dude you dont get it , iwas born and raised in mt p worked on shrimp boats for many years , as a local mt pleasant the city starts about where 526 comes in . the old village is wat its called from shem creek to mccants maybe center street we want that protected as for the shrimp boats wat do you think brought everyone of non locals here it was the beauty of the creek and the laid back atmosphere .mt p doesnt want to be a city . why ruin this beautiful place! only the town council whom are not from here voted for this . actually i think it was done at nite one day it was just there. do you think the boulevard looks out of place well we do!!!!!!!
Magwood seafood, fresh local shrimp for around $5/lb.
What does "save Shem Creek" mean? I honestly don't understand. Its "shores" are wooden and concrete walls. It's built upon nearly 100%. "Save it?" From... what? From being built upon? Uh... that shrimp boat has sailed.
If you all, as WJH said, don't buy your shrimp from the local shrimp fleet, then what the F is your issue? You think the shrimp fleet is quaint, and you can say your town has one, is that what's at stake? Is what's at issue is how "quintessentially southern charming coastal town" MT P appears in your imagination?
I used to go get nice bushels of large male crabs (not the quality of Chesapeake Bay blues, but good), stone crab claws and daily catch from the shack across from Mt Pleasant Seafood there on Shem Creek. Dependable & inexpensive. It closed. I submit that every voice in Mt P who wants to preserve their idea of quaint is full of shit. Put some money behind your shrieking and support local businesses, THEN stop the developers.
At one time the old village area had large sand dunes. Before the jetties were constructed, white sand and shell beaches fronted the land around most of the harbor. These sand hills were leveled and hauled off to be used as fill over a century ago.
You can still find a tiny segment of "beach street" in the old village which designated the street which ran over this beach area all along the harbour, in front of what are now very expensive houses.
We can't go back in time, but going forward, we want to maintain our small town atmosphere where live oaks dominate the landscape (not high rise buildings).
I can understand now why a real journalist such as Will Moredock no longer associates himself with wannabee journalist characters like Chris Haire
Oh, Mount Pleasant was named for some large sand dunes which used to exist in the area where the Old Village is now. Before construction of the jetties, the harbor, including the Old Village area, was lined by white sand and shell beaches and there were sand dunes behind them.
These dunes were leveled and hauled off to be used as fill for low and swampy areas, a process which was completed well over 100 years ago.
We go down and buy local shrimp and seafood right off the dock at Shem creek all the time. I never have to stand in line which leads me to suspect more people are talking about saving our fishing industry than are buying fish and shrimp. I understand it's expensive now, but the cheap frozen shrimp at the store probably are grown in ponds using pig excrement, so you get what you pay for.
The Town built a dock at huge cost to be sure shrimpboats had a place to tie up.
I'm confused by all these Republicans screaming to do something for the shrimping industry. Do you want to use tax money to pay them to operate?
We could ban shrimp baiting in the fall, which would leave more shrimp in the ocean for the boats. Is that what you want? Just call your legislator!
However none of this is going to bring the Mount Pleasant of the past back. I hear a lot of complaints about the Boulevard being a home to "service workers" but no complaints about the taxes paid by the businessess they work at.
The Boulevard contributes a lot to the life and economy of it's area. You can ask the businesses around it.
It would be better if money fell out of the sky, but it doesn't. The Shrimpers know that for sure. The people who built the Boulevard complex get that. The kids living at the Boulevard and walking to jobs at the retaurants on Shem Creek know that too. People who used to sit on the veranda and watch other people sweat in the sun doing all the work pretend not to know that. There is no particular reason for people with such delisions to be qualified to make decisions about the fast, competitive future ahead of Mount Pleasant.
Oh hell, let's really call Mt Plenty what it really is - one giant DUI Checkpoint! Ya'll live in Checkpoint SC 29464. With something like 475+DUI arrests last year, I don't know if I am safer on Coleman Blvd or in precarious danger every time I pass Red's
I would have no problem with this if it were true. However, the reasoning here seems highly sketchy. First off, just because this slang definition existed does not at all mean that this is what the original namer had in mind when he chose the name. He could have been thinking of another place with that name (a pattern with many place names in America; see George Stewart's book Names on the Land), or he could have named it for a hill (possible though unlikely, here in the lowcountry) he found pleasant in the area. Any number of other possibilities might have been the case. Even if the name had that meaning then, if that's not what the namer had in mind, then it's fallacious to say that this is what the name refers to.
Secondly, the sources given for this are highly suspect. One of them is an Internet forum, and I could be wrong, but I doubt most historians would consider that a citable source. The only one of these sites I consider valid is the slang dictionary. However, even though it attests to the meaning of the phrase, it does not show that this meaning is in any way related to the Charleston area town.
Exactly why I live in Mt. Pleasant, a coastal town.
Amen.... Los Super Saturn. Mat C. hahahah, ya think? One can never have enough restaurants, bars, high density apartment complexes and office space. Mt. P did diddly for the Shrimp/Fish fleet. A small stipend each year for showing up at the blessing of the fleet. The blessing should now take under 3 minutes for the few remaining boats or they can just skip it all together.
I'm honored that people somehow expect Mt Pleasant to be all things to all men. It's not, and it never has been (though it's obviously a coastal town). Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
Regarding saving Shem Creek...
"Funny, for all the talk in the last few years of doing something for those folks, nothing much was done."
Something was done alright, the Town bought a small piece of the marsh (for a ridiculously high price) and built a Shrimp Boat museum (because that is where they are all headed), slapped up a few boardwalks (for tourists and bar drunks to wander about on), added a few more parking spaces (to what is already a giant unpaved lot) then called the whole thing a "park".
"...all of the old fisherman and shrimpers just about done for."
Funny, for all the talk in the last few years of doing something for those folks, nothing much was done.
It's almost as if....no, it couldn't be....surely there weren't people waiting for the shrimp boats to finally go away before building that area up?
Mt. P is def considered a "Coastal" town, just ask the Insurance Companies who get the folks who live there to bend over once a year and get charged that big fat extra coastal premium just for living there. There are some nice R & R spots in Mt. P, the creek, old village, even waterfront park and patriots point. It is, sadly, the 9th fastest growing city in the US so be prepared to be crammed in there like cheap sardines soon. I am saddened to see the creek as it is now, all of the old fisherman and shrimpers just about done for. I am grateful that at least Abundant is there and will clean some fresh catch of the day for me and sell me some sweet royal reds. City of Mt. P, Save Shem Creek, Save the Shrimpers and Fisherman! Quit planning 20 million dollar town halls, getting bamboozled by builders - like you did with the Boulevard and pump some money into the creek you nitwits.
"Seriously? It is an ISLAND. So, yes."
Seriously. It has no side that is on the ocean.
Plenty of islands don't, for instance those in lakes.
Thanks for this article. Could have used more mockery and snark, and foul language. Under the many previous "Mt P Is The Most Perfect Town On Earth" articles on this site, I've written but deleted in these comments sections thematically similar versions of the article above.
What is quaint about Coleman? The run down garages? The strip malls? The run down restaurants? The abandoned restaurants? The traffic? The 2nd hand stores?
Visually and functionally, what is the difference between Coleman and Folly Road?
I honestly don't understand. A parking garage and the ensuing foot traffic of shoppers ruins the region... how, again?
Spot on. I respect people who stand up for their neighborhood and I think there are some details about high density development in Mt. P that need to be worked out (like not stinting on parking spaces) but the Boulevard and other high density developments are so much better than sprawl. Especially during the Housing Bubble, it sucked so bad to drive through Mt. P and see so many beautiful places being turned into housing developments.
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