Mayor John Tecklenburg provided his hometown Rotary club. The Historic Rotary Club of Downtown Charleston, a preview of his upcoming Sate of the City address at a recent meeting. The Mayor is a long-time and active member of the Charleston club, making his way from City Hall to the club’s meetings and activities on a regular basis. At last week’s meeting he gave Rotarians some insight into the most pressing concerns for his administration, which are topped by flooding concerns downtown and the city’s sea level rise strategy. Other issues he focused on included roads, public transit and affordable housing.
Most pressing from many residents of Charleston are flooding issues, which the Mayor noted are partly a result of the fact that approximately half of peninsula Charleston used to be water or marsh. In 1984 the City of Charleston developed a Drainage Master Plan, but flooding issues continued to worsen. Then, in 2015 we experienced the thousand-year rainfall, in 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and in 2017 Hurricane Irma. These three years of flooding crises let the City to develop an updated vision for dealing with flooding and sea level rise due to global warming.
Mayor Tecklenburg is in his first term as mayor of Charleston and has announced he will run for re-election in the November election this year.