As a Mount Pleasant local, Mike Shuler sees much more than a boat landing when he looks at the Isle of Palms Marina. He sees a special area holding the key to childhood nostalgia and the timeless charm of a beloved beach town.
Long before the growth of Mount Pleasant as we know it, Shuler recalls when Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant were one small, tight-knit community. He enjoyed a Lowcountry lifestyle by the water, in and out of boats. Naturally, the marina was home to some of his fondest memories.
As Shuler grew into adulthood, Mount Pleasant began to expand, losing much of the familiar small-town feel. Nonetheless, Shuler continued to enjoy life in the Lowcountry. Years later, he took over the Isle of Palms Marina Store as the tenant in hopes of bringing back the local charm of the area. “This renovation project was perfect for me because it is an area I really care about,” said Shuler. “It is going to be improved but maintain the local soul that the marina store has always had for me.”
The marina consists of two parts. The first part is the marina and boat launch which houses a public boat ramp, several docks on either side and a gas pump area. The second part is the ship store building which…