Reminder: No Political Signs Allowed on Seabrook

The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association wants to remind everyone that no signs, political or otherwise, are allowed on Seabrook Island.

In addition, any flag must meet the requirements of the Policies and Procedures §II.C.6.g. Flags:

  • A maximum of two flags is allowed per residence; Flags shall not be flown from windows, trees, bushes, or poles; Flags mounted on a residential building can be no larger than 4′ x 6′ and mounted on a bracketed staff no longer than 6′; Freestanding flagpoles shall be used only for display of the US flag ( which can be no larger than 4′ x 6′ – flagpole specifications can be found in the Policies and Procedures)

-Submitted by SIPOA

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Attention All Hockey Fans – SC Stingrays Announce Season to Begin December 11, 2020

Fun for the whole family! Come on out and watch the South Carolina Stingrays minor league hockey team.

The ECHL, in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, announced the 2020-21 season will commence on December 11 under a split-season format to include 72 regular season games.

The South Carolina Stingrays are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in SC Stingrays logo - Feb 2019North Charleston, South Carolina. The Stingrays play in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. They play their home games at the North Charleston Coliseum.

For information on the abbreviated season and ticket availability click here.

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(Image credit: Stingrayshockey.com)

 

 

Posted in Sports

5th Annual Holiday Canned Food Drive

The 5th Annual SIPOA Holiday Canned Food Drive begins on Sunday, November 1 and will run through Friday, December 11.

Seabrookers contributed over 7,500 pounds of canned goods to the 2019 Drive. This year we decided to up our goal to a very ambitious 8,000 pounds.

One way to make our own holiday celebrations even more meaningful, especially in the current environment, is to help our neighbors in need on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.  When you go grocery shopping, please purchase a couple extra cans of food or, even better, multi-packs of canned food items, for distribution to the clients of the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF).  Protein items like hearty or chunky soups, stews, chili, corned beef hash, tuna, and canned chicken, as well as canned vegetables and fruit, are especially appreciated. No glass or out of date items, please.  

Please bring your contributions to The Lake House front porch. There will be a table there along with the poundage goal board which will be updated daily. Place your items near the “NEW DONATIONS” sign. All donations will be weighed before they are picked up by SIHAF volunteers every other day. And used grocery bags with handles are still very much needed and can be dropped off along with your food donations. 

Together we CAN fight hunger, one meal at a time!

-Submitted by SIPOA

Posted in Fundraisers, SIPOA

Town Council Meeting & Public Hearing October 27

Town of Seabrook Island
Town Council Meeting
October 27, 2020

Seabrook Island Town Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2:30 pm. The meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 2:25 pm.

To view supplemental information for specific agenda items, please click the links below:​

  • Financial Statements: For the Month of September 2020
  • Ordinance 2020-08(Second Reading): Adopting an updated Comprehensive Emergency Plan
  • Ordinance 2020-09(Second Reading): Prohibiting the harassment of marine mammals and prohibiting swimming in Captain Sams Inlet when dolphins are present
  • Ordinance 2020-10(First Reading): Amending requirements for the naming of new streets and renaming of existing streets
  • Ordinance 2020-11(First Reading): Rezoning 3095 Baywood Drive from the SR Single-Family Residential District to the AGC Agricultural-Conservation District
  • Ordinance 2020-12(First Reading): Adopting the updated Charleston County Flood Damage Prevention and Protection Ordinance
  • Ordinance 2020-13(First Reading): Deleting the requirement for contractors and subcontractors to submit proof of insurance as a precondition to the issuance of a business license
  • Ordinance 2020-14(First Reading): Amending regulations on Accessory Dwelling Units, Short-Term Rental Units, Vacation Club Units, and Vacation Time Sharing Plans
  • Ordinance 2020-15(First Reading): Adopting an updated fee schedule
  • Ordinance 2020-16(First Reading): Amending the terms of office for the Mayor and Town Council
  • Temporary Use Permit: Bohicket Half Marathon & 5K Run (November 21, 2020)

Consistent with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control related to “social distancing,” all Town Council meetings are currently being conducted virtually using the Zoom platform. Any individual who wishes to observe the meeting may do so using one of the following options:

Individuals who wish to submit a question or comment on any town matter (including those not on the agenda) may do so in advance of the meeting using one of the options listed below. Written questions and comments will be accepted until 12:00 p.m on the day of the meeting.

  • OnlineClick Here
  • Emailfallbritton@townofseabrookisland.org
  • Mail or Drop Off at Town Hall: 2001 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, SC 29455

For more information, please call (843) 768-9121.

-Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator, Town of Seabrook Island

Posted in Town of SBI

Stay Informed with the SIPOA Weekly Highlights Email

The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association’s (SIPOA)  keeps in touch with property owners via a weekly highlights email sent out each Friday. Each email provides valuable information about what is going on around Seabrook Island and what property owners need to know to stay well-informed.

If you are not currently receiving the weekly highlights email from SIPOA you can visit SIPOA.org and look for the “Stay Connected with Us!” tab.

This tab will take you to the sign-up form below:

screenshot eblast post July 2020

Or just click here to go to the sign-up form.

By signing up you will receive highlights, special notices and alerts from SIPOA.

Don’t forget to update your email information if you’ve recently changed email addresses!

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Posted in SIPOA

SIPOA Board of Directors Meeting October 27, 2020

The SIPOA Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1:00 pm via teleconference.

To view the agenda, login to GateAccess.net and click on the Agenda – Board of Directors Meeting 10/27/20 link under “Community News” on the main Overview page.

If you do not have your Gate Access login information, please email receptionist@sipoa.org.

-Submitted by SIPOA

Posted in SIPOA

Mt. Zion Holiday Fund Drive


‘TIS THE SEASON

Once again the Mt. Zion Holiday Fund Committee is seeking your help to place smiles on the faces of Mt. Zion children. The counselors and teachers at Mt. Zion Elementary School are already identifying families who are in most need of our support. The funds that we raise will be used to buy clothes, shoes, toys, and books for each child.  Every family is also given a gift certificate for food for their holiday meal.

Each year since 2007, your contributions have helped more than 40 families and over 90 children.  The gifts we are able to provide are often the only ones the children receive.

Checks made out to Mt. Zion Holiday Fund may be mailed to Charlotte Moran, 2530 The Bent Twig, Seabrook Island, South Carolina 29455,  or call (843) 768-3083.  Donations may also be given to Marilyn Armstrong, (843) 768-9252, Paula Adamson, (843) 768-4881, Flo Gilson, (678) 643-5755, or Pat Greubel, (843) 725-8926, or they can be dropped off at the Racquet Club Pro Shop or Golf Pro Shop on Seabrook Island.

-Submitted by Charlotte Moran

 

Posted in Fundraisers

The Ghosts of Georgetown, with Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

Author of “Ghosts of Georgetown” Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger, is a storyteller, historic reenactor and living historian.  She has been telling stories for 25 years and has presented (in historic clothing) hundreds of programs on the history and ghostly legends of Georgetown County.

This Halloween season, she will be at Brookgreen Gardens telling the stories of the Ghosts of Georgetown. For more information click here.

When: October 28, 10:00 am —11:00 am

Where: Leonard Pavilion

Price: Members $5; Non-members $25 (includes admission)

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(Image Credit: brookgreen.org)

Posted in Events

Reminder: Voting Options

Election Day is drawing near and we know that everyone on Seabrook Island is interested in voting. To see a sample ballot, click here.

Many Seabrookers have already cast ballots either using mail-in absentee voting or visiting one of the satellite sites to participate in walk-in absentee voting on voting machines. In talking with those who have already voted, the good news is that both of these methods are working efficiently. We have learned that mail-in ballots are arriving at election headquarters in a timely way, and the satellite sites are well organized, provide social distancing, and have reasonable wait times. We have also learned that several people who changed their mind about using a mail-in ballot have been able to turn in their unused mail-in ballot at the satellite site and vote on a voting machine. We can’t guarantee what your experience will be, but it’s encouraging that the systems appear to be working!

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Below is a letter from George Reinhart, Seabrook Island Precinct Clerk:

As of October 23, 2020, there are four ways that you can vote in the November election:

  1. The traditional way. Go to the Lake House on November 3, show a photo identification card, get a ballot card, and vote. The Lakehouse has severe social distancing requirements, masks are required, and your temperature will be taken. There is no room for overflow voters inside the Lakehouse, so if it’s crowded expect to wait in the parking lot.

  2. Mail-in absentee voting. It is too late to request an absentee ballot through the mail. If you have already received your absentee ballot the deadline for returning it is 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3.  Once you receive your absentee ballot complete it, sign it, get it witnessed, and return it ASAP. There are two ways to return the absentee ballot to Election Headquarters. First, you can return it by mail. Second, you can return it at one of the four satellite absentee voting locations: North Charleston Coliseum; at the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway in West Ashley; the Seacoast Church at 7509 Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant; and the Charleston Public Library on Calhoun Street. These satellite absentee voting centers have a drive-in lane for depositing absentee ballots received through the mail. You can check the status of your absentee ballot at scvotes.gov. For the satellite site locations and the days and times they are open, click here.

  3. Walk-in absentee voting. All qualified voters can vote an absentee ballot at four locations in the county. Walk-in absentee voting uses the same voting machines that are used at the Lake House. There are four satellite locations for walk-in absentee voting: the North Charleston Coliseum; the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway; the Seacoast Church 750 Long Point Road; and the Charleston County Public Library. All satellite locations are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday 24 and 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For the satellite site locations and the days and times they are open, click here. Please note that at the walk-in absentee voting locations you will be subject to waiting in line, wearing a mask, and social distancing.

  4. Provisional ballot. If you requested an absentee ballot but failed to complete it and return it to Election Headquarters, you can vote on a provisional ballot. Election Headquarters assumes that if you receive an absentee ballot you will use it to vote and, consequently, cannot vote using the voting machines. If you fail to complete and return your absentee ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot. When no absentee ballot shows up on Election Day, your provisional ballot will be tabulated. This will occur on Friday, November 6, 2020.

-Submitted by George Reinhart, Precinct Clerk

Posted in In the News

Asian Longhorned Beetle

“Just this past June, we confirmed a new infestation in South Carolina after a homeowner reported that they found a dead Asian longhorned beetle on their property,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ National Operations Manager for the ALB Eradication Program. “We need the public’s help to find new areas where the beetle has spread, because finding it sooner means less trees will become infested.”

The Asian longhorned beetle arrived in the U.S. via wood packing material from Asia. ALB has been reported in five other states (NY, MA, OH; eradicated in IL and NJ) and primarily feeds on maple, willow, elm and birch. In its larval stage, the insect feeds inside tree trunks and branches during the colder months. The beetle creates tunnels as it feeds, then it chews its way out as an adult in the warmer months. Infested trees do not recover and eventually die. Infested trees can become safety hazards since branches can drop and trees can fall over, especially during storms. Once a tree is infested with ALB, there is little that can be done other than removing the tree. Removed trees should be chipped or burned on-site, as it is possible to move ALB long distances in pieces of wood (e.g., firewood).

Spot a Killer

The beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

  • Black and white antennae that are longer than the insect’s body.
  • A shiny black body with white spots that is about 1” to 1 ½” long.
  • Six legs and feet that can appear bluish-colored.  

SC Native Look-A-Likes

The cottonwood borer (left) is slightly larger than ALB (it can be ~2” long), is predominantly white with black spots, lacks the blueish feet, and has solid black antennae. The whitespotted sawyer (right) lacks white spots on the antennae and does not have bluish feet.

Check Your Trees

ALB infestations have already killed thousands of trees in 5 states and threaten trees in every state. Once a beetle infests a tree, there is no cure. Our best line of defense against this devastating pest is South Catolinians taking action and checking trees in their landscape for signs and symptoms of ALB. Symptoms of decline include:

  • Round exit holes in tree trunks and branches about the size of a dime or smaller.
  • Shallow oval or round scars in the bark where the adult beetle chewed an egg site.
  • Sawdust-like material called frass, laying on the ground around the tree or in the branches.
  • Dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.

What to Do

Do Not Move Firewood long distances – it can potentially transport invasive species. Instead, buy it where you will burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather it on-site where permitted.

USDA APHIS and Clemson DPI are working on managing the current infestation in SC. If you think you see an ALB, please take pictures and if possible, capture suspicious insects in a durable container and freeze them, which helps preserve the insect for identification. Residents can report the insect or tree damage to the Clemson Department of Plant Industry (invasives@clemson.edu or by calling 864-646-2140) or your local Clemson Extension office, which can be found here

Additional ALB resources include:

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(Image Credits: aphis.usda.gov & hgic.clemson.edu)

Posted in In the News, Nature

Looking for Photo Submissions for SIPOA

SIPOA Banner June 2018

Calling all Seabrook Island photographers!

Do you have a favorite Seabrook Island photo of our beautiful landscape or nature that you’d like to share with your friends and neighbors?

SIPOA is always looking for photos from around the island that showcase the natural environment. These photos may be used on the SIPOA website, in weekly emails, and in the monthly Currents e-newsletter.

If you would like to submit a photo, please send it in jpg format to the SIPOA office at the following email address: rschalaudek@sipoa.org.

If your photo is selected for publication, they will include photography credit along with the photo.

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Posted in SIPOA

Children’s Halloween Imagination Walk at Brookgreen Gardens

Gather up the kids and grandkids and head to Brookgreen Gardens for Halloween! 

Garden’s “Imagination Walk” is a child-friendly Halloween scavenger hunt with individually packaged treats at several stations throughout the walk. It is a perfect opportunity for kids to wear their favorite costume and safely celebrate Halloween. Guests can pick up the scavenger hunt next to Keepsakes, the museum shop. The event is designed for ages 3-12 but all are welcome. 

When: October 31, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Begins at Keepsakes, the museum shop

Price: Free with garden admission

For more information click here.

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(Image Credit: brookgreen.org)

Posted in Events