person Court Proceedings Suspended Statewide Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has announced that all in-person court proceedings statewide are suspended until further notice, beginning Monday, January 11, 2021.

This suspension is subject to l...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 8, 2021

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming center will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 8, 2021 and will remain open until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

How it works: Guests must arrive by 11 p.m. t...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Statement from Mayor Tecklenburg on New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Today, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg released the following statement with regard to New Year’s Eve celebrations:

“Thanks to continued responsible practices by our citizens, Charleston has so far been spared the worst of this second...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 30, 2020

City to Host 155th Emancipation Proclamation Association Parade and Commemorative Worship Service Vi

In consideration of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s oldest continuous Emancipation Day parade will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 2021 as a virtual event.

The parade can be viewed at http://chsepa.wordpress.com.

The eve...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 29, 2020

City of Charleston to Host AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Information Session for 2021 Site Selection

The city of Charleston will host a Virtual Information Session for the 2021 AmeriCorps VISTA Site Selection Process to provide an overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, and review related regulations and site requirements. The Information Session will ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Sponsorships Available for New King Street Hanging Baskets

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure that King Street remains one of the most beautiful and walkable main streets in America, the city of Charleston has partnered with Charleston Water System, Explore Charleston and the Charleston Restaurant Foundation to...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Charleston Municipal Golf Course Reopens Following Extensive Renovation

This morning, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Golf Course Architect Troy Miller, representatives of Friends of the Muni, members of City Council and County Council, and community leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Charleston Municipal Golf C...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 7, 2020

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming center will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight and will remain open until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

How it works: Guests must arrive by 11 p.m. to be checked in. The warm...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Late Charlestonian Mayo Read Honored at City Arbor Day Ceremony

Today, the city of Charleston and Charleston Parks Conservancy planted a live oak tree in Hampton Park in recognition of Arbor Day and in memory of the late Charlestonian Mayo Read, who influenced the planting of more than 1,000 trees throughout the city ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: December 1, 2020

City of Charleston Warming Center to Re-Open Tonight

Due to the expected cold temperatures this evening, the city of Charleston’s warming center will re-open at 8 p.m. tonight and will remain open until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Last evening, the warming center housed a total of 37 people, including 30 men,...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 30, 2020

City of Charleston 2020 Holiday Events Update

This holiday season, the city of Charleston will hold the following holiday events. NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Holiday Parade and Holiday Boat Parade have been cancelled.

From December 5, 2020 through Decemb...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 30, 2020

City of Charleston Warming Center to Open Tonight

The city of Charleston will operate a warming center beginning at 8 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. tomorrow. Guests must arrive by 11 p.m. to be checked in. The warming center at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, at 265 Fishburne Street, will offer indi...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 19, 2020

City Announces COVID-19 Regulations for West Ashley Holiday Market

The city of Charleston today announced plans for the West Ashley Holiday Market in Ackerman Park, which will take place on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 55 Sycamore Avenue and will provide citizens an opportunity to shop local in pre...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 19, 2020

St. Julian Devine Community Center Smokestacks Task Force to Meet Today

The St. Julian Devine Community Center Smokestacks Task Force will meet for the first time at 11 a.m. today to hear an update from City of Charleston Capital Projects on the status of most recent inspection of the chimneys and the status of the Bennett Pr...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 12, 2020

With Coronavirus relief stalled in Washington, city Budget Committee works to close $18M shortfall

As Congress continues to squabble over emergency Covid relief funds for cities and counties, the city of Charleston Ad Hoc Budget Committee will meet via Zoom at 2 pm today to consider options to balance their 2021 budget in the face of an $18 million sho...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Keep Charleston Beautiful Receives Funding to Support Beautification and Cleanup Efforts

Earlier this year, Keep Charleston Beautiful received a Keep South Carolina Beautiful (KSCB) Annual Support Grant in the amount of $9,000 to help fund initiatives related to litter prevention, litter cleanup, beautification, recycling and environmental ed...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Deadline Extended to Complete City Plan Survey

In order to maximize opportunities for public engagement, the deadline to complete the city of Charleston’s City Plan survey has been extended, and responses will now be accepted through Monday, November 16, 2020.

Why it matters: The sur...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 29, 2020

City encourages citizens to celebrate Halloween safely

With coronavirus cases on the rise and Halloween approaching, the city of Charleston is asking citizens to stay safe by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines while celebrating the holiday this year.

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 27, 2020

City Gallery Announces New Fall Exhibition

In partnership with the MOJA Arts Festival and the Charleston 350 Commission, the City Gallery presents The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls, its newest exhibition on view beginning October 29, 2020. 

About the exhibition: This exhibition presents la...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Keep Charleston Beautiful to Host Halloween-Themed Clean-Up Event in West Ashley

Keep Charleston Beautiful will host a “Hallo-clean” Litter Walk, a Halloween-themed community clean-up event, along Highway 17 in West Ashley from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020. The morning of the event, volunteers will...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Funding Available to Support Rain Garden Installations for Charleston Rainproof Pilot Project

Grants in the amount of $200 to support the installation of rain gardens are now available to city of Charleston residents, businesses and organizations through funding provided by Keep South Carolina Beautiful.

 Why it matters: Rain gard...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Call for Volunteers for City of Charleston Warming Center

Volunteers are needed to help the city of Charleston operate a warming center, which will offer individuals who are homeless a place to spend the night during inclement weather this winter. The warming center at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center,...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Charleston Artisans Market to Begin Saturday in Marion Square

This weekend, artisans and packaged food vendors will return to Marion Square for the Charleston Artisans Market on King Street Plaza. The market will run Saturday, October 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., across the park from the Charleston Essentials Market o...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Flooding Due to King Tides Forecast Through Sunday

Beginning tonight and for the next several days, motorists in the city of Charleston are asked to use caution and plan their travel to avoid low-lying areas during periods of high tide.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has forecast moderate floo...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Local Students Invited to Participate in Mayor’s Youth Commission Virtual Summit Series

Charleston-area students in grades 9-12 attending public, private, home, or virtual school are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Youth Commission’s Virtual Summit Series from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020. 

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 12, 2020

City of Charleston to Host School Supply Distribution Drive-Thru

The city of Charleston will host a school supply distribution drive-thru on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, located at 265 Fishburne Street for local students in need of school supplies.

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Public Safety Committee to Receive Preliminary After Action Review

At this afternoon’s Public Safety Committee meeting, scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. via Zoom, the Charleston Police Department will present the preliminary After Action Review evaluating the police response to the protests and riots that occu...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Mayor Tecklenburg Encourages Citizens to Receive Flu Shot

Mayor Tecklenburg Flu Shot

This morning, as part of the city of Charleston’s flu shot program for city employees, Mayor John Tecklenburg received his flu shot and encouraged citizens throughout the Lowcountry to do the same.  

Why flu shots matter, especially this...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 30, 2020

City of Charleston, Charleston LDC Announce COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

Today, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Charleston LDC CEO Steve Saltzman announced an $850,000 revolving loan fund to aid Charleston businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Road Closures Due to Heavy Rain Remain in Effect; Additional Rain Expected This Evening

As of 2 p.m. today, 2.5 inches of rain had fallen in the city of Charleston, with continued precipitation expected.

Currently, 26 roads are closed due to flooding, primarily in the downtown area.

The next high tide, which is expected at 4:08 p.m., is foreca...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 18, 2020

City of Charleston Prepares for Series of High Tides, Flooding

With an 8.7-foot tide forecast for Sunday morning—potentially the third highest non-tropical high tide since 1934—City of Charleston emergency management officials urge residents and visitors to prepare for major tidal flooding. The Na...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Potential for Major Tidal Flooding Tonight; Additional Flooding into the Weekend

The National Weather Service in Charleston has forecast major flooding for Charleston around this evening’s 7:05 p.m. high tide and near-major flooding around Wednesday and Thursday evenings’ high tides. At this time, no rainfall is fo...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Charleston Sues 24 Fossil Fuel Companies for Costs of Surviving Climate Change

As Charleston approaches Friday’s third anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s extreme surge and flooding that devastated the city, officials today filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for th...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 3, 2020

City of Charleston Plans for Partial Preservation of St. Julian Devine Chimneys

After learning of the safety report calling for the demolition of the St. Julian Devine Community Center chimneys last week, Mayor John Tecklenburg convened a meeting of project managers and engineers over the weekend to determine if there were any possib...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Public Input Needed for Charleston City Plan Update

Once every ten years, citizens in South Carolina have the opportunity to help rewrite their city’s single most important planning document--the comprehensive plan that guides decisions on development, housing, transportation, land use and more.

F...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 5, 2020

City Announces COVID-19 Regulations for City Gallery

Due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 in South Carolina, City Gallery will re-open with adjusted hours and new safety precautions on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Exhibition viewing will be offered Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. u...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City of Charleston August 3 Isaias 10 PM Update

With a late course and speed change having spared the area from the worst of Hurricane Isaias’s impacts, the city of Charleston stood down its virtual Municipal Emergency Operations Center at 8 o’clock tonight.

The city’s Poli...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City of Charleston August 3 Isaias 2 PM Update

During their meeting this morning, Charleston City Council passed an emergency ordinance authorizing Mayor John Tecklenburg to enact a citywide curfew tonight, should conditions require it as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias.

At this time, no curfew is in...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 31, 2020

City of Charleston Prepares for Hurricane Isaias

Update: After reviewing the 5 p.m. forecast, city officials announced that the following parking garages will be open to city residents free of charge from 8 a.m. Sunday, August 2 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 4:

  • Queen Street Garage, 93 Queen Street
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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Citizens Invited to Submit Feedback for City Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The city of Charleston is seeking community input for its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which will include a comprehensive study of the city’s existing parks, facilities and programs, and an assessment of future needs.

The feedback provided b...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Annual Operation Move-out Initiative to Begin July 30

The city of Charleston’s annual “Operation Move-out” initiative will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 and be conducted through 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 1. During this time, tenants are asked to place trash items at the ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Free COVID-19 Testing at St. Julian Devine on Monday, July 20

The city of Charleston, in partnership with the Shifa Clinic and Lab 24, will offer free COVID-19 testing to members of the Charleston community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 at St. Julian Devine Community Center, located at 1 Cooper Str...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 14, 2020

City Council Passes Additional COVID-19 Protective Measures

At their meeting tonight, Charleston City Council passed a set of additional emergency measures (here) to protect the community against the spread of COVID-19, which will go into effect citywide on July 15, 2020. 
These include:
• Amended ...
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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 14, 2020

City Council to Consider Additional COVID-19 Protective Measures

Tonight, Charleston City Council will consider additional emergency measures to protect the community against the spread of COVID-19.

If passed, the following added regulations would go into effect citywide, beginning July 15, 2020:

  • Amended mask requirement...
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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 10, 2020

City Announces COVID-19 Regulations for Charleston Peninsula Essentials Market

Due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 in South Carolina, the Charleston Farmers Market will open as an essentials only market on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the VIP parking lot adjacent to Joseph P. Riley, Jr....

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 8, 2020

City of Charleston Launches Citibot, Text Message Communication Tool for Residents and Government

The city of Charleston today announced its launch of Citibot, an interactive text messaging and customer service tool for civic engagement with government.

With Citibot, residents and visitors of Charleston will be able to use text message-based technology...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 7, 2020

STIB Approves $21.5 Million for Septima Clark Drainage and Transportation Improvement Project

This morning, the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank approved the city of Charleston’s application for funding in the amount of $21.5 million for Phase 5 of the Septima Clark Drainage and Transportation Improvement Project.

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2020

City Face Covering Ordinance to Go Into Effect at Midnight

The emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public areas throughout the city of Charleston to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 goes into effect at 12 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Answers to many frequently asked questions regarding the ordinan...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 28, 2020

Bees Landing Recreation Center to Temporarily Close as COVID-19 Precaution

Earlier today, the city of Charleston Recreation Department learned of one employee at Bees Landing Recreation Center who has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee has not been in the workplace since Tuesday of last week, the facility has close...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Hazel Parker Playground to Temporarily Close as COVID-19 Precaution

Earlier today, the city of Charleston Recreation Department learned of one employee at Hazel Parker Playground who has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee has not been in the workplace since Friday of last week, the facility has closed and wi...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 25, 2020

James Island Recreation Complex to Temporarily Close as COVID-19 Precaution

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the city of Charleston Recreation Department was notified of two employees at the James Island Recreation Complex (JIRC) who had tested positive for COVID-19. These employees have not been in the workplace since Friday of last ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 25, 2020

City Announces COVID-19 Regulations for West Ashley Essentials Market

Due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 in South Carolina, the West Ashley Farmers Market will open as an essentials only market on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ackerman Park, located at 55 Sycamore Avenue.

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 10, 2020

City of Charleston to Participate in Annual Summer Food Service Program

This year, the city of Charleston is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides children and teens under 18 years of age with free, nutritious lunches during the summer months while schools are not in session.

Beginn...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 6, 2020

City of Charleston Waives Building Permit Fees Related to May 30 Damage

At their emergency meeting this morning, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and members of City Council voted to waive all fees for building repairs related to property damage incurred by property and business owners on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in the city o...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 6, 2020

No June 6 Curfew Planned in the City of Charleston

With no problems reported overnight, there is no curfew planned in the city of Charleston tonight, Saturday, June 6, 2020. City officials will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day, and are prepared to take additional actions if circumstanc...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Citizens Encouraged to Report Damage

City staff have been actively working to identify and evaluate damage that occurred on Saturday night. Citizens and business owners are encouraged to continue to report damage at: https://gis.charleston-sc.gov/report-damage/

When reporting, please provide ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 5, 2020

City of Charleston Municipal Court to Reopen Monday

The city of Charleston Municipal Court will return to its regular schedule of conducting traffic and criminal bench trials on Monday, June 8, 2020. No jury trial cases are being scheduled at this time.

Due to the social distancing guidelines in place relat...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City Announces Free Parking Options to Assist Local Businesses

In order to support local businesses and safely stimulate economic recovery, effective Monday, June 1, 2020 and for the remainder of the year, metered parking enforcement will cease after 6 p.m. citywide. In conjunction with this change, regular parking m...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City of Charleston Summer Day Camps to Begin June 15

In consultation with area medical professionals, city of Charleston summer day camps provided by the Recreation Department are scheduled to begin on June 15th and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop-off hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and pick-up wil...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Applications Open for CARES Act CDBG Funding for Homelessness Prevention

The city of Charleston, in partnership with Trident United Way, today announced the availability of $132,099 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and provided by...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 15, 2020

City of Charleston May 15 Coronavirus Update

At a press conference this afternoon with local restaurant industry representatives, Mayor Tecklenburg announced the city’s plan to allow temporary outdoor dining on private property and public sidewalks.

The emergency ordinance, passed by City C...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Mayors Tecklenburg and Haynie Announce Cancellation of 2020 Cooper River Bridge Run

Today, Mayors John Tecklenburg and Will Haynie released the following statement announcing that the 2020 Cooper River Bridge Run would not move forward:

“Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, we feel that it is time to cancel this ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Most City of Charleston Parks to Reopen for Exercise Activities

Tonight, during an emergency meeting of Charleston City Council, Mayor John Tecklenburg announced that most city parks will reopen this weekend to allow for exercise and movement. No group activities--such as picnics or exercise classes--or close contact ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 22, 2020

City of Charleston Coronavirus April 22 Update

This evening, in response to Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Order reopening some retail businesses previously determined to be non-essential, Charleston City Council passed an emergency ordinance on decreasing the risk of exposure to COVID-...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Mayor Tecklenburg Encourages Public Comment on US Army Corps Preliminary Flood Protection Plan

Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers released a preliminary flood protection plan for the Charleston peninsula. The plan is the result of an 18-month study of coastal storm impacts on the Charleston peninsula and can be viewed on the Army Corp...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 19, 2020

Severe Weather Expected Through Monday Morning

Two episodes of severe weather are being forecast for the Charleston area over the next 24 hours.

First, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. tonight, scattered to severe thunderstorms are expected across the region. Damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, hail, heavy do...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 17, 2020

City of Charleston Releases COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor John Tecklenburg elaborated on the city’s COVID-19 response and recovery strategy, which was presented to City Council for their feedback last night.

The plan calls for three steps: first, shutdown to s...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information

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Updated March 7, 2021

Mayor John Tecklenburg and city of Charleston leaders remain in close communication with federal, state and regional officials including representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Center for Disease Control (CDC)...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

City of Charleston Launches Citibot

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The city of Charleston today announced its launch of Citibot, an interactive text messaging and customer service tool for civic engagement with government.

With Citibot, residents and visitors of Charleston will be able to use text message-based technology...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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The city of Charleston is planning for the future of YOUR parks and recreation opportunities. Join the conversation to help shape the future of our city and ensure that our parks and recreation offerings continue to positively serve our community and meet...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

Seeking Feedback on Charleston's Draft Climate Action Plan

The City of Charleston’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability has been working diligently with community members since fall 2020 on a 5-year strategic framework to reduce carbon pollution.  

The draft Climate Action Plan is ready for t...

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