In Washington, people go to great lengths and sometimes great expense to land a face-to-face meeting with an elected official, but in Mount Pleasant, residents just need to show up at the right restaurant.
This month there are meet-and-greet events scheduled with Mayor Linda Page, Administrator Eric DeMoura, and the staff of the town’s Department of Planning and Development.
DeMoura said just six to 12 people typically show up at his “mobile office hour” events, and about a dozen attended the last coffee with the mayor. So there’s a real chance to sit and chat with some of the town’s top decision-makers.
Page holds “coffee and conversation” events monthly.
DeMoura hosts what are described as “drop-in office hours” at locations around the town, also monthly. No appointment is needed.
The Planning Department’s February event is more structured, with staff prepared to answer questions about specific topics, or general planning and building questions.
Here are the February events:
Monday: Coffee with the Mayor, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Cracker Barrel, 2183 U.S. Highway 17.
Feb. 16: Town Administrator’s Mobile Office Hours, 10-11 a.m. at Atlanta Bread Co. in Towne Centre, 1712 Towne Centre Way.
Feb. 25: Planning Department Meet & Greet, 5-7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
Having trouble deciding which to attend? At past events, Page has picked up the bill for coffee and pastries at “coffee with the mayor” gatherings, but that’s not the practice at DeMoura’s mobile office meetings.