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Volume 3 Issue 23 FREE March 5, 2010

Preserving Palmetto Point

Special to the Island Connection

s part of its continuing effort
to preserve the unique natural
environment of South Carolina’s
Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Open Land
Trust recently celebrated the conservation
of Palmetto Point, a 150 acre tract of
land located on Legareville Road in the
traditionally rural and agricultural setting
of Johns Island.  Palmetto Point is visible
from the waterways of the Kiawah River,
Chaplin Creek, Alligator Creek and the
Stono River, and shares borders with close
to 1000 acres of land protected by the
Land Trust.
The conservation of these lands
favorably impacts the water quality of the
adjacent waterways while providing refuge
and habitat to a diversity of wildlife.  The
property itself is comprised of active
agricultural fields, natural pine and
hardwood stands, a freshwater pond, Live
Oaks and Palmettos, extensive Spartina
marsh, and a maritime forest on its
adjacent hummock island.  The protection
of Palmetto Point allows the land to
remain in its traditional agricultural and
rural residential use, providing scenic
and open space values in perpetuity.  The
adjacent hummock island will also be
protected in its relatively natural state,
helping to conserve its unique habitat type
which has the ability to support various
rare and endangered species of flora and
fauna.  Due to these significant benefits
to the citizens of Charleston County, the
protection of Palmetto Point was supported
by public funding in cooperation with the
Charleston County Greenbelt Bank.
Now celebrating its 25th year, the
Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently
protects 81,118 acres on 247 properties. Its
mission is to protect and foster voluntary
conservation of the  irreplaceable
Lowcountry forests, farmland, open
spaces, wildlife habitat and wetlands, thus
helping to conserve forever  its unique

Palmetto Point continued on page 4

Palmetto Point Photo by Tina Mayland

I n s id e t h e I sl a nd Con nection. . .

page 7 Winning Arrangement page 12 Golden Cup page 13 Choosing Landscapers

2 March 5, 2010

Seabrook Town Council – February 23, 2010

Town financials revenues over expenditures is $26,589.11 this is the Town’s website and the official would affect the Town’s annual meeting.
“Let me precede this by saying that the compared to $53,816.91 last year. website of Seabrook. “We need to have “It probably won’t happen for a while, if
beginning of the year report is not a very “Things flow in at different paces every a good, solid website that is the key to it does,” said Ahearn.
good indication of the coming year,” said year,” said Holtz. “We’ll keep an eye on Seabrook, and the Town needs to have
Mayor Bill Holtz, noting that budgets it, but we’re not in bad shape.” total control.” Roads Committee
usually need about 2 to 3 months to Councilman Ahearn stated that the Councilman Reed stated that the Roads
adjust to the new year. For the month Progress on the new Town website POA and the Club are both considering Committee would meet the day after the
of January 2010, revenues for the Town Councilman Jerry Cummin reported that redeveloping their websites and suggested Council meeting, but at the time, he had
are $52,039.59, roughly $25,000 below the committee working on the website that if they are able to find a good web nothing to report.
last year. Holtz pointed out that business reviewed five different designer/marketing designer, they might be able to work out a
licenses are still coming in, however, so it firms during their last meeting, and deal with them to work on the other sites. Safety Committee
would be better to look at revenues at the selected five designers with whom they “We’ll look into it,” said Ahearn. Councilman Rob Savin has been
end of the quarter. Expenditures are in will discuss the project, taking them working on the abbreviated version of
line with last year: $25,450.48 compared around the island and giving them an Checking in with the Town organizations the Town’s disaster plan, and has found
to $23,424.54 last year. Excess of idea of what they are looking for in the In the course of his work as the Town that two changes need to be made. First,
new website. Afterwards, the committee liaison to the many island organizations, that the statement reading that CERT
will make its final decision. “We want Councilman Terry Ahearn stated that (Community Emergency Response
The Island the Town to have as little maintenance
to do [on the website] as possible,” said
he met with Camp St. Christopher and
introduced himself as the new Town
Team) would provide primary medical
care in the event of a disaster, needs

Connection Cummin. “We want visitors to the liaison. He also talked with the Camp to be changed to read that CERT will
website to be able to find things easily; about the Town’s new website to gauge provide medical care as backup to first
like clicking on ‘sports’ will take them to their interest, and the Camp replied that responders. Second, that the date to
Lynn Pierotti the Club amenities site.” they would be interested in participating. review the new plan needs to be changed
publisher Councilman Sam Reed asked if any Ahearn also reported that he spoke with from February to April so that the new of the other island entities who will be the President of the Bohicket Marina POA officers will be ready to review and
linked on the site would participate Villas Association, Floyd DeAngelo, but discuss the plan.
Kristin Hackler financially in the cost of the new website, has not been able to set up a meeting “That’s just common sense about
managing editor but the Mayor said no, pointing out that with him yet to discuss either the website CERT,” said Mayor Holtz. Savin agreed, or to introduce himself as the new Town pointing out that CERT is still in a bit of
liaison. a bind as an organization. Although the
Swan Richards Ahearn also stated that he will be issue of insurance coverage was solved
senior graphic designer
meeting with the new owners of the when the POA took responsibility for
Marina and Freshfields about the new the organization, CERT is now having
website later this month. difficulty finding a means of funding.
As for Seabrook Island Green Space, “We can’t fund something that’s a part
Lori Dalton
Ahearn reported that the group met with of the POA,” said Holtz, “So something
account executive
the owners of a stretch of land along has to be worked out, because we want
Seabrook Island Road outside of the CERT available outside of the gate,
gates and learned that they are asking as well. We’ll see what happens, what
Ben Jordan $12 million for the property. “So they’re evolves.”
advertising thinking of looking into something a little further up the road instead,” said Mayor’s Report: Town limit near
Ahearn. Captain Sam’s
Contributors Lastly, Councilman Ahearn noted “I’m working with the POA on the
Gail Banks that the Seabrook Property Owners Captain Sam’s inlet relocation and
Legare Farms Association is possibly considering received a second hand letter saying
Dr. James Sears changing their election day to sometime that the developers have no objection to
Nick Strehle in December, so that newly elected Seabrook moving the inlet. The OCRM
officers are ready to go by January 1, but (Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource
Published by they are considering how the change
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SI Council continued from page 2 year. “We might widen it or, if Red’s Ice
House goes into the Marina, do more,”
Freshfields Boat Show
Management) permit may be applied said Pierce. ll are welcome to come socialize presentation of their unique skills on
for,” said the Mayor. “I will meet with the Mayor Holtz asked that the stantions be and to discover what’s new in the the Village pond. Charleston Dragon
POA and see what we need.” kept separate as they can be dealt with world of boating. On March 20 Boat’s goal is to promote the importance
Holtz asked Councilman Ahearn to look more quickly than the sidewalk. “There
and 21, the Village Green will be lined of physical wellness and psychological
into whether or not they would need would be no problem with the stantions
to bring lawyers to the meeting, but if they would just spring back up when with the newest boats from Duncan’s well-being following cancer treatment
said that “If they’re comfortable, we’re they’re hit,” Councilman Savin smiled. Boats, Butler Marine of Charleston,  Sea through this team-oriented outdoor
comfortable.” Based on the letter, Holtz “We’ll look at the total path and see Ray of Charleston and many others. The support program.  All proceeds from the
was pleased, stating that it looks like the what’s involved in fixing it,” said Holtz, Freshfields Village Boat Show also offers Freshfields Village Boat Show will benefit
Town will be able to get a permit to move after asking Piece to look into alternatives an array of information on charters, Dragon Boat Charleston.
Captain Sam’s inlet back to the Town and solutions to the stantions issue. fishing equipment, marine services, and
boundaries. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy
much more, including fly fishing and cast
Councilman Savin asked if the Town Report from the Visitor’s Bureau live music in the afternoon from 3-6 p.m.
net demonstrations, as well as live animal
boundary has been set, to which Holtz Katie Chapman of the Charleston on Saturday and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Food
presentations by the Kiawaah Nature
replied that it has, but he didn’t want to Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) was happy to and beverages will be available throughout
get into a long discussion or a lawsuit. announce that the March edition of the Village all weekend.
“They’re being nice and I feel we should “Southern Living” seems to be the Charleston’s award-winning Dragon
do the same,” said Holtz, noting that in “Charleston edition.” “Mayor Riley is in Boat team will also give an in-water
1990, the Town filed with the State on here, the Food and Wine Festival, the
the latitude and longitude of the Town’s Garden Festival … even the Editor talks
boundary, so they have State recognition about Charleston,” smiled Chapman.
of the boundary. “It [the Town limit] will She also noted that the Food and Wine
still be in the inlet when we reset it.” Festival is coming up for the weekend of
March 4 – 7, and Fashion Week will be
Looking into fixing the second held from March 16 - 20. “There’s a lot
sidewalk going on for the spring,” she said.
Town Administrator Randy Pierce spoke
with a contractor about the sidewalk Welcome, new readers!
which starts on the other side of Seabrook Welcome to the 987 new recipients
Island road across from Town Hall, and of Lucky Dog publications! Lucky
continues down to the Bohicket Marina. Dog Publishing, publishers of
“There are stantions along the causeway The Island Eye News, The Island
which keep getting knocked down, so Connection and The Folly Current, is
we’ll either improve the area or do away happy to announce that we are now
with the stantions altogether,” said Pierce, mailing directly to more than 10,000
stating that eventually, the Town will island residents, with an additional
have to take on the sidewalk as a major 4,000 papers distributed throuout the
project as it’s also under water half of the islands. Thank you for reading!
Dragon Boat participants show off their skills in the Freshfields lake during the 2009 Boat Show.
4 March 5, 2010

Councilman Qualey looks to join County Council

By Kristin Hackler

J oseph Qualey is a man determined to

do what’s right. Whether it’s fighting
to protect the conserved acres of Dill
Plantation on James Island or cutting
and now, with County
down as representative
hours, extending the
light in certain directions
when needed at a cost of
only $18 per hour. “It
main reasons for building the extension is
for evacuation, but the only place it would
evacuate to would be I-26, which is already
a parking lot in evacuation situations.
cumbersome studies down to simple for District 9, Qualey created a much better “Evacuation isn’t always about highways,
solutions, Qualey has spent most of his has announced that driving experience,” said it’s also about decision making and
working career as a practicing lawyer in he will be running for Qualey, stating that the behavior,” said Qualey.
downtown Charleston, dealing with tangled Thurmond’s seat in same solution could be As for the Johns Island Greenway, Qualey
political knots and breaking them down the November County used at several of District has traveled both River and Bohicket Roads
to a single, straight line. It’s this attitude Council elections. 9’s more congested extensively and feels that both are dangerous,
that has helped him serve on the James District 9 covers intersections, including but as he hasn’t seen any of the plans that
Island Council for the past seven years, parts of James Island, Savannah Highway & are on the table, he hasn’t adopted one as
West Ashley, Folly St. Andrews Boulevard, a solution. “Something needs to be done
Beach, Kiawah Island Maybank Highway & to enhance the safety between Freshfields
Palmetto Point from cover River Road, and Main
and Seabrook Island, and the Maybank/River intersection,” said
sense of place and quality of life. and Qualey admits that Road & Highway 17. Qualey, “I just don’t know what.” If elected,
“There’s an unusually strong there are a lot of projects Councilman Joseph Qualey. With traffic being however, he stated that he will become fully
conservation ethic in South Carolina,” and issues in each area that he’ll need to such an issue throughout District 9, Qualey educated on all of the alternatives.
said Margaret P. Blackmer, President of study in-depth, but he’s determined to bring has an ideal background: not only did he “I brought a committed, passionate
the Board of Trustees. “We’re gratified a clear mind and cost cutting solutions to serve as a Councilman for James Island position to James Island,” said Qualey, “and
to work with landowners who recognize the Council. through all three of its incorporations, he that’s what I will bring to the County. I
how important it is to preserve the “I would like for all budgeting and also served on the Town’s Planning and think that’s what the people want and that’s
unique rural nature of the area. Their expenditures to be completely transparent,” Zoning Committee, as well as the Charleston what they deserve.”
efforts benefit all South Carolinians said Qualey. “I have some ideas that I’ve County Transportation Committee.
by helping to protect wildlife habitat, Joe Qualey received his undergraduate from
implemented in the Town [of James Island] In terms of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands’
preserve water quality, and minimize Georgetown University in 1980 and his Law
which could be implemented in the County: pressing issues of the extension of I-526 and
the human effects on our environment degree from the University of South Carolina
inexpensive, non-permanent solutions that the Johns Island Greenway, Qualey stated
for future generations.”  in 1983. He is presently a member of the
if they work, great, but it not, we don’t lose that the Town of James Island and the City
Charleston County Bar, the South Carolina
If you are interested in learning more much.” of Folly Beach both opposed the extension
Bar and the American Bar of Appeals. He lives
about the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, For example, Qualey called for a person of I-526. “While I haven’t been asked to on James Island with his wife, Heidi, and sons
or to become a member, call Tina Mayland to man the traffic light at the corner of Camp study it, I remain skeptical of the utility of Kevin (15) and Paul (11).
at 577-6510, or visit and Folly Roads during congested traffic it,” said Qualey, pointing out that one of the
March 5, 2010 5

Permit it or forget it Rent-A-Chick

From home repairs to construction, Seabrook requires building permits
by Legare Farms

“F R
rom time to time, people on the island doing work on a residential home, they should either ent two baby chicks for two weeks for $20 from
complain because their contractor has to have a residential license or a general license as well Legare Farms for Easter! The chicks come with their
get a permit for this or that,” said Randy as a zoning permit and building permit. There is no own box, feed, watering device, and instructions.
Pierce, the Town Administrator for Seabrook Island. dollar limit to permitting; if a contractor has been All you have to do is keep them warm and love them, then
“But it’s for a very good reason that we ask them to hired, they’re required to be permitted. return them to the farm to live with the rest of the chicken
do this.” Not only are Seabrook residents required to Again, Pierce stressed that this is not only for flock. It is a wonderful learning experience for the whole
comply with Charleston County’s building codes, said compliance with Charleston County regulations, family. When the chicks are picked up, we explain to the
Pierce, the requirements are also there for their safety. but also to keep the residents safe. “When applying children how to hold the chicks and about washing their
“It kills me to hear when someone on the island hires for any license, the person must show that they are hands after handling the chicks. Later, the chick’s “foster
someone to do some work for them and they pay half bonded for a minimum of $5,000 and, if they have parents” may come back on Saturdays to visit their chicks as
up front and then they never see the guy again. The more than three employees, that they also provide they grow up. The children are given a coupon for a dozen
whole situation could have been avoided with a quick, worker’s compensation.” This rule allows the State to eggs from their chicks when they begin laying.
two minute call to Town Hall.” become involved if something goes wrong with the “We love to talk with the children when they bring back
With any construction on the island, a resident construction/renovation of a personal residence or the chicks and tell us about their adventures,” said Linda
needs to have a zoning permit from Town Hall if something is not done to the owner’s satisfaction. Legare Berry. “The names they choose
before requesting a building permit from Charleston “But if the person isn’t bonded or licensed, the State for the chicks are wonderful.”
County. The Town Permit is $25 for repairs and $100 can’t do anything,” said Pierce. “And as for the Pick up dates for chicks are:
for additions, renovations and new construction. The worker’s comp regulation, if a worker is injured in March 19 and 20,   and
Charleston County Permit may run from nothing to your home and doesn’t have worker’s comp, then you, April 2 and 3 (Easter
$75 on most repairs. Any renovations, additions or the homeowner, are liable.” weekend). Our chicks sell
new construction is based on the cost of the job. This Piece also noted that the Town has two code out fast, so call to reserve
rule doesn’t apply to simple improvements, such as enforcement officers, Maurice Glunt and Frank yours today by calling
the property owner choosing to paint an interior wall Rivers who are former building code inspectors/ Legare Farms at 559-0788
or lay tile, but if the property owner has hired anyone supervisors for Charleston County. “They know or e-mail legarefarms@
to do that job for them, that person is required at a most of the contractors and know what to expect on to reserve your
minimum to have a business license on the island, a jobsite,” said Pierce. They have the ability to write chicks.
as well as a specialty license (For specialties such as citations, but the purpose is simply to make sure that
“painter” or “carpenter”). Individuals are allowed everything is being done in compliance with the law. Legare Farms is located
to have up to three specialty licenses each, a rule at 2442 Hanscombe Point
If you have any questions about building permits or Rd, just off of River Road on
which prevents a single person from, say, building an
would like to check on a contractor’s licensing, please call Johns Island. For more info,
extension on a house on their own. For any contractor
Seabrook Town Hall at 768-9121. visit
March 5, 2010 7

An excellent arrangement
ongratulations to the winners of Father”, Martha Lehane for “I’m Sorry
this year’s Flower Arrangement My Fruitcake Made You Sick”, Adelaide
competition hosted by the Wallinger for “Thanks for Being Green”,
Seabrook Island Garden Club! It was a and Phyllis Mikula for “Welcome, from
tough call for judges Fred Ristow, Tina the Real Housewives of Seabrook Island”.
Dear and Ernie Berger, but in the end, Extra congratulations go to
five power flower arrangers walked away Maryanne Bannwart, who walked
with the blue ribbon in several of the most away with the Best in Show ribbon.
interesting arrangement categories to date. The Seabrook Garden Club meets regularly
Winners in the separate categories were: on the second Friday of the month at the

PHOTOS BY Gail Banks

Paula Billian for “Congratulations, Seabrook Lake House. Refreshments are
Your Dog is a served at 9 a.m. and the meeting begins at
9:30 a.m. The club is open to all
Seabrook Island residents.

Adelaide Wallinger’ won 1st

place in the category “Thanks
for Being Green.”

(top) Martha Lehane’s first place arrangement for the category “I’m Sorry My Fruitcake Made You Sick.”
(above) The winners in each category show off their prize-winning arrangements.
8 March 5, 2010 March 5, 2010 9
Friday, March 5
Re-scheduled CSO Spiritual Ensemble
Dogmore Stew Festival at Magnolia
From 1 – 5 p.m., enjoy a Silent Auction,
Island Connection Calendar The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum
Wednesday, March 17 - Sunday, March 21,
jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver and
architectural garden accents from late 17th
The CSO Spiritual Ensemble’s free
Raffle Prizes, Pet Fashion Show, Pet
Vendors, Dog Training Demos, Grooming
Demos and more. Tickets are $17 ($20
March 5 - March 20 2010. Experts will examine architecture,
furniture, paintings, silver, ceramics and
gardens found in each geographic region of
– early 20th century. For more info, visit
performance of Spiritual Masterworks at door) and $10/children, and include Water Missions talk with SINHG Cocktails for a Cause 12 – 17, throughout downtown Charleston. Sunday, March 14 Colonial America. Tickets available at www. Saturday, March 20
originally scheduled for Friday, February 12 admission to the plantation, a Lowcountry Danya Jordan, vice president of Water Join Sea Island Habitat as they host an Enjoy arts, crafts, music, talk and or call (800)
will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit feast of  hors d oeuvres, Frogmore Stew, and Missions International, will discuss the evening of art, drinks and hors d’oeuvres for merriment, including Bling from the Bog, Daylight Savings 926-2520. First Day of Spring
Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison delicious desserts. Well behaved, leashed critical shortages of water worldwide and the 2010 Women Build Project.  Live music Way with Words, Greengraf 2010 and Bia “Spring” those clocks forward one hour!
Parkway, Johns Island. Free entry tickets Coastal Exploration Series: Winter
pets are welcome. For more info or tickets, the organization’s mission to bring relief provided by Gary Pecorella. 6:30 – 9 p.m. Devil specials at local Irish restaurants. For Thursday, March 18
for the original performance will be call 343-8063. where needed. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the at the Robert Lange Studio, 2 Queen Street specific events and more information, visit Tuesday, March 16 Shorebird Identification
honored. For more information, visit www. Lake House. Open to all Seabrookers. For in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $50  Jane Austen’s Music & Literary Society Join shorebird expert Nathan Dias, of the Charleston Fashion Week Starting at 7:30 p.m. at Church of Our Cape Romaine Bird Observatory, at Harbor
Tuesday, March 9 more info, visit each. Call 768-0998 or log-on to www.
March 16-20, 2010. The fourth annual to purchase tickets. Saviour, Chamber Music Charleston and Island for a classroom and field session
Saturday, March 6 Daytime Sessions for Citizens to Learn Charleston Fashion Week will take place Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina will identifying winter shorebirds. Noon to 4
about County Government
Friday, March 12 Saturday, March 13 in the city’s historic Marion Square. The present Jane Austen’s Music & Literary p.m. Register at:
ACA Introduction to Kayaking -Level 1 Seabrook Garden Club
Learn how your tax dollars are spent Coastal Exploration Series: Birding in Gardening with Tommy Blizard five-day celebration will showcase the Society. Tickets available at Kiawah Island NERR/seminarseries.html. For more info,
Let our ACA certified kayak instructors Judith Kramer, a master gardener,
through the Charleston County’s Citizens’ the ACE Basin Concerned about eating produce sprayed latest trends from both budding and Town Hall. For more info, call 768-9166 or call 953-9354.
help you learn a new skill comfortably at teacher and naturalist, will be presenting
Academy. Classes will be offered as one-day Tour the Bear Island Wildlife Management with insecticides and herbicides?  Join our well-established designers and boutiques. visit
James Island County Park.  Using a variety “Gardening As If All Life Matters.” The
sessions on a quarterly basis. Classes will Area with an emphasis on birding with Pete gardening guru to start on your own Earth- For media information, visit www. 9th Annual Pet Helpers Oyster Roast
of boats, this entry-level course teaches you meeting begins at 9 a.m. with refreshments,
be held at the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Laurie, former DNR employee and writer Friendly garden today! Pre-registration 63rd Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens Set to the swingin’ sounds of the Shakin’
basic strokes and skills to have fun on the followed by the official start of the meeting
Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive for S.C. Wildlife magazine. 8:30 a.m. to 1 at 9:30am. The Garden Club meets at the required. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Caw Caw March 18 – April 17, 2010. Guests can Martinis and presented by Rosebank Farms
water!  Pre-registration required. 1 p.m. - 5 in North Charleston. Email Mai Green at p.m. Register at: Interpretive Center. Course # 22266. Fee: Wednesday, March 17 discover the interiors and gardens of some Café, Fatboy’s Lowcountry Cooking, and
p.m. Course # 22006. Age: 16 & up. Fee: Lake House on Seabrook Island Road. or call 958- NERR/seminarseries.html. For more info, $9/$7 For more info, call 795-4FUN, or of the finest private residences in America Elizabeth Grace Occasions, enjoy All-you-
$42/$35 CCR Discount. 795-4386 or visit 4000 to attend. St. Patrick’s Day during this month-long festival. Tours can-eat oysters, Lowcountry Boil, chili, hot
call 953-9354. The Festival of Ballycahill visit will allow visitors to explore eight to ten dogs, veggie dogs, and a cash bar.  Tickets
Charleston’s first Irish Festival from March
Thursday, March 11 properties dating from the American are $35/$40 at the door, and are available at
Sunday, March 7 colonial period through the early 20th, by phone at 795-1110.
Intro to Kayaking
Learn how to be safe and have fun in this
The Gentlemen of the College: William
& Mary Acapella Men’s Chorus
Starting at 7:30 p.m., Gentlemen of the
Ta k e a p a g e century. For more information please call
722-3405 or visit www.historiccharleston. Freshfields annual Boat Show
org. On March 20 and 21, the Village Green
on-water kayak class.  Topics include: safety, College, the longest running a cappella Johns Island R egional Library young adults) Tuesday, March 23, 10 a.m. – Saturdays: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 a.m. – Club Anime! (ages 12-19)   will be lined with the newest boats
boat fit, getting in and out of your kayak men’s chorus at William and Mary 3531 Maybank Highway 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
(gracefully), basic paddle strokes, and more.  559-1945 *Word 2000 Basics (adults/young adults) Free tax assistance. Senior citizens will have Celebrate the first day of Spring with episodes of
Friday, March 19 from Duncan’s Boats, Butler Marine of
College, will perform popular standards Charleston, Sea Ray of Charleston and
$45 per person includes kayak and gear.  and ballads at the Church of Our Saviour. Hours: Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. preference. A current picture ID and Social “The Wallflower”. Charleston International Antiques many others. Live music from 3 - 6 p.m.
Call Sea Kayak Carolina at (843) 225-7969 Tickets are available at Kiawah Island Monday – Thursday: 10 – 8 *Word 2000: Beyond the Basics (adults/ Security card are required, along with the A Teen Movie: “Cirque du Freak: The Show Saturday, and 2 - 5 p.m. Sunday. Watch
to register. Town Hall. For more info, call 768-9166 Friday & Saturday: 10 – 6 young adults) Social Security cards of any dependents. First Vampire’s Assistant” (grades 6 - 12) March 19-21, 2010. For antique-lovers, Dragon Boat Charleston practice at the
or visit Sunday: 2 – 5 Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. come, first served with the last person accepted Wednesday, March 24 from 3 – 5 p.m. this exhibition includes a wide range of Village pond. For more info, call 768-6491
*All computer classes are free. For more info or at 1:30 p.m. Assistance in Spanish will be PG-13, 108 minutes. period furnishings, decorative arts, vintage or visit
Wee Reads (under 24 months with adult) to register, please call 559-1945 and ask for the available. A Wii Bit of Fun (ages 6 to 11)
Mondays: March 8, 15, 22, 29 at 10:30 a.m. Reference Department. Class space is available Movie: “Cloudy with a Chance of Saturday, March 27 at 3 p.m.
Time for Twos (2 – 3 years old with adult) for 8 participants per session. Meatballs” (all ages)
Tuesdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:30 a.m. Guess How Many! (up to 11 years) Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m. Displays
Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years) Everyday at the Children’s Desk Rated PG, 90 minutes. Photography Exhibit
Wednesdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m. Nothing Trivial (grades 6 - 12) Club Anime! (ages 12 -19) March 1 - 31
Join us for a month of special story times with March 1 - 31 Thursday, March 11, 4 - 5:30 p.m. The Kiawah Island Photography Club will
Natasha Stevens, a professional yoga instructor Love candy? Here’s an easy way to win a Saturday Movie Matinee: “Fame” (all ages) showcase their photographs of people, nature,
who will guide our preschoolers through yoga sweet treat. Come by the Reference Desk and Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. landscapes, travel and more.
movements that mimic their favorite animals complete the word search, Sudoku, or trivia Rated PG, 110 minutes. Sponsor: The UPS
while teaching them to become aware of their question to claim your candy prize. Store, 3575 Maybank Highway, John’s Island. Jewelry Display
breathing and movements. Wii Wednesdays (grades 6 - 12) Sea Islands Book Club (adults) March 1 - 31
 Saturday Family Storytime (all ages) Wednesdays: March 10 & 17, 3 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Sabrina M. Stenger will display her
Saturdays on March 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m.  We now have a Wii! Bring your friends and The March book selection is “A Farewell to handmade jewelry. Her designs include
*Excel 2000 Basics (adults/young adults) have fun competitions with our cool new games Arms” by Ernest Hemingway. Copies of the woven jewelry sets, beaded beads, and beaded
Tuesday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on this awesome gaming system. book may be obtained from the Reference Desk wire-formed flowers from both altered and
*Excel 2000: Beyond the Basics (adults/ AARP Free Income Tax Assistance (adults) for check out while supplies last. original patterns.
10 March 5, 2010

Home sales blues

A summary of the 2009 island real estate market
By James T. Sears, PhD

ou don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows and you don’t There was a downward spiral in median sale price and average price per square foot
need an analyst to tell you 2009 was a troublesome year for real estate sellers, across the islands. Prices tumbled most on Edisto and Kiawah, where the median
investors, or owners with shrinking or cancelled home equity lines. There were, home price dropped 40.6% and 39.5%, respectively, from 2008 levels. These and other
however, noteworthy variations in the Charleston market. changes appear in Table 2.
Sales volume for single family homes, condos and townhouses picked up significantly
during the fourth quarter (notice I didn’t say sale prices). There was a 44% increase in
the number of homes sold through the Charleston Trident MLS from October through
December 2009 compared to the prior year, but the median sales price dropped about
The market varied, however, across price points in the county. While there was a
53% increase in sales volume for homes under $200k from the fourth quarter of ’08 to
’09, the market was virtually unchanged for homes selling at a million dollars or more.
In 2009, 41% of all homes sold were under $200k compared to 35% in 2008. The decline in sales price, however, has been felt unevenly across the islands, especially
For 2009 as a whole, the Charleston County home market fared poorly. Last year when one compares these data to the market height in 2006.
the median sales price for all homes dropped 12% (from $255k to $228k), the price per As Figure 1 (see page 11) shows, the median sales price for all homes (single family,
square foot (S/F) collapsed (from $178 to $139), days on the market (DOM) increased condos, villas, townhouses) has declined the least on Seabrook, which registered a 19.4%
from 115 to 131, months of inventory inched up from 18 to 19 (6 months is considered loss since 2006, followed by Daniel Island (-27.4%). The steepest declines are Edisto
a balanced market), and overall sales volume declined 9% (from 4375 to 3986). (-61.9%) and Sullivan’s Island (-51.2%).
What about the islands? Although the overall trend from 2008 to 2009 was There has also been a year-to-year erosion of the price per square foot (S/F) from
downward, there were variations. Months of inventory increased in most areas, but 2006 through 2009, as illustrated in Figure 2 (see page 11).
Kiawah, Edisto, and Sullivan’s Island improved. Table 1 details the months of inventory Some communities, most notably Daniel Island, have remained relatively unchanged
and number of homes sold (in parentheses) since the market height in 2006. (declining from $252 s/f to $208), while others have seen dramatic reductions. The
average price per square foot for a home sold on Sullivan’s Island has dropped from $873
to $575. It has, however, regained its moniker as the priciest real estate in the area after
falling below Kiawah and Isle of Palms in 2008.
Although home sale volume (at least in the first quarter) likely will be strong in
Charleston County’s lower end markets, there is little optimism for a turn-around in
luxury homes (>$1 million). As I have detailed in my 2010 analysis, (see the Reports and
see Real Estate on page 11
March 5, 2010 11
Analysis section at,
Real Estate continued from page 10 we have yet to see the bottom of the housing
market, and sales will remain anemic at this
end of the market during 2010. Foreclosures
and short sales will continue to drag down
prices as buyers wait (maybe too long!) for
prices to bottom out or bargain down already
significantly reduced listing prices.
James T. Sears, PhD, is a Real Estate
Broker, Realtor and Analyst. He works with
buyers and sellers at AgentOwned Premier
Realty, where he specializes in residential
island real estate and investment properties.
He can be reached at property@searspartners.
com or at 478-3911.

Dr. James Sears

12 March 5, 2010

The golden goodness of the Golden Cup

By Kristin Hackler

he smell of fresh sticky buns rising The Golden Cup is open seven days a local produce as possible, typically buying satisfy even the crankiest sweet tooth. The
in the oven waft from the front week and serves breakfast from the time from local farm, Ambrose Farms. In their Golden Cup is located at 3575 Maybank
door of the Golden Cup Café they open at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. on Sundays efforts to support other local businesses, Hwy, Johns Island. You can reach them
on Johns Island. Located in the Piggly and 7:30 a.m. on Mondays) until 2:30 The Golden Cup purchases all of their by calling 559-2727, or by visiting their
Wiggly Shopping Center at the corner of p.m. All of the food items are familiar and coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters, Facebook page. Check their Facebook page
Maybank and Main, the Golden Cup has comfortable, but the quality of the food it and their tea from the Charleston Tea on a regular basis for special discounts and
been open for almost a year and is already what brings their customers coming back Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. “secret sayings of the day” which might win
gaining a strong fan base; and a lot of it sometimes three or four times a week. you a free treat!
Cakes, pies, pastries and bread are
has to do with the incredible baked goods “Everyone loves the breakfast sandwich available to order from The Golden Cup,
coming out of the kitchen. and the shrimp and grits, but we also sell and several are available by the slice to
When owner Judy Anagnos met Chef a ton of the Cobb salad and the
Jared Young, she knew the café was turkey & artichoke panino,” said
meant to be. The former owner of Med Jared. Their lunch menu grows on
Bistro, Judy was fed up with the late a regular basis, but the fact that
night restaurant scene and wanted to start they serve breakfast all day has
something simpler; and a breakfast/lunch endeared them to many island
café seemed to be just the right idea. locals.
With the closing of the Johns Island While Jared bakes all of the
Café a few years ago, Johns Island was focaccia bread in house for the
left without a coffee shop between Muddy lunch sandwiches, his fans will
Waters on James Island and Java Java in practically knock each other over
Freshfields Village. Judy jumped on the for his sticky buns, and his pies
opportunity, selecting the Piggly Wiggly and cakes could start a riot.
Shopping Center as an ideal central “We had samples of our
location for the café. Soon afterwards she pecan pie out a couple days ago
found Jared, an experienced pastry chef and before I knew it, we’d sold
who has worked throughout downtown four whole pies,” smiled Jared.
in restaurants such as Circa 1886, the And for good reason; although
Pavilion Hotel and Tristan. His knack for Jared’s pastries look wonderful,
making excellent pastries stuck Judy as he is adamant that taste always
the perfect match for her café and the rest come before appearance. For this
is sweet, sweet history. reason, the café uses as much Shannon Hutchings, Chef Jared Young and owner Judy Anagnos of the Golden Cup on Johns Island.
March 5, 2010 13

The grass isn’t always greener

By Nick Strehle

recently arrived home to hear a mature shade trees. With the median • Where do they look for information and make the most of what we have on
chainsaw cutting at full throttle on my home value in the Charleston area around if they don’t know the solution? this planet and we should strive to protect
neighbor’s property. In total disbelief, $225,000, the value of landscaping would • How do they communicate when it for the generations to come.
I called the Town Planning Officer to be close to $25,000. For most of the there is a problem? Nick Strehle is a Purdue University
hear how in the world he was able to cut homes on the barrier islands, this number People in the green industry are Agronomy Major, certified irrigation
down a 26” Oak in good health. The tree can quickly triple or quadruple. provided an opportunity to care for and contractor and EPA WaterSense Partner
was located within five feet of our shared Once the landscape value is established, protect your investment. After you have for Sunburst Landscaping Inc., leading
property line so there was nothing to the next step is to determine the level determined the qualities and value you Sunburst’s clients into the next generation of
be gained by removing the tree, but the of service. The most successful client/ are looking for in a landscape contractor, water management. For more information,
officer informed me that my neighbor was contractor relationships are built when interview them with the same scrutiny as contact Sunburst at 768-2434.
granted permission because the property the client understands their objectives and your stock broker or financial advisor. We
owner said the tree was in decline, and the the things they value. In a recent “Forbes” really only receive one chance to protect
officer took his word for it because he was magazine article, Grant Thornton (audit,
a landscaper. tax and advisory services) published an
This incident hit really close to home advertisement with a sticky note in the
for me. Just like all other service-based middle of the page. As simple as it might
industries, landscaping has several be, they wrote the equation “Service
categories and levels of competence. Quality / Fees = Value.” Their ad won me
With spring right around the corner, how over immediately as it also relates to the
can you be sure you’ve found a qualified green industry.
landscaping contractor? There is not a single person, company,
Just like when you go to buy a new or university that knows all there is to
house or car, there are many questions you know about how our environment works.
should ask yourself before making your Whether it’s a person arriving with a blower
purchase; and when considering what or a team of experts, be sure to know the
to do with your landscape, you should answers to the following questions:
begin by establishing how much of your • Do they have insurance?
investment is involved. • What is their history (for the
In a Michigan State University study, it service levels requested)?
was determined that a highly-maintained • Can they describe what they do in
landscape can add up to 11% to the value the form of a process?
of a home, not including an extra 7% for
14 March 5, 2010
March 5 – March 19

For more details and reservations for the following activities, including times for Nature Tours, please visit or call the Heron Park Nature
Center at 768-6001. *Nature Tours available daily. Times are tide dependent.

FRIDAY, March 5 Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, March 13 Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kamp Kiawah: Mad Skillz 8:30 a.m. – Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: Goin’ on a Gator Hunt: Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 Tye Dye: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 Stepping Stones: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pickup Games: Basketball: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pickup Games: Soccer: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, March 10 Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. THURSDAY, March 18
Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: Spy Search: 8:30 a.m. – Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: Colorama Tye Dye: 8:30
Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11
Picture Frames: 1:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sign Design: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kamp Kiawah KNO: Showtime! 5 – 8 Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wickets & Wine: 2:30 – 4 p.m. Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
p.m.; Ages 5-11 Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kamp Kiawah KNO: Sanctuary Splash Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pickup Games: Volleyball, 6 – 7 p.m. Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bash: 5 - 8 p.m.; Ages 5-11 Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, March 6 Stepping Stones:1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pickup Games: Soccer: 6 – 7 p.m. Tye Dye: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kamp Kiawah: Goin’ on a Gator Hunt, Pickup Games: Soccer: 6 – 7 p.m. SUNDAY, March 14 Pickup Games: Basketball: 6 – 7 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 THURSDAY, March 11 Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. FRIDAY, March 19
Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: Colorama Tye Dye: 8:30 Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: Mad Skillz: 8:30 a.m. –
Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 Pickup Games: Basketball: 6 – 7 p.m. 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11
Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. MONDAY, March 15 Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sign Design: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Book Exchange: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wickets & Wine: 2:30 – 4 p.m. Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pickup Games: Volleyball: 6 – 7 p.m. Board Games in the Park: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kamp Kiawah KNO: Sanctuary Splash Tye Dye: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. TUESDAY, March 16 Picture Frames: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bash: 5 - 8 p.m.; Ages 5-11 Pickup Games: Basketball: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Kamp Kiawah: A Pirate’s Life For Me!: Kamp Kiawah KNO: Showtime!: 5 p.m. -
Pickup Games: Soccer, 6 – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, March 12 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 8 p.m.; Ages 5-11
SUNDAY, March 7 Kamp Kiawah: Mad Skillz: 8:30 a.m. – Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pickup Games: Volleyball: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Turtle Tracks: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 12:30 p.m.; Ages 3-11 Beach Bag Coloring: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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