SIPOA 2019 Annual Meeting and Election Results

At the 2019 SIPOA Annual Meeting, outgoing Board Chairman, Julie McCollough,  stated that Seabrook Island is financially strong, prudently managed and SIPOA’s work ensures the Island remains a place of beauty. Julie mentioned some of the many accomplishments during her tenure on the Board – – the new gate house with state of the art security systems, the new visitor access system, sail shades, energy-efficient lighting, and Apple TVs at the Lake House, the renovation of the Oyster Catcher Community Center, and the agreement between the Seabrook Island Club and the SIPOA on drainage. Julie encouraged property owners to be a part of productive solutions for Seabrook Island rather than complaining and vilifying property owners and others. 

Heather Paton mentioned that SIPOA operations continued to run smoothly, even with two hurricanes, ice storms, snow, flooding, and king tides. This year we will celebrate the Lake House 10th anniversary and SIPOA’s 45th anniversary.

Warren Weber, Treasurer, reported that SIPOA’s financial condition at year-end appears to be in solid shape but we will face some large capital projects in the future – re-paving the roads, at a cost of $6M and scheduled for 2028;  the “Spit” will have to be done again in 2029 for $2M; and work will need to be done on the bridges in 2024 at a cost of $339K.

Annual Assessment:  The 2019 Annual Assessment recommendation is:

$2,190 for a House/Villa (a $120 increase over 2018)
$1,225 for an Undeveloped Lot (a $63 increase over 2018)
$ 730 for Bohicket Marina members (a $40 increase over 2018)

SIPOA Election Results:  The SIPOA Board and Nomination election results were announced. Please note that these results are unofficial, pending the official certified tally.

Elected to the Board of Directors for a 3-year term – Jaime Geiger, Michael Grabman, Ray Hoover and Thomas Pinckney

Elected to the Board of Directors for a 1-year term – Ellen Coughlin

Elected to the Nominating Committee for a 2-year term – Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Brown and Gregory Iaconis

2019 Annual Budget:  Approved

Questions and comments from property owners included issues such as increased traffic on Seabrook Island Road, consideration to allowing Fire Department personnel on Seabrook to work out at the Lake House, purchasing a property near boardwalk 1 to improve beach accessibility for those with mobility issues and increase parking, access to the ocean for canoes/kayaks, improving the welcome for visitors at the gatehouse, and bringing back the property owners online directory.

The Annual Report provides more detailed information on projects, activities and accomplishments in 2018.  Tidelines will provide a link to the report when it is available.

Tidelines Editor

Posted in Events, In the News, SIPOA

SINHG Awards The Soup Spoon

The coveted SINHG Soup Spoon was awarded to Dianne Cain during this year’s SINHG Soup Supper on Friday evening, February 8. More than 130 SINHG members and guests filled the tables at Island House’s Atlantic Room for this annual winter event during which Dianne took top honors for her delicious Spiced Pumpkin Soup. Competition was tough for judges Lisa Cermak, Doris Reinhart, April Goyer and Matt Hoisington, who declared all the entries delectable, but found a special place on their palates for Dianne’s creation.

Special thanks to all our wonderful SINHG volunteers – stalwart Soup Stallions, table monitors, and registration crew – who made this year’s event possible: Bill and Carol Bane, Martha and Barry Goldstein, Ed Galto, Lucy and Ray Hoover, Rita Phillips, Walt Kennedy, George Reinhart, Rich Siegel, Paula Trayer, Chris Czander, Rosemary Kennedy, Lynn Maney-McIntosh, Cat Russo and Chef Van for his Soup Throwdown challenge. Extra special thanks to organizers Julia and Don Thogmartin and Deb Lehman, and our SINHG President and Mistress of Ceremonies, Jean Conyers.

Submitted by Norm Powers for SINHG

Posted in Events, SINHG

Savannah Music Festival – March 28 – April 13

Savannah Music Festival
March 28-April 13, 2019
At various locations in Savannah
click here for the full line up of performers and tickets

It’s a bit far afield, but music lovers may want to make a getaway trip to Savannah to check out their annual music festival.

Whether presenting Romantic era masterworks to chamber music enthusiasts, blues, jazz or world music in a relaxed club-style atmosphere or an international rock star to thousands of fans, the Savannah Music Festival brings exceptional musicians from across the globe to venues throughout the historic district of Savannah, Georgia. The annual springtime festival runs for 17 days and consists of more than 80 concerts, including original productions, unique collaborations, and premieres. Now in its 30th season, the Savannah Music Festival takes place from March 28-April 13, 2019 and is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

Artists to perform at the Savannah Music Festival this spring include Punch Brothers, Robert Earl Keen, Angélique Kidjo, Kathy Mattea, Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, and Pat Metheny among many others. The 2019 festival also features modern dance performances by Andersson Dance Company and Scottish Ensemble as well as Union Tanguera and Kate Ware Company. British violinist Daniel Hope joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Spano, for a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, also featuring cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Marcus Roberts Trio will appear with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Stravinsky and Roberts’ original work. Other popular events include the Late Night Jazz Jam led by trombonist and Georgia native Wycliffe Gordon; and the festival’s closing night party, featuring James Brown’s favorite saxophonist, Maceo Parker.

Tickets to the 2019 Savannah Music Festival are available online by clicking here, by phone at 912-525-5050, and in person at the Savannah Box Office (216 E. Broughton Street).

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit:  SMF website)

Posted in Events, The Arts

Reservations Still Available…

sigsc 2019 gala image… for the Green Space Conservancy’s “Casino Night” Gala on Sunday, March 17, 2019. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this “Fun” Raiser and special event where we will be “Growing the Green,” on Seabrook Island. To access the 2019 Gala Reservation form and instructions click here.

Want to sit with your BFF’s? You can claim your table by requesting a “Reserved Table” placard when you register at the front door of the Island House! So easy and convenient! The evening’s activities of Wining, Dining, Gaming and Just Plain Fun include:

  • Incredible Food Stations – Raw Bar, Carving Station, Appetizers, Mashed Potato Bar and Salads
  • Casino Games in the Deveaux and Carolina Rooms
  • Irish Pub atmosphere in the Palmetto Room with Bob Becker and where Door Prizes will be drawn from our Pot O’Gold every 20 minutes
  • D.J. from Audio Sound Machine and Dancing in the Atlantic Room
  • Wine and Beer in the Bohicket Bar and other convenient locations – Along with AmFund’s display of “Trips of a Lifetime” which are up for bid
  • Spinning the “Wildlife Wheel” or Tossing your lucky disk down the “Plinko Birder Board”

Doors open at 4:45 pm and all activities begin promptly at 5:00 pm

All guests will gather in the Atlantic Room at 7:00 pm for coffee and desserts – and even more surprises. Our auctioneer Scott Clark, an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster for WABC News in New York City, will kick off the Live Auction so be ready to bid on many unbelievably awesome items!

Our sponsors and donors have been incredibly generous this year and we are ever grateful for their support. Below is list of some of the 2019 Live Auction items that you will have the opportunity to bid on:

As you can see, you won’t want to miss out on our annual gathering of Seabrookers, family, and friends who know the importance of “Growing the Green” and protecting our paradise for generations to come, here on our beloved Island. To learn more about the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy, please visit our website at

-Submitted by Beth Nichols, SIGSC

Posted in Events, Fundraisers, Organizations

Annual SIPOA Arts & Crafts Exhibit

The 32nd Annual SIPOA Arts and Crafts Exhibit continues at the Lake House on Saturday, February 16.  If you have not yet done so, stop by and browse their inspiring art and crafts on display in Live Oak Hall at the Lake House between 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

SIPOA Arts & Craftst Show Feb 2019

To see some of the artists and their work click here.

Tidelines Editors


Posted in Events, SIPOA, The Arts

2019 Annual Meeting Parking Alert

Please be aware that parking will be limited at the Island House for the Annual Meeting on Saturday between 8:00 am-12:00 pm. We encourage everyone to carpool, bike or walk if possible. We appreciate your cooperation.


Saturday, February 16

Annual Meeting

The Atlantic Ballroom

Registration: 8:00 am-10:30 am

SIC Meeting: 9:00 am-10:00 am

SIPOA Meeting: 10:30 am-11:30 am

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Club

Posted in Seabrook Island Club

SIPOA Admin Office Phones are Down – February 15

February 15, 2019 – The administration office phones are down this morning.
We’ve contacted repair, and hope to have service back shortly.

Submitted by Heather Paton

Posted in SIPOA

South Carolina Stingrays Hockey at North Charleston Coliseum

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 upcoming games and ticket availability click here.

(Image credit:

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Posted in Sports

Weekend Activities In and Around Seabrook Island

This weekend, there are a lot of activities happening in and around Seabrook Island:

– Freshfields Art and Wine Walk: Friday, February 15, 4 pm – 7 pm

– 2019 Annual SIPOA Arts & Crafts Exhibit: The Lake House, Friday, February 15, 2 pm – 5 pm; Meet the artists 5 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, February 16, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

– 2019 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition: Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17. Click here for more information

– Freshfields Cars and Coffee: Saturday, February 16, 9 am – 11 am

-2019 Seabrook Island Club Annual Meeting: Saturday, February 16, 9 am in the Seabrook Island Atlantic Room

– 2019 SIPOA Annual Meeting: Saturday, February 16, 10:30 am in the Seabrook Island Atlantic Room

– Seabrook Island Real Estate Open House Tour: Saturday, February 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– Seabrook Island Pickleball Orientation: Saturday, February 16, 1:00 pm

– Seabrook Island Tennis Orientation: Sunday, February 17, 12:30 pm

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Posted in Events, Freshfields

Learn to Identify Common Birds

With the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) coming up this weekend, the National Audubon Society wrote a great article on the common bird species you are likely to see at your feeders and in your backyards. Of the 15 birds they describe, there are nine we are likely to see in your backyard on Seabrook Island with one additional bird’s “cousin” and one found at the horse pasture. The remaining can also be seen in South Carolina, but not generally on Seabrook Island.

Northern Cardinal

Read the article here!

How many can you name? Where do you see them? We hope you will join us on Sunday and/or Monday for our annual GBBC! And we hope you will record your sightings for the GBBC this weekend (and every day!) using

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Birders

(Photo Credit: Charles Moore)

Posted in SIB

CCPRC: East Coast Paddlesports Symposium – March 29-31

East Coast Paddlesports Symposium
March 29-31, 2019
James Island County Park

The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the 29th annual East Coast Paddlesports Symposium, a three-day immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of kayaking. Paddling enthusiasts will not be disappointed. We have taken the best parts of this event and modified the format to offer a more diverse and student-centered experience in the No. 1 city in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure.

How Does It Work?
After being matched with 5-8 paddlers of similar skill and interest, you will be assigned to a group leader/local instructor who can provide area knowledge, logistical details, and continuity throughout your time with us. Each day you will get a chance to work with a different seasoned coach.

Sounds Good to Me! Where Do I Begin?
Choose from among the skill levels (click here), and then head on over to registration (click here).

Tidelines Editor

(Image credit:  CCPRC website)

Posted in Events

KAC: Art Film Screening – February 22


The Art Film screening of The General
with live piano by Glenn Brown has
been moved to:

Fri. Feb 22 | 3:00 p.m.
The Sandcastle
No Tickets Required

-Tidelines Editors

(Image credit:  KAC website)

Posted in The Arts