Thanks for Giving

The tradition of Thanksgiving is to celebrate the harvest and the blessings of the past year through expressions of gratitude and thankfulness. It is in this rich context that the Blessing Basket, a program of the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation, extends its gratitude to the Seabrook Island community and other neighbors for their continued support of our mission: Fighting Island Hunger. Generous financial and other contributions, along with innumerable volunteer hours, enable the Blessing Basket to provide food to individuals and families in need on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.

Blessing Basket 1 Nov 2019

While we do get some USDA food through the Lowcountry Food Bank, the majority of the items we distribute is purchased with the donations we receive. Clients especially appreciate the fresh produce, bread, meat and fish they receive, as well as occasional toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. For the upcoming Thanksgiving and December holidays, each client will receive a turkey and some of the traditional fixings that will enable them to prepare a dignified, satisfying meal.

Blessing Basket 2 Nov 2019

Several particularly significant gifts have enabled us to grow the program and distribute over 250 Blessing Baskets each month. The Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament held in October designated the Blessing Basket as its charity once again this year and the funds raised will largely sustain the program for the upcoming year. Recently, the Blessing Basket received a generous gift from the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. During the course of the year Kiawah Cares, the Town of Kiawah, The Point, and The Gift Today have also been very strong supporters of the program. In addition, upon the death of Bob Atkinson, the Atkinson family’s request that memorial donations be directed to the Blessing Basket generated an overwhelming response. And SIPOA is once again sponsoring the Holiday Canned Food Drive currently taking place at the Lake House. This effort provides an invaluable supplement to our inventory for several months into the new year.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to these donors and to everyone who plays a part in the work of the Blessing Basket. What we are able to do would not be possible without the generosity of this community. Thank you!

Submitted by Shirley Salvo, President, Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation

Posted in Fundraisers, Organizations, Volunteer

SIPOA 2020 Election – Board of Directors Candidate – John Sesody

Candidate for the SIPOA Board of Directors –
John Sesody

I moved to Seabrook from Scottsdale AZ in January 2016, a full time resident My home is located at 2991 Hidden Oak Drive, in the Hidden Oaks HOA.

Past Governance experience:

  • President of the Fairway One HOA in January 2016
  • Currently serving on the SIPOA Communications Committee and have also served on the subcommittee charged with improving transparency and effectiveness in our annual election process.
  • Currently the Hidden Oaks representative to COVAR.  
  • Co-founded a Grief Support group here on Seabrook.
  • Member of the Seabrook Island Village volunteer group, designed to assist our owners with successful “aging in place”.
  • Served 6 years as president of the Dartmouth Place HOA (part the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association – QLLA) located in Vermont.
  • Currently on the Golf and House committees of QLLA.

With over 50 years of hands on executive and management experience and my current and prior Association governance experience I believe I can be a valuable contributor by serving on the SIPOA Board.  It is time for me to give back to our community and help continue our successful growth as we face the challenges of tomorrow.

After just under 4 years living here Seabrook has become a very special place for me.  The strong sense of community and the clear commitment of so many have convinced me that I made the right decision to move here.

  • I believe that the SIPOA Board should commit to small but more frequent discussion groups to encourage the involvement of a broader segment of our owners.
  • I believe the SIPOA Board should commit to more interaction with COVAR by establishing a permanent Board representative for COVAR to encourage that very large owner segment to participate in and “buy into” SIPOA planning efforts.  Having served as COVAR representative for two HOA’s I see this as a real opportunity for us.

In reading the Common Vision and Core Value Statement of SIPOA these words jumped out at me:


With service on two committees here I have seen those words in action.  I hope to be able to participate in this ongoing process and make a real difference in our future.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee


Posted in SIPOA

Next King Tide – November 25-28

Please be aware that the next King Tide that could affect Seabrook Island will occur November 25-28.

The term “King Tide” is used to describe a non-scientific term for astronomic tide that people in the Lowcountry often use to describe exceptionally high tides. It coincides with the moon being closest to the earth in its monthly elliptical orbit. In some cases, King Tides may barely even be noticed. In other cases, a King Tide may cause flooding of low-lying areas and disruption to normal daily routines. This is particularly true when a King Tide event coincides with significant precipitation because water drainage and runoff are impeded.

To learn more about King Tides, click here.

Be prepared for flooding.  Clear mulch and other debris from the street drain near your home. Move items up and off your basement floor.

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Posted in Weather

SIPOA 2020 Election – Board of Directors Candidate – John Kinne

Candidate for the SIPOA Board of Directors –
John Kinne

My wife Lisa and I bought a cottage in Tarpon Pond, one of the regime associations on Seabrook Island, in 2007 as a secondary home.  In December, 2017 we moved to Tarpon Pond full time. For 8 of these years I served on the Board of the Tarpon Pond POA as Vice President. 


Notable accomplishments included:

  • Cancelling the existing policy of POA-controlled painting of all the regime cottages and returning control to homeowners; expanding the range of color standards with a clear set of rules / guidelines as to frequency and paint quality
  • Commissioning an audit resulting in the establishment and funding of ~$60k of unrestricted reserves with a total reserve balances of over $100k
  • Working closely with SIPOA and SIC to improve serious, and worsening, drainage and flooding problems
  • Landscape moves to sustainable plantings with an island “character” and to mulch from pine straw for water conservation
  • In-depth review and revision of Standards 

In late 2018 we bought our current single-family home on Loblolly Lane and sold our cottage.  As of July 31st, 2019 I am fully retired.

Professional career highlights included: 

  • Sales / marketing / business management / executive management
    • as a Global VP at Atotech Corporation I was responsible for business / product strategy
    • as VP, Americas for Atotech I had full P&L responsibility for Atotech’s operating companies in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina
  • Over many years I was involved with different Industry Trade Associations – serving as committee member, committee chairman, Board member, Vice President and President
    • While serving as President of MFSA I was part of a 12 person “Executive Committee” charged with developing a plan to merge three separate industry Trade Associations (MFSA, NAMF and AESF) into one new Association (NASF)
        • I served as Vice President of NASF for the first 4 years of its existence
        • In 2008 I was the sole recipient of the NASF’s lifetime achievement award

These experiences, all requiring effective management of large numbers of people and cooperative action with Board Member peers and committees will enable me to make positive contributions to the residents of Seabrook Island.

My number one priority for SI relates to existing, and worsening, drainage and flooding.  Current efforts, now in the study stage, need to be concluded and recommendations acted upon diligently.  With increasingly active storm seasons we need to focus on the safety of SI residents, to aftermath clean-up, and to infrastructure maintenance and improvement.  I also believe that SI property values are sub-optimal – we need to understand how our property values are moving in relation to comparable communities and the reasons why.

We love SI and I would like to invest my time / energy / skills to improvement.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee


Posted in SIPOA

Join SIB for a Movie Matinee Double Feature: Birders – November 25

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this fall on Monday, November 25, with two shorter documentary style films highlighting birding in two very different parts of the United States.

The first, “Birders: The Central Park Effect”, is a hour-long 2012 HBO documentary follows the intense and unique world of birders in New York. You’d think the big city wouldn’t be a great place for birding, but there’s a whole subculture around birding in NYC. People even schedule their lives around bird migration—that time when a variety of species pass directly through Central Park. It’ll definitely draw you in.

The second, “Birders”, is a newly released 37 minute documentary on Netflix, where bird watchers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border share their enthusiasm for protecting and preserving some of the world’s most beautiful species.

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Monday, November 25, 2019 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Sign Up Today by clicking here.

-Submitted by SIB

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Posted in Events, SIB

2019 STJFD Annual Stuff-a-Truck Program

In 2018, the STJFD launched an annual Stuff – A – Truck program with the goal of stuffing a fire truck full of gifts! The donations from all over our service area were used to better the Christmas for several local families. 

We are kicking off our 2019 campaign and are asking for your help. We are looking for new and unwrapped toys (Pre-K to 8th grade) to help stuff full as many trucks as we can!

Donations are accepted at any St. John’s Fire Station. Your donation will help local Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island families. For more information or other opportunities to donate, please call Captain Stephen Mantie at 843-559-9194 or by email at

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-Submitted by Ryan Kunitzer, Fire Marshal | Battalion Chief, St. John’s Fire District


Posted in Organizations

Seabrook Island Photography Club Meeting

Tomorrow evening, Thursday  November 21, SIPC welcomes Anne Rhett as our guest speaker. The topic will be a recent trip she made to Cuba, and the photographs she took. We will meet as usual at the Lake House (2319 Seabrook Island Rd).

From her website: ‘A visual storyteller with an eye for detail, Anne transforms memorable moments into beloved, lasting images. Anne is a native of Charleston, South Carolina with a background in documentary photography from Duke University. Her work has taken her from sea to shining sea and across continents, and yet she maintains that the majesty and charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry is difficult to top.’

Members of the public are very welcome. Our social (with refreshments) begins at 6:30 pm, and the presentation will begin at 7 pm, ending at 8:30. We hope you will join us.

-Submitted by Danielle Bol-de Greve

Posted in Organizations on Seabrook

Seabrookers Are Reading…

Here is the next installment from our readers who want to share the joy of reading.  Let us hear about the books you recommend – just send the title and author to Tidelines editors will provide a blurb to tell a little about the book and add the book jacket image.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein … builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. (2014, 566 pgs; Nonfiction)

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
The author reaches into the troubled lives of the Third Reich’s civilian victims, drawing readers into one woman’s efforts to save children in this compelling novel based on actual events and the real-life Dutch Resistance fighter Geertruida Wijsmuller-Meijer. (2019, 451 pgs; Fiction).

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol
National Book Award winner Kozol’s memoir tells of his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis at age 88 in 1994 and the aftermath. (2015, 302 pgs; Nonfiction)

Share the joy of reading with other Seabrookers and learn about some noteworthy titles! We welcome your submissions. Click here for more information. Also, please donate any recently published books to the Lake House Library.

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Join SIB for Learning Together at Kiawah River Development – November 22

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Another chance to meet with Jeff Snyder, biologist at the Kiawah River development property, and check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. Hopefully, we will be have a few remaining Warblers in midst migration and some water fowl that have arrived for the winter. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course, this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: Alternatively, you could pay a $5 guest fee.

Please complete the information below to register no later than Wednesday November 20, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the day prior the event.

-Submitted by SIB

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Posted in Events, SIB

SIPOA 2020 Election – Board of Directors Candidate – Ian Millar

Candidate for the SIPOA Board of Directors – Ian Millar

My wife, Joy, and I have been property owners on Seabrook since 2003 when we bought a lot and then started building a house. The island commended itself to us for its natural environment, its sense of community, its weather and its proximity to Charleston. It still does. We have been residents since 2004. I’m retired. We have three children. 

My college education led to degrees in physics, business administration and climate science. An entire career in business saw me consulting for, and running, companies in various parts of the world in a variety of industries: semiconductors, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, banking, power generation, healthcare, packaging and paper.

With that experience, I’m very comfortable generating data and analyses as well as dealing with issues involving finance and strategic planning. My personal contributions to the SIPOA Board’s policy making would involve discussion and decision making based on resident input, interactions with residents, context, fact, logic and a long term perspective. The experience I have had on both the General Operating & Maintenance Committee (GOMC) and the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) means I am already familiar with SIPOA’s strategies, policies and issues.

With the benefit of my committee experience, I believe I have an informed perspective on the issues SIPOA should be wrestling with in 2020 and beyond. I would make the case for a “Top 10” of issues that includes include two associated with different types of flooding, a couple associated with growth, and three on infrastructure maintenance and development. I also believe we should develop a strategic perspective on where Seabrook wants to be on the Community-Resort spectrum. Obviously we are more “Community” off-season and more “Resort” on-season but clarity on what we want the overall balance to be out into the future would better inform policy and spending priorities.

Lastly, there are a couple of pieces of context for Seabrook sea level rise (SLR) that I believe we should discuss, agree on and make explicit. The data over the last 100 years from Charleston Harbor’s tide gauge show us the SLR trend has been steady. SLR has been making (and will continue to make) itself felt on Seabrook through increasingly frequent nuisance tidal flooding over time. In gradually adapting to the evolving impacts of SLR over the medium and long term, SIPOA will have to spend significant amounts of money on road and drainage infrastructure. Given the importance of that adaptation, I believe that we should have an explicit, non-inflammatory assumption of what rate of sea level rise we are planning for. Next, a significant proportion (some 30%) of sea level rise on this stretch of the coast is attributable to widespread subsidence caused by groundwater pumping. Seabrook and (even more so) Kiawah have been pumping groundwater from local wells for the last 45 years or so, mainly for (or to supplement) golf course irrigation. As we begin to adapt to the impacts of sea level rise, I believe we should confirm and acknowledge that this significant proportion of our local sea level rise is largely of our own making.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee


Posted in SIPOA

Contractor Holiday Work Restriction for Thanksgiving

Contractor access to Seabrook Island will be restricted from Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1, 2019, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

As prescribed in the SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Section VII. COMMERCIAL/CONTRACTOR RULES, B.  Contractors may only perform Emergency Work on the following Holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

Further restrictions apply to the days surrounding these holidays:

  • If the holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday, contractor access will also be restricted from Saturday through the holiday.
  • If the holiday falls on a Wednesday, contractor access will be restricted to the holiday and on the Tuesday immediately preceding the holiday.
  • If the holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, contractor access will be restricted from the holiday through Sunday.
  • Work by contractors is not permitted on Sundays, holidays or other days designated by the Board, except by special arrangement with SIPOA.

For purposes of this section, Emergency Work is defined as work that is required to address immediate fire or electrical hazards, plumbing leaks or other conditions requiring immediate attention, the delay of which would cause risk to life or health or significant damage to property.

To view the SIPOA Rules and Regulations, click here. Contact SIPOA at with questions or comments.

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Posted in SIPOA

Fields to Families Presents “Seed to Soup” December 6

Seed to soup Nov 2019
Fields to Families, a non-profit who supplies fresh produce to local feeding programs by collecting and distributing excess from local farmers, is presenting a fundraiser “Seed to Soup” on December 6, 2019, at St. Johns High School Cafeteria. Attendees will be supporting this non-profit mission by donating $25. Click here to obtain a ticket.
The ticket allows the donor to taste soups from St. Johns’ culinary students, local island restaurants, and one donated by Chef Randy MacDonald of the Seabrook Island Club. Participants will also choose a glazed ceramic bowl by Haut Gap students to take home as a gift for their donation.

The fundraiser brings awareness to help remind us there are those in the community who need support to help stop hunger. Consider donating, attending the event, and learning more about Fields to Families on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at St. Johns High School for this “souper” tasting.

-Submitted by Regina Oster

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