Planned Mt. Pleasant museum trudges forward with new CEO

Planned Mt. Pleasant museum trudges forward with new CEO
A birds eye view of the current Patriots Point (Source: Live 5 News)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Medal of Honor museum planned for the Patriots Point has a new CEO.

Joe Daniels formerly directed planning, construction, and the development and operations for the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

"It is a tremendous privilege to help lead the National Medal of Honor Museum, Daniels said in a statement. "I learned so much about sacrifice at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum from family members of those who were killed, first responders, rescue and recovery workers, and the men and women who enlisted in response to the attacks. Taking this step to ensure a legacy for Medal of Honor recipients, some of whom I had the privilege to meet, is, for me, absolutely the right thing to do next."

Daniels replaces interim CEO Bill Phillips, who stepped in when Mark Updegrove resigned in December 2017.

Other cities have reached out about possibly having the museum, according to  Phillips, who said he couldn't specifically name the other locations. Phillips also told Live 5 News Monday that Daniels shares his vision of keeping the museum in Mount Pleasant.

The museum hit a snag in January when the Mount Pleasant planning commission expressed concerns about the height of the museum.  The current height restriction is 50 feet while the plans call for a 125-foot tall building.

Phillips admitted part of the problem is the museum hasn't done enough outreach into the community and plans can't be changed now because they're too far along in the process to make the proposal shorter or within the 50-foot limit. As part of the outreach, Phillips said Monday he has now met with every Mount Pleasant town council member.

The museum is interested in working with the planning commission for a possible exemption n the height. The museum's next appearance in front of the planning commission comes April 2.

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