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ISLAND GIRL
PG 4
 
Sullivan’s Island
 
Isle of Palms
 
Goat Island
 
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
December 20, 2013Volume 9 Issue 17 FREE
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
CHRISTMASCOOKIE MONSTERS
PG 19
INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
Coyote
continues on page 10
More holiday photos on page 8 
HERE COMES 2014
PG 15
 T 
he islands welcomed the holiday season last week with two festive celebrations. On Friday, Dec. 6 the Sullivan’s Island Christmas tree lighting ceremony featured bagpipes and the Wando High School choir. Over on the Isle of Palms the next day, the ceremony kicked off with songs by the Sullivan’s Island choir. Attendees enjoyed rock climbing, carnival rides,  jump castles and various holiday activities before the heavens opened. The rain didn’t entirely dampen the festivities however, the bands played on while kids roasted
hot dogs and s’mores over an open re and parents enjoyed
delicious seafood tacos.
Sullivan's Island 's tree lighting ceremony featured bagpipes and the illumination of
the fre station (above).
Christmas, Island style
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITORPHOTOS BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA
R
esidents of Sullivan’s Island appear to have some new neighbors. Coyotes, a species of canine that historically populates the western half of the United States, have found their way to our little slice of island paradise. “We don’t know how long have they been here,” Andy Benke, Sullivan’s Island city administrator, said. “But they have become more prominent this year.”Benke who grew up on the
island, saw his rst coyote over
 Thanksgiving weekend. “It was
night and my rst thought was
somebody’s German Shepherd is running around, but as I got closer it took off.” Benke says
it’s difcult to know how long
the creatures have really been here, as people may have seen them over the last few years but
Living with coyotes
SULLIVAN’S RESIDENTS REPORT INCREASED SIGHTINGS OF THE WILD CANINE
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
 
2December 20, 2013
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Message from the Mayor 
MIKE PERKIS, SULLIVAN’S ISLAND
Mayor Mike Perkis.
CIVIC
Mayor
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A
fter an unwanted absence, I have restarted my monthly column. There is so much going on within our community and I hope this column provides useful information for our residents.
TOWN HALL/POLICE STATION AND PARK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
After over two years of study, the site has been selected for our new town hall building. At the November community workshop it was clear that the site adjacent
to our re station was the
overwhelming community choice. We will have the police and town hall all in one building and the building will only be slightly larger than the old town hall.  The building will NOT intrude at all into Stith Park, and, in fact, will enhance the park. In a short time the architect will team up with the contractor to get into the
specic designs for the building.
 The approved site is on the town website so please review these drawings and get involved as we
all work towards the nal design
for what will be our community’s civic identity for many years to come.
THE REBUILDING OF SIES IS ON SCHEDULE TO BE READY FOR THE AUGUST, 2014 SCHOOL YEAR
 The contractor has kept the town constantly informed of the progress of the construction and they are working diligently within a very tight construction timeline to keep any construction noise to a minimum. At the public facilities committee meeting the architect presented the family of colors, all in neutral colors for the trim and two main buildings.  These were approved and in the future the there will be a mock up built prior to the start of painting so that the public can see the actual colors on the materials.
WASTE WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Council has approved for the water/sewer committee to apply for substantial funding from the South Carolina State Revolving Fund to improve the condition of the Town’s wastewater collection system. Over the past few years we have internally funded efforts
to reduce the inltration of
surface water into the collection system. This project will focus on larger areas where the greatest
inltration is occurring. Several
options are being evaluated that will provide maximum long-term protection while also extending the useful life of the pipes. We are hoping funding can be secured so
work can begin the rst quarter
of 2014.
COYOTES
It is evident we have coyotes living within our community. While they are a part of a healthy eco-system, we are monitoring their activities to make sure they don’t become a nuisance or a potential danger. If you see a coyote, please report the sighting to animal control (743-7200) as they are tracking numbers, movements, etc. Also there is an excellent pamphlet available at the police station that I recommend everyone read.
 
December 20, 2013
 
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Lynn Pierottipublisher 
lynn@luckydognews.com
Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
 jennifer@luckydognews.com
Swan Richardsgraphic designer 
swan@luckydognews.com
Lori McGee 614.0901Catherine Lambert 452.9903advertising executivesChristian LeBlancsocial media
christian@luckydognews.com
Steve Rosamiliaphotographer 
Contributors:Mike Perkis Anne HarrisCarol AntmanJeanne JuhosJohn NelsonKatherine Saenger Bob Hooper 
Published by:Lucky Dog Publishingof South Carolina, LLCP.O. Box 837 Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482843-886-NEWSSubmit your letters to the editor to: info@luckydognews.com Future deadline: December 23 for our January 3 issue
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Publisher of the
Island Eye News 
and the
 Island Connection 
The Island Eye News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lucky Dog Publishing of SC LLC, is a free, independent newspaper published every two weeks 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 also available at area businesses and by subscription to non-islanders. Subscriptions are $39/year for non-residents.. Contributions of information, pictures and articles are welcomed and are used according to space limitations and news value and cannot be returned except by special request. Op-ed articles and letters to the editor do
not necessarily reect the opinion of Lucky Dog
News, or its writers. All advertising rates are listed at:
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CIVIC
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Holiday Hours
City Ofces CLOSED
Isle of PalmsDecember 24-25 January 1Sullivan's IslandDecember 23, noon closingDecember 24-26  January 1
Recycling for the islands will be Thursday, December 26 
 
Mayor
continues from page 2
BEACH ACCESS
Using a grant from SCDOT the Town will build dune walkovers on Stations 18 ½, 21, and 22. The beach access path on Station 21 will then be handicap accessible from the street to the beach. The Town will work with SCDOT to create additional handicap parking areas near this path.
CAUSEWAY ENHANCEMENT
Funding from a CHATS transportation grant along with funding from the County, Mt. Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island will allow for the creation of a multi-use path project along SC703 to start late Winter/ Early Spring 2014. Existing paths will be improved from Simons Pt. in Mt. Pleasant to the existing sidewalk on SI. This path is scheduled to have a width of from 5-8 feet with a 4 foot vegetated strip between the causeway.On a very personal note, I wanted to thank everyone for their cards, emails, phone calls and prayers regarding my health. I never realized how much a kind word could mean. I am truly humbled. This is
a difcult time for us and please keep Linda and I in
 your thoughts and prayers. Have a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Breathing a Sigh of Relief
Sullivan’s Island residents breathed a huge sigh of relief in November when SI Town Council voted against multi-family rezoning. Many, many thanks to the islanders who got a petition together and alerted other islanders that multi-family rezoning was on the table.Opposition to multi-family rezoning is truly island-wide. A group of islanders in the historic neighborhood directly affected started a petition opposing the zoning change, eventually garnering 392 signatures from neighborhoods all across the island. Many islanders also wrote letters and attended Town Council and Planning Commission meetings for months, voicing opposition to multi-family rezoning. At the October 9 Planning Commission meeting, a number of islanders spoke eloquently and passionately about the importance of maintaining the single-family residential nature of Sullivan’s Island.  The message to Town Council is loud and clear: SI residents want the island to remain the single family, low-density community it has been for two centuries. That is the vision
afrmed in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan
and in every Comprehensive Plan since then, including the 2013 Comprehensive Plan. Not one council member ran on changing that vision. And as the controversy over multi-family rezoning demonstrates, there is simply no support among residents for increasing density on the island.Again, many thanks to all who worked so hard to preserve and protect our unique island community.Barbara Spell
Sullivan’s Island 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
All letters submitted to the Island Eye News must bear a full name, address and phone number
 for verication. Only the author’s name and city will be printed. Submissions are accepted via email to jennifer@luckydognews.com or mail to PO. Box 837, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.
Letters may be edited for length and
readability. The Island Eye News reserves the
right to reject letters that are libelous, unseemly, not individually addresses to the Island Eye News or that have been previously published
elsewhere. The Island Eye News will not publish letters enorsing political candidates.
This dune walkover at Station 21 is being built with a grant from SCDOT. Two others are being constructed at Stations 18 1/2 and 22.
PHOTO BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA

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