State Senator Chip Campsen will host a two day Town Hall Cruise aboard his 100′ charter vessel, Spirit of the Lowcountry. The Cruise is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 – 14. Senator Campsen will be joined by Congressman Tim Scott as they conduct floating town hall meetings at various marinas in Beaufort, Colleton and Charleston Counties. Citizens are welcome aboard for a town hall meeting at each marina.
The Town Hall Cruise is an opportunity for Campsen and Scott to cruise their new coastal legislative districts while greeting and listening to citizens along the way. They will also embark on land-based excursions to significant sites in their districts.
Senator Campsen and Congressman Scott’s new districts encompass vast portions of South Carolina’s coast as a result of the redistricting plan passed by the General Assembly last year. Campsen’s district spans 80 miles of coastline from Bulls Bay in Charleston County to Port Royal Sound in Beaufort. Scott’s district extends 115 miles from the Santee River in Charleston County to Beaufort’s Calibogue Sound. They will run for re-election in the new districts this year.
Senator Campsen said, “As a mariner and avid outdoorsman, I have spent a lifetime in the woods and coastal waters of Charleston, Colleton and Beaufort Counties. From the pristine Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge in the north, to the heart of the ACE Basin in the south, my district encompasses the most spectacular coastal resources in the nation. A cruise is the perfect way to see it. I am excited about representing it’s people and places.”
A licensed captain, Senator Campsen has extensive boating experience throughout his new district. The Town Hall Cruise idea arose because he realized it is much quicker to navigate the district by boat than by automobile. “I can get from Hunting Island to Edisto Beach in 20 minutes by sea; it’s 2 hours by land. Edisto Island to Seabrook is 10 minutes by boat, but an hour and half by automobile. Folly Beach to Kiawah is 5 minutes by boat, but almost an hour in my truck.”
The vast disparity in travel time by road and water is caused by extensive estuaries that mark South Carolina’s southern coast. “The estuaries that make the districts so beautiful, also make them challenging to navigate by land,” said Campsen. State Representative Shannon Erickson of Beaufort independently recommended a district cruise because of this geographic reality. “When Shannon reinforced the idea, I was sold on the Town Hall Cruise,” Campsen said. “Since Tim Scott’s new district is so similar, I naturally asked him to join the crew.”
The town hall meetings will be held aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry, a 100′ charter vessel operated by SpiritLine Cruises. The company is owned by Senator Campsen and his family. His companies operate harbor tours, dinner cruises, Fort Sumter tours and private charters for weddings, meetings and special events in Charleston.
The public is invited to participate in town hall meetings at each marina, but may not be aboard the vessel as it moves from one marina to another.
For more information contact Senator Campsen’s office at 843-722-0123.