Traffic Alert – Nightly Detours of Wappoo Creek Bridge

Maintenance is being performed on the Folly Road, Wappoo Creek Bridge from 10:30 pm until 5:00 am between Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23. The detour will utilize the James Island Connector and US Highway 17. Motorists are asked to follow posted signs and to be aware of any construction crews and equipment.

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Turtle Patrol Report for the Week Ending June 18

Deveaux Bank is the barrier island at the mouth of the Edisto River. It was established as a protected nesting area for thousands of shorebirds. As a bonus, it is also a nesting area for loggerhead turtles. The New York Times recently had an interesting opinion piece about how both humans and nature are threatening this protected area.

Saturday June 12 – Nests 30, 31, & 32
Lesley and Tony Gore, their granddaughter, Lexi, and her friends, Olivia and Meagan, and Bill and Susan Miller all got up before sunrise to walk Zone 4. The first crawl they came upon was right in front of the Bird Sanctuary. Sandy MacCoss, with help from Lesley, carefully located Nest 31. The 100 eggs were relocated away from the bird area.

Shortly after calling in this first crawl, another was found between the Bird Sanctuary and the spit. Valerie and Mark Doane probed for eggs and found 133 eggs much deeper than usual. Nest 30 was relocated to a safer location.

Bill Greubel and Anna Wechter walked Zone 3 and immediately found a promising crawl near Boardwalk 6. As they continued their walk, Joshua and Amanda Shilko made it to the beach to help probe and discovered Nest 32. The 124 eggs were relocated to a safer spot.

Tuesday June 15 – Nest 33
Bill and Linda Nelson, Patt Tamasy, and Lindsay Capps called in early with a crawl between Boardwalks 3 & 4. Judy Morr probed and found 119 eggs which were moved to a safer area behind the original nest.

Wednesday June 16 – Nests 34, 35, & 36
Susan and Bill Miller walking on Zone 1 called in first reporting a nice crawl with 2 possible body pits south of Camp St. Christopher. Mike Vinson probed and found Nest 34 with 104 eggs which were relocated near the camp’s boat storage area.

Initially, Zone 3 walkers Judy Morr, Lindsay Capps and Kathy Thompson found two in and out crawls, and Judy Morr took GPS readings on both. Then they came to a promising crawl just south of Boardwalk 4 complete with a cute baby opossum keeping watch. Sandy MacCoss and Jane Magioncalda probed the area to find a shallow Nest 35. 143 eggs were relocated to a safer area.

Zone 2 walkers Paula Baram, Heather Fife, Charlane Faught and Joanne Gallivan found 2 crawls, both behind the houses just North of Pelican’s Nest. Since all the assigned Wednesday probers were busy, Bill and Linda Nelson agreed to come take a look and found Nest 36. 149 eggs were relocated south of Boardwalk 6.

Friday June 18 – Nest 37
Zone 3 walkers Jane Magioncalda and Sandy MacCoss called in a crawl 100 yards north of Boardwalk 3. Bill Greubel responded and found Nest 37. This mama left the nest high enough that it was able to be left in situ.

For more information about turtles and the Turtle Patrol, go to siturtlepatrol.com  

-Submitted by Joshua Shilko

(Image credits: Turtle Patrol)


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CCPL Goes Fine Free

Still have overdue library materials or outstanding fines and fees? No problem! During the months of June and July Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is celebrating going completely Fine Free with Amnesty for All! Just return your old materials and update your account information at any library branch, and all fines or fees incurred prior to June 1 will be waived. It’s that simple!

Is your contact information up to date? CCPL uses email and (new for 2021) text messaging to alert patrons of items on hold or overdue material. In order to do this, we need your most up-to-date contact information on file. Just call or visit your local library branch to update your contact info or sign-up for text message notifications.

Can’t make it to a branch? Johns Island Library is still closed for renovation. If you’d like to discuss Amnesty for your account with a library staff member, update your contact info, or sign up for text message notifications, but aren’t able to stop by one of our libraries, just fill out the Amnesty for All Contact Form and a CCPL staff member will contact you. 

Thanks for helping us celebrate with Amnesty for All!

-Submitted by CCPL

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SINHG Trips Are Back For The Fall


After canceling or sharply reducing its signature SINHG Trips during the past year’s pandemic restrictions, the Seabrook Island Natural History Group has announced a return to a full schedule for the autumn. Thirty-one trips are on offer for SINHG members beginning in September, including seven new activities and venues throughout the greater Charleston area.

Among the new trips on offer are a twenty-mile biking tour of Kiawah Island, a “Chocolate Dinner” at downtown restaurant Circa 1886 and a chance to train and compete in blade axe and bull axe throwing. Returning to the schedule are popular historic tours of downtown Charleston, kayaking at a number of area creeks and rivers, and a near-shore fishing expedition.

SINHG Trips are open to all SINHG members. Learn more about membership by visiting sinhg.org/membership.

-Submitted by Norm Powers, for SINHG

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Town Council Meeting & Public Hearing – June 22, 2021

Seabrook Island Town Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm and the Public Hearing meeting will be held at 2:25 pm.

Click here to visit the Town’s Public Comment Portal webpage where you can access the meeting agendas, view supplemental information for specific agenda items, and submit comments.

– Submitted by Seabrook Island Town Hall

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June 21, 2021 Fire Hydrant Testing

The Seabrook Island Utility Commission has been informed that the St. Johns Fire Department will perform hydrant testing on Monday, June 21, 2021 in the following areas:

  • Seabrook Island Rd. (From Baywood to Coon Hollow)
  • Jenkins Point

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause to our customers during this testing.

-Seabrook Island Utility Commission

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Full Moon Bonfire – Thursday, June 24

Full Moon Bonfire
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sunset – 8:31 pm
Moonrise – 8:51 pm
High Tide – 9:00 pm
Full Strawberry Moon

It’s been a long 15 months since we were last able to enjoy a full moon bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors.   We will start the bonfire near sunset and it will need to be out by 10:00.  The bonfire will be between Boardwalks 1 and 2. 

To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon.  

People ask if the bonfire will be held if it’s rainy…. the bonfire will be cancelled if it is raining or rain is threatening as few would be comfortable attending.

The summer solstice was Sunday June 20 so the days are long and our Loggerhead turtles are busy nesting. The fire needs to be out no later than 10.  This means our time together may be shorter than we wish but there will still be plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful beach and the companionship of our friends and neighbors.

EarthSky reports that this month’s is a Supermoon.  A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit.  Full supermoons don’t look bigger to the eye than ordinary full moons, although experienced observers say they can detect a difference.  But supermoons do look brighter than ordinary full moons! 

There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests. 

Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar: 

  • Friday, July 23
  • Sunday, August 22
  • Monday, September 20

How the Full Moon got its name:

  • Per Old Farmers Almanac, the June full moon is the Strawberry Moon. This name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready to be gathered. The Haida term Berries Ripen Moon reflects this as well. As flowers bloom and early fruit ripens, June is a time of great abundance for many.  This site also provides alternate names. Blooming Moon (Anishinaabe) is indicative of the flowering season, while Green Corn Moon (Cherokee) and Hoer Moon (Western Abenaki) suggest that it’s time to tend to young crops.  Other names highlight that this is a time of new life: The Tlingit have used the term Birth Moon, referring to the time when certain animals are born in their region (the Pacific Northwest). Egg Laying Moon and Hatching Moon are Cree terms that also hint at a time of many animal babies.  Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. June was traditionally the month of marriages, and is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the “honeymoon,” which may be tied to this alternative Moon name!
  • Hubpages.com says the Cherokee Indians called it the Green Corn Moon and the English Medieval name was the Dyan Moon.  
  • Space.com adds that the Chinese call it Lotus Moon. 

June Moon Folklore:

  • A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
  • Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
  • Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full. 

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Image credit: Scotsman.com)

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COVAR Zoom Meeting Wednesday, June 23, 2021

COVAR will be holding a virtual Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm.


Notice of the meeting was emailed to COVAR members on June 4, 2021. The agenda for the meeting will be sent on Friday, June 18, 2021.


If you did not receive an email and would like to be sent the link to the meeting, please send an email to joanne.fagan@comcast.net

-Submitted by Joanne Fagan, COVAR Secretary

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King Tides in the Charleston Area June 22-25

A King Tide is a non-scientific term used to describe high tides that are higher than normal. They usually occur during a full or new moon or during specific seasons throughout the year. They can cause flooding of low-lying areas resulting in road closures that may disrupt normal daily routines. This is particularly true when a king tide coincides with significant precipitation.

The 2021 predicted king tides are:

  • Jun 22-25
  • Jul 22-24
  • Oct 7-10
  • Nov 4-8
  • Dec 3-7

Remember to clear debris blocking the drains near your home before predicted king tides and if your home is prone to flooding, you might want to prepare your ground level for flooding.

SCDOT warns: Please use caution in areas that are impacted by flooding. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. Never drive around barricades. Turn around, don’t drown.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is leading the South Carolina King Tides Initiative to document the effect that extreme tide events have on our state’s beaches, coastal waterways, private property, and public infrastructure. For more information on king tides and the Initiative, click here.

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CJO Presents Ellington at Newport on Kiawah August 15

The Town of Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council is excited to announce the return to live in-person events! 

The 2021-2022 season will kick off with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) and their presentation of Ellington at Newport on August 15 at 7:30 pm at the West Beach Conference Center. 

Tickets ($25) go on sale for Kiawah residents on Friday, June 18 and for non-residents on Monday, June 21 on the CJO’s website. 

Please review the following information as we prepare to welcome you back:

  • Patrons can expect to see some new, friendly faces at our events! This season, we will be contracting professional event staff to provide ticket scanning and support to our resident volunteers.
  • All tickets will continue to be available online. Property owners within the Town of Kiawah Island municipal boundaries are eligible for a 3-day lead time on tickets to select events. Property owners who previously registered for early access tickets will be emailed their 2021-2022 season access code today.  If you would like to register or did not receive your code, email your name and Kiawah Island address to Keely Laughlin at klaughlin@kiawahisland.org
  • For the time being, events will have reduced capacity. We will continue to evaluate this policy as the season progresses. We recommend face coverings for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

-Submitted by Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council

(Image credit: charlestonjazz.com)

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Summer Happenings in Freshfields

Summer is upon us and Freshfields Village has several activities going on during the week.

Farmers Market – every Monday afternoon during the summer there is a Farmer’s Market on the Village Green featuring fresh organic produce, local food products and Lowcountry crafts. Stop by from 4:00 to 8:00 pm to purchase some goodies!

Shag Night – Join Freshfields Village and Doin’ the Charleston for Summer Shag Night on Tuesday, June 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Are you a shag dance pro wanting to dust off your dancing shoes? Or are you new to the area and want to learn the basic steps to the official dance of South Carolina? Head to the Lakeside Dock to enjoy beach music tunes perfect for shagging.

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Jazz Night on the Green – The Village Green is the place to be Thursday, June 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm featuring Table Top.  Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for this complimentary event.

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SIPOA Board of Directors Meeting June 21, 2021

The SIPOA Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 1:00 pm, via teleconference.

You can access the agenda by logging into GateAccess.net using your property owner login information. Click on the main Overview page, then “Community News,” and scroll to Agenda – Board of Directors Meeting 6/21/21.

Zoom links and dial-in information for the meeting are listed on the agenda. If you do not have your login information, please email receptionist@sipoa.org.

Note: Links do not work on the GateAccess app.

-Submitted by SIPOA

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