City: Stay open later and pay less for sidewalk dining

Image by Flickr user Jamie SanfordImage by 20090220-sidewalk.jpg Rule change or no, some sidewalks in Charleston will never see tables.

So far both City Council and the city's Planning Commission have been supportive of waving the fees to have sidewalk dining, and allowing sidewalk dining to go until midnight, up from 11 p.m.

The thinking goes that this will help restaurants through the hard times.

Of course, none of this changes the fact that probably only about 1% of the city's restaurants have enough sidewalk space to allow for outside dining.

Head over to The Post and Courier for details on this story and some history about the city's complicated past with sidewalk dining.

A final vote is to come at the City Council meeting of Tuesday at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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