Reduce Waste and Feed Your Garden

img_0728Recently there have been articles in the Post & Courier about what restaurants in the Charleston area are doing to reduce their food waste. Several prominent downtown restaurants take their food waste to the Bees Ferry Composting Center. On the Upper Pennisula they received a grant to begin an experiment to compost their food waste as well. Perhaps it is a sign of things to come for the rest of us, but we don’t have to wait to join in.

The compost, which is the natural product of the process of organic matter decomposing, is the very best fertilizer you could possibly use on your garden. It adds organic matter to your soil which in turn increases necessary microbial activity, helps balance the pH of your soil and helps your soil retain the proper amount of moisture. Best of all it is free!

Backyard composters are generally available at big box hardware stores and there are a wide variety of them available on-line. Most are quite simple and easy to use. They can be filled with your fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen and yard debris like grass clippings and leaves. Very reliable sources report that our abundant live oak leaves take way too long to break down to be useful. In order to avoid attracting animals to your composter you should keep all meat and oil out of your composter.

Composting is a win-win situation. It reduces the waste going into the landfill and it provides “black gold” for your plants. It is certainly worth giving it a try.

Submitted by Richard Seigel, SIPOA Environmental Committee


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Interest in speed cameras for control of SBI speed limits—where are we headed?

Since the Board meeting and Get the Scoop session on Monday, September 19, we have heard more than a few expressions of interest and differing viewpoints about the possibility of speed cameras as a method of enforcement of the speed limits within the Seabrook Island Development. So we wanted to take an opportunity to let you know where things stand.

  • In July 2016 the Board asked a consultant in safety and security to spend a few days observing how SIPOA works. Among the recommendations the consultant made were that we should strongly consider eliminating both traffic stops and pursuit as methods of enforcement for speed limits and other moving violation infractions to the Rules and Regulations. The consultant also suggested that we look into the use of movable speed cameras as an alternative to enforcement of speed limits.
  • It is important to emphasize that no decision one way or the other has yet been made about whether to use speed cameras.
  • In determining how to put the consultant’s recommendations in place, a committee established within the Board has drafted a number of recommendations that will be discussed in greater detail by the full Board of Directors in an upcoming Executive Session.
  • In that session, we hope to get a sense of the Board’s reactions and a consensus on what makes sense for safety and security on Seabrook Island, taking into account the wide variety of visitors we have to accommodate. Again, however, no decision will be made in Executive Session and no votes will be taken.
  • One of the ways to eliminate traffic stops is to install speed cameras. The kind that we have been considering are movable cameras using an internet connection and their locations established through GPS, and capturing location, speed and vehicle identification information in real time. The video would then be reviewed and determinations made about issuing citations for speeding.
  • Speeding has been identified as a primary concern of property owners on surveys over the past decade.
  • Our security consultant, as well as law enforcement professionals generally, identify ‘traffic stops’ as one of their most dangerous tasks because of the inevitable adversarial implications of the stop and the unpredictable nature of the personal interaction between the officer and the occupants of the vehicle that is stopped. While the situation here on Seabrook may not be as dangerous, we also know that our security officers are frequently exposed to aggressive and unruly responses when making a traffic stop.
  • Additionally, pursuit is also a risky event because of the potential for increased speed and the attention that a pursuit often draws.
  • There are several advantages to the use of speed cameras
    • The speed cameras we are investigating are portable: they can be set up in different locations on a single day, which promotes deterrence throughout the Island roadways.
    • Having our security officers use radar devices and then making traffic stops to cite violators for speeding has not significantly reduced speeding in our community because the vehicles and officers are readily identifiable and limited to one location.
    • Use of a mobile speed detection system frees up at least one security officer and a patrol vehicle for other duties and is much more cost-effective.
    • Other alternatives, such as speed bumps or humps, are generally opposed by a significant number of persons because of the potential for vehicle damage and the interference with normal driving.
  • While there is a South Carolina statute that prohibits the use of speed cameras on publicly maintained roads, the statute was intended to prohibit local governmental agencies from setting up speed traps for profit, and does not apply to the private roads of Seabrook Island. We expect that a speed camera system that might be employed here would be cost-neutral, but it would not be employed as a tool to increase revenues, but only as a method of enforcement.

It is also important to remember that the speed camera alternative is only one of and complementary to a number of approaches to improving the overall safety, security and well-being of the members of our community, which is a responsibility that is given to the Board under the Covenants and Bylaws. After the Board has reached a consensus about how to proceed on this and other safety and security measures affecting the Seabrook Island Community, we then expect to make presentations available for public comment before adopting any new policies.

Please let us know if you have comments or questions.

– submitted by Janet Gorski, President, SIPOA Board of Directors

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Accident on Route 17 Southbound by Carpetbaggers Store

At about 9:40 am, Mike Gorski of Island Transportation has reported a serious accident on Route 17 southbound by the Carpetbaggers Store, with traffic backed up as far as the Route 526 junction. He suggests that anyone heading back to Seabrook from the airport or West Ashley should use Bees Ferry Road or Maybank as an alternative.

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor


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Gibbes Museum – Realm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection – October 22nd-January 15th –

GuggenheimRealm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection

In 1936 the Gibbes Museum of Art presented the first formal exhibition of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s collection of modern art. Featuring works by Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, and Fernand Leger, among many others, the show brought international attention to Charleston. In 1938 the Gibbes again presented Guggenheim’s collection. Now, eighty years after the first exhibition, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art have come together to revisit this important intersection in our institutional histories with Realm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, Realm of the Spirit features thirty-six masterworks presented in the original exhibitions by artists such as Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, and Georges Seurat.

For tickets and information, click here.  The Gibbes is located at 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

(Photo credit:  CVB website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

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World Affairs Council of Charleston Meeting on October 3rd, 2016


The World Affairs Council of Charleston aims to inform the wider Charleston community through presentation of timely, non-partisan, well-credentialed speakers on world affairs.

Meeting: October 3rd, 2016 at Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston.     Reception with light refreshments begins at 5:15pm, speakers at 6:00pm.

Subject: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union: “Brexit” Background; Possible Consequences and Impact on the US.

Speakers: Dr. Samuel Wells, former Deputy Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Dr. Sherrill Brown Wells, Lecturer and former Editor of the State Department’s American Foreign Policy Current Documents series.

Price: 2016-17 schedule of 6 speakers on different world affairs events, $170 per couple, $100 per individual, $20 one time event charge.

For more information, please visit the World Affairs Council website –

Submitted by Barbara Burgess


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“Sip & Shop” Benefits Respite Care of Charleston – Correction

j-mclaughlinPlease note the corrected time for this event.


On Thursday, September 29, Seabrook resident Patricia Tallman will host a “Sip & Shop” event at the J. McLaughlin shops on Village Green Lane in Freshfields Village.

From 12 noon to 4:00 PM, shoppers will be able to view the Fall 2016 collections for women and men while enjoying complimentary light refreshments.

respite-care15% of proceeds during this time will benefit Respite Care of Charleston, the designated charity of the Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament being held on Seabrook during October 5-9.

-Tidelines Editor

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Tree Branch Blocking Bohicket Road

A Seabrooker reported that as of 8:45 today, Sept 22, 2016 there was a tree branch blocking the entire Bohicket Road inbound to Seabrook.  The location is about 12/2 mile beyond the Ace/River Rd traffic light.

As we were writing this, another Seabrooker called in that traffic is alternating with the other lane.

If you are in a hurry this morning, you might go River Road until it clears up.

Submitted by Tidelines Editors

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The New Era of Television (Part 3 of a 3)

droze-headerRead Part 1 Here

Read Part 2 Here

So, this is the final part of my 3 Part Blog on Streaming Video, Cord Cutting, Smart TV’s and all the jargon that goes along with it. Hopefully you’ve read and decided if cord cutting is something that will work with your viewing lifestyle. Maybe you feel like it’s too early to make such a drastic change. That’s OK – like I mentioned in Part 1, it took me over a year to finally pull the trigger, and I’m still not entirely sure if my decision was the right one or not.

In this post, I will talk about the various services that exist that will allow you to stream the various content you are interested in. I’ll give a brief description of each along with a link to their website for more information.

-Netflix ( – Probably the most popular streaming service out there. At around $10 per month, Netflix has 1000’s of movies- not really new releases though – it takes time for a new movie in theaters to eventually make it to Netflix. And Netflix adds content every month (and sometimes takes content away for a period of time). For TV Shows, it’s important to note that they have past seasons of TV shows, not current seasons (for current seasons, read about Hulu in the next paragraph). Netflix also has original programming which makes it a popular choice. If you’ve heard of “House of Cards” or “Orange is the New Black”, then you’ll only find those original shows on Netflix. No live programming on Netflix. Continue reading

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Fitness Class Information for Thursday, September 22nd

Flow Yoga will be CANCELED on Thursday, September 22nd.
It will NOT be located at the Oyster Catcher Community Center as previously stated.

Flow Yoga will return to the Live Oak Hall at The Lake House on Thursday, September 29th at 9:00 AM.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and Thank you for understanding!

Submitted by Lake House Staff

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North Charleston Coliseum: Beach Boys – January 27th

beachboysInternet Pre-sale for
The Beach Boys
Wednesday, September 21 at 10AM
Until Thursday, September 22 at 10PM
Internet Pre-sale Offer Code: BEACH.  Click here.

(Photo credit:  Charleston Coliseum website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

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North Charleston Coliseum: Disney on Ice – November 10-13th

disneyEnter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Believing is just the beginning when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big skates into the North Charleston Coliseum!

Click here for tickets.

(Photo credit:  PAC website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

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Abridged Minutes of Environmental Committee for August 31, 2016

Meeting Minutes, August 31, 2016

Lake House Field Project

The Greenery has revised a new maritime planting at a cost of $373,000. The EC will review with the Board for further direction.

Waste Management/Recycling

Trash Issues have been improving. Monthly brown/white is doing well and has been well received. In answer to a member’s question, Charleston County has no paper shredding service at this time.

Rich Siegel has agreed to coordinate the Adopt a Highway program. The next one is scheduled for November 5. Volunteers welcomed.

Nature Trails

Most of the signage and repairs are finished. Green Space has asked SiPOA to perform a bi annual walk through each of their properties and to keep a log of any pertinent information from year to year. Continue reading

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