New! Introducing TIDECASTING: Audio Interview with Steve Traynum of Coastal Science and Engineering



Today, TIDELINES introduces a new podcast series we’re calling “Tidecasting.”

Tidelines writers and editors are constantly casting our nets for topics of special interest to our readers and followers. Sometimes the best way to present this newly found content is in the form of in-depth, compelling audio interviews we call Tidecasts.

Our first Tidecast is a June 17th interview with Steve Traynum of Coastal Science and Engineering. Mr. Traynum was the project manager for the Cap’n Sam’s Relocation Project between Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island, which is now concluding. In this 20-minute interview with Tidelines writer Barbara Burgess, Mr. Traynum provides fascinating behind-the-scenes details about the project and how it was accomplished. The podcast was produced by Shawna Jarrett, SIPOA Communications Administrator.

So turn up your audio speakers and click the start arrow > on the bar above. You can pause the recording at any time by clicking in the same place.

Enjoy the Tidecast, leave a comment, and look for more Tidecasting posts in the future.

—Tidelines Editors

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Emergency Information for Villa Owners

First, I’d like to familiarize you with the actions that have been taken by official Seabrook Island (Town of Seabrook Island and SIPOA) to prepare for a broad range of natural disasters. From January through May of this year, the Town’s Public Safety Committee under the leadership of Councilman John Gregg conducted an annual in-depth review and update of the Town’s Comprehensive Emergency Plan (CEP). SIPOA previously published its own updated Emergency Plan on October 30, 2013. Excerpts from the latter document are posted on the SIPOA Public Website under “emergency/emergency-preparedness/.” Related instructions for registering for transportation to an emergency shelter during a mandatory evacuation of Seabrook Island are contained in the Town publications entitled Are You Prepared for Flooding in your Neighborhood?, which are updated and distributed annually to all residents. Continue reading “Emergency Information for Villa Owners”

Cap’n Sams Relocation Project 6/11/2015

On Wednesday, following the dump truck and bulldozer removal, R.E. Goodson made the final opening in the channel that was opened last week. The attached aerial photos show the completed channel.

R.E. Goodson has worked throughout the day to build up the sand stockpiles. After lengthy discussions late this afternoon with Coastal Science and Engineering and R.E. Goodson, SIPOA has been advised that the optimal time to do the closure is this evening during the low tide cycle. The closure attempt will take place during the evening hours and should be completed before sunrise.


Heather Paton
SIPOA Executive Director

Seabrook Island Property Owners Association
1202 Landfall Way
Johns Island, SC 29455


Thursday evening during the low tide cycle, R.E. Goodson began the inlet closure sequence.  Coastal Science and Engineering and the Goodson crew worked non-stop until 4:45am to install the initial berm.  They were back at work at 7:00am today and will be on site for the next few days to expand the berm using the remainder of the stockpiled sand.  The closure will be completed in accordance with the final engineering specifications and dimensions.

The aerial photos and video taken at 8:00 am today provide an illustration of the extent of the work accomplished overnight!


Heather Paton,
SIPOA Executive Director

Cap’n Sams Cut – Today 6/10/2015

R.E. Goodson was on the jobsite at low tide early this morning to remove the dump truck and bulldozer that were submerged in the inlet.  Using additional bulldozers, dump trucks and cables, the dump truck was removed at about 7:30am and the bulldozer at approximately 9:15am.  Although the fuel had been drained from both vehicles when they became stuck in the inlet, absorbent barriers were positioned around the equipment in the event any fuel was released from the submerged vehicles during removal.  Representatives of the Coast Guard, OCRM and SCDHEC were onsite for the entire process and indicated the site was clean and the activity posed no environmental threat.
The stockpiling of sand continues on both sides of the inlet.  This will continue until sufficient quantities have been accumulated and the closure can be completed.  Our engineering firm is optimistic that it can take place later this week depending on weather and tide cycles.
Heather Paton
SIPOA Executive Director

Cap’n Sams Cut Today 6/9/2015

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These are the guys working to stockpile more sand for the next attempt at closing.


The guys in the water I believe are connecting the cables to drag the equipment out tomorrow.


The last one is the new bulldozer coming in for tomorrow’s work.

Patricia Schaefer

Cap’n Sams Relocation Project Update: 06/08/15

R.E. Goodson was back on site this morning at 8:00 AM. They began scraping and stockpiling sand. They will continue stockpiling sand until they have enough to begin the closure sequence. The tide conditions are favorable on Thursday and Friday, and they hope to attempt the closure as early as Thursday if they have enough sand stockpiled.
R.E. Goodson will attempt to recover the dump truck and bulldozer that were lost during the first closure attempt on Wednesday morning at low tide by pulling them out using two bulldozers and steel cables. They are bringing in two additional larger bulldozers to help with this recovery and the closure sequence.
All of the fuel and oil was removed from the vehicles by a dive team over the weekend. SCDHEC and the US Coast Guard have visited the site and inspected it for navigation safety and environmental concerns. At no point did the contractor, engineer, or regulatory inspectors find any evidence fuel or oil leaks.
Heather Paton
SIPOA Executive Director

Emergency Preparedness 2: What to do before, during and after

Emergency Preparedness – What to do before

 Some disaster situations come slowly with lots of warning, while others descend upon us quickly with little or no forewarning. Because we can be caught unaware, it’s important to prepare before you find yourself in the middle of an emergency situation.

Continue reading “Emergency Preparedness 2: What to do before, during and after”