VIDEO: Twenty Years Of Community On Daniel Island
True communities develop over time. When planning for Daniel Island began in the early 1990s it required vision and forethought to come up with a blueprint that would shape what would become today’s island town community, a modern-day extension of the City of Charleston. This year is the 20th anniversary of the first neighborhoods on Daniel Island, and to mark the occasion we asked several of the visionaries and pioneers who first saw the potential of our community to share their thoughts:
“We wanted to do something that was organic, that wasn’t contrived,” said Matt Sloan, president of the Daniel Island Company. “We constantly asked ourselves, ‘Would this happen in a real town?’ If the answer was no, we went back to the drawing board.”
Longtime Daniel Island resident Rona Bobey reflected on her early introduction to what would become her new home. “When we heard the concept of Daniel Island,” she said, “the parks and green spaces in every neighborhood… we fell in love with that idea.”
When the first residents began moving into their homes on Daniel Island in 1996 it was the beginning of what has now become known as Charleston’s island town. Early island events are now community traditions. New schools and businesses have opened. And residents from all over the country – and the world – have relocated here to embrace the island’s lifestyle and become part of this truly special, award-winning community.
“To see the growth and basically to see our dreams and plans come true has exceeded all of my expectations,” said Frank Brumley, CEO of the Daniel Island Company. “It feels like a small town is supposed to feel.”
Watch the video above to see and hear more!