County Council Acts on “Flyover”

At the 29 September meeting of Charleston County Council,  approval was given to the Finance Committee recommendation to begin negotiations for termination of the existing contract with SC DOT relating to the proposed “superstreet” at the intersection of US 17 and Main Rd.

Council also approved a motion outlining Council’s guidance for objectives related to the approved negotiations including: (i) termination of the existing contract to release the $1.5M committed by Charleston County; (ii) widening of Main Road between Bees Ferry Road and the Main Road intersection with River Road; (iii) address of drainage issues of Main Road that resulted in recent flooding; (iv) application of the released $1.5 M to start of design work, environmental impact studies and the like preparatory for construction of a separated grade renovation (overpass) of the US 17 and Main Road intersection.

It was noted that until a design is proposed for which costs can be developed, Charleston County can not pursue funding for construction.

Submitted by John Gregg

Turtle News – Thank You to the Inventory Team

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I want to thank all of the members of the Inventory Team for their participation this season!

We had a record breaking year – 75 Nests!!  We had our challenges which always include something new!  This year included the cut taking place, again trying to find suitable places for relocations which were many, lots of rain and high tides and our new one – HUMANS!  With our very LARGE nursery this year, it was a hot spot for tourists to hang out at night and the lights from rental homes beckoning our nursery hatchlings to pay them a visit!  Thanks for all your efforts in helping us deal with all of the above!

Beautsie will soon be sharing the total statistics for this year.  I would like to share some statistics I keep for the Inventory Team.

This season we spent 35 days performing inventories starting on July 8 and ending on September 27.  We performed 27 public inventories with an average of 23 team members participating at each one.  Thank you so much!  This is an outstanding level of participation increasing from 17 per inventory last season!  20 of the 75 nests were inventoried privately as a result of circumstances including rain and high tides, wild nests, collapsed dunes, etc.  The team personally assisted 277 hatchlings to the water this year.  This definitely demonstrates how important our work is.  We saved a lot of babies!

We had mostly beautiful days on the beach except for – a few days were rainy, some threatening thunderstorms, some driving rain, and our favorites – black biting flies, biting no-see-ums, biting ants, and other biting bugs in general!  Why must they all bite?  We need more ‘love bugs’ who just land on us, mate and leave!

I want to send a special thanks to our Junior Patrol Team which includes, Hannah Seabrook, Cailey and Gavin Duguid and Sarah Quinn!  It is so much fun to work with them and I am inspired by their commitment and dedication.  They are our future!  Next season will be Hannah’s last season as a Junior Patrol member.  She will be 16 in September of 2016 and will become a licensed permit holder in 2017!!  Hannah has been working with the patrol since the age of 7!

Unfortunately, we did not know that on September 14 Nest 65 would be our last public inventory and the final two hatchlings we would see this season!  These two were adorable and put on a great show for the spectators!
See you all next season!

Submitted by Terry Fansler

New Semi-Private Yoga Series: Chair Yoga

New Semi Private Yoga Class: Chair Yoga at The Lake House
Wednesdays * October 7th – November 11th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through the creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses, forward and backward bends, side extensions and leg and arm stretches.

Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. This semi-private, 6 week yoga series will begin on Wednesday, October 7th at 2:30PM. The Chair Yoga series is not part of the $39 Monthly Class Pass. There are NO REFUNDS as the cost of the series is dependent upon the number of participants. Class size is limited.

To register for this awesome new yoga series, please contact The Lake House at 843.725.1580.

Submitted by The Lake House

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iOS Security Hack Requires Attention

If you’re one of the large number of people on the Island who own an iPhone or iPad, be aware of the worst security hack in iOS history that recently took place. Otherwise legitimate developers used infected code called “XCodeGhost” downloaded from a Chinese web site. Hundreds of apps, most of them in the Chinese App Store, were affected. There is no way of knowing how far the bad code has leaked out beyond China.

There are basic precautions everyone can use to avoid having an infected iPhone or iPad cause a personal security breach. The folks at have a useful article that includes a link to a list of affected apps that should be purged from your device until a developer patch has been issued. Read the article here.

Apple has posted a bulletin on the issue here. While this does not appear to be a severely malicious code at this juncture, the actions suggested are precautionary in nature. In other words, be aware of any strange dialog boxes that pop up on your mobile devices or attempts to get you to “confirm” your Apple ID–good advice under any circumstances.

—Tidelines Staff

Coming Soon: FortyEight – A Wine Bar

Freshfields Village is excited to announce the upcoming opening of FortyEight – A Wine Bar.

FortyEight – A Wine Bar will offer:
-48 Exceptional Wines by the Glass Everyday
-840 Hand Selected Wines by the Bottle Everyday
-48 Local and Regional Craft Beers
-Delicious Light Fare.
The expected opening date of this exciting new addition is late October.

As part of this opening, Kiawah Spirits has relocated right next door inside  the Kiawah Wines store.  The hours of this new Kiawah Spirits and Kiawah Wines combination store will be Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Per SC State Law, the store will be closed on Sundays.

If you have any questions in regards to FortyEight – A Wine Bar, or the new location for the Kiawah Spirits store, please contact Loren Beadle at

Submitted by Trish Pruitt

Turtle News – Record Season Ends


The 2015 turtle season came to an end on Sunday. Turtlemaster Beautsie Zahrn decided to check on the last remaining nest because of the unusually high tides. It turned out the nest had already hatched so Beautsie , with the help of Judy and Dean Morr, inventoried nest # 69  and the record breaking season came to an end.

The 2015 season brought us an all-time Seabrook Island record 75 nests and we helped 6,095 hatchlings begin their amazing journey. This could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the nearly 150 Turtle Patrol volunteers.

Nest #69 was found by Monica  Adams, Anne Snelgrove and Melanie Jerome.
Bill and Eileen Middleton found the eggs. It was in situ.
Eggs in the nest – 60
Shells – 25
Unhatched eggs – 35
Dead hatchlings – 0
Live hatchlings – 0
Total live – 25
Hatch & emergence success – 40.9%

We will clean the trucks and equipment on October 10th at 1:00 PM in the Fansler’s driveway at 2618 Seabrook Island Rd. All Turtle Patrol members are invited to pitch in.

The end of year party is scheduled for October 22nd at the Lake House. Please hold the date and await further announcements.

Submitted by Gary Fansler


Swim Around Charleston (SAC)

On Saturday afternoon, Seabrookers, Jeff Pompe, Derek Fyfe, and friends David Hennessey and Stuart Lazarus, (left to right in photo) completed the 12 mile open water relay, called Swim Around Charleston.

Sixty swimmers from 13 states jumped in at Remley Point boat ramp on the Cooper river, proceeded round the peninsula past Battery Point, up the Ashley River, under the Ashley and Cosgrove bridges and finished at the I-526 bridge. Despite 15 knot winds and very choppy water, the guys swim was completed in 5 hours and 39 minutes.

SAC was created 5 years ago by Charleston City Council member Kathleen Wilson, who not only is the principle harpist for the Charleston Orchestra but is an accomplished marathon swimmer. Funds raised from the swim go to tuition assistance for SwimCalm, her organization that teaches swimming to fearful adult and junior students.

Submitted by Derek Fyfe

Drew Wise is October Photographer of the Month

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This month’s photographer, Andrew (Drew) Wise, relocated to the Lowcountry in 2009 with Sarah, his wife of 43 years.  Both are from the Upstate; Drew having graduated from Clemson in 1969 and Sarah from Brenau College in Georgia.   During a successful career in the precast/prestressed concrete industry (primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country), Drew and Sarah raised three children, all of whom are now married and have given Drew and Sarah a total of six grandchildren.  After spending most of their time away from South Carolina, they decided it was time to return to their home state.

Drew has enjoyed photography for over 30 years as a way to interact with nature and the outdoors.   Whether here at the Coast, visiting the Canadian Rockies, Maritimes, our great National Parks, or traveling overseas to Ireland; Drew’s camera is always close by.

There will be a reception for Drew at the Lake House on Monday, October 5th from 5-7pm.   We hope you will take time for the reception and during the month of October to stop by and appreciate the variety of photographs Drew is sharing.

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Free Shredding Day Oct 2, 2015

Shred 360 will be at the Town Hall on Oct 2, 2015 from 10 am until 1 pm in the contractor parking lot at Town Hall. Bring your paper trash, computer disks and drives as well as old tax returns to be shredded.  Paper may be brought to the site in cardboard boxes, but they are not able to shred the actual box.

This is a free Shred Day that will enable Seabrookers to safely destroy any of these items.  Shredding items is one way to protect yourself from Identity Fraud.

SINHG Tours McLeod Plantation

A group of Seabrook Natural History Group members toured McLeod Plantation on DSCN1145Wednesday, September 23rd.  Originated in 1695, McLeod was once one of the largest Sea Island Cotton plantations. It was purchased by William McLeod in 1851 who built the present plantation house shortly thereafter.  McLeod is an antebellum plantation that evolved into a Civil War headquarters for both Union and Confederate troops, a Freedmen’s Bureau site, and eventually a truck farm DSCN1148in the 20th century.
The tour focused on the transition from slavery to freedom and included the recently renovated main house as well as the original slave cabins. Lunch at La Tabella on Harbor View Road followed the visit. Many thanks to Ilse Calcagno for arranging this first ever tour for SINHG.
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Should You Download Apple’s September 30 Launch of its New Operating System, “El Capitan”?

Hello Macintosh Computer users!  On September 30 Apple will launch and you will be able to download “El Capitan” OS X, replacing the “Yosemite” version of OS X as your Macintosh desktop/laptop operating system.

BUT should you join the crowd that has to immediately satisfy the need to be the first to have the latest and the greatest?  No!  And here are the reasons why:

(1) Major new operating systems almost invariably have bugs in them, sometimes minor irritating bugs and sometimes major infuriating bugs.  Either way, what’s your rush? Why not simply adhere to the old proverb, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

(2) Initially you risk being caught in the mass rush to download, causing delays and sometimes an overload that can disrupt your download and may even crash your operating system. Again, what’s the rush?

(3) Old “Appletonians” like myself (I made up the term), recall downloading a new operating system, and then learning that some of our older favorite non-Apple software applications would not work with the new operating system.  So we then needed to upgrade, sometimes expensively. (eg. Microsoft Word would crash.)

So, what to do?

Wait at least 3-4 weeks before you decide to download El Capitain.  Use the time productively.  Every few days Google “Problems with El Capitain” and read Mac Forums under that search.  Continue until the preponderance of favorable comments
outweigh the complaints, before you download. And look for bugs that the Forums say will be corrected in an update. You may want to wait for the update.  I recommend you steer clear of non-Apple Forums as you often get misinformation from individuals who simply hate Apple products.

Next, while you wait,  also Google “El Capitain compatibility with any non-Apple applications” that you use.  (eg an expensive engineering or graphics program or a program like “Finale” that musicians/composers use to electronically play an instrument, and have their Mac print out the musical notes/score.) You may even want to query the developer of such software to be extra cautious.

Next, those of you who have attended the Apple Macintosh user club meetings (second Tuesday of the month, Lake House Live Oak room, 7-8:30pm) know that before you download any operating system, you should go to your applications folder, then the Utilities folder, to find Disk Utility. Open Disk Utility and click on the Repair Permissions button. Let the repair run and when complete, quit Disk Utility.  It is a good practice to do this monthly anyway to keep your computer healthy.

Lastly, hopefully you own a re-bootable external hard drive.  Be sure you back up your Macintosh computer’s hard drive to your external back up hard drive.

Good luck!

Submitted by Will Wiehn, Apple Macintosh Event Coordinator

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