Since May 2005

Sullivan’s Island

Will trees
of 'any
magnitude'
remain?
AFTER 7 YEARS,
COUNCIL MOVES ON
ACCRETED LAND ISSUE
BY JENNIFER TUOHY

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

W

hile homeowners at the
northern end of Isle
of Palms are battling
to keep the ocean from their
doorsteps, those on the southern
tip of Sullivan’s Island are battling
each other to decide what to do
with all the land that has sprung
up in front of theirs.
In this war over how to manage
the growth of vegetation on
Sullivan’s substantial accreted
land, which has been waging for
over two decades, finally a battle
has been won. On Tuesday,
May 20, Sullivan’s Island Town
Council voted to adopt as policy
a Transition Zone Proposal
put forward by councilmember
Chauncey Clarke.
The proposal allows for a
100 foot transition zone to be
established between homeowners’
property and the accreted land.
It doesn’t specify what exactly
will happen in that zone, that
will come later. This applies to
the management planning units
zones 1 2, 3 (3a and 3c) and 4
but not to Zone 3b, which is the
area in front of Sullivan’s Island
Elementary School.
The size of the transition zone
is also subject to further increase
in size by up to 20 percent,
Accreted land continues on page 26

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Volume 10 Issue 3

Discover treasure
buried on
Goat Island

RESIDENT’S HANDCRAFTED
BOXES REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF
LIVING ON THE TINY ISLAND
BY MARCI SHORE

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

S

arah Sanders took trash from her
best friend’s frame shop in Mount
Pleasant and began creating some
boxes out of the discarded frames. Her
line of Goat Island Treasure Boxes is now
sold in the South Carolina State Capitol
souvenir shop.
“We just received an order for 40 more
boxes from the State Capitol store this
morning,” said Diann Clark, who helps Sanders’
with marketing the boxes.
Sanders makes the Treasure Boxes out of
discarded pieces of picture molding, in her
woodworking shop on Goat Island, a tiny island on
the Intracoastal Waterway that’s accessible only by
boat, 200 yards from Isle of Palms, but some say, a
world away.
A retired East Cooper teacher and coach,
Sanders, 73, taught for 33 years. She has lived on
Goat Island since 1969.

“For 14 years,
I never missed a day of
teaching,” Sanders said, in spite of the fact that
getting to work every morning, rain or shine,
involved a boat ride across the waterway.
“It probably was mostly because it was more
trouble to not go, since I had to take the boat
across, and then get to the pay phone to call in,” she
said, with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. (Until
the mid-1980’s, there were no telephones on Goat
Island.)
For a short time, she lived amidst the hubbub
of downtown while teaching school, before buying
from a friend who was selling their house on Goat
Island. Curiously, Sanders said she’s never felt
lonely or afraid on the island, even when she’s been
its only full time resident, and Mother Nature, her
only companion.
Sanders was the first full-time resident of
Goat Island, following the deaths of the original
occupants, Blanche and Harry Holloway, who lived
a simple life with their herd of goats on the island
until the 60s. Palm fronds were the couple’s main
shelter.
Sanders now lives in her home with her dog,
Callie, and, appropriately, two goats, Blue and
Muriel. There are about 30 full-time residents on
Goat Island today.
A one-person production team, Sanders picks
and orders the wood, designs, cuts and glues

Sarah Sanders with her new Sullivan’s Island
Treasure Boxes.
PHOTOS BY STEVE ROSAMILIA

INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

ALL
SYSTEMS
GO PG 4

TO THE
RESCUE
PG 11

Treasure Boxes continues on page 10

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WINDS BLOW
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CIVIC

June 6,2014

Public input wanted on Coffee Shop amendment
BY JENNIFER TUOHY

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

A

change to the ordinance
regarding the definition of
restaurants on Sullivan’s
Island is being proposed by
the Planning Commission. The
draft text amendment “Coffee
Shop Uses and Other Eating
Establishments” will be discussed
at a public hearing on June 11.
The amendment addresses the
definition of eateries on the island,
refining the current definition of
“Food Service Establishment,”
under which there are five
categories, to the following:.
Bakery and Delicatessen: An
establishment where food and
beverages are prepared for takeout or on site retail sale and
does not include any wholesale
activities.
Bar: A prohibited establishment
where
alcoholic
beverages
are served for on premise
consumption, which generates
greater than 50 percent of total
revenue from alcohol sales.
Coffee
Shop:
A
small
establishment where beverages
and light meals are prepared for
onsite consumption and made
available only by way of counter
service.

Formula Restaurant: An eating
establishment consisting of four
or more franchise restaurant
where food and beverages are
prepared for consumption either
on or off the premises and which
is required by contract or other
arrangement to offer any of the
following: standardized menus,
ingredients, food preparation,
décor, uniform, architecture or
similar standardized features.
Restaurant: An establishment
where food and beverages are
prepared for individual order,
ordered and served from the
table and consumed primarily
within the principal building or in
established outdoor dining areas.
Sales of food and other goods
constitute at least 50 percent
of total revenue, and sales of
alcohol comprise no more than
50 percent of total revenue.
Of these, two are prohibited
in the commercial district,
Bars and Formula restaurants.
Restaurants will be permitted
as previously with the only
change being that the distance
of separation is being clarified as
being measured in a straight line

between the front doors.
A special exception is proposed
defining Coffee Shops as only
being permitted on existing lots,
that no new coffee shop may be
established within 300 feet of an
existing one. Additionally, they
shall contain no more than 25
seats, be restricted to operating
between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and
offer no outdoor entertainment.
Alcohol sales will be restricted to
18 percent.
As this is a new category, under
the town’s current ordinance,
there are no such establishments
on the island. The proposed
amendment allows for four such
establishments in the commercial
district. If the amendment is
approved, it will be implemented
on a first come, first served basis.
The full ordinance can be
reviewed at the town’s website:
http://sullivansisland-sc.com/
Libraries/PDF_Misc_Documents/
Language-Coffee-June_11-2014_
PC_Public_Hearing.sflb.ashx. The
public hearing is scheduled for
6.30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11.

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PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA

Activities of coffee shops such as Cafe
Medley will be defined in new ordinance.

June 6,2014

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CIVIC

IOP beach recycling pilot
program off to substantial start

Lucky Dog Publishing
o f SC , LL C

Publisher of the Island Eye News
and the Island Connection

BY JENNIFER TUOHY

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

T

he
pilot
recycling
bin
program on Isle of Palms’
beaches that began over
Memorial Day has been called
a resounding success by city
administrator Linda Tucker.
“We’re going to have to get
additional containers for what is
collected. We had to get additional
blue bins by Saturday—they
were filling up with mostly clean
recycled materials,” she said at
IOP’s May city council meeting.
“It makes you very proud, people
are very attuned.”
Charleston
County’s
Environmental
Management
Department partnered with Isle of
Palms to place 94 blue recycling
PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
barrels directly on the beach. The Donnie Pitts, IOP Public Works Director, places the recycling
barrels
on
the
beaches.
City will be servicing the beachside
recycling barrels and hauling the Environmental Management will Schweers, who represents the
area where the pilot program will
recyclables to a main collection pick up the material.
Well that was the plan, until occur. “Capturing recyclables
point on the island where County
the main collection bin filled up generated from beach tourism
over the weekend.
allows our recycling program to
“We’ll have to get more achieve greater efficiency.”
containers to hold the volume of
“We are really excited to be
materials,” a representative of the able to partner with Charleston
public works department said. County to offer the opportunity
“We emptied a container today for people to recycle at the beach,”
(Tuesday) and I made a run out Mayor Cronin said. “In response
to the beach and now it’s about to requests from residents and
90 percent full in one day.”
visitors, blue recycling barrels
And no, there is not less waste will be positioned alongside the
in the yellow bins.
City’s traditional yellow, palm
“We’ve just got more people tree barrels on the beach. Beach
coming,” he said.
goers are encouraged to use care
"The Isle of Palms continues to separate appropriately in each
to provide forward thinking of the barrels.”
leadership in the County's
The duration of the pilot
recycling efforts," said Charleston program is to be determined
County Council member Dickie pending initial results.

Recycle - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 - Recycle

Isle of Palms
886.6428
www.iop.net

Tuesday, June 10
Real Property Comittee/Planning
Commission Joint Meeting
5:30 p.m.
1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, June 11
Planning Commission
4:30 p.m.
1207 Palm Boulevard
Tuesday, June 17
Ways and Means Committee
5:45 p.m.
1207 Palm Boulevard
Wedneday, June 18
Municipal Court
9 a.m.

Civic Calendar

1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island
883.3198
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Tuesday, June 10
Municipal Court*
5:30 p.m.
2050 Middle Street
Wednesday, June 11
Coffee with the Chief!
Stop by for a chat about SI with Police
Chief Howard at Cafe Medley.
8:30 a.m.
2213 Middle Street
Planning Commission
PUBLIC HEARING
6:30 p.m.
2050 Middle Street

Thursday, June 12
Board of Zoning Appeals
6 p.m.
2050 Middle Street
Tuesday, June 17
Regular Council Meeting
6 p.m.
2050 Middle Street
Special Council Meeting
PUBLIC HEARING
6 p.m.
2050 Middle Street

Wednesday, June 18
Coffee with the Chief!
See Wednesday, June 11.
DRB Meeting
6 p.m.
2050 Middle Street

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June 6,2014

Wave Dissipation System approved by State Senate
M O U N T P L E A S A N T R E S I D E N T S ’ I N V E N T I O N H E L P S D I S S I PAT E T H E P O W E R
OF THE OCEAN BEFORE IT DAMAGES STRUCTURES
BY JENNIFER TUOHY

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

T

he Wave Dissipation System
designed by Mount Pleasant
resident Deron Nettles has
been approved for use by the South
Carolina State legislature. The system
has been added as a fourth option for
property owners who have obtained
an emergency order to protect their
property from the encroaching ocean.
On Tuesday May 20, 2014 the
House voted unanimously to allow
“wave dissipation systems or other
new technology as an alternative
to currently used methods.” Last
month the Senate also approved the
measure. Another procedural vote
sends the bill to the governor for her
signature.
“The system will now be allowed to
be used instead of or in conjunction
with the current methods,” Nettles
said. Current methods include
sand bags, sand scraping and renourishment.
“It’s a very simple process,” State
Rep. Davey Hiott said before the vote.
“What they do is very temporary.
They can take it and put it up in 72
hours.”
Nettles system is designed
to protect structures behind it by
dissipating the power of waves before

they hit the structures. Constructed
of a hollow composite polyvinyl resin
and polyethylene plastic, it resembles
a tightly-woven log fence both in
appearance and implementation.
Piles are water-jetted into the beach
and housing units slipped over the
top. Multiple log-shaped panels are
then slotted between the units and
everything is locked into place.
When waves hit the panels they
are able to pass through it but at
substantially reduced energy levels,
which differentiates the system from
a traditional sea wall that simply
blocks waves.
“It’s important for people to
remember that it’s a system that’s
devised to dissipate wave energy off
a dune system or structure,” Nettles
said. “Any sand that builds up in
front or behind the system, that’s a
bonus.”
Nettles first installed a test system
in front of Seascape Condos on the
northern tip of the Isle of Palms.
The 88 foot wide fence was in place
through March of this year. Following
a particularly high tide however,
Wave system continues on page 5

This new 144 foot wave dissipation system was installed on the northern end
of the Isle of Palms in May, it replaced the trial 88 foot system in place since
October, 2013.
PHOTO BY DERON NETTLES

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June 6,2014

PHOTO BY MARY PRINGLE

Panels from the trial installation of the dissipation system washed
up down the beach following a particularly high tide in March.

Wave system continues from page 4
parts of it washed away.
“It broke up during the new moon high tide,”
Mary Pringle, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s
Island Project Leader for the SCDNR Turtle
Nest Protection Program, said. “I found part
of it at 29th Ave. and at 12th Ave., which is
miles away from where it was.”
“The rate of erosion starting to occur out
there is really ramping up,” Nettles said when
asked about the subsequent removal of the
wall. “We were losing ground on keeping
those sides contained. The wings were only
embedded 3-4 feet, and they were adversely
impacted by the extreme high tide. The main
part, which was down 6-8 feet did fine. It was
a test and wasn’t designed to fully protect
that north corner of that building.”
He has since installed a 144ft fence
embedded up to 12 feet, making it much
longer and stronger. Nettles pointed out they

were able to remove the entire 88 feet in 4
hours.
“If you tried to do that with 88 feet of
sandbags it would take days or a week, and
they would be shredding and littering.”
As of early June, Nettles’ says the new
system is performing nicely now that it is
specifically designed and tailored to protect
the north corner of the building.
Turtle advocates on the islands are not
particularly happy however.
“If it is out on the beach and those horizontal
pipes are in place then it’s not turtle friendly
because it''s a barrier” Pringle said. “I’m just
afraid people are getting their hopes up with
unrealistic expectations regarding erosion.
“To be truly turtle friendly it would have to
be removed between May and October, that’s
turtle nesting season, that’s when the rules
go into effect.”
However an emergency order overrides
DHEC’s turtle nesting rules, which is why
the sandbags and now the wave dissipation
system are allowed in front of the Seascape
condos.
Nettles counters that his fence is far
friendlier than the sandbags, which are the
current option being used on Isle of Palms.
“When you have no storm or no elevated
tidal events the panels don’t need to be in
there—that’s when it's turtle friendly. If you
have a storm or high tide come in, you can
install the panels and then quickly remove
them afterwards,” he said. “But when you’re
in an emergency situation like the Ocean
Club it’s not a conducive area for turtles to
nest. They’re not going to nest in a heavily
eroded area. The turtle team will find them
and relocate them.”
Now that the system has been approved for
use in emergency situations, what is next for
Nettles?

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“We’re looking at helping people,” he said.
“We really think we have a good product
and something that’s proven to not cause
scouring or any down drift problems. We’re
really happy with that. We’re working closely
with OCRM and DHEC to show them were
having good results. We’re having surveys
and elevations shot every two weeks.”
Not all conservationists are onboard
however, The State newspaper reported that
Duke University coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey
doubts more study will make a difference.
“If the device is blocking sand, it is
interfering with the natural movement of the
beach,” he said. “And if the device is too large,
it could limit public access to the beach.”
“It stays tight to a dune line that is near to
a structure, it doesn’t impede beach goers,”
Nettles said. “Sandbags usually block public
access, our system does not. We can have
all public access open with our system. Plus
we’re only going to be in areas like the Ocean
Club or Seascape where it’s bad.”
Pilkey believes however that the system is
simply a seawall and will cause the loss of
beach without helping the property behind it.
“I just can’t believe that in this day and age
this kind of device would be on the market.
It ain’t gonna work. I’d stake my reputation
on it. I call these kinds of things snake oil
devices,” he said to The State newspaper.
One Isle of Palms resident noted that at high
tide the waves had taken out any accreted
sand behind the system and then some.
“The water was actually scraping the beach
behind the wall,” she said.
For now however, Nettles has his chance to
prove his doubters wrong. The new legislation
means the system can be in place until the
anticipated sand bar that is slowly migrating
to the northern end of Isle of Palms comes to
the rescue of the homes there.

June 6,2014

7

CIVIC

Mixed messages hold up decision on sign
IOP COUNCIL CONSIDERS WELCOME SIGN, BUDGET
BY JENNIFER TUOHY

W

ill an LED welcome sign at the
entrance to Isle of Palms turn the
city into a Myrtle Beach clone? That
was the major concern of city council during
a discussion of the proposed message boards
at its May meeting
The
council
was
questioning
a
representative of St. Claire Signs, the winning
bidder on the job, before deciding whether
to vote on a motion to award a $38,164.36
contract to the company. The representative
provided the following information following
council’s questions.
• The sign has essentially the same
capabilities as a computer monitor, it can
display as many letters at whatever size
you want in whichever colors you choose.
• The board can be controlled in different
ways, from a computer or from a mobile
device.
• The board has an automatic dimming
function—or you can set it to turn off
between certain hours.
• You can schedule the messages as far in
advance as you like.
• The board is capable of automatically
picking up amber alerts from Homeland
Security.
• It is designed to operate up to 140 degrees.
• It comes with a 5 year parts and labor
warranty and its lifespan averages 15
years.
• If you lost power or if you lost internet
connection you’d lose the ability to
communicate with the sign.

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

Members of council expressed concern
about the appearance of the sign, whether it
is “too commercial.”
“I’ve been coming here 56 years myself,”
said the representative. “You have a lovely
area. I don’t think where your signs are is too
commercial, and you can dim it every night.
It’s not like you’re going to be playing video
on the board, it’s just for messages.”
Administrator Tucker pointed out that
these signs are prohibited by city ordinance
so this would not be the start of a long line
of such signs, these would be the only ones
allowed on the island.
“The ability to put out safety messages is
attractive to me—amber alerts, rip tides, etc.
Right now we can’t do it quickly. That’s what
is appealing to me more than anything else,”
Mayor Cronin said. “But it is very expensive.
Is there anything we can do about that?”
“They are expensive. And the design of
your sign, which is in keeping with the look
of the original sign, is more expensive. We
could do it a bit different but it would be more
commercial.”
Councilmembers Jimmy Carroll and
Jimmy Ward said they had received a lot of
letters and comment from members of the
public who were against the idea of the new
signs. Mayor Cronin pointed out that no one
has seen it yet.
A decision was made to delay a vote on
the signs until council members had the
opportunity to go and review a sign outside
the college of Charleston basketball stadium

downtown that was made by St. Clair Signs.
2014/15 City Budget
The budget was reviewed in detail, with
members of council expressing concern about
the stability of the city’s finances beyond the
2014/15 budget.
“We understand that a millage increase is
not in the cards this year but it will be if we
keep going this way,” Councilmember Jimmy
Ward said.
The second reading of the budget was
deferred until June so it can go back to the
committees for further refinement. It will
be reviewed by Ways and Means and then
presented to council for a second reading and
ratification at the June council meeting.
Other items of note
• Deputy Director of Charleston Visitor’s
Bureau gave a presentation to Ways &
Means on what the chamber does for the
beaches. The committee was impressed
with the information.
• Real Property committee has decided, in
consultation with tenants at the Marina, to
devise a comprehensive long term plan for
the entire Marina.
• Be careful with your golf cart. Apparently
some of the keys in golf carts will fit like golf
carts. Council advises putting some kind of
decal on it so you know which one is yours.
• Administrative Tucker received a note that
IOP has been named one of 40 safe cities in
the state.
• The watersports dock is complete and Tidal
Waves Watersports is operational.

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June 6,2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Council Cannot See The Woods
For The Trees
The last Sullivan’s Island
Town Council meeting on May
19 was a textbook example of self
- interest, political doubletalk,
and incredible shortsightedness.
After three years of investigation,
research, on-site study and
debate, taking into consideration
the diverse opinions of all of
the
residents
of
Sullivan’s
Island, the Sullivan’s Island
LUNR (Land Use and Natural
Resources) committee made a
reasoned recommendation to
the whole council concerning
the “transition zones” portion of
the proposed management plan
for the protected coastal forest
– that is, a transition from the
homeowners adjacent to the
forest and the forest itself.
In one hour other members
of council disregarded these
recommendations and on a 4-2
vote, which would probably have
been 4-3 if an absent member
of council was present to vote,
instead adopted an excessive and
unjustified intrusion into this
important wildlife habitat. Let’s
look closely at this travesty of a
decision.
Why do we say “self interest?"
Two
councilpersons
are
homeowners who are directly
affected by this decision. While
this would probably not rise to
the legal requirement that they
recuse themselves from voting
on this issue, the higher ethical
standards expected of our elected
leaders might suggest that they
voluntarily recuse themselves. If I
were in that I position I would be
embarrassed to cast a vote that
ignored the recommendation of a
town committee to benefit myself
so directly.
Why do we say "political
doubletalk?"
We have discussed the ongoing
management plan with council
members at many times and
it seemed that these members
realized that we need to move,
together, to a compromise that
most, if not all, residents could
support. It was recognized by
council members, we thought,
that a series of 4-3 votes on
a plan, no matter which side
prevailed, would lead to a
neverending battle. Compromise
and consensus were the goals.
Let me describe compromise
from the conservationists’ point
of view. We could easily support
and defend a concept that says
we should do nothing to this
protected forest. But that is not
our position; we support the
nature paths being developed,
we support the removal of
the “invasive species” that is
currently being done (with these
invasive species being carefully
defined). Advice was obtained on
how to accomplish this task, and
it is supervised by the experts.
Some dedicated conservationists
even go out and help with the

manual labor. We also recognize
the concerns of homeowners
concerning fire risk, “pests,”
views, breezes etc. So, in the spirit
of compromise, transition zones
would be an idea conservationists
could support: done correctly
with research guiding each zone,
determining how wide each area
should be (not a one size fits
all), what vegetation could be
removed, and which trees need
to be conserved, with the least
damage to the land.
Conservationists
became
involved with the committees
over the years, followed the
debate, and provided expertise.
We
support
compromise

now we see all of that effort
overturned and ignored. Council
members, particularly those not
involved with the many years of
work and compromise during
the development of the transition
zone plan, should familiarize
themselves with these efforts in
addition to their independent
communication
with
other
ecologically
knowledgeable
individuals and articles. The
LUNR committee based the
transition zone recommendations
on a tremendous amount of
information collected from many
ecological experts and expended
a tremendous amount of effort to
develop a compromise plan with
public input. Any deviation from
the plan without considerable
documented research provided to
the residents should be avoided.
Finally why do we say
"incredible shortsightedness?"
If this is the trajectory of
council, why should, why would,
those who see the value of the
forest stay involved in a debate
toward any “compromise” that will
subsequently be ignored. In this
particular case recommendations
of the LUNR committee for
transition zones of 40 to 70 feet
in some areas and up to 100 feet
in some areas got expanded to a
uniform 100 feet plus a potential
20 percent increase in all zones.
Such actions will assure that a
management plan with which
both “sides” can live will not be
forthcoming.
From
the
conservationists
side we will continue the fight
indefinitely, with the involvement
of state conservation agencies
if necessary, if this amount of
destruction of the land held
in trust “for the benefit of all
residents of Sullivan’s Island”
continues, and the land becomes
an over-manipulated forest held
in trust for only the few. And, in
the end, no matter how long it
takes, the concept of compromise
And conservation will prevail. If
the present council cannot find
the wisdom to forge such a plan,
perhaps a different council will.
The next election starts now.

Wait before you judge
Presiding
Judge
Markley
Dennis issued an oral ruling on
the SI Referendum lawsuit on May
16, 2014. An incorrect message
about the ruling is being put out
by the Town of Sullivan’s Island.
The fact is that Judge Dennis
ruled that Sullivan’s Island Town
Council violated South Carolina
law when it decided to ignore a
2011 citizens’ petition. In his
ruling, Judge Dennis noted that
only a court can decide on the
validity of a petition to Town
Council. Town Council does not
have that authority.
The issue is about the
separation of powers. There are
three branches of government:
Legislative,
Judicial
and
Executive. The Legislative branch
makes the laws. The Judicial
branch interprets the laws.
Sullivan’s Island Town Council
is a legislative body, not a
judicial body. As a legislative

body, Town Council does not
have the authority to determine
that a petition is invalid and
does not have the authority to
ignore a certified petition. Only
a member of the judicial branch
of government has the authority
to declare a certified petition
invalid. Judge Dennis confirmed
that with his ruling on May 16.
There will be a written ruling
from Judge Dennis in the coming
weeks, and that will clarify all
aspects of the oral ruling. It
would serve all to wait on the
written ruling before passing
along misleading conjecture and
information that is just simply
incorrect.
Barbara Spell
Sullivan’s Island

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Treasure Boxes continues from cover
together each box. There is fine detail work in
making the 45-degree cuts, and then piecing
the corners together so that the frame pieces
connect as seamlessly as possible.
Since seriously beginning her production
of the Treasure Boxes in 2007, she has
progressed to 14 total lines of Goat Island
Treasure Boxes, including The Charleston
Hospitality Box, The Fort Sumter Box, The
Sweetgrass Box, The South Carolina State
Motto Box, The Turtle Hatchlings Box and 11
others that all pay tribute to some facet of
South Carolina life.
Some boxes are what Sanders calls
“orphans.” They are one-of-a-kind boxes
created from pieces of frame she wouldn’t
normally order, due to the high cost of special
ordering it.
Her most recent line is the Sullivan’s Island
Box, which features the customer’s choice of
either a pair of dolphins or the crescent moon
and palmetto tree on top, explained Clark,
fellow Goat Island resident. When not helping
Sanders with sales and marketing, Clark and
her husband, Dennis, also own Goat Island
Gatherings.
“People find their own uses for their boxes.
Some people use it to store locks of baby hair
or keepsakes,” Sanders said in her production
room, surrounded by boxes awaiting their
finishing touches. “Someone else maybe will
use it every day as a place to put their car
keys.”
The Goat Island Boxes were touted as
being among the most desirable gifts “that
say Charleston,” for Christmas season, by
The Post & Courier newspaper.
Right now, Goat Island Treasure Boxes are
available locally at The Sandpiper Gallery
on Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms Marina

June 6,2014
store and at Hudson’s
Market in Wild Dunes.
They are also available
at several stores in
Mount Pleasant and
downtown. There’s a
Goat Island Treasure
Box Facebook page
to see photos and
contact information to
place orders.
“It takes a special
person to live here.
They need a real love
of
‘place,’”
Diann
Clark said on the
short jaunt of a boat
ride from the IOP
Marina to Sanders’
dock.
Sanders has had
that love of Goat
Island for nearly 50
years, as she still
reminisces about the
days before there were
phones on the island,
a lot of boat traffic on
the waterway, and an
airplane strip where
the Wild Dunes Golf
Course is now.
“I remember one Diann Clark and Sanders survey the production line in Sanders’ Goat Island home.
of the first summers
being among her favorite.
I was here, there were 18-20 children living
“I feel like this is the best time of my life,”
on the island at that time. You heard squeals she said. “I didn’t have any kids of my own,
of delight all summer coming from the water. but I helped raise thousands of other people’s
The kids got just as brown as can be from kids, and now I don’t have to please anyone
being outside all day, swimming, crabbing, but myself every day.”
and fishing.”
To watch video highlights of Marci
In spite of the passage of time and loss of
Shores’s
interview with Sanders and tour
some of the primitive appeal of Goat Island,
of
Goat
Island visit islandeyenews.com
she considers these years of retirement as

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11

Osprey shot on Wild Tax relief offered for
Dunes golf course rental property owners
BY KATHRYN CASEY

TRAGIC INCIDENT OFFERS OPPORTUNITY

A

F O R E D U C AT I O N
BY JENNIFER TUOHY

ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

PHOTOS COURTESY CENTER OF BIRDS OF PREY

The osprey from Wild Dines at the Center for Birds of Prey clinic.

O

n April 21, an osprey
entangled in a fishing
line was admitted to the
medical clinic of The Center for
Birds of Prey.
“After further investigation it
was discovered that the bird had
a hook embedded in his body and
two small gunshot wounds,” said
Center’s Medical Clinic Director
Debbie Mauney.
The bird was brought to the
clinic by senior volunteer Mary
Pringle, who had been called
after Arthur Perry, a resident of
Isle of Palms, found the osprey
on the golf course at Wild Dunes.
The sound of two gunshots had
drawn him to the location.
“When I got there Isle of Palms
police officer Hunter Larimore
was on the scene as well as two

residents of the neighborhood,”
Pringle said. “The adult osprey
who lives next to a pond at the
14th fairway of the Harbor gold
course had become entangled
in monofilament line and was
on the bank of the pond. The
situation was made much worse
by two young males who had shot
it. The golfers, also young men,
who lived nearby, had seen them
with a rifle, heard several shots,
called the police, and chased the
perpetrators.
“I rescued the osprey, carried it
to the Medical Clinic at the Center
for Birds of Prey. The injury from
the fish hook was not fatal, but
a bullet had destroyed the bird's
elbow joint so that it would never

ISLAND EYE NEWS REPORTER

bill targeted at relieving
tax burdens on South
Carolina’s middle class
has been introduced to the
South Carolina Legislature.
Read for the first time on
June 6, 2013, Bill 437 is
under review by the Senate.
This bill questions how long
a homeowner can rent their
property before their home is
assessed at a higher rate.
Normally,
an
owneroccupied home is assessed
at 4 percent for property tax
purposes, while all other
homes are assessed at 6
percent. After being rented
for 15 days a year, a home is
assessed at the higher rate. Bill
437 would “allow a taxpayer
to rent a property for up to 72
days and retain the special 4
percent,” according to the bill’s
documents.
Bill 437’s sponsor, Senator
Ray Cleary, R - Georgetown,
believes the changes to the
code of laws of South Carolina
is necessary for some middle
class families that can’t afford
not to rent their homes.
“For the last 10 years,
be able to fly again. So it had to
be humanely euthanized.”
It is illegal to discharge a
firearm on the Isle of Palms or
Sullivan’s Island, and all native
birds, including birds of prey, are
protected by law.
“We are required by federal
law to report all illegal activity
related to migratory birds to
USFWS within 48 hours of
admittance,” Mauney said. “This
case was reported to USFWS
law enforcement, SCDNR law
enforcement, and the IOP Police
dept. All these agencies responded
quickly and spent most of the

Senate has been trying to help
people keep their homes,”
Cleary said. “Some people are
forced to move into a condo
for the summer and rent their
home out to afford increasing
insurance rates. They really
don’t want to lose the family
home, for a lot of people, that’s
their only home.”
According to Cleary, the
current property tax laws are
not fair to the middle class
families who cannot afford the
increased property taxes that
come with renting a home for
more than 14 days.
“This isn’t a tax break for the
rich. It’s more for the middle
class,” Cleary said. “It doesn’t
give them a tax break, it
allows them to say this is their
permanent home.”
Cleary goes onto explain
that in the eyes of the Supreme
Court, someone that rents
their home for more than 15
days of the year cannot claim
it as their main residence.
The bill has just come out of
the Senate with a date change.
Its next stop is a review in the
House.
following day investigating this
case, but to my knowledge, they
were unable to identify the young
men who allegedly shot the bird.”
“This story is one that really
illustrates what a threat we can
be to these apex predators who
are so important to the health of
our ecosystems,” Kara Viacrucis
of The Center said.
If you have information about
this incident which might be
helpful to the Isle of Palms’ police
call 886.6522.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND AN INJURED BIRD OF PREY
Call the Center for Birds of Prey at 843.971.7474 who will help you with the following steps,
depending on the particular situation:
• Carefully catch the bird.
• Use a pair of heavy gloves—even a weak bird will attempt to defend itself. Approach the bird very
slowly and from the front. Cover the bird with a towel, blanket, or jacket, and pick it up, taking
care to fold the wings against the body and secure the legs and talons.
• Place the bird in a sturdy cardboard box.
• The box should be just slightly larger than the bird, with ventilation holes and a blanket or towel
on the bottom. Keep the box in a warm, dark, quiet place away from children and pets. Cover the
box with a towel or blanket. Do not disturb the bird once placed inside the box.
• Do not offer food or water to the bird.
• The bird may not be strong enough to digest solid food, even if it appears hungry, and feeding
could harm or even kill the bird.
• Injured raptors require specialized treatment and care from a licensed, experienced practitioner.
It is illegal to possess any migratory bird without state and federal permits.
• With your assistance, an injured bird of prey with can be provided appropriate medical attention
and a good chance for recovery and return to its natural environment.
Information courtesy www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

Mary Pringle holds a young osprey.

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Sign on for sizzling summer
reading at the Poe
BY DELORES SCHWEITZER

T

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

he promise of “Fun for
All Ages” delivers this
summer as the Poe Branch
Library welcomes locals and
visitors with a wide variety of
programs, reading promotions
and incentives sponsored by
the Charleston County Public
Library.
For the kids, Poe has partnered
with
Porkchop
Productions,
Story Puppet Theater, the Bee
Cause, the Sewee Education
Center, Charleston Sail and
Power Squadron, Hampstead
Stage, the National Park Service,
Mt. Pleasant Seafood, Haddrell’s
Point, DIY Crafts and STAR
Therapy dogs for a great summer
lineup. Teens are invited to meet
up with their friends at Poe for
“Misery Loves Company,” where
staff will provide snacks and
help them get on hold lists for
popular summer reading titles
and stay on track for summer
assignments. And adults can
join our monthly book club
meetings, learn Mah Jongg on
Thursday nights, or learn some
new computing skills at Tech
Tuesdays.
One of the great joys of summer
is having time to read—on the
beach, in the car, on the plane
and to each other. While reading
is certainly its own reward, CCPL
is making it even more appealing
this summer with great prizes.
First up are babies and
toddlers, because they are
readers in the making. CCPL
has many Pre-Reader storytimes
at different branches, including
the popular “Time for Twos”
with Mrs. Mac at the Poe
Branch every Tuesday at 10:30
AM.
“Fizz Boom Read ABC”
provides incentives of free board
books and tote bags to parents
who complete a variety of prereading activities with their
children such as “narrate
an everyday activity like
washing
the
dishes,
cooking or shopping” or
“clap out the words to a
favorite nursery rhyme.”
Children up to age 11
can participate in “Fizz
Boom Read” and count the
hours that they enjoy books
starting on June 1. At 5
hours, kids receive reading
certificates, reading medals
and a pass to the Riverdogs
“Celebrate Reading” Game
on August 3. At 15 hours,
they get a choice of a
Children’s
Museum
or
Carolina Ice Palace pass,
and a choice of a Charleston
Battery Soccer ticket or
karate lessons at Masters
Studios. At 30 hours, they
get a Charleston Aquarium
ticket and Sweet CeCe’s
frozen treat coupon, and
they are entered into

the Grand Prize Drawing for
fabulous prizes.
Teens can get in the reading
act with “Spark a Reaction”
for grades 6-12. Young adults
read anything they like—books,
magazines, graphic novels and
online
content
(audiobooks
count). They complete an entry
form with a brief summary, and
when they reach 500 pages,
they receive a Value Meal from
McDonalds, a ticket to the
Riverdogs “Celebrate Reading”
Game on August 3, and a great
summer reading t-shirt, and
they are eligible for the grand
prize drawing at their local
branch. If they keep reading and
submitting summaries beyond
the 500 pages, they are eligible
for bi-weekly prize drawing
for gift cards from Barnes and
Noble, Walmart and iTunes.
Finally, adults can catch
the “Reading Wave” by reading
books and entering drawings for
chances to win Regal Cinema,
Lowe’s, Starbucks, and local
gas station gift cards at their
local branch.
All registered
participants will be entered in the
CCPL Grand Prize drawing for a
basket of treats from Maverick
Kitchens/Charleston Cooks and
a $50 gift card, with four lucky
runners-up receiving $50 gas
cards and $50 gift certificates to
the Friends of the Library Book
Sales.

TENNIS TIPS

June 6,2014

Thoughts about the
drop shot
BY CHARLY RASHEED

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

O

ne of the most devastating weapons a player can have in their
shot selection is a functional drop shot.  However, a great drop
shot without knowledge of its corresponding court positioning
could make it a liability. 
A well struck drop shot will have the opponent running for his life
just to reach a ball about to the ground for the second time.  By the
time they get there, the opponent will be close to, and well under,
the net at the point of their contact.  Through sheer physical laws,
the returned drop shot has to played back low to high.  The pace of
the shot will be slow, often resulting in a stereotypical floater.  At
the highest level, the strategy of returning a drop shot is a drop shot
back or a short acute angle. The player who chooses to deliver a drop
shot has to become proactive with their court positioning following
the shot itself. 
It is important to move inside the baseline after the drop shot is
hit anticipating the floater or short ball from the opponent.  This
will allow the player to take time away from their opponent who is
making every effort to recover to a balanced position at the net.  If
the player who hits the drop shot moves forward, their corresponding
shot selection is often obvious.  It is then possible to take advantage
of their lack of balance by playing a lob or hitting the ball to the open
court.   Court positioning, after playing a drop shot is essential to
contributing to the success of the point.
Charly Rasheed is the director of tennis at the Wild Dunes tennis
center. Call 843.886.2113 or visit www.wilddunes.com for more
information on the tennis programs offered.

Information on all these
programs is available at the Poe
Branch Library, located at 1921
I’on Avenue on Sullivan’s Island.
Visit www.ccpl.org for more
details, and like “Poe Library”
on Facebook to receive updates
and reminders of programs and
promotions.

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June 6,2014

Get set for
Saturday’s
Floppin’ Flounder

Waterkeeper begins
testing recreational
waterways

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BY RICK SCHMIDT

BY HANNAH DANAHEY

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

C

harleston Waterkeeper is Brittlebank Park, seven received
pleased to announce the a ‘failing’ designation meaning
start of the 2014 water that more than 10 percent of
quality sampling season and share the samples tested fell below
results from the 2013 season. The state water quality standards.
2013 Recreational Water Quality Charleston
Waterkeeper
is
Scorecard assesses the quality working with local communities,
of many local waterways for safe businesses, and municipalities
water-based
recreational
activity, and
encourages
“OF 12 SITES, RANGING FROM SHEM CREEK TO
readers
to
take BRITTLEBANK PARK, SEVEN RECEIVED A ‘FAILING’
action while DESIGNATION.”
providing
numerous
ways every individual can help on affected waterways to petition
protect our waterways.
DHEC for waterway improvement
How does the Recreational plans.
Water
Quality
Monitoring
Charleston Waterkeeper has
Program work? One of Charleston
high
expectations for 2014,
Waterkeeper’s many data-driven
seeking
to double the number
programs, the Water Quality
Monitoring Program regularly of samples tested, providing
tests the “swimmability” of local reliable information about the
tidal creeks and other hotspots for quality of your favorite waterway
activities like swimming, paddle for swimming, paddle boarding,
boarding and sailing. Every kayaking, and sailing. Track
week from May through October, Charleston Waterkeeper’s findings
samples
are
collected
and by following the organization
tested at College of Charleston’s on Twitter and Facebook and
Hydochemistry
Research
downloading the Swim Guide
Laboratory for the amount of
Enterococcus bacteria present. app. Visit charlestonwaterkeeper.
Testing results are published org/water-quality for additional
as soon as they are available information on the Water Quality
on Charleston Waterkeeper’s Monitoring Program and results.
website, Facebook, Twitter and
Swim Guide app so the public
can make an informed choice
about water-based recreational
activity.
May 7 marked the beginning
of the 2014 sampling season.
Last year, the team successfully
tested 199 samples from 12 sites
around the Charleston Harbor
watershed. Of those 12 sites,
ranging from Shem Creek to

T

he 23rd Floppin’ Flounder 5K on Sullivan’s Island
starts at 8, Saturday, June 7 at Middle Street and
Station 15, near the Fish Fry Shack.
One of the last events in the local spring racing scene, the
Floppin’ Flounder is always a good time. This year promises
to deliver even more, a great new t-shirt design, fun overall
and age group awards, and race medals for the first 30
children to finish.
Participants
and
volunteers will enjoy
a post-race breakfast
provided by the Triangle
Char & Bar and the
Black Bean Co. Everyone
present after the awards
can have a chance to win
great raffle prizes.
The
Charleston
Running Club gives half
of all the race proceeds
to the Sullivan’s Island
Fire Department. You
can register to run and
to volunteer at www.
charlestonrunningclub.
com., with more details on
the Charleston Running
Club’s Facebook page.

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Is l a nd E y e C a l e nda r

June 7
ONGOING EVENTS

Mondays
Core and More
10:30-11:30 a.m. Isle of Palms
Recreation Center. Build core
muscles and a sculpted body with
this $10 class every Monday. For
more information visit www.iop.net
or call 843.886.8294.
Ballet (2-5 yrs)
Mondays 4/21-5/12, 12:30 p.m.1 p.m., Isle of Palms Recreation
Center. $50 residents fee and
$55 non-residential fee. For more
information call 843.886.8294 or
visit www.iop.net.

Tuesdays
Storytime
10:30 a.m. Time for Twos at
Edgar Allan Poe/Sullivan’s Island
Branch. Starting June 3.
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
3:30-7 p.m. Corner of Coleman
and Simmons Street
Tai Chi/Qigong
11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Isle of
Palms Recreation Center. $10 per
class. For more information call
843.886.8294.

Wednesdays
Barn Jam
The Awendaw Green Barn every
Wednesday, 6-10 p.m. $5 at the
door, all ages welcome. Enjoy
a night of diverse music from
around the globe on the uniquely

bohemian ground of the Sewee
Outpost. Wood fired pizza and
fresh grilled oysters (while in
season) will be available as well
as libations. www.facebook.com/
awendawgreen.

Thursdays
Mah Jongg Nights (adults)
Poe’s Library hosts Mah Jongg
Thursdays at 6 p.m. Learn to
play American Mah Jongg. No
experience necessary. 1921 I’on
Avenue, 883.3914.
Nature Movie at SeeWee Visitor
Center
2 p.m. Call 843-928-3368 for more
information.
Yappy Hour and Pups, Yups &
Food Truck return
both held on select Thursday
evenings at James Island County
Park and Palmetto Islands County
Park in Mount Pleasant. Yappy
Hour features live music and
beverages for sale, directly in the
off-leash dog park at James Island
County Park. Yappy Hour kicks
off on May 15 with a performance
by the Soul Fish Duo. Pups, Yups
and Food Trucks offers on-site
food trucks and live music in
the meadow at Palmetto Islands
County Park in Mount Pleasant,
just adjacent to the dog park.
Pups, Yups and Food Trucks will
debut May 22 with the Cast Iron
Food Truck and live music by
family favorite Dave Landeo.

Fridays
Acoustic Sunset Oyster Roast
The Wreckfish, 7690 Northwoods
Blvd. Every Friday 5-8 p.m. on
the outdoor patio. There is $12
all you can eat oysters as well
as live music and drink specials.
Call 843.580.4040 for more
information.
Saturdays
Tae Kwon Do for Seniors
Must be 50 or older. 9-10 a.m.
at the Isle of Palms Recreational
Center. $35 resident fee and $40
non-resident fee. There is a drop
in fee of $10 per class. For more
information call 843.886.8294
Charleston Farmers Market
8 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine in
Marion Square, 329 Meeting
Street. A variety of local produce,
plants, herbs and cut flowers
as well as breakfast and lunch
vendors, live entertainment and
an assortment of juried arts and
crafts from local artisans for
visitors to experience.

ONGOING

Unfurled: Flags from the
Collections of the Charleston
Museum
The Charleston Museum presents
an original exhibition, Unfurled:
Flags from the Collections of the

Charleston Museum, from May
5, 2014 to January 4, 2015. On
display in its Historic Textiles
Gallery, the Museum's flag
collection spans from the early
19th century to the late 20th
century, with examples covering
a range of functions and styles.
Many flags are exhibited for the
first time.

Friday, June 6
Summer Reading Kick-Off at
Edgar Allan Poe Library
Enjoy ice cream with toppings and
check out your first book of the
summer.

Saturday, June 7
Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Front Beach Isle
Of Palms, free event. Individual
and team entries are permit
(Maximum 4 people on a team).
Registration will be offered at 8:30
a.m. day of event. Free T-shirts
to the first 200 pre-register
participants. To register call
843.886.8294 or visit www.iop.net.
23rd Annual Floppin’ Flounder
5K Run and Walk
Race starts at 8 a.m. at the
Fish Fry Shack, Middle Street
and Station 15. Presented by
Charleston Running Club.
Entry Fees until June 6 are $25
for CRC members and $30 for
non-members. Entry fees for
day-of-race signup are $35 for
members and non-members.
Early packet pickup is Friday,
June 6 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
You can register online at www.
charlestonrunningclub.com.
Men’s Club BBQ
4:30 – 7 p.m., The First United
Methodist Church – Isle of Palms,
21st Blvd, is holding its annual
barbecue. Come join us for great
food – BBQ w/sauces, baked
beans, slaw, pickles. Tickets $10.
Homemade desserts prepared
by the Ladies of the church, will
also be available. We offer several
dining options – Dine-in, Carry
out or Drive-thru. All proceeds

benefit local charities. For more
information call 843.886.6610.
Play: DIY Arts and Crafts
10 a.m. at the Edgar Allan Poe/
Sullivan’s Island Branch. Being
crafty and creative is easier than
you think.
Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing
Tournament: Cooper River
Challenge
6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Pleasant
Pier. Enjoy fantastic fishing at
the foot of the Ravenel Bridge on
Charleston Harbor!  Prizes will be
awarded for the largest game fish
catch in the following categories:
Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth
Angler (12 and under), Senior
Angler (60+), and Total Weight of
Five Fish. Pre-registration ends
May 30. On-site registration
begins at 6 a.m. Tournaments
held rain or shine. For additional
information, call (843) 762-9946.
An adult chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under.
Fees: $13/$10 CCR Discount; $8
for seniors or youth ages 3-12. $5
for Fishing Pass Holders.

Monday, June 9
First United Methodist Church
Vacation Bible School
Isle of Palms at 21st Ave is
inviting children K through 5th
grade to participate from 9 a.m.
to noon each day in a Wilderness
Escape Vacation Bible School.
Activities include participating in
an Israelite Camp, making crafts,
playing games, visit with Moses,
and everyone learns to look for
evidence of God all around them.
Additionally we are collecting
gently used children’s books
to be donated to Book Worm
angels. You can sign up online at
iopmethoidist.com or contact the
Church Office at 886-6610.

Tuesday, June 10
Tech Tuesdays: Do you speak
antique?
At Edgar Allan Poe/Sullivan’s
Island Branch. Join special guest
Linda Page for the CCPL Antiques

June 23
Research Roadshow at 12 p.m.
Discover the value of your own
treasures by using CCPL’s great
resources.

paid chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under.
Fee: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10
on-site (if available)

Thursday, June 12

Sunday, June 15

Thursday Night Boogie
6 – 10 p.m. Mount Pleasant Pier.
Join us for this NEW event at the
Mount Pleasant Pier! The pier will
be rockin' with the sounds of DJ
Jim Bowers as he plays a variety
of line dancing hits, unforgettable
oldies, and beach music classics!
Beverages, food, and snacks will
be available for purchase. Tickets
are limited; advance purchase
is recommended. A photo ID is
required to gain entry into the
event. No refunds or exchanges.
For ages 21 and up. Fee: $10/$8
CCR Discount/$10 on-site (if
available)

Fathers’ Day

Saturday, June 14
Youth Fishing Rodeo at Sewee
7:30 a.m. Children 6 to 16 can
have fun fishing Sewee Pond and
make a fish art t-shirt! Call the
Center to register by June 10 (843)
– 928 – 3368
Why would anybody cut down a
tree?
11 a.m. Trees are some of the best
friends we have, so why would we
cut them down? Come learn all
about how trees help us and why
we sometimes have to cut them
down. At Sewee visitor center, for
more information please call (843)
928-3368.
Shaggin' on the Cooper
7 – 11 p.m.. Mount Pleasant
Pier. Spend an evening dancing
on the scenic Mount Pleasant
Pier to live music by the Shem
Creek Boogie Band! Enjoy
scenic views of the Charleston
Harbor while dancing to live
classic oldies and beach music.
Beverages, food, and snacks
will be available for purchase.
Tickets are limited; advance
purchase is recommended. A
photo ID is required to gain entry
into the event. A registered and

Wild Dunes Dad’s Day
Dad’s enjoy one local craft beer
or glass of wine with purchase of
a dinner entrée at the Sea Island
Grill inside the Boardwalk Inn or
The Lettered Olive on the Village
Plaza.

Monday June 16
Sunrise Presbyterian Church
Vacation Bible School
Registration is now underway for
VBS, an exciting, fun-filled week
for 4K through 5th graders. This
week of summer fun includes
music that will wow your ears,
interactive Bible stories, super
science, cool crafts, delicious
snacks, great games, and so
much more.  Register your
children and grandchildren by
picking up a registration form
in the church office, or register
on-line at: www.cokesburyvbs.
com/sunrisepresbyterianchurch.
Questions contact Laurie Snyder
at: laurie.3222.snyder@gmail.
com or 864-616-8688.  

Saturday, June 21
Sewee Pond is open for fishing
The front pond at Sewee Visitor
Center will be open from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. for family fishing. For more
information, please call (843) 928
– 3368.

Monday, June 23
Learn Valuable Lessons In
Leadership with Summer
Etiquette Camp
June 23-27, The Wild Dunes
Resort, ages 11-15. The Charleston
School of Protocol and Etiquette,
Inc. will offer its Annual Summer
Etiquette Camp: Civil Savvy Camp.
The camp is five days and covers
topics such as: confidence is the
foundation of leadership, positive
attitudes, behaviors and beliefs.
Social skills like: smart phone
etiquette, proper dining skills,
social conversation, introducing
yourself and others, extending
and accepting invitations, skill
of listening, poise, posture,
etc. Afternoon sessions will
introduce the students to social
dancing, public speaking and
image development. A 10 percent
discount applies when two or
more from the same family
enroll. For more information
or to enroll, call Cindy Grosso
at 843.207.1025 or visit www.
charlestonschoolofprotocol.com.

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IOP church BBQ

island eats

Ben & Jerry’s
Enjoy an array of ice cream
flavors, from Chocolate Therapy
to Peach Cobbler on Isle of Palms’
Ocean Boulevard
$
886-6314
www.benandjerrys.com
1009 Ocean Boulevard,
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Café Medley
Start your day or end it with
a well rounded café, serving
breakfast, lunch, and a glass of
wine in the evening.
$$
793-4055
www.cafemedley.com
2213 Middle Street  
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
High Thyme Cuisine
A small island bistro with a wide
range of dishes from seafood,
tapas on Tuesdays, and a brunch
on Sunday mornings.
$$$
883-3536
www.highthymecuisine.com
2213 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

F

irst United Methodist Church Men's Club is hosting a BBQ
fundraiser 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the church on 21st
Avenue on the Isle of Palms. Plates are $8 in advance or $10 at
the door. Guests may dine in or drive through. Pictured from left to
right are men's club members Billy Gossett, Bill Lee, Rev. Thomas
Smith and Moose Morris. Call the church at 843.886.6610 for more
information.

Home Team BBQ
Not limited to barbeque, this
casual eatery also serves salads,
wraps, tacos, and quesadillas, as
well as Sunday brunch.
$$
883-3131
www.hometeambbq.com
2209 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
Long Island Cafe
Come in for lunch, dinner, or
Sunday brunch and enjoy all your
favorite seafood plus so much
more at this island favorite.
$$
886-8809
www.longislandcafesc.com
1515-A Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Morgan Creek Grill
Relax with a front row seat on
the Intracoastal waterway while
enjoying fresh seafood and
southern hospitality.

June 6,2014

$$$
886-8980
www.morgancreekgrill.com
80 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Poe’s Tavern
Famous for their gourmet burgers
and chicken sandwiches, this Poeinspired eatery also features great
deals on fresh fish tacos.
$$
883-0083
www.poestavern.com
2210 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC
SALT at Station 22
Enjoy a fun atmosphere with fresh
seafood and southern favorites,
and a fresh, local raw bar.
$$$
883-3355
www.saltstation22.com
2205 Middle Street 
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
SaltWorks Dockside Deli
Located inside the Isle of Palms
Marina Market, come enjoy
fresh breakfast, smoothies, &
sandwiches. Open from 7AM-3PM
daily.
$
www.saltworkscc.com
50 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Sullivan’s
Grab a casual dinner of fried
flounder or crab cakes in a cozy
atmosphere, as well as lunch on
the weekends.
$$
883-3222
2019 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
Taco Mamacita
Enjoy made-from-scratch “Tex
Mex” soups, salads, tacos, and
enchiladas, and quench your
thirst with one of several specialty
margaritas.
$$
789-4107
www.tacomamacita.com
2213-B Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

off-island eats

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails
Located just over the bridge from
IOP, Crave's National Award
Winning Chef proudly serves Low
Country visitors and residents
a unique casual fine dining
experience!
$$$
(843) 884-1177
www.cravekitchenandcocktails.
com
1968 Riviera Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant
For Family Friendly FunGilligan's is the One! Patio and
private dining available as well as
daily and happy hour specials.
$$
(843) 849-2344
www.gilligans.net
1475 Long Grove Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Southerly Restaurant & Patio
Open for breakfast, lunch,
dinner, and weekend brunch,
boasts a fresh seasonal menu
highlighting local ingredients and
contemporary cuisine, all with
Southern flair. Our scenic outdoor
patio is a lovely setting to savor

a meal, while our elegant indoor
spaces are perfect for receptions,
parties and meetings.
$$
(843) 416-3965
www.southernseason.com
730 Coleman Blvd,
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Sewee Restaurant
See Wee Southern Style local
Seafood, local farm to table
veggies, sinful homemade
desserts.
$$
(843) 928-3609
www.seeweerestaurants.com/
4808 N Hwy 17, 
Awendaw, SC 29429
Stack's Coastal Kitchen
Come join us for lunch where
we offer fresh soup, salads and
sandwiches. Enjoy dinner in a
casual
bistro-style setting with a nice
wine selection, full bar, and
outdoor dining.
$$-$$$
(843) 388-6968
www.stackscoastalkitchen.com/
1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd #1107
 Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

June 6,2014

First loggerhead nest found

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ISLAND TURTLE TEAMS SHOWING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS PROTECTING THE SPECIES
BY MARY PRINGLE

T

he Island Turtle Team has
just added 40 new members
bringing our number up to
170, the largest ever. This means
we are completely covered on
both Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s
Island. We are excited to have
such a dedicated group on the
beach every morning, looking for
nests, protecting nests and also
picking up trash.
Sea turtle nesting season has
begun in South Carolina. The
first nest of the year was laid
on Seabrook Island on May 11.
The Island Turtle Team’s first
nest was found on May 18 by
Ann Evans and Terri Stafford
at the 46th Avenue path on the
Isle of Palms. Since this nesting
mother found a good spot up in
the dunes, all we had to do was
confirm that there were eggs
there and mark the spot with
an orange sign from the South
Carolina Department of Natural
Resources. It is always exciting
to see our beloved loggerheads
start to come back and deposit
their eggs on our islands. In two
months the tiny hatchlings will
begin to emerge from the sand.
In 2013 there were 5,198 nests
in our state, a new record, and
a sign that the population of
loggerheads is possibly beginning
to increase after many years of
decline. Thirty seven nests were
laid on the Isle of Palms and
Sullivan’s last season with an
average hatch success rate of
81 percent on the Isle of Palms
and 92 percent hatch success
on Sullivan’s. In years before,
nesting projects such as ours were

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relocating and protecting nests,
we are told that the average
hatch success was only about
10 percent due to predators and
tidal flooding. We are very proud
of that significant increase.
As of May 28 of this year
there were already 122 nests
and 26 strandings (turtles
washed ashore) in South
Carolina. Almost a third of
these nests are on Cape Island
in the Cape Romain National
Wildlife Refuge. Our first and
only stranding was an adult
female loggerhead who had
been hit and killed by a boat.
She washed up at Dunecrest
Lane and was found by Allison
Hunt on her very first morning
patrol for the Turtle Team on
May 12.
Remember Lights Out for
Sea Turtles is the law on both
islands during the nesting
season which is from May 1
until October 31. Any lights
visible on the beach can prevent
females from coming ashore
to lay eggs and can disorient
hatchlings at night as they try
to find the ocean.
For more pictures and to
follow the progress of this
nesting season, go to www.
bergwerfgraphics.com and click
on Nesting Season 2014. If you
find a stranded sea turtle, dead
Mary Pringle with the first egg from the first news of the 2014 season.
or alive, a marine mammal, or
PHOTOS BY BARBARA BERGWERF
unmarked loggerhead tracks or
a nest, please call 886.6522 or
697.8733.

Tee Johannes, Mary Pringle and Bev Ballow examine a fresh set of turtle tracks.

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18

Get your shovels
at the ready

June 6,2014

Chill out this summer
with yoga camps
BY ANNE EMERSON

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

T

he Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition takes place
Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. at the Front Beach on the Isle of
Palms.
• Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category
• Adult’s event (Ages 21 and older)
• Family event (At least one adult & one young adult or child)
• Young Adult’s event (Ages 15 – 20)
• Children’s event (Ages 14 and under)
• Best Architectural
• Most Creative
• Best in Show – Overall

For more information, call 886.8294 or visit www.iop.net. E-mail
questions to: SandSculptures4Fun@Yahoo.com or willm@iop.net.

C

alling all Sun Warriors and Moon Princesses! Cool off this
summer with three different Kids Yogaverse Summer Camps.
Our camps include yoga, art, music, nutrition, cultural
awareness and a healthy snack. The camps are inspired by Kids
Yogaverse stories, “Highly Recommended” by the US Surgeon General
as a healthy app choice.
What can kids, parents, grandparents and child-care providers
expect? Kids will beat the summer heat by learning breath exercises
that calm the brain and the body.
Parents will chill out knowing that their children are exercising
their bodies, nourishing their minds and building new friendships
through yoga, creative story-telling, art, technology and nutrition.
Lots of laughter, fun, play, relaxation and happiness.
Three Camp Sessions for ages 6-10 years old:
• June 9-13 from 8:30- 11:30am at Holy Cow Yoga Center in West
Ashley, SC.
• $130 and includes field trip to Earth Fare.
• June 23-27 from 1:30-4:30pm at The Island Club on Sullivan's
Island, SC.
• $190 and includes our Kids Yogaverse: Healthy Activity Book.
• July 14-18 from 1:30-4:30pm at The Island Club on Sullivan's
Island, SC.
• $190 and includes our Kids Yogaverse: Healthy Activity Book.
Kids Yogaverse creates innovative ways to connect kids to
movement, music and art through great stories and groundbreaking
technology. We inspire grown ups and nurture kids through our
teacher training programs, award-winning stories, apps and activity
books.
Register at www.kidsyogaverse.com or ontact Anne Emerson at
843.813.9989 or email her at anne@kidsyogaverse.com for more
information.

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June 6,2014

COMPUTER CORNER

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How important is my data?
BY BOB HOOPER

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

I

've written several columns
about backing up your data,
using both in-home and
online backup, such as iCloud
or SkyDrive. I want to go over
those again, as well as touch on
some other ways to ensure your
data is both available and secure
in the event that your computer
fails or is corrupted by malware.
Your data is important to you but
sadly not others, or is it?
Let's talk about data and what
it is. You take all kinds of pictures;
have them categorized into times,
dates, places, etc. It's easy to
retrieve them and you can print
a photo of Aunt Bea or Cousin
Bob in a nanosecond. Your "data"
is your precious photos and the
way they are sorted. The very act
of sorting pictures becomes data
and losing the way you access the
pictures would be a loss of "data."
Documents
such
as
spreadsheets, letters, invoices,
etc. are another form of data and
again the way it is stored or sorted
is "data." Anything you create and
catalog creates two forms of data,
the actual product and the way
it's stored. The whole package is
worth saving and backing up. So
what happens when you don't?

One day you get ready to
send a few photos to friends on
Facebook and the unthinkable
happens, your screen goes blank.
And nothing comes back up. You
unplug the computer, hit it a
couple of times and still nothing.
Did you backup in the last, oh, I
don't know, year? Did you backup
ever? It is the mantra that most of
us say—“I meant to!”
Don’t be the one who meant to
backup his/her data. Be the one
who did it. It is really quite simple
and there are several ways to store
the backed-up data, including
online and on an external drive.
Most external hard drives come
with backup software and it's
easy to install. Online backup
such as Carbonite or Mozy (there
are hundreds available) have been
around for years, are encrypted
to protect your data and generally
are a good option. I personally
like to backup to an external hard
drive as I am in possession of my
data and don't have to download
anything from the internet. I had
a client recently that had a slow
internet connection and to restore
their data back to the repaired
computer was going to take one
week.

Windows 7 has a program
included that is called "Backup
and Restore" that does just what
the name says. It backs up your
data to an external hard drive
or DVDs. It also can make an
image, which is an exact copy
of everything on your computer
including the software and data.
It can only be used to replace the
internal hard drive or on another
computer just like yours, but can
save lots of time if the hard drive
fails.
Windows 8 uses a program
called "File History" to do a backup
of data and still has the option
to create the image file. XP and
older versions of Windows have
similar programs but it is best to
use the program that comes with
an external hard drive.
If using Apple products you
have one of the simplest ways of

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5:04am/5:12pm
5:57am/6:10pm
6:50am/7:12pm
7:45am/8:15pm

Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the
predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.

Source: www.saltwatertides.com
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backing up data. Use the program
"Time Machine" to automatically
back up your stuff including data
and software. Unlike Windows
based computers, Apple time
machine back-ups can be used
on another computer to transfer
software like Photoshop or Pages.
Regardless of whether you are
using Windows or Apple based
computers, please back up your
data, either in-house or online.
Finally, if you use QuickBooks
please pay for and use their online
backup. Several clients have had
to pay lots to restore the QB data
onto a new computer after a
crash. Important data should be
considered just that, important.
If you have questions or need
help call or email Rent A Bob at
843.822.7794 or rentabob@live.
com.

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HURRICANE SEASON 2014

June 6,2014

NOAA predicts 2014 Atlantic hurricane season

E L N I Ñ O E X P E C T E D TO D E V E L O P A N D S U P P R E S S T H E N U M B E R / I N T E N S I T Y O F   T R O P I C A L C Y C L O N E S
BY NOAA

I

n its 2014 Atlantic hurricane
season
outlook
issued
today, NOAA’s
Climate
Prediction Center is forecasting a
near-normal
or
below-normal
season.
The main driver of this year’s
outlook
is
the
anticipated
development of El Niño this
summer. El Niño causes stronger
wind shear, which reduces the
number and intensity of tropical
storms and hurricanes. El Niño
can also strengthen the trade winds
and increase the atmospheric
stability across the tropical
Atlantic, making it more difficult
for cloud systems coming off of
Africa to intensify into tropical
storms.
The outlook calls for a 50
percent chance of a below-normal
season, a 40 percent chance of a
near-normal season, and only a
10 percent chance of an abovenormal season.  For the sixmonth hurricane season, which
begins June 1, NOAA predicts a
70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13
named storms (winds of 39 mph
or higher), of which 3 to 6 could
become hurricanes (winds of 74
mph or higher), including 1 to 2
major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or
5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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These numbers are near or
below the seasonal averages of 12
named storms, six hurricanes and
three major hurricanes, based on
the average from 1981 to 2010.
The Atlantic hurricane region
includes the North Atlantic Ocean,
Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
“Thanks to the environmental
intelligence from NOAA’s network
of
earth
observations,
our
scientists and meteorologists can
provide life-saving products like
our new storm surge threat map
and our hurricane forecasts,” said
Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA
administrator. “And even though
we expect El Niño to suppress the
number of storms this season, it’s
important to remember it takes
only one land falling storm to cause
a disaster.”
Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal
hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s
Climate Prediction Center, said the
Atlantic—which has seen abovenormal seasons in 12 of the last 20
years – has been in an era of high
activity for hurricanes since 1995.
However, this high-activity pattern
is expected to be offset in 2014
by the impacts of El Niño, and by
cooler Atlantic Ocean temperatures
than we’ve seen in recent years.
“Atmospheric
and
oceanic

conditions across the tropical
Pacific are already taking on some
El Niño characteristics. Also, we
are currently seeing strong trade
winds and wind shear over the
tropical Atlantic, and NOAA’s
climate models predict these
conditions will persist, in part
because of El Niño,” Bell said.
“The expectation of near-average
Atlantic Ocean temperatures this
season, rather than the aboveaverage temperatures seen since
1995, also suggests fewer Atlantic
hurricanes.”
NOAA is rolling out new tools at
the National Hurricane Center this
year. An experimental mapping tool
will be used to show communities
their storm surge flood threat.
The map will be issued for coastal
areas when a hurricane or tropical
storm watch is first issued, or
approximately 48 hours before
the anticipated onset of tropical
storm force winds. The map will
show land areas where storm
surge could occur and how high
above ground the water could
reach in those areas.
Early testing on continued
improvements to NOAA’s Hurricane
Weather
Research
and
Forecasting model (HWRF) shows
a 10 percent improvement in

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this year's model compared to
last year. Hurricane forecasters
use the HWRF along with other
models to produce forecasts and
issue warnings.  The HWRF model
is being adopted by a number of
Western Pacific and Indian Ocean
rim nations.
NOAA’s seasonal hurricane
outlook is not a hurricane landfall
forecast; it does not predict how
many storms will hit land or where
a storm will strike. Forecasts for
individual storms and their impacts
will be provided throughout
the season by NOAA’s National
Hurricane Center.
"It only takes one hurricane or
tropical storm making landfall to
have disastrous impacts on our
communities," said Joe Nimmich,
FEMA associate administrator
for Response and Recovery.
"Just last month, Pensacola,
Florida saw five inches of rain in
45 minutes—without a tropical
storm or hurricane. We need you
to be ready. Know your risk for
hurricanes and severe weather,
take action now to be prepared
and be an example for others in
your office, school or community.
Learn more about how to prepare
for hurricanes at www.ready.gov/
hurricanes."

June 6,2014

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Reporting storm and tide damage in your area
N E W A P P H E L P S A G E N C Y D O C U M E N T A N D R E S P O N D T O C O A S TA L E M E R G E N C I E S
BY JIM BEASLEY

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

A

single hurricane or extreme coastal
tide can have a significant effect on
South Carolina's beautiful shoreline.
With the arrival of the 2014 hurricane season
on June 1, the S.C. Department of Health
and Environmental Control offers citizens
new technology to help keep an eye open
for unusual natural events along the coast.
Users can access MyCoast through
their mobile phone or computer and
document first-hand observances of
extreme tides and storm damage. The
technology allows you then easily submit
that information for review by DHEC's
coastal resource managers. Using the
information provided via MyCoast, DHEC
staff can compare and better predict
environmental conditions through realworld observations. Information collected
and submitted to the agency will also be
used to help guide policy and planning
decisions by government agencies to better
identify and protect vulnerable areas.
MyCoast app contains two separate,
though functionally similar applications:
The SC King Tides Initiative allows users
William G. Salters, coastal planner for Ocean and Coastal
Resource Management, debuts the department’s new
MyCoast app at the Isle of Palms Disaster Preparedness
Expo on May 21.

to submit photographs showing the impact
of tides along beaches, tidal creeks and
low-lying areas. The app then adds useful
information to the report, including geolocation, weather conditions, tide stage and
proximity to the nearest tidal gauge. A King
Tide is any predicted extreme tide. DHEC
has identified 28 King Tide events, occurring
mostly in the late summer and early fall
of 2014, and has incorporated an icon on
its annual Tide Chart to assist in raising
public awareness of the event and program.  
Storm Witness focuses on the collection
and communication of storm-related
impacts to coastal structures and beach
erosion. In addition to submitting photos,
users can also characterize post-storm
beach conditions and impacts to specific
types of structures. The information
collected through Storm Witness enables
DHEC to more efficiently coordinate
with other governmental agencies to
prioritize
storm
response
activities.
Participation in MyCoast is simple. Sign
up and learn more at mycoast.org/sc.

22

Remember the lessons of Hugo,
Gaston, David and Andrew

June 6,2014

IT’S BEEN QUIET FOR A WHILE, BUT DON’T GET COMPLACENT
BY DAVE WILLIAMS, CHIEF METEOROLOGIST, ABC NEWS 4

T

his year, 2014 is one of
hurricane anniversaries in
the Lowcountry of South
Carolina. The last land falling
hurricane in the state came
ashore near Awendaw ten years
ago in the extremely active 2004
season. It was Gaston, a category
1 hurricane with sustained
winds of 75mph. It did relatively
little damage in this state, but
places like Richmond, VA were
devastated by the epic flooding
caused by Gaston’s rain.
The big one is the 25th
anniversary of Hurricane Hugo.
It was 12:01am September 22,
1989 when Hugo’s eye roared
onto the northern tip of the Isle
of Palms, as a major category
4 hurricane. The strongest wind
gust was measured at 120mph on
a boat anchored in Georgetown,
and the highest storm surge was
just over 20 feet at Seewee Bay
near McClellanville.
Yet another anniversary is
that of Hurricane David, my
namesake, and it was 35 years
ago. I witnessed the damage in
Myrtle Beach where sand used
to be and only cliffs down to the
ocean remained. David was the

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Dave Williams with his father in Myrtyle Beach following Hurricane David in 1979.

first ever male named storm name
to be retired from the modern
Atlantic naming cycle.
The point is, the most recent
of these hurricanes was ten
years ago. When things aren’t
fresh in someone’s mind, they
tend to become complacent, or
even forget all together. Also,
with the rapid influx of people
calling coastal areas such as the
Lowcountry home in the last ten
years, from other parts of the

country, they’ve probably never
experienced a hurricane. Even
fewer were here 25 years ago
when the big one hit.
Then
there’s
the
matter
of preseason Atlantic Basin
forecasts. Last year’s forecast
was for an active season across
the board. It was a bust; there
were only two hurricanes, and
no major, category 3 or higher
storms. It’s hard enough to make
a seven day forecast only for the

Lowcountry, let alone the number
and intensity of storms to form
over several months in the entire
Atlantic Basin.
Prepare like it’s 1992, and you
are a resident of south Florida.
That was a quiet hurricane
season for the entire Atlantic
Basin. That is also the last time
a hurricane came onshore in the
United States as a category 5
storm, Andrew.
Now is the time to make a plan,
before a storm approaches. Know
the threats you face, whether
it’s wind, storm surge, etc. Have
supplies on hand to protect your
family and your property. Often
when a storm is approaching,
items that go into an emergency
supply
kit
become
scarce,
possibly unavailable.
Have your trees trimmed; loose
branches can be blown around
as missiles in hurricane force
winds. Last, but not least, when
an evacuation order is issued for
your neighborhood…GO! It is very
expensive to evacuate residents,
which means an evacuation order
is only issued when you could be
seriously injured or even worse.

June 6,2014

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Hurricane season is here: Are you ready?
BY JENNIE FLINN

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

J

une 1 marked the beginning of the
2014 hurricane season, but are most
people prepared? Are you prepared? The
Charleston County Emergency Management
Department wants residents to get their
family’s emergency plan in place and put
their emergency supply kit together prior to
a storm.
Now is the time to get ready, and it’s easy
with the help of the new Charleston County
Hurricane Preparedness Guide go to www.
charelstoncounty.org and click on the “Are
You Ready?” banner on the front page of
the County’s website to download, print and
share the guide
Changes in 2014 include:
The North Charleston Coliseum is no longer
available as a pet shelter (new location to be
determined)
Additional transportation pick-up points
have been added around the County for those
who do not have transportation (all pick-up
points are listed in the guide)
The procedures for opening shelters
changed before the 2012 hurricane season.
As a reminder, the public should know
that rather than having a list of shelters in
advance, emergency shelters are determined
with the approach of a hurricane to South
Carolina. In the event of a hurricane or
other major disaster, residents are asked to
monitor local media outlets for a current list
of open shelters. During an evacuation, listen
for emergency alerts on the radio and look for

road signs for shelter information.
“Charleston County Government is always
preparing for a storm and working with
other local and state agencies to do so, but
everyone has an individual responsibility to
get prepared and make sure their family has a
plan,” said Cathy Haynes, Charleston County
Emergency Management Department’s Chief
of Operations. “Churches and civic groups can
also help by printing the guide for those who
do not have access to the Internet. Our entire
community needs to help spread the word
about the importance of being prepared.”
Last fall, the County’s Emergency
Management Department developed an app
to keep the public informed before, during
and after an emergency situation. The app
is available for free on all Apple and Android
devices. While the app was designed with

ECCO offers Family
Preparedness Kit
BY ALANA MORRALL

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

E

ast Cooper Community Outreach, located at 1145 Six
Mile Rd. in Mount Pleasant, offers these Hurricane
Preparedness kits for $40, or for $75 you can take
home a kit and have one provided to an ECCO client in
need.
THE KITS CONTAIN:
• Dynamo 4-In-1 Flashlight Radio W/Pp
• Toilet Paper
• Work Gloves
• Flashlight
• Respirator
• Light stick
• Poncho
• AAA Batteries
• 50 ft Para-Cord
• Blanket, Emergency – Mylar
• Wet Wipes
• Duct Tape
• First Aid Kit (52 pieces)
• Pen and Legal Pad
• Scissors
• 2 Gallon Pail
• Multi-Function Tool
• Drop Cloth Plastic Sheeting 9 X 12 1
• Whistle, with Lanyard
For more information, contact Ivan Lund, Disaster
Preparedness Coordinator at ECCO, at 843.416.7128 or
ilund@ECCOcharleston.org.
www.islandeyenews.com

hurricane season in mind, the
operation will be a valuable tool
for any natural or man-made
disaster.
To get the app search for CC
EMD or CCEMD in your app
store. To see an overview of the
app's features, watch this short
tutorial: http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=EaOwnxXpVwg.
In anticipation of an evacuation
order, which can only be given
by the governor, Haynes also
reminds the public that they
should plan to leave town if at
all possible, and everyone along
the coast is strongly encouraged
to make travel arrangements well in advance.
“Because of the low-lying areas in our
county, we will never have enough safe
shelter space for all of Charleston County’s
residents,” said Jason Patno, Charleston
County Emergency Management Director.
“Therefore, we encourage everyone who has
the means to leave town to do so and to
consider shelters only as a last resort when
they have nowhere else to go.”
Also, those who have the ability to leave
should do so as early as possible.
“You don’t have to wait until an evacuation
order is issued,” Patno said. “If you can, leave
as early as possible to make your trip easier
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Citizens who do not have transportation should learn where their
nearest evacuation pick-up point is located. The evacuation pick-up
points are noted by blue signs with a hurricane and bus symbol, and
are located across the county at many CARTA bus stops and popular
areas like schools, churches and shopping centers. In the event of
an evacuation order, buses will transport citizens from the pick-up
points to the nearest available Red Cross shelter.
“It is vital for residents in our community who don’t have
transportation to know where their nearest pick-up point is before
the next hurricane approaches our coast,” Patno said. “It takes all
of us working together to make sure our citizens and neighbors are
prepared and safe.”
Information in the 2014 Charleston County Hurricane
Preparedness Guide includes:
• What to have in your emergency supplies kit
• Evacuation information and routes out of Charleston County
• Shelter procedures
• What to do if you don’t have transportation – look for pick-up
point signs posted around the county!
• Definitions and what you need to do during hurricane watches,
warnings and tropical storms
• Rules to know and items to bring if you and your pet need to stay
at the pet shelter
• Preparations for your home and your family before the storm
• High wind procedures for bridges
• What to do after a storm, including safety measures and handling
debris
• A family communications plan form to fill out
• Important phone numbers, including ones that will be activated
in the event of an emergency
The S.C. Emergency Management Division also produces a guide
for residents throughout the state. Citizens can see the 2014 South
Carolina Hurricane Guide at www.scemd.org/component/content/
article/26-guides-and-brochures/142-south-carolina-hurricane-guide
or pick up a free copy at any Walgreens store.

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EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Because of very low elevation and large number of trees, Isle
of Palms and Sullivan’s Island are particularly vulnerable to the
danger from torrential rains, which precede tropical storm winds
by more than 24 hours. These rains may cause trees to fall and
block roadways. Combined with high tides, storm surge may make
exiting from the island impossible. Because of this vulnerability,
the Charleston County Emergency Management may recommend
evacuation of the island more than 24 hours before the arrival of
tropical storm winds. Of particular concern is the Sullivan’s Island
Causeway to Mt. Pleasant. This roadway has an elevation only a
few feet above sea level and could quickly become submerged.
Resident Only Re-entry Stickers
• Sticker decals for resident re-entry after an evacuation are
available at Sullivan’s Island Town Hall and Isle of Palms
Public Safety Building.  These stickers are for residents and
property owners only, not visitors, guests or extended family
members.

Evacuation Routes:
• Mount Pleasant: Take I-526 west or US 17 south to I-26 west.
• Sullivan’s Island: Take SC 703 to I-526 Business to access
I-526 west, and then take I-26 west.
• Isle of Palms: Take the Isle of Palms connector (SC 517) to
go to US 17 where the right lane will turn north onto US 17.
Next, proceed to take SC 41 to SC 402; then to US 52 to SC
375; then to US 521 to SC 261; and then US 378 to Columbia.
Note: Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms connector
will turn left to go to I-526 west and then on to I-26 west. Evacuees
on I-526 west approaching I-26 from East Cooper will be directed
to the normal lanes of I-26 westbound if in the right lane of I-526.
Those in the left lane of I-526 will be directed into the reversed
lanes of I-26.
Download the full, printable Disaster Preparedness Plan for Isle
of Palms here: http://www.iop.net/client_resources/disaster/
disaster_prep_plan_2014.pdf. Download the full, printable
Disaster Preparedness Plan for Sullivan’s Island here http://
www.sullivansisland-sc.com/Files/Disaster%20Preparedness/
Disaster%20Prep%20Public%20Guide%202014.pdf

Accreted land continues from cover
according to the adjustment of
the seaward boundary line.
The accreting land along the
coast of Sullivan’s Island has been
an issue for years, and while it
began as an extra accumulation
of sandy beach back in the late
1980s, it has since evolved into
a pre-maritime and developing
maritime forest with trees,
shrubs and undergrowth. While
some residents enjoy the benefit
of having a small forest within
walking distance of their homes,
those with property abutting the
land claim increases in animal
infestation
and
decreasing
property values due to loss of
ocean views.
This vote, although a very
small piece of the overall land
management puzzle, was a
momentous step for a council
that hadn’t taken a single vote on
the political hot potato issue in
seven years. An older resident of
the island said “I’ve been coming
to these meetings for 20 years
and that’s the first time they’ve
ever voted on it.”
The proposal sparked a furor
among councilmembers, some
of whom felt blindsided by the
motion, which had not been
approved or reviewed by Land
Use and Natural Resources, the
commitee which has been dealing
with the accreted land issue.
In particular, councilmember
and chair of LUNR, Pat O’Neil was
vocal in his opposition.
“I’m not remotely prepared to
vote on this tonight, it needs to go
through the LUNR committee,” he
said. “I think it would be wrong,
wrong, wrong to approve this
tonight as it is.” He was referring
to the first draft of the policy,
which included the names and
specific diameters of priority trees
that could remain in the accreted
land.
Following
the
amendment
of the motion to remove that
specification, O’Neil was still
unhappy, saying that the policy
was substantially different from
what the LUNR committee had
discussed. He and councilmember
Susan Middaugh both voted
against the motion. Mayor Perkis
was absent due to illness. The
remaining four councilmembers
voted for the motion, passing it 4
to 2.
Feelings among the standing
room only crowd were mixed. Of
the eight or so people who stood
up during citizen’s comments,
more than half argued against
the 100ft transition zone, with
three speaking for it.
“I am hoping very devoutly that
the 100 foot transition zone will be
voted,” Harriett McDougal, who
lives on the beachside, said. “I
would like to repeat the complaint
about the enormous pine trees
in front of my house that have
no place in a maritime forest. I
can’t wait to see them go down,
preferably not during the next
hurricane when they will break
through my house. As you know
they break like matchsticks.”
The subject of what “belongs”
in a maritime forest seems to
shift like the sands surrounding

it. According to an employee of
the Ocean and Coastal Resource
Management, there is not set
definition of what should or
shouldn’t be in the forest. There
is no essential difference between
a maritime forest and a forest
that exists inland, such as the
Francis Marion National Forest,
where pine trees are plentiful.
The designation of a forest as
“maritime” is simply a positional
one; a forest by the ocean.
Julie Khoury, and her husband
Dr. Norman Khoury stated their
opposition for the 100 foot zone
as proposed. The couple said they
felt strongly that the length of the
zone should be determined on a
case by case basis.
“We are against the islandwide 100 foot transition zone,”
Julie Khoury said. “We think it
should be according to each unit
and according to the science and
research that was done.”
Steven Poletti, also a resident
of the beachfront, put forward his
case the most eloquently with the
help of Edgar Allan Poe.
“When people ask me how I
want Sullivan’s Island to be in the
accreted land I say I want it to be
as Edgar Allen Poe said in Gold
Bug. ‘No trees of any magnitude
are to be seen.’ Ultimately we’ve
been having this meeting for 20
years and it’s going to continue
to be a very long and expensive
process and I promise you it’s not
worth it.”
Accreted Land Lawsuit Moves
Forward
In related news, the lawsuit
filed by Sullivan’s Island residents
Nathan and Ettaleah Bluestein,
and
Theodore
and
Karen
Albenesius against the Town of
Sullivan’s Island concerning the
management of the forest on the
accreting land adjacent to their
properties, took a step towards
resolution. On May 19, both
parties appeared before Judge
Scarborough. The judge dismissed
three causes of action in the
complaint: unfair trade practices,
breach of contract with fraudulent
intent and injunction for tax relief
and directed the parties to mediate
the remaining six.
If mediation is not successful
the case will likely move to a jury
trial, unless the judge decides
to rule in the interim following
reviewing the briefs over the next
month.

June 6,2014

Crabpot Players Theatre
Announces Summer Series
BY ALLY MACDONALD

FOR ISLAND EYE NEWS

T

he Crabpot Players Theatre
Company is proud to
announce their first annual
summer
production
series.
Beginning in June, two series of
an assortment of one-act plays
will be performed at the Crabpot
Theatre on select Friday and
Saturday evenings. Many are
written by New York playwrights
whose works have yet to be
performed in Charleston.
Shows in the first series include
“The Truth Tellers,” “Cotton
Girls,” “Fifty-Two Dollars and
Twenty-Four Cents,” “Daylight
Somewhere,” and “Unintelligent
Life.”
The
first
series
of
shows
will
be June 13,
14, 19, and
21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15
for adults, $12 for
seniors, and $10 for
students, and can be
purchased by phone
at
888.303.0763

or at www.crabpotplayers.
com. The theatre is located
at 1137 Johnnie Dodds
Blvd. in the Stuckey
Furniture shopping center
off Highway 17 in Mt.
Pleasant.
The company is looking
for actors, playwrights,
and directors to be a part of
the second series of shows
in July. Those interested
should
e-mail
ally@
crabpotplayers.com for
more information. Auditions
will be held June 16.

Teresa Wallace and Javaron Conyers rehearsing "The Truth Tellers."

www.islandeyenews.com

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