2nd Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge – September 8

Southern Fried Chicken Challenge
September 8, 2018
North Charleston Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

It’s time to crown the best southern fried chicken in Charleston. Join us for our 2nd Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge! This culinary event will host local and regional restaurants as they compete to make the best, most delicious fried chicken in the area.

Sample tasty dishes from top chefs and restaurants, listen to live music, and help give tribute to our love of this Southern comfort dish. Bring your friends, family, and a chair or blanket, and get ready to spend an afternoon indulging in the best foods Charleston has to offer!

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Posted in Events, Recreation

Abridged Environmental Committee Minutes – August 14

Roger Banks is now receiving Wildlife mapping reports from the SIPOA web page. Residents have reported a new piebald fawn that was born this spring, it has been named “Spinnaker.” There are now at least three Piebald deer on Seabrook Island. At least ten bobcats have been spotted, including six kittens. Two separate reports have been made on raccoons eating seeds under bird feeders. Although this is not typical raccoon behavior, Charley Moore says it is not unheard of. Rattle snakes have been spotted near marsh areas; they do feed on small rodents such as marsh rats.

The proposed Charleston County Recycling Center has been delayed; now the opening date has been pushed back until summer 2019. At this time all of the recycling materials collected in Charleston County goes to the Horry County Recycling Center.

Nothing has been decided at this time concerning the replacement or repair of Bobcat Trail.

The next Highway Litter Pick Up is scheduled for Saturday, September 8.

Security reports concerning wildlife were minimal in July. One snake and three calls about alligators were made.

Dolphins have been very active in the Kiawah River. Philip Miller noted at least 20 strand feedings in a couple hours on a recent stint monitoring the activity. Monitors have noticed that some kayakers are too aggressive around the dolphins. There was one incident that prompted the monitor to call the DNR to intervene. Most people are accommodating when proper behavior around dolphins is explained. There is now a scheduling program on line for volunteers; which collects relevant data to automatically send to Lauren Rust at the Low Country Marine Mammal Network.

-Submitted by Lucy Hoover, Environmental Committee Communications


Posted in Nature, SIPOA

#11 Hurricane Hint: Know How the Community Responds to Natural Disasters

The Town of Seabrook Island coordinates the Disaster Recovery Council, a group made up of staff and volunteers who represent the various entities and institutions on the island. The Council’s membership includes representatives from our Town government, Property Owner’s Association, Seabrook Island Club, Seabrook Island Utility Commission, Camp St. Christopher, our St. Johns Fire District Commissioner, and our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

These entities have worked together for several years to test and improve the Town’s Comprehensive Emergency Plan which is intended to guide preparation and response to disasters ranging from hurricanes to earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

Both the Town and SIPOA have developed straightforward processes for the repair and reconstruction time period, including waiver of the Town’s Business License and Building Permit requirements for contractors who can show printed evidence of homeowner (or insurance company) authorization for projects designed to prevent additional damage to property following a disaster. The Town also has processes to streamline recovery when repair and restoration work is being done. SIPOA will station ARC staff at Town Hall to expedite ARC sign-off on urgent repair projects.

Before, during, and after an emergency, the Town will communicate information in a number of ways. They will use the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s CodeRED Emergency Alerts to provide up-to-the-minute emergency and weather warnings. The Town will also post information to its website, its 800 telephone number (888‐314‐3177), its Twitter account (@Seabrookislnd87 [this is correct: there is no ‘a’ in islnd]), the SIPOA Highlights e-blast, and in Tidelines.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors

(Photo credit: lcert.org)

Posted in Weather

How to Select Binoculars for Birding

A frequent question we are asked is how to select a pair of binoculars to use for birding. It can certainly be confusing!

  • What power (i.e. magnification) is best for birding?
  • What does the “objective diameter” mean?
  • Porro vs Roof Prism?
  • How important is the quality of the optics?
  • What brand should I purchase?

In doing some research, we found an excellent article that will explain and provide opinions on all of the above topics.  So if you are thinking of investing in a pair of binoculars, read this article.

We would definitely agree with the article, when it reports, “Without exception, every birding expert we spoke to said the same thing: Get the best pair of binoculars you can afford.” Binocular prices range from $100 – $2,500. Once you decide on your budget, read the article and to answer the questions above, and you are on your way to owning a pair of binoculars for your birding.

-Submitted by Nancy Brown


Posted in Nature, SIB

Johns Island Zoning Public Workshop Regarding Maybank Highway and Main Road – August 23


Due to an overwhelming response, attendance exceeded capacity at the July 31 Johns Island Zoning Public Workshop. This resulted in many community members not being able to attend the meeting. Therefore, a second Johns Island Zoning Public Workshop has been scheduled:

Johns Island Maybank Highway and Main Road
Zoning Public Workshop
Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 PM
St. Johns High School
1518 Main Road
Johns Island, SC 29455

Maybank Highway and Main Road Zoning Project

The Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department maintains an Annual Work program approved by County Council. Two important projects listed in this program are to “Review and revise the Maybank Highway Corridor Overlay Zoning District in coordination with the City of Charleston” and “Create an Overlay Zoning District for Main Road”. The Charleston County and City of Charleston Planning Departments have begun this collaborative planning effort to create consistent land use, zoning, and development requirements for both the Maybank Highway Corridor and the Main Road Corridor. As part of the initial public input process, two community surveys have been prepared; one specifically tailored to the Maybank Highway Corridor on James Island, and one specifically tailored to the Maybank Highway and Main Road Corridors on Johns Island.

Please click the button or buttons below to complete either or both surveys. The surveys will remain available through Friday, August 31, 2018. The results of the surveys will help guide the preparation of these draft overlays for the Maybank Highway Corridor on James Island and the Maybank Highway and Main Road Corridors on Johns Island. Once draft overlays are prepared, they will be available for review and comment online, as well as at future community meetings. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

Click here for the James Island Survey concerning the Maybank Highway Corridor

Click here for the Johns Island Survey concerning the Maybank Highway & Main Road Corridors

To learn more about the Maybank Highway and Main Road Overlay Zoning Project, visit the project page by clicking here.

Tidelines Editors

Posted in Events, Traffic

Toddlers Invited to Tooth Fairy Day at the Charleston Museum – August 22

August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day!  Inviting toddlers to have a toothrific time with toothbrush painting!

CHS Museum Toddler DayDate:  August 22, 2018

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 am

Toddler Day programs are designed for toddlers (18 months – 3 years) and a parent, grandparent, or friend to play and explore in The Charleston Museum. Each program includes four craft projects as well as finger paints, a puppet stage, a sandbox, and more.

Click here for more information.

Tidelines Editor

(Photo credit: Charleston Museum website)

Posted in Events, Uncategorized

Inventory of Nest 19 Scheduled – August 17

We will inventory Nest 19 on Friday, August 17 at 8:30 am. This nest is located in front of the Beach Club Villas north of Boardwalk 9. The nest was found by Karen Sewell and Chris, Betsy and Sarah Quinn on June 23 and it hatched in 52 days.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

Posted in Nature

Apple TV Now in All Meeting Rooms

The Communications Committee and Lake House staff recently accomplished their initiative to install Apple TV units in the Lake House meeting rooms and the Oyster Catcher Community Center. One was installed earlier this year in Live Oak Hall.

The new units give anyone with an Apple device—laptop, iPad, or iPhone—the ability to easily mirror their screens onto meeting room TVs without having to be tethered by cable to the rooms’ ethernet ports. The process is similar to mirroring an Apple device to a TV using Apple TV in one’s home. This new capability will facilitate sharing FaceTime and Skype sessions, slide and photo presentations, videos, and document markups for groups using the rooms.

Lake House staff and the Communications Committee are collaborating in the preparation of new written and video instructions on how to use the new devices and the current Live Oak Hall AV system.

Regardless of their level of technical expertise, groups and individuals using the meeting rooms are urged to have presenters contact Jamie Mogus Mixson of the Lake House staff for a brief on-site tutorial on the proper use of equipment. Groups or individuals that plan to use any AV equipment should notify Jamie at least 24 hours in advance to receive instructions and to allow staff to check the equipment beforehand to ensure it is in working order.

Jamie Mogus Mixson
Lake House Manager

-Submitted by Dennis Pescitelli
Chair, SIPOA Communications Committee

Posted in Lake House, Tech

Traffic Backup on Main Road

On Wednesday, August 15, at about 10:45am, Mike Gorski of Island Transportation reported that there are two large mobile homes being brought on to the island with a John’s Island police escort. Traffic is backed up southbound towards Seabrook. Outbound is fine but it’s going to take them a while to get those houses where they need to go so there likely will be a lot of backed up traffic on Main and Bohicket.

If you are heading on or off the island, you may want to take an alternate route.

Follow us on Twitter at TidelinesAlert to receive instant information about traffic issues as we receive it.

Tidelines Editors

Posted in Traffic

Lake House Fitness Class Information – RideSBI Canceled August 18

RideSBI at 8:30AM will be canceled on Saturday, August 18th. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for understanding.

-Submitted by The Lake House

(Image credit: classroom clipart)

Posted in Uncategorized

Meet our xfinity Account Rep – August 21

Meet Andy Gretton
our  xfinity Account Rep
Tuesday, August 21st at 12:00PM
at The Lake House

Do you have questions or concerns you would like to address with Comcast/xfinity?

Meet Andy Gretton, our local xfinity Account Rep on Tuesday, August 21st at 12:00 pm in the Lobby of The Lake House.

It is a perfect opportunity to ask questions about the X1 platform, products or services and have some pizza. Please note, pizza will be served on a first come/first serve basis.

Following the Q&A Pizza Social, Andy Gretton will be at the Lake House Outdoor Pool to hand out some summer giveaways. Be sure to stop by!

-Submitted by The Lake House

Posted in Events, Lake House

10th Annual NFFF Golf Tournament – October 19

St. Johns Professional Firefighters Local 3883 is pleased to announce the 10th Annual NFFF Golf Tournament being held on October 19, 2018, at the Oak Point Golf Club. The Tournament helps support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation which is nationwide non-profit committed to assisting the families of firefighters who die in the line of duty. All proceeds from this tournament go to support their cause.

Please click here visit to register or sponsor. Captain’s Choice playing format with after round dinner provided by Backdraft BBQ. Raffle and putting contest available.

-Submitted by Scott McCullough

Posted in Events