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Battle for Charleston
 Volume 8 Issue 2May 09, 2014
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n Sunday April 27, Charleston  Area Terapeutic Riding hosted its 6th annual fundraiser, In the Company of Horses. Te event, held at the organization’s home, the Brickhouse Equestrian Center on Johns Island, included live music, dinner and a silent auction. Te evening raised over $60,000 or CAR’s scholarship program. “CAR’s policy is to never turn anyone away due to financial need.” Amanda Gerald, community relations director for CAR, said. “For the families who are able to pay, we charge a minimal fee representing 1/3 of the actual cost of a lesson.” With surprising success, CAR serves those with special needs to develop trust, self-confidence, independence, physical balance and muscle tone. Te event included a demonstration of the program’s work starring Michelle, who had progressed from riding with four helpers to one, and from a walk to trot. Michelle’s mother gave a truly moving testimonial to the assembled guests, most of  whom were knowledgeable supporters who knew each other well, creating a family atmosphere.
policy is to never turn anyone away due to financial need.
 Amanda Gerald
The Hunt Begins
PHOTO BY RALPH SECOY
Kiawah Island was overrun by egg-seekers during the Kiawah Island Easter Egg hunt and Egg oss.
Thriving in the company of horses
CHARLESTON AREA THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER RAISES $60,000BY KATHRYN CASEY & RALPH SECOY
For The Island Connection
Michelle has progressed from riding with four helpers to being able to trot with just one assistant.
 
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Ralph SecoyResident Photographer ContributorsKathryn Casey Mike Todd Grace Newland Mike Vegis Carol Antman Kara Viacrucis Maria Gurovich helen Legare Bob Hooper Daphne Timmons Lori LearyPublished byLucky Dog Publishingof South Carolina, LLCP.O. Box 837 Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482843-886-NEWS
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Monday, May 12
Kiawah Arts Council Meeting 
3 – 5 p.m. Kiawah own Hall
Tuesday, May 13
Kiawah Communications Committee Meeting 
3 – 5 p.m. Kiawah own Hall
Wednesday, May 14
Kiawah Public Safety Committee Meeting 
2 – 4 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Seabrook own Planning Commission Meeting 
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Seabrook own Hall
Monday, May 19
Kiawah Board of Zoning and  Appeals
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Before the regular own Council meeting began, Mayor Pro em Ciancio gave a brief summary of the first quarter online marketing report. Some highlights of the summary were:
•e Town website had a 95 percent
increase of visitors from Q4 2013 to Q1 2014.
•83 percent of the visitors to the Town
 website in Q1 were new visitors and this shows that new visitors are continuing to discover Seabrook Island and the website is working as a portal to deliver visitors to other websites.
•e website page from which most
visitors exit is the Stay page and that means that most of the people visiting the site got to the Stay page and left by means of a link to another site.
•Adwords that drive guests to the
own’s website tend to have “beach” in them.
Financials
Mayor Pro em Ciancio reported that total of the own’s fund balances for the year to date is $2,957,460. Revenue for the month of March was $81,155 and the revenue for the year to date is $228,621. Tese figures are below budget because the Berkeley Electric Franchise fee was budgeted to be received in March and should have been budgeted for December. Expenses for March were $93,060 and  were over budget by $29,136. Tis overage occurred because the roadway maintenance/drainage work that was approved by Council previously was all completed and billed in March. Year to date, expenses are under budget by about $72,000.
Reports of Standing Committees, Commissions, Boards:Community Relations
Councilman Romano reported that he had attended a Property Owners  Association Planning Committee meeting recently. Te annual survey results have been compiled and will be sent to the Board. Councilman Romano also reported that Amelia Island has initiated a program to do benchmarking for community planning. Tey have selected 14 communities to assist them in that benchmarking and Kiawah and Seabrook Island are two of the communities selected. Councilman Gregg reported that the Seabrook Island Club Long Range Planning Committee met on April 10 for the first time this year. Te meeting was to begin the planning activity that will take place in 2014. Teir next meeting will be May 8 and it is expected that they will have the analysts’ reports from the annual survey along with some reading material that will assist them with the planning effort. Te Board of Governors will meet  with the Planning Committee in July to identify objectives of the planning. Once the Board has had the opportunity to weigh in, the Club’s Long Range Planning Committee will generate a plan.
Communications/Planning Commission
Councilman urner reported that the Visibility Committee met recently and one of their main topics was updating and coordinating websites. Te Club and the Property Owners Association (POA) are about to engage a consultant to do this  work on their websites and would like for the own to coordinate with them also. Tis coordination should not affect the own’s agreement with Obviouslee Marketing. Janet Gorski, who is on the Environmental Committee at the POA, contacted Councilman urner and told him that she had been given the assignment by the POA Planning Committee to look into beach management plans and conservation plans. Councilman urner intends to set up a meeting with Stan Barnett within the next week and offered to allow someone from the Environmental Committee to attend the meeting.
Planning & Development 
Ciancio reported that editors from two local magazines each spent full days visiting Seabrook Island during the month. Te two editors were Kinsey Gidick, who is managing editor of the Charleston City Paper and also a freelance writer for several travel publications, and Margaret Pilarski,  who is editor of Where Charleston and Skirt Charleston. Hopefully, these visits  will result in a favorable article about Seabrook Island similar to the one that appeared in Charlotte Roads magazine last month.Mayor Pro em Ciancio also reported that, during the month, he approved an invoice for $8,838 for a 1/3 page full-color ad in the April/May issue of Gun and Garden magazine. He also confirmed that the own will run the “Bikes” ad in the June/July issue of Gun and Garden magazine along with an ad in May in the online version of Gun and Garden. In March, the own ran the “Bikes” ad in Southern Living. Te “Bikes” and the “Boat” ad will run in May. A mail out  was done in March for over 1,000 written inquiries for information as a result of Southern Living ads. An invoice was approved in March for $630 from the Charleston Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for a display ad. Te own will have a similar ad in April.Te own received a contract from Obviouslee Marketing for the proposed  work to be done on the own’s website. Councilman Gregg has made substantive comments on the agreement and it has been forwarded back to Obviouslee Marketing for their review.
 Public Safety 
Councilman Gregg moved for the own to contribute $1,500 toward the 2014 Disaster Awareness Day, which is sponsored jointly by the owns of Kiawah
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Island and Seabrook Island. Te event  will be held on Tursday, June 12, 2014, at the River Course on Kiawah. Te $1,500 contribution from the own will help defray the cost of the free lunch and prizes that will be awarded to attendees. Councilman Romano seconded the motion and the vote to approve was unanimous.
Planning Commission
 Johns Wells, Chairman of the Planning Commission, reported that the own’s Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Dr. im Kana will be attending this meeting and should have finished at least a summary of his part for the own’s Beach Management Plan. Te Planning Commission will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and, after taking a break for lunch, will take a tour of the beach beginning around 1 p.m. Councilman urner commented that the POA wants to make sure that the own will be looking at alternatives to the beach nourishment usually done by relocating the inlet.
Board of Zoning Appeals
Te Board of Zoning Appeals met on  Wednesday, April 10th, at 10 a.m. in regard to Appeal #149. Te appeal was denied.
 Accommodations ax Advisory 
Te Accommodations ax Advisory Committee will meet in May in regard to a contract for the July fireworks display.
St. Johns Fire District Meeting 
Ciancio reported that he attended a meeting of the St. Johns Fire Commission on April 14th at the request of Sue Holloman, Seabrook Island’s representative on the Commission. A presentation was given by the own of Kiawah Island regarding their RFP that has been issued to retain a consultant to evaluate current police, fire and EMS services being provided to Kiawah Island. Te St. Johns Fire Commissioners think the RFP will create problems since the St. Johns Fire District has issued its own RFP that is designed to examine issues of efficiency and modernization on a district  wide basis. Te Commission thinks Kiawah’s RFP could cause confusion on the part of contractors responding to both RFP’s. Tere would also be a significant demand on the district for information to be provided to both sets of contractors and there might also be a problem with morale of members of the St. Johns Fire Department assigned to Kiawah, who might have concerns regarding the viability of their current positions. amika Rucker, own Administrator of Kiawah Island, stated that she had prepared the RFP at the request of the Kiawah own Council and that the term “consolidation” as used in the RFP did not mean that Kiawah was looking to create its own fire district. Ms. Rucker also stated that Kiawah, as a major stakeholder in the district, is entitled to information concerning the services and think the request is reasonable. Mayor Pro em Labriola stated that Kiawah does not have any intention of creating its own district. Te RFP was designed to give information to Council to allow it to understand the police, fire and EMS services being provided to their community.
Meeting with Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Mayor Pro em Ciancio reported that he and own Administrator Pierce met  with Monica Jenks, the Development Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on April 2. At this meeting, the CSO wanted the own to donate $10,000 to participate in an educational initiative on Johns and  Wadmalaw Islands called “Composition and Critique.” Mayor Pro em Ciancio informed Ms. Jenks that the own has a policy of not contributing to non-profit activities but would consider engaging the CSO for a performance either at the  July 4th fireworks or Memorial Day. It has been determined that the Club has already engaged musical performers for the fireworks display. Alternatives  will be discussed with the CSO and a formal proposal will be brought back to own Council at a later date.
Purchase Space in Te Seabrooker
Mayor Pro em Ciancio stated that Council previously concluded that they would not contribute funds to Te Seabrooker to defray its operating expenses. Council was unanimous in its view that Te Seabrooker provides a valuable service in providing information regarding the own to our residents and is the only vehicle that the own has to consistently provide information to our non-resident property owners. Since it is important that Council communicate on a regular basis with both resident and non-resident property owners and Te Seabrooker is an appropriate vehicle for that communication, Mayor Pro em Ciancio believes it is appropriate for the own to purchase a half page space in the newspaper on a month to month basis. Tis space is to be used on a rotating basis by the Mayor, members of Council and the own Administrator to write monthly articles concerning matters of interest within their respective areas of responsibility. Mayor Pro em Ciancio moved that the own purchase a half page space in Te Seabrooker, on a month to month basis at current market rates, not to exceed $600 per month. Councilman urner seconded the motion and the vote to approve was unanimous.
own Administrator
own Administrator Pierce reported that the copier at the own Hall needs to be replaced. A sheet giving prices on three different models of copiers with the price to purchase and the price to lease  was included in Council packets. Te copier can be bought or leased on the State contract so it will not be necessary to obtain other bids. Councilman Romano moved that the own should lease the  Xerox-WC 7845 copier. Councilman Gregg seconded the motion and the vote to approve was unanimous. A specific proposal and contract will be brought to Council next month regarding the July fireworks. Mayor Pro em Ciancio stated that he had asked the own  Administrator to look into increasing the amount of the contract from $10,000 to $15,000. Tis would not result in a longer fireworks display but the increase in the intensity of the fireworks would be substantial. Because the expenditure comes out of Accommodations ax, Council will need a recommendation of the Accommodations ax Advisory Committee and that committee will meet the second week of May. If the committee makes a positive recommendation, it  will be brought back to Council at their May meeting for consideration. own  Administrator Pierce stated that the fireworks display will be on Tursday,  July 3, with a rain date of Saturday, July 5.
Utility Commission
Chairman Jeff Bostock reported that the Seabrook Island Utility Commission (SIUC) met April 16. Te March financials  were within budget and operations of both  water and waste water treatment were normal. Te new, annual contract with Hawthorne Services was approved and signed at the April meeting. Tis contract begins on May 1 and there was no cost increase. Chairman Bostock reported that the contract for the maintenance on the water tower is still not approved as language is still being debated. Hopefully, the contract will be signed at SIUC’s next meeting on May 21.
Petitions Received, Referred or Disposed of:
•Temporary Use Permit #191 – 2014
Governor’s Annual Invitational Billfish ournament – June 4 to June 7, 2014 – own Administrator Pierce reported that emporary Use Permit #191 has been approved by the Planning Commission but needs approval of Council since the duration of the event is more than 72 hours. Bohicket Marina is required to meet several requirements – additional police service at the site, contracting with a towing company to keep the egress and ingress clear and notifying EMS and the Fire Department of the event. Tere is also a provision that no loud music will play after 9:30 p.m. Councilman Gregg moved to approve emporary Use Permit #191. Councilman Romano seconded the motion and the vote to approve was unanimous.
Island Connection seeks community reporter 
he Island Connection is looking to hire a part-time reporter to cover municipal government on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. Te successful candidate will be required to attend various municipal committee meetings and own Council meetings and translate the information succinctly and accurately to the citizens of the islands. He or she will also have the opportunity to contribute feature stories to the newspaper.Previous reporting experience preferred, but training will be offered to a candidate  who demonstrates enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter. o apply for the position please email a cover letter, resume and samples of your  writing to jennifer@luckydognews.com.
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