SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Off the beaten path on the backside of the island, a well-manicured, three-acre grassy expanse spills down to the marsh in front of a row of million-dollar homes.

Jesse O’Shea of Moncks Corner said he likes to fish and kayak from the spot. On Friday, he was using left-over lunch meat to catch mud minnows for bait.

“In another few weeks, the redfish will be up here. It’s almost a hidden little area,” O’Shea said.

Town Council recently voted that the town-owned property should be protected in perpetuity for public use.

“We are very lucky that they chose to do that,” O’Shea said.

Kayakers such as O’Shea use the location to launch into tidal creeks that lead to the Intracoastal Waterway.

The newly-protected open space represents a bookend to a grim time in island history when Hurricane Hugo blasted ashore in 1989. During the massive clean-up, tons of storm debris was buried at the site.

Now, though, there is no hint of that tragedy at the big green field located at the corner of Station 19 and Back Street. Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy teamed with Council to permanently preserve the location for people to enjoy. A half-acre piece of marshland at Station 9 is also part of the arrangement.

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