Town of James Island officially re-incorporates

Image by James Island, SC Supporters gather for a town organizing event.

Update May 21:Today's the big day - the town of James Island has been handed a new certificate of incorporation and the filing period for those wanting to run for office opens.

Update: They are a town again.

First reporting: Today is the big day for the would-be fourth-time Town of James Island: Polls are open from 7 to 7 as residents vote on a fourth incorporation attempt.

And the town is taking more measured steps this time around. Instead of forming as big of a town as possible at the start, organizers plan to only incorporate a core area that will be resistant to legal challenges. In this way any future legal volleys will likely only diminish future annexations by the town and not lead to the dispersion of the whole town.

We'll be sure to let you know how the vote falls — a 50% simple majority is needed for the measure to pass.

There is a detailed map of the planned incorporation attempt.