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Sullivan’s Island • Isle of Palms • Goat Island • Dewees Island

Sandy Ferencz not
seeking re-election
CONTRIBUTED BY SANDY FERENCZ
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

F
or the first time since 2011, the residents of the Isle
of Palms will go to the polls and have more candidates
than positions from which to fill the available seats.
November 7 is a pivotal opportunity to drastically change the
composition of the Council and the Mayoral position.
To best attain this goal, I will not seek reelection to my seat
in the general election. All my efforts will be spent to assure
that fiscal responsibility, information transparency and new
energy is injected into local government through the election
of at least three NEW Council members and a new Mayor.
The 6-3 voting block which has plagued this Council over the
last four years of my tenure must be rebalanced so decisions
can be made based on facts, not cronyism. New members will
seek information with new eyes, ears, and energy, working to
restore an Island of the residents and for the residents.

Two for the record
Smith continues on page 3

Randy Bell L O C A L FA M I LY B R E A K S R E C O R D S
announces candidacy AT S C G O V E R N O R ’ S C U P

for IOP Council
BY CHRISTINE JEANNE’
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
“OUR ISLAND, OUR FUTURE” he local Isle of Palms the Edisto Invitational Billfish
boat crew of the Gryphon Tournament, Gryphon had
has victory under their completed a record-breaking
CONTRIBUTED BY RANDY BELL belts this summer. The 60-foot series at the Governor’s Cup
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS Hatteras took home three wins championship, a truly amazing
including Outstanding Billfish accomplishment for the local Isle
Married to my wife of 41 years Mimi, we are parents to Boat, Outstanding Billfish of Palms family. This was the first
identical twin daughters, and now have four grandchildren. We Conservationist, Outstanding major event that Gryphon has ever
purchased our home on Isle of Palms in 2013 after deciding to Youth Angler, Chandler Griffin, won. “Two records were broken for
finally end our 25-year habit of contributing vacation dollars from the thrilling South Carolina the boat with the highest points
to the local economy. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, I Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. ever, as well as the Jr. Angler
have lived in New Jersey (Rutgers Graduate), Ohio, Florida, and Owner of the Gryphon, Colby record,” said Colby Griffin.
Texas. With a career spanning over 40 years, I have served as Griffin and his boat crew, began “We were excited to have a
a corporate officer in multiple publicly traded companies, as the series strong by releasing prosperous and safe fishing year,”
well as CEO of a venture funded, successful high technology three blue marlin, to win the said Griffin. “It took effort and
start-up. Prior to retirement in 2014, I most recently served series-opening billfishing event at dedication from everyone on our
the Bohicket Marina Invitational
Billfish Tournament in May. Gryphon continues on page 5
Williamson continues on page 5
During the series finale, at

INSIDE THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

ROADTRIP SOUTH ... Pg 8 ECLIPSE HAPPENS ... Pg 16 TURTLES IN A STORM ... Pg 17
CIVIC
2 September 1, 2017

Sullivan’s provides Air Meducare
coverage for all residents
S T Y R O F O A M B A N , F I R E S TAT I O N R E PA I R S D I S C U S S E D AT A U G U S T C O U N C I L M E E T I N G

BY KATY CALLOWAY
THE ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

T
he regularly scheduled beach and at point of sale within her older sister had begun two crowds and traffic.
meeting of the Sullivan’s town limits.” Presson cited other years ago. Jeffries comments There were no Boards and
Island Town Council was coastal communities that have were followed by audience Commissions Reports after
called to order at 6 p.m. on Aug initiated the ban with success, applause. Zoning Administrator, Joe
15. including Folly Beach, where Dr. Nicole Elko then presented Henderson revealed it had been
Comments from the Styrofoam, plastic bags and the results of the 2017 Beach a very quite month.
community opened the meeting, balloons have all been banned. Monitoring Survey that her Moving on to Committee
with residents expressing According to Presson, “The [Folly] company, Coastal Consulting, Reports, Jason Blanton,
concerns about recent flooding, businesses got on board. There performed for the Town. This is Comptroller, reported on behalf
particularly at Station 22 has been a marked reduction the second year for the survey, of the Finance Committee that
between Atlantic and Pettigrew. in both Styrofoam and litter in performed in June, prior to the the new financial software is up
Mr. Guckenberger, addressing general because the community start of hurricane season. Dr. and running. The June financial
Council, thought perhaps is becoming more aware of the Elko concluded that Sullivan’s statements were reviewed and it
the excessive flooding is an problem.” Presson asked Council Island has, “very healthy, wide was reported that the 2016 audit
“unforeseen consequence” of the to either appoint a blue ribbon beaches with lots of sand on is ongoing and will probably
work being done on the sewer committee so that citizens them.” Welcome news to those continue through the end of
system in the area. Mayor O’Neill may look at the problem and who have beachfront property. August.
responded stating the issue falls propose suggestions, or have the The surveys will provide baseline Councilmember Mark Howard
under the purview of the Public appropriate Town committee take and ongoing data to measure reported on a very productive
Facilities Committee, which may 60 days to assess and respond. changes in the shoreline, meeting of the Public Facilities
provide information during its Presson’s plea was followed by including erosion patterns and Committee as was evidenced by
report. Kate Jeffries, a 16 year-old Porter sandbar growth. the number of motions he was
Everett Presson was next Gaud student who took a break The Mayor’s Report included about to bring to Council. The
to address Council asking if from completing her summer the Town’s plans for the eclipse Committee has been looking at
it would, “Begin the process school work to address Council on Aug. 21, outlining safety stormwater and will be dealing
of banning Styrofoam coolers, and ask that it also consider a measures that were being
containers and cups on the ban on plastic bags, a campaign implemented to manage the Council continues on page 3

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Council continues from page 2 “We have not maintained this dedicated to the presentation of Lucky Dog Publishing
building like it should have been the feasibility studies between
maintained.” The motion passed the 100 and 500 year plan for o f SC, LL C
with it as a separate issue at its
next meeting. Councilmember unanimously. the new sewer plant. “It will give Publisher of the
Smith added that the committee A third motion was presented us definite directions as to where
to accept the old bridge pier study we’re going and when we are The Island Eye News
is monitoring 17 different sites
for stormwater management by Kimley-Horn & Associates, going to start work on the plant,” and The Island Connection
and various grants are being Inc. The study examined the he said. Smith then reported
considered to address certain old bridge landing at Station that Charleston Water & Sewer
areas, as well as a grant 9, which Howard would like needs to move water to Mount
to conduct an island wide to see preserved from erosion Pleasant via a subsurface water
engineering study to evaluate the and stabilized for safety and line using Sullivan’s Island land
interconnectedness of basins. walkability. Councilmember to supply that capacity. “This is
Howard followed with a motion Smith clarified that the purpose not a contractual matter right
to prepare a Request for Proposals of the Kimley-Horn study was to now, this is simply a matter of
for a suitable storage structure determine if the old bridge was allowing them to come out with
Lynn Pierotti
for department equipment, and safe. He continued, “I am not a smaller truck to take some
lynn@luckydognews.com
site recommendations to address willing to accept it is inherently core samples with a small bucket
publisher
department needs. The motion unsafe as it exists today. I am loader and dig a couple of areas,”
passed unanimously. not willing to accept that there is Smith said. The samples will be Katy Calloway
Howard’s second motion a severe erosion issue.” Howard taken from an area behind Stith katy@luckydognews.com
was to prepare an RFP for fire tabled the motion, “for the time Park and another at the old dump managing editor

station maintenance repairs. being.” site. The sampling would take
Howard’s fourth and final one day at each site. A motion for Jennifer Tuohy
Councilmember Smith clarified jennifer@luckydognews.com
that “maintenance” included motion was to enter into geotechnical sampling to assess
critical needs and that a wholesale negotiations for a lease for viability of two possible routes contributing editor

renovation would be considered the old town hall with the for a subsurface waterline was
Swan Richards
at a time when Council was American Military Museum. approved unanimously. senior graphic designer
in a better financial position. Councilmember Clark provided On behalf of the Public
A number of concerns were background on the Museum, Safety Committee, Andy Benke Alejandro Ferreyros
discussed, including the cost of which is currently located inside informed Council that the Town graphic designer

materials, need for sprayfoam the Citadel Mall in West Ashley. is now providing Air Meducare Lori McGee 843-614-0901
insulation and window upgrades. Numerous concerns were raised membership coverage for all advertising executive
Councilmember Clark remarked, by nearly all councilmembers island residents to receive
including: the need for rezoning, benefits. If an islander has a life Christian LeBlanc
the forfeited potential for threatening or limb-threatening christian@luckydognews.com
Ferencz continues from cover revenue, (the Museum lease incident, residents may be social media
would be $1 annually), the transported by air to the hospital.
I want to thank each of you displaying of military artifacts Residents will be receiving letters Steve Rosamilia
who emailed, called, stopped amid a national concern over by mail from Air Meducare photographer

me on the street to express your Confederate relics, and legal outlining coverage and upgrade Meredith Poston
concerns, or came to Council ramifications of potentially options. Kiawah, Seabrook and Mimi Wood
Chambers and expressed your inadequate mold mitigation. Isle of Palms currently offer this staff writers
love for our island. I ask that Mayor O’Neil requested a more service to residents.
those of you who have supported complete proposal. The motion The last report was from the •
me these four years please listen was tabled. Recreation Committee. Given by
with open minds to this new Councilmember Langley Councilmember Sarah Church CONTRIBUTORS
Sandy Ferencz
group of candidates. They are reported that the Land Use and it ended the meeting with a Randy Bell
our pathway to returning the Natural Resources Committee will highlight. Both parks are now Christine Jeanne’
emphasis of Council back to be having an open house on Oct. receiving routine maintenance, Senator Chip Campsen
the residents’ needs rather than 18 for the Town Commons plan. and Poe Park is awaiting all new Barbara Zia
tourists’ wants. She added that the committee playground equipment, which Carol Antman
Dawn Davis
will be discussing polystyrene should be delivered any day. Christine Messick
Respectfully, (Styrofoam) at their next meeting. With no further business, the Mary Pringle
SANDY FERENCZ Councilmember Smith stated meeting was adjourned. The next Fanio King
4 SEAHORSE COURT the next meeting of the Water meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Susan Middaugh
Dimi Matouchev
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. 29451 and Sewer Committee will be Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Cover photo of turtle
by Barb Bergwerf


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(Chucky) Moore, mate Bryce Bell,
Bell continues from cover Gryphon continues from cover
mate Mark McDevitt, Ted McNair,
Brian O’Quin, Jeffrey Mitchell,
as served as a Vice President, team to win the series. Looking
Ross Miller, Brad Kicklighter and
Information Management at back through the records
Michael Krivohlavek.
Hewlett-Packard. Currently, I available in the SC Governors
The Gryphon offers year round
am now entering my fourth year cup website, the win for an Isle
offshore and near shore charters,
as a volunteer Executive Mentor of Palms team has not presented
and additional information can
to our returning U.S. military itself for at least 17 years, and we
be found on their website at
veterans. are proud of that accomplishment
GryphonSportFishing.com.
Our Beach is a precious asset as well.”
The South Carolina Governor’s
and deserves full attention as the The Gryphon victories are
Cup has many important benefits
centerpiece of campaign issues. a family affair. Son, Chandler
for South Carolina Fishing. The
Our City Council operates today Griffin assisted with the record
Series places emphasis on a tag
without a responsible emergency breaking 7,475 points, achieved
and release fishing model, which
plan. The protection of our by releasing eight blue marlin and
has increased South Carolina’s
beach is reliant on presumed thirteen sailfish during the five
billfish statistics from 90
outside funding in the event of a series tournaments. Chandler
percent mortality to 90 percent
catastrophic event. I was not here caught 5 blue marlin and 12
released. Recreational anglers are
for Hurricane Hugo, but have sailfish to contribute to the
Randy Bell. recruited to voluntarily tag their
spent a considerable portion of teams’ total billfish releases. His
PHOTO PROVIDED catch for scientific study. Another
my life living in hurricane zones. personal contribution accounted
context of fiscal responsibility important accomplishment of the
Recovery is never easy, and as for 5400 of the 7,475 points
that the Marina was purchased SC fishing series was supporting
we look at City finances one that the team accumulated.
“to allow IOP residents access the passage of a law banning the
should ask, “How important are The previous record for a youth
to the water.” Any investment sale of billfish in South Carolina.
our beaches to both our quality during a Governor’s Cup series
of life and the financial existence beyond general maintenance was 1400 points. With Chandler
of the Isle of Palms?” Todays’ should have strong resident celebrating his fifteenth birthday
2017/2018 beach restoration consideration. Transparent and during the series, he has several
budget requires Wild Dunes full disclosure of all relevant IOP angler achievements already.
homeowner contributions, local Marina facts, both ”good and The awards continued with
and state taxes, plus federal bad”, in advance of this election Chandler winning first-place as
funding, yet still requires loan to allow residents the information the Outstanding Youth Angler
financing by the city. This is not a to make an informed decision is in the Governor’s Cup series
sustainable plan for emergencies. essential. this year after a second place
We can do better. On fiscal responsibility, finish in 2016. Chandler was
Balancing tourism and operating within a balanced the top Youth Angler in three of
visitation with appropriate budget and not borrowing the five tournaments in 2017.
consideration of residential against our future must be At Chandler’s young age, we can
quality of life is a challenge. a guiding principle. “Fiscal expect big things from this local
While we need tourism to Conservatism” does not mean boy and family.
sustain our economy, our ability that the City should not provide Additional Gryphon crew
Chandler Griffin with his 2017 SC
to absorb its impact is finite. for its citizen’s needs; however, members are Captain Charles Governor’s Cup awards.
Surrounding communities are it does require a complete and
growing at a furious pace, yet transparent understanding of
our limited geography remains the city’s ability to pay our debts.
static. Visitation demand Events beyond our control will
will grow proportionate to the ultimately cripple our financial
surrounding population growth. health without responsible fiscal
How do we achieve the correct policy. Going forward, we must
balance while supporting our be a Council that prioritizes
local businesses? We desperately “needs versus desires”, and
need to address with citizen builds financial contingencies
and business engagement more for unforeseen emergencies,
effective planning considering catastrophic weather events, and
our island’s finite geography and economic downturns. Balancing
peak visitation capacity. our budget must be the highest
Public Safety has direct linkage of priorities.
to the exploding demands of Government transparency &
visitation. Traffic, parking, and citizen engagement: We need
crime all have root cause in to increase citizen engagement
visitation that will not change while presenting all relevant facts
near-term. While we debate these of key issues, and stop acting as
issues of safety daily during if “Council Knows Best”. The lack
tourist season, we can do a better of transparency today is a central
job listening and addressing tenant in my candidacy.
resident concerns. Those that attend IOP City
Foremost in many of our Council meetings know that
minds is the IOP Marina and I have advocated vocally on
the significant vote that will issues affecting our island. On
take place this voting cycle. Public Safety, Fiscal/Budget
Myself, like most residents responsibility, the IOP Marina,
value our City owned marina. I and resident quality of life as
have been a vocal critic of this priorities, I remain a vocal citizen
majority Council’s decision to advocate with the IOP Council.
cede control of the Marina to its As you all hopefully get to know
operator with a no bid, thirty (30) me through this campaign, you
year lease that expires in 2045. will find that I am very open
I stand by my public statements and direct, but I also know how
that this was “irresponsible”. to compromise and act in the
Without the transference of S.C. best interest of all. I will not be
Accommodations and Hospitality perfect; however, you have my
Taxes, IOP Marina would be commitment to listen, engage,
unsustainable. In the current and advocate while keeping in
fiscal year, IOP will take in mind it is “Our Island and Our
$406,000 in lease revenue, yet Future” that is being entrusted
move $ 803,000 from tourism to this next elected Isle of Palms
taxes to offset marina expense. City Council.
Council needs to recognize in the
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OPINION-EDITORIAL 7
September 1, 2017

Why I voted against the Base Load Review Act
League of Women Voters
BY SENATOR CHIP CAMPSEN
provides info on local
As a freshman senator I voted
for project management and
oversight. It is an unmitigated
disaster, enabled by the BLRA.
payment is reasonable. The second
is unconscionable.
How did BLRA lobbyists
“off-the-shelf, cookie-cutter
reactors” entitled with substantial
regulatory approval. Now six years
In this case utility lobbyists
descended upon the General
Assembly like the plague of locusts
candidates
against the now infamous Base So how did the BLRA enable it all? respond to this argument? I behind schedule and billions over in Exodus 10. And what of the BY BARBARA ZIA
Load Review Act (BLRA) and urged Before the BLRA utilities recouped remember vividly because I found budget, it appears that was not the opposition? Instead of locusts, it FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
my colleagues to do likewise. plant construction costs only after it so offensive. They argued case. was crickets chirping. Opposition

V
Unfortunately it wasn’t so infamous plants were online. Customers paid utility interest expenses would be I suggested a performance was essentially nonexistent.
back then. I lost by a vote of 21 for plants they actually used. The lower if existing customers pay bond to mitigate performance What should a lawmaker do oting is the most powerful way to have provide reliable, nonpartisan, voter-friendly
to 1 in the April 3, 2007, Senate BLRA authorized utilities to charge construction costs for new capacity risk. They countered it wasn’t when the principle of concentrated citizens’ voices heard, and it is the core of our information through Vote411.org to prepare
Judiciary Committee meeting. I fees for construction costs during to serve people who move here in necessary. They had a guarantee benefits and diffuse or abstruse democracy. Voting’s a chance to stand up for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County
lost by an even larger margin via construction. Customers pay for the future. from Westinghouse. We know how costs is in play? What he should what matters most to citizens and have an impact voters to participate in 2017 elections and
voice vote on the Senate floor. My plants they don’t actually use, or I responded, they were correct. that turned out. Westinghouse always do. Receive information on the issues that affect them, their communities beyond. Through Vote411.org we equip voters with
disapprobation was so vehement need. The need arises from people It is also correct that requiring is now bankrupt, taken down by from lobbyists with a grain of and their futures. Informed voters are the key to essential information about the election process
a former colleague recently migrating here in the future. my neighbor to pay my home compliance and performance risk salt, realizing they are advocates. our democracy. Nationwide, the League of Women in South Carolina, including polling place hours
recounted it, now ten years later. If all goes well the BLRA’s construction costs would lower associated with VC Summer and a Analyze the impact upon others, Voters works year-round to register, inform and and locations, ballot information, absentee voting
The BLRA has been instrumental charge-as-you-go policy means my mortgage interest payments. similar plant in Georgia. even if you never hear from them mobilize voters. Our work especially seeks to rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements
to the VC Summer Nuclear Plant utilities pay less interest, earn But that doesn’t make it right. This shifting of risk to customers, due to lack of awareness. Exercise aid those from traditionally underrepresented and more. This year, LWVCA is launching a
project undertaken by SCE&G greater returns, and have less debt And it’s not right to make South when coupled with guaranteed independent judgment as to is or underserved communities, including first- new Vote411 feature: an online voter guide to
and Santee Cooper. It authorized on their balance sheet. It’s a good Carolinians underwrite new power returns up to 11% on construction what is fair, just and reasonable. time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, candidates. Candidates in the S.C. House District
SCE&G’s nine rate increases deal for utilities. generating capacity so that utilities costs, created a perverse incentive Then vote your conscience with minorities, and low-income Americans. The League 113 race, (3 Democratic and 2 Republican), were
totaling almost 20% to fund plant But it’s not a good deal for utility will pay less interest, and future to spend big dollars building risky conviction. serves millions of voters through Vote411.org, our invited to respond to questions of importance to
construction. Ten years and $9 customers. Ever-increasing BLRA immigrants to the state will have plants. The more utilities spend, Ten years ago I applied that one-stop election information hub.  district voters in advance of the Sept. 5 primary.
billion later they recently pulled fees inflate monthly power bills. And lower power bills. the more money they make. analytical paradigm and found The need to engage citizens in our democracy is Candidates running in local elections on Nov. 7
the power plant’s proverbial plug. these fees don’t build generating The BLRA also shifts risk from Customers underwrite it all, even the BLRA woefully lacking. As great. Voter registration rates are very high in our will also be invited to participate in the voter guide
The cost of completion has become capacity for the customers paying utility shareholders and creditors, if a project fails. I made my case against the area; yet only 67% of registered South Carolina at Vote411.org.
uneconomic. them. Current customers already to customers. Compliance risk is How did such a bill ever pass the BLRA in Judiciary Committee voters cast ballots in last November’s election, and LWVCA will be hosting candidate forums in
SCE&G now seeks Public Service fund generating capacity they use the risk regulatory enforcement General Assembly? The principle of I encountered opposition turnout in local elections is often in single digits. communities with elections on Nov. 7. These
Commission authorization under through regular monthly power will materially impair a project’s concentrated benefits and diffuse approaching indignation. How A recent Pew Charitable Trust report is pertinent: forums are an opportunity for voters to meet
the BLRA to abandon completion bills. The BLRA fees are used to economic viability. Performance or abstruse costs. When the dare this freshman think he is one of the top reasons reported by registered candidates and get straightforward answers to
of the plant and recoup $5 billion build new generating capacity for risk is the risk a project will benefits of a bill are significant and right, and everyone else is wrong! voters for not voting is lack of information about their questions.
from customers over 60 years. future customers – for people who not be completed on time or on concentrated in a few, beneficiaries Well, look who’s indignant now – candidates and issues (bit.ly/2vplj5A). 
This is only a snapshot of strategies that LWVCA
Santee Cooper recently retracted don’t live here yet. budget due to mismanagement or lobby the General Assembly the citizens whose interests we are Though 2017 is an “off” election year in South
Carolina, important local elections are set for is undertaking to empower all eligible citizens to
its most recent proposed rate So current customers pay twice. external factors. All projects have assiduously for its passage. When elected to protect. participate in our political system. Delivery of these
increase – for now. Once through their regular rates compliance and performance risk, costs are diffuse, abstruse, or some Charleston area municipalities on November
Senator Chip Campsen (R) 7. And there’s a special election to fill the S.C. resources to a broad audience relies on community
Shockingly, the utilities seem for generating capacity serving especially nuclear power plants. both, no one is motivated to lobby collaboration. To learn more, please contact LWVCA
to have just recently discovered them. And a second time through When I raised risk issues utility against it. Members sense a lot of represents Charleston, Beaufort House District 113 seat (North Charleston and
no critical construction path for BLRA fees for new capacity to lobbyists countered there was support and no opposition. The and Colleton Counties in the South Dorchester County). at 843.766.5416 or vote@lwvcharleston.org.
the plant was in place. So much serve future customers. The first little. The reactors were virtual bill typically passes. Carolina Senate. LWV of the Charleston Area is proud to
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ROADTRIPS CHARLESTON
September 1, 2017

World-wide free tours
BY CAROL ANTMAN
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

I
really should have known about this
already. On the last day of my month-
long trip to Ecuador, I had one day to
explore Quito. The sprawling UNESCO World
Heritage city confused me. Where to begin?
Googling among the many tours and options
I stumbled upon Free Walking Tours. “Free?
What’s the catch?” I wondered. But reviewers
wrote about the guides’ passion, authenticity
and knowledge as they explored “some great
places…that we wouldn't have otherwise
come across.” I figured I had nothing to lose.
I could just split off if it was a waste of time. Mostly English speaking travelers gathered for the “Free”
Apparently I was late to the game here walking tour of Quito.
because at the appointed hour I was one of
42 travelers who assembled in the lobby of its 44 presidents served only a few days or
a lively youth hostel. Two young local guys months. One was air lifted out of the country
welcomed us in excellent English. Half of us as thousands of demonstrators stormed the
went with Betto, a ponytailed Ecuadorian of palace. I was fascinated to learn the history
contagious energy. I was the only traveler from of the dollarization of the economy. Since
the US although everyone spoke English. The 2000, US currency is the only legal tender
first thing he showed us was how to safely in the country, a controversial situation that
cross a street. I wish I had learned it when our country had a strong hand in creating.
I’d arrived: you look the driver in the eye and After a coffee break, we sat on the steps of
give them a forceful thumbs-up. Magically, a cathedral that was once an Incan temple.
the cars part like the Red Sea. “For Incas, Quito was like Mecca, like
First stop was the city’s central market. Jerusalem,” Betto said. Because the city is
View of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ecuador.
Surrounded by towering mounds of tropical 10,000 feet in altitude and at the widest point
produce, street food, heaps of roses and hooks on the planet, the solstice is particularly free walking tours in hundreds of cities all
of fresh meat, Betto plucked out unfamiliar evident here. There are no obstructions to the over the world. Even in Charleston. In Prague
fruits. He introduced us to babacoa which sun’s rays and no shadows. Natives still blow they “mix fantasy fairy-tale settings and
resembles a papaya, a tomate de arbol also conch shells to commemorate it. All around modernity”; in Poznan, Poland you can meet
called tamarillo and a naranilla that looked us brightly clothed, indigenous Ecuadorians the city’s “fearless pranger” and Bamber
like an orange until he cut it open to reveal its mingled with tourists and businessmen as Lady; in New York you can choose from 30
green, bitter fruit. Suddenly more informed, past and present melded. free tours that cover everything from Harlem
we ordered blended juices and took a few I had the impression from my trip that to Ground Zero. There are pub crawls, bike
photos. I was amused by some of the menu Ecuador was experiencing a surge of grass- tours, ghost stories, history and art tours …
translations that hung above the stalls: roots entrepreneurism and Betto was an all free. “The mission is to make real local
“Potatoes with booklet”, “Rice with leather”… example. “Would you say that Ecuador culture and authentic, quality experiences
For three hours we walked through the is prospering now?” I asked him. A new easily accessible for more travelers,” Freetour.
historic district as he told stories. Betto’s president had just been elected and people com says. A traveler’s review puts it this way:
pride in his city was evident. Ecuador was were hopeful. “Have you seen anybody “Since I discovered the free tours, I do it every
the first South American country to declare sleeping in the streets while you’ve been time I travel and it’s always really interesting.”
independence from Spain. They’ve welcomed here?” I hadn’t. “How many do you see in Now that I know, I will too.
400,000 Venezuelan refugees. Their instant your big cities?” he responded. Point taken.
“Free” really means “pay what you will”. At Roadtrips Charleston highlights interesting
citizenship for immigrants includes free health
care and has made it the #1 place in the world the end of the tour, Betto gently suggested destinations within a few hours drive of
for US ex-pats according to International that the usual tip was $10 to $20. The website Charleston, S.C. as well as more far flung
Living Magazine. He spoke candidly about explained, “…the power is yours. You decide locales. Carol Antman’s wanderlust is driven
the country’s political upheavals. Some of what the tour was worth or what you can by a passion for outdoor adventure, artistic
afford, if anything.” Almost everyone slipped experiences, cultural insights and challenging
a bill or two into his bag. With over 20 people
IF YOU GO: travel. For hot links, photographs and previous
on my tour and two tours a day, he probably
freetour.com does well. I hope so. He certainly earned it. columns or to make comments please see
freewalkingtour.com I was amazed to discover that there are www.peaksandpotholes.blogspot.com
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September 1, 2017 11

900 volunteers Historic site to host
needed naturalization ceremony
BY DAWN DAVIS
BY CHRISTINE MESSICK FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

C
harles Pinckney National

R
eading Partners South Carolina is Historic Site will host
preparing for the 2017-18 school year its 20th Naturalization
by recruiting community volunteers Ceremony on Friday, Sept.
to work directly in local schools, with 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
kindergarten to fifth grade students who Every year approximately 100
are struggling to read. Reading Partners is individuals from countries all
a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides over the world take the Oath of
volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to Citizenship during the event.
more than 800 elementary school students This annual event recognizes
in 17 high poverty schools in Charleston and national Citizenship Day and
Berkeley counties. kicks off National Constitution
Reading Partners’ program is highly Week. This event is free and
effective and data-driven, helping at-risk open to the public. The park Naturalized citizens taking the Oath of Citizenship.
students master the fundamental reading is located at 1254 Long Point PHOTO PROVIDED
skills needed to succeed in the classroom Road in Mount Pleasant, South Upon taking the Oath of Citizenship, the
and beyond. Volunteers commit to spending Carolina. final step in a long and challenging process,
45 minutes with one student at least once The National Park Service and the U.S. these new American citizens will have the
a week for an entire school year. This Citizenship and Immigration Services full rights and protections granted by the
individualized instruction empowers each continue to work together to enhance U.S. Constitution.
student to increase literacy skills and become citizenship ceremonies by holding them Several organizations will contribute to
lifelong readers. in national parks throughout the country. making the event a unique and unforgettable
The organization is currently recruiting Since 1997 these ceremonies have been held experience. The Citadel Color Guard will
volunteers to serve during the 2017-18 annually on the grounds of historic Snee present and retire the colors, Wando High
school year. The lowcountry community is Farm which was once owned by Charles School men’s choir will sing patriotic songs,
encouraged to join Reading Partners as a tutor Pinckney. and a 5th grade student from Palmetto
by registering online at readingpartners.org/ “Charles Pinckney’s role in framing Christian Academy will lead the Pledge
volunteer. To meet volunteer requirements, the U.S. Constitution make this site of Allegiance. Also on hand to provide
you must be fourteen years or older and an appropriate place to welcome new fanfare and support services for America’s
commit to at least one hour per week. You do citizens into this country and to reflect newest citizens will be the Daughters of
not need to have prior teaching or tutoring on the meaning and responsibilities of the American Revolution, Sons of the
experience to join Reading Partners. To citizenship,” said acting Superintendent American Revolution, American Red Cross,
learn more about Reading Partners and its Gary Stansberry. “We encourage the public Charleston County Board of Elections, and
programs, please visit readingpartners.org/ to come out and watch this moving and life- U.S. Passport Services.
location/south-carolina. changing ceremony.”
September 1, 2017 13

It’s a family affair
C O F F E E S H O P O N I O P H A S I N T E R N AT I O N A L F L A I R

(above) A fresh local egg and
perfect avocado nestled inside
a just-baked croissant nearly
brought Jamesy Wood to tears.
(left) Mocha Latte as delicious
as it looks.

Café Paname's Founding Family: (l-r) Coffee Guru Paul Walker, Tery Stimis, and Benjamin Boisson,
along with Benjamin's nephew Coventin Floc'h. 

BY MIMI WOOD
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

F
rom France to Japan to Australia, how his degree, with a coffee dream in his heart. 
did tiny Isle of Palms get so lucky to “It was Paul who put the coffee and bikes
land Café Paname…a hip, new bistro together,” elaborates Stimis, as Café + Velo
specializing in locally roasted coffee? (French for ‘bike’), evolved out of Boisson’s
Tery Stimis, one-third of the team, begins original bike shop, as a casual spot on the
the saga, “I was working as an interior BeltLine for bikers and hikers to relax and
designer in Atlanta when I met Benjamin,” enjoy a cup of joe. (l-r) Jacqueline and Christopher Couchell, along with
her husband, an antiques dealer, who arrived And while the businesses thrived, Stimis, in-laws Mary, Frank and James Yannucci (and babes in
in the US from Paris in 2004.  who was raised on the water in Long Island, arms!) enjoyed brunch inside Cafe Paname's vintage,
The two were madly in love by 2007, when NY, felt landlocked in Atlanta, and was signature VW bus. 
the antiques market was hit hard by the anxious to return to a life by the sea. Having PHOTOS BY MIMI WOOD
recession. Benjamin Boisson, a life-long bike vacationed on IOP for the past ten years,
enthusiast, saw a market for vintage and used she and Boisson “found Charleston to be a Camino Coffee Roasters, who explains, “I
bicycles, as Atlanta, despite the economy, perfect mix of Europe and the USA.”  Selling roast in small batches, and utilize a process
was just developing the BeltLine, a story his share of the bike business to his partner, which replaces a lot of the acidity with a
unto itself. In a nutshell, the BeltLine is an Boisson, Stimis and Walker relocated to Mt. sweet note.” 
ambitious urban renewal project, connecting Pleasant, opening Café Paname earlier this Currently, the “drip coffee beans are from
neighborhoods, businesses and restaurants summer.  Guatemala, and the cold brew is a blend
via trails and parks, utilizing former railroad A recent Saturday morning found the café from Columbia, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. The
beds which encircle the city.  bustling with locals and seasonal visitors expresso is a special blend just for us, from
Boisson and a partner opened Atlanta alike. After enjoying breakfast ‘crandwiches’, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia,” expounds
BeltLine Bicycles, a full-service bike shop sandwiches on croissants, North Carolina Walker, who shares not only Hay’s passion
selling and repairing bicycles. It was one of native Christopher Couchell popped back for excellent coffee, but his philosophy of
the first businesses on the BeltLine, and as in and ordered lunch to go for his family, fairly traded, sustainably produced beans.
the shop’s reputation for excellence quickly exclaiming, “Yes, it’s that good! See you next The laid-back, local vibe of Café Paname
grew, so did Boisson’s persona as “the French year!”   reflects the relaxed, easy-going nature of the
guy.” Local Ryan Hamilton echoed Couchell’s familial trio. “We want to live by the beach,
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the world, sentiment, remarking although he’d “driven become part of the community, and support
Stimis’ son Paul Walker was completing his by several times, this is my first time in. local businesses,” concludes Stimis. 
four-year commitment to the United States It’s going to be a regular stop.” Devouring a Café Paname is located at 1202A Palm Blvd
Navy as an air traffic controller, stationed salmon croissant with pimento cheese, he on Isle of Palms, and is currently open Monday-
in Japan. Utilizing his benefits as a veteran, pronounced, “It’s dynamite!” Saturday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to
Walker enrolled in Swinburne University Stimis, Boisson and Walker are passionate 3p.m. Anticipating approval of a license to sell
of Technology in Australia, a country he’d about local sourcing, from eggs to coffee to
beer and wine, be on the lookout for expanded
longed to explore. “The coffee scene is huge in kombucha to ice cream sandwiches. After
Australia,” explains Walker, who returned to searching high and low for the perfect coffee, hours, and the addition of French wine and
his parent’s home in Atlanta after obtaining Walker found it in Awendaw, from Andy Hay, local beer to the menu. 
16 September 1, 2017

Got
caught
eclipsing

Recording Artist Brendan James with She said yes! A couple got engaged as
his family on Sullivan's Island. the eclipse unfolded.

Sand sculpture under construction at Isle Kids taking their eye protection very
Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin. PHOTO BY MIKE LOFTUS
of Palms Front Beach. seriously. PHOTOS BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA

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TURTLE TEAM
September 1, 2017 17

Hurricanes and
sea turtles
BY MARY PRINGLE
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

N
ow that we are approaching relocating of over half of the nests
the peak of the Atlantic laid on the Isle of Palms and
hurricane season, those of Sullivan’s Island. Before groups
us who protect loggerhead nests like ours did this, the hatch rate
not only begin to worry about was around 10% but our average
our houses but also the fate of this season is now at 83%. When A nest on the brink during Hurricane Irene.
nests that are still in the dunes. embryos in eggs or underground PHOTO BY BARB BERGWERF.
The good news is that sea turtles hatchlings are deprived of oxygen
have survived for over 100 million for more than a short time, it on hatched nests less than 3 days At the time of Hurricane Hugo in
years through all kinds of climate causes their death. Severe storm after a natural “boil” or emergence 1989 there was no nest protection
change and even the cataclysmic surges have even washed away of turtles from the nest – no on either of our two islands. So
event that may have caused the entire dunes in the past, taking exceptions. we have no records of what effect
extinction on dinosaurs. Turtles all of the eggs and the nest sign All these rules may seem that storm had. On Aug. 23 of
can survive easily in the deep with them. harsh. However, consider that 2011 Hurricane Irene side swiped
ocean, but it can be another story When a storm approaches all sea turtles spread their our coast without damaging
for their eggs. we make sure to have accurate nesting attempts temporally and our houses, but it did destroy
For this reason our nest GPS readings on all nests and spatially. In other words she fourteen nests still on the beach.
protection efforts include a careful even add extra marking sticks lays her eggs four to six times Even though Hurricane Matthew
in the sand behind them. Our throughout the summer at two did not come until October last
NESTING UPDATE: As of Nesting Guidelines from the SC week intervals and she also lays year when all of our hatchlings
Aug. 23 when this is being Department of Natural Resources them in different places. So if you were safely gone, it did much
written, 39 of our 49 nests prohibit us from doing anymore consider that she probably has to damage the dunes all along
have produced turtles. than this. No one is to risk his already had five successful nests our beaches greatly affecting the
We have relocated a little or her safety during a storm earlier in the summer, then losing nesting habitat. We are hoping
over 50% of the nests to trying to protect a nest. We are one in September to a hurricane that the upcoming renourishment
safer places. The average not allowed to dig into a nest to is not really such a catastrophe. project in Wild Dunes will restore
incubation time is at 58 days. encourage hatchlings to come She also may lay some eggs high the beach and that the dunes that
Clutch size average is 116 out early. No nests can be moved up on some dunes and some not were bulldozed at the south end
eggs, and hatch success is from the beach for protection so high. In these six nests there of the Isle of Palms will become
83%. These numbers are for against storms. When a storm is will be over 700 eggs, so losing more compacted to make nesting
Sullivan’s Island and Isle of approaching, the nest inventory to about 100 of them does not mean easier for the turtles and finding
Palms combined. gather data cannot be conducted her efforts were in vain. the eggs easier for us.
September 2 Is l a nd E y e C a l e nda r September 21
ONGOING p.m. No partner needed. All ages MORE INFO: Kentucky-born WHAT: Basic Drawing with will not be allowed in the water. us. For more information Prones, Outrigger Canoes and Sunday, Sept. 17
Mondays welcome. cellist, songwriter and activist Daryle Halbert Two, two-hour time sessions will about the Perspective Gallery Surfskis. The event features 3
Lesson and Dance $8 per person. Ben Sollee will open our Gibbes WHERE: The Gibbes Museum be offered. Dogs must be current located at 1055 Johnnie Dodds races: The Harbor Course (9 WHAT: Chucktown Showdown,
WHAT: Memoir Writing Circle  Garden Concert series in support WHEN: 1 – 3 p.m. on all vaccinations for entry. Blvd. and the MPAG, visit Miles), The Battery Course (4 SUP Surf Contest
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch of his upcoming release “Ben MORE INFO: This class meets Tickets are limited; advance MtPleasantArtistsGuild.com and miles) and The Kids SUP Race WHERE: 9th Block, Sullivan’s
Library, 1921 I’on Avenue Wednesday, Sept. 6 Sollee and Kentucky Native.”  for four sessions on Saturdays purchase is recommended. see us on Facebook. (1 mile). Over $3,000 in cash Island
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. 843.722.2706 for details. and Sundays, Sept. 9, 10, 16, Each dog should be registered prizes awarded for the top SUP WHEN: 7:30 a.m.
MORE INFO: Come and share WHAT: Charleston Restaurant MORE INFO: Visit
and 17 Students will learn basic to one adult owner/chaperone finishers of the 9-mile course.
your stories. 843.883.3914. Week
drawing techniques such as and must be kept in control and Friday, Sept. 15 Benefiting Surfers Healing Folly ChucktownShowdown.org to
WHERE: various locations
throughout Charleston
Thursday, Sept. 7 the different qualities of line for at close hand. Fee: $8 per dog WHAT: US Naturalization Beach and Surfrider Foundation register and for details.
Tuesdays contour line drawing, light and in advance or $10 at the gate Charleston Chapter. Visit
WHEN: Sept. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 17 WHAT: Yappy Hour Ceremony
WHAT: Toddler Storytime
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch
MORE INFO: Over 140 WHERE: Splash Island Waterpark shadow, shading, figure drawing,
sill life and most importantly, how
if available. For details, visit
CharlestonCountyParks.com.
WHERE: Charles Pinckney ChucktownShowdown.org to
register and for details.
Thursday, Sept. 21
restaurants offering prix WHEN: 4:30 p.m. - sunset Historic Site
Library, 1921 I’on Avenue fixe menus. For a list of MORE IFNO: Dogs will be to hold and control the drawing WHEN: 11 a.m. WHAT: Sullivan’s Island During
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. instruments while understanding WWII: an Oral History
MORE INFO: Mrs. Marie shared
participating restaurants visit
CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.
allowed in the water, but owners
will not be permitted to swim. their essential use. Ages 14 and Sunday, Sept. 10 MORE INFO: Approximately 100
individuals from all over the world
Saturday, Sept. 16 WHERE: Ft. Moultrie Visitor
stories and fun with little ones. com. Concessions will be available for older. 843.722.2706 to register WHAT: Go Wild! take the Oath of Citizenship. This WHAT: “Beyond the Big House” Center Auditorium
843.883.3914. purchase. No outside alcohol, and for more details. WHERE: The Gibbes Museum will be the 20th ceremony hosted Tour WHEN: 6 – 7:15 p.m.
  WHAT: Storage Facility Tour food or coolers. All dogs must WHEN: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant site. Public WHERE: Tour begins at Nathaniel MORE INFO: Battery Gadsden
Thursdays WHERE: The Gibbes Museum be current on all vaccinations WHAT: Shaggin on the Cooper MORE INFO: Enjoy family- is welcome to attend. Russell House Museum, 51 Cultural Center presents Roy
WHEN: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for entry into the event, and WHERE: Mount Pleasant Pier friendly activities in conjunction Meeting Street Williams, former history teacher
WHAT: Mah Jongg Nights WHEN: Gates at 7 p.m., music at
MORE INFO: Ever wonder what each dog should be registered with Artist, Scientist, WHEN: 2 p.m. and author of Images of America:
(adults)
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch happens behind the scenes at to one adult owner/chaperone. 8 p.m. Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Saturday, Sept. 16 MORE INFO: Tickets $35. Sullivan’s Island. Free and
the Gibbes? Now is your chance. Advance ticket purchase is MORE INFO: The series finale Carolinas and Out of the Wild. Children 6-12 $10. For details open to the public. For more
Library, 1921 I’on Avenue. will feature live music by The WHAT: Book Club
WHEN: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join Zinnia Willits, Director recommended. Tickets are $8 Free for Members, included with on this unique opportunity information visit BatteryGadsden.
Coppertones. advance tickets are WHERE: Edgar Allan Poe Library com.
MORE INFO: Learn to play the of Collections Administration per dog in advance, or $10 on Museum admission for Non- WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to visit some of Charleston’s
for a tour of our new storage site if available. For details, visit $8. Space is limited, so advance Members. Call 843.722.2706 for lesser known historic sites, visit
fun and fast-paced game of purchase is recommended. If MORE INFO: A lively discussion
American Mah Jongg. Beginners facility. Learn how the rest of the CharlestonCountyParks.com. details. of A Farewell to Arms by Earnest HistoricCharleston.org/Beyond.
collection lives when it’s not on available, tickets sold at the  
welcome. 843.883.3914. event are $10. To purchase Hemingway. Light refreshments
display in the galleries. This tour
is free for Members and included Saturday, Sept. 9 tickets or for more information Monday, Sept. 11 served. Email darling@ccpl.
com for more information or call
Saturday, Sept. 2 with Museum admission for WHAT: STAR Therapy Dogs
call 843.795.4386 or visit
CharlestonCountyParks.com. WHAT: Mount Pleasant Artists 843.883.3914.
Non-Members. 843.722.2706 for (Children) Guild meeting
WHAT: Charleston Swing Dance details.
Association’s Weekly Dance WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch WHAT: Dog Day Afternoon WHERE: Mount Pleasant Water WHAT: 5th Annual Chucktown
WHERE: Knights of Columbus, Library, 1921 I’on Avenue WHERE: Splash Island Waterpark Works, located at 1618 Rifle Showdown
WHAT: Gibbes Garden Series: WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Range Road WHERE: Brittlebank Park
143 Calhoun St. Ben Sollee WHEN: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 –
WHEN: 7 – 11 p.m. MORE INFO: Read a book to a 3 p.m. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHEN: 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Gibbes Museum fuzzy friend. 843.883.3914. MORE INFO: If you have an MORE INFO: The races are
MORE INFO: Beginner Lesson at WHEN: 7 -8:30 p.m. MORE INFO: Select pool areas
7 p.m. , open dance from 8 – 11 will be open for dogs only; owners interest in art, please join open to Stand-Up Paddleboards,
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“Beyond the Big House”
S E P T. 1 6 T O U R O F P R I V A T E , H I S T O R I C B U I L D I N G S W H E R E
E N S L AV E D P E O P L E L I V E D A N D W O R K E D

BY FANIO KING
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

S
tep inside the kitchens, this setting, storytellers will
carriage houses and former further illuminate the lives of the
work lots of Charleston’s enslaved in urban Charleston.
private houses during Beyond the Joseph McGill will be on hand
Big House: Tour and Storytelling to discuss the mission and
on Sept. 16, presented by The programs of The Slave Dwelling
Slave Dwelling Project and Project, including his planned
Historic Charleston Foundation. sleepover in the Aiken-Rhett
These buildings have survived to House slave quarters that evening
tell the story of the enslaved in to draw attention to the need to
Charleston, their lives and labor. preserve slave dwellings across
“When the buildings remain the country. He will be joined by
on the landscape, it’s hard to Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin of
deny the presence of the people Columbia, SC, as well as other
who lived in them,” said Joseph volunteers.
McGill, founder of The Slave “We are honored that Historic
Dwelling Project. “From these Charleston Foundation’s
buildings, we learn about the Miles Brewton House Outbuildings. Aiken-Rhett House lot and
lives of the enslaved people who PHOTO BY GABRIELLA ANGELONI outbuildings are included in this
inhabited them. This event is part groundbreaking and meaningful
of a continuing effort to honor the History before 1945,” said the the wealthiest city in colonial educational program,” said
enslaved ancestors. The history idea came to her while “zooming North America, and that wealth Katharine S. “Kitty” Robinson,
of the people who occupied these across the Charleston peninsula” was built literally and figuratively President and CEO of HCF. “Recent
spaces should be intertwined on Google Earth. “The number by the enslaved. We want to archaeological excavations in
with the stories of those who of smaller buildings behind the highlight their stories. Focusing the laundry building yielded
enslaved them. What started as large dwellings on the lots was this tour on the buildings where an unprecedented number of
an idea of English Purcell now astounding,” she said. “We are the enslaved worked and lived is artifacts related to the daily
not only interesting historically, lives of slaves on the property,
it is critical to the telling of the discoveries that will allow
WHILE “ZOOMING ACROSS THE CHARLESTON PENINSULA” complete story of Charleston.” us to continue to expand
In addition to the tour, 2-5 our interpretation of African
ON GOOGLE EARTH, ENGLISH PURCELL NOTED, “THE p.m., of private properties American history at our house
NUMBER OF SMALLER BUILDINGS BEHIND THE LARGE seldom open to the public, the museums even further.”
DWELLINGS ON THE LOTS WAS ASTOUNDING.” Beyond the Big House event will Beyond the Big House: Tour
include professional storytelling and Storytelling tickets are $35
in the back lot of the Aiken- for adults; $10 for children
very grateful to the property Rhett House Museum, c.1820, 6-12; free for children under
has flourished into the potential owners who live in these special from 4:30-6 p.m. The property 6. To purchase tickets and
for participants to explore and spaces and have cared for them survives as one of the best- for more information, visit
learn the history beyond the big and preserved them. The lives of preserved collections of 19th- HistoricCharleston.org/Beyond.
house.” the enslaved were so unbelievably century domestic buildings in
English Purcell, a researcher different from those who occupied the nation, and the expansive
and administrator for the popular the ‘big houses’ that are visible back lot includes slave quarters,
Facebook group “Charleston from the street. Charleston was kitchen and carriage block. In
September 1, 2017 21

Recollections of
Sullivan’s Island
during World War II
BY SUSAN MIDDAUGH
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
he personal and family and historian, Williams vividly
stories of long-time residents recounts what his life was like
are an essential part of the on Sullivan’s Island during WWII,
remarkable history of Sullivan’s when civilian life was intertwined
Island. The Oral History Project with Fort Moultrie and the
of Battery Gadsden Cultural dramatic events in distant
Center is designed to capture theatres of war, culminating Roy Williams will answer questions following his taped video presentation.
these stories as recounted by in the atomic bombs dropped PHOTO BY W. MICHAEL WALSH, MD
Island residents in interviews on Japan and the end-of-war
that are videotaped and edited celebrations on Sullivan’s Island.
according to the standards of This oral history presentation
the Oral History Association. is Sept. 21, from 6 – 7:15 PM, in
Mike Walsh, a member of the the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center
BGCC Board, has led this effort Auditorium, 1214 Middle St.,
in coordination with the College Sullivan’s Island. Mike Walsh will
of Charleston Addlestone Library provide a brief introduction to the
and Lowcountry Digital Library 48-minute oral history video. Roy
where these Sullivan’s Island oral Williams will be in attendance
histories may be archived. to answer questions from the
The first oral history video audience following the video
from this project is Recollections presentation.
of Sullivan’s Island during World This event is free and open to
War II, as told by Roy Williams. the public. It is co-sponsored by:
Roy grew up on Sullivan’s Island,
The National Park Service and
taught history at Wando High
School, and authored the book Fort Sumter/Fort Moultrie National
Images of America: Sullivan’s Monument & Battery Gadsden
Island (Arcadia Publishing, Cultural Center BatteryGadsden.
Charleston, SC, 2004). com.
An engaging story-teller

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Are you a “hardworking” investor?
BY DIMI MATOUCHEV
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

N
ext week, we observe Labor investing in and why. Even if you
Day, a celebration of the work with a financial professional,
American worker. You work you need to inform yourself about
hard your whole life with the hope every aspect of your investment
that your efforts will ultimately allow portfolio. After all, it’s your money
you to achieve your financial goals, and your future.
such as a comfortable retirement. • Be farsighted. Good
But for that to happen, you may workers not only know what
need to apply some of the lessons they’re doing, they also can
of the workplace to your efforts as visualize the desired outcome of
an investor. each task. And, of course, people
So, what are these lessons? Here who are in charge of a particular
are a few to consider: endeavor, or who are responsible
• Be consistent. The most for the fortunes of a business,
successful workers are the ones have a clear view of what they
who show up, day after day, want to accomplish, even if
and strive to overcome the in- the achievement of that goal is
evitable obstacles that crop up. many years in the future. When
As an investor, you, too, need you invest, you also need to see
to be consistent in your habits where you want to go. If you can
which means you should keep constantly keep in mind your
investing in all types of markets. long-term goals, such as the type
If you take a “time out” every time of retirement lifestyle you desire,
the market drops, you might you will likely find it easier to
end up missing opportunities stick with an investment strategy
when the next rally begins. that’s appropriate for your needs
• Be flexible. When good and risk tolerance. Conversely, if
workers see that something is not going well, they change what you lose sight of your destination, you might be more prone to
they’re doing. And when you invest, you also may need to make taking short-term detours, which could work against you.
adjustments. If an investment has consistently under-performed, Labor Day reminds us to appreciate the skills and dedication of
or if you have too many others very similar to it, or if it just doesn’t all workers and as an investor, you can put these same attributes to
meet your needs anymore, you may be better off by selling it and good use.
using the proceeds to invest elsewhere. This doesn’t mean you Dimi Matouchev is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, located
should constantly be buying and selling. In fact, you’ll likely be
at 1505 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms. For more information, call
better off by purchasing quality investments and holding them
for the long term. But you need to be flexible enough to make the 843.886.9229 or visit edwardjones.com.
appropriate moves at the appropriate times.
• Be informed. The best workers are those who regularly update
their skills and acquire knowledge that helps them do their jobs
better. As an investor, you should also keep learning, about the
investment world in general and about new opportunities for
you to explore. And you should always understand what you are

Breac h Inlet Tide Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Sep 1 4:30am/5:20pm 10:34am/11:25pm
Sep 2 5:23am/6:08pm 11:25am
Sep 3 6:12am/6:53pm 12:12am/12:13pm
Sep 4 6:59am/7:36pm 12:56am/12:59pm
Sep 5 7:43am/8:17pm 1:38am/1:44pm
Sep 6 8:25am/8:56pm 2:19am/2:29pm
Sep 7 9:07am/9:36pm 2:59am/3:14pm
Sep 8 9:50am/10:17pm 3:41am/4:00pm
Sep 9 10:35am/11:01pm 4:24am/4:49pm
Sep 10 11:24am/11:50pm 5:10am/5:41pm
Sep 11 12:18pm 5:59am/6:38pm
Sep 12 12:45am/1:18pm 6:53am/7:40pm
Sep 13 1:47am/2:24pm 7:53am/8:46pm
Sep 14 2:53am/3:31pm 8:57am/9:52pm

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