Charitable Dining to Benefit bliss Spiritual Co-op
There will be two fundraisers in June to help fund the 105 free classes and programs nonprofit bliss
Spiritual Co-op offers every month in Mount Pleasant. A drop-in Cultural Immersion Dinner ($10) will
be held on June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m, It features chef Don Albia cooking Filipino cuisine including lumpia
and chicken adobo, among other traditional dishes.
Explore international wines and enjoy a sampling of tasty culinary delights at a Wine Tasting Fundraiser
($20) hosted by Mark Patterson on June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Patterson has been involved in the Food and Beverage industry for 25 years as a fine dining server at award winning restaurants and a wine steward at a private resort, Miramar, in Naples, FL. He is a graduate of the Culinary Arts School at Johnson and Wales, in Charleston.
Class topics offered at bliss include painting, cooking demonstrations, book clubs, qigong, centering prayer, creative writing, guitar, piano and voice lessons, arts and crafts, dream interpretation and emotional health workshops, Zumba, reiki, Healing Touch, tuning forks, yoga, singing bowls, belly dancing, breathwork, gardening, hula, scripture studies, Gyrokinesis, sewing, meditation, nutrition, 12-step and caregiver support groups, mat Pilates and more.
Good News on the Legal Front
The “Ban on the Bans” Bill
According to the Coastal Conservation League, senate majority leader Shane Massey confirmed the senate would not consider House Bill 3529 before the end of the legislative session, essentially killing the bill. It proposed that plastic bag bans would not be up to local municipalities, but rather would be decided solely by the general assembly.
Captain Sam’s Spit
The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) reports that the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the authorization of the 2,513-foot bulkhead along the banks of the Kiawah River at Captain Sam’s Spit. The Kiawah Development Partners wanted this vertical wall and an associated revetment to develop this fragile and dynamic 150-acre barrier island habitat.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the administrative law judge's authorization of the bulkhead structure was erroneous and contrary to all the evidence indicating that the structure would fail and eliminate the existing public trust shoreline and its uses. The court agreed to keep the 27 0 feet of bulkhead and revetment in front of the parking lot at Beachwalker Park only. The Kiawah Development Partners could petition the court for rehearing, but SCELP believes it is unlikely, given the strong language in the court opinion on this matter.
The Mount Pleasant Town Council approved the largest plastic bag and foam container ban in the state
by an eight-to-one vote on April 10 to a standing ovation by local residents and environmental groups in the
city of 85,000 residents.
The ban that takes effect in one year prohibits single-use plastic bags with some exceptions, such as packaged
bags for garbage and pet waste, newspaper and dry-cleaning bags, and bags for some medical products,
meat and fish.
It also prohibits businesses from providing food in disposable containers containing polystyrene or plastic foam, the sale of foam coolers, packing peanuts and plastic straws. Violations will result in a warning, escalating to fines that start at $200. Supporters celebrate this as a major victory for area waterways, marine life and the environment.
Source: The Post and Courier
How Livable Are Our Local Communities
Local Livability Index Scores
The AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index as a web-based tool to measure
community livability. Users can search the Index by address, ZIP Code, or community to find an
overall livability score, as well as a score for each of seven major categories. Scores range from 0 to 100.
Users can also can also customize the Index to place higher or lower emphasis on the livability features
of most importance to them. The website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use
livability scores to effect change in their communities. It is the first tool of its kind to measure livability
broadly at the neighborhood level for the entire country, and it is intended to inform and encourage
people to take action to make their communities more livable.
To see the details of these livability scores or to look up the score for a different location, visitLivabilityIndex.AARP.org.