SIPOA Board Meeting Monday, March 19

SIPOA Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, March 19, 2018, at 1:00 pm at the Lake House
Property owners are welcome to attend.

Click here for this month’s agenda.

To attend the meeting remotely:

Via Computer: https://global.

Via Tablet or Smartphone: Download “GoToMeeting” App
Enter Access Code: 981-668-621

Via Phone: Dial-in Number: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 981-668-621

Computer and mobile app users may participate in Q&A via the online chat function in GoToMeeting.

Phone/dial-in attendance is listen-only.

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Posted in SIPOA

Judge Gergel to Speak at Charleston Museum Apr 10

J. Waties Waring and the Dissent That Changed America
presented by
Judge Richard Gergel

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30 pm, wine reception. 6:00 Presentation and Discussion
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Tickets: early-bird $20 until March 23; regular price $30 after March 23

Judge Waring

U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring was the son of a Confederate soldier but later became a hero of the civil rights movement, though he was vilified for his views.

In 1951, in a landmark school segregation case Briggs v. Elliott, Waring denounced segregation as an “evil that must be eradicated.” His forceful dissent helped pave the way for the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

Richard Gergel

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, who today presides in the same courtroom where Waring sat more than a half-century ago, has done exhaustive research into Waring’s life and career, poring over the rich trove of personal papers that Waring left behind.

Judge Gergel will speak about Judge Waring at 6:00 pm. He will then be joined in a dialogue with Armand Derfner, one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers. This discussion will be moderated by Chris Bryant, an attorney with the firm Yarborough Applegate, and former clerk for Judge Gergel.

This event will explore the significant role Charleston has played in advancing Civil Rights in America.

Event sponsored by the Princeton Club of Charleston and is open to the public.

For further information and tickets, click here.

Direct queries to Gregg Smythe:, (843) 442-1981.

(Photo credit: Princeton Club)

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Posted in Events, History

Green Space Conservancy Announces 2 Aquisitions

The Green Space Conservancy is pleased to announce two recent acquisitions, bringing to 27 the number of properties under its protection. Rich and Ann-Stewart Boss donated a lot at 2731 Old Oak Walk, and through the generosity of David and Melissa Whitmore and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the Conservancy was able to purchase the property at 2718 Old Oak Walk.Woodpecker on the Old Oak Walk lot

Rich and Ann-Stewart Boss both hail from the South, Rich from West Ashley, and Ann-Stewart from Florida. Living in North Carolina when they were married in 1989, they spent many happy summers on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands, with the idea of eventually becoming full-time residents of Seabrook. After Rich retired early in 2017, they finally accomplished their dream and moved permanently with their daughter Mary to Cap’n Sams Road. They are surrounded by live oaks, palms, magnolias and hickory trees with the horse trail running behind their house. When sitting on their deck with their dogs, they are serenaded by the sounds of the maritime forest, the barred owls, woodpeckers, crows, deer, raccoons, squirrels and even flying squirrels!  When the lot on the other side of the trail became available, they purchased it, and with a suggestion from Stuart Rumph, their real estate agent, decided to donate the lot to the Green Space Conservancy. “The idea made perfect sense … the animals get to keep their homes, we maintain the sights and sounds and smells of the forest … It was a great opportunity we had to protect a tiny piece of our island forever.”

Squirrel - Old Oak Walk LotIn 1999, Missy and David Whitmore decided it was time to escape from decades of the commuters’ life to and from Boston. First moving to rural Vermont, their interest in conservation was sparked when a developer chose to create a gravel pit near the town’s recreation field and public beach. They successfully advocated for the demise of the project, and today the land includes a nature trail network, a lush wildflower meadow and a beautiful view of the Green Mountains. In Vermont, they developed an immediate appreciation of green space, quiet, and star-filled night skies. That experience made them determined to be part of whatever efforts they could to increase the conservancy of that bucolic lifestyle wherever they went next.

Having grown up in the peaceful seaside community of Marblehead, MA, they were thrilled to “discover Seabrook” in 2015! They are excited to be part of a community that evokes their fondest childhood memories. Moving to Seabrook in 2015, they found the perfect opportunity to fulfill their goals of preservation. Living now on Old Forest Drive, they helped facilitate the purchase of the property located on the lagoon side of Old Oak Walk. It is across the street from another conserved lot on Old Oak and the two properties create a deer corridor to the lagoon. “We love to watch the comings and goings of all the wildlife — our own daily National Geographic special, including a ‘gator nest two years running … We are committed to preserving the essence of our community.”

We are extremely grateful to the Seabrook community for the many contributions our neighbors have made in support of this important cause. The mission of the Green Space Conservancy is to preserve and enhance the natural environment of Seabrook Island through the acquisition of land and land easements. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations are tax deductible. To learn more about the Conservancy and how you can help, please visit our website,

-Submitted by Lisa Cermak for SIGSC

(Photo credit: Charles Moore)



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Do Cheetahs Purr?

SINHG is excited to welcome to Seabrook later this month “the Cheetah Lady,” Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, for a special Evening Program on Tuesday evening, March 27th at 7:30. Does the world’s fastest land mammal purr like your house cat? Find out in this short video recently filmed with several “cheetah ambassadors” at CCF’s research and education center in Namibia by clicking here.

Dr. Marker is the founder and executive director of CCF, which has been working since 1991 to protect and conserve Africa’s most endangered large cat, with fewer than 8,000 free-roaming cheetahs remaining in the world. We hope you’ll join us on the 27th to learn more.

-Submitted by Norm Powers on behalf of SINHG

(Video from YouTube)

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Silent Auction at Chili Cook-Off to Aid Family of Heidi Todd

A silent auction and raffle with the proceeds going to the Johns Island family of Heidi Todd will be held during the 4th Annual Bohicket Marina Backpack Buddies Bash-Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Todd and Kathy Gerhart, owners of the Ice Cream Boat and the Ship’s Store at the marina, are organizing this event. Items in the auction include golf outings, boat cruises, fishing expeditions, and artwork donated by members of the community. The silent auction and raffle will run the same hours as the cook-off from 1 pm to 4 pm.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to contribute, checks made out to Heidi Todd Fund can be dropped off at the Ice Cream Boat at Bohicket Marina.

For background on the Heidi Todd story, click here.

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Posted in Fund Raisers

Spring Festival Weekend at Freshfields Village March 30-31

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Celebrate the arrival of spring at Freshfields Village with two days of events, including Music on the Green and the Annual Spring Festival.

A special spring edition of Music on the Green takes place Friday, March 30 with live music from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm featuring Shem Creek Boogie Band. The concert is family-friendly and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

The fun continues on Saturday, March 31 with the Spring Festival from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring the kids for a variety of fun activities including inflatable games, face painting, balloon art, spring-themed crafts and interactive music. The St. John’s Fire Department will host their “Spring into Safety” event during Spring Festival, complete with fire engine tours, fire extinguisher training, escape planning, fire safety tips and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog. Don’t forget your camera to grab a family photo with the Easter Bunny, who will be hopping through the Village during the festival.

While the kids play, adults can browse art from the Seabrook Artists Guild, which will hold an art show and sale on the street between Indigo Books and GDC Home featuring local painters and photographers. Food vendors will serve sno-cones, kettle korn, popsicles, BBQ and more throughout the event. Adults can also enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer outside on the patio at FortyEight – A Wine Bar.

-Submitted by Freshfields Village

Posted in Events, Festivals, Freshfields, Traffic

Reminder: Backpack Buddies Bash Chili Cook Off March 17

March 17, 2018 1:00-4:00P.M.

This is to remind that the BackPack Buddies Bash-Chili Cook Off is March 17, 2018 at Bohicket Marina.  This is the annual fund raiser for the BackPack Buddies programs at our local schools and helps feed students over the weekends.  Please come out and support ending hunger in our own backyards.

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Posted in Dining, Events, Fund Raisers

CHS County Comprehensive Plan Update

Charleston County is currently soliciting public input regarding the 10-year update to its countywide comprehensive plan. To learn more about the county’s comprehensive plan update, please click here.

The 10-year update to the county’s comprehensive plan will include revisions to the following planning elements:

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Cultural Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Community Facilities
  • Evergy
  • Priority Investment
  • Population

Continue reading

Posted in Events, In the News, Town of SBI

Todd & Huff Art Center Opening at Bohicket Marina

Opening Reception for the Todd & Huff Art Center
Bohicket Marina next to Luciano’s Pizza
Tuesday, March 20, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Patricia Huff and Laura Todd
with Guest Artist, Qiang Huang

Our guest artist will conduct an artist workshop for 3 days,
March 19, 20, and 21, in oil on still life.

For information and to register for the workshop, click here. For more information about the artist, click here.

-Submitted by Pat Huff

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SINHG with Us

SINHG with Us – A Weekly Summary of SINHG Events and Trips

SINHG members explored the management of Charleston Harbor’s busy maritime traffic and tracked some of Seabrook Island’s wildlife in two of this spring’s SINHG Trips.

Harbor Pilot 3A morning with the Charleston Harbor Pilots made clear how crucial the smooth operation of harbor traffic is to Charleston’s economy. 2400 ships – from huge container ships to private yachts – entered and left the harbor last year with no incidents, even though 60% of such traffic occurs at night. SINHG’ers were impressed with this critical service that operates 24 hours a day.

Tracking critters 3On a visit to St. Christopher Camp with naturalist David Garner, participants studied the tracks and spoor left by Seabrook Island’s abundant wildlife, beginning with a classroom lecture on skull shapes and how gait affects the tracks left in sand and dirt. The group then explored the river beach dunes and discovered tracks from bobcat, deer, raccoons and beetles.

SINHG Trips for members continue through the spring. Membership information can be found at

-Submitted by Lynn Baker for SINHG

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Register to Attend SIB’s Evening Event on March 28

Register now for our March 28th, 2018 event!

Learn how to join SIB.

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail. com

-Submitted by Nancy Brown

Posted in Events, Lake House, SIB

Information on REAL ID

REAL ID is the program through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designed to ensure the identities of anyone boarding a flight and going into Federal government buildings and other secure Federal facilities.

There is no hurry to obtain a REAL ID. Your current, unexpired SC driver’s license will still enable you to do all the above until September 20, 2020. Starting October 1, 2020, you will need either a REAL ID or a valid US Passport or Military ID. Continue reading

Posted in In the News, Travel