Local & State
Congaree park increases attendance, economic impact
The attendance and economic impact for Congaree National Park increased in 2013, according to statistics released Friday by the National Park Service.
The park in southeastern Richland County drew 120,341 visitors, who contributed $5.8 million to the economy, according to the report. Those numbers are up from attendance of 109,685 and visitor spending of $5.1 million in 2012. In a report with a slightly different format for 2011, Congaree had 120,166 visitors and $5.5 million in visitor spending.
Congaree visitor spending supported 74 jobs in 2013, up from 66 in 2012.
By comparison, Fort Sumter National Monument had 815,007 visitors, contributing $44.9 million in spending and 638 jobs in 2013. And Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border had 9,354,695 visitors, contributing $734 million in spending and 10,734 jobs.
Kiawah Island land sells for $22 million
A buyer paid $22 million this week for an undeveloped piece of oceanfront property on Kiawah Island, marking one of the region’s single-largest residential real estate transactions. The sale of the 7-acre tract at 99 Flyway Drive was announced Thursday.
The seller was Elm Group LLC. The buyer was Footprint Properties LLC, which plans to build a home on the land. The deal closed Tuesday, according to Charleston County property records.
Kiawah Island Real Estate represented the buyer and the seller. It called the lot sale the biggest-ever residential transaction for the gated resort community, which is home to some of the region’s priciest properties.
The firm did not identify who owns Footprint Properties. Tax records show the company is associated with Gary R. Bertrand. A statement from Kiawah Island Real Estate said the buyer plans to build a single-family residence for himself and his fiance.
Popsicles recalled for mislabeling
A Charleston-based popsicle company has issued a recall of some of its frozen treats because they are mislabeled. King of Pops Inc. is recalling mislabeled banana pudding pops and key lime pie pops because they might contain milk, wheat, egg and/or soy, some of which aren’t declared on the list of ingredients.
People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to those foods run the risk of severe or life-threatening reactions if they eat the pops. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The ice pops were sold at retail outlets in the Charleston area. The UPC codes are 59959 00305 and 59959 00304.
Nation & World
Amazon rolls out unlimited monthly e-book plan
Amazon.com introduced a $9.99-a-month service for unlimited Kindle e-book downloads, letting customers devour books like they binge on TV services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Kindle Unlimited includes more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks from Audible, Amazon said Friday in a statement.
The plan presents a more affordable option for heavy readers, following the model Amazon and rivals such as Hulu are using to change how viewers consume television.
Joey Holleman, The (Charleston) Post and Courier and Bloomberg News contributed.