Edwin S. Taylor,
Chairman, The Citadel Republican Society, The Military College of South Carolina
Edwin S. Taylor, known as “Eddie” to his friends, is currently a Board Member for Patriots Point Development Authority having been recommended to the SC Governor (who makes the appointment) by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell originally, and now by Senate President Tempore Hugh Leatherman. Mr. Taylor serves as Chairman of the Operations and Facilities Committee and is a member of the Development Committee.
Edwin Taylor is a former Commissioner for Charleston County Parks and Recreation. During his tenure, the Commission raised and spent approximately $100 million building the current county parks while going from 30 employees to over 300. Projects included most all the county park facilities such as the James Island County Park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, the Mt. Pleasant and Isle of Palms Parks, the Charleston Maritime Center, as well as ‘Caw Caw’ and several others. The Commission also took on the boat landings, started the Christmas Festival of Lights show, built the water parks, led with the re-nourishing of Folly Beach, built the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, and acquired around 4,000 acres of land.
His last state appointment was as a founding member of the SC Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development Oversight Committee. This committee worked in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Energy and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Taylor is a member of The Charleston Exchange Club, other civic and republican organizations and “Chairman of the Board” to The Citadel Republican Society. He is a retired State Licensed “unlimited” General Contractor and Real Estate Broker and past owner of the Atlantic House Restaurant on Folly Beach as well as The Beacon House Restaurant in Goose Creek. A Vietnam Veteran. A graduate of The Citadel, with a Business Administration Degree. Mr. Taylor is married to Mary Ann Taylor, a former Charleston County school board member. He is the father of one son, Kyle, a 2013 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering.