Friday, July 4, 2014
Dewees Island saw its first shovel turned in 1977 when two Mount Pleasant businessmen, Robert V. Royall Jr. and Ed Royall began marketing to lots to those interested in second or resort homes. The island lots would be accessible by boat, just as they are today and cater to the sportsman and conservation-minded property buyer. They owned the island with nine other South Carolina businessmen, a 1977 Moultrie News article said.
By 2000, they hoped to have 150 homes built.
In May of 1977, a bridge to the Isle of Palms was announced as the solution plan to connect East Cooper islands to the mainland. The bridge was estimated to cost $12 million and construction would be six years away.
And, something we take for granted today was implemented that year. It was the “right turn on red” rule. Motorists were allowed to begin using the option May 16 of 1977.
In those days, the Moultrie News had something similar to today's police blotter. However, the reports were not meant to be humorous, but detailed reports with names, locations and descriptions.
For example, the 7-11 was robbed by a gunman who made off with $50.
There were juveniles arrested for stealing a car and others for drug possession. One man had two cars and his boat stolen from his house and another had his motorcycle stolen from the locked garage. A Navy man was arrested for stealing fuel and driving under the influence on the Isle of Palms and officials on both Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island issued leash law citations for dogs running loose. Interestingly, Sullivan's Island had a law prohibiting bottles and cans on the beach to crack down on the litter problem. Plain-clothed officers patrolled, looking for violators who faced fines from $15 to $25.
Beachgoers were allowed to carry beverages in half-gallon or larger containers and bring cups to pour it in.
Much has changed through the years. The past has been kind to East Cooper.
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