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or those residing in coastal
communities such as the Isle of Palms
and Sullivans Island, the risk that
comes with being in a food zone is just
the price they pay to live so close to such
beauty. However, thanks to the National
Flood Insurance Program, many residents
havent had to pay that price in full.
Since 1968, the food insurance program
has been providing artifcially low rates for
buildings in food zones constructed before
food insurance rate maps were drawn.
Flood insurance is a requirement for most
mortgages. However, last year Congress
passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance
Reform Act and effectively removed all
subsidy from the program, ensuring
that anyone who lives in a food zone will
eventually pay the full price for that choice.
On October 1, the fnal aspects of the act
Paying the
cost of life on
the coast
large crowd of families and island residents joined frefghters from
the Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and other area frefghters at
the Fire Prevention Week event, held Wednesday,
Oct. 9 at the SI fre station.
Following a fre engine parade from the Isle of
Palms to Sullivans Island, visitors got to meet the
frefghters, climb around in the apparatus and enjoy
pizza, lemonade and an infatable slide.
he grocery store that was formerly the
Red and White on the Isle of Palms
will re-open under the Harris Teeter
label in mid-May, according to Leonard
Way of The Beach Company, owners of the
Island Center where the store is located.
The Piggly Wiggly Corporation was in the
process of building a Newton Farms store
at the location on Palm Boulevard, when it
sold the store and several other locations
to Harris Teeter.
According to Way, construction has
been temporarily halted on the store while
Harris Teeter to open
at Island Center
Firefghters make fre prevention fun
2 October 18, 2013
Message from the Mayor
Mayor Mike Perkis.
here are two very important
actions affecting our
First, effective Oct. 1, 2013,
Sullivans Island joined the
Charleston County Consolidated
Dispatch Center. Previously all
emergency calls from SI residents
were dispatched through the Isle
of Palms dispatch center. This
relationship worked extremely
well for many years. However,
when IOP decided to join the
County system, Council examined
having our own dispatch center
but determined this would be
extremely expensive. The County
Dispatch Center will continue
to send our Police and Fire
Department to calls on Sullivans
Island. Town Council, our Town
Administrator and our Public
Safety chiefs have meet with the
Dispatch Center staff and we will
monitor their performance very
closely to insure the same level of
service as we have enjoyed with
The emergency call number
is still 911. The non-emergency
call number has changed to
Second, the Biggert-Waters
Flood Insurance Reform Act of
2012 went into effect on Oct. 1,
2013. This act, whose intent is to
bring food insurance premiums
up to actuarial sustainable rates,
will have a devastating impact on
our community. While the actual
rates for individual properties are
confusing to calculate, what is for
sure is that over time everyones
food insurance rates will rise.
Primary homes with current
policies appear to be initially
exempt from the most onerous
increases, but that could change
when new food-risk maps are
issued or when the house is sold.
Also, the exemption for homes
with historic designation appears
to be no longer exempt from
food elevation requirements.
Clearly, this will not only have a
considerable impact on resident
premiums, but the prospect of
signifcantly higher premiums will
also have a dampening effect on
property values. It is important to
contact your insurance provider
to determine the potential impact
on your property.
Council has contacted
our local delegation to get
them fully appraised on
the real impact of this act.
Additionally, Councilman
ONeil has met in Washington
with the staff of our
congressional representatives
and has worked diligently
to make contact with other
national organizations already
engaged on this issue. There
is a movement in Congress to
delay the implementation of
this Act. Please get involved
and write our representatives
in Washington.
On a different note,
there was a huge turnout
at our Fire Station for Fire
Prevention Week. We had two
helicopters and lots of fre
trucks and equipment from
many adjoining communities.
In the last few weeks our fre
department of dedicated staff
and volunteers have assisted
Charleston Marine Patrol with
four water rescues. Two of these
involved dangerous nighttime
rescues at the jetties. We are very
fortunate to have our own Fire
and Rescue Department on this
October 18, 2013
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Tuesday, October 22
City Council Meeting
7 p.m.
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Monday, October 28
Island Eye News IOP Mayoral
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Island Eye News hosts a
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answers to before the election
on Nov. 5.
Sullivan's Island
Friday, October 18
Public Facilities Meeting
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Tuesday, October 22
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Wednesday, October 23
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Monday, October 28
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Wednesday, October 30
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Letter from the editor
Dear Readers,
Since arriving in Charleston from Sun Valley,
Idaho a little over a year ago, my favorite early
morning ritual has been to bundle my two sleepy-
eyed children into the car and drive over the
intracoastal waterway to one of the spectacular
beaches just minutes from my Mount Pleasant
As we roll across the bridge, watching the egrets
pecking at their breakfast, eagerly anticipating our
frst glimpse of the ocean, it feels as if we are leaving
the real world behind and heading to somewhere
special, somewhere magical.
You can imagine how happy I was when the
opportunity to work in that magical place arose.
I am very excited to take the reins of the Island
Eye News and relish the opportunity to learn more
about these islands, discover what makes them
so special and explore the issues and concerns of
their citizens.
A journalist and editor for more than 15 years, my
background is in community journalism. Following
six years at The Daily Telegraph newspaper in
London, England, I moved to Sun Valley, Idaho to
be arts editor of the Idaho Mountain Express, a
National Newspaper Association Award-winning
paper covering the communities surrounding the
ski resort of Sun Valley.
Since 2005 I have worked as Editor-In-Chief of
Sun Valley Guide magazine, and features writer
for the Idaho Mountain Express. In both these
roles my mission was to seek out the stories of the
community, celebrate what makes them unique,
and investigate the issues that concerned them.
That is what I aim to do here for the communities
of Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms. And I
would like to take this opportunity to ask for
your help. Please feel free to contact me with any
ideas, thoughts or concerns you have and help me
continue this newspapers mission to be a true
refection of the communities it serves.
Jennifer Tuohy (pronounced 2E)
Managing Editor, Island Eye News
4 October 18, 2013
Candidates address parking, fnances and frefghters
he Isle of Palms municipal elections take place Tuesday, Nov. 5.
To help voters decide which mayor best fts with their vision of
Island life, and to provide insight into the new councils plans
(the race is uncontested), the Island Eye News posed four questions
to each candidate:
1. In your opinion why is there such a high turnover rate
in the Islands police and fre departments? What do you
propose to do to address this?
2. Which areas of the Island do you believe should allow
3. Do you believe the Island has handled its fnances well? Do
you think its long-term debt is too high? If so, what do you
propose to do to combat it?
4. How effective do you think the current city Council has
been since the last election, 2 years ago?
Read their answers below and then ask your own at the Island Eye
News Mayoral Candidates Forum, taking place 6 p.m., Monday, Oct.
28 at the IOP Exchange Club.
Mayoral candidate
Father of 14 year old triplet boys, married to Sonya Buckhannon
20 years, small business owner with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science,
Doctorates from NUHS.
Current or past positions held in city government: I am currently
serving city council as Mayor Pro Tem, Chair of Public Works & Vice-
Chair of Real Property. I have served on every council committee as
either the Chair or Vice-Chair.
Turnover rate: It has been proposed by the administration that the
pay scale compared to other municipalities is the major infuence
for turnover. While the pay scale may be a factor for some of the
turnover within the public safety departments, one only has to talk
to those who have left, those who are leaving, or those currently
working about the morale in the departments. We need to determine
what is causing the morale problems and address those issues.
The fre department is currently undergoing a study to evaluate the
pay scale as compared to other departments in the area. We need
to continue that work. I anticipate that a similar study will work its
way through the police department. The Public Safety and Personnel
committees are suggesting unbudgeted pay adjustment and hiring
three new fremen for the department to address the problem. If
morale is a problem, we need to address the conditions, policies and
procedures which promulgate throughout the departments prior to
spending unbudgeted money.
Parking: The city should make every effort to direct traffc towards
the lots in the commercial district to lessen the impact of visitor
parking in the residential neighborhoods. SCDOT has stated that
we cannot strictly eliminate parking in the residential areas but are
allowed to manage the parking in those areas. I have suggested
a management solution, which was embraced unanimously by
council, to eliminate parking in a majority of the residential areas
that are impacted with visitor parking. This solution and was
forwarded to our parking consultant Stantec for implementation into
our comprehensive parking management solution.
Are you for enforcing right-of-way parking in the areas where foliage
or barriers have been placed or constructed to discourage it?
The SCDOT is in charge of regulating the right-of-way and any
unpermitted encroachments that have been installed. We as a city
need to look at those encroachments that pose a direct threat to
the safety of our residents and/or visitors to the island and address
those problems. The citys parking consultant is in the process of
evaluating all of the roadways throughout the island to determine the
right of way on each street and document the types of encroachments
involved. This will give the city and the SCDOT better information on
the problems where a solution can be determined.
Finances: In the past, the city has handled its fnances well.
Currently, we could do better. I have not supported our budgets the
past few years because the city has been borrowing too much from
its savings to make up the shortfall in revenue to meet projected
expenses. This practice of depleting fund balances cannot continue
to occur.
The majority of debt was for necessary capital improvements.
The replacement of fre station #2 and public safety building are
examples. These two building were built substandard post Hugo and
were unsafe for occupancy. The recreation building debt was taken
to the voters and was overwhelmingly supported by referendum. Yes,
the city council and the administration need to make it a priority to
work together to decrease its long term debt through the budget cycle.
One of the other problems that lead to the citys accruing debt
was the policy of leasing larger vehicle purchases. For years, I
have suggested saving up in advance for these expected purchases
instead of leasing the vehicles and paying interest and unnecessary
expenses. This years budget was the frst to do just that. We need
to use common sense solutions similar to that in the private sector to
resolve the debt.
City Council: The last election brought on two new budget minded,
small government council members that helped my resolve to stop
the destruction of dunes for the development of commercial parking
lots in a residential neighborhood. They also help to discourage the
citys purchase of an oceanfront lot for a passive park and redirect
those funds for the purchase of the property next to the shopping
The balance of council needs to do a better job during the budgeting
process to reign in on spending. It is only a matter of time before
the fund balances are depleted and the city will have to fnd a new
revenue source, usually through a tax increase. Over the past 2 years,
the citys assigned capital projects fund balance has dropped from
$2,254,327 to $452,284. At the same time the citys tourism fund
balances have dropped from about $2.5 mil to $1.5 mil. The city can
only go to the well so many times before the well is dry.
Mayoral candidate
Now retired; previously held senior management positions in
multinational companies in the electric power industry. Attended
Tufts University for a BS in Electrical Engineering and Harvard
Business School for Management Development.
Current or past positions held in city government: For the past 5
years I have served as Mayor of the Isle Of Palms. Previously I served
the city on the Planning Commission from 2000 until elected to city
council in 2006.
Turnover rate: While each department has always had turnover,
it appears the majority of our current turnover is due to our salary
ranges now not being competitive with others in the Lowcountry.
Population growth in other communities has increased the demand
for trained personnel with salaries increasing accordingly. The city
needs to pay our personnel competitively. I am confdent council will
Candidates continues on page 6
October 18, 2013 5
he Isle of Palms fre department is
losing its frefghters to other local
departments because its wages are
not competitive. The pay is so low that some
frefghters are even struggling to afford
their rent or pay for dinners. That was the
message presented to the citys Public Safety
Committee on Monday, Oct. 7 by Isle of Palms
Fire Chief Anne Graham and Battalion Chief
Jason Smith.
Over the past 12 months, 11 Isle of Palms
frefghters resigned, most to take jobs at area
fre departments with higher compensation
scales. Graham said she anticipated losing as
many as eight more personnel before the end
of 2013.
This is not a new trend, between 2010 and
2012 the department has lost an average of
seven full-time frefghters each year. For a
department with a total of nine personnel on
shift at any given time, that is a heavy loss.
In addition, the department falls
signifcantly short of the National Fire
Protection Association recommendations for
the number of frefghters on each apparatus.
The national standard is four personnel
per vehicle, per shift, and six for a ladder
truck. We currently staff each engine with
two personnel, Chief Graham said in her
We need more personnel, and we are
having a hard time attracting and keeping the
ones that we
have, so these
two issues
work hand in
hand, said
Battalion Chief
Smith, an IOP
frefghter for 11 years.
The department is requesting the addition
of one new frefghting position, which
translates to hiring three new frefghters.
This will result in a cost of approximately
$136,400 in the frst year.
In their presentation Graham and Smith
offered ample evidence that frefghters are
leaving the department because they can be
paid better elsewhere.
We had two of our Captains, senior level
people, leave to go to a local department and
start as probationary freman, at the very
bottom of the rung, Smith said. When I
talked to them about this, they explained to
me that they did the math and in three years
they would be making more than I do. You
really cant argue with that.
While the entry-level pay for an Isle of
Palms frefghter is not signifcantly below
that of other
in Charleston
County, as a
progresses the
numbers presented to the committee showed
that he or she will make signifcantly more
money working for the City of Charleston
or North Charleston than by staying on the
The exodus has a direct impact on the
safety of the community. When a trained
frefghter who has worked for three or more
years with the IOP department leaves, he or
she takes valuable island-specifc experience
with them. The frefghters who recently
resigned took with them a combined 44 years
of Island experience.
IOP frefghters leaving for Charleston departments
~ Battalion Chief Jason Smith
Firefghters continues on page 10
6 October 18, 2013
move in this direction.

Parking: The State owns the
majority of our roads and rights
of way. To "not allow parking" in
an area would apply to everyone-
residents, guests, renters and
visitors. Not allowing parking in
one area would move the parking
demand to another area. Council
has approved our consultant's
recommendation to introduce
a parking pass system for the
residential areas on the island.
The city would sell a fnite
number of passes annually. No
details have yet been worked out
but the goal is have the Dept. of
Transportation approve a plan
which reduces the density of
The SC DOT is responsible for
enforcing encroachments into
the right of way. That said, they
have been ineffective in doing
so. The result is a quagmire of
barriers throughout the island to
the advantage of some properties
and the disadvantage of others.
Whether it is the State or the
city, any enforcement needs to be
fair and uniform throughout the
Finances: Yes, the city's
fnances have never been better.
We have weathered the recent
economic recession without
raising taxes. We now have an
improved bond rating and we
have been able to increase our
When I began this term in 2009
our debt was over $18 million; as
of this June our debt has been
reduced to $12.8 million. The prior
mayor and councils built assets
the city needed and of which the
citizens should be proud. We will
continue to manage our assets
and debt for the beneft of those
who love our Island. For example,
we just refnanced the remaining
principle for the marina purchase
lowering the interest rate to
less than 2 percent, saving the
city $127,000 in interest. The
majority of our debt is paid for
from our tourism income which
has been very strong.
City Council: The Council has
worked well. Nine individuals all
from different backgrounds have
addressed every issue looking
to provide the best municipal
services and facilities for a
quality island life for residents
and visitors. For example, having
listened to our residents keeping
a grocery store on the Island
was an imperative for me. That's
what the Island Center property
owner was told when they were
looking at other options. When
they fnally came back with a
plan for a grocery store, Council
worked together, as a body, to
make it happen.
Councilmember candidate
Sitting council member,
retired photojournalist and small
business owner. Graduate of The
George Washington University in
Government and International
Current or past positions
held in city Government: City
council for 5 years and before
that Planning Commission for 3
Turnover rate: I have total
confdence in both our Fire and
Police Department. With the
growth East of the Cooper and
Mt. Pleasant's expansion of their
services, the Isle of Palms has
to fnd a way to compete. Our
fremen, across the board, are
underpaid by at least 10%. If we
don't compete we will continue
to be the training ground for
these young men/women and
economic pressures will force
them to look elsewhere. Our
Fire and Police funding must be
at a level that can sustain the
services we have and will need
in the future. I feel my most
important responsibility is to
insure the safety of our citizens
and protect the island from
future over development.
Parking: We have to decide
whether it is acceptable to
become the county's parking lot.
My answer is NO. Since I frst
decided to run for council my
stand on parking has remained
the same. Parking allowed
only on the ocean side of Palm
Blvd, some limited parking on
the ocean side of Ocean Blvd.,
and only residential parking in
the neighborhoods. I have said
dozens of times that I am not
going to tell my neighbors that
they have to remove foliage that
has been planted for years and
years in order to cram more day
trippers on the island.
Finances: Long term debt is
exactly that. Our long term debt
covers assets with a long life
span such as fre safety, public
safety and recreation buildings.
The city fnances our long term
capital expenses just like every
corporation on Wall Street which
is a responsible free market
approach to asset management.
Remember that the citizens
voted to approve expenditures
for the Recreation center and the
Marina. During my tenure there
Candidates continues on page 9
Candidates continues from page 4
October 18, 2013 7
How will the Flood Insurance Reform Act
affect your food insurance rates?
Owners of non-primary residences built
before food insurance rate maps were
drawn (pre-FIRM) will lose subsidized
Owners of substantially damaged or
will see the same 25 percent rate increase
Owners of subsidized business properties
you sell your property (new rates will be
charged to next owner if they insure); you
repeated food losses; or, you purchase a
If your property is suffciently elevated
will not see a change to your rates. If you
are elevated more than required you may
What can you do about it?
Get an Elevation Certifcate for your
for many island residents now is, how
Exactly how quickly property owners
will feel the pressure on their wallets
depends on a number of factors (see
Weve seen some
preliminary rate
sheets, said Randy
Robinson, chief
building offcial for
the town of Sullivans
Island. I dont want
to scare people but its
arepaying$2,000 ayeararegoingtobe
Despite assurances by FEMA that
less than 20 percent of food insurance
policies will be affected, offcials in
coastal communities across the country
are sounding the alarm and scrambling
to provide residents with as much
Its going to affect a lot of people in a
lot of different ways, said Pat ONeil, a
A big issue for us, and for the City of
Charleston, is historic structures, which
They would lose a lot of their historic
historic districts just here on Sullivan's
The other concern is that FEMA has
changed the requirements over time so
On a recent trip to Washington D.C.,
ONeil said. However, at the same time
particular, has become very engaged in
in other states start to hear from their
That ground swell has already been
gaining momentum. There is currently a
bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at delaying
This unfair rate hike could devastate
Insurance continues on page 8
Insurance continues from cover
~PatrickONeil,Sullivans Island Town Council Member
Florida's real estate market and
homeowners, Gov. Rick Scott of
Florida said in a statement last
Broadly however, opponents
of the act are not disputing that
something has to be done about
the food insurance program,
which is $25 billion in debt
following the devastating impact
of hurricanes such as Katrina
and Rita in 2005, and the soon-
to-be-felt fnancial impact of last
years Superstorm Sandy.
The bone of contention is just
how quickly the rates are going to
rise and the basis for determining
how much they should rise. New
rates are being phased in for
existing homeowners in annual
increases of 25 percent a year,
and for new property owners the
change is immediate. Such a
rapid increase may leave many
struggling to afford their homes,
opening them up to the risk of
foreclosure. It could also stall the
current upswing of the real estate
market, as potential homebuyers
shy away from purchasing
properties that come with food
insurance rates in the tens of
thousands annually.
A lot of people present it as
Well, its just the wealthy people
on the coast, ONeil said. But
there are a lot of people who are
going to be really hurting.
As an example, ONeil
referenced a couple who told a
recent Isle of Palms city council
meeting that they have been
unable to sell their older ranch-
style house because people are
afraid of the insurance bill.
I will be advising all of my
new listings to get an elevation
certifcate and an insurance
quote, said Andrea Rogers, a
Realtor with Agent Owned Realty
on the Isle of Palms. By doing
this, she hopes to assuage some
of the fear prospective buyers are
experiencing. One client got a
quote and found out rates on the
house he is selling will go from
$2,000 to $6,900. Another got a
pre-FIRM food insurance quote
for $2,000 on a house built in
1969. Once they got the elevation
certifcate however, the rate went
down to $400, she said.
Bruce Spicher, chief building
offcial for the coastal community
of Kiawah, recommends residents
concerned about the changes
talk to their insurance agents.
They are the only ones who can
provide you with guidance, he
said. There are a few older homes
on Kiawah and the only way to
mitigate them is to raise them.
Raising a home to above
the base food zone is not as
ridiculous a prospect as it sounds.
Depending on its size, Robinson
estimates it can cost anywhere
between $40,000 and $100,000.
If the insurance on that home is
going to be $30,000 a year, that
cost could be quickly offset.
The Biggert-Waters Act does
include a provision allowing for
federal grants to help pay to raise
structures. Severe repetitive loss
structures can get 100 percent
of the money required to raise
their home through a grant
from FEMA, Robinson said.
Repetitive loss structures can
receive 90 percent of the money,
there are 17 of those here on
Sullivans Island.
Last year Robinson helped a
homeowner get a $65,000 grant
to raise his 3,000 square foot
home. However, the program
is not currently active, and
homeowners wanting to take
advantage of it have to apply
through their municipality, not
as individuals.
Right now there is no money,
said Robinson. Well just have to
wait and see if there will be any
next year.
An article titled Flood
insurance rates on the rise ran
in the Aug. 20 issue of Island
Eye News and provides further
background on the Biggert Waters
Act, read it online here: http://
For more information visit http://
Insurance continues from page 7
This Sullivans Island home received a $65,000 grant funded by FEMA to raise it above
the base food elevation, saving the homeowner thousands of dollars in insurance
October 18, 2013 9
have been no major expenditures
requiring long term debt and
property taxes have not increased
while maintaining city services at
a high level.
City Council: It has been an
honor to serve on city council.
Having said that I would be less
than candid if I didn't relate
the frustrations of government.
Everything seems to move in slow
motion. When I was on Planning
Commission we looked at the
parking plan and presented
many of the ideas that have now
been presented by the hired
consultants. Many things were
discussed but everything seemed
to be pushed to the "back burner"
by city council. My biggest fear,
is that we won't come up with a
comprehensive parking plan to
protect the future livability of the
island. Now is the time to take
action before we are overrun by
day trippers and traffc.

Councilmember candidate
45 year resident of the island,
husband of Linda Condon Bettelli
(father of 3, grandfather of 3),
US Navy veteran, career with
BellSouth Business Systems
(project manager), retired in
Current or past positions
held in city government:
Served 16-years on IOP city
council. Served on, and chaired,
Public Safety Committee,
Public Works Committee,
Personnel Committee, Real
Property Committee, Recreation
Committee-served twice as
mayor Pro Tem.
Turnover rate: Ill concentrate
on the frefghters. Salary is
the big issue here. Our salary
range has not been keeping up
other municipalities. This is
causing the city to lose trained
frefghters to other cities in
the area-rapidly growing areas
such as Mt. Pleasant and
Charleston County generally
create a demand for well trained
In a nutshell, the Isle of Palms
has become training ground for
frefghters. The Fire Chief and
Training Offcer have put together
an excellent training program.
There is obviously a cost to be
paid in training personnel and
having them leave. Competitive
salary ranges should improve
retention and reduce the hidden
costs associated with this cycle.
The Police Department is in the
process of determining if their
turnover rate is in line with other
departments in the area.
Parking: As a general principle,
I believe that if any street or
one side of a street is exempted
from parking the result is that
parking is forced on neighboring
When some property owners
install plants or barriers in the
street easements to restrict
parking, it only forces that parking
into the street easements of the
homeowners who do comply with
the rules.
Only tough choices and a
commitment to fairness remain
for us - I have proposed that we,
at a minimum, restrict parking to
parallel-only as we move forward
in efforts resolving the issue.
Finances: Yes. In my 16 years
on council our fscal picture
has never been better. We have
accomplished much over the
past several years, and fnancing
at extremely low interest rates,
due to our excellent credit
rating, has allowed the purchase
of the Isle of Palms Marina,
the building of the Recreation
Center, Fire Station 2 and the
Public Safety Building, and
other projects. The debt is being
reduced in a very responsible
I have appreciated the
leadership of Mayor Cronin (also
the chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee) in recent years.
His knowledge in budgeting and
fnance has benefted the city.
We ended last year with an over
$800,000.00 surplus. We are
now to the point of being able to
set aside monies for future high
dollar purchases.
City Council: I think city
council has been very effective
with a couple of very notable
exceptions: we have yet to
resolve the parking issues
for our near beach residents
although we have enacted some
initial steps, and Im concerned
that campaigning has become a
year round enterprise.
Once again, I will make every
effort to ensure that island
residents have an island that is
family oriented, safe, and clean.
Councilmember candidate
A nineteen year resident of
Isle of Palms. Retired Not-for-
Proft Executive, now a Volunteer
Consultant. Married Richard 34
years ago.
Current or past positions held
in city government: Member of
Isle of Palms Accommodations
Tax Committee for three years;
elected Chair last two years.
Turnover rate: According to
the October 2013 edition of The
Police Chief, police departments
across the nation are reporting
increased rates of staff turnover.
Retention of police and fre
personnel is a national problem,
not just an IOP problem.
Several residents shared
that our Fire Department has
little to do year round and the
Police are traffc cops. These
misconceptions are immediately
expunged by one house fre,
a missing child, a home
burglarized, if its yours! With
respect and appreciation comes
job satisfaction and retention.
The Public Safety Committee is
benchmarking our compensation
package. I wholeheartedly
Candidates continues on page 15
Candidates continues from page 6
10 October 18, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Show up for your town
Wake up, everyone. The
Town Hall project proposal is
not adjacent to Stith Park.
Per Creech and Associates
presentation at the recent town
meeting, Town Council has
approved that the new Town Hall
will be 10,000 square feet and
placed 20 feet into the park. This
structure will also reportedly
start 16 feet above the ground
because of FEMA regulations.
I do want town employees to
have an adequate and comfortable
workplace, but the proposed
building seems excessive and
does not ft the character, the
needs, or the aesthetic of our
My family has lived here for
generations. I share this not
because I am a cranky old-
timer, but to give you more
context for my reaction. Long-
time residents remember when
breezes and vistas were bigger
because houses were smaller,
when they could leave their
windows open at night without
drunken revelers interrupting
their sleep, when their guests
could fnd a place to park, and
when their town was not so
sharply divided over a matter as
important as a school.
I also cannot believe that newer
residents would want such an
inappropriately sized structure if
they could picture the actual site
and the enormity of what is being
proposed. Fellow townspeople,
please weigh in on this issue
before it is too late. The next
meeting on the Town Hall project,
according to email reply from Mr.
Benke, will likely occur in late
Write to whomever, call
whoever, but please SHOW UP
at the next Town Hall project
meeting so that any and all of us
who are uncomfortable with the
recent proposal can be seen and
Camilla Tezza, Ph.D.
Sullivan's Island
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Transition Timeline
Folly Beach/Folly Beach Fuel Center, 1985 Folly Road, Charleston
Close: Saturday, Oct. 12 /Re-open: Friday, Oct. 18
The Village Market by Harris Teeter, 515 Freshfelds Drive, Johns
Close: Sunday, Oct. 13 /Re-open: Saturday, Oct. 19
Riviera Drive, 1981 Riviera Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Close: Wednesday, Oct. 16 /Re-open: Tuesday, Oct. 22
Harbor View, 1005 Harbor View Road, Charleston
Close: Wednesday, Oct. 16 /Re-open: Tuesday, Oct. 22
Ben Sawyer, 1220 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant
Close: Sunday, Oct. 20 / Open: Saturday, Oct. 26
Harris Teeter redesigns the interior layout. Construction should
resume in two weeks. Construction continues on the parking lot.
The Kroger company is in the process of acquiring Harris Teeter but
they are not expected to change labels on the Island Center store
once the sale is completed.
In a press release issued today, Harris Teeter announced the
opening schedule for fve of the seven Piggly Wiggly store locations it
purchased in fall 2013, however it did not confrm the opening date
for the Isle of Palms store.
Harris Teeter confrmed that Piggly Wiggly will close the stores
and Harris Teeter will begin stocking and training of associates
before re-opening under the Harris Teeter banner. The pharmacies
at the acquired stores will remain open throughout the transition.
Harris Teeter will take possession of the Maybank Highway location
on Oct. 13, 2013. It will then close the store for approximately one
year to undergo a complete remodel. Harris Teeter has plans to
remodel the other stores it acquired, but those locations will remain
open during the remodel. The company announced it will donate all
remaining dairy products as well as select frozen, grocery and non-
food items on the date of closing to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Harris Teeter continues from cover
Fire Department Staffng
Station 1
1 Battalion Chief
2 Engineers
2 Firefghters
Station 2
1 Captain
2 Engineers
1 Firefghter
(Station 2 is where the new
position will be based)
We have some very
specifc requirements here,
Smith said. Most important
is water rescue, it is very hard
to get certifed and or trained
frefghters in the door that
have any experience in water
rescue. Were lucky right
now if we can get them with
boating experience.
Smith said it takes three
full seasons to get a new
frefghter trained to the level
the IOP department expects,
and several of their newer personnel have had limited to no exposure
to the types of real-world scenarios they will likely face on the job.
It is very hard to replace 10,560 hours of training, Smith said.
We are losing people at a rate to where we cannot keep up with our
training. Thats leaving us exposed at various positions.
In addition, the island is getting busier. This island was on overload
this past summer, Graham said in an interview with Island Eye
News following the meeting. In the past we might have been expected
to protect 10,000 people in a summer day. This year that number
skyrocketed. Each person is a potential for a call.
Graham added that both of the issues before the committee were
affecting moral in the department.
Lack of personnel and pay do affect moral. We have nice equipment,
we have nice stations, we look out for our people, so I dont believe its
that. Its the pay. Were just not keeping up, she said.
When asked by the committee to lay out exactly what she believes
is needed to address this problem Graham said that increasing
frefghters pay is only half the answer, the city also need to reintroduce
the cost of living allowance (the last one was in 2009) or increase the
annual merit raises.
The issue will next be heard by Ways and Means Committee.
Firefghters continues from page 5
November 2 Is l and Eye Cal endar
October 18
solo show of new paintings by Sullivans Island artist Jim Darlington
is currently on display at Edward Dare Gallery, 31 Broad Street on
Charlestons Gallery Row. A packed crowd attended the opening
reception at the Oct. 4 First Friday during the Broad/French Quarter
Artwalk. The work will remain on display through the end of October
and includes an intriguing series of water meets the sky atmospheric
landscapes, as well as enchanting new fgurative work.
Darlington has a strong following in each category that he paints;
landscapes, still life, architectural, abstracts and fgurative. Figurative
work is an area he enjoys immensely; often combining features from
several models and life sketches into one portrait. Regardless of the
subject, Darlington captures a range of emotions - sometimes with subtle,
fne brushwork and other times with strong palette knife work to add a
dramatic, sculptural visual impact.
Collector Teri Bergin sums it up by saying, The timeless quality of
Darlingtons work transcends the moment. In his portraiture, he captures
the regality of each subject and with his landscapes, the impressionistic
quality of his work with its textural richness invokes an emotional
response each time I walk by one of his paintings.
A native South Carolinian, Darlington continues to receive award
recognition for his portraiture, representational and abstract works in
both oil and acrylic. Darlington has worked as a journalist and an art
critic in the past and you can also see the musical side of the artist if you
catch a performance of his band, a local favorite, Minimum Wage.
New work by Darlington can also be seen at Edward Dares sister gallery,
Sandpiper Gallery, located at 2201C Middle Street on Sullivans Island
(right beside SALT, across the street from Poes). For more information or
to check out Darlingtons show online, visit or call
See where the water meets the
Friday, OctOber 18
From Friday, Oct. 18 through
Sunday, Oct. 20, Charleston
Animal Society will be holding the
Lowcountrys premier adoption
drive - Barktoberfest, a fee-waived
event that is part of the American
Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Mega-Match-
a-thon campaign. Last year, more
than 6,000 pets were adopted
nationwide during Mega Match-a-
thon, and the goal is to fnd homes
for 300 of the communitys animals
during this time. Details: www.
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch
Pick a pumpkin and enjoy a
variety of activities at Boone Hall
off Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.
Open 7 days a week through
November 2. Admission $8-$10,
children under 2 are free. Details:
Boone Hall Fright Nights
Open 7 nights a week from dark to
10 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and
Saturdays). Not recommended for
children under 12. Details:
Saturday, OctOber 19
Sunrise Church Fall Festival
From 3-5 p.m. enjoy Trunk or
Treat with costumes, balloon
art by Eric Lavender, a 57' long
infatable tunnel with slide, a bake
off with recipes (anyone can bring
their favorite fall snack with the
recipe and enter it), face painting,
a treasure hunt, ice cream, games
and lots of fun. 3222 Middle St. at
Breach Inlet, details 883.3888.
Charleston's Original Maze
and Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin Patch and Maze will
be open to the general public on
weekends through Oct. 27. Hours
are Friday 5-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.
- 9 p.m. Sun., 1 - 6 p.m. Festivities
will include a 10 acre myrtle maze,
the pumpkin patch, hayrides to
feed the cows, Scarecrow Factory,
mini maze, farm animal display,
gem mine, duck race, and there
will be concessions. Prices vary
by activity. Field trips for school
groups are available weekdays
with reservations. Legare Farms is
located at 2620 Hanscombe Point
Rd. Johns Island, SC. There is a
$ 1.00 gate fee. Details 559.0788

Friday, OctOber 25
Haunted Maze and House
Visit Legare Farms Haunted Maze
and House at 2620 Hanscombe
Point Rd., Johns Island, SC.
Details 559.0788 / legarefarms@ / www.legarefarms.
Ghostly Tide Tales
Join the Isle of Palms Recreation
Department for this family event.
Meet at 28th Ave Beach Access
for a short walk down a fre lit
beach path to fnd the perfect
spot on the beach to listen to
Ghost Stories. Eric Lavender will
be telling haunting tales from the
Lowcountry as participants enjoy
a campfre on the beach. Bring
fashlights, chairs and blankets.
7-8 p.m., free.
Saturday OctOber 26
Footlight Players Fall
Family Festival
Kids of all ages will enjoy face
painting, caricature drawings,
storytelling, games, giveaways,
treats and more. Doors open at
1:30 p.m., at 2 p.m. the Footlight
Players actors will take to the
stage for our rendition of Tales
of Charleston. Come dressed in
your favorite costume and have
your picture taken with members
of the cast! $10 admission and
tickets available at 722.7521. The
Footlight Players Theatre is located
at 20 Queen St, Charleston, SC.
18th Annual Awendaw
Blue Crab Festival
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. $2 per person
at the gart. Children 12 and under
are free. Live music, crafts exhibits
and great food. Details 928.3100
Haunted Maze and House
Visit Legare Farms on Johns
Island Haunted Maze and House at
2620 Hanscombe Point Rd., Johns
Island, SC. Details: 559.0788 / / www.
Fall Oyster Roasts at
Morgan Creek Grill
Every Saturday through December,
visit Morgan Creek Grill from 4 - 8
p.m. for fresh, locally harvested
oysters roasted by their chefs.
Tickets also include Chef Paul's
famous chili, live music, and drink
specials. Bring the family out for
an evening of delicious oysters
and a great time. No reservations
required. $15 per person. 80 41st
Avenue, Isle of Palms. Details:
Sunday, OctOber 27
A Program of Arias & Songs
The Charleston Music Club will
present a program of Arias and
Songs performed by Katherine
Clarkson, soprano, and Gerald
Garrett, pianist, 3 p.m. in the
chapel at Franke at Seaside,
1885 Rife Range Rd., followed by
refreshments. Details: 442.4835.
MOnday, OctOber 28
Pumpkin Painting
Isle of Palms Recreation
Department hosts a pumpkin
painting class at 10 a.m. Register
by Wed., Oct. 23, $5 per person,
space is limited.

Island Eye News IOP Mayoral
Candidates Forum
Island Eye News hosts a Mayoral
Candidates Forum, 6 p.m., at The
Isle of Palms Exchange Club, 201
Palm Boulevard. Come along and
ask the questions you want the
answers to before the election on
Nov. 5.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels
Oyster Roast & Chili Throwdown
Head to Goldbug Island for a
lazy Sunday afternoon with good
friends, good music and great
oystersthe frst of the season!
Live music, chili, oysters and
plenty of beer, wine and non-
alcoholic beverages. Its going to
be a great time for a good cause.
Bring a chair. 1 p.m., Goldbug
Island, tickets $30, children (2-12)
$10. Buy online,
oyster-roast, in the offce: 2304
Highway 17 North, on the day of
the event (add $5 to price).
Free Health Event Hosted by
East Cooper Medical Center
East Cooper Medical Center hosts
a free health event from 5:30
p.m. - 7:30 p.m., offering free
health screenings and physician
consultations such as cholesterol,
osteoporosis, blood pressure, PSA,
skin cancer, sleep assessment,
vision and foot screenings. Call
or go online to register for the
event, 884.7031 or visit www. and click
Find an Event. This event will
take place in the main lobby
of East Cooper Medical Center
located at 2000 Hospital Drive, Mt.
Pleasant, SC 29464. Refreshments
will be served.
WedneSday, OctOber 30
thurSday, OctOber 31
IOP Halloween Carnival
The Isle of Palms Recreation
Department hosts its annual
Halloween Carnival Thursday, from
5 - 7 p.m., at 24 28th Avenue.
Featuring carnival games, jump
castles, a temporary tattoo booth,
face painting, jump castles, and a
balloon artist, there will also be a
costume contest at 5:30 p.m., Free.
Details: 886.8294 or
Saturday, nOveMber 2
12th Annual Johns Island
Harvest Festival
Bluegrass, Beverages and
Barbeque will be in abundance
at Johns Islands Mullet Hall
Equestrian Center for the Harvest
Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 2 from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hall Equestrian
Center offers the Harvest Festival
Weekend Trail Ride for horse
owners Nov. 13. Equestrians
are invited to bring camping
gear and supplies for two nights
of camping and trail riding. For
more information or to register,
call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.
com. Mullet Hall Equestrian
Center is located at Johns Island
County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd.
Admission is $8 per person. Kids
12 and under and CCPRC Gold
Pass holders are admitted free.
14 October 18, 2013
ts time to get spooky on the Isle of Palms. Halloween celebrations
begin next Friday with Eric Lavenders Ghostly Tide Tales. Meet at
7 p.m. at the 28th Avenue beach access for a short walk down a
fre lit path to the perfect spot on the beach for a free, family-friendly
evening of haunting tales. Dont forget your fashlights, chairs and
On Monday, Oct. 28 take the family to the Isle of Palms Recreation
Department for a
pumpkin painting
class at 10 a.m.
(register by Oct. 23
as space is limited).
On the big day
itself, Thursday,
Oct. 31, attend the
annual Halloween
Carnival and
Costume Contest
from 5 to 7 p.m. at
24 28th Avenue,
and enjoy carnival
games, jump castles,
a temporary tattoo
booth, face painting
and a balloon artist.
For more
information on all
these events call
Pumpkin painting at the Isle of Palms Rec Center is
part of the towns Halloween celebrations this year.
Sand, sea & spooks
Sand bags placed to
prevent erosion
These large white sandbags have been placed along the beach just north of the
Seascape condos. According to Isle of Palms City Administrator Linda Tucker they
have been placed there with permission from the South Carolina DHEC Offce
of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management as a temporary erosion control
measure. Photo by Eileen Weaker
15 October 18, 2013
support this effort, but encourage
our department heads to drill
deeper into personnel issues,
and address those not associated
with compensation.
Parking: Short term, we must
direct visitors to our public lot
and aggressively enforce our
parking laws by ticketing and
towing illegally parked cars.
Residential street and boulevard
parking create safety hazards.
Our long term problem looms
large as new apartments, condos
and housing developments in Mt.
Pleasant become occupied with
residents, whose beach of choice
is IOP.
Stantec, hired by city council
to research our options, must
provide an island wide solution.
This solution must be based on
fact, not emotion, be long range
rather than a quick fx and include
the matter of encroachments
in accordance with SCDOT
mandates. Premature comment
could undermine their fndings.
Finances: We have an excellent
bond rating which does not come
without exhibiting fduciary
prudence. However, our long term
debt interest payments are of
major concern. We must continue
to pursue fnancial vehicles to
reduce interest payments; such
as the refnancing of the Marina
debt, and purchasing fre, police
and public works vehicles outright
,rather than with payments. In
addition, I will encourage paying
forward principle in years with a
budget surplus.
Of equal concern is the level
of the Disaster Fund. I will
stress increasing that fund
exponentially to enable us to
provide needed services in the
wake of a major storm.
City Council: As they say,
there is peace in the valley,
so credit must be given to all
members of city council for
fnding common ground for the
good of the island. From my
vantage point, in the audience,
most of our council members do
their homework, voice individual
opinions, and vote accordingly.
Is there room for improvement?
As a new member of Council,
I too will do my research,
listen intently, ask the probing
questions, and then vote for what
I feel is best for the sustainability
of the island and our community.
Councilmember candidate
My 45 years in education and
now second year as President of
IOP Exchange Club, demonstrates
my ambition of service.
Current or past positions held
in city government: Two year
member and current Vice-Chair
of the Planning Commission
Turnover rate: We are fortunate
to have two excellent Chiefs of
the Police and Fire Departments.
However, we must be competitive
in the hiring and retention of
offcers and fre fghters! Thus,
this important issue requires
data to compare our retention
rates to other area departments
over the past several years, to
make informed decisions.
These data also need to be
compared with other variables
such as salary and benefts, to
assure that we are competitive
with surrounding departments.
A core issue with retention that
we will always face is the minimal
advancement opportunities
available based on the small size
of our departments. However, we
should strive to make sure our
employee salary and benefts are
commensurate with surrounding
Parking: I believe that the
current administration, mayor,
and council members have
approached the long-time issue
in a professional manner with the
hiring of Stantec Engineering.
It is important that we strike a
balance with visitors to the beach
and residents.
As to right-of-way parking,
I believe consistency is the
operative word. All designated
areas for parking need to be
barrier free and equally enforced.
To do less is not fair to those who
honor and do not block the right-
Finances: I want to offer kudos
to the current administration
and city offcials for overseeing
our excellent fnancial standing.
They have been excellent
stewards of public funds, which
has resulted in the city garnering
one the highest credit ratings for
municipalities in the tri-county
City Council: Again, I am pleased
with the current administration
and city leadership. They have laid
a sound foundation of governance
for the island and its citizens.
I welcome the opportunity to
become a councilman and joining
them in providing a welcoming,
safe, and wonderful community
in which to reside or visit.
To hear more from the
candidates and ask them
questions of your own, be sure
to attend Island Eye News
Mayoral Candidates Forum, 6
p.m., Monday, Oct. 28. The event
will be held at The IOP Exchange
Club, 201 Palm Boulevard.
Candidates continues from page 9
16 October 18, 2013
Island eats
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen:
Enjoy a great beach atmosphere,
casual Americana dining,
and fresh-catch seafood for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
31 J.C. Long Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Ben & Jerrys:
Enjoy an array of ice cream
favors, from Chocolate Therapy
to Peach Cobbler on Isle of
Palms Ocean Boulevard
1009 Ocean Boulevard,
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Caf Medley:
Start your day or end it with
a well rounded caf, serving
breakfast, lunch, and a glass of
wine in the evening.
2213 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
The CO-OP:
Sullivans Islands own Gourmet
Grocery and Deli. Enjoy made-
to-order sandwiches and salads
that are perfect for everything
from quick lunches to a long
day on the beach! Patio dining
2019 Middle Street,
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
High Thyme Cuisine:
A small island bistro with a wide
range of dishes from seafood,
tapas on Tuesdays, and a
brunch on Sunday mornings.
2213 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Home Team BBQ:
Not limited to barbeque, this
casual eatery also serves salads,
wraps, tacos, and quesadillas,
as well as Sunday brunch.
2209 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Long Island Cafe:
Come in for lunch, dinner,
or Sunday brunch and enjoy
all your favorite seafood plus
so much more at this island
1515-A Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Luke 'n Ollie's:
Come and enjoy made-to-order
pizzas made from the fnest
1101-C Ocean Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Morgan Creek Grill:
Relax with a front row seat on
the Intracoastal waterway while
enjoying fresh seafood and
southern hospitality.
80 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Poes Tavern:
Famous for their gourmet
burgers and chicken
sandwiches, this Poe-inspired
eatery also features great deals
on fresh fsh tacos.
2210 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC
SALT at Station 22:
Enjoy a fun atmosphere with
fresh seafood and southern
favorites, and a fresh, local raw
2205 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Grab a casual dinner of fried
founder or crab cakes in a cozy
atmosphere, as well as lunch on
the weekends.
2019 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Taco Mamacita:
Enjoy made-from-scratch Tex
Mex soups, salads, tacos,
and enchiladas, and quench
your thirst with one of several
specialty margaritas.
2213-B Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
The Windjammer:
Isle of Palms home to live
music, this fun beach club
features unbeatable prices
on sandwiches, burgers, and
1008 Ocean Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
he virus related to measles in humans has killed more than
330 bottlenose dolphins so far this year. Federal biologists
predict the morbillivirus, which has been responsible for
dolphin deaths down the coast from New York to North Carolina,
may be heading south, and offcials are warning the public to keep
its distance.
According to NOAA Fisheries, while the virus is not contagious
to humans, dolphins
can have secondary
infections that can
pass to people or
pets. If you encounter
sick dolphins contact
the Marine Mammal
Stranding Network at
1.800.922.5431. Do
not approach them
and do not swim in
the immediate area,
particularly if you
have an open sore or
Steer clear of sick dolphins
arly morning beach walks
on the Isle of Palms were
interrupted Monday
morning by a rather unusual
wildlife versus domestic animal
We just got back from a
call for a deer in the ocean,
Chief Graham of the IOP fre
department said on Monday. It
was chased into the ocean by two
The fre department and
animal control were called.
They got pretty far out,
Graham said. We lost sight of
them a couple of times.
However, all three animals
made it safely to shore.
The dogs got back in about
10-15 blocks down from where
they went in and the deer a
little further down, Graham
said. Once on shore it promptly
scarpered down the path and
back to the safety of the islands
According to Chief Graham
this is a pretty rare occurrence.
We had a deer go in the ocean
a couple years ago, she said. It
was injured and ran through a
crowd of people. It panicked and
went into the ocean. We got him
out but he didnt make it.
Thankfully todays scenario
had a better outcome.
Oh, deer
Deer on the islands are a common sight. Marge Millman snapped this shot of a buck
enjoying the afternoon sun on the south end of the Isle of Palms earlier this month.
17 October 18, 2013
igh Thyme Cuisine and Cocktails
has made changes to its fall menu
by serving full dinner service
on Tuesdays in place of Tapas only.
Guests will not miss the tapas as many
have been added to the dinner menu as
appetizer options. A new item to dinner
entrees is a Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with
Tomato Spinach Risotto. Additionally, on
Saturdays, High Thyme will open at 11
a.m. and continue serving through 10:30
While our regulars love Tapas
Tuesdays, we had many customers that
also wanted to choose from the dinner
entrees, said owner Kenny Jones. We
feel this new updated menu will please
As one of Sullivans Islands best kept
secrets for many years, High Thyme
Cuisine and Cocktails offers a blend of
ingredients that are just as tasty as a
home prepared meal while on vacation or
just enjoying another day at the beach.
Executive Chef Taylor Still delivers quaint
island cuisine that gently blankets the
taste buds. From the freshest fsh, beef,
chicken and pasta to many unique salads
and appetizers, there is always something
for everyone at High Thyme.
he Charleston Concert Association opens
its 2013-14 season with the renowned
Shanghai Ballet, in a production that
weaves the grace and splendor of Chinese
culture into classical ballet.
The Butterfy Lovers, a tale of a young
couple's ill-fated romance expressed through
impressive choreography, spectacular
costumes, and fanciful sets, is often called
the Romeo and Juliet of Chinese folklore. This
internationally acclaimed ensemble brings with
them over three decades of skill and fair, and
a repertoire that spans western classical ballet,
Chinese national ballet and modern ballet. The
Shanghai Ballet last performed in Charleston
to a near sold-out Gaillard Auditorium exactly
eleven years ago on the CCAs 2002-2003
All performances start at 7 p.m. at the Sottile
Theatre. Season tickets range from $190 to
$390, call 843.727.1216. Purchase individual
tickets at or 800.745.3000,
at the CCA offce, 131 King Street. www. for more information.
Thyme for a
new menu
Shanghai Ballet performs
The Butterfy Lovers
The Shanghai Ballet comes to Charleston later this month.
t was a good year for loggerhead
nesting on the Isle of Palms
and Sullivans Island. The
Turtle Team recorded a combined
total of 34 loggerhead nests with
4,274 eggs laid and 3,507 eggs
hatched. We had no problems
with storm
erosion or
with the
exception of
fre ants that
one nest and
two others. The ants attacked
the hatchlings after they had
hatched out under the sand but
before they could crawl out of
the nest. The average length of
incubation was 56.3 days and
the average clutch size was 125
eggs. Average hatch rate for us
was a very healthy 81.9 percent.
We always consider it a good year
when we have over 80 percent of
our eggs hatch.
Most of the beaches in South
Carolina continued with the
upward trend in nest numbers
with 5,150 known nests laid
statewide. The number of
stranded turtles statewide was
122 with 15 of those on our
two beaches. Of the 15 turtles
who washed up here, eight were
loggerheads, three were Kemps
ridleys, and four were green sea
turtles. All were juveniles except
for two of the loggerheads.
This was the fourth
year of participation in the
groundbreaking genetics DNA
research project that identifes
individual nesters from the egg
shell we collect from every nest
laid. This is being done all along
the coasts of Georgia and the
Carolinas by groups such as
the Island Turtle Team and it is
a very important and exciting
project. At the end of the project
the hope is to have identifed
every loggerhead nesting on the
Atlantic coast north of Florida.
Early results show that almost
all of the loggerheads who nested
on the Isle of Palms and Sullivans
in 2013 also nested in 2011 but
took 2012 off to rest up. That
means that the 67 nests last year
were laid by females who didnt
return this year but could be
back next summer.
Our favorite mother this year,
whom we called Mega Mom,
nested on Bull Island in the
national wildlife refuge twice in
2010. Then in 2011 she nested
once on Sullivans and once on
Cape Island. After taking 2012
off, she laid four nests here
this season three on the Isle
of Palms and one on Sullivans.
Its interesting that her nests
in 2010 and 2011 had small
numbers of eggs (106-113) but
after resting up in 2012, she laid
larger clutches of eggs in 2013,
well over the average at 162, 165,
151, and fnally 140, when she
started to run low at the end of
the season. We were glad that
Marty Bettelli spotted her and
that we got to meet her as she
laid her last nest on August 1st.
We are indebted to all of our
146 volunteers for making this
season such a success. Not only
did they fnd and protect all of
the nests throughout the season,
they picked up several tons
of trash on the beach as they
patrolled every morning, and
helped in many ways to raise our
annual donation to the South
Carolina Aquariums Sea Turtle
Rescue Program.
A terrifc year for turtles
~ Mary Pringle, Turtle Team
Mega Mom and one of her many offspring. PHOTOSBYBARBARABERGWERF.
19 October 18, 2013
reative Spark Center for
the Arts presents its highly
anticipated annual fall
fundraiser, Art on the Beach &
Chefs in the Kitchen on Sunday,
Nov. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. This
afternoon tour of Sullivans Island
homes and studios features over
25 artists selling their creations
along with chef demonstrations
and tastings.
Art on the Beach & Chefs in
the Kitchen poster artist Carol
McGill is an experimenter with
a distinctive style who owes
her inspiration to the inventive
imagery of Matisse, the plein air
subtleties of Monet, and the high
contrast color creations of Van
Gogh. Carols use of lush oils,
which she manipulates with a
knife or brush, creates a work of
passion and movement. Her work
has won her several prestigious
awards, including 2011 Best
Local Artist by Popular Voice and
2009 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto
One Woman Show awards.
Patrons can earn a
commemorative glass by spending
$100 or more on art and enjoy
bottomless champagne all day at
Salt at Station 22. Or attend the
Toast the Artists reception from
5 to 7 p.m. at the Island Club
with a cash bar and desserts.
Other participating restaurants
are Old Village Post House, the
Co-op, Amuse, Henrys Crab
Cakes, Joes Catering, Everyday
Gourmet and Chef Jane Smith.
Sponsors of this event also
include Sandpiper Gallery and
Art on the Beach & Chefs in
the Kitchen benefts Creative
Spark Center for the Arts, a
private not for proft multi-
disciplinary art center located
in Mount Pleasant. Its mission
is to provide high quality arts
education to all who seek it with
a philosophy that everyone has a
creative spark and that learning
the arts should be FUN! It serves
over 400 students each week
ranging from newborns through
adults including summer camps,
and many classes in art, drama,
clay and private lessons in voice,
violin, guitar and piano.
Call 843-881-3780 or visit for a full
listing of programs. Tickets are
$35 in advance or $40 the day at
of the event at Battery Gadsden
and are available online at www., by calling
843.881.3780 or by visiting
Sandpiper Gallery or Everyday
Enjoy art on the beach and chefs in the kitchen
This community mural near Battery Gadsden invites people to
write what inspires them, as a prelude to the upcoming Art on the
Beach and Chefs in the Kitchen fundraisers on Nov. 10
20 October 18, 2013
Fun with fre prevention
Above: Two aspiring frefghters peer out of engine 19 during
the Fire Prevention Week event at Sullivans fre station
Left: The rescue helicopter attracted a lot of attention,
although no one was allowed inside.
Below: Do you have a license young lady? Samantha Burden
gets to grips with a big truck.
Bottom: The chiefs of Sullivans Island - Daniel Howard,
police, and Anthony Stith, fre - survey the festivities.
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21 October 18, 2013
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predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.
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candlelight vigil was
held on Sullivans Island
Sunday for William
Alexander Apps, who was shot
to death on the Ravenel Bridge
earlier this month.
Gathered at Station 18 1/2, the
crowd stood in silence until one
gentleman led a short prayer and
another said a few words about
how the tragedy would hopefully
help unify the community and
not tear it apart.
Apps, 25, was a College of
Charleston student who grew up
in Beaufort. He was killed after
meeting a man who wanted to
buy the pickup truck he was
advertising on Craigslist. Police
have arrested and charged
Jquan Marqel Scott, 19, of
James Island, with murder,
armed robbery, kidnapping and
possession of a weapon during
a violent crime in connection.
A second suspect, Isaac R.
Williams, 20, of Charleston has
also been charged with murder
and kidnapping.
A service for Apps
will be held 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Oct. 19 at
The Baptist Church of
Beaufort, 601 Charles
St., Beaufort, SC with
burial at 4 p.m. in the
New Hope Cemetery,
Lexsey, GA. Donations
in Apps memory are
welcomed to the World
Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th
St., P. O. Box 97180,
Washington, DC 20090,
Member #63887954,
or to the National Wild
Turkey Federation, P. O.
Box 530, Edgefeld, SC
Candlelight vigil for Charleston
student held on Sullivans
22 October 18, 2013
indows maker Microsoft
has fnally had to admit
the new operating system
has a few "bugs" and needs a
facelift of sorts. Windows 8 came
out last October and sales have
been lackluster compared to the
previous OS, Windows 7. In fact
in a recent article Win7 outpaced
Win8 in sales even though 7 is
supposed to be "retired." You can
fnd new laptops and desktops
from large companies such as Dell
or HP for sale at their websites
with Windows 7 installed.
Windows 8.1 or codename
Blu (or blue depending on who
you read) is supposed to roll out
Oct. 17 with all new computers
selling after that date having it
installed, except for those pesky
Win7 computers you can fnd
online and in some cases local
big box stores. I've seen Win7
laptops for sale at Kmart of all
places recently. One note about
Windows 8 (or 8.1) computers is
the price is usually lower than
the 7 versions. Sometimes the
hardware is less desirable and
sometimes they are comparable,
I think the lower price is to entice
the buyer (well DUH!) to go for the
new 8.1 software. If considering
a new laptop and willing to get
the new 8 OS (operating system)
I would wait at least till the end
of the month to assure that 8.1 is
stable, let someone else fnd the
new bugs!
8.1 seems to be heading down
the path that the desktop is not so
bad after all. You should be able
to have it default to the desktop
and bypass the Metro screen
with app panels. The start button
is supposed to be back and will
allow you to feel more at home.
The new features of 8.1 are but
a click away if you feel the desire
to learn the new way Windows
wants you to now interact with
your hardware. By the end of the
year we should see either some
great comments about 8.1 or 8.2
will be coming out soon. Another
sign that the "new" Windows 8.1
is doing well will be if Dell and HP
stop selling Win7 computers.
So with the rollout of the new
8.1 will Dell and HP remove the
option to buy 7? I cannot say
for sure but if wanting a new
computer with the Windows 7 OS
I would suggest ordering it before
Oct. 17. Last year you could not
buy 7 for about 4 months online
from the big suppliers and only
a few were available locally. If
considering an upgrade soon
contact me or your IT guy/gal for
some help.
SkyDrive is Windows/
Microsoft's "cloud" and with 8.1
all your data will be stored in the
SkyDrive cloud for use with all
your devices. Sound like iCloud
and your iPhone/iPad/Mac
sharing all fles? Yep it's basically
the same and can be wonderful.
It would effectively make services
like Carbonite somewhat
useless, except that those types
of programs do offer greater
security of your data, at least
for now. What is the downside?
Your data is on the web. I am not
sure I want all my fles including
documents, family pictures, etc.
out on the web. Remember that
the "cloud" be it SkyDrive, iCloud
or Google account, it's still data
being store somewhere on a
server (a computer box) that is
not in your home. The ability to
see your pics anywhere from any
computer is a wonderful thing as
long as you are the only one who
can do it.
An old adage that I use all the
time is: "You don't own it once it's
on the internet."
Hope this helps, and as always
if you need help I am available,
I look forward to some good
questions and helping you out. If
you need immediate assistance
you can always call Rent A Bob
at 843.822.7794 or email at
Is it Windows 8.1
or Blu?
t's fnally pumpkin season,
and the reasons to celebrate
are many. Not only is fall's
signature squash versatile, it
also packs some healthy perks -
like keeping heart
health, vision and
waistlines in check,
as long as you take
it easy on the pie,
that is.
Both the fesh
and seeds of the
pumpkin are rich
in antioxidants, vitamins, and
minerals. Pumpkin is low in fat
and calories and rich in disease-
fghting nutrients such as alpha-
carotene, beta-carotene, fber,
vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium,
magnesium and pantothenic
The alpha-carotene and beta-
carotene are potent antioxidants
found in pumpkin and are pro-
vitamin A carotenoids, meaning
the body converts them to vitamin
A. Vitamin A promotes healthy
vision and ensures proper
immune function. In fact, one
cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin
contains more than 200 percent
of your recommended
daily intake of
vitamin A.
The beta-
carotene in
also reverse skin damage caused
by the sun and act as an anti-
infammatory. Alpha-carotene is
thought to slow the aging process
and also reduce the risk of
developing cataracts and prevent
tumor growth. Carotenoids also
boost immunity and lessen the
risk of heart disease. And with
fber to help you feel fuller longer,
pumpkin is the overlooked super
hero of the fall season.
While you wont lose any of the
health benefts by using canned
instead of fresh pumpkin, the
real treasure youll be missing
out on is the seeds. One ounce
of pumpkin seeds (about 140
seeds) is packed with protein,
magnesium, potassium and
zinc. Studies suggest pumpkin
seeds provide a number of health
benefts - such as blocking the
enlargement of the prostate
gland, lowering the risk
of bladder stones,
and helping
to prevent
So next time
the kids
home a
Feast or ft? Or both?
~ Bright McConnell, Fitmed
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23 October 18, 2013
pumpkin from their school trip to
the pumpkin patch, try roasting
up some seeds in addition
to using the feshy, orangey
Not only for pies, pie pumpkins
are excellent roasted in savory
bisques, curries, risottos and
raviolis. Smaller, sweeter and
less grainy than their larger
cousins, these little darlings
are only 6-8 inches in diameter
but yield about 4 1/2 cups of
mashed, cooked pumpkin -
about the same amount as two
cans. It freezes beautifully, so it
pays to put up a pureed batch to
make a quick and healthy dinner
this winter.
Dr. McConnells expert
advice is based on scientifc
evidence and three decades of
experience. Patient treatment
plans are individualized using
diagnostic, laboratory, and one-
on-one physician evaluations to
determine each patients best
course of action. Contact him
at FitMed Partners, Charleston
Sports Medicine on Daniel
Island. 843.284.5200, www., www.
How to roast a pumpkin
Wash the exterior and cut it in half vertically, scooping out
the insides. (Dont forget to save the seeds for a high protein
snack!) Lightly oil it on all sides with olive oil and bake on a
cookie sheet at 400 for about an hour, or until a sharp knife
easily pierces the fesh. When the pumpkin is cool enough
to handle, discard the skin, and puree the fesh with a food
processor. To avoid a watery puree, let it rest for about a half
hour and then pour off any water that settles on top

How to roast pumpkin seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons canola oil
Salt to taste
Optional seasonings to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove pulp by rinsing the seeds
through a strainer. Also, make sure the seeds are completely
dry before roasting. In a large bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with
canola oil and salt. (At this stage, also add any additional
seasonings to the mix.) Spread pumpkin seeds evenly onto a
baking sheet in one layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, until
the seeds are crisp, stirring every few minutes. Remove from
the oven and, if desired, re-season to taste. Liven up this
basic recipe by tossing the seeds with additional herbs and
seasonings. Use about one tablespoon of seasoning for every
two cups of roasted pumpkin seeds, but you can adjust to
taste. For a twist, try adding these seasonings to the basic
recipe, barbecue seasonings, curry spices, cinnamon, ginger,
and sugar, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, parmesan
cheese, brown sugar, chili powder and nutmeg
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