Code enforcement must be intensified. The best way to protect our tax base and keep our tax rates low is to have a strong code enforcement program in both the City and the County. A proactive property maintenance program is essential for private properties as well as public rights of way. There are sidewalks in the West Ashley area that are impassable because obstructions as large as palm trees have grown up in the cracks between the slabs. Buildings like the Kerr Drug building at Wappoo Rd. have not been cleaned or maintained in more than a decade. Large properties like Church Creek Shopping Center and Charleston Hardware continue to go vacant and threaten their adjoining neighborhoods with all the problems that come with vacant commercial buildings. We need more muscle and we don’t yet have it.