Overnight Mosquito Spraying Starting June 27 at 11:00 pm

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Charleston County Mosquito Control has scheduled a spray truck for Seabrook Island. The treatment is scheduled to take place overnight beginning after 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 27, 2019 and will be completed prior to 7:00 am on Friday, June 28, 2019 (weather permitting).
For more information, please visit Charleston County Mosquito Control.

-Submittes by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator

Posted in Town of SBI

Forest Fire at Botany Bay

In case you are wondering about the plumes of smoke seen today toward Edisto, the St. Johns Fire Department reported that it is a forest fire at Botany Bay. No further information is available at this time.

Tidelines Editors

Posted in Uncategorized

Summer Art Show and Sale – July 5

Come and celebrate Independence Day Weekend with Seabrook Island Artists!

This is one of the biggest shows of the year for the many talented and prized artists of the Seabrook Island Artists Guild. A diverse mix of media will be offered for view and purchase: oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, mixed media, photography, beaded serving pieces and china sets, and other crafts.

SIAG includes over 70 members from Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island and Johns Island. For more information on the Guild’s events, workshops and membership, visit the website at www.seabrookislandartistguild.com

-Submitted by Sharon Peck

Posted in Lake House, The Arts

Turtle Report For Week Ending June 23

Monday, 6/17
We have 5 new nests! Plus, the false crawl from 6/7 became a nest.
Beverly Stribling called with a crawl 60 yards north of the vehicle entrance to Camp St Christopher. The Nelsons responded and found Nest 51. The nest was left in situ with Bill and Beverly installing the nest protection while Linda handled the recording tasks. All existing nests were fine.

Veronica L’Allier, Ginger Seabrook and Bob Mason called with a crawl between the second and third house north of the club. The Doanes responded and found Nest 55.
Sue Thomas, Gary Holtz, and Catherine Scully called with 4 crawls. The first was a crawl 150 yards north of Boardwalk 6. The mama crawled over the false crawl flag from 6/7. Bill Nelson found Nest 54. Examination of the eggs showed them to be older. It was the nest from 6/7 and it was left in situ. Twenty-four inches away in today’s crawl, Bill Greubel found Nest 56. Both nests were left in situ with the nest protection being overlapped and buttoned up with the help of David Holtz. The Walkers then called with a crawl 125 yards north of Boardwalk 4. A beachgoer told them the Loggerhead had just gone back to sea. Bill Greubel found Nest 53 with 110 eggs which were moved to higher ground. Nest 52 was found by Bill Greubel at the crawl 300 yards south of Boardwalk 2. It was left in situ.
Whew!! What a day.

Tuesday, 6/18
Walkers, Christine Dudzik and Tom Lamb called in first with a crawl about 100 yards past the old pier. Tim Morawski investigated this crawl and found nest 57. It was left in situ.
Walkers, Bill and Linda Nelson, Tory Kindley, Ginger Seabrook & Jackie Smith found a crawl between boardwalks 2 and 3. Bill and Eileen Middleton came to investigate and found nest 58. The eggs were moved to a new location above the high tide line.

Wednesday, 6/19
Leslie & Tony Gore, Bill & Susan Miller & Carol Lovejoy, walking on Zone 1, called in the group’s first crawl just past the vehicle entrance to Camp St. Christopher. They marked the area and continued their walk. Terry Fansler, Sandy MacCoss, Jane Magioncalda, and Mike Vinson were the Probers of the day and were sent to investigate. Judy Morr joined them later. They all probed and Judy found nest 59. The nest was relocated to higher ground.

Sandy MacCoss & Jane Magioncalda went back to the beach Wednesday afternoon to probe further on the crawl found 100 yards south of the cross on zone 1. They found nest 60! They relocated the nest to a safer location.

Thursday, 6/20 
Another busy morning on the beach. Walkers Lucy and Ray Hoover and Chris Palmer called first with a crawl 20 yards past the vehicle entrance. The Middletons responded and found Nest 61. With the help of the Walkers, the 111 eggs were moved directly behind the original nest, higher on the dune. The Walkers continued in their walk and found another crawl 300 yards past the old pier. Judy Morr responded and found Nest 62. Again, the experienced Walkers moved 107 eggs to behind the old pier.

Walkers Carol Ann Hoffman, Jim Lawrence and Patty, Kevin, Angela, and Brandon Foltz then called with a crawl all the way to the end on the Kiawah River side of the beach. After 2 years of walking, the Foltz’s got their first nest when Tim found Nest 63! The 89 eggs were moved to their new home 50 yards south of the first dog sign with the help of the happy Walkers.

Friday, 6/21 and Saturday, 6/22
All quiet, no activity.

Sunday, 6/23
Rick Segal reported a crawl with a body pit near the old Danger sign. Valerie and Mark Doane came to probe and discovered Nest 64, which was left in situ. The Walkers this morning were Rick and Francie Segal and Karen Williams. This was Karen’s first crawl and nest, congratulations!

The Carter family and Marshall and Lisa Hand found a crawl just south of Boardwalk 5, which Bill and Eileen Middleton probed. They found Nest 65 which was also left in situ.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

Posted in Nature, Organizations

Comcast Representative

Comcast-Xfinity-1Our Comcast representative, Andy Gretton, is on paternity leave. Jenifer Farrell will be our Comcast contact in Andy’s absence. We will keep you updated when Andy returns.

To contact Jenifer:

  • Phone/text: 843-368-3435
  • Email: jenifer_farrell@comcast.com.

-Submitted by SIPOA

Posted in SIPOA

Let’s Talk About Flooding on Seabrook Island – Part 1

Let’s Talk about Flooding on Seabrook Island

This is the first of a three-part series on flooding and storm tides.

First, a little background….

Surface water drains by gravity and on a small island, such as Seabrook, water seeks sea level. Of course, the higher the level that surface water can drain from and the greater the slope, the faster it drains. If there is no lower level for the surface water to drain to due to ground saturation or high tide, the water will pool causing flooding. On our island, the soil is sandy and drains well, but the water table and the sea level are close to the land surface, limiting drainage.

Seabrook Island’s drainage infrastructure, which is a system of lagoons, ponds, weirs, swales, pipes, valves and pumps, has done a reasonable job of draining the surface water in normal events over the past 45 years. There are approximately 130,000 linear feet of stormwater pipe, 48 stormwater ponds, and 3 stormwater pump stations on the island. The continued build-out of Seabrook Island results in less land for stormwater infiltration into the soil. More recently SIPOA has been working to improve the drainage system and has installed additional measures such as check valves on drainage pipes to reduce tidal flooding. However, given the flat, low-lying nature of our island, there are always limits as to how much rain precipitation, high tide, or storm tide the system can handle without flooding parts of the island. Therefore, we must accept that extreme rain events, high tide events, and storm tide events have always been a fact of life on Seabrook Island and will, in spite of our best efforts, bring flooding when they occur.

-Submitted by the SIPOA General Operating and Maintenance Committee


Posted in SIPOA

Seabrook Island Art Guild July Artist of the Month

Gary Kunkelman is the Artist of the Month for July 2019.

Painter and teacher, Gary Kunkelman will be exhibiting his Maritime Works at the Lakehouse in the front hallway throughout the month of July.

His exhibit will kick off with a reception at the Lakehouse of one of his favorite subject areas: Marine Art on July 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Although Gary’s subjects include landscapes, portraits and still life paintings, nautical works have long been his favorite. He’s particularly drawn to subjects depicting maritime history — sailing ships, port cities, and noteworthy maritime events. His subjects include, for example, images of historic clippers, 18 and 19 century Charleston Harbor views, and Civil War ships and battles.

He also paints oceanscapes and scenes of our area beaches. Favorite vantages include North Beach for sunrises and Pelican Watch for sunsets and twilight. “The light we have here is wonderful. My goal is to depict it with the color and immediacy of the Impressionists and the richness and depth of earlier generations of painters,” he said.
Gary studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and for nearly a decade with master marine artist Jack Coggins, one of Mystic Seaport’s “premier American maritime artists of the 20th century.” Gary taught painting, as well as American studies and professional writing for 22 years at Penn State’s Berks College. He is co-president of the Artists Guild and teaches painting on Seabrook Island.

-Submitted by Sharon Peck

Posted in Lake House, The Arts

Lowcountry Jazz Festival – August 30-September 1

The Charleston Gaillard Center presents the Lowcountry Jazz Festival from August 30 to September 1.

Click here for tickets for this and other Lowcountry Jazz Festival performances.

-Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: Google website)


Posted in The Arts

Agenda for Town Council Meeting – June 25

The Seabrook Island Town Council
will meet tomorrow, June 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm
at the Seabrook Island Town Hall,
2001 Seabrook Island Road.

Click here to review the agenda for this meeting.

Minutes of this meeting will be available after approval at the next Town Council meeting. Comments or questions should be directed to the Town of Seabrook Island here.

–Submitted by Faye Allbritton, Town Clerk


Posted in Town of SBI

Reminder: SIGC – Most Patriotic Mailbox Blue Ribbon Award

Seabrook Island Garden Club will be judging mailboxes July 1.
Prize: Most Patriotic Mailbox Blue Ribbon Award

Flags are waving
and our pride is high
decorate your mailbox
for the 4th of July!

How to enter the contest:
Please send your address ONLY to: seabrookislandgardenclub@gmail.com
The deadline is June 29. The first 30 addresses will be eligible for the Most Patriotic Mailbox Blue Ribbon Award. This is a great opportunity to show off your creativity and Patriotic spirit!  Please note that SIPOA Rules & Regulations require that the decorations be removed by July 20, 2019.

-Submitted by Alberta Barron

Posted in Events, Organizations on Seabrook

Music & Movie At Freshfields This Week

Freshfields Village continues it Starlight Cinema Series this Wednesday, June 26, from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm.  The featured movie is Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

The Music on the Green Summer Series at Freshfields also continues this week with live music on Friday, June 28, by Voltage Brothers from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Click here to find out more about the movie and the band.

Both events are complimentary and family-friendly. Vendors will be set up with food and beverages for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

Tidelines Editors

Posted in Freshfields, Recreation

Turtle Hatching Season Starts Soon

Sea turtle eggs will begin hatching soon at the beach. Our first nests this year were in early May and the turtle hatchlings will surface approximately 45 – 60 days later.

The baby turtles head towards the light reflecting on the water from the moon, but if they see other lights, they will head that direction.  That is why it is important to turn off all outdoor lighting facing seaward from 10:00 pm until dawn.

Also, when on the beach at dark, please use red filters or red lights on flashlights. If your flashlight doesn’t have a “red” option, you can buy red colored cellophane to use as a filter. The Turtle Patrol Truck has complementary red flashlight covers. For more information, click here.

Artificial white lights such as flashlights without filters should not be used on the beach at night. This includes flashlights on phones as well. Please share this with your guests and renters.

Tidelines, as well as the Turtle Patrol website http://www.siturtlepatrol.com/ will be posting dates and times when next inventories will take place. Most of the turtles come out of the nest on their own, but sometimes a few stragglers need help. Members of Turtle Patrol help them out and then take an inventory of the nest contents to report to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

If you are walking on the beach, please feel free to ask any Turtle Patrol member about turtles. They are the ones wearing neon greenTurtle Patrol shirts and will be glad to answer your questions.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

(Image credit- SI Turtle Patrol)

Posted in Nature, Organizations