James Island officially becomes a town Monday, as state officials are presenting residents of the Charleston suburb with a certificate of incorporation.
James Island residents overwhelmingly voted to form their own town last month.
It’s the fourth time in last 20 years that James Island has voted to incorporate, but each time lawsuits from the City of Charleston have blocked the move.
Residents will vote to elect a new mayor and four-person town council July 31.
The filing period to run for those offices closes May 31.
The filing fee is $100.
No official town business will begin until officials are elected.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has said the city has not decided if it will challenge the incorporation.