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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Mount Pleasant, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Mount Pleasant?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Mount Pleasant, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Mount Pleasant, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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Another Incredible Day For Women's Tennis At ITA All-Americans

CARY, N.C. - Cary Tennis Park continues to be a friendly venue for the North Carolina women's tennis program in 2022. On Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships, the Tar Heels knocked out the top-three seeds in the Main Draw Singles field and have four players into the quarterfinals.Exactly half of the main draw is made up of UNC players - Fiona Crawley, ...

CARY, N.C. - Cary Tennis Park continues to be a friendly venue for the North Carolina women's tennis program in 2022. On Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships, the Tar Heels knocked out the top-three seeds in the Main Draw Singles field and have four players into the quarterfinals.

Exactly half of the main draw is made up of UNC players - Fiona Crawley, Abbey Forbes, Carson Tanguilig and Anika Yarlagadda - after each picked up impressive victories in the Round of 16.

No. 21 Crawley took out top seed Sarah Hamner from South Carolina, 6-3, 6-4, in a match played at such a high level that it could have easily been mistaken for Sunday's final. Crawley also got a little revenge back on Hamner, who won a third-round qualifying match between the two at last year's ITA All-Americans in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Crawley, who won the Fall Ranked Spotlight at Cary Tennis Park just two weekends ago, will take on No. 58 Mary Stoiana of Texas A&M on Friday.

No. 28 Carson Tanguilig and No. 15 Abbey Forbes won in three-set battles and will play each other in the quarterfinals, and guarantees at least one Tar Heel will make the semifinals.

Tanguilig dropped the opening set to No. 3 seed Chloe Beck of Duke, but won 12 of the 13 points played in the final two sets for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, victory.

Forbes defeated NC State's 23rd ranked Abigail Rencheli, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Yarlagadda disposed of No. 2 seed Daria Frayman of Princeton, 6-1, 6-4, and will turn her attention to Tennessee's Rebeka Mertena for Friday's quarterfinal.

In doubles, No. 31 Forbes and Elizabeth Scotty were victorious over No. 4 seed Maria Olivia Castedo and Page Freeman, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the quarters.

The Cracked Racquets CrossCourt Cast will provide coverage of the main draw running through the championship matches on Sunday. Offering an elevated experience from the traditional live-stream broadcast, this CrossCourt Cast will offer viewers a unique experience to keep up with all of the best matches on the court.

All of the action will be streamed through the Cracked Racquets YouTube page.

ITA Women's All-American Championships Main Draw Singles Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Round of 32 #21 Fiona Crawley (UNC) def. #102 Laia Conde Monfort (Tulsa) 6-1, 6-0 #28 Carson Tanguilig (UNC) def. #65 Snow Han (USC) 6-3, 6-3 #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) def. [6] #9 Carson Branstine (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2 #18 Natasha Subhash (UVA) def. [8] #12 Elizabeth Scotty (UNC) 6-4, 6-4 Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) def. #52 Emmanuela Antonaki (MSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Round of 16 #21 Fiona Crawley (UNC) def. [1] #2 Sarah Hamner (SC) 6-3, 6-4 #28 Carson Tanguilig (UNC) def. [3] #5 Chloe Beck (DU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) def. #23 Abigail Rencheli (NCST) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) def. [2] #3 Daria Frayman (PRIN) 6-1, 6-4

Friday, Oct. 7 #21 Fiona Crawley (UNC) vs. #58 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) #28 Carson Tanguilig (UNC) vs. #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) vs. #27 Rebeka Mertena (TENN)

Main Draw Singles - Consolation Friday, Oct. 7 - Quarterfinals #12 Elizabeth Scotty (UNC) vs. Solymar Colling (USD)

Qualifying Singles Monday, Oct. 3 - First Round [1] #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) def. Ange Oby Kajuta (ISU) 7-6 (0), 7-5 [3] #31 Reilly Tran (UNC) def. Maxi Duncan (HAR) 6-3, 6-2 Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) def. [4] #35 Julia Adams (UVA) 6-1, 7-6 (6)

Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Second Round [1] #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) def. Anastasiya Komar (LSU) 6-4, 7-5 [3] #31 Reilly Tran (UNC) def. #90 Marie Mattel (UCF) 6-3, 6-3 Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) def. Anastasia Sysoeva (UF) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5)

Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Round of 16 [1] #15 Abbey Forbes (UNC) def. #82 Julia Andreach (ND) 6-2, 6-1 #65 Snow Han (USC) def. [3] #31 Reilly Tran (UNC) 6-4, 7-6 (5) Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) def. #69 Dominika Turkovic (ASU) 6-0, 6-1

Main Draw Doubles Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Round of 32 #31 Forbes/Scotty (UNC) def. #24 Cantos Siemers/Ratliff (OSU) 6-3, 6-3 Brown/Miller (UM) def. #36 Tanguilig/Tran (UNC) 6-4, 6-4

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Round of 16 #31 Forbes/Scotty (UNC) def. [4] Castedo/Freeman (ND) 6-4, 6-3

Friday, Oct. 7 - Quarterfinals #31 Forbes/Scotty (UNC) vs. TBD

Main Draw Doubles - Consolation Thursday, Oct. 6 - Round of 16 Alsola/Wiersholm (CAL) def. #36 Tanguilig/Tran (UNC) 7-6 (3), 6-3

Qualifying Doubles Monday, Oct. 3 Rachel Gailis/Carly Briggs (UF) def. [7] Fiona Crawley/Anika Yarlagadda (UNC) 8-5

Financial Planners Directory

We have compiled an extensive directory of financial planners in the area. Though people of any age may benefit from the guidance of a certified financial advisor, those of retirement age are facing new financial decisions daily. They need to know how much monthly income is needed, how to protect assets and how to allocate what is left behind. Moreover, senior citizens still have plenty of goals they are working toward. A financial advisor can make sure our retirees’ money is safe and provisional, so they can go back to doing all the t...

We have compiled an extensive directory of financial planners in the area. Though people of any age may benefit from the guidance of a certified financial advisor, those of retirement age are facing new financial decisions daily. They need to know how much monthly income is needed, how to protect assets and how to allocate what is left behind. Moreover, senior citizens still have plenty of goals they are working toward. A financial advisor can make sure our retirees’ money is safe and provisional, so they can go back to doing all the things they love most. We encourage everyone to look over the directory and find a finance professional near you. Enjoy this guide to the best the Lowcountry has to offer.

AWENDAW

Lowcountry CFO Consulting 590 Pointing Brittany Lane Awendaw, S.C. 29429 843-737-1690

DANIEL ISLAND

Ameriprise Financial Services 259 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 200 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-284-1237

Beacon Financial Services 186 Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-906-9712

Coastal Strategic Capital 115 Fairchild St., Ste. 320 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-471-1470

Commonwealth Financial Group 225 Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-884-4545

Curran Financial Partners 672 Marina Drive, Ste. 108 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-300-1182

Harbour Corporate & Private Wealth Management Group 126 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 150 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-377-8448

Income Growth Advisors 225 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 108 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-628-5611

MGP Capital Management 87 Iron Bottom Lane Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 857-264-0943

Oak Capital Advisors 126 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 160 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-284-0798

Premier Wealth Partners 295 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-501-2778

UBS Financial Services 900 Island Park Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-856-6605

Wells Fargo Advisors 900 Island Park Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-856-6619

ISLE OF PALMS

Edward Jones 1517 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-886-9229

Harvest Portfolio Management 30 28th Ave. Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-885-6445

Jeter Hrubala Wealth Strategies 103 Palm Blvd., Ste. 2C Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-405-7232

MOLUNT PLEASANT

360 Financial Partners 1081 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-216-1077

Apollon Wealth Management 835 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 102 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-579-0018

Bera Wealth Advisors 235 Magrath Darby Blvd., Suite 120 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-459-3096

Blanton Financial Group 1156 Bowman Road, Ste. 200 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-654-7400

Breakaway Financial Group LLC 887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 213 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-564-8584

Cetera Advisor Networks 1037 Chuck Dawley Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-8323

Charleston Investment Advisors 1311 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 101 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-763-4499

Chris Moss CPA Financial Planner 210 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-768-7100

Coastal Wealth Management 300 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 204 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-388-4300

Consolidated Planning 1036 Lansing Drive, Ste. 200 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-5468

Cummings Wealth Management Group 1275 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-9898

Edward Jones 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Ste. J Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-3697

Edward Jones 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite 106 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-981-0740

MOUNT PLEASANT – Cont’d

Fickling Wealth Management 2036 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-696-2777

Financial Freedom Advisors 656 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 103 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-352-2737

Imagine Financial Advisors 1300 Parkton Road Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-860-2823

Independence Wealth 1109 Sea Island Crossing Lane Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-1144

Jackson Financial Services 1311 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 103 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-3434

LaPorte Wealth Management Group 1476 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. 3 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-882-5336

Legacy Wealth Management 210 Wingo Way, Ste. 300 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-1118

Lowcountry Financial Group 2036 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-7175

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 75 Port City Landing, Ste. 500 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-800-6821

Money Concepts, LLC 2040 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-284-1008

Morris Financial Concepts 409 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-6192

Northwestern Mutual 235 Magrath Darby Blvd., Ste. 120 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-459-3096

Oak Street Advisors 222 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 104 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-901-7778

Oceanside Advisors 245 Magrath Darby Blvd., Ste. 140 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-830-6568

Raymond James & Associates 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Ste. 203 Mount Pleasant, S.C 29464 843-416-1033

Richard Kasprak 217 Lucas St., Ste. A Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-7447

Runey & Associates Wealth Management 761 Coleman Blvd., Ste. E Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-654-1211

TD Ameritrade 962 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-971-1996

Trinity Wealth Partners 1012 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-5203

UBS Financial Services Inc 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 973-360-4203

Wells Fargo Advisors 349 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 301 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-849-3308

Ameriprise Financial Services 3015 Dunes West Blvd., Ste. 501 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-654-9126

Buckingham Strategic Wealth 1240 Winnowing Way, Ste. 102 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-955-0331

Convergent Financial Group 3850 Bessemer Road Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-972-4402

Good Life Financial Planners 1124 Park West Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-970-2166

Jahn Navigation Group 1889 West Canning Drive Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-352-7115

JP Wealth Management 3401 Salterbeck St., Unit 101 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-352-0280

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Mount Pleasant voters asked to approve property tax increase for parks, recreation

MOUNT PLEASANT — It’s been more than a decade since the town bought more than 120 acres for a future park. Now, voters are being asked to approve a property tax increase to make that park a reality.Most of the $50 million Mount Pleasant would borrow, if the park tax referendum were to pass in a town-wide vote Nov. 8, would be used to develop the site on Rifle Range Road, with an estimated $10 million going to other recreation projects.The town’s property tax would rise by 10 percent to pay off the borrowed mon...

MOUNT PLEASANT — It’s been more than a decade since the town bought more than 120 acres for a future park. Now, voters are being asked to approve a property tax increase to make that park a reality.

Most of the $50 million Mount Pleasant would borrow, if the park tax referendum were to pass in a town-wide vote Nov. 8, would be used to develop the site on Rifle Range Road, with an estimated $10 million going to other recreation projects.

The town’s property tax would rise by 10 percent to pay off the borrowed money plus interest. When the debt is paid off after 15 years the extra tax would end, according to advocates, although the referendum does not mention a time limit.

The impact on total property tax bills would be much smaller than a 10 percent increase because the town accounts for just a portion of those annual bills and the school district gets the largest share.

Most Town Council members — seven of nine — supported putting the referendum on the ballot and some are actively working to see it passed.

“We’re trying to create something for this generation and the next,” Councilman John Iacofano said. “I think it’s going to be tight, but I think it’s going to pass.”

Mayor Will Haynie and Councilwoman Brenda Corley are opposed.

“In bad economic times, not everyone can afford this,” said Haynie. “I’m out there letting people know why they ought to vote no.”

He said the town should rely on impact fees that apply to new home construction to fund growth-related needs for recreation projects. The most those fees could raise would be $1.68 million yearly by Haynie’s estimate and wouldn’t allow the town to borrow tens of millions to put plans in action.

“If the referendum is successful, we can begin building immediately,” Iacofano and Councilwoman G.M. Whitley wrote, urging support for the ballot question.

Plans for the park site include four large playing fields, tennis and pickleball courts, playgrounds, fishing piers, a disc golf course, trails, volleyball and basketball courts, a performance space and a multipurpose building.

“It will be the Central Park of Mount Pleasant,” then-Mayor Billy Swails said in 2010, when the town and county agreed to spend $20 million to buy the land.

Iacofano said that if the town had raised its property tax then, the town would have a park by now.

“I don’t know that people truly understand how inexpensive our taxes are in Mount Pleasant, considering the services received,” he said.

The referendum would put an estimated $40 million toward building the park. The remaining 20 percent of the money would go to renovations of the Park West pool building, improvements at the Mugsy Kerr tennis complex on Whipple Road, and bike/pedestrian trails. If any money is left, the town could use that to fund green space preservation.

So, just how much would taxes increase if the referendum were to pass?

The impact on any particular taxpayer would vary, because the property tax is based on the assessed value of real estate and vehicles. Even next-door homeowners with identical houses could see very different results, depending when they purchased their homes and what vehicles sit in the driveways.

For an owner-occupant with a house valued at $500,000 for tax purposes, passage of the referendum would mean an extra $80, plus the added tax on any vehicles.

If that same house were a rental property, the extra tax would be $120, because commercial properties are taxed at a 50 percent higher rate. Large businesses would see the greatest tax difference.

The last time the town put a recreation referendum on the ballot, in 2015, it was narrowly defeated. The town has planned to develop the park site since it was purchased in 2010, but has not developed a funding plan.

The town’s property is half the 245-acre site that was jointly purchased with Charleston County Parks and Recreation. The town’s portion is planned for more active recreation, with playing fields, pickleball courts and other amenities.

Some people, including Corley, have come to see the town-owned land as green space that should not be developed. In voting against holding a referendum, Corley expressed concern about the impact on wildlife.

Recreation advocates argue that the town has far too few playing fields to handle the current demand, and say most of the jointly owned site would remain undeveloped in any case.

A group called Vote for Parks — Mount Pleasant has put up a website (voteparks.org) advocating for the referendum. There appears to be no organized opposition, but a big hurdle for supporters will be overcoming the history of town voters opposing property tax increases, including the 2015 park referendum and the 2020 Charleston County affordable housing referendum.

Daniel Brownstein, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the statehouse against Joe Bustos in 2020, is representing that group. He said it’s being funded by “local citizens who want to ensure that children and adults have adequate parks and recreational amenities.”

Pinckney’s Passion Remembering Mount Pleasant’s First Airport

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and, for many residents, air travel is the way to go. In this area, Charleston International Airport is the obvious choice for most folks, but some utilize Mount Pleasant Regional Airport for small private jets and prop planes. Though that airport has been around for decades, it is not the town’s first. Seventy-five years ago, Mount Pleasant’s first airport was located at Remley’s Point.The Remley’s Point Airfield, with its three grassy unpaved runways, was con...

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and, for many residents, air travel is the way to go. In this area, Charleston International Airport is the obvious choice for most folks, but some utilize Mount Pleasant Regional Airport for small private jets and prop planes. Though that airport has been around for decades, it is not the town’s first. Seventy-five years ago, Mount Pleasant’s first airport was located at Remley’s Point.

The Remley’s Point Airfield, with its three grassy unpaved runways, was conceived by Charlestonian Warren O. Pinckney, the first Black man in the state to become a private licensed pilot. In 1948, Pinckney traded 40 acres of land he owned west of the Ashley for a four-passenger plane. He subsequently cleared his property at Remley’s Point to keep his own plane and six others belonging to local pilots. Visiting small aircraft occasionally used the airfield as well. According to Mount Pleasant historian Ed Lee, the small airport was used most of all by “well to-do folks.”

The airfield was a passion—but not a profession — for Pinckney, who worked nights delivering mail by truck from the municipal airport in North Charleston to the post office downtown. Pinckney engaged retired Civil Air Patrol Major William North to manage the airfield. During World War II, North flew over 300 missions up and down the Carolina coast, scouting waters for German submarines. North operated an automobile maintenance shop in North Charleston, and, as Pinckney’s business partner, he repaired small planes at the airfield.

However, North’s wartime feats and mechanical skills were not the things for which he was best known. His real claim to fame was for his many local rescue missions during the 1950s and ‘60s. Major North was the man to call when a friend or family member went missing on one of the region’s many waterways—day or night. At his own expense and with his own plane (which he of course kept at Remley’s Point Airfield), North located countless stranded or lost boaters, then radioed the Coast Guard for their rescue.

Even the Army used Pinckney’s air strip several times in support of the National Guard armory on Mathis Ferry Road. However, one of the most famous travelers to use the airfield was Santa Claus. Old Saint Nick landed at Remley’s Point just prior to his appearance in the 1963 Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

After the deaths of Pinckney and North within a year of each other, Remley’s Point Airfield closed in 1973. Years earlier, Pinckney had told a local newspaper reporter he hoped that someday the airfield would become widely used and that a new owner might add hangars and other facilities. But, he acknowledged, it might just as likely end up being “plowed under and planted.” Neither scenario was what the future held. Today, any hint of the airfield located between 7th Avenue and Wingo Way has since been erased by residential and commercial development. Fortunately, its history has not been forgotten.

By Mary Coy Photo provided by Mary Coy

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‘Patriots Annex’ plans released, construction to start in 2023

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- A 15 year project started on Thursday to bring new business to Mount Pleasant and money to the Patriots Point Museum.The Patriots Annex development will stand on 31 acres of land that Patriots Point is leasing to Bennett Hospitality to build on.“We’re building around great ships and a great museum,” said Wayne Adams, the Vice Chairman of Patriots Point.The development will have a grand hotel, multiple boutique hotels, restaurants, shops and a waterfront park with an amphithe...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- A 15 year project started on Thursday to bring new business to Mount Pleasant and money to the Patriots Point Museum.

The Patriots Annex development will stand on 31 acres of land that Patriots Point is leasing to Bennett Hospitality to build on.

“We’re building around great ships and a great museum,” said Wayne Adams, the Vice Chairman of Patriots Point.

The development will have a grand hotel, multiple boutique hotels, restaurants, shops and a waterfront park with an amphitheater.

“We are going to create a waterfront park so that all the people can enjoy the most valuable piece of land,” said Michael Bennett, the developer of Patriot Annex. “The great hotel that we call The Grand Patriot will sit at the top and it’s the furthest away from the water.”

The lease of the land was something that Patriots Point has to do for the survival of the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey and airplanes in the museum. The historic artifacts need millions of dollars in upkeep every year. But, the solution to fund the renovation bill was not always straightforwards.

“I think how we were going to maintain the ships in a way that honors those who served on them and tells their story has been a struggle for years. A number of years ago we realized we had to monetize the land. That was the only way we were going to be able to do that without the taxpayers for dollars,” said Adams. “We expect it to pay for the maintenance on these ships for years to come, decades to come.”

The current construction on the east side of the museum is where trees are being cleared for the main parking lot at Patriots Annex that will be finished in a year. After that, construction on the buildings will begin.

“Charleston County is routinely named the best place in the county to visit because we are constantly improving. Projects like Patriots Point Annex are what keeps us at the top. What’s being built here today will be one of the most impressive developments we’ve seen in along time and supports Patriots Point and the museum’s mission,” said Chairman Teddie Pryor of the Charleston County Council.

The money made from leasing a new place for visitors and locals to enjoy the Lowcountry will mean that the Patriots Point Museum can fulfill their mission to those who served.

“We’re going to modernize exhibits. We’ll have new exhibits and new ways of telling the story of those who served on these ships,” said Adams.

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