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We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci's Jewelers - Mount Pleasant's premier jewelry store for more than 60 years. We are so happy that you decided to visit our website! We hope that while you're here, you will begin to get a sense of why so many customers choose Colucci's Jewelers over other jewelry stores in Mount Pleasant, SC.
In an industry known for snobby salespeople and overpriced items, Colucci's Jewelers brings warm smiles and affordable prices to jewelry shoppers in the Lowcountry. Unlike other jewelers in Mount Pleasant, the Colucci team focuses on providing customers with an unmatched jewelry experience, from the moment they pull into our parking lot to the minute they leave our showroom. We believe our customers deserve special attention, and our goal is to provide them with friendly, personalized service every time they visit.

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As a certified jeweler with more than 50 years in the industry, Stefan Colucci has built his reputation on excellence and execution. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for precision, Stefan pours his heart into every custom-made piece of jewelry, repair, restoration, and appraisal that he completes at Colucci's Jewelers. With consistent craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail, Stefan's ability to cater to all your jewelry needs will exceed your expectations every time.
While Stefan focuses on creating unforgettable custom jewelry for you or your loved one, his wife Summer specializes in customer service. Kind, patient, and knowledgeable in her own right, Summer will take all the time necessary to answer your questions and guide you through the jewelry selection process. Whether you're stressed out looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring or need to restore a priceless family heirloom, Summer will make sure you receive the attention you deserve.
When you shop at Colucci's Jewelry, understand that we will never try to pressure you into a purchase or provide you with lackluster service if you're "window shopping." We treat each of our customers with the same exceptional care, whether they are repeat clients or new faces.
Colucci's is a name you can trust - there's a reason we were voted Best Jeweler in 2019 by Readers Choice!

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We offer several different jewelry styles and services in Mount Pleasant, from breathtaking engagement rings to extensive repairs. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our specialties.

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Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most beautiful, memorable moments that two people will ever share as a couple. An engagement ring symbolizes love and acceptance; it epitomizes trust and commitment. While no two proposals will ever be exactly the same, there is one constant that will always remain true: the diamond engagement ring you choose from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of pleasure and contentment.
We understand that choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important decisions you can make. That is why we pair the finest engagement jewelry in Mount Pleasant, SC, with one-on-one showings and helpful advice - to ensure that you discover dazzling rings at an affordable price. With the Colucci team by your side, we take second-guessing out of the equation, so you can focus on popping the question with confidence. After all, a diamond engagement ring is meant to be cherished for a lifetime!

Factors to Consider Before Buying an Engagement Ring

We find that taking the time to give our clients as much information as possible makes their experience easier and more enjoyable. Before you visit our store in person, consider the following factors when choosing an engagement ring:

  • Ring Size: Knowing your fiance's ring size is crucial, especially if you're planning a surprise without her knowing. Borrow one of her rings and bring it to Colucci's Jewelers, and we will measure free of charge. For the perfect fit, we can also resize her ring when the time is right.
  • Jewelry Preference: Sapphire? Ruby? Emerald? Diamond? At Colucci Jewelry, we have a wide range of gemstones to choose from which to choose, as well as settings and metal types. Ask your fiancee's friends or family for tips, or better yet, ask her yourself if you can do so without spoiling the surprise.
  • 4 C's: The four C's represent color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you're just starting your search, this system might be foreign to you, but it is a trusted grading system used throughout the world. We recommend you visit Colucci's Jewelers for a quick education on this system, so you can find a quality diamond at a price that fits within your budget.
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With regular care and maintenance, your piece of fine jewelry from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your favorite emerald necklace needs cleaning or a small diamond in your engagement ring is loose, we are happy to help. With more than 50 years of experience as Colucci's Jewelers' in-house repair expert, Stefan Colucci will handle your jewelry with care and compassion. Stefan is also highly skilled at creating designer jewelry in Mount Pleasant, SC. If you have a grand idea for a custom jewelry project, Stefan will consult with you one-on-one to turn your dream into reality.

In addition to the above services, Colucci Jewelers also offers:

  • Class Rings
  • Cash for Gold
  • Gold Dealer Services
  • Consignment Services
  • Custom Diamond Engagement Rings
  • Luxury Watches
  • Luxury Watch Repair
  • Rhodium Plating
  • Same-Day Jewelry Repair
  • Gold Coins for Sale
  • Restringing

Don't risk sending your jewelry off to another state or country to be repaired by someone you can't see or talk to - as the premier on-site jewelry store in Mount Pleasant, we will handle all of your jewelry needs in person, with hard work and a smile.

If you need to get your fine jewelry appraised for insurance purposes, Colucci's Jewelers can help.

It's a great idea to get your jewelry appraised periodically. As the years pass along, the value of your precious metals and gemstones can fluctuate. If your last appraisal was more than two years ago, you could run into problems with your insurance coverage. If your jewelry is insured for less than its replacement value, you could lose a substantial amount of money if it is stolen or lost.

To help prevent situations like this from happening, our on-site jeweler Stefan Colucci will provide you with an up-to-date appraisal report based on your jewelry's current market value. That way, you can update your insurance accordingly.

We also specialize in estate jewelry appraisals, so you know exactly how much your old jewelry is worth if you are thinking of selling.

Our appraisal services include:

  • Diamond Appraisals
  • Insurance Appraisals
  • Court Appraisals
  • Estate Jewelry Appraisals
  • Cash Offer for Appraised Jewelry

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Sell Your Jewelry in Mount Pleasant

Selling jewelry from years past can be a hard experience. Estate jewelry, in particular, can have sentimental value attached and can be hard to sell. This is because jewelry is often a symbol of achievement or affection, such as your class ring from high school or your grandmother's wedding band. At Colucci's Jewelers, we understand the connection to old jewelry and appreciate the memories and value you have with these antique pieces.

In addition to the personal value, antique and estate jewelry can be quite valuable from a monetary standpoint. Estate jewelry is extremely popular in this day and age. Many Lowcountry locals are selling their vintage pieces to trusted jewelry stores in Mount Pleasant, SC, like Colucci's Jewelers.

Many customers choose to sell their jewelry to Colucci's Jewelers because we offer an intimate, honest experience - something that you will certainly not receive if you list your jewelry for sale on an internet marketplace. We will be upfront with you every step of the way to help separate personal value from monetary value, and will present you with a fair offer to consider.

If you are interested in selling your jewelry, we encourage you to visit our showroom to meet our staff and get an accurate appraisal of your jewelry's worth.

We buy a multitude of different jewelry, including:
  • Estate Jewelry
  • Custom Jewelry
  • Antique Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • Rubies
  • Sapphires
  • Emeralds
  • Male Wedding Rings
  • Female Wedding Rings
  • Engagement Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Necklaces
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • All-Things Rolex

Mount Pleasant's Most Trusted Jewelry Store

We are proud and grateful to have served thousands of customers looking for quality jewelry and a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. We would love the opportunity to speak with you face-to-face so that we can learn what you're looking for and what you love about jewelry. Whether you're looking for a custom diamond engagement ring or need friendly advice about what looks right, we are here help.

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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.”

Several Tigers make All-ODAC football team

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) placed nine student-athletes on the 2022 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Football Teams, including four First Team and five Second Team selections, while freshman wide receiver Mason Cunningham of Arlington was picked as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.Earning First Team All-ODAC honors were senior tight end David Byler of Virginia Beach, junior running back Melik Frost of Hardeeville, South Carolina, junior offensive lineman T.J. Minter of Chester and junior defensive back Will ...

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) placed nine student-athletes on the 2022 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Football Teams, including four First Team and five Second Team selections, while freshman wide receiver Mason Cunningham of Arlington was picked as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.

Earning First Team All-ODAC honors were senior tight end David Byler of Virginia Beach, junior running back Melik Frost of Hardeeville, South Carolina, junior offensive lineman T.J. Minter of Chester and junior defensive back Will Pickren of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Garnering Second Team All-ODAC accolades were Cunningham, as an all-purpose back, fifth-year quarterback Tanner Bernard of Lynchburg, sophomore wide receiver Austin Fernandez of Warrenton, fifth-year defensive lineman Michael Harris of Ashland and junior defensive back James-Ryan Salvi of Troutville.

Mason Cunningham started seven of 10 games and had 59 receptions for 660 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He ranks second in the ODAC in receptions and receptions per game (5.9), is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns, and tied for fifth in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (66.0). Mason averaged 5.4 yards on eight punt returns with a long return of 10 yards.

David Byler started all 10 games and had 49 receptions for 547 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the ODAC in receptions (47), tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns, fifth in receptions per game (4.9), and seventh in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (54.7). David established a new season record for receptions by a tight end at H-SC with his 49 receptions, and completed his H-SC career with 59 career receptions for 640 yards and seven touchdowns-starting 12 of 27 career games.

Melik Frost started all 10 games and rushed for 943 yards on 201 carries (4.7) and 12 touchdowns, adding 236 yards receiving on 26 receptions and one receiving touchdown. He leads the ODAC in rushing yards and rushing yards per game (94.3), and ranks second in all-purpose yards (1,179), all-purpose yards per game (117.9), rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns (13).

T.J. Minter started all 10 games, anchoring the offensive line from his left tackle position as the Tigers accounted for 4,275 yards of total offense (427.5), including 1,139 yards rushing (113.9) and 3,136 yards passing (313.6) with 44 touchdowns. Minter is now a two-time All-ODAC First Team selection.

Will Pickren started all 10 games at safety and had 123 total tackles, including 48 solo and 75 assisted, 5.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick. He leads the ODAC in total tackles and tackles per game, and is tied for sixth in interceptions. He ranks third in Division III in total tackles and tackles per game. Will is a now a three-time All-ODAC First Team selection.

Tanner Bernard, a second-year team captain, started all eight games he played and passed for 2,486 yards (204-311, 65.6%) and 21 touchdowns with four interceptions. He leads the ODAC in passing yards per game (310.8), completions per game (25.5) and total offense (310.2), ranks second in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage (65.6), passing efficiency (152.52) and passing yards per attempt (8.0), and fourth in passing yards per completion (12.2). He ranks fourth in Division III in passing yards per game and completions per game and eighth in total offense. Tanner is now a three-time All-ODAC selection (First Team in 2021), and completed his H-SC career with 5,965 yards passing and 44 touchdowns, adding 84 yards rushing and five touchdowns for 6,049 yards of total offense-starting 23 of 23 career games.

Austin Fernandez started all 10 games and had 60 receptions for 775 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He leads the ODAC in receptions and receptions per game, is third in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (77.5), and is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns.

Michael Harris, a team captain, started all nine games he played and had 29 total tackles, including 12 solo and 17 assisted, three tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick. Michael is a now a two-time All-ODAC selection, and completed his H-SC career with 101 career tackles, including 36 solo and 65 assisted, nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick-starting 29 of 33 career games.

James-Ryan Salvi started all 10 games at safety and had 98 total tackles, including 39 solo and 59 assisted, 0.5 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He ranks third in the ODAC in total tackles and tackles per game, and is tied for fourth in pass breakups.

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Mt. Pleasant Waterworks planning to remove septic tanks from Shem Creek watershed

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- An approval for grant funding is all that stands in the way of 100 septic tanks being removed from the Shem Creek watershed.Mount Pleasant Waterworks has applied for the money and will know in January if they have been given it.“It’s a watershed approach that Mount Pleasant Waterworks is working on,” said Allan Clum, the General Manager of Mount Pleasant Waterworks. “Shem Creek has long suffered from high bacterial loading, total maximum daily load (of pollutants) and an impair...

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- An approval for grant funding is all that stands in the way of 100 septic tanks being removed from the Shem Creek watershed.

Mount Pleasant Waterworks has applied for the money and will know in January if they have been given it.

“It’s a watershed approach that Mount Pleasant Waterworks is working on,” said Allan Clum, the General Manager of Mount Pleasant Waterworks. “Shem Creek has long suffered from high bacterial loading, total maximum daily load (of pollutants) and an impaired water body. The removal of these septic tanks will certainly go a long way to help remedy that problem.”

If the application is approved, the process to remove the tanks from homes and businesses will begin.

“If we receive the funding we have until 2026 to complete the work. We will do a phased approach. We will do specific areas as they make sense,” said Clum.

The septic tanks are believed to be decades old and tanks that are unstable can leak sewage into Shem Creek, especially when it rains or floods.

“Our swim alert testing frequently shows high levels of bacteria in Shem Creek. One of the main contributors to bacteria levels can be septic tanks,” said Andrew Wunderly, the Executive Director of Charleston Waterkeeper.

“Over time they start to saturate the ground. The ground becomes saturated with bacteria,” said Wunderly. Higher ground water tables, heavy storms, heavy floods and higher sea levels have caused these things to really be malfunctioning.”

The Town of Mount Pleasant has given people who live on Charleston County property an option to receive sewer service from Mount Pleasant Waterworks without joining the Town because of the potential for the septic tanks to be removed.

“There was a three decades old law that said ‘in order for you to get sewer you have to annex into the town,'” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. “With this once in a lifetime opportunity, our council unanimously amended that policy that if you are an existing single family residence, you have a septic tank and sewer is made available by Waterworks you no longer have to annex.”

Other measures to help the health of Shem Creek need to be explored in Mayor Haynie’s opinion.

“We need to look down the road into the future and see if those who don’t have sewer available, who are on septic tanks, if there’s a way that Mount Pleasant Water Works can set up a program to help with the maintenance and replacement of those tanks when they fail,” said Mayor Haynie. “Failing septic tanks are the biggest issue that we have for the cleanliness of waterways like Shem Creek.”

LIST: Lowcountry tree lightings and holiday parades

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Communities around the Lowcountry are gearing up for the holiday season with tree lightings and parades.Below, you’ll find a list of tree lighting and holiday parade events happening in December.CharlestonThe City of Charleston’s holiday parade will take place on December 4 at 3:00 p.m. The parade will commence on Broad Street at Rutledge Ave.The city will hold its tree lighting in Marion Square following the parade.The Holiday Parade of Boats will take plac...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Communities around the Lowcountry are gearing up for the holiday season with tree lightings and parades.

Below, you’ll find a list of tree lighting and holiday parade events happening in December.

Charleston

The City of Charleston’s holiday parade will take place on December 4 at 3:00 p.m. The parade will commence on Broad Street at Rutledge Ave.

The city will hold its tree lighting in Marion Square following the parade.

The Holiday Parade of Boats will take place on December 10 at Charleston Harbor. This event will happen from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The City of Charleston and Charleston Park Conservancy will gather at Colonial Lake on December 2 for the annual Light the Lake festival and tree lighting ceremony. The festival runs from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Edisto

The 32nd Annual Edisto Christmas Parade will happen on December 10 at 2:00 p.m. The parade will start on Palmetto Blvd.

Folly Beach

The city of Folly Beach will gather to light its community Christmas tree at Folly River Park on November 25 at 7:00 p.m. The city’s 32nd Annual Christmas parade will be on December 10 at noon downtown.

Folly Beach Parks and Recreation will host Santa at Folly River Park on December 9. Children ages 12 and under are invited to meet Santa and shop for free Christmas gifts at the Santa Shack.

Georgetown

A tree lighting and lighted boat parade will happen in Georgetown on December 1. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Harborwalk and will run until 9:00 p.m.

Goose Creek

The City of Goose Creek will hold a tree lighting at the Municipal Center on December 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The city’s Christmas parade will be on December 10. The parade will start on St. James Ave at 9:30 a.m.

Hanahan

Hanahan’s holiday parade will happen at 10 a.m. on December 3 and start from Hanahan High School. The tree lighting will be on December 2 at 6 p.m. at the Hanahan Amphitheater.

Moncks Corner

A Christmas tree lighting will happen on December 3 at Moncks Corner Recreation Complex at 6:00 p.m.

The annual Christmas parade will take place along Main Street on December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

The town’s ‘Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival’ will return for its 13th year. The festival will offer visits with Santa, a fire pit and marshmallow roasting, fun rides, and more! It happens December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. The festival also features a lights driving tour at Old Santee Canal Park from November 25 through December 30.

Mount Pleasant

The Town of Mount Pleasant will see its annual Christmas Light Parade on December 11 along Coleman Blvd. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.

North Charleston

The City of North Charleston will hold its annual Christmas festival and parade on December 3. The event will happen at a new location at the Park Circle Traffic Circle from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Christmas parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. from Park Place South.

>> Learn more about the city’s holiday events: Click here.

Nexton

The Nexton community will have a golf cart parade on December 9 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.

Summerville

The Town of Summerville and Summerville DREAM will hold a Christmas parade on December 11. The parade will start in Hutchinson Square at 2:00 p.m.

Walterboro

The City of Walterboro will host its community Christmas Parade on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at the Colleton Civic Center in downtown Walterboro.

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Vote on Recreation Referendum approaches, residents divided on tax increase

Mount Pleasant voters will be faced with a choice this November. The Town’s Recreation Referendum will appear on the ballot on Nov. 8. The referendum, if passed, will fund a variety of projects, with a majority of the funds — nearly $40 million — going toward Rifle Range Road Park.Town Council voted 7-2 this summer to allow residents to vote on the referendum on Election Day. Mayor Will Haynie and Councilwoman Brenda Corley voted against the referendum in July. There was much discussion between council members on wha...

Mount Pleasant voters will be faced with a choice this November. The Town’s Recreation Referendum will appear on the ballot on Nov. 8. The referendum, if passed, will fund a variety of projects, with a majority of the funds — nearly $40 million — going toward Rifle Range Road Park.

Town Council voted 7-2 this summer to allow residents to vote on the referendum on Election Day. Mayor Will Haynie and Councilwoman Brenda Corley voted against the referendum in July. There was much discussion between council members on what projects the $50 million referendum should fund.

In the end, it was decided that the referendum will fund the development of Rifle Range Road Park, which will see rectangular fields, a performance area, a gymnasium and pickleball courts on the 245-acre property. Over 150 acres of the property will be preserved for passive park use, as well.

The remaining funds will go towards the Park West indoor pool renovation, the expansion of the Mugsy Kerr Tennis Complex on Whipple Road and the formation of Mount Pleasant Way paths. The referendum will also fund the acquisition and preservation of land and greenspace and the operation and maintenance of the new facilities.

However, some residents question if Mount Pleasant even needs another park.

A Facebook group called “Save the Park Mt. Pleasant” was created earlier this year and includes public posts from residents who are ready to vote against the referendum. Many users share the sentiment that Rifle Range Road Park should remain a greenspace, and feel that the current recreational amenities are underutilized as is.

“The referendum is overkill both literally and figuratively. If facilities are truly needed, wait until the Town has the funding and build elsewhere,” Mount Pleasant resident Therese Kristiansen said. “Residents have documented fields, courts and program rooms sitting empty. There is no data to warrant the referendum.”

Daniel Brownstein began Vote for Parks, a citizen’s group that advocates for the passage of the referendum. Brownstein is a father of two young children and said that he feels the referendum will give the community more recreational opportunities beyond the ones that currently exist.

“I have a 10-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter and between them, they’ve pretty much played every sport and done every recreational activity imaginable,” Brownstein said. “They’re very active and so I’ve always been passionate about making sure that kids have the activities and the athletics that they need to develop into successful, productive adults.”

The last park constructed in Mount Pleasant was Carolina Park, a multi-phase recreational complex that first opened in 2011. Brownstein hopes that adding a new park in town will allow the recreation department to accommodate more activities for more families.

“I know that from my experience with youth sports and recreational programs that there really is a stress on our existing facilities. There’s not enough of them,” Brownstein said. “This problem is only going to get worse as Mount Pleasant grows unless we build or advocate for facilities required for the population.”

If passed, residents would pay an increased property tax for up to 15 years. For a tax-assessed home with an appraised value of $500,000, this would be roughly $80 a year. Perry Rourk, who serves on the Town’s Recreation Advisory Commission, said that the money the town would receive from the referendum would be guaranteed to fund the projects listed.

“I know most people look at it as a tax increase, but at least as a tax increase it’s guaranteed where the money is going to be used and it’s guaranteed to automatically end at the end of the bond term,” Rourk said.

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