Local & State
Mine-detector firm opening in Charleston
A new defense company is opening in Charleston to supply equipment to the Iraqis in their fight against ISIS.
A grand opening ceremony was set for Friday at Critical Solutions International’s headquarters in Berkeley County, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.
The company earlier this year received an almost $75 million contract to supply vehicle-mounted mine detectors to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense as part of that country’s fight against ISIS and other terror groups.
Beach Co. plan rejected
Charleston city officials have again rejected a plan for a redevelopment project in the city’s historic district that has attracted widespread opposition.
The Beach Co. wants to replace a 14-story building near the Ashley River with another tower with luxury apartments, retail and office space and a parking garage, according to local media.
The city’s board of architectural review had earlier expressed concern about the height of the proposed tower and during a meeting this week the developers proposed lowering its height from about 210 feet to about 160 feet. That was not enough to get board approval.
2nd casino boat coming to Grand Strand
The Big M Casino is bringing one of its ships from Fort Myers, Fla., in July to join its current ship off the Little River shoreline and keep its commitment to Horry County.
Big M bought the defunct SunCruz Casino late last summer after SunCruz closed in July 28. Horry County Council agreed to a settlement to recoup $484,272 of the $700,000 SunCruz owed the county in boarding fees.
In February 2008, Horry County passed an ordinance that required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as a boarding fee.
▪ Dominion Resources has filed lawsuits against 27 Virginia landowners it says haven’t allowed surveyors to access their property for a proposed natural gas pipeline. Dominion said the lawsuits are the first of what could be more than 100 complaints to be filed against landowners the company says are legally obligated to allow surveyors to enter their properties, which are along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route.
▪ Mazda is recalling nearly 540,000 cars and pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to fix air bags that potentially can explode with too much force.
▪ Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world’s largest retailer from one family member of the late founder Sam Walton to another. The company says board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.
From Wire Reports