Palm Island Marina calls for looser alcohol laws – The Island Eye News

Written by Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News

The question of whether to convert the store on the Isle of Palms Marina into a bar was just one of several sticking points that prevented the IOP from moving forward with plans to reset the revised Marina leases at a special meeting on June 2.

The deal with 32 North was put on hold when the board walked out of executive session and Mayor Philip Pounds announced that the city’s legal counsel had been instructed to continue negotiations with Mike Schuler, the company’s principal and principal investor. The board was asked in late April to reset the leases of the marina and store currently held by Marina Manager Brian Berrigan.

Councilwoman Katie Meyer has been the most vocal opponent of the proposed agreement, noting that her main objection relates to the possibility that the new marina manager would have the option to sell beer that could be consumed on the premises. Myers, who had insisted her complaints be aired publicly rather than in an executive session, was adamant about concessions regarding the leases. “It seems like every time we amend the lease, we give more to the tenant and take away from town,” Myers said. “We have raised the threshold for paying more rent. We have removed the tenant from responsibility for facility maintenance.

We’ve extended the lease until 2045. We’ve built $5 million new berths. We were faced with the contentious issue of shared car parks that the city could not stand up to the residents. Now, we’re looking to give this new lease holder some more.” “They get a lot more,” Myers added. “That’s a really good lease on them. They do not need to consume alcohol on site. It gives the tenant something else to make money from. Giving up the one restriction we’ve set against alcohol consumption isn’t something I’d like to compromise on. I can’t give up something else for that marina.” Schuller, who presented his plans for the marina to the board at the June 2 meeting, later denied that he was planning to turn the store into a bar. There is a huge amount of misinformation. “There are hints across the board,” Schuler said. , but that’s the nature of these things.” Schuller also denied rumors that under the current proposed lease, he would be in control of the marina parking lot. “I’ve decided I don’t want to deal with that,” Schuler said. This problem. I want to help solve the problem. I have basically given what would be my interest in this parking lot to the city. It is a great gift that I am happy to give with a goodwill effort as part of this larger operation.” The pound confirmed after the meeting that according to the current draft, the common parking lot, located between the Islander 71 restaurant parking lot and the parking lot for the Marina and Restaurant staff, will be under the control of the city. The mayor said there will likely be some form of free parking for about 45 cars and trailers. The city has already negotiated 16 more free sites for island residents. Regarding the placement of alcohol in the Marina store, Pounds explained that under current city regulations, customers can buy beer in the store but are not allowed to drink it on floors outside the store – but they do so anyway. “The new Marina operator is asking for clarification – selling what the store is selling today while allowing people to drink on the back and side decks,” said Pounds. Schuller said he’s considering some new initiatives in the Marina, likely including an ice cream station, a children’s playroom and a fresh seafood market. Myers wasn’t the only council member to call for caution before the council approved the new lease-creation ordinance that was first read out.

“We have to put the brakes on here and give the community a chance to interact with Mr. Schuller in a public place so they can get a feel for what he wants to do,” said John Bogosian. Scott Pearce said he was “very uncomfortable to continue with the first reading. In my opinion, we are nowhere ready for the first reading.”

Jimmy Ward was also reluctant to proceed with the first reading of the law. “Right now, I think we’re broken. We have to put it off now and do a lot of work,” Ward noted.

Other members of the Council indicated that they were ready for the first reading of the decree.

For example, Blair Hahn noted that the board “must treat the lease as it exists”. “The positives far outweigh any potential negatives or intimidating show someone might want to create,” Han said. “We have corrected the parking so that residents will now have free parking in the marina, which is a huge benefit. We divorced ourselves from the parking manager’s position, which was worse than a nightmare. We stop it all. It all goes away.” Rusty Streetman added that he was impressed with Schuler’s plans for the marina and was excited about the proposed parking changes. We’ve fought for years to provide 16 parking spaces for our residents. Now we have a potential tenant willing to give up any interest in this shared car park so the city can From opening it up to free parking. I think that’s a big win.”

After the public debate, the Board voted 7-1 to step back into an executive session. Ward voted against the measure, and Jan Anderson was not present at the meeting. When the board returned, Pounds announced that negotiations with Schuler would continue because “there are some outstanding items that we wish to clarify before moving on to first reading.”

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