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Island Eye News - January 25, 2013

Island Eye News - January 25, 2013

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Volume 8 Issue 19

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Inside the Island Eye 
Sullivan’s Island
Isle of Palms
Goat Island
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
January 25, 2012Volume 8 Issue 19 FREE
 SOMETHINGAFLOAT OFF SULLIVAN'S?
PG 8
R S  OR S  NDRD U S  O S  GI  D C HR S  O N , S  C RMI   N O 4 3 7  O S R O N
JUSTMISSINGALICE
PG 10
WHO ARE YOULOOKING AT?
PG 19
Turtle trip 
continues on page 7
 T 
he East Coast isexperiencing amassive cold-stun event withhundreds of hypothermic seaturtles washingup from Maine toNorth Carolina.Rescue facilitiesall along the EastCoast are steppingup to help. Over the pastweek, the South CarolinaAquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program hastaken in eight stranded sea turtles, raising thenumber of patients at the hospital to 25. Kelly Thorvalson, Manager of the Sea Turtle RescueProgram, picked up three small loggerheadsat the North Carolina/South Carolina borderlast Thursday.
Private pilot Michael Taylor ew anadditional fve sea turtles down to Charleston
from the New England Aquarium in Boston.Mr. Taylor volunteered his time and his planefor transportation, stopping in Charlestonon a way to a business meeting in Dallas.
 The ight went smoothly, with the only 
challenge being the largest turtle passenger,
a loggerhead. The loggerhead’s bin did not ft
into the passenger section of the plane, sothe turtle had to be relegated to a cardboardbox that was a bit the worse for wear by the
time the ight ended. Taylor had to unload
the turtle without the box, and handed himoff to Thorvalson, as pictured below.With turtles continuing to come into thehospital, now is the time for you to getinvolved. Go online to www.scaquarium.organd make a donation to help the hospitalcontinue to care for these endangeredturtles. Kemp’s Ridleys, greens, andthe South Carolina state reptile, theloggerhead, are all receiving care at theSea Turtle Hospital. Caring for thesepatients is not cheap; the average cost fortreatment for each patient is $36 per day, withmost turtles averaging a nine-month stay, sotake time to donate to help the Sea TurtleHospital volunteers continue their work. Youcan also help by taking a tour of the Sea TurtleHospital while visiting the aquarium.According to the South Carolina Departmentof Natural Resources, the number of seaturtle strandings on our beaches in the lastten years totals 130. Of these 130 strandings,ten percent are alive and
Shell Shocked
 
Pilot Michael Taylor hands a loggerhead turtle to Kelly Thorvalson.
Parking 
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I
n a close 5 – 4 vote at the Isleof Palms Ways and MeansMeeting on January 15,committee members elected toput the municipal parking loton Front Beach out for rebid.Four hopefuls currently havetheir names in the hat forcontrol over the lot: Brett Jones,Bill Schupp, Jeff Evans, andPalmetto Parking.After hearing bidderpresentations at Tuesday’smeeting, Sandy Stone, chair of the real property committee,made a motion to put the itemback out for bid. “We had thesame four bids come in at thereal property meeting. Onewas complete and had all thedetails. The other three werenot complete,” he said. MayorCronin added that he hadserious concerns with makinga recommendation, since therequest for proposals were notcomplete in their entirety.Administrator Tucker saidthat if the parking lot goesback out for rebid, the RFP’s
should be refned to clear up
any confusions or missinginformation. “We shouldreemphasize that everyone is torespond to every question on theRFP, not just the money,” she
SEA TURTLE HOSPITAL RECEIVES NEW PATIENTS
Parking LotConundrumKicks Up
 FOR REBID
BY HANNAH DOCKERY
Dust on IOP
CITY LOT OUT
 
2January 25, 2012
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CIVIC
Parking 
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 T 
he Municipal ElectionCommission of the Townof Sullivan’s Island willconduct the Town’s MunicipalElection on Tuesday, May 7,2013.
 The following ofces will be
included in this election: 1
Mayor and 3 Councilmembers.
 Those citizens interested in
running for ofce should le
at the Sullivan’s Island TownHall, 2050-B Middle Street.
Filing began on January 11
and will remain open through
Wednesday, February 20.By 12 p.m. on February 20,
all candidates should havetheir petitions and Statementof Economic Interest forms
submitted to the Municipal
Clerk.Petitions must have
signatures from at least ve
percent of registered voters fromthe geographical area covered
by the ofce sought by the
candidate. Those wanting to vote in the
election must be registeredby April 5 in person, or via an
application postmarked no later
than April 7 if mailed to the County 
Board of Voter Registration. To
request absentee ballots, contact
the Board of Elections and Voter
Registration Ofce. Ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on Monday,May 6. Absentee ballots will be
opened at 7 p.m. on Election Day. The Town of Sullivan’sIsland Municipal Election isa nonpartisan and no party 
afliation will be placed on theballot. The polling place is SunrisePresbyterian Church, located at
3322 Middle Street. On Thursday,May 9, 2013, at 12 noon at the Town Hall of Sullivan’s Island, theMunicipal Election Commissionwill hold a hearing to determine
the validity of ballots challenged
in this election. If necessary, arunoff will take place on Tuesday,May 21. The following residentshave signed the Statement of Intention of Candidacy:
Mayor:
Michael A. Perkis,Carl Jennings Smith
Council:
Sarah Church, Mark A.Howard. Susan J. Middaugh
See You at the Polls
SULLIVAN’S PREPARES FOR ELECTION
After Tuesday's Ways and Means Committee meeting the IOP city parking lot went out for rebid.
said. As of Tuesday’s meeting,
Palmetto Parking was the only 
bidder with a complete written
proposal.Ways and Means Vice-Chair
 Jimmy Ward commented thatif the lot went out for rebid, hefeared it would not reect well
on the City.
After a short discussion,
Stone’s motion received asecond, and the motion passed 5 – 4 with Thomas, Bettelli, Ward,and Buckhannon in opposition.
 
January 25, 2012
 
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lynn@luckydognews.com 
Hannah Dockerymanaging editor
hannah@luckydognews.com 
Swan Richardssenior graphic designer
swan@luckydognews.com 
Jerry Plumbgraphic designer jerry@luckydognews.comChristian LeBlancSocial Mediachristian@luckydognews.comLori McGeesales manager614-0901
lori@luckydognews.com 
resident photographerLeo Fetter
Contributors:Carol AntmanKatherine SaengerJason MengelRob BykoJack LittlePet HelpersSarah DiazBarbara BergwerfDimi MatouchevBob HooperKelsey Colt
Published by:Lucky Dog Publishingof South Carolina, LLCP.O. Box 837Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482843-886-NEWSSubmit your letters to the editor to:info@luckydognews.comFuture deadline: January 30 forour February 8 issue
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The Island Eye News, a wholly owned subsidiaryof Lucky Dog Publishing of SC LLC, is a free,independent newspaper published every twoweeks and is for and about the Isle of Palms,Sullivan’s Island, Goat Island and Dewees Island.Copies are mailed free of charge to every ac-tive mailbox in our coverage area and are alsoavailable at area businesses and by subscriptionto non-islanders. Subscriptions are $39/year for non-residents.. Contributions of information,pictures and articles are welcomed and areused according to space limitations and newsvalue and cannot be returned except by specialrequest. Op-ed articles and letters to the editor do
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Isle of Palms 886-6428 www.iop.net 
Wednesday, January 30
Municipal Court
9a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, February 5
Board of Zoning Appeals
5:30p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, February 6
Livability Court
5p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Public WorksCommittee Meetings
5:30p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, February 7
Personnel Committee Meeting
9a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Real Property CommitteeMeeting
5:30p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883-3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com 
Friday, January 25
Water & Sewer Committee of Council
9a.m.2050 Middle Street
Monday, January 28
Tree Commission
5p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, January 30
Coffee with the Chief!
Stop by for a chat about SI with Police Chief Howard at Cafe Medley.
8:30a.m.
 
2213 Middle Street
Monday, February 4
Council Workshop
6p.m.2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, February 5
Municipal Court*
5:30p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, February 2
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, January 30.
* Bench Trials will be at a temporary Town Hall facility located behind the Fire Station, next to the Stith Park (2050 Middle Street). Contact SI Clerk of Court directly at 883-5734 (Maria LoRusso) for payments or questions.
Civic Calendar
Recycle -
 Thursday, February 6 -
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I
f you noticed several emergency response helicopters hoveringover the ocean on January 5 and 6, rest assured that all iswell. The unfamiliar commotionwas a statewide effort to increaseemergency preparedness in theevent of a disaster. The helicoptersbelong to the South CarolinaHelicopter Aquatic Rescue Team(SC-HART), which is composedof 25 volunteer individuals
from various re departments
across the state along with EMSunits in collaboration with theNational Guard. The purpose of the weekend session is to trainindividuals to be prepared inthe event that an emergency necessitated an ocean rescue.Isle of Palms Mayor DickCronin was pleased to have theisland host the event. “Everyonekeeps thinking of Katrina, when you had people stranded onrooftops,” he explains. “Thesewould be the individuals trainedto execute rescue operations of that nature.” SC-HART trainingtakes place four times a yearover the course of a weekend invarious locations throughout thestate. “What is heartening forme is they have people who arewilling to volunteer their time andskills to put themselves throughthese training conditions,”Mayor Cronin says. “For me tosee the coordination that getsused, the seriousness of theactivities, and the professionalway that the conduct themselvesand the drills…it really is quiteheartening.”Representatives from allover the state, as well as local jurisdictions from Charleston,North Charleston, Sullivan’sIsland, Mt. Pleasant, and the Isleof Palms, all participated in thetraining sessions.
Soaring to New Heights
SC HELICOPTER RESCUE TEAM PRACTICES ON THE IOP
BY HANNAH DOCKERY
PHOTO BY CHIEF ANN GRAHAM

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