MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- The National Medal of Honor Museum construction is planned in Mt. Pleasant next to Patriots Point, but a letter from the museum’s CEO, Joe Daniels, voices concerns about the Town of Mt. Pleasant.
In the letter, Daniels says the board will decide on Friday if they will conduct a “targeted national search” for a new location for the National Medal of Honor Museum. He says part of the concern about Mt. Pleasant is market size and the ability to have “the largest scale impact on Americans, and by extension the country, as possible”. The board is concerned the Mt. Pleasant location may not attract millions of visitors.
Mt. Pleasant Town Council Member Gary Santos says, “You have the City of Charleston, which is the number one tourist destination. Mt. Pleasant just won All American City. It’s a perfect place to put something like that, so I don’t think they’re going to find a better place than Mt. Pleasant.”
In his letter, Daniels says “the last 6+ years for the organization overall have not been optimal”. This is likely referencing disagreements when it comes to the design and height of the museum.
Mt. Pleasant Town Council Member Kathy Landing says, “Height has been one of the big concerns. There are certainly people who have been vocal about not liking the current design that has been presented and, quite frankly, that is a matter of personal taste. We have seen the Museum Foundation Board has done a really good job of getting out to survey the public and see what the public thinks. And in general, they were very, very supportive of the design called ‘The Pavilion’.”
Santos says the Medal of Honor Board has never talked to the full town council and invites them to attend next Tuesday’s council meeting to get on common ground.
He says, “We just want them to roll up their sleeves, come to Town Council, work with us on it instead of just working with the Planning Commission or Planning Committee. We need them to come to full council, tell us what they want, tell us what we need to know in order to make the right decision so we can get on with this.”
He says he has not heard back from the Medal of Honor Board about that meeting.