Mayor John Tecklenburg and Charleston City Council caved in and gave the Beach Company exactly what it wanted all along — permission to build out the Sergeant Jasper property to the maximum density.

It appears the city has no “legal leg” to stand on. The Beach Company site has special zoning allowing it not only to build (on what was once public land) but to build at whatever size it desires.

This free pass to the Beach Company should have been amended years ago, but due to friendly relations with former Mayor Joe Riley, the Beach Company kept its privileged exempt zoning.

And to sweeten the deal, the Beach Company will create a 0.75-acre park possibly featuring a giant manhole.


Carol Ezell-Gilson

Broad Street