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The Island Connection - July 4, 2014

The Island Connection - July 4, 2014

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Volume 8, Issue 6
Volume 8, Issue 6

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Roadtrips Charleston
 Volume 8 Issue 6July 04, 2014
Page 22
Seasons of The South
Page 25
On The Beach
Build a buddy system
For The Island Connection
ost of us have had to go to  work, or drive a carpool, or run an errand before we’ve had breakfast one morning. Most of us have had to sit in a meeting that ran a little too long, leaving us late for lunch or dinner. Most of us know that with the feeling of hunger come low concentration, agitation, and lack of energy. But, for most of us, those feelings don’t last.Now imagine you have not had anything substantial to eat for upwards of 48 hours. Imagine you are being asked to solve a math problem, or read a chapter in a book having not eaten for two days. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many children right in our own backyards. Backpack Buddies is a national program geared to helping children at the local level. While many children in need qualify for reduced-price or free lunches at school, they are often left to fend for themselves over the weekend. Backpack Buddies volunteers fill bags with nutritious foods and snacks for children to take home  with them on Friday afternoons. When Seabrook Residents Joanne Trelfall and Elaine Davis heard about the program, they knew it was something that they wanted to start in the area. Trelfall and Davis knew there were children at nearby Mt. Zion Elementary school on  John’s Island that were in need of help.Mt. Zion Elementary has a total enrollment of around 300 students. Of those students, almost 90 percent qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches. With
Jaguars, Cadillacs and Mustangs, oh my!
For The Island Connection
new monthly event, Sea Islands Cars and Coffee, hosted by Freshfields Village and coffee and sandwich shop Java  Java, took over Freshfields the morning of Saturday, June 21. Te free showcase welcomed cars of all types owned by local folks from Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Island. Now in its fourth month, Cars and Coffee runs from 8 – 10 a.m. Upcoming dates are July 19, August 16, September 20, October 25, November 15 and December 13. Antique cars, classic cars, muscle cars, modified cars and unique modern cars are welcomed to participate in this celebration of the beauty of cools cars.Te most recent show, included cars from a 1929 Ford udor all the way up to a late model Rolls Royce, Corvette, Jaguar, Cadillac and Mustang. In between those, the crowd got to see many different types and model years. Roadsters were represented by a hand-manufactured 2005 Morgan, and two riumphs—the relatively recent 1980 R8 and a classic riumph R4. Muscle cars on display included a 1979 Chevy Berlinetta, a 1968 Pontiac GO, and a 1969 Chevrolet Cheville SS396 Super Sport with an optional 350 HP engine.Other cars included an early 70s Cadillac which still sported—what?—Fins! Among others there was a classic 1956
Buddy System
continues on page 7
Cars and Coffee
continues on page 9
The IslandConnection 
Lynn Pierottipublisher 
Jennifer Tuohymanaging editor 
Swan Richardssenior graphic designer 
Lori McGeesales manager 
 Alejandro Ferreyrosgraphic designer 
Ralph SecoyResident Photographer Contributors Anne HarrisBob Hooper James GhiSarah ReynoldsBenjamin Cameransi, MDKerry WelchColin CuskleyMarg Geiger Herb Frazier Carol AntmanBill MartinReid CoyleMaria GurovichMarilyn MarkelMike VegisKristina SkalakBecky TanenbaumPublished byLucky Dog Publishingof South Carolina, LLCP.O. Box 837 Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482843-886-NEWS
Future deadlines: July 9 for submissionsfor the July 18 Issue
Op-Ed articles and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Lucky Dog News or its writers.
Lucky Dog Publishing, LLC
Publishers of
 Island Eye News
The Island Connection, The Folly Current 
Civic Calen
21 Beachwalker DriveKiawah Island, SC 29455Phone: 768-9166Fax: 768-4764
2001 Seabrook Island RoadSeabrook Island, SC 29455Phone: 768-9121 Fax: 768-9830 Email:lmanning@townofseabrookisland.org 
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op located at 3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island. Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston958-4700t
75 Calhoun St.724-3745
2July 04, 2014
Friday, July 4
 All town offices closed in observance of Independence Day 
Monday, July 7
Environmental Committee Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Tuesday, July 8
Communications Committee Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Wednesday, July 9
Emergency Management Committee
10 a.m.Kiawah own Hall
Public Safety Committee Meeting
2 - 4 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Town Planning Commission Meeting
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Seabrook own Hall
Thursday, July 10
 Arts Council Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Thursday, July 17
CERT Team Meeting
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kiawah own Hall
Monday, July 21
Board of Zoning and  Appeals
4 - 5 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Tuesday, July 22
 Ways and Means Committee Meeting
2 - 4 p.m.Kiawah own Hall
Town Council Meeting
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Seabrook own Hall
Coastal communities can take control of their beaches
The Island Connection Editor 
or the past two years, Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin has been spearheading a proposal to have the State Legislature authorize local beach communities to collect a Beach Preservation Fee from tourists that frequent their towns.  With the help of Mike Sottile and others, the Beach Preservation Act, passed by the Senate last year, passed the House in May and was signed by the Governor on June 2. If approved by a referendum of voters, this act will allow municipalities like the Isle of Palms to collect 1 percent on all short term accommodations; rental properties, hotels etc. Te monies collects can only be used for:
Nourishment, renourishment, maintenance, erosion mitigation, and monitoring of the beaches  within the corporate limits of the qualified coastal municipality;
Dune restoration and maintenance, including planting of grass, sea oats, or other vegetation useful in preserving the dune system  within the corporate limits of the qualified coastal municipality; and
Maintenance of public beach accesses within the corporate limits of the qualified coastal municipality.Te idea for sourcing these funds from the people who use the beaches came about  when Cronin gathered together a group of beach community mayors and their city administrators to “try to understand  what we do well together and what are the threats to our community,” Cronin said.“It became apparent that the federal government wasn’t going to have funds to preserve beaches, and that the state had taken action to eliminate any beach preservation funds on their part,” Cronin said. “So it became evident that we needed to do something.”Te first meeting of beach mayors took place 3 years ago on Folly Beach, and there have been two subsequent meeting on Isle of Palms. All the beach communities in the area, including Seabrook and Kiawah,  were represented and the attendees focused on understanding what was going well in each community and what each one was doing to support its beaches and tourism. “It’s a sharing experience. It’s quite informative,” Cronin said. “Te mayor from Pawleys Island comes all the way down here, he’s in the same boat—no pun intended.”It was in these meetings that the idea of a Beach Preservation Fee was born. “It became apparent from looking at how each community runs its beaches that we charged less from a fee standpoint than the City of Charleston does. Te beaches couldn’t charge the 2 percent accommodations fee that the Charleston charges, beaches could only charge 1 percent,” Cronin said. “Yet we have the beaches being threatened that need to be preserved for future generations.”Cronin and im Goodman, the mayor of Folly Beach, travelled to Columbia to testify on beach matters before a Senate subcommittee last year. “Mike Sottile was very active in soliciting support in the House, which it passed this year. Te only people that voted against it were senators from the upstate area, who really have an edge for anything to do with the beach.”Te act also received substantial support from the tourism initiatives in Charleston, which recognize that the beaches are a major tourism drive. “Not having funding to maintain them is not in their best interests,” Cronin said. “It turns out that the beaches, while from a population standpoint are not a very large base, but they provide 30 percent of the tourism activity in Charleston is on the beaches.”
 July 04, 2014
what’s hot
New fire headquarters opens July 14
For The Island Connection
ne year after breaking ground, the new St. John’s Fire District Headquarters at 1148 Main Road  will officially open on July 14, 2014.  A grand opening ceremony will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. on July 14. Te public is invited to stay afterwards for the first commission meeting held in the building, which will start at 6 p.m.Te new building will put all of the administrative services under one roof. Prior to the construction of the headquarters building, the Fire Prevention Division was located on Kiawah Island at Fire Station 4. Te raining Division was also located separately and the Deputy Fire Chief’s office was located at Fire Station 1. All other administrative services and the Fire Chief were housed in a small 960 sq. ft. office.Headquarters is now located in a 10,500 sq. ft. building next to Fire Station 7 on Main Road. In addition to new office space there is a large meeting room in the core of the building. Tis room will serve as a commission meeting room, training room, and an emergency operations center or EOC. Te EOC will provide an area that can be used as a central command and control location during large and/or prolonged emergency incidents.
Breaking ground on the headquarters a year ago.The new building will be ceremoniously opened on July 14.

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