Angel Oak deal moves ahead

The city of Charleston is poised to buy 6.5 acres surrounding its 2-acre Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, home to one of the world’s largest live oaks.

The deal, to be financed with $339,000 in Charleston County’s half-cent tax money, won approval from City Council Tuesday on a 7-6 vote.

The land is part of a larger tract owned by Robert DeMoura, a developer who is pursuing plans to build homes and small shops nearby.

While proponents say the purchase is a key step in protecting the majestic city-owned oak, others criticized the deal because it didn’t use the leverage of public money to reduce the size of the development.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.