Community leaders share their vision for Charleston to mayoral candidates

Community leaders share their vision for Charleston to mayoral candidates

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Several community leaders spoke to a packed house Monday about their vision for Charleston.

Organizers say this event was aimed at giving Charleston candidates for mayor a chance to hear from the community about issues that matter to them.

Topics discussed included revitalizing West Ashley, creating safer streets for bikers and pedestrians as well as improving public transit.

A speaker from the Coastal Conservation League focused on something he says affects everyone: flooding.

"In 1970, the city averaged six title floods a year, today it averages almost 25," Myles Maland, Land Use Project Manager, Coastal Conservation League.

"The threats that we face here in Charleston are very real and they're only getting worse but we're not in too deep yet. It's critical that we turn the tide now by investing not just in bold and innovative flooding solutions, but in a bold and innovative mayor whose leadership can help us rise above," said Maland.

Other organizations who had speakers were Charleston Moves!, Historic Charleston Foundation, If You Were Mayor and SC Community Loan Fund.

Many of the speakers touched on one specific metaphor. They said Charleston is at a "fork in the road" and the future mayor will decide which was the community goes.

All of the mayoral candidates were invited to attend the event at the Francis Marion Hotel.

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