Golf Cart Insurance May 4, 2017

South Carolina laws governing golf cart use: *A person operating a golf cart must be at least sixteen years of age and have a valid driver’s license. *A golf cart may only be operated during daylight hours and must be within four miles of the address on the registration certificate. *The golf cart must have a registration certificate […]

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Hurricane Matthew~ October 5, 2016

To all our valued clients, As we all prepare for this storm, please know that we are here and available for you. We have transferred our phones to an offsite location that is away from the Coast! Should you need assistance or have any questions, please fell free to call our main office number all […]

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SC 1,000 Year Historic Flood February 18, 2016

Flood damage from the October 3rd  storm caused about $12 “billion” in damages. The hurricane Hugo impact was only $7 billion, back in 1989. The storm dumped about 2 feet of rain on some regions of the State. Some 52,000 residents applied for disaster relief, as most did NOT have a Flood Insurance policy (because they were not […]

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Flood Insurance Bill set for House vote now…. February 13, 2014

This week, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that during the week of Feb. 24, the House will consider a bill that would address premium increases in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The premium increases are the result of two Biggert-Waters provisions (Sections 205 and 207). Biggert-Waters was a critical piece […]

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Senate votes to delay flood insurance hikes…. January 31, 2014

Now onto the House. Setting aside objections from the White House and fiscal watchdogs, a bipartisan Senate majority voted Thursday to delay rate increases in federal flood insurance for coastal property owners from Maine to California. The 67 to 32 vote reflected mounting political opposition to big insurance hikes that Congress passed in 2012 to […]

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Who’s ready for our Winter Storm?? January 28, 2014

Even Jim Cantore, of The Weather Channel, is here to witness this unexpected storm. Please be aware, there may be “black ice” on the roads once the rain/sleet starts falling. As always, we’ll be here to assist our clients with any “fender benders.”

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Monster Tropical Cyclone “Phailin” heading towards India October 11, 2013

“Tropical Cyclone Phailin intensified rapidly in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday and is now headed for the northeast coast of India. Estimated top sustained winds increased from 65 mph to 155 mph in just 24 hours, according to Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. (Note: A tropical cyclone is what we call a hurricane in the […]

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Flood Insurance changes coming…. September 6, 2013

Questions about the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 1. What is the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012? Answer: The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) is a law passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2012 that extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, […]

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Huge Fire- Florence County August 26, 2013

FLORENCE, S.C. – Every fire department in Florence County is fighting a fire at a plastics plant now used as a warehouse near the Great Pee Dee River. A security guard noticed the blaze at the old DuPont plant around 11 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire Monday morning, but the plant […]

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Tropical Storm Chantal~ July 12, 2013

Thankfully, Chantal fell apart and is no longer a Tropical Storm! However, the remnants should bring us some heavy rainfall this weekend. Friday through Sunday we could experience some significant rain and possibly some flooding issues.

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Remembering the Charleston 9 Firefighters June 19, 2013

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the horrible Sofa Super Store fire in West Ashley that took the lives of 9 firefighters. We will always remember these 9  &  we are forever thankful for your service. Captain Mike Benke Captain William Hutchinson Captain Louis Mulkey Bradford Baity Mark Kelsey Melvin Champaign James Drayton Michael French […]

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Folly Beach park hopefully opening again late Summer May 22, 2013

Two years ago, Hurricane Irene tore apart a good portion of the Folly Beach County Park. For the past 3 months crews have been replenishing the shore line that suffered significant erosion. This $3 million renourishment project will hopefully have the park open again by the end of the Summer. “They are pumping about 415,000 […]

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Mt Pleasant Golf Cart requirements April 26, 2013

Golf Carts Summer Reminder 2013 Here are the (Updated October 2012) laws pertaining to Golf Cart usage. To summarize: •The driver must be at least 16 and have a valid driver’s license •Golf Cart must be insured. •Must have a permit issued by the DMV  Operate on a secondary road where posted speed limit […]

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S.C. Breweries could face higher insurance requirements April 23, 2013

The line at Coast Brewery in North Charleston always seems to be growing as the craft beers scene in Charleston attracts more customers. Brewery owner Jamie Tenny is trying to keep up with customer demand for more. “People can come in and can sample up to 16 ounces, so they will typically have four, 4 […]

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2013 Hurricane Season projections April 12, 2013

“Drs. Phil Klotzbach and William Gray from Colorado State University released their first 2013 hurricane season outlook and it’s no surprise, it’s expected to be another busy season. The forecast calls for 18 named storms, nine becoming hurricanes and four of those becoming major hurricanes (Winds > 110mph). These numbers are above the long term […]

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Heartbreaking Downtown Charleston Fire this morning- 4/2/13 April 2, 2013

Early this morning, fire caused extensive damage to East Bay Street building. Post & Courier story: “Fire officials are investigating the cause of a massive blaze that tore through a commercial building in the heart of downtown Charleston’s tourist district early today, wiping out three bars and causing the roof to collapse. No one was […]

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JetBlue now flying from Charleston International February 28, 2013

“The airline seems to be only testing the waters, offering twice daily nonstop service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and one daily flight to Boston’s Logan (BOS). Flights are scheduled to start Thursday, February 28, 2013. The airline will be flying 100-seat Embraer E190 planes with leather seats, a first-checked bag […]

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Northeast Blizzard February 8, 2013

A blizzard in the northeast is causing cancellations and delays in and out of Charleston International Airport. Airport officials urge travelers to check with their airline prior to arriving at the airport. They also encourage folks who are picking someone up at the airport to check arrival times. As of noon Friday, several evening Delta […]

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Rutledge Cab Co. restaurant opens in Charleston January 22, 2013

“Located in Charleston’s Wagener Terrace neighborhood at the intersection of Rutledge Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Street, the restaurant is a continuation of chef Robert Carter’s foray into the casual dining market. “I, along with Brad, am proud to open Rutledge Cab Company and start serving the community and visitors to Charleston,” says chef Carter. “Our […]

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NYC Marathon likely getting millions from Event Insurance December 7, 2012

Event Cancellation Coverage: A source within Lloyd’s of London told Insurance Journal that Lloyd’s underwriters have accepted liability to the claim and that they are in the process of adjusting. The source, who declined to be identified, also said a large insurance payment has recently been authorized to the New York Road Runners in good […]

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U.S.S. Yorktown- Carrier Classic Basketball November 9, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It’s the Yorktown like you’ve never seen her before. The second annual Carrier Classic is tapping off at 4 p.m. on the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier. “It’s the most complicated thing that we’ve ever done here,” said Mac Burdette, Executive Director of Patriots Point. With bringing […]

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Hurricane Sandy October 24, 2012

We now have the 10th hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season! The cyclone is moving north and picking up its forward pace, with the center expected to reach Jamaica Wednesday. A hurricane warning continues for Jamaica. The U.S. Embassy in Kingston and the U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay will be in all day on […]

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Charleston, #1 city in the World !! October 17, 2012

Last year Charleston was ranked the best city in the U.S., now Conde’ Nast has ranked our city #1 in the World. With the “best beaches in the southeast,” it’s no wonder Charleston took first place in our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. The seaside proximity doesn’t just allow for some […]

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Texas Driver Accused of Crashing $1M Bugatti for Insurance!! October 3, 2012

CRAZY!! A trial is set to begin later this month after an insurance company filed a lawsuit against a Texas man accused of intentionally driving his $1 million Bugatti car into a lagoon to collect on the insurance policy. At the time of the crash three years ago, the car’s driver, Andy House, told police […]

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Home prices rose in July in 20 major cities! September 25, 2012

“WASHINGTON — Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures. National home prices increased 1.2 percent in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index released Tuesday. That’s the second straight year-over-year gain after two years without one. […]

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On this day in 1989…. September 17, 2012

Hurricane Hugo was churning in the Atlantic Ocean as category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds near 140mph. It would remain a category 4 hurricane until it made land fall on Isle of Palms, SC  on September 22.

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Jet Blue coming to Charleston!! September 12, 2012

Won’t You (Go to) Charleston with Me? JetBlue Airways to Launch Service to South Carolina’s Colonial Seaport City Twice daily flights from New York/JFK and daily service from Boston to Charleston International Airport begin February 28, 2013 – NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced it will launch […]

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Interesting Flood Insurance facts about Hurricane Isaac August 30, 2012

“Seven years after Katrina thrashed the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac flooded some areas of Louisiana and Mississippi this week, dumping heavy rains as it crawled inland. But fewer people  NOW  have flood insurance policies in those states than in 2006, when the number of flood polices in place surged after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, according to […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac August 28, 2012

Isaac’s peak impacts are bearing down on the Gulf Coast beginning today. Hurricane warnings continue for portions of the northern Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, Biloxi and Gulf Shores as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its northwestward march. Hurricane watches are posted as far west as Morgan City, La. In addition, a number of tropical storm […]

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Isaac- path August 24, 2012

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Tropical Storm Isaac strengthens

Tropical Storm Isaac has been gaining strength through the first half of Friday while spinning west-northwest in the Caribbean Sea. Some additional intensification is possible before Isaac interacts with Hispaniola and eastern Cuba Friday night into Saturday. Thereafter, residents and visitors of Florida and the central/eastern Gulf Coast should continue to monitor the progress of […]

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Tropical Storm ISAAC August 22, 2012

“MIAMI – Tropical Storm Isaac is getting better organized as it approaches the Carribbean. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaac is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane by Thursday. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico, the […]

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Tropical Depression NINE in Atlantic August 21, 2012

“MIAMI – A new tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic prompting tropical storm warnings to be issued across a swath of islands in the Caribbean. The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) early Tuesday but is expected to strengthen and become a tropical storm later in the day. Tropical storm […]

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Charleston home sales improve again in July August 15, 2012

Charleston County “Sales in Charleston County increased from a year ago by nearly 100 sales, as 564 homes sold at a median price of $237,000 in July. Last July, 468 homes sold at a median price of $209,500. The county’s year-to-date sales are up 16% compared to this point last year and median price has […]

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Saturday windstorm damages 74 shipping containers at Wando Terminal July 31, 2012

“Wind gusts described by the State Ports Authority as “an unexpected microburst of about 70 mph” were enough to push a rail-mounted 1,500-ton crane down the dock, where it damaged three slightly smaller cranes in a chain-reaction crash around 6:20 p.m. The cranes were unoccupied, and no one was injured. Also at the terminal, 74 […]

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IOP storm yesterday afternoon July 30, 2012

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Two C of C athletes in the Olympic’s July 27, 2012

“Two College of Charleston athletes are preparing to compete on the world’s grandest sporting stage – the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Senior sailor Juan Maegli and senior point guard Andrew Lawrence will be going for the gold. Maegli, who earned ICSA All-American honors and won the ICSA/Laser Performance Men’s Singlehanded Championship in […]

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SC’s unemployment increased last month July 24, 2012

9.1% in May  to  9.4% in June.  However, June 2011 the S.C. rate was 10.5%. Charleston County: 7.7% in May 2012, 8.2% in June 2012

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25 days of 90 degrees! July 23, 2012

Over the last 5 years the longest stretch of consecutive 90 degree days was 28.  With the forecast for the rest of the week expected to be well over 90 we are going to crush that record. This January to June was the warmest on record!

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Charleston home sales continue to improve! July 19, 2012

Here’s the local county-by-county breakout from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors for June: Berkeley County: 198 homes sold at a median price of $164,892 in Berkeley County in June. The most active area of the county was near Jedburg (bordered by Highway 17A and College Park) with 49 sales at a median price of […]

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Upper King St development getting closer…. July 16, 2012

“The Alley bowling spot continues to inch closer to being reality for downtown Charleston with extensive renovation work getting further and further along. Now the spot’s current target date is just a few months away in the Fall of 2012 and they have announced a partnership with Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, “to be our […]

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S.C. has the lowest gas prices in the nation!! June 29, 2012

“AAA released the most recent available average price of regular unleaded gasoline by state, and South Carolina takes the cake as being the cheapest place to fill your tank. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the nation, and is the only state currently under the $3 per gallon mark. Additionally, South Carolina’s […]

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NYC at highest risk of hurricane losses: June 7, 2012

(Reuters) – When people think of hurricane damage they usually think of Miami or New Orleans, but a new report suggests the greatest financial risk of all may be much farther north: the greater New York City area. Data analysis firm CoreLogic said in a new report released on Thursday that the U.S. metropolitan area […]

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Finally Congress extends the Flood program May 31, 2012

Congress Extends Flood Insurance for 60 days “On May 30, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This temporary extension enables the Senate to act on the NAR supported 5-year reauthorization and reform bill this June. The short-term extension bill was being held up by Senator […]

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Crosstown lanes now open!

“Most of the orange barrels that peppered the crosstown are now out of sight and many drivers have more room to spread out on the road. According to a charleston city spokeswoman, crews worked through the weekend to finish as many of the final details as possible along the center median. Early Thursday morning crews […]

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Mixson in N.Charleston back on~ May 25, 2012

Mixson developers look to revise and resume development After a self-imposed pause, the developers of Mixson — a new urbanist community on 44 acres in North Charleston — have hit play again. Supporter message Mixson’s owners, Jamestown Properties, have recently submitted revised development plans to North Charleston that call for lower densities, a reworked property […]

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Tropical Storm Alberto May 21, 2012

Pretty early for this year’s first storm to develop! Although it won’t be a threat to our coast it is a wake up call for all of us to be prepared for the 2012 Hurricane Season, starting June 1st.

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Chipotle opens in N.Charleston May 15, 2012

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Chipotle Mexican Grill officially opened its newest location at 11 a.m. Tuesday. the new restaurant, located at 7398 Rivers Avenue is Chipotle’s first in the Lowcountry. North Charleston’s Chipotle Mexican Grill offers Chipotle’s signature menu items including burritos, tacos, bowls (burritos minus the tortilla) and salads. Guests can choose from naturally raised […]

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Kiawah Island-Happiest Seaside Town! May 14, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — One of the Lowcountry’s coastal communities has been given the honor of “Happiest Seaside Town” in America. From beaches in California to cottage-lined streets in Cape Cod, Coastal Living placed Kiawah Island in the top spot on their list of 15. The honor was given by Coastal Living magazine in its 15th […]

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Animal Liability- May 3, 2012

Do you have the coverage?? According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims paid out in 2010, costing nearly $413 million. The average cost of a dog bite is approximately $26,000 and continues to steadily rise. Not all dog liability claims are caused by […]

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Dewees Island-Fire April 26, 2012

Dewees Island, SC — Million dollar homes destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon. And while a person could not tell it from the scene, residents and responders on Dewees Island, call the response a big success. Because the home where the fire started was under construction it did not have the required fire monitoring system […]

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New Hwy 17 overpass open Sunday! April 13, 2012

New Hwy 17 overpass opens Sunday in Mt. Pleasant MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -The newly-constructed overpass at Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road will open this Sunday. Charleston County Government officials say final preparation for traffic to shift onto the new overpass will begin Saturday night, and by 9 a.m. Sunday, traffic will be flowing […]

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New Santi’s restaurant in Mt Pleasant! April 12, 2012

New Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano to open in old Momma Brown’s spot on Coleman Boulevard A brand new Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano (that’s just “Santi’s” for all you regulars out there) will be opening at the former Momma Brown’s Bar-B-Q location on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. The lease has been signed and the restaurant owners have […]

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Another Earthquake- Mexico City April 2, 2012

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An earthquake struck Mexico on Monday, shaking buildings in the capital and prompting people to stream out of their offices onto the street, although there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was magnitude 6.3 and centered close to Ometepec in the southwestern state of […]

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Earthquake in Summerville this morning!! March 22, 2012

“A small earthquake shook Summerville and the surrounding areas early Thursday morning. The United States Geological Survey has confirmed a 2.3-magnitude quake was recorded 4 miles southeast of Summerville Thursday at 8:04 a.m. The Summerville area has felt similar quakes in the past 5 months.”

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Michigan tornado March 16, 2012

“Three reported tornadoes tore through southeastern Michigan Thursday, destroying 13 homes and leaving 105 houses significantly damaged, while downing power lines, sparking fires and flooding streets in Dexter, Mich. Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson said there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities. A tornado touchdown was reported in Dexter and the surrounding area northwest […]

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Midwest tornado losses-$1 Billion March 14, 2012

“In the aftermath of last week’s devastating tornadoes, independent agents and carriers are working to handle volumes of claims for those affected by the storms in the Midwest and South. Two forceful storm systems swept through the regions, spawning a series of twisters that destroyed communities and left dozens reported dead. Some of the hardest-hit […]

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PeopleMatter (Charleston) gets financial boost from Silicon Valley February 28, 2012

A Venture Capital firm, Morgenthaler, is injecting $14 million into PeopleMatter (a North Charleston tech firm). This deal marks the first time a major Silicon Valley firm has made such an investment in a Charleston company. PeopleMatter was founded in 2009, residing at the Navy Yard and is planning to move to Upper King Street. […]

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Tornado watch tonight- 2/24/12- Channel 2 report February 24, 2012

A Tornado Watch is in effect for the South Carolina Lowcountry through 8 PM as a strong cold front approaches from the west. “We are sitting in a pretty juicy and unstable air mass for this time of year,” said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers. “When you see a cold front of this magnitude […]

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New bill to end DUI “moped” exemption in S.C. February 21, 2012

In the past, many DUI cases were dismissed out of court because the drunk drivers were on mopeds (exempt from SC motor vehicle laws)…until now. On Wednesday, a State Senate committee approved a bill to re-categorize mopeds as motor vehicles in terms of enforcing drinking-and-driving laws only. You don’t need a driver’s license to drive […]

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BAR rejects renovation project of the old Millennium Music site February 15, 2012

The Board of Architectural Review shot down a renovation design of the building on the corner of King & Calhoun in downtown Charleston this week. The plan was for commercial office space…see the attached rendering of the building. They will try one more submission and if that fails they will go ahead and try and […]

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Earthquakes present a real risk in S.C. February 8, 2012

Earthquakes Present a Real Risk in SC

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Earthquakes present a real risk in S.C.

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Folly Beach still damaged after IRENE January 30, 2012

Four months later and Folly Beach is still showing signs of damage from Hurricane Irene. The big waves and heavy winds took a toll on the healthy sand dunes and wide beach. The Washout, which draws surfers, is found with no beach even at low tide. Folly Mayor, Tim Goodwin took State and Federal officials […]

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Folly Beach still damaged from IRENE

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Peru Earthquake

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One Year Anniversary! January 24, 2012

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Blueprint Insurance Group: looking to hire December 7, 2011

We are looking to hire a motivated & relationship driven individual for the first quarter of 2012. This person must have property/casualty insurance experience. The job would consist of Customer Service Represenative responsibilities along with the movement into Sales. Please send resumes to info@blueprintinsurancegroup.com .  Thanks~

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Georgetown, SC church fire November 21, 2011

On October 3rd, AME church in Georgetown was destroyed by a fire. The fire was due to an electrical problem that took the church of 114 years down to the ground. The final clearing of the land took place on Saturday and the new building is set to open in another 8 months. As Thanksgiving […]

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President Obama declares 90 disasters in 2011 so far!!! November 2, 2011

This number is a new record for disasters in a single year and 2011 isn’t even over yet! Whether the bitter cold winter or the many hurricanes and storms, 2011 was an expensive year for insurance companies. The lowest number declared in a single year was in 1958, where only 7 disasters were indentified.  See below for […]

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Crisis Ministries NEW homeless shelter October 20, 2011

This $6 million shelter is underway this week! This brand new facility will become a food pantry, soup kitchen, medical clinic & housing for 70 men and 40 homeless “veterans.” Go to www.charlestonhomeless.org to learn more about this amazing project & organization!

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Charleston’s Arsonist October 4, 2011

Since 2002 there have been 83 suspicious fires in downtown Charleston neighborhoods!! When looked at on a map, all but 2 of these fires were within 5,000 feet of each other. The research shows that mostly all the homes were over 100 years old and the fires were started at the entrances or exits of […]

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Speed trap in Mt Pleasant!! September 30, 2011

There is a 3 day “speeding” crackdown in the Hobcaw subdivision per the residents requests. Apparently, there were multiple reports of high speeds going through the area that upset the community. Be aware of the speed limits on these streets as you don’t want to get any violations on your Motor Vehicle Report!

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Not out of the woods yet….. “Ophelia” September 21, 2011

Another storm formed in the Atlantic today, Tropical Storm Ophelia!! Pushing winds at 60mph currently on a West/Northwest path towards the Caribbean Islands. Current projection are that it will miss the US coast, however as we know we can never be too certain. Stay tuned!!

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Falling NASA objects! September 20, 2011

“With a massive dead NASA satellite due to plunge back to Earth this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is laying the groundwork for a fast response in case the 6 1/2-ton spacecraft falls over American soil. The defunct spacecraft, called the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), is projected to make and uncontrolled, fiery […]

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Fall weather? September 16, 2011

Hopefully this cooler weather will keep the hurricanes away from us for the rest of 2011! Hurricane Maria is looking like it will hit Newfoundland later today as still a category 1 storm. Thankfully, this is the only active cyclone in the Atlantic right now. Still two and a half months left of hurricane season!

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Tropical Storm Nate forms! September 8, 2011

We have had an active year so far in the tropics! Nate is the 14th named storm to form. This one is down in the Gulf of Mexico looking to hit just South of Texas in Mexico. Our concern still remains for Tropical Storm Maria. The projected path is for Puerto Rico right now, as […]

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and another Named Storm… September 7, 2011

As it appears that hurricane Katia is going to miss the East Coast, Maria is another storm we need to monitor. Currently, Maria is a Tropical Storm with 50mph sustained winds and expected to increase in strength over the next few days. We’ll continue to watch and see if this one will have any impact […]

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IRENE gone August 29, 2011

Thankfully the storm left Charleston Friday night with not much of an impact. However, the sunset was absolutely gorgeous over our high tide water!! This was good preparation this year as we still have 3 months left of hurricane season. It is estimated that the total damage from IRENE will be in the $5-7 billion range. […]

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IRENE is here August 26, 2011

The skies are growing a little darker and the rain is starting to fall from IRENE this morning. Please make sure all of your porches and sidewalks are clear, as the winds will continue to increase in strength today. I would suggest staying off the bridges too! Let’s hope IRENE just flys by us.

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IRENE-Thursday update August 25, 2011

IRENE pummelled the Bahamas last night and today as a Category 3 hurricane. The 125 mph winds are heading for our neighbors to the north (Carolina). It appears that it will hit NC as a Category 2 storm while continuing on towards New England. Surf will be up on our coast!

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Wednesday morning IRENE update August 24, 2011

Well, thankfully it continues to look like IRENE (CAT 3 hurricane) is going to miss us to the Northeast! We need to still be prepared for high winds and heavy rain on Friday night/Saturday morning. Hopefully everyone had a chance to watch Aryn Linenger’s “insurance” interview, related to IRENE, last night on Channel 4!!

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Now an Earthquake!! August 23, 2011

With hurricane IRENE out in the Atlantic a powerful 5.9 magnitude Earthquake also hits the East Coast. The quake was centered about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, VA. It was felt up and down the East Coast, even here in Charleston (where some downtown building were evacuated)! A lot of crazy even “insurance needed” events […]

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IRENE update

This category 2 Hurricane is now boasting 100 mph winds as it moves towards the Bahamas. Forecasters are thinking that the storm is going to move on more of a northern trajectory as it hits open coastal waters…which is good news for Charleston. However, IRENE is expected to increase in size and strength, possibly reaching […]

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List of items in your hurricane kit- August 22, 2011

WATER – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices — foods for infants or the elderly — snack foods — non-electric can opener — cooking tools / fuel — paper plates / plastic […]

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IRENE update

This first official hurricane of 2011 is here and could be heading our way!! The storm is actually expected to strengthen over the next five days as well, possibly hitting our coast as a Category 3 hurricane. PLEASE stay up to date and have your hurricane kits ready.

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Tropical Storm IRENE

Could this be our first real threat this year??? As this storm is nearing Puerto Rico it continues to get better organized and may even become a hurricane on Monday as it reaches the Dominican Republic. Hopefully the high terrain of the Dominican will disrupt this storm as it’s projected path is headed for Florida […]

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Another crazy theft in Charleston August 18, 2011

A law office on lower King St. was robbed and vandalized a few weeks ago. The list of what was stolen was 3 laptops, a Gucci letter opener & 8 PowerBars (energy food)!! The most expensive item was the letter opener… I hope the law firm had a low property insurance deductible!! And “really” who steals PowerBars??

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Weakening “Gert” August 16, 2011

As of this morning, Tropical Storm “Gert” is disorganizing northeast of Bermuda with no more threat to land. There is however another tropical wave off the coast of Africa that we really have to watch. The shape and weather conditions are favorable for this system to develop into a hurricane. Keep checking back on our blog for more […]

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Two more storm systems in the East Atlantic August 11, 2011

Thursday’s satellite imagery is showing two more systems forming around the Cape Verde Islands heading West. Obviously, it is still too early to tell where these systems are going to go, so be prepared and keep checking back for more updates. Seems like we are getting into the brunt of the 2011 hurricane season now!

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Johnnie Dodds Blvd project—- August 9, 2011

The Johnnie Dodds Blvd project- What a mess, huh? The expansion to three lanes each way, an overpass at Bowman Rd, widening of the frontage roads (with bicycle lanes), new traffic lights & landscaping will be worth it… come Spring 2013!!

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Tropical Storm Emily downgraded!! August 5, 2011

The high terrain of Hispaniola was the final killer of Emily. Now the the system will just be bringing quite a bit of rain to the Dominican, Cuba & the Bahamas. Enjoy the weekend, Charleston!

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EMILY update- August 4, 2011

Emily is sliding across Haiti this morning in it’s disorganized state. It is expected to drop 6-12 inches of rain over Haiti & the Dominican Republic. With still over 600,000 living without shelter due to the Earthquake in Haiti much relief is going to be needed. Thankfully it looks like the storm isn’t going to […]

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EMILY update August 3, 2011

Tropical Storm Emily, is located about 180 miles SE of the Dominican Republic and moving NW towards Hispaniola. Weakening is likely as it crosses the high terrain, followed by some re-strengthening after the center moves away from Hispaniola. It is still too soon to know if Emily will have an impact on the Charleston coast. Please be […]

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TROPICAL STORM EMILY August 2, 2011

This newest storm is strengthening today as it approaches the Dominican Republic. This storm is heading West with sustained winds near 40 miles per hour. This storm is Charleston’s first threat as the models show it could head up the Florida coast and hit South Carolina. Please be aware and prepared for a possible storm […]

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Tropical Storm Don in the Gulf~ July 28, 2011

Don has formed into a TS and is moving West  Northwest towards Texas. Thankfully this is a smaller storm with winds extending only 45 miles from the center. It appears that Corpus Christi will bear the brunt of this storm. Winds are only expected to reach 60mph when Don makes landfall Saturday morning.

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Tropical Storm Brett- 7/17/11 July 18, 2011

This tropical storm formed yesterday and is moving slowing towards the Bahamas this afternoon. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50mph as of this morning. It is expected to slowly churn and gain size and speed. Thankfully it looks like it will be heading East out to sea, not becoming a threat to land!

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New insurance company represented: Foremost Insurance July 15, 2011

Founded in 1952, Foremost Insurance is now writing insurance in all 50 states. We are proud to have them partner with Blueprint Insurance  as a financially “A” rated carrier. From autos to mobile homes, from motorcycles to boats, from scooters to snowmobiles, Foremost has a market leading portfolio of insurance products to fit your needs. Interesting […]

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Another tragic Charleston bicycle accident July 8, 2011

On July 5th, another bicyclist died on the James Island connector. SC has the most fatalities annually over any other of our nation’s states! Our mayor, Joe Riley, is working on improving/adding more bike lanes, however our drivers need to be more aware of the riders. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Tropical Storm Arlene June 29, 2011

The first storm of the year for the Atlantic Hurricane season formed Tuesday night! Thankfully it is not expected to be a U.S. threat as it veers towards Tampico, Mexico. The sustained wind speed is 40 mph. NOAA states that Sea Surface temperatures across the Atlantic are two degrees above average, which is the reason […]

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Golf Cart Insurance

South Carolina laws governing golf cart use: *A person operating a golf cart must be at least sixteen years of age and have a valid driver’s license. *A golf cart may only be operated during daylight hours and must be within four miles of the address on the registration certificate. *The golf cart must have a registration certificate […]

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