The town of James Island’s most recent incorporation will not face a legal challenge from the city of Charleston, Mayor Joe Riley said today.

Riley wrote a letter to Trent Kernodle, attorney for the town, saying the city believes a lawsuit against the incorporation would not be successful, so the city won’t file one.

The decision marks the start of a new era. Three times since the 1990s, voters in the unincorporated part of James Island have tried to form a town, only to see the city of Charleston challenge its legality in court and the S.C. Supreme Court dissolve the town.

Voters went to the polls earlier this spring and approved creating a town for a fourth time.

“My issue with a town of James Island has never been personal,” Riley wrote to Kernodle. “I wish you the best in future endeavors.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.