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How, and why, 17 Fishermen St. was rescuedHow, and why, 17 Fisherman St. was rescued

Why tower was lopped off at Millennium Music site

King at Calhoun St. evolution, v3

It’s still shrouded with construction mesh, but the old Millennium Music site at King and Calhoun Streets reportedly will reopen later this year with a Carolina Ale House on the second and  third floors.  The third floor — the top of the building — would be open, with a view extending across Marion Square. Other Carolina Ale Houses in Greenville, Raleigh and elsewhere in the South feature 100 beers and dinner specials in the $10.99 to $13.99 range. It’s already been announced that the first floor of the space will be a Walgreens drug store that is scheduled to open early next year.

Here’s the story of how this Marion Square landmark evolved from  a neoclassical design topped with a prominent tower (first panel above) to a modern design with a square glass tower that the city rejected  (second panel) to  the city-approved tower-less design shown in the third panel.

The evolution of the design. Like it?

Crab Bank: 22 acres owned by seabirds

From live web came at Crab Bank island in Charleston HarborCrab Bank is a spit of an island in Charleston Harbor off Mount Pleasant. A mere sandbar for at least 250 years, Crab Bank finally became an above-water island in the 1950s. It regularly changes shape, getting bigger and smaller in the tidal currents, but staying above water. Today it’s 22 acres.

With no predators, the grasslands of Crab Bank are an idea nesting place for seabirds — one of only nine such sites in South Carolina. Among the seabirds which nest at Crab Bank are pelicans, terns, egrets, the Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Plover, American Osytstercatcher, Tricolored Heron and White Ibis.

To see what’s happening on the island click to the live web cam maintained by the Coastal Conservation League.