Friday, March 29, 2013

The Agenda: Repubs debate, Airport in holding pattern, Biden time

Beachwalker Park lease could influence fate of land

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Debatable - Republicans Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic, who face off in the 1st District runoff election Tuesday, met at Porter-Gaud School for their only head-to-head debate on Thursday night, trading talking points (Politico) and personal jabs. Friction between the two came mostly from personal and political criticism (P&C) the two fired at each other throughout the forum. Bostic also announced endorsements (Beaufort Gazette) by James Dobson, formerly of Focus on the Family, and the Concerned Women for America PAC.

Holding pattern - The Charleston Aviation Authority passed on rendering judgement (CRBJ) on bids for a major overhaul and addition to Charleston International Airport after an internal inquiry was launched last week looking into board members' involvement in the handling of the bidding companies. One board member is also criticizing his colleagues for approving the sale (CRBJ) of 320 acres of airport-area land to Boeing for less than it's worth.

Beachwalkin' - Two escape clauses in a 100-year lease signed 40 years ago could influence (P&C) the future of the much-loved Beachwalker County Park on the southern end of Kiawah Island as plans for a development in the area move forward.

Biden at the Beach - The veep arrived in town last night (Live 5/AP) to spend Easter weekend at Kiawah Island. The trip marks the first time Biden has stopped in the Lowcountry since the CP honored him with a prestigious 2013 Best of Charleston Critics' Pick.

Taxing taxis - The Post and Courier takes a look at how the city's downtown flat rate for taxi fares is settling in with local cab drivers and riders.

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