The former executive director of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum who abruptly stepped down about two months ago has jumped ship to another branch of the armed services.
Rorie Cartier has taken a job as CEO of the Air Force Museum Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, according to a recent announcement.
The nonprofit raises money and awareness in support of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Cartier began his new role Aug. 4, filling a 7-month vacancy at the foundation.
“Rorie brings a wealth of leadership and national museum management experience to this important CEO role,” said board chairman C.D. Moore, a retired Air Force lieutenant general. “We are confident Rorie will guide the foundation to greater levels of financial growth, support, and impactful advocacy for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.”
In a surprise move, Cartier announced June 1 that he was resigning from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant later that month after about one year in the job, citing “personal and family needs.”
Mac Burdette, one of his predecessors at the state-owned military attraction and the home of Yorktown aircraft carrier, agreed to return as executive director on an interim basis until a full-time replacement can be found.
On the roll
Hardee’s is rolling out an experimental menu lineup in Charleston.
The fast-food chain is using its local eateries as a test market for sandwiches using slightly sweet King’s Hawaiian bread products.
They’re available through Sept. 20, a spokeswomen for parent company CKE Restaurant Holdings said last week.
The hand-breaded fried chicken sandwich on a King’s roll includes melted Swiss, grilled onions, pickles and a special sauce. The suggested retail price is $6.49. A breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg and Swiss goes for $2.99.
CKE also is experimenting with the rolls at its Carl’s Jr. chain out west, including a double-cheeseburger option.
The other test market sites are Salt Lake City and Peoria, Ill.
King’s Hawaiian was launched in the 1950s on the Aloha State’s Big Island and its home office is now on the mainland in Torrance, Calif. Its East Coast operations include a bakery northwest of Atlanta in Oakwood, Ga.
Out for the season
Norfolk is no longer a destination of all seasons, at least as far as Breeze Airways is concerned.
The carrier confirmed it’s ending service between Charleston International and Virginia’s third most-populous city next month, after The Post and Courier asked why no flights were available on its website beyond Labor Day weekend.
The route connecting the two Navy towns was among the original 11 that the airline built into its Lowcountry flight plan when Breeze made its market debut about 14 months ago.
And the flight to and from Norfolk International has been available continuously since its June 2021 launch, with a couple of frequency adjustments along the way. It currently shuttles passengers fours days a week, on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
At some point the city-pairing lost its year-round status. In a decision that was never announced publicly, the service is now considered seasonal, according to a spokesman. It won’t be available past Sept. 5 this year.
Utah-based Breeze expects the CHS-ORF route will be added back to its schedule, though it’s unclear exactly when.
The Points Guy, a travel website, noted that the carrier “continues to shuffle its network, a relatively frequent occurrence in recent months as it encounters growing pains,” in a news report last week about two cross-country flights the airline is cutting and newly announced service between Charleston and Phoenix and Los Angeles.
A South Carolina real estate behemoth’s latest project is standing tall above a West Coast city that shares the same latitudinal line as Charleston.
Greystar last week marked the opening of a $100 million apartment complex in San Diego’s Bankers Hill area called 552 Olive.
The 20-story tower was described in local media as the tallest residential building in the southern California city, with monthly rents starting at $2,440 for the 240 units. The development features “panoramic views of Balboa Park, downtown and the bay,” according to the Times of San Diego.
Greystar, which is based on Meeting Street and is ranked as one of the world’s largest developers, owners and manager of apartment communities, built the the West Coast project in conjunction with an Episcopal church that’s taking about 18,500 square feet of space on the lower levels, the newspaper reported.
The apartments were about 40 percent leased as of last week and range from 533 to 1,625 square feet. The complex also include 18 units of affordable housing for tenants who make 50 percent or less of the area’s median income.
On the ropes
A Johns Island water park is is adding a wet twist to the rope course concept.
Charleston Aqua Park atop Trophy Lakes at 3050 Marlin Road bills itself as the first-ever floating version of the challenge in the U.S.
Participants of all ages can be challenged and entertained at the same time while swinging, balancing and ziplining through the “floating jungle” during the 45-minute course.
The park is open noon-6 p.m. daily to individuals or groups for birthday parties, camps, corporate team building, college outings and other gatherings.
Co-founder Jessica Neumann calls it a “one-of-a-kind above water ropes course” that brings people together to have fun and be challenged.