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Island Eye News - March 28, 2014

Island Eye News - March 28, 2014

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Volume 9, Issue 24
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Sullivan’s Island
 
Isle of Palms
 
Goat Island
 
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
March 28, 2014Volume 9 Issue 24 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
CELEBRATING  SPRING
PG 19
INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
MAGIC & MORE 
PG 6
Eagles
continues on page 11
Dewees Island provides a perfect habitat for this pair of nesting eagles. This is the third year they have produced eaglets.
EAGLE PAIR HATCHES TWO CHICKS
BY JUDY DREW FAIRCHILD
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
 T 
he pair of nesting eagles on Dewees Island have hatched two chicks. Technically referred to as eaglets, we got a clear view of them today. I have been watching the eagles from my porch, and there’s been a different sort of activity for the last 8 or 9 days. Instead of quietly sitting on the nest, the adults have
been standing, ying off in search of food, and bending down into the nest. Last year, the rst time I heard a
chick was on March 6. This year, they probably hatched a week earlier, but the weather has been dreadful to try to go closer to the nest and listen.Finally, we have a sunny spring day, so I headed out in search of a closer look. In the wind, it was all but impossible to hear the faint cries from the nest. I found the highest vantage point and set up the camera. Even with the tripod, the wind bounced us around a little. The nest is much deeper than in previous years, but I was able to see
Dewees gets two new residents
EAGLE PAIR HATCHES EAGLETS
BY JUDY DREW FAIRCHILD
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
PHOTOS BY BARB BERGWERF
It’s time for tennis
FAMILY CIRCLE CUP BRINGS TOP NAMES IN WOMEN’S TENNIS
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
F
or tennis fans in the Charleston area the next nine days is pure heaven. Right here on Daniel Island the world’s greatest female tennis players will compete for the title of the 42nd Family Circle Cup Champion.  The Family Circle Cup begins Saturday, March 29 and runs
through April 6. It is the rst stop
on the clay season tour for these ladies, making it a very important warm-up tournament for the French Open on the red clay of Paris’ Roland Garros in May.  This year’s line-up includes some of the greats of women’s tennis and some great looking up-and-comers. “We have Serena Williams, the 2-time defending champion, and Venus, who just won for the
rst time this year in Dubai a
couple weeks ago,” Bob Moran, tournament director, said in an interview with
Island Eye News 
. “We have some young guns including American Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard, a young Canadian who is 17 or 18 in the world and only 20 years old. It’s a really good combination of the old guard and the next generations of players that are coming up.”
 The player eld now has six
returning past champions; Nadia Petrova joins the Williams sisters, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena
 SOMETHING FISHY 
PG 14
 
Tennis
continues on page 20
 
2March 28, 2014
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Message from the Mayor 
MIKE PERKIS, SULLIVAN’S ISLAND
CIVIC
General Obligation Bond Placed
After the required sealed bid process, the Town successfully obtained the $4.1 million general obligation bond with a local lending institution. These funds
will be used to nance the building
of the new Town Hall, Police Station, park enhancements and the purchase of a new ladder truck. Our timing was perfect.  The accepted bid has an interest rate of 1.8 percent with the ability to repay portions of the principle on an annual basis from sale of  Town property. Interest savings from the original placement plan was over $700,000 and by acting quickly this placement also represents a savings of over $270,000 from the most recent projections by most lending institutions. This is real money and we are thrilled to be able to save this money for our residents.  The Town staff is now studying
cash ow requirements to
determine if there are investment options available to maximize these funds before they are needed.
Nature Trails
Charleston County Council approved a grant to the Town from the Urban Greenbelt Fund to enhance the Station 16 nature trails to provide enjoyment of the accreted lands and provide better access to the beach. Jeff  Jackson, working collaboratively with the local Audubon Society, Lowcountry Open Land  Trust, DNR and SCDHEC, recommended some boardwalks be added to follow the contour of the land and several observation decks will be strategically placed to fully capture the essence of a maritime forest eco-system on a barrier island. Included in the grant is the addition of boardwalks to low lying areas on existing access paths. This is to limit damage to the environment and provide additional handicap access to the beach. These plans are still being developed so please become involved as we examine the different options.
Town Hall Building
 The Public Facility Committee continues to work hard on conceptual designs for the new  Town Hall/Police building. The committee has had one meeting and several resident such as Steve Herlong, Pat Ilderton, Eddie Fava and Duke Wright have volunteered their time to participate in the design phase.  The building is planned for the parking area adjacent to the Fire
Station so all Town ofces will
be in a central location within the business district. The latest information on this project is on the Town website. Also the committee meeting schedule is also on the town website. You can make comments online and stay engaged. Our Town Hall will be a physical symbol of our community for many years to come so everyone’s input is important.
Update On The Multi-Use Path
Construction of the new pedestrian/bike path on the causeway is on schedule and should be completed by the end of May. The new wider path should take the majority of bikers off the roadway making for much safer driving conditions. Please note the new speed limit on the causeway during the construction is 35mph, not the normal 50 mph.
Mayor Mike Perkis.
 
March 28, 2014
 
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Lynn Pierottipublisher 
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Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
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Swan Richardsgraphic designer 
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Lori McGee 614.0901Catherine Lambert 452.9903advertising executivesChristian LeBlancsocial media
christian@luckydognews.com
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Contributors:Judy Drew FairchildBob Hooper Lauren AdamsKaye SmithLaura BrightSarah ReynoldsKatie Ditloff Bill MartinNicole StreetmanDelores Schweitzer Dimi MatouchevJeanne Juhos
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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 active mailbox in our coverage area and are also avail-able at area businesses. Contributions of informa-tion, 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
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Isle of Palms 886.6428 www.iop.net 
Tuesday, April 1
Board of Zoning Appeals
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, April 2
Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee
11 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Monday, April 7
Recreation Committee
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, April 8
Real Property Committee
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, April 9
Municipal Court
9 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Public Safety Committee
10 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Planning Commission
4:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, April 10
Personnel Committee
10 a.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Livability Court
5 p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Public Works Committee
5:30 p.m.
 
1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883.3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com 
Monday, March 31-April 2
Municipal Court Jury Trials
2 p.m.Island Club, 1453 Hennessy St
Wednesday, April 2
Coffee with the Chief!
Stop by for a chat about SI with Police Chief Howard at Cafe Medley.
8:30 a.m.
 
2213 Middle Street
.
Friday, April 4
Water & Sewer Committee of Council
9 a.m.2050 Middle Street
Monday, April 7
Council Workshop
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, April 8
Municipal Court*
5:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, April 9
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, April 2.
Planning Commission
6:30 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Thursday, April 10
Municipal Court*
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
CIVIC
* 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 - WEDNESDAY- APRIL 2 - Recycle
“CHARLESTON COUNTY WILL BE AERIALLY SPRAYING STANDING WATER FOR AQUATIC STAGE MOSQUITOES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY FROM MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 A.M. AND 9 P.M.”
Public calls for unity at SI Council meeting
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
A
t the recent Sullivan’s Island Town Council meeting, held Tuesday, March 18, there was a plea for town unity from some members of the public during the public comments session.“Based on last few months of meetings I’d like to address the issue of citizens being allowed to address council during meetings and being aggressive and throwing accusations,” town resident Wayne Stelljes said. “I’d like to suggest public comments not be allowed during the meetings. It’s clearly become a charade, this isn’t open mic night. This is a place for serious business. Enough is enough.” Nancy Carroll Geckler stood up in support of Stelljes.“The lessons of history are here on the island,” she said. “There has been a lot of division and a lot of war, we need to learn from history. We don’t need another hurricane to teach us the power of unity. I would plead with you to go to your churches and pray for the spirit of unity.” In other public comments, resident Heidi Brown appealed to Council to re-consider the proposed installation of a public dock from Ben Sawyer Bridge through the marsh to near her home on St. 21. “We’re a very fragile little neighborhood there and
we have an increasing amount of trafc in our area,”
she said. “We’ve been bombarded on all three sides by commercial. In order to get this dock it has to be
public, it will be a shing pier, which means it will
have to have water and bathrooms. You can’t park on Ben Sawyer so they’ll all be parking on Patriot’s Street or St. 22,” she said. “Please consider a very small, very fragile little neighborhood.”Mayor Perkis addressed Brown directly.“We heard you,” he said. “And we have advised the planning commission that Council does not support a dock there. We have an ordinance that prohibits docs between St. 18 and St. 27.”Loren Ziff stood to express public thanks to Council for their work on the elementary school.“I wanted to thank Council for all the hard work they’ve done with the school. There’s a lot of excitement within the school about moving over,” he said. “We‘re in the process of looking at ocean touch tanks to really bring the environment into the school and we’re revamping the curriculum to really take advantage of our phenomenal location.  Thank you doesn’t even begin to encapsulate it.” In other construction news the Town Council is actively seeking public input on the construction of the new Town Hall. The Public Facilities Committee met Tuesday, March 25, where the latest changes of conceptual design based on feedback from the community were scheduled to be discussed. To provide input visit www.sullivansisland-sc.com/SITownHallProject.
The next Town Council meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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