Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument

Complete Morris Island sale without dock requirement

April 28, 2008, 12:18 pm

The public has been given the opportunity to speak out on plans for Morris Island, and its message has been to overwhelmingly urge that access to the island not be encouraged. The owner of the island's Cummings Point tract should acknowledge public opinion and complete the sale of the property to the Charleston Park and Recreation Commission without requirements for docks and other facilities.

The PRC put the question to the public after its consultants completed a study for the island, which posed two options. One would provide a dock, boardwalks, restrooms and an informational kiosk. The second option would provide only a kiosk and signs providing details about the uninhabited island's rich history and ecology.

Following the release of that study in March, PRC gave residents an opportunity to weigh in via a survey. The public comment period ended April 16. More than 80 percent of survey respondents to the Charleston Park and Recreation Commission favor the "no development" option, citing the islands environmental and historical value. So did hundreds who signed a petition to the PRC.