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Re: “The #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

Tupper29406, yes there is much racism in America. Just Google Tina Packz Washington to see how much some of then want unity and what they think of others.

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Posted by Peter Gozinya on October 4, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Resident homeowners have every right to expect that their residential neighborhoods will be protected from disruptive commercial encroachment unless it is a function permitted as a result of jumping through the ususual hoops. People who buy or own houses in restricted zones who wish to turn them into STRs should do the research before they invest their cash or their dreams into such an undertaking. I think a lot of the complaints are from people who went in with unreasonable or unfounded expectations of hoping to change the law after the fact or who just did the STR thing anyway and got caught or thwarted.

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Posted by Ben Moise on October 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Early morning fire damages Swig & Swine in West Ashley

Ima Oldman, yes. The last one happened Nov. 28, 2016.

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on October 3, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

It is good to see that at least a few people are thinking long-term about what could fundamentally change the character of the city, as well as considering the already-here-problem of not having places for the actual workers and middle-class residents to affordably live without some heinous and costly commute. We can allow unchecked change to spiral the workforce into insolvency or moving, thus creating a market correction via the businesses needing them to collapse. Alternatively, we can face the problem right now and acknowledge that converting even more residential spaces into hotels and STRs and what few apartments being built into luxury condos is a fool's errand.

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Posted by factoryconnection on October 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Early morning fire damages Swig & Swine in West Ashley

Isn't that their second fire?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on October 3, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “New Halloween remake to begin filming in Charleston

I'm so ready for this one.. Halloween is my favorite movie of all

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Posted by Louis Smith on October 2, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Recommendations:

It is important to establish up front that STRs are legally defined as NON-RESIDENTIAL USES. This will eliminate these uses by right in residential subdivisions. Limited use may be allowed by ordinance and permission of the plat holders, but NOT under any circumstances by right in a subdivision restricted to residential uses.

The City of Charleston shall not usurp the rights of subdivision plat holders regarding the approval of Short Term Rentals.

In no event shall a legally approved short term rental unit comprise more than ONE SLEEPING ROOM in one owner-occupied residential dwelling.

Persons operating an unlicensed STR in a prohibited area shall be guilty of operating an unlicensed hotel accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be automatically taxed at the 6% investor rate retroactive to the date of the last proof of offering of the property as an accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be retroactively subject to all state and local accommodations taxes and school surtaxes applicable to the illegal use as if it had been legal.

Subdivisions that allow only residential uses, BY DEFINITION PROHIBIT STRs. There is no appeal from this. Private subdivision restrictions MUST be respected. The City of Charleston SHALL NOT approve any short term rental facility in any platted subdivision where it is specified in the subdivision restrictions that only residential uses are allowed.

The city shall ask in its STR application process which subdivision the subject property is located in and if that subdivision has recorded restrictions and if those restrictions allow for other than residential uses. Fraudulent representation of this information shall be punishable by immediate revocation of any license, permit, variance or approval that was illegally obtained.

Subdivisions that allow other than residential uses should revise their subdivision restrictions in accordance with the desires of the plat holders on this matter and in compliance with the recorded specific procedure for modifying the restrictions of said subdivision.

The professional associations representing the Short Term Rental companies have pulled together powerful legal teams that have been overwhelming unprepared zoning offices by blindsiding them with lawsuits over these matters.

The most destructive issue that we have over STRs is that they are taking away long-term housing solutions for full time residents. With nightly rates topping over a hundred dollars a night even in the suburbs, STRs are KILLING affordable housing on and off the peninsula. We cannot allow this to happen knowing that we have almost 50 people a day moving here searching for housing.

We must also be conscious of criminal elements who target neighborhoods and could easily use non-owner occupied, non-regulated STRs as a base of operation.

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on October 2, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

The picture becomes clearer but is still uncertain. We like the move towards enforcement of existing code and what is to come. We believe making owners display their license details and be properly insured is a great move. Supporting owner occupiers who want to supliment their income is again good as is limiting the scope for out of town investors to reap rewards yet take little local responsibility. Grandfathering is also fair so, all in all, as a rental management company invested in Charleston, our company LS Retreats can find very little to grumble about in the way these regulations are shaping up. Thanks for all the hard work.

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Posted by ChrisLeigh-Jones1 on October 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Live Music: Langston Hughes III; Never Any Ordinary; Holy City Hullabaloo; Stevie Wonder tribute

I love Langston Hughes 111... the song Carolina Shine and I'm a legend(you should take a picture of me) are two of my favorites ... I wish this crew much sucess...

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Posted by Javet Blunt on October 1, 2017 at 11:48 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Let common sense prevail and set up licensing and tax collection methods. Anyone homeowner should have the right to utilize STR

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Posted by Bob Kosian on October 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

Yep, jtred, the cops are crooked, and killing complainers en masse. Next time you are in trouble, are being attacked, have your rights violated, or some other reason to need some help, call a member of the BLM and see how fast they react.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Public presentation scheduled to discuss plans to raise the Low Battery

Any design that would eliminate public parking around the Battery needs to be nixed immediately! Where are our tourists, who fund a great portion of our city expenses, going to park? If the C of C students who hog the spaces near the Coast Guard are a problem, then start chalking their tires and fine them for staying over 2.5 to 3 hours. And make the fines large and enforced. Amazing what a "boot" will do to some rich student's fathers' credit card. A tourist won't stay visiting the Battery for over 2 hours, so this won't affect them much. We need to come up with MORE parking SOB instead of LESS. And advertise the bathrooms over on E. Bay in the playground some more, with gentle signs posted along the walkway. And maintain them and have them opened for decent hours.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

In answer to why car companies and industry is moving to our area, we have the potential to train a good number of folks at TEC, and we don't have the dreaded unions who come in and make doing business here economically impossible. Just look at the circus that was caused when the unions tried to take over Boeing. And the locals told future union organizers they were unwelcome in our state.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

The folks who are going to depend on short term rentals in order to keep their properties are being shafted. If there are hosts who have problem renters, they can either immediately rectify the problems, or be prohibited from renting for a certain period of time. I can guarantee you that if you lose a month's rental potential due to a pesky renter, then you'll be the first to correct any problems. Having the owner be on site for the total rental period is stupid and in most cases impossible if the homes are for "total" rental. Where would the host reside while a family moves in? It is up to the host to police the potential renters, and refuse offers from "partying groups of women or men" who will be potential problems.
Looks like the BAR is coming back, only in a different form.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “KKK homework highlights hurdle to racial equality

Showmoor hi, it is a fact that little kids are being indoctrinated to be patriotic, nationalistic, stand for the anthem, pledge allegiance to the flag, even to believe that our country is the best country in everything. So it is good that these third-grade football players were exposed also to another opinion, to be more critical of this country, and the constant harassment blacks in this country are getting from the police, based on the idea that a higher percentage of blacks than whites are committing crimes. But it creates a lot of distrust of the police among many blacks. Blacks are not using drugs at a higher percentage than whites, but because black neighborhoods are swarming with cops, stopping blacks frequently and sometimes frisking them, blacks are getting arrested for drug possession far more often than whites. As a white, I have never been stopped by police for no reason, I have white privilege, cops don't suspect me, but blacks are often getting stopped for no reason except they are black. This is no way for America to achieve racial equality and harmony.

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Posted by Tom Martin on October 1, 2017 at 5:24 AM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Why aren't builders building lots of tiny apartments that could be affordable for the poor and the lower middle class people to rent? It is a terrible situation, rents are rising much faster than inflation. Perhaps due in part to all the people moving here to the Charleston area. Charleston already has the highest population of all cities in South Carolina, North Charleston is third, and Mount Pleasant is fourth. We are attracting too much industry. Why don't these car companies build factories in Detroit, which desperately needs more factories? The Charleston area is getting so crowded, we already have traffic jams. We need to discourage industries from coming here.

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Posted by Tom Martin on October 1, 2017 at 5:09 AM

Re: “Recreational shellfish season delayed two weeks due to Irma

Might not want to indulge this year!

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on September 30, 2017 at 11:25 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Charleston can't manage a Circle K...Let alone this industry...

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on September 30, 2017 at 11:24 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

"Permits." "Regulations." They both come down to a damned busybody government telling people what they and may not do with their own property.

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Posted by Henrik Møller on September 30, 2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “The #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

So let crooked cops keep killing us then!

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Posted by jtred98 on September 30, 2017 at 9:24 PM
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