Green Day Showcases SIGSC Green Spaces!

Have you ever wondered which wooded lots may one day have houses built on them and which are preserved in perpetuity thanks to you and your conservancy? Then please come out and celebrate with us on Saturday, September 23  as the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy Board of Directors brings you Green Day! Begin by stopping by the Oyster Catcher Community Center between 2:00 and 2:30 to pick up your travel documents.

Visit as many sites as you wish until 4:00 pm, experiencing the uniqueness of each conserved property. Docents will share some special facts while stamping your Green Day passport. Each stamp earns you a raffle ticket to win prizes including a $100 gift certificate to Hege’s restaurant.

After 4:00 pm, return to the Community Center to go through customs and to join the celebration with former board members and property donors. Live animals from Camp St. Christopher’s Barrier Island may be your first stop on the front porch. The pure sounds of Bob Becker performing green tunes will draw you inside. Next gather up some homemade appetizers and a selection of beverages while perusing the environmental displays from several local groups.

Do you need a bird list or trail map? If so, you are in the right place. Make sure you keep your raffle tickets handy as you may be a lucky winner in the exciting drawings.

No Conservancy monies will be used on this day as the current SIGSC Board of Directors is funding Green Day to thank our community for their continuing support.

Together we can maintain our unique natural environment and keep the island’s property values strong. Please join us on September 23!

For more information about SIGSC go to

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy

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Eclipse Updates

There is a plethora of information in the media and on TV about the eclipse Monday.  We felt the following two articles are especially valuable and should be passed along to our readers.

Photographing and Viewing the Eclipse

A recent Post and Courier article explained that a camera’s lens amplifies the sun’s rays.  Putting solar glasses on the lens may not be sufficient to reduce the chance of damaging your eyes.

In addition, binoculars or a telescope might also be a problem, unless you use an eclipse-specific filter over the front of the lens.

To view the complete article, click here.

Who Can See A Partial Eclipse

According to NASA  (, the majority of the United States will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

If your family or friends, who do not live in the path of totality, are wondering how much of the eclipse they will be able to see, they can search by their zip code at the following website.  It will give them the percentage of the eclipse as well as what period of time.  The website is:

-Tidelines Editors

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Open House on Sunday

Seabrook Island Real Estate is having an Open House Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 1 – 3 pm.

It is open to all residents, renters, and visitors.

-Submitted by Kelly Butorac

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Lake House Fitness Class Information

Pilates will be canceled on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Thank you for understanding!

-Submitted by The Lake House

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August Environmental Committee Minutes

Abridged Environmental Committee Meeting Minutes


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

10:00 am – Conference Room – SIPOA Administration Building

Interns, Joe Roddey (Civil Engineering, The Citadel) and Tiernan VanDyke (Environmental Science, University of Rochester) presented their report on Seabrook Island Lake Management. A link to the full report can be found by clicking here.

The 2017 study was based on the work done by the engineering interns in 2104. The following facets of lake management were studied and addressed:

Lake Sediment

There is a healthy amount of sediment in the Seabrook Lakes. Dredging done on the Finger Lakes was successful. There is less sediment and deeper water.

Water Quality Based on Dissolved Oxygen Levels

Generally, Seabrook lakes have healthy amounts of dissolved oxygen. Lakes with aerators maintain a good level of oxygen.

Jenkins Point lakes with algae blooms indicate a low level of dissolved oxygen. One cause is water temperature, which nothing can be done it control. Aerators installed in these lakes would help.


Salinity is caused by tidal influence and changes the types of life in a lake. Levels are as expected.


There is very little turbidity (murkiness) in the lake water, which indicates a healthy lake.

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Levels

Levels can be high in the Jenkins Point Lakes, caused by the bird population. There seems to be little effect of chemicals used in fertilizing lawns on the island. Proper shore line planting prevents pollution caused by lawn chemicals and should be enforced. Duck weed which grows on one Jenkins Point Lake is ugly but harmless. The algae bloom risk is greatest in the Finger Lakes.

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Senior Pass – America The Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands

For those who may not be aware, the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is a lifetime pass and is currently available for $10 if purchased BEFORE August 28, 2017.  As of that date, the price will increase to $80 for the lifetime pass and a new $20 annual Senior Pass will become available.

These passes are available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.

The passes can be ordered online or via USPS. Orders postmarked before 8/28 will be honored at the $10 cost, plus a $10 handling fee, but will take some time to process. Please visit for detailed information.

You can also purchase these passes at a federal recreation site. However, due to the overwhelming demand, many of the sites have run out of the passes. Prior to going to a site, please check the “Alerts” on the site’s page or call the park.

As of Tuesday, August 15, in the Charleston, SC area, Senior passes may be purchased daily from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. For more information call (843) 883-3123, x220.

-Submitted by Nancy Brown

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Charleston Coastal Choir Membership Drive

The Charleston Coastal Choir, a local mixed community chorus, is open for membership.
Season: October-March/Rehearsals: Mondays at 1:00pm/Location: Church of Our Saviour
For Information regarding membership, please contact Van McCollum, Director of Music, at 404-401-0678 or

-Tidelines Editor

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Turtle Patrol Inventory on Saturday, August 19

We will inventory nests 44 & 45 on Saturday, August, 19th at 9:30 am. They are located south of Camp St. Christopher past Boardwalk #9.

To learn more about Seabrook Island turtles go to

-Submitted by Gary Fansler



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Turtle Inventory on Friday 8/18

We will inventory nest 47 on Friday, August 18th at 8:30 AM. It is located 200 yards north of boardwalk 1.

To learn more about Seabrook Island turtles go to:

-Submitted by Gary Fansler


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Reminder-Freshfields Eclipse Party , 08/21

As the solar eclipse makes its path across Charleston, come out and celebrate this rare celestial event at Freshfields Village. On Monday, August 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. visitors will enjoy a variety of family friendly activities, music, drinks and more on the Village Green. Free eclipse glasses will be available for the first 100 guests. Additional glasses will be available for purchase at retail locations throughout the Village.EclipseParty

The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with a free, 45-minute Sun Salutations yoga class led by the team at STUDIO 33. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

From 1 to 4 p.m., let your creativity shine with our Solar Sidewalk Art Contest. Sign up on the Village Green to create your best chalk drawing on the streets of Freshfields Village. Prizes for best solar themed drawings will be awarded to one winner in each age group (Under 5; 5-8; 8-12; and 12+). Chalk will be provided.

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Ever wonder?

Have you noticed those blue reflectors in the road scattered around the island? They appear in the center of the roadway. One of our readers asked if Tidelines knew what they were, so we asked Steve Hirsch, PE, PMP, Director of Engineering, Seabrook Island POA, and he said they mark the location of fire hydrants. For a little more information, see this article reprinted from

If you have a question that you have wondered about, send it along to and you may find your answer here.

(Photo credit:

-Tidelines Editor


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See the Eclipse from the Ocean Terrace

Monday, August 21
Eclipse Viewing on The Ocean Terrace
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Come out to watch the eclipse with your friends and neighbors on the Ocean Terrace at the Beach Club. The Club will provide live music and bar service will be available for purchase from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. The POA will provide the first 450 people with viewing glasses for the event. This is an all-island event and is open to everyone. Seats will be provided on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are required. In the event of bad weather, the event will be canceled.

Check out a simulation of the Total Eclipse here.

Eclipse times on Seabrook Island:
Begins: 1:16 pm
Maximum: 2:47 pm
Ends: 4:09 pm

(Photo credit: National Park Service)

-Submitted by The Lake House

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