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Civic September 4, 2009

Isle of Palms City Council – August 25, 2009
Citizen’s comments by and the tide came up almost come to the Isle of Palms, we The second recommendation
The meeting opened with a pre- to the boardwalk.” want you to enjoy your stay. Re- from the Public Safety Com-
sentation by Bill Huggins of the Resident Neil Cochran also turn often.” He would like to add mittee was divided into four
Municipal Association of South asked that the sand fencing be it, he said, but the sign had al- parts, which Councilman Taylor
Carolina, who presented Council approved, but suggested that it ready been mailed out. He asked “lumped together” in order to ex-
with the Municipal Achievement be placed further down, near the that the quantity and content of pedite the readings. The recom-
award for Communications in end of the renourishment area. the signs be made mandatory mendations included a) to ac-
respect to the City’s monthly “Between the Grand Pavilion through an ordinance and stan- cept the donation of one (1) Low
electronic newsletter. The award and Beachwood East, the beach dardized across the islands. Speed Vehicle, b) the consider-
was originally presented to the looks like the white sands of New “I had the great privilege of work- ation of removing surplus right-
City during the MASC 69th an- Mexico,” said Cochran. “It’s flat ing with Jeff Jacobs on signage of-way on Palm Blvd. between
nual meeting on August 8. The with no fencing to gather the recently,” said resident Sandy the U.S. Post Office and Carolina
Association applauded the City’s sand and no vegetation.” Stone when it was his turn to Blvd., c) the award of contract
increase in subscribers from The fourth speaker, resident speak before Council. “Our goal for a security gate for temporary
101 to 1,543 in just over a year, Jeff Jacobs, began by stating was to standardize the signs, evidence storage in the Public
as well as the newsletter’s in- that, “I’m here to talk about the standardize a location and to Safety building in an amount
novation and creativity. “It’s an signage for rentals. The current have a clear and concise sign.” not to exceed $1,800 and d) the
economic and environmentally signage has eight point type and However, he felt that the sign approval of a donation of two
friendly approach to sharing in- we all agree that it was almost was a little wordy and not ex- (2) portable defibrillators to the
formation,” said Huggins. illegible and not conducive to actly concise and he suggested SC Aquarium and an equipment
reading.” The overall concept that Council not move forward exchange with Awendaw Fire
until they have a more concise Department.
photo BY The Municipal Association of SC

was so that renters and resi-
dents could maximize their en- message on the signs. “We need Councilman Taylor speci-
joyment of the island while living a clearer message with less fied that the “surplus” in item
in close proximity. He described words,” he stated. “It needs to b meant that the City is taking
the two signs, pointing out that focus on noise, parking and oc- the property over from the State.
one was designed to be posted cupancy.” They are not actually removing
on the refrigerator, while the oth- Resident Larry Pierson was it; the State would be deeding it
er is bright green and designed next to speak, addressing an to the City. The group of motions
to be posted on the doors leading entirely different topic: the final was approved unanimously.
out to the home’s porches. “You dissolving of the Isle of Palms The third recommendation in-
can see the improved visibility Community Association (IOPCA). volved the acceptance of the bid
and readability. It was developed “I want the Council to know that for sale of a pumper fire truck at
Mayor Cronin and City Administrator cooperatively with rental agents the IOPCA, which disbanded in $17,500 to Company 2. The mo-
Linda Lovvorn Tucker accept the Sandy Stone and Karen McFad- 2007, has formally been dis- tion passed unanimously.
Municipal Achievement Award for den, suggestions from residents, solved with the blessing of the The last motion was the recom-
Communications on August 8. Council members Bergwerf, Bet- Secretary of the State of South mendation from the Real Prop-
“This was an inspired initiative,” telli, Loftus, Taylor, Douglas Kerr Carolina,” said Pierson. However, erty Committee to award the
said Mayor Cronin as he accept- and Emily Dzuban. They were Pierson noted that there was a contract for management of the
ed the award. “It was inspired by all encouraged to participate in small amount of funds left over Isle of Palms Marina to Marina
our citizens and our employees it’s development.” He pointed once the Association was dis- Joint Ventures. Since 1999, the
who worked on this and who out that not everyone was happy solved. “So it is with a great deal City has been renewing agree-
pushed it forward.” with the end result, but, as he of pleasure,” said Peirson, “that ments with the facilities at the
The second speaker, resident has come to learn, you can’t we give the remaining funds to Marina and when the City was
Debra Johnson, congratulated make everyone happy. The font the Isle of Palms Fire Depart- looking at different options, they
the City on their award and is larger, more readable and can ment.” With that, he handed had the opportunity to refinance
asked that the City approve be changed later if needed. He a check for $1500 to Mayor a bond, which allowed them to
the placement of sand fencing also noted that three of the larg- Cronin, who thanked him. seek out a tenant to run the Ma-
around the Grand Pavilion. “I est rental agents have agreed to rina. The City received two bids,
feel this area is extremely frag- post the sign voluntarily. The Ways and Means only one of which was for the
ile,” said Johnson. “You could signs are available online so they Councilman Dee Taylor read leasing of the Marina. The City
tell when [hurricane] Bill passed can be accessed 24/7 without through four recommendations made a counteroffer and the bid-
cost to the City. The by the Ways and Means der accepted. The contract is for
Correction! link to the new signs committee, beginning with a $150,000 annual lease, with
In the August 21, 2009, edition, is a recommendation from the 15% of the profits in excess of
the Green Canitizer story listed iopsigns. Jacobs also Recreation Committee to spend $450,000 going toward the City.
an incorrect web address. The thanked Carol Rice no more than $1,700 from the The length of the initial contract
web page for Green Canitizer is for her suggestion Tree Fund to replace a dead will be for five years, with two
of adding the line, live oak tree and to remove and replace a dead palm tree. The
which he admittedly IOP Council contnued on page 22
paraphrased, “Wel- motion passed unanimously.
September 4, 2009 3

Sullivan’s Island Town Council L u cky D og Pu bl i sh i n g
of S C , L L C

August 18, 2009 Publisher of the Island Eye News, The
Island Connection and The Folly Current.
Lynn Pierotti
The meeting began with the risy when it comes to preserva- Publisher
recognition of former Councilman NIXLE tion between front beach land
Everett Presson’s extensive work Over the past couple of months, management versus the back-
Kristin Hackler
with the Council, as well as the the Town’s Police Department side of the island. Editor
individuals associated with the has been tinkering with a public There has been a debate on
Police and Fire Departments who alert system that would allow the value of ocean views for
dedicated themselves and risked registered persons to receive front beach homeowners when it Swan Richards
their own lives between July 9 alerts and messages from the comes to how the accreted land Graphic Designer
and 13, rescuing twelve individu- Town on their cell phones or should be managed. Currently,
als from dangerous rip currents e-mail. It seems that the Town those residents are allowed to
and sand bar strandings. is ready to take the system to trim the area in order to pre- Ali Akhyari
Assistant Editor
the people. The Sullivan’s Island serve those views. However, that
Not worth the time Public Safety and Emergency practice has come under fire as
Mayor Smith took a moment to Alert System is operated by it increases fire hazards and pest Chelsea Langan
reflect on this year’s Hurricane NIXLE, which provides the same problems in the name of vistas. Advertising
Expo, an event that is designed service for many other communi- Kaynard is among a group of
to give residents the tools and ties. front beach homeowners who
knowledge needed to prepare for To register, visit the Town’s engage in accreted land tree Ashleigh McHenry
a hurricane. Prior to the expo, website at www.sullivansisland- trimming. He questioned O’Neil’s Advertising
he noted that he has noticed the and click on the large desire to preserve views of the
same individuals, mostly island- “NIXLE” link on the homepage. marsh on the backside of the Interns
ers who have been here since island, while not necessarily Ben Gilbert
Hugo, attending last year’s event Accreting opinions fighting to preserve views for Chris Marchewka
while relatively new residents At the time of the Town Coun- front beach homeowners who Paul Robinson
are very few and far between. It cil meeting, the Town was still would lose the ocean views they Dylan Sharek
is the new residents, he says, soliciting opinions from residents paid for if the land is allowed to •
that need this information more and digesting the 112 responses mature naturally. O’Neil pointed Contributors
Chamber Music Charleston
than anyone. He hoped that it had received regarding the out that the issues were not
David Farrow
this year’s event would be more Accreted Land plan. The consul- IOP Rec Center
well attended, however, very few tants are still expected to hold SI Council continued on page 8 Liberty Foundation
people showed up to this year’s another public hearing sometime Poe Library
Expo, and Mayor Smith ques- in the future. Meredith Nelson, M.Ed
tioned whether the Town should On a related note, Council- Deborah Palmer
continue investing time and man Pat O’Neil discussed the Sarah Reynolds
money in the event if those who progress that had been made James T. Sears, Ph.D
SC Restaurant Association
could benefit from the free infor- on preserving smaller pockets of The Sullivan's Islanders
mation are not utilizing it. unbuildable land through a local
“Why do it?” he asked out land trust organization; Mount
loud. IOP Mayor Dick Cronin Pleasant Open Space. The Town Published by
concurred with Mayor Smith’s has previously received requests Lucky Dog Publishing
sentiments, stating that the from residents who own property of South Carolina, LLC
Expo is planned to be held on that abut the marsh area to buy P.O. Box 837
the Isle of Palms next year. a smaller section of Town owned Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
“We will put our heads together land that runs between their
and come up with dramatic im- property and the marsh. In order Submit your letters to the editor to:
provements or we will not keep to preserve the natural beauty
holding the Expo,” Cronin said. in these places, O’Neil has been Future deadlines:
“We will always have a program instrumental in researching the September 9 for all submissions.
to help residents prepare. It may possibility of putting the smaller
not be an Expo, but it is impor- parcels in a land trust. Council-
tant to empower residents to man Jerry Kaynard, however, For updates on the 2009
prepare.” questioned O’Neil’s philosophy turtle nesting season, visit
and examined a potential hypoc-

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Op-Ed September 4, 2009

Common sense on common grounds
by The Sullivan’s Islanders

n August 4, consultants bordering the accreted land this accreted land. All residents of a rating form. The August 4
hired by the Sullivan’s (Station 16 to Station 28 ½) is in of Sullivan’s Island have made presentation skimmed through
Island Town Council the best interest of all Sullivan’s this sacrifice, and all residents Option 1: leaving the land
presented management options Island citizens because this will are paying higher taxes, in order largely in a natural state. It
for the 90 plus acres of accreted keep our taxes low. We respectfully to preserve our accreted land as a pointed out problems with
land in the RC-1 Recreation and disagree with this position for the treasure for all to enjoy in many Option 2: continuing present
Conservation Area District.  This following reasons: different ways. practices. It completely skipped
RC-1land was placed in trust in   First, it is doubtful that Option 3: expanded  vegetation
1991 with deed restrictions and the assessed value of these 84 On Mosquitoes, rats, snakes, management. The focus of the
Town ordinances indicating that properties - only 8% of the 1026 fires and crime: presentation was almost entirely
the property should  “remain or so tax-paying properties on Additional, ancillary issues are on Option 4: expanded vegetation
in its natural state”. While Sullivan’s Island – contribute to raised that supposedly bolster management and topographic
given latitude to manage the a disproportionate share of the the need for extensive removal manipulation. This option
accreted land, Council is also Town’s tax base. of vegetation in the accreted requires the construction of a
required to determine whether Second, and more to the point, land.  All of these ancillary issues berm (termed a “storm dune”)
the benefits of any proposed Sullivan’s Island residents have have relatively simple and less approximately 6 ft high,75 ft
changes “outweigh the damage always chosen to pursue policies expensive alternative solutions.  wide at the base and tapering
done to the aesthetic, ecological, that maximize the quality of life Mosquitoes and Rats:  The to 25 ft at the top, which would
scientific, or educational value rather than the tax base.  Over hedging of the myrtles has led run the length of the accreted
of the Property in its natural the years, represented by our to dense growth that can trap land (Station 12 to Station 28
state” and to consider alternative Mayor and Town Council, we have moisture, increase mosquitoes, ½). This berm is to replace the
methods “which do not impact rejected the following: hotels, bed and shield rats from predators.  natural storm protection that is
adversely on the natural state and breakfasts, condominiums, According to the consultants, one provided by the myrtles and trees,
of the Property”.  The Town’s docks to every trickle of water solution is to stop hedging the which would be largely removed
management plan established in our marsh, subdivision of myrtles.  However, it is not clear and replaced by grasslands. 
in 1995 provided for (1) beach residential lots, mini-hotels that these pests are any greater This option also includes some
paths for public and emergency for weekly rental and recently, problem near the accreted land drainage of wetlands to form duck
access, (2) no cutting or pruning development of the old dump site, than elsewhere on the island.  All ponds and footpaths through a
of hardwood trees and (3) limited all of which would have increased Islanders use the beach paths reconstructed park-like area. The
pruning of Wax myrtles, Popcorn the tax base.  It is equally probable through the accreted land and consultants avoided a question
trees and Baccharis to seven feet that property values, island-wide, few have complained. about cost and countered that
to achieve an ocean view corridor.  are greater today because we Fires: Although some have grants could be sought to fund
In 2003, the minimum pruning have chosen quality of life over expressed a fear of fire in the this option.                               
height was lowered to five feet short-term financial gain.  Today, myrtles, fires in accreted land We favor a thoughtful
for ease of pruning which led many Islanders value the natural have been rare in the past 30 combination of options 1, 2 and
to an unintended consequence: beauty afforded by our rich and years.  Most front-row homes 3, with a different management
unsightly flat-topping of acres varied barrier island ecosystems: are a considerable distance strategy for different areas. We
of myrtles with corresponding the marshes, dune grasses, swale from RC-1 myrtles, and closer are strongly opposed to Option 4. 
degradation of our natural ponds, myrtle scrub forest and to pines in their own yards than The RC-1 land was placed in trust
barrier island habitats. Based on developing maritime forest. to pines in the protected area.  to preserve in its natural state for
Town Council’s RFQ, consultants Third, while we all recognize The one recent fire was far from the benefit and enjoyment of all
were charged with developing the concerns of our front the adjacent home and was the citizens of Sullivan’s Island. 
an improved conservation beach neighbors, surely they quickly extinguished by our fire It is a beautiful and varied
management plan that is understand that the impact of a department.  If fire is a problem, habitat, with great ecological and
scientifically based, including maritime forest that may, or may we should consider options such educational value.  It makes no
recommendations concerning the not, develop on the accreted land as selective thinning or removal sense to essentially reconfigure
current trimming practices for an (depending on the vagaries of of invasive species immediately this natural area into a park, at
“ocean view corridor”, and “best nature) is far less than the impact adjacent to homes.  major expense and considerable
protects the accreted land”.  of rows of houses built between Personal safety:  The 2007 attack ecological damage, when all of
  Given the deed restrictions their homes and the beach that at Station 16 was despicable, the goals can be obtained with
and the Town Council’s charge to are prevented by the RC-1 trust. but is this a sufficient reason for far less drastic, and far less
consultants, it was disappointing The history of Sullivan’s Island is dismantling the maritime forest as expensive, measures.  It will be a
that so little of the August 4 one of growth toward the ocean, some have suggested? Thousand net loss if we replace our swale
meeting dealt with crafting a plan with new streets platted and new upon thousands of visitors have ponds with duck ponds. Our
that combines conservation of our homes built on accreted land. accessed our beach with very few natural vegetation – plus the
natural barrier island habitats The Officers Quarters built on problems.  In 30 years we have elevation and construction of
with lower-impact options for the beach are now several streets confirmed only two additional our homes – provide substantial
maintaining ocean views. Both away.  Owners of beach front incidents near the beach.  One storm protection.  It is neither
goals are achievable and should homes on Ion became second- occurred in the dunes, yet the cost-effective nor ecologically
be the focus of our creative row home owners when accreted Town did not consider flattening sound to remove considerable
efforts.  Instead, discussions have land was sold for today’s houses the dunes.  The other occurred amounts of our natural barrier
focused on property values - with on Atlantic Avenue, and owners on a beach path, but the attacker island vegetation - which nature
mosquitoes, rats, snakes, fire and of beach front homes on Atlantic hid behind vegetation on private provides for free - and replace
crime introduced - primarily to Avenue became second-row home property and the young lady it with a costly berm, for a
support a “need” to remove most owners when houses on Bayonne escaped by running into the relatively minor net gain in storm
of the current myrtles and trees were built on accreted land.  Our myrtles in the accreted land area. protection.  And, after the next
and replace them with innocuous current front beach neighbors The scope of these problems hurricane, nature will replace the
grasslands. need to appreciate that it is the needs to be established to develop vegetation for free.
protected RC-1 area, placed in appropriate and proportionate We hope everyone will continue
On Property Values: trust to prevent development, solutions.  These ancillary issues to stay informed, and participate,
It is being argued that which has preserved their first- should not serve as a pretext for as this important debate
preserving an expansive ocean row status.  Furthermore, every wholesale removal of myrtles and continues. Town Council and
view is critical to maintaining property owner on Sullivan’s trees in the accreted land. the Planning Commission will
property value, both for weekly Island has sacrificed the increase discuss the issues, hold public
rental and for resale.  It is further in the town’s tax base – and On The Management Options:  hearings, and make decisions. 
suggested that adopting policies consequently lower property taxes The consultants outlined Please express your opinions to
to maximize the property values – that would have resulted from four land management options Town Council and be a part of
of the 84 front beach properties additional houses being built on and solicited feedback by way this process.
Civic September 4, 2009

Rules and reminders in IOP rentals
By Paul Robinson

t’s an issue that has been the IOP Council to achieve these feels that the rules are enforced is an issue and we want guests to
bubbling to the political goals. a little too harshly on the island; feel welcome and to be mindful of
surface of the Isle of Palms for Currently, the City of the Isle an approach which, to him, is others around them. We ask that
years: how to inform IOP guests of Palms mandates that the sign deterring guests rather than guests keep it at a dull roar and to
of the local laws and do it in a be placed in rental properties, inviting them to stay. “Recent be respectful of the surrounding
way that still demonstrates the although they have yet to guests of my rental property community, but to also feel that
southern hospitality for which decide on a standard location. were awakened at 1:15am by visiting IOP was time well spent
South Carolina is known. However, the finalization and the local sheriff’s office and were and to come back and visit our
At the recent Isle of Palms standardization of the new sign written a ticket for having too breathtaking coastline.”
Council meeting on August 25, is pending approval by the City many vehicles on the premises,” When the new signage was
Council members and committee Council. The current sign design says Carroll. “Where do we draw brought up during the Council
volunteers discussed the verbiage under discussion is available on the line of encouraging tourism meeting, the Council voted to
for new rental signage to be placed the web site and harassing our guests? go into an executive meeting to
throughout the Isle of Palms iopsigns. Would it not serve the local discuss the wording of a potential
rental units. The signage would A frustrated fifty year resident sheriff’s department to have more resolution. After a twenty five
do the same as the signs which of the Isle of Palms, Jimmy meaningful tickets written such minute discussion, the Council
are currently in place – address Carroll points out that short-term as for speeding and littering?” motioned that the “yellow”
laws pertaining to courtesy renters and guests will visually When visiting the Isle of Palms, rental notice sign (the new signs
and limitations on occupancy – see the rental agreement/signage vacationers are surrounded by which Jeff Jacobs brought to the
however, the new format foregoes three times before they step year-round residents who do not Council for review) be placed in
the former signs’ eight point font foot inside his rental property. want to hear raging parties at one a conspicuous location within
and attempts to generalize so that “How many times do we have to o’clock in morning, but would 15 feet of the rental structure.
the font is large enough and the tell them?” asks Carroll. “The still like to keep the popularity The resolution was turned down
message short enough so that it City of Isle of Palms is number of the island and its reputation 4 to 5, with Council members
will actually be read by renters. one in the tourism industry for hospitality at a maximum. Carol Rice, Dee Taylor, Ryan
The signs would hopefully make in South Carolina. We want According to local business owner Buckhannon and Martin Bettelli
the renters feel welcomed on the to welcome short-term renters Sandy Stone of Island Reality, “We voting against it. The signs will be
island, while at the same time and vacationers in a fashion have close to 100,000 guests visit discussed again during the Short
reminding them to respect their that is balanced between the the IOP every year and, if you look Term Rental meeting, which will
neighbors and abide by island excitement for coming to South at local police reports, roughly take place on September 16 at
laws. Two island residents, Jeff Carolina’s premier coast line and less than 1% of them cause the 5:30pm in Council Chambers.
Jacobs and Sandy Stone, recently abiding by the local rules and problems. It is the residents that
cooperated with the guidance of regulations.” However, Carroll cause most of the problems. Noise
September 4, 2009 7

17th Annual Isle of Palms Connector
Run and Walk set for October 3
by the mount pleasant recreation department

he annual Isle of Palms the front beach area.  Following the 10K and 5K runs will be given option of receiving official finisher
Connector Run and Walk its finish, participants will enjoy to the top three overall male and certificates as well as Time
for the Child began 17 a post-race festival featuring food female finishers, the top male Tracker messaging to obtain live
years ago with the opening of and family fun.   and female masters and grand race results.
the Isle of Palms Connector, and The course for the 2009 race has masters finishers and the top The Isle of Palms Connector will
continues today with the goal been slightly modified to simplify three male and female finishers be closed to vehicles beginning at
of supporting the prevention the 10K run.  The starting line in 15 age categories. 7am the morning of the race.  The
of child abuse and other child- will remain the same as previous Fees for the 10K or 5K run event is presented by Bi-Lo. The
related programs.  Net proceeds years’ races; however, the 10K are $30 if received by Friday, Isle of Palms Connector Run and
from the event go to support this turnaround point as well as the September 25, and $35 thereafter.  Walk for the Child is organized
cause.  Last year’s event hosted race’s finish line will be moved, 5K walker fees are $25 if received by the Exchange Clubs of Mount
over 1200 participants and raised with the turnaround taking place by September 25, and $30 Pleasant and the Isle of Palms,
over $50,000 for child-related on the Connector just before thereafter.  For those interested the City of Isle of Palms and the
charities located right here in the Rifle Range Road, and the finish in helping the cause but do not Town of Mount Pleasant.          
Lowcountry, including the Dee line being moved to JC Long wish to participate in the race, For further details or to download
Norton Lowcountry Children’s Boulevard, close to the corner of there is also a $10 “sleep in” a registration form for mail-in,
Center, Darkness to Light, MUSC Palm Boulevard. option in which one may receive visit
Children’s Hospital, Windwood Racers may pick up their an official race t-shirt without or register call the run’s info line
Farm Home for Children and race packets or participate in race participation.  Participants at 886-8294.
others. late registration on Thursday, who register online have the
  Offering views of the Atlantic October 1 from 3 - 7pm at the Isle
Ocean, local creeks, marshes and of Palms Exchange Club, located
the Intracoastal Waterway, the at 201 Palm Boulevard, and on
10K and 5K races begin at 8am Friday, October 2, from 11am
the foot of the IOP Connector on – 7pm.  Packet pickup and late
the Isle of Palms. 10K runners registration will also be available
and 5K runners and walkers will the morning of the event, from
cross the connector toward Mount 6:30 – 7:30am at the Isle of Palms
Pleasant, then return to the Isle of Public Safety Building. 
Palms, with the race finishing at Following the race, awards for

(left and above) Runners and walkers make their way across the Isle of Palms
Connector during the 2008 Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child.  This
year’s event is set for October 3, 2009.
PHOTOS BY Sarah Reynolds
8 September 4, 2009

Allstate welcomes
for Sunday alcohol sales is only
SI Council from page 3 good for one. It is possible that
identical and that he is con- the owners assumed both are
good for two years.

North Light
cerned with protecting land from
development and not so much
with protecting personal vistas. Commercial families
The possibility of preserving Hal Currey, Chairman of the

smaller parcels of land through Town’s Planning Commis-
sion, reported on the Commis- .M. Best Co. has assigned a that the Florida business will
Mount Pleasant Open Space is
sion’s responsibility to examine financial strength rating of be reinsured with Allstate
expected to be discussed further
at the Real Estate Committee’s residential construction in the A (Excellent) and an issuer Floridian Insurance Company
September meeting. Commercial District. The discus- credit rating of “a” to North Light and the New Jersey business
sion was somewhat confusing Specialty Insurance Company. will be reinsured with Allstate
Sabbath Tax as to what is currently allowed. The outlook assigned to both New Jersey Insurance Company
Councilman Mike Perkis, chair- However, the Council’s desire to
ratings is stable. North Light prior to North Light beginning to
man of the Ways and Means allow single-family residences in
the Commercial District while is a wholly owned subsidiary of write business in those states.
Committee, announced the Allstate Insurance Company, Operating support is provided by
result of an investigation deal- prohibiting duplexes was crystal
clear. with both companies having as the same underwriting, pricing
ing with local restaurants/bars
which may have been selling al- The issue came up when a prop- their ultimate parent, the Allstate and claims infrastructure that
cohol on Sundays without a per- erty owner asked the Council if Corporation. All companies are is used by Allstate Insurance
mit. According to South Carolina he could build a single-family domiciled in Northbrook, IL, Group.
State law, restaurants and bars residence on the commercial side unless otherwise specified. North Light offers personal
have to buy a separate annual of his split-zoned property at a
The ratings are based on lines property coverage on a
license in order to sell alcohol previous meeting. It was clear
that the Council seemed willing North Light’s solid risk-adjusted non-admitted basis for unique,
on Sundays. That license costs capitalization and operating underserved customer segments
$3000. After looking through the to allow it, but became bogged
down in legalities. They also had support provided by the affiliates or those residing in high risk
Town budget, Council member
a negative opinion of duplexes, of Allstate Insurance Group. markets such as hurricane,
Madeleine McGee noticed that
up to four local businesses had which are currently allowed in This operating support is wildfire or earthquake-prone
not bought the license, but were that zone. demonstrated by a 100% quota regions. Therefore, the positive
selling alcohol on Sundays. Council member Jerry Kaynard share reinsurance contract with rating attributes are partially
Perkis stated that the Town suggested a forum with prop- Allstate Insurance Company for offset by North Light’s significant
would follow up on the discov- erty owners to discuss the issue.
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September 4, 2009
Do You Know Your Charleston 9

A blast from the past
By David Farrow

any thanks and a tip o’ with an assist from Houdini to announce that the next song games and told fibs about their
the “Do you know your come up with a new messaging would be a ‘name-it-and-claim- appearance and age (older not
Charleston?” hat to John machine using those old vacuum it’, which would prompt every kid younger), but unlike today, they
Quincy (www.wtmamemories. tube powered dinosaurs. Oh yes, (most TMA listeners were 12 to usually got busted by someone
com). From the days of yore: we also had a black rotary dial 18 years of age) in the Charleston they knew who was also ‘on-the-
Mike Young of James Island telephone. Only one phone, and area to call the radio station. The line’. Because of the small size of
brings up an interesting take it was on a “party line” with two first person to get through with the city, when you met someone
on the radio business. While my other families. the correct name of the on-the-line, you would often find
friends and I listened to radio, we Eavesdropping song would win a gift that you had friends in common or
were entertained by its content. on someone else’s certificate good for one in some cases actually knew one
Young was entertained by his conversation free 45 rpm record. For another. It was also a much more
own agenda. He writes: was fun and those of you under the innocent time, so the threat of
“I have reason to believe that informative, but age of fifty, the 45 was sex offenders and the like lurking
I was a participant in the first that wasn’t the the small record with about was unheard of, and their
'chat room'. I didn’t get my first chat room I alluded the large hole. Some of adult voices would probably
computer until the late eighties to. you may have witnessed have raised suspicion anyway.
and didn’t go online until the early A sense of déjà your tipsy uncle Something that I just recently
nineties, yet I was communicating vu kicked in when slipping one over each realized is that the folks at WTMA
electronically with several people I recently logged David Farrow, Charlestonian. ear and announcing probably had no idea that they
simultaneously as early as 1959. on to a computer chat room for ‘Look I’m Mickey Mouse!’ The gift were hosting a big party every
It just recently dawned on me that the first time. I felt instantly that certificates could be redeemed time they announced a name-it-
I had ventured into cyberspace I had done this many, many years at the Fox, McClain, or Seigling and-claim-it game. Neither did
over 40 years ago as a teenager ago. My stream of consciousness music stores. My friends and I our parents.”
in sleepy little Charleston, South went something like this: name- won a lot of records, but the real So you tell me. Was I in the
Carolina. No, I didn’t invent a it-and-claim-it … pick up phone fun was the phenomenon we first chat room? Were you there?
revolutionary communication … dial WTMA … get a busy signal experienced when the line was Was this happening all over
device from spare electronics … EUREKA! busy. America? Would it work today?
parts. Our family’s electronic ‘Name-it-and-claim-it’ was a What happened was this: Hey, let’s check it out. At eight
equipment inventory consisted of wildly popular game/contest that because of the large number of PM tomorrow let’s all call WTMA
an AM radio, a black and white was played nightly by the WTMA calls to the same number at the and see what happens. What do
17″ TV, and a hi-fi record player radio station audience of the same time, those receiving a busy you mean we’re too old? We could
that played only 45 rpm records. nineteen fifties and sixties. Several signal were somehow connected just lie about our ages again!
It would have taken MacGyver times each evening the DJ would and could talk through the To be honest, Mike, at my age,
‘bomp-bomp-bomp’. Some voices I try to lie about my age every
sounded like they were very far chance I get.
away, while others were as clear Read more from David Farrow
as if they were on a direct line. Like at
today’s chat rooms, people played

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10 September 4, 2009

Pocket markets for high end home sales
By James T. Sears, PhD

here has been good news on existing home sales in recent weeks. was up on Daniel Island, level on Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island,
Nationally, sales of previously owned homes have improved and and down on Seabrook, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah. Further evidence
locally pending home sales have increased as first time buyers of the relative strength of the housing market on Daniel Island is
take advantage of the federal tax credit. However, a Wall Street apparent when comparing the difference between final list price and
Journal article, after previously reporting other improvements in the sales price. The average home sold on the MLS was 93% of the listed
U.S. housing market, published a caveat: home sales are improving price. The LP/SP ratio also remained constant (but lower, 91%) on
nationally at the “low and moderately priced” range but on the “upper Folly Beach. The greatest absolute drop between 2008 and 2009 was
end” ($750k+), “Sales remain mired in a deep slump and price declines on Seabrook (from 94% to 87%) and the greatest percentage decline
are expected to accelerate.” was the Isle of Palms.
Many of the home sales (especially single family homes) in island The relative changes in each community from the first half of 2008
communities within the Charleston area fall into the upper range. to the same period this year for each of these dimensions is shown in
For some—notably Isle of Palms, Kiawah, and Sullivan’s Island—even Table 2.
the median listing price is well above the $750k price point. And, as I Table 2: Percentage Change of All Homes Sold Thru MLS Jan-Jun
have reported elsewhere (see, about a third 08 vs. Jan-Jun 09
of Seabrook Island listings are in this high-end range (another 41%
also require “jumbo” loans being at or above $471k).
Just as home sales vary across the country, so do they across
various Lowcountry communities and neighborhoods. Table 1
compares all houses (single family and attached homes) listed and
sold on the Charleston-Trident Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for the
first half of 2009 compared to the same period a year ago. This allows
comparison across island communities and across time. For purposes
of this comparison, it should be noted that only a minority of Kiawah
homes are listed/sold through the MLS.
Although some generalized and common sense patterns were found
(generally new listings were down, median sales prices lower, days on
the market higher), differences were found on every dimension among
these communities.
Table 1: Comparison of All Home Sold through MLS
Jan-Jun 2008 vs. Jan-Jun 2009 for Selected Island Communities So, what do the data show regarding the upper-end of the real
estate market? Comparing the first half of 2008 to 2009 across these
island communities, a small increase in share in Sullivan’s Island
and Daniel Island was found for residential sales at $750k or above.
The former increased 5 percentage points (from 86% to 91%) and the
latter by 3 (16% to 19%). All of the other communities found market
sales at the higher-end shrinking in comparison to those in the lower
ranges. The most dramatic changes were on Folly Beach with 2009
sales at 43% of the 2008 level and Seabrook at just at half of the
percentage sold in 2008.

As shown in Table 1, there were more listings on the MLS during
the first six months of 2009 than in 2008 for Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s
Island and Kiawah. Further, the latter two recorded an increase in the
median price of new listings. Sullivan’s Island—unlike the others—also
recorded more residential properties sold between this year and last.
The greatest percentage of decrease in the number of homes sold was
found on the Isle of Palms, which as one would expect also evidenced
the greatest percentage increase of days on the market (DOM) before a
property was sold (from 76 to 258). In contrast, Sullivan’s Island saw
DOM slashed by one-third (from 257 to 168).
There were also island differences in the median price for which
a home sold from 2008 to the same period this year. The sales price

From these data, the Wall Street Journal’s conclusion that the
market for high-end homes is “mired in a deep slump” is only partially
true. Even within the limited Charleston metro area, there are pockets
of improving high-end sales. Further, one can reasonably anticipate
improvements in our regional real estate market to be differentiated
among the island communities even as national economic conditions
James T. Sears, PhD, is a Realtor and Real Estate Analyst. As an
Accredited Buyer Representative, he specializes in residential real
estate on the islands and investment properties in Charleston. More
data are available at and he can be reached
September 4, 2009 11

A tennis-volleyball
The whole island’s a stage
love affair
By Dylan Sharek

ot many sports
have grown in Students from the Isle of Palms summer Theater Camp held their

PHOTOS BY Isle of Palms Recreation Center
popularly as final performance on August 14 at the Recreation Center to the delight
quickly as beach tennis. of parents, staff and members of the Isle of Palms City Council.
Once a secluded,
intermittent pickup
game played only
overseas, beach tennis
debuted in 2005 at the
Charleston Maritime
Festival to puzzled
looks. Since then,
however, Charleston
has become known as The girls take their bow after an excellent performance. 
beach tennis’ official
birthplace and as the
hub for Beach Tennis
USA, the game’s
tournament organizer.
This past Saturday
and Sunday, beach
Catch of the day
tennis returned to
the Windjammer on
the Isle of Palms for
the Charleston Open.
Charleston natives
Phil Whitesell and
Chris Henderson, The
2005 and 2006 Beach
Tennis USA National
Champions, once again
triumphed over the
rest of the professional
PHOTO BY: Kristin Cummings

field, beating Timo
Seibert and Matt Hane
8-2 in the final.
The tournament
attracted a wide variety
of newcomers for its
amateur segment,
including Mount Keenan (3) and Tanner (6) Cummings caught this 13 pound red fish fishing with their
dad, Bobby, on August 16.  Keenan fought it as long as she could and then big brother
Pleasant residents
Tanner brought it to the boat.  The fish was caught near Sullivan’s Island on a live finger
Alex Scott, 14, and Mullet and was released to fight another
Eric Donald, 13. Both day.
competitors take Scott and Donald served their
traditional tennis lessons from way to victory, winning their first
Whitesell and at his urging, they game 8-6. In the end, however,
recently took up beach tennis. Mount Pleasant residents Nate
“They like it. It’s a nice little
diversion for them. It certainly
Spears and John Bumgarner
took the amateur title en route
to participating in their first
Beach access at Station 25
keeps them away from the Xbox,”
said Eric Donald’s mother, Heidi professional tourney.
Schless. For more information on beach
The Charleston Open was their tennis, visit www.beachtennisusa.
first sanctioned competition. net

Randy Robinson checks out the progress on a new beach access on Station 25.
12 September 4, 2009

Friday, September 4
Isle of Palms Connector Run/
in front of the VFW from Septem-
ber 4 - 7. For more info, call Tom
at 883-3100. Non member tickets
Saturday, September 5
International Vulture
Is l a nd E y e
Walk signup begins to the dinner events are $20 adults Awareness Day
Runners and walkers of all experi-
ence levels are invited to register
now. This year’s run and walk
and $10, 15 years old & younger. At the Center for Birds of Prey
in Awendaw from 10am to
5pm. The Center educators
September 4 -
across the connector will take will provide a variety of vul-
place Saturday, October 3, at ture-centric programs and ac-
8am. Registration is now open on- tivities. Tickets are $12 for adults, A Major, K. 298, Haydn’s String
line.  Interested participants may $10 for youth (ages 6-18) and free Quartet in g minor, Op. 74 No. 3
register now through September 28 for children under six accompanied and Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in E
at by a parent or guardian. flat, K. 375.  Tickets may be pur-
chased at www.MozartInTheSouth.
Carolina Coast Surf Club reunion The Tryal of Major Stede Bonnet: org or by calling 763-4941. 
Members and non-members alike alias the Gentleman Pirate
are invided to join the Carolina A one of a kind interactive theatri- Friday, September 11
Coast Surf Club for their annual cal event which brings to life the Patriot’s Day
reunion on the Isle of Palms beach trials and glories of the Gentleman
Pirate Stede Bonnet. Performance National Day of Caring
takes place both inside and out-
side Charleston’s Historic Powder Mozart in the South
Magazine. 40 minutes. The Pow- Starting at 7pm at the Cathedral of
der Magazine, 79 Cumberland St. St. Luke and St. Paul (126 Com-
Starting at 4:30pm. Admission is ing Street, Downtown Charleston),
$8-$12. For more info, call 534- the Mozart in the South Festival
6169, email Rodneyleerogers@ Orchestra will perform Schubert’s, and visit www.purethe- Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, D. 485 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto
No. 23 in A Major, K. 488.   Tick-
Sunday, September 6 ets may be purchased at www.
Lowcountry Wine and Beer or by calling
Festival (843)763-4941. 
Door prizes, wine and beer from
around the world, a live and silent Surf seining
auction, and jazz music performed Gain a new perspective on crea-
by the Cobblestone Trio. Tickets are tures of the surf zone.  Anchovy,
$25 (advance) or $30 at the gate. pompano, kingfish, stingray, crabs,
For more info, call Eugenia Beach and even a squid have shown up
at 266-9800. in our net.  Come out and meet
some of your wave-bound neigh-
Wednesday, September 9 bors. Pre-registration required. Isle
of Palms County Park. 4 – 5pm.
After School Adventures: After Age: 6 & up. Fee: $8/$6 CCR
School Paddle Discount. For more info, call 795-
Come paddle with us after school!  4386 /
We’ll spend some time review-
ing and learning basic canoe and
kayak strokes; then we’ll play some
Saturday, September 12
fun paddling games. 3:30-6pm at Chamber Music Soiree
Palmetto Islands County Park. Pre- At the Calhoun Mansion (16 Meet-
registration required. Ages 6 – 12. ing Street) starting at 6pm. Tick-
Fee: $12. For more info, call 795- ets are $75 and proceeds ben-
4386. efit Chamber Music Charleston’s
educational programs.  Limited
Thursday, September 10 tickets are available and advance
purchase is required.  Tickets may
Mozart in the South opening be purchased at www.Chambe-
day Opening day kicks off with a or by calling
chamber music performances at 763-4941. 
7pm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran
Church, 405 King Street.  The Open Farm Saturdays
concert includes musicians of the Legare Farms will be open one
Charleston Symphony Saturday each month to do fun
Orchestra and Cham- activities (hayrides, animal feed-
ber Music Charles- ing, etc.) with children and adults
ton performing depending on the month: i.e. in
Mozart’s Flute March we will plant vegetables and
Quartet in

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e C ale n d ar Mozart it the South closing
At 4pm at St. Matthew’s
the event.  OB/GYN, Call-8294 for
more information.
Moultrie Camp No. 27 Sons of
Confederate Veterans monthly
Lutheran Church, 405 King Constitution Week at Charles At The Point Grill, 176 Patriots
- September 17 Street. Musicians of the
Charleston Symphony Or-
Pinckney National Historic site
Celebrate Constitution Week by
Point Blvd, Mount Pleasant. Din-
ner is at 6pm and speaker at
chestra and Chamber Music attending one of the free special 6:30pm.  This month’s speaker
Charleston will perform Mo- events scheduled September 17- is former Division Commander
in November we will pick dried zart’s Symphony no. 29 in A 23, 2009, at Charles Pinckney Max Jackson. We invite all SC V
corn to feed the cows. Lunch in the Major, K. 201 and Tschaikovsky’s National Historic Site at 1254 Long members and anyone interested in
picnic area is included. From 9am Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.  Point Road in Mount Pleasant. A preserving the true history of the
to 12pm. Reservations required. Tickets may be purchased at www. naturalization ceremony will be South to attend. Moultrie Camp is
The cost is $20 for adults and $15 or by calling held on Thursday at 10:30am, the 2009 recipient of the SC Divi-
for children, which includes lunch. 763-4941.  watch period craftsmen spin wool, sion 1st Place Robert E. Lee Divi-
For more info or to make reserva- dye indigo and demonstrate brick sion Outstanding Camp Award and
masonry. Music and a game of the SC Division 2008 Jefferson
tions, call 559-0763 or visit www.
Wednesday, September 16 cricket will also take place. For Davis Commander Award Camp of
Shellfish season begins more info, visit the Year.
ECCO’s Neighbor Run: Step for or call 881-5516.
Step, Neighbors for Neighbors Third annual CATR Blue Ribbon
5k run/walk at Palmetto Islands Event
County Park to benefit the Santa’s Starting at 12 noon at the Fran-
Closet Christmas Program. Cost is cis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street,
$25 before September 7 and $35 Downtown Charleston. Featuring
until race day. For more info or to guest speaker Sally Hughes Smith,
register, please visit www.ecco- the Blue Ribbon Event is an an- or call 849-9220. nual fundraiser for the Charleston
Area Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Mozart Circus Scholarship Fund. Tickets to the
A one day event celebrating classi- luncheon are $60.  For more info,
cal music and its role in the lives please call 559-6040, email catrad-
of children!  Enjoy performances in or visit www.
the “Big Tent” by professional mu-
sicians and school ensembles, par-
ticipate in a beginning instrumen- Café Medley “over the hump”
tal class or join a Musik Garten wine tasting 
class. From 10am – 4pm in Marion Call ahead for this week’s theme
Square, downtown. For more info, and specials. From 7pm to 10pm.
visit Purchase your own Cafe Med-
ley wine glass for $10 and your
Concert on the Cooper first tasting is free! Bring your wine
Come out to the new Mount Pleas- glass, and all future tastings are
ant Pier for the new Concerts on only $5. A selection of 3 cheeses
the Cooper series featuring Su- is $10 while 5 cheeses is $15. For
per Deluxe whose members have more information, call Café Med-
shared the stage with famous ley at 793-4055. Located at 2213
names like Kool & The Gang, Hoo- Middle St, Sullivan’s Island.
tie & The Blowfish, Marshall Tuck-
er Band, Edwin McCain, Black Thursday, September 17
Crowes and The Drift- IOP Community Wellness Fair
ers. Gates open at At the Isle of Palms Recreation
7:30pm and mu- Center from 8am – 12 noon. Fast-
sic starts at ing bloodwork will be
8:30pm. Tickets offered from 7am
are $8 and will only be 11am, including
available for purchase at the a comprehensive
event.  No refunds or exchanges.  metabolic panel
For ages 3 and up. Call 795-4FUN and lipid profile. 
(4386) for more info. Participants
interested in
The Tryal of Major Stede Bonnet bloodwork
alias the Gentleman Pirate should call
See Saturday, September 5. 884-7031 for
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Rombauer wine Kids love
dinner at Atlanticville Home Team

ome Team Barbeque seems
tlanticville is pleased to Napa Valley and represents to be settling comfortably
welcome Alan Cannon, Rombauer Vineyards of St. into its new niche in the
National Sales Manger of Helena, CA, in national sales. His
former Bert’s Bar location on
Rombauer Wines, to host our favorite wine? “Whatever is in my
five-course Rombauer Wine glass at the time I’m drinking it,” Sullivan’s Island. Although the
Dinner on Thursday, September says Cannon. night scene is attracting bluegrass
24 at 7pm. Chef William Condon, General and classic rock lovers from across
Over the past 27 years, Manager Drew Harris, and Alan the Lowcountry, the island children
Rombauer wines have garnered Cannon of Rombauer will create as also enjoying the fun atmosphere Sally Rowson from Downtown
some of the most prestigious a delicious five course menu Charleston loved her food so much, she
and creative children’s plates.
scores, reviews, and awards centered around Rombauer’s decided to eat the bill!
available in the world of Carneros Chardonnay, Merlot,
wine.  Last year, Wine and Spirits Cabernet, and Zinfandel.   The
Magazine listed Rombauer fifth course will be paired with
Chardonnay as the second most Joy, a botrytised Chardonnay
popular Chardonnay in American which is about 16% residual
Restaurants and Rombauer sugar. Rombauer produced
Vineyards as the ninth most about 300 cases of half bottles of
popular Winery Bran d in American the 2006 vintage and didn't make
Restaurants.   Consistently a 2007 or a 2008. They’ve only
scoring 90+ points in all major made the wine five times since
publications, Rombauer’s wines 1997.   The exact menu will be
are among the best of the best. available in the next couple weeks
Alan Cannon, founder of since Chef Condon wants to use
the PFW (Professional Friends the freshest local ingredients
of Wine), started in the wine possible.
business in 1971. He taught Please contact Drew at
classes in wine marketing and Atlanticville at 843 883 9452 or
sensory evaluation for 15 years at to
at CSUF and was a founding reserve your spot today.   There
partner of Bailey-Cannon Wine will be a very limited number of
Merchants. Alan now lives in seats available. Ryder Bishop from Sullivan’s Island gives Chef Taylor Garrigan a big hug.
September 4, 2009 15

The great exercise debate:
is all this exercise really making us fat?
By Meredith Nelson, M.Ed

n the August 10 issue of TIME Magazine, WHAT we eat after we exercise, and how much 3) We compensate for exerting so much
columnist John Cloud expanded on his of it, that causes the problem. The problem physical activity through exercise that we
theory that exercise is the culprit making is that many of us cannot figure out exactly reduce the amount of normal activity we get
us fat. His “Why Exercise Won’t Make You what it is that we need to consume following throughout the day.
Thin” article makes the assumption that the exercise. For example, many exercisers follow Well, once again, my humble opinion is quite
belief of “if you exercise, you will lose weight” is their workout with a bottle of Gatorade, not different from the author’s. Au contraire, Mr.
erroneous. Not only does he state that exercise realizing that many bottles contain more than Cloud. Do you really think that if you gave up
serves no purpose in a weight loss regimen, he one serving of the beverage inside, and therefore your hour at the gym everyday, you would be
says that exercise is actually making us fatter! extra calories may be consumed. less inclined to sit watching television in the
Partly due to the fact that his own personal So, although Gatorade is effective in evening? Or that you would spend less time
experiences support this theory (although replacing lost electrolytes (which shouldn’t at the computer compiling your thoughts for
Cloud exercises at least five days a week in the even be necessary unless one is exercising in next week’s article? Do you honestly believe
gym, he still carries more weight than he would extreme heat, or for over an hour), one would that as a by-product of spending less time on
like around his gut) and partly because, despite be better off consuming a small amount of the treadmill, you may actually ride a bike to
the increased numbers of people who say they complex carbohydrates in combination with the grocery, the neighborhood pool, or even to
exercise regularly, the incidence of obesity has a bit of protein and a trace of healthy fats work?
risen dramatically, the author proclaims that (think a teaspoon of peanut butter on a slice of I highly doubt that. Our society has turned
the role of exercise in weight loss is “wildly whole grain bread, perhaps with a banana, for into one of convenience when unnecessary.
overstated”. He does, however, indicate positive example) to help encourage protein synthesis We drive when we can walk to get there faster.
effects of exercise in lowering the risk of many and reload the muscles with glycogen, to be We surf channels on television instead of
diseases – cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and ready for the next workout. getting outside to walk on the beach. We take
others. His credibility ended with me when he Of course, the fact still remains that if one the elevators and not the steps. All because it
went on to explain how, in his mind, exercising consumes more calories than one burns, the takes less effort and time; not because we’ve
to lose weight is a worthless effort and waste excess calories will be stored as fat. The above exhausted ourselves in the gym. In fact, most
of time. “recovery meal” won’t do any good in helping people I know who exercise regularly claim it
one lose weight if the overall calories being gives them energy to keep up with their kids,
Cloud states that the reason exercise may taken in are more than those being burned. require less sleep, and get more done.
actually be making us fat is three-fold: In closing I would like to point out perhaps
 Exercising stimulates hunger and causes 2) By using up our allotted amount of self- the most substantial argument against Cloud’s
us to overeat. control to force ourselves to spend hours in the assertion, and that is the findings of years of
 By using up our allotted amount of self- gym, we have no self-control left with which research performed by the National Weight
control to force ourselves to spend hours in to resist the temptation of tasty treats and Control Registry (NWCR). According to the NWCR
the gym, we have no willpower left with which snacks. website, the study is the “largest prospective
to resist the temptation of tasty treats and This is true to some extent. When we are very investigation of long-term successful weight
snacks. strict on ourselves in some areas, it may become loss maintenance”. The NWCR was developed in
 We compensate for exerting so much more difficult to be regimented and disciplined 1994 in an effort to identify the characteristics
physical activity through exercise that we in another area. That is why I recommend that of individuals who had succeeded in achieving
reduce the amount of normal activity we get everything – exercising, eating, and drinking – and maintaining a weight-loss of at least 30
throughout the day. be done in moderation. For healthy, permanent pounds. (On a personal note, I myself have
This article has sparked weight loss, we don’t need to force ourselves to been a participant study since the inception of
numerous reactions and spend hours in the gym. We need to increase the NWCR. The findings, some of which you
rebuttals from the fitness the low intensity exercise we do throughout will see below, mirror my own strategies and
profession. Researchers and the day. This is what burns fat. High-intensity efforts in losing and maintaining my weight.)
academics have responded exercise burns muscle glycogen and is good Annual questionnaires are distributed to
in several fitness industry for improving performance (for those that are participants to help determine the behavioral
journals, group exercise interested in performing a particular sport) and and psychological characteristics of the
instructors and private burning calories. But low intensity activity – subjects, as well as the strategies they use to
trainers are mumbling, and lots of it – is key in losing fat. maintain their weight losses. Over the last
and fitness enthusiasts So that addresses the issue of self-control fifteen years, 94% of the study participants
are questioning their needed to spend hours in the gym. But what report that part of their success has been due
efforts. Personally, my own about the self-control you need to say no to to an increase in physical activity, with the
experiences are a testimony that muffin that would be so delicious with most frequently reported form of activity being
to the value of exercise – from your morning coffee? That candy bar when walking (another plug for the above-mentioned
physical, mental, health you’re hungry? Even that tasty chocolate low-intensity activity). Additionally, 90% of the
risk-reducing, and weight protein drink? participants report exercising for an hour every
maintenance standpoints. In my humble opinion, the ability to resist day.
such temptations is based on an individual’s Of course, proper nutrition is crucial as well
Let’s take a look education of nutrition, understanding of portion - 98% of the NWCR participants indicate that
at Cloud’s three control, and the ability to think ahead and plan. they modified their food intake in some way to
assumptions By reading labels and having an understanding lose weight. The bottom line is that weight loss
introduced above: of calories from carbohydrates, fat, and and maintenance are a balance of calories in
1) Exercising protein, along with the list of ingredients and and calories out. Exercise is a necessary part
stimulates hunger and what you can actually learn from that list, one of weight loss, but it doesn’t stop there. Daily
causes us to overeat. can make informed decisions about what they activity – whether throughout the day or for
The first part of are putting in their mouths. Pre-determining an hour in the gym – is important for not only
this is true. Exercise the portion size you will eat – eating half the losing weight, but also for overall physical and
does – and should – muffin, or dividing your restaurant dinner mental health and wellness.
stimulate us to eat. into two portions and taking half of it home as Meredith Nelson, M.Ed, is the owner of
Although many people opposed to eating everything on the plate - can PrimeTime Fitness, Inc, on Sullivan’s Island.
report a temporary drastically reduce the number of calories you Offering group fitness classes, PrimeTime Spin,
suppressed appetite take in. And by simply putting some thought private yoga, personal training, and monthly
immediately into your day, scheduling meals, and having gym membership, Meredith divides her time
following exercise, something available to eat in those “emergency” between the gym on Sullivan’s Island and limited
there is no way situations where you may be stuck in traffic in-home training on Daniel Island, where she
we can burn or don’t have time for lunch, can thwart the resides along with her husband Mark. Meredith
calories without temptation to head for the drive-through. can be reached with your fitness questions at
experiencing 883-0101, or
hunger. But it’s
We the People
16 September 4, 2009

Presson recognized
for service
celebrate Constitution Week
oin the National Park to 2pm. Watch craftsmen in
Service in celebration of period dress demonstrate rice-
Constitution Week by pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-
attending one of the free special smithing, brick masonry and
events scheduled September 17- domestic arts. Also included
23, 2009, at Charles Pinckney are Revolutionary War soldiers,
National Historic Site at 1254 Long 18th century music, sweetgrass
Point Road in Mount Pleasant. basket sewing, quilting, African
The park preserves the last 28 drumming, Gullah story-telling
acres of Snee Farm, a plantation and a visit from Eliza Lucas
that was once owned by Charles Pinckney. Visitors can participate
Pinckney, a principal framer and in a game of historic cricket.
signer of the U.S. Constitution. Throughout the week, visitors

On Constitution/Citizenship may take part in the “I Signed the
verett Presson was recognized by the Town of Sullivan’s Island
Day, Thursday, September 17, Constitution” program, signing
for his service as a member of the Town Council. He was present
at 10:30am, the park’s annual a scroll that will be sent to the to receive the resolution and, despite a joking warning not to
naturalization ceremony will be National Constitution Center speak from Pat O’Neil, took a moment to thank everyone involved
held when up to 150 candidates in Philadelphia, the city where with the Town and to reflect on his life on Sullivan’s Island. Presson,
will be sworn in as America’s Charles Pinckney and 38 other a local real estate agent, recalled making his first sale to the current
newest citizens. The public and delegates signed the world- Mayor Carl Smith, who moved to the island around the same time.
school groups are invited to the changing document on September That sale, he said, was the start of his career. Among many other
free program, and are encouraged 17, 1787. moments worthy of a mark on the Everett Presson timeline, he was
to bring chairs or blankets as All events are free. For more elected to the Town Council in 2005 and served in that position for
seating will be limited. information or group reservations, four years.
Two days of living history are please call the park at 881-5516 “What a pleasure it’s been to serve with this Council,” Presson
scheduled on Friday and Saturday, or visit us on the Web at: www. said. “Thank ya’ll very much.”
September 18 and 19, from 10am
September 4, 2009 17

WWII B-17 Bomber takes
flight over Charleston
Provided by the Liberty Foundation

f you’ve ever wanted to fly in an heavily modified to be a test
authentic World War II B-17 bed for their T-34 and T-64 "The Liberty Belle"
bomber, now’s your chance. turbo prop engines, thus
The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 making it a five engine B-17.
“Liberty Belle” is one of only 14 In 1968, the B-17 was then
B-17s that still fly today, and the donated to the Connecticut
Liberty Foundation will be offering Aeronautical Historic society.
flights to the public on September Unfortunately, in 1979 the
5 and 6 from 10am – 5pm. B-17 was heavily damaged
The B-17, dubbed the “Flying in a tornado that threw
Fortress” as a result of her another airplane onto the
defensive fire power, saw action B-17’s mid-section, breaking
in every theater of operation her back. The wreck was
during WWII. “Liberty Belle” was stored until 1987 when it
built toward the end of the war was acquired by an aviation
and never saw any combat. It is enthusiast in Florida with
painted in the colors and nose the intent of restoring the
art of the original “Liberty Belle” aircraft. In 1992, the slow,
B-17 that flew countless missions laborious task of restoration
with the 390th bomb group of the began and at the turn of
mighty 8th Airforce. the century, the B-17 was
The Liberty Foundation’s sold again to Don Brooks
B-17G had an interesting post of the Liberty Foundation.
war history. Sold as scrap in 1947 Brooks, whose father flew those who would like to watch friends. While $430 per person
to a mining company, it was sold B-17s with the 390th bomb the bomber flight at no charge. sounds expensive, it must
again to Pratt & Whitney soon group during WWII, founded the For enthusiasts that choose be put into perspective when
after for the sum of $2,700. Pratt Liberty Foundation; a non profit to take a flight experience on compared to a B-17’s operating
& Whitney operated the B-17 until museum dedicated to preserving this legendary aircraft, these cost. A Flying Fortress cost over
1967, during which time it was our aviation heritage, and funded participants receive a pre-flight $4500 per flight hour and the
the complete restoration of the safety briefing containing the Liberty Foundation spends over
B-17 back to her full wartime historical significance of the $1,000,000 annually to keep the
configuration as she appears aircraft and a spectacular scenic "Liberty Belle" airworthy and out
today. He chose to paint the air tour around the city. During on tour. The Liberty Foundation
B-17 as the “Liberty Belle” in the flight, passengers enjoy the is a 501(c)(3) non-profit flying
tribute to his father, who was a unique opportunity of moving museum and funds generated
Tail gunner and flew numerous about the aircraft to the different merely help offset these high
combat missions in the original combat crew positions to see the cost. Only the public’s interest
“Liberty Belle”. Following a viewpoint that thousands of our and other generous donations
fourteen year restoration, the heroes saw in combat over 60 keep the "Liberty Belle" flying and
B-17 took to the skies again on years ago. from being silenced permanently
December 8, 2004. The total flight experience takes in a museum.
The “Liberty Belle” provides 45 minutes with approximately This is your invitation to see,
visitors with the opportunity half an hour in flight. Flights tour and fly a mission in the
to take a step back in time and experiences are $395 for Liberty Liberty Foundation’s B-17 flying
gain respect for the men and Foundation members and $430 fortress “ Liberty Belle” and
women who gave so much to for non-members. Passengers take advantage of this ultimate
protect our freedoms. During can become a Liberty Foundation historical experience, come touch
flight operations, there will be Member for $40 and receive the the past and fly through ageless
a designated, secure area for member discount for family and skies.

001 Louise Welch, Regional Ex-
ecutive Director of the Carolina Red
18 September 4, 2009

Those that save lives Seel’s on Sullivan’s
Staff report
is one Good Neighbor
he Sullivan’s Island Town and effort”:
Council recognized the Police Department: Chief Dan
Town’s Police Department, Howard, Lieutenant Chris Griffin, Provided by the SC Restaurant Association
Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Corporal Chris Wallace, Officers
and Rescue Squad, and firefighter Doug Archer, Darren Botticelli,
Amanda Hawver for their parts in Anthony Horne, Tim Mast, Josh
preserving life and responding to Poole as well as Tom McLellan.
emergencies between July 9 and Fire Department: Chief
July 13. During that short four day Anthony Stith, Assistant Chief
stint, Sullivan’s Island’s waters Chris McDaniel, Captain Skipper
became especially treacherous, Weston, Lieutenant Curt Gibbons,
sweeping many people out to sea Engineer Amanda Hawver,
and trapping others on shoals. Firefighters Jody Cox, Jamie
Hawver and volunteer Lewis White Howard, and John Gypin.
were individually recognized for Volunteer Fire and Rescue:
rescuing three people after they Chris Gypin, Anthony Stith Jr.,
had “entered the area without Sam Stith, Kevin Newman, Lewis
regard to their own personal White, Thomas Smith, Danny
safety, and cooperatively worked Blankenship, Randy Robinson,
together, contributing to saving Huggie Hindman, Vincent Sottile, Harry Seel (right) receives the Good Neighbor Award from the SC REstaurant
three lives” while they were on Kevin Townsend, Jeff Woodard, Association

marine patrol. Kathy Rawers, Ark Chiola, Red n August 17, the South selected charities in a year of
The following individuals Wood, Michael Beard, and Mark Carolina Hospitality extreme financial need.
were also “commended and Hylton. Association announced The Restaurant Neighbor Award
congratulated for their bravery that two Charleston area honors charitable contributions
restaurants were selected as in four categories (small
the South Carolina Restaurant business, mid-size business,
Neighbor Award winners.  Both large business/national chain,
outstanding restaurants are and Cornerstone Humanitarian). 
in the running for the national Seel’s on Sullivan’s will compete
Restaurant Neighbor Award, in the small business category
a program by the National while TBonz Restaurant Group
Restaurant Association that will compete in the mid-size
recognizes restaurants that category.  Each participating state
exemplify the industry’s restaurant association selects
philanthropic spirit. The winners winners in their respective states
are: Seel’s on Sullivan’s and that will compete with winners
TBonz Restaurant Group. from other states for the national
The Restaurant Neighbor award.
Award was designed to raise The four national winners will
awareness about the restaurant each receive a $5,000 award
industry’s contributions in local to continue their community
communities across the country programs. They will be presented
and to inspire other restaurant the awards this September
operators and owners to make in Washington D.C.  Both
even greater contributions in national and state winners will
their communities.    be recognized on the National
Harry Seel's, owner of Seel’s Restaurant Association Web site.
on Sullivan’s, participation in For more information on the
Amanda Hawver, an Engineer with the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department, accepts community fund raising events award program, visit the National
recognition for her part in the rescue of three lives during the July 9 -13 period, when two stood out this year because of the Restaurant Association’s Web site,
people died and approximately 12 were rescued. The Town’s Police, Fire, and Volunteer extra efforts made  to help their 
& Rescue Personnel were all rewarded for their roles with separate Town resolutions.

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Mozart in the South Lucky Dog
Provided by Chamber Music Charleston
Name: Paddy Perkis (aka Paddy
from the Pound, the Paddister)
Owner(s): Linda and Mike Perkis
Birthplace/hometown: Born in
Charlotte, NC, but live on
Sullivan's Island.
Age: 16 ¾ (give or take)
Veterinarian: Dr. Jay Goldsmith. He says I'm currently his
oldest canine patient.
Favorite food: I'm a very picky eater, always have been.
Favorite treat: I love to go for rides in the golf cart.
Favorite toy: I'm so beyond toys at my age. All I require
is some food and a
comfy bed.

Why Paddy is a
Lucky Dog:
I am such a Lucky
Dog! I’m at the
beach every morn-
ing at sunrise. I get
to see and visit with
all of my dog friends,

hamber Music Charleston Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall especially Waldo and
is pleased to announce of the Moscow Conservatory and Chester (you know
their inaugural music Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. who you are!). I am
festival Mozart in the South, While the evening and afternoon extremely well taken
which will take place September performances will target classical care of and pam-
10-13, 2009. music enthusiasts, families will be pered. I was adopted
“This festival celebrates classical encouraged to explore the magic of from the animal
music in Charleston, [and it will music at the outdoor “Little Mozart shelter in Charlotte,
be an opportunity] to share with Circus” on Saturday, September NC, 15 ½ years ago
both visitors and residents the 12. This daylong celebration will and now I reside full
musical opportunities which exist create a wonderful environment time on the beach.
for all things related to music Life is good!
in this cultural and historic City,
and the phenomenal talent of the education – from performances
professional musicians who call by Chamber Music Charleston
Charleston home,” says Sandra ensembles and school groups to
Nikolajevs, Director of Chamber interactive musical experiences
Music Charleston and producer led by professional musicians.
of the festival. Various arts organizations will
The four-day festival will consist be on hand with information and
of a variety of performances and demonstrations.
educational events. Highlighting The most intimate experience
the festival will be chamber of the festival will be Chamber
music and orchestral concerts Music Charleston’s annual
performed by musicians of the “Chamber Music Soiree” on
Charleston Symphony Orchestra September 12 at the Calhoun
and Chamber Music Charleston. Mansion, 16 Meeting Street. The
World renowned pianist evening begins with a delightful
Andrew Armstrong will join the garden reception followed by a
orchestra for Mozart’s Piano performance in the mansion’s
Concerto No. 23 in A Major, music room, an exquisite space
K. 288. Praised by critics for boasting priceless artwork,
his passionate expression and elaborate chandeliers and a 45
dazzling technique, Armstrong foot covered glass skylight. A post-
has delighted audiences around concert champagne and dessert
the world. He has performed reception brings the evening to a
solo recitals and appeared with festive conclusion.
orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin For more information, please
America and the United States, visit
including performances at Alice or call 763-4941.
Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the
20 September 4, 2009

Poe Library
Summer Reading

(top left) Young Adult winner Katie Woodberry, a 10th grader
at Wando High School. (above) Community of Readers Winner
Ailsa McNaught, a 7 year old second grader at Sullivan’s Island
Elementary School (shown with brother, Euan). (left) Summer
Reading Branch winner Samantha Smith, an 8 year old third
grader at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School (shown here on the
left with her family).

PHOTOS BY: Poe Library

Eye Spy
Do you know what this is?
New SIES library
Kids, send your
is Exemplary
guess for this week’s By Deborah Palmer
Eye Spy to info@
or call 886-NEWS.
Please include your
mailing address with
your submission. The
first one to send in
the correct answer
will receive a coupon
for a free ice cream
at Café Medley on
PHOTOS BY: Deborah Palmer

Sullivan's Island.

Congratulations to
Jackson McQueeney
for guessing the IOP
Connector in the August As part of Charleston County School District’s library
21 issue! Send your guess modernization project, Sullivan’s Island Elementary received
for this week's Eye Spy to: $5,000 worth of new library books to support the school’s science and social studies curriculum.   These books replaced old and
dated titles, which helped to bring the library’s collection up to the
highest rating of Exemplary.
September 4, 2009 21

Police Blotter
These reports were provided by the they had found a set of car keys that had and lodged in Charleston County jail.
Sullivan’s Island Police Department for been sitting on a bench for some time and
the month of July: no one had been around the chair. Officers July 15, 2009: An officer assisted Mount
began searching for the owner of the keys Pleasant Police with serving a Trespass
July 4, 2009: While on patrol, an officer and the vehicle to which they belonged. The Notice on a subject at a residence.
found a beach bag with personal belongings next morning, a body (later identified as the
in it. The bag was placed in Lost and Found. owner of the vehicle) was located on Folly July 18, 2009: Officers were dispatched to
Beach. The cause of death was determined an intoxicated driver leaving a restaurant.
July 5, 2009: A vehicle was stopped for by the medical examiner as drowning. The vehicle was located and the person’s
a traffic violation. While conducting the driving was observed. The driver was
stop, it was learned that the driver’s license July 10, 2009: A complainant reported that arrested, processed, and lodged into the
was suspended because of insurance they had put a friend, who very intoxicated, Charleston County jail.
cancellation. The driver verified this, was to bed and when they returned to check on
written a citation and the vehicle was towed. him he was gone. A search by the police and July 18. 2009: Officers were investigating
fire departments were unsuccessful. A call a fireworks call on the beach which had
July 5, 2009: A complainant reported to the complainant later on revealed that resulted in a fire. While they were assisting
that someone entered his vehicle while he the missing person had been found; he had the fire department, a subject at a nearby
was visiting the beach and removed items, gotten up and walked to a friend’s house. residence was yelling from a porch. After
including credit cards. The cards had been the fire was out, the officer went to the
used at different stores. July 10, 2009: Officers observed a vehicle house and spoke to the subject. The subject
backing up at a high rate of speed and then was uncooperative, so he was arrested and
July 6, 2009: A complainant reported that striking the stop sign at Station 18. As the lodged into the Charleston County jail.
she was missing her diamond wedding ring officer approached, the driver got out of
from her residence. the vehicle and started yelling at him. The July 19, 2009: Officers were dispatched to
officer tried to calm her down, which she an accident. While investigating the accident
July 7, 2009: A complainant reported did, but she continued to yell and scream it was learned that one of the drivers
that someone entered her unlocked vehicle at the officers and her story kept changing. was intoxicated. The driver was arrested,
while it was parked in her yard. The subject The driver was arrested and lodged into the processed, and lodged into the Charleston
removed a briefcase. Charleston County jail. County jail.

July 9, 2009: Officers received reports of a July 10, 2009: A complainant reported July 19, 2009: An Officer received a report
missing person. Witness reported that she that his credit card was being used in New of an intoxicated man getting into a vehicle
and a friend were swimming and were pulled Jersey. A report was taken and forwarded and attempting to drive off. As the officer
out by the currents. The witness was rescued to the jurisdiction in New Jersey. The arrived in the area, he observed the vehicle.
and search efforts were conducted for the complainant was also advised to contact the The officer followed the vehicle to establish
victim. card company. a history and then stopped the vehicle. The
driver was arrested, processed, and lodged
July 9, 2009: A complainant reported that July 10, 2009: A complainant reported that into the Charleston County jail.
he observed a subject on his
back porch. The complainant July 21, 2009: A complainant reported
confronted the subject and that she was watching a neighbor’s house
the subject ran off and officers and had seen a vehicle at the residence that
were unable to locate him. The she did not recognize. After investigation, it
complainant reported that his was learned that a cousin of the homeowner
screen and window had been drove the vehicle and it was ok for him to be
damaged in the incident. there.

July 11, 2009: A complainant July 22, 2009: Officers responded to a
reported that a subject had report of a domestic dispute. On arrival, the
keyed his fender and wrote officer learned that the husband and wife
over the entire body of his were arguing and the husband had grabbed
vehicle with soap. the wife and pushed her. The husband was
arrested and lodged into the Charleston
July 11, 2009: While on County jail.
patrol on the beach, an officer
observed a subject with a beer. July 26, 2009: While working the business
The officer stopped and, in district, an officer observed a physical
speaking with the subject and disturbance. After breaking up the fight it
the three other subjects who was learned that one of the persons involved
were with the first subject, was an employee who was trying to eject the
learned that all were under two subjects for fighting. One of the subjects
age, in possession of fake struck the employee and they began to fight.
IDs and in possession of The subjects were arrested and lodged into
marijuana. The subjects were the Charleston County jail.
arrested and lodged in the
Charleston County jail. July 26, 2009: A vehicle was observed with
a vehicle registration violation. The vehicle
July 12, 2009: While stopped on the side of the road and as the
checking the school, an officer officer approached, he observed one subject
found that someone had lighting something like a cigarette and
broken a window. when he saw the officer, he threw it in the
back of the vehicle. The officer could smell
July 15, 2009: While burnt marijuana. The driver consented to a
checking on a report of an search of the vehicle and the officer found
intoxicated person, an officer marijuana. The subjects were cited and
found a female slumped over released.
in a vehicle. While checking
the female, it was learned that July 28, 2009: A complainant reported that
she had been drinking and was the tires of his construction trailer had been
intoxicated. She also had blood vandalized. The complainant believed that an
around her knee area. First employee who he had terminated might have
responders were summoned to vandalized the tires.
the scene and the female was
checked out. She was arrested
22 September 4, 2009

Council unanimously approved a conspicuous location within on City boards and commissions
IOP Council from page 2 the City’s participation in the 15 feet of the rental structure. which have been advertised
consecutive renewals, and each program. The resolution was turned down extensively. Peining encouraged
year will run from October 1 – The final two items addressed 4 to 5, with Council members residents to submit their ap-
September 30. the City’s regular re-adoption of Carol Rice, Dee Taylor, Ryan plication for consideration. He
Councilman Duffy expressed it’s Public Safety policy, which Buckhannon and Martin Bet- also stated that he was happy to
concern over the length of the was approved unanimously, and telli voted against. The signs will announce that the evaluations
contract, asking if the City had the reduction of the speed limit be discussed during the Short for City Administrator Linda Lov-
an “out” written into it if the new on Palm Blvd. between Breach Term Rental meeting, which will vorn Tucker had been received
leasee did not work out. City Ad- Inlet and the Connector to 35 take place on September 16 at from Council and they all stated
ministrator Linda Lovvorn Tuck- mph. The speed limit reduction 5:30pm in Council Chambers. that she was doing an excellent
er stated that, though it would was briefly discussed and Police job.
be possible to include a City Chief Buckhannon pointed out Public Works Safety Sweepstakes winners
side “out” in the agreement, they that, even though the reduced Councilman Bettelli read for this past month are Rhonda
would have to start over with the speed limit was acceptable for through the Public Works min- Gibbons from the Building De-
negotiations, so she was advised Low Speed Vehicles, the LSVs utes from last meeting, noting partment, Russell Roper from
against it. However, Tucker cited would not be allowed to travel that the department report for Public Works, Eric Bolen from
a previous instance where the Palm Blvd. as it is designated a July recorded the highest de- the Fire Department and Fran
City and a leasee were able to “primary road”. The speed re- bris collection number they’d Overdorf from the Police Depart-
come to a reasonable agreement duction resolution was passed ever seen. Edy’s Construction is ment.
in negotiating out of a lease, “So unanimously. entering its fifth year of the five
we do have a good track record,” Upcoming events for the Public year drainage plan, and they Real Property Committee
said Tucker. Safety Department include the have completed 25th Avenue Mayor Cronin reported that July
Councilman Duffy reiterated official ribbon cutting for the new between 26th and 27th Avenue. was great for the Marina and
that it would give him serious Public Safety building on J. C. He noted that they cleaned out even though August was a little
heartburn to agree to a 15 year Long Blvd, which will take place a considerable amount of fire- slower, the Marina was doing
lease and stated that he would at 5:30pm on September 25. work debris during July. Bids well. Also at the Marina, the
“just like it to be balanced”. “I on the drainage project between Morgan Creek Grille restaurant
can’t support this,” he said. The Rules for rentals placards 54th and 57th avenue have been is now offering valet service,
motion passed 8 to 1. Although Councilman Buck- received. which the Mayor stated is doing
hannon suggested that the Bettelli also noted that a resi- very well.
Public Safety report discussion over whether or not dent had called in last month As for beach restoration and
Councilman Buckhannon re- to accept the most recent rede- and reported that they had seen sand fencing, he noted that they
counted the basic minutes of the sign of the rental rules signage a contractor dumping their are currently discussing the
last Public Safety meeting, not- be postponed until the special construction debris on a vacant placement of the fencing with
ing that Jeff Jacobs and Sandy Short Term Rentals meeting on lot. “If anyone sees this kind of Coastal Science and Engineering
Stone’s discussed the “rules” September 16, Council mem- activity, please report it to the and found that it will cost less
signage in rentals, and that bers Barbara Bergwerf, Michael Police Department immediately,” than the City expected: $5,900
EcoThon organizer Brett Carlson Loftus and Brian Duffy asked Bettelli urged. instead of the projected $10,000.
attended the meeting in order that they hold the discussion During the County Transporta- Mayor Cronin asked that the
to publicly thank the City for that night. As Loftus pointed tion Committee meeting, the City Council approve the expenditure
their participation in this year’s out, “We’ll be discussing a received $100,000 toward the of $6,000 for sand fencing and
EcoThon. The committee also whole umbrella of issues at the drainage project. Of interest, he vegetation, noting that the sand
discussed a request to require Short Term Rentals meeting, noted, was that the City partially fencing would be set in place in
sprinklers in new buildings, but Sandy [Stone] was very enthu- received the funds because they the fall, but the vegetation would
found that, since the State does siastic [about the signs] at the had been actively working on the not be planted until the spring.
not have such a law in place, the last meeting … now he’s saying project. Finally, Bettelli noted Council approved the expendi-
motion could not be adopted. they won’t work. Jeff Jacobs that Cameron Blvd. is being ture unanimously.
Buckhannon thanked Palmetto did a great job and that’s why I resurfaced in several sections,
Custom Carts for their donation thought we should go through which has caused noticeable Second reading of
of the new Low Speed Vehicle to with it.” black tire marks along the road Ordinance 2009-12: Leasing of
the Police Department, stating Councilman Taylor remarked leading to the Connector. “We’re one Pumper Fire Truck
that the “green” vehicle will “be that waiting three weeks not drag racing,” he smiled. The ordinance was passed
used throughout the island”. In wouldn’t be that big of a deal, “They’ve promised to come back unanimously.
further police news, Buckhan- stating that if the signs were and clean it up.”
non noted that the City has been to “have teeth”, they should First reading of
asked to participate in Charles- be done right and “not rushed Recreation Ordinance 2009-13: Amending
ton County’s Metro Marine through like they’re doing in Council member Carol Rice the Comprehensive Plan for
Patrol Unit. Participation would Washington.” reported that the Recreation the City of the Isle of Palms
be of no expense to the City and The Council voted to go into Department has been very busy Since this was the first read-
would allow City police person- an executive meeting and, after all summer with Piccolo Spoleto, ing of Ordinance 2009-13, any
nel to further assist the County a twenty five minute discus- Camp Summershine, Wee Camp, changes by Council members
in marine situations. Subject to sion, motioned that the “yellow” A.J. Basketball Camp and sev- to the current Comprehensive
the City attorney’s approval, the rental notice sign be placed in eral other day camps and activi- Plan were asked to be submitted
ties. She noted that soccer regis- to Douglas Kerr before second
tration is starting soon and that reading. The Ordinance must be
the Beach Run in early August passed before the end of 2009 to
was a huge success, welcoming stay in keeping with State re-
285 participants to the event. quirements.
She also noted that the Recre-
ation Department and City Hall Miscellaneous upcoming
had both suffered from lightning events
strikes this past month, but the Plant-a-Palm: Will be held on the
damage has been repaired. anniversary of Hugo, September
The next big event for the 21, at 9am on 21 Avenue.
Recreation Department is Well- Meet the Candidates: Open
ness Day, which will be held on forum discussion with Isle of
Thursday, September 17. “There Palms Council candidates at the
will be lots of good information,” Recreation Center on October 28
she said. “It should be a really at 7pm.
fabulous event.” Blood work will
be offered for $25 during the

Personnel Committee
Councilman Ralph Piening noted
that there are several openings
September 4, 2009 23

Old School brings home the gold
By Dylan Sharek

n first glance, the Crosby with the 75 or so other spectators
Family team appeared huddled under a row of pop-up
out of place at the 11th tents set up under the Center’s
Annual Isle of Palms Half Rubber tree line.
Tournament this past Saturday, “I really like it, but it gets long,”
August 22. In a field dominated said Mrs. Hanks.
by college students and thirty- As the day wore on and the
somethings, the team’s median field thinned, the odd sound of
age was 58 years old. rubber bluntly popping against
Larry Crosby, 68, is the second skin became less frequent. Foul
oldest member of the team behind balls and ankle-to-head-to-
his brother Ken, 69. Larry has backstop pitches fell innocently
broad shoulders, a wiry, strong to the ground as the families
frame, and a jock’s smile. It was of eliminated teams dispersed,
easy to imagine him when he was leaving empty the vast areas of
young, most likely resembling a the once fan-packed field. The
cross between a tall wide receiver exhausted competitors, burnt and
and a hard-nosed, old school sapped of energy, plugged away
baseball player. And watching him despite their growing weariness.
on the field against people half In the double elimination
Competitors at the 2009 Isle of Palms Half Rubber Tournament
his age, it was apparent that the tournament, the Crosby Family
ingrained, un-teachable muscle It’s puzzling that the sport hasn’t the game from the outset (six hits, team and the Vanilla Gorillas were
memory of sport still lingered in become more prevalent outside of four home runs, and one grand eliminated in the third round,
Crosby’s limbs. the Lowcountry. slam in two games), it admittedly and in the final, team Old School
“We all played half rubber as “There’s nothing like this in took his parents a little more (comprised of David Smith, Eddie
teenagers … and now we’ll play Columbia. We just heard about time. Cornwell, Lee Martin and Jimmy
once in a while on holidays. We it last night,” said Tony Hanks, a “I don’t quite understand it Mazyck) ousted 3 Dawgs And a
really just don’t want to be a first-time spectator. all yet,” smiled Mrs. Hanks. Mr. Tiger, effectively beginning their
doormat,” Crosby said. And while Mr. Hanks and his wife, Donna, Hanks added, “They described it reign as Isle of Palms half rubber
the Crosby’s weren’t topping traveled to the Isle of Palms to us back home, but you really champions.
the scores during the 24-team Recreation Center to watch their have to see it to understand it.” Congratulations to team Old
tournament, they held their own, son, Tony Hanks, Jr., participate And as the heavy sun continued School, the 2009 Half Rubber
winning their first game 7-3 in his first-ever half rubber game to beat down on the 12 fields champs!
before losing their second. with the Vanilla Gorillas team. housing the tournament, the
The Crosby’s moderate success, While Hanks, Jr. seemed to grasp Hanks began to commiserate
however, is a testament to the
spirit and concept of half rubber.
Register for Mt Pleasant Half
Rubber World Series
he Mount Pleasant place at 8:30am, with games Recreation Department facility
Recreation Department is commencing at 9am. Cash or download an entry form from
pleased to announce open prizes will be awarded to first, the recreation department page
registration for its annual Half second, and third place teams. at www.townofmountpleasant.
Rubber World Series. The 5th Teams must consist of three com (direct link is www.
annual event will be held at the to four players and players are
Park West Recreation Complex required to be at least 16 years downloads/hr09.pdf). The
in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, of age. Park West Recreation Complex
September 19. Registration is required by is located at 1251 Park West
Teams of all experience levels September 14 and fees are $20 Boulevard, off Highway 17 North
and from all areas of the country per individual, which includes in Mount Pleasant.
are encouraged to sign up for a tournament t-shirt and For more information on
the World Series tournament. lunch during the event. Half the tournament, contact Scott
Spectators are also encouraged rubber balls will be provided for Koth at 884-2528 or email
to come out, watch the fun tournament play. skoth@townofmountpleasant.
and learn about this unique, Interested participants are com. Also visit www.
traditionally Southern sport. invited to register for the world
A captains’ meeting will take series at any Mount Pleasant
PHOTO BY Sarah Reynolds

Dylan Cook with The Punishers team throws a fierce pitch to a batter from the 3 Dawgs
and a Tiger team during the 2007 Mount Pleasant Half Rubber World Series. The 2009
event is set for September 19.