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Island Eye News - May 23, 2014

Island Eye News - May 23, 2014

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Volume 10, Issue 2
Volume 10, Issue 2

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Sullivan’s Island
 
Isle of Palms
 
Goat Island
 
Dewees Island
 
Since May 2005
May 23, 2014Volume 10 Issue 2 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
PROTECTING THE FLOCK 
PG 2
INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
ISLAND HISTORY  
PG 12
 
 SALTWATER LIFESTYLE
PG 23
Turtle
continues on page 7
Trial
continues on page 10
I
t seems like the perfect outcome. Both sides in the ongoing dispute over the building of Sullivan’s Island Elementary school left the Charleston County Courthouse Friday clutching feelings of victory. “We are very happy with today's ruling,” said Sullivan's Island resident Karen Coste, a representative of Islanders for a Smaller School, said. “While we will not get the chance to vote, at least we heard a judge tell our
elected ofcials that what they
did was illegal. We hope other towns will not try what our town council did.”“We welcome the court’s decision that Sullivan’s Island  Town Council acted correctly and lawfully in response to the Petition for Initiative and Referendum on the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School,” said Mayor Pro Tem  Jerry Kaynard on behalf of the  Town of Sullivan’s Island.“Huh?” said the rest of the island.It appears that both sides took away different interpretations of the oral rulings handed down by  Judge Dennis on Friday, May 16. Both agree the judge ruled the  Town did not deprive the plaintiffs of their constitutional rights to vote, and that he declared the petition the citizens presented the  Town Council in 2011 was legally invalid - the two main complaints in the lawsuit. But they disagree on whether the judge ruled the  Town acted illegally in declaring
H
untington, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was returned to the ocean on May 5 after an extended stay at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital.Last May Peter Gerace and his son Cullen were
boating in the area and saw Huntington oating
and unable to dive in the waters off Huntington Beach State Park. Recognizing that the large loggerhead was in trouble, they brought the turtle aboard the boat and contacted SCDNR. Upon admittance to the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, it was determined that Huntington was anemic and had abnormally low levels of protein in the blood. Radiographs revealed an intestinal impaction and excessive gas in the intestines which caused the buoyancy disorder. Treatment
included vibrational therapy, enemas, uids
and tube feeding of mineral oils to break up the impaction, which passed approximately four
Huntington heads home
FIRST PUBLIC SEA TURTLE RELEASE OF THE SEASON TOOK PLACE ON IOP, MAY 5
BY KATE DITLOFF
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
'We won,' say both sides in SIES lawsuit
SCHOOL WILL OPEN  AS PLANNED
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
PHOTO BY BARBARA BERGWERF
Cullen Gerace waves goodbye to Huntington.
 
2May 23, 2014
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Fire Dept. kept busy as beachgoers fock to island
1 DROWNS, 2 RESCUED ON IOP BEACHES
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR
 T 
he Isle of Palms re department kicked off the summer season with a busy week or two rescuing people from the water. Unfortunately, despite an incredibly prompt response, 22-year-old Jermaine Choice from North Charleston drowned on Wednesday, May 7 near 22nd Avenue. Choice was pulled from the water by bystanders who then administered CPR.“It was a witnessed event,” Chief Graham of the IOP re department said in an interview with Island Eye News. “He was pulled out without delay, CPR was started without delay and he was transported without delay.” He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. “Based on the info we gained on scene we believe it may not have been a rip current,” she said “We believe the person may have stepped off the ledge of a sand bar.”  The next day the department responded to another water rescue, this time at the pier. Two young males were swimming close to the pier and got caught in the current. They suffered scrapes and cuts from hanging on to the pilings on the pier, but were otherwise recovered safely.“We’ve responded to several water rescues so far this year,” Graham said. “A couple of weeks ago we had a paddleboard wash up on shore which prompted a search that cost mega money. It turned out the guy was ne. If he had just called someone it would have saved a lot of resources.”Letting someone know where you are at all times is an important safety factor. It is also essential people be aware of the dangers inherent to ocean-based activities. Cynthia Wilson at the County Park ofce explained to the Island Eye News that swimmers should not swim within 500 feet of the pier. Additionally, “the rip currents we are experiencing between 14th and 22nd avenues are particularly bad,” she said. Rip currents are channels of water that ow out into the ocean. They can be very strong and move very fast—up to 8 miles an hour. Rips pull people away from shore, but will not pull a person under. They may be narrow, or up to over 100 yards wide. An estimated 80 percent of all surf rescues are due to rip currents.Swimming near a lifeguard is highly recommended. Currently, lifeguards are on duty at County beach parks (Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Kiawah Beachwalker) on weekends only from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. beginning Memorial Day the beach parks will have lifeguards on duty every day through mid-August.
 
What Does a Rip Current Look Like?
Churning, choppy waterDifferent water colorFoam or seaweed moving seawardBreak in the wave pattern
What To Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current:
Don’t panicDo not try to swim against the currentSwim along the shoreline to get out of the ripSwim back to the shore diagonally (away from the rip)Wave for help if you are in trouble
The aftermath of two swimmers at IOP pier on May 8.
 
May 23, 2014
 
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Lynn Pierottipublisher 
lynn@luckydognews.com
Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
 jennifer@luckydognews.com
Swan Richardsgraphic designer 
swan@luckydognews.com
Lori McGee 614.0901advertising executivesChristian LeBlancsocial media
christian@luckydognews.com
Steve Rosamiliaphotographer 
Contributors:Delores Schweitzer Carol AntmanKathryn CaseyBob Hooper  Colt HarrisonMary Alice MonroeVernon SmithSarah DiazMeredith NelsonKate Ditloff Jason Mengal Anne HarrisConnie DarlingDawn CaldwellKaren BacotEric Adams
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: May 14 for our May 23 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 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
not necessarily reect the opinion of Lucky Dog
News, or its writers. All advertising rates are listed at:
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Isle of Palms 886.6428 www.iop.net 
Tuesday, May 27
City Council Meeting
7 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Monday, June 2
Public Safety Committee
10 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Recreation Committee
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, June 3
Personnel Committee
10 a.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Board of Zoning Appeals
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Wedneday, June 4
Public Works Committee
5:30 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Thursday, June 5
Livability Court
5 p.m.1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883.3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com 
Wednesday, May 28
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
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Monday, June 2
PUBLIC HEARING: FY15 Municipal Budget
6 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Council Workshop
Council workshop will begin immediately after public hearing.2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, June 3
Municipal Court*
5 p.m.2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, June 4
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, May 28.
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 - THURSDAY, MAY 29 - Recycle
 T 
he Isle of Palms is considering adopting a parking permit system next summer to monitor the amount of people on the beach and make sure there is a safe amount of people on the Island at all times. “The primary motivation for this work is safety,” Emily Dziuban, assistant to the Isle of Palms city administrator said. “Each season the island is visited by more folks and plans have been announced for more development to occur in neighboring communities. City
Council hopes to nd a balance
between the number of visitors on the island and the City’s ability to keep them safe and provide medical and emergency assistance.” Currently, there are one thousand metered parking spaces on IOP’s Front Beach. Visitors can also park within the right of way that boarder resident’s properties. However, this right-of-way parking is limited. “This Island cannot provide a parking space for everyone that wants to come over here,” said Sandy Ferencz, city council member.  The Island ends up having a huge population issue on the beaches and on residents’ properties during the summer months. The town of IOP has hired Stantec, an engineering, consulting, and design services company, to work with the town to investigate the potential for a parking permit implementation plan, create an on-street parking review, and look at on-street
parking eld verication. Stantec
was contracted to work on these projects on Nov. 2, 2013 and the last of their contracts ended on Feb. 28, 2014. Stantec has created a comprehensive map detailing the available shoulder distance along all roadways on the City of Isle of Palms from the property lines to the edge of the roadway pavement. According to Stantec’s report on beachfront parking, nearly 60 percent is blocked by obstructions.
Obstructions can be owerbeds,
trees, or other things that are in the right of way area. Over 600 properties on IOP are currently obstructed. “What will be done about
obstructions is a difcult if
not impossible problem,” Barb Bergwerf, IOP council member said. IOP homeowners cannot put anything on their property
in the SCDOT area without rst
getting a permit. If a person has obstructions in their property the DOT issues a notice.“DOT has issued a notice to the people they are out of compliance... and nothing else happens it just sits there with them out of compliance,” Linda  Tucker, city administrator, said. “The object of all this is to protect the quality of life of our residents… not become the state’s parking lot,” Bergwerf said. Stantec has proposed to start the permit program next summer, running from May 15 through September 15. It will most likely be paid. They have also proposed restricting the permit to certain hours of the day; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. was suggested. “The number of permits will be discussed after the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekend,” Bergwerf said. “Stantec will be doing intense research including
hourly yovers to study the density, movement, and trafc
backups. After this study they
Parking
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IOP considering beach parking permits
PLAN BEING INVESTIGATED TO KEEP THE ISLAND SAFE DURING THE BEACH SEASON
BY KATHRYN CASEY
FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS
Monday, May 26
Memorial Day
City administrative ofces for
both islands will be closed.

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