Skip Crane, Candidate for Town Council


Skip Crane has been a full time resident of Seabrook since 1995, having come to Seabrook shortly after retiring from 30 years with IBM. He followed his IBM employment with 13 years of work with the South Carolina Research Authority, which was set up in the 1980’s to be an economic engine of growth for South Carolina. He has been active in various Seabrook volunteer efforts.

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2017 SIC Membership Promotions

The Seabrook Island Club is offering a special year end membership promotion available November 1 through December 31, 2017. If you’ve been thinking of joining, rejoining, or even upgrade your current membership, this is a great opportunity.

Upgrades for Current Members (can use available equity):

Community to Social: $4,000 (normally $8,000)
Community to Full: $9,000 (normally $18,000)
Social/Sports/FNR to Full: $5,000 (normally $10,000)

“Welcome Back” for Former Members (can use available equity)*:

$2,500 Reinstatement Fee to rejoin as Community, Social, Full, whichever is today’s equivalent to the former member’s resigned membership class.**

Promotion for Property Owners Who Were Never Club Members*:

Community: $6,000 (normally $12,000).**

*Could then take advantage of upgrade promotion to Social or Full as outlined above.

**Standard minimum 7-year membership commitment applies.

These promotions will be available from November 1 through December 31, 2017. Please contact Lyndsey Arnold, Club Membership Manager, at or 843/768-7805 or for more information.


-Submitted by Lyndsey Arnold



Exchange Club October Updates

October was a busy month for Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange members. The local chapter held a golf tournament for members, spouses and prospective members on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, followed by dinner at the Seabrook Island Club and remarks by guest speaker, Will Senn, Sales Director for the Riverdogs.

Seabrook Island resident, Robert Driscoll, was inducted into the service club on Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017, and Mitch Lucas, Charleston County Deputy Sheriff, spoke on traffic issues on Johns Island, recruitment difficulties at the County Jail and the Opioid crisis in our local area.

Thursday evening, October 26, 2017, Exchange members, spouses and island residents enjoyed a buffet dinner at the Seabrook Island Club and bus ride into the Gaillard for the CSO’s POPS Concert, “Happy Birthday, John Williams.” The outing was organized by Roger Steel. A great time was enjoyed by all.



The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club looks forward to their Grant Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening, November 1, at the Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island. Thirty-four local, non-profit organizations will be recognized for their services to island residents. These grants are made possible by the generosity of businesses and individuals who advertise in the exchange club’s directory handbook published annually.

-Submitted by Lori Leary



Reminder: Seabrook Island Veterans Day Charitable Golf Event – November 6

The Seabrook Island Club and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club will be holding its Sixth Annual Veterans Day charitable golf outing on Monday, November 6, 2017 to honor veterans who have served the country and raise money to support the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s Hospital and Fisher House.

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Important Information: DHEC-OCRM Proposed Revisions of Coastal Jurisdictional Setback and Base Lines

The Town has previously provided residents with information regarding the publication by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s division of Ocean Resource Management’s (“DHEC-OCRM”) proposed revisions of the jurisdictional setback and base lines. The proposed revision will affect approximately fifty-three (53) homes and Club structures on Seabrook Island, located at Dolphin Point and along the Atlantic Coast from the Beach Club through Oyster Catcher and Ocean Forest. The proposed revisions can be seen by launching the “SC Beachfront Jurisdictional Viewer”:

As reported by the Town and in several recent articles in The Post and Courier, the proposed revisions can affect a property owner’s ability to build new a home, expand or modify existing structures and repair or rebuild their homes following either a natural or man-made disaster.

The comment period for the proposed revisions will end on November 7th. Thereafter, the proposed revisions are scheduled to be adopted on December 8th and implemented on December 27th.  

  DHEC-OCRM regulations (DHEC Regulation 30-14(F)) provides that landowner claiming ownership of affected property who feels that the final or revised setback line, baseline, or erosion rate as adopted is in error, upon submittal of substantiating evidence, within one year of the revision date, must be granted a review of the setback line, baseline, or erosion rate, or a review of all three. Thereafter, the landowner may appeal DHEC-OCRM’s decision to the Administrative Law Court.

However, it is very important to note that in 2006 the South Carolina legislature passed Section 44-1-60, which provides for a uniform appeals process for all DHEC staff decisions.  That statutory provision gives an aggrieved party only 15 days to request a final review conference before the DHEC Board.  As noted in Sunday’s article in the Post and Courier, a number of lawyers have questioned DHEC-OCRM’s ability to override the legislature and extend the appeal period.

If you are an affected property owner, the Town urges you to examine and understand the implications of the proposed revisions of the jurisdictional lines on your property, as well as your rights to contest and appeal DHEC-OCRM’s decisions. We strongly suggest affected property owners consult their attorneys with respect to the described procedures.

-Submitted on behalf of Ron Ciancio, Mayor of Seabrook Island

Brown & White Pick Up Nov 3

The next monthly Brown & White pick up is Friday, November 3.

Bulk items can be left curbside by 7:00 am.  Place items including furniture, appliances, grills, lawn furniture, or other similar household items where you would normally leave your trash and recycling.

Hazardous waste such as old paint cans, electronics, batteries, fluorescent lights, and old yard or household chemicals can be taken to the Maintenance area (adjacent to the Community Garden) that morning between 7 am and 2 pm.  Hazardous materials must be handed directly to the attendant on duty.  The materials cannot be left on the ground.

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Seabrook Island Beach Boot Camp by Alison November 4

Ah, Fall is in the air, the extreme heat and humidity are gone, and the beach beckons us to enjoy all of its beauty while getting a full body workout at the same time. We are so excited to have another Seabrook Island Beach Bootcamp by Alison and invite you to join us:

Date:    Saturday, November 4

Time:    11:00 am

Location: North Beach – Boardwalk 1

Cost:   $10 (Preregistration is required)

This semi-private Beach Boot Camp is not part of the monthly group fitness schedule at the Lake House. It has a minimum of six to begin and a maximum of ten participants. Registration is required. Please note, there are no drop-ins or refunds. For more information or to register, please email Alison at

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Ron Ciancio, Candidate for Mayor

Town Council and Utility Commission Elections are on November 7, 2017. Over the next few days, we will be posting bios of the candidates. The first features Ron Ciancio, who is running for Mayor.

Ron and his wife Sue moved to Seabrook Island 11 years ago. Ron had previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Company, a publicly held transportation leasing company.

He has served on council for six years, two as Mayor pro tem and the last two as Mayor. He decided to run again because the Town has recently hired a new town administrator and he thought it important to have continuity during the transition period. He also wants to continue what has been good cooperation and communication between the Town, the POA and the Club. He thinks that the joint cooperation between the two on a common landing page for their websites is a good example of the benefits of this cooperation.

As to his accomplishments, he feels that the Town is now much better prepared for a natural disaster. As examples he cites that the Town now has the capability of communicating directly with property owners, has a memorandum of understanding between the Town and the POA setting forth the responsibilities of each entity, has a 70% increase in the Emergency Reserve Fund, and now has the authority to issue up to 4.5 million in bonds, the proceeds of which are to be used for debris removal, all as evidence of an increase in preparedness. He thinks he has taken a more pro-active role in the supervision of the Town, with the hiring of full time beach patrol during the peak season, bringing state legislators and the SCDOT representatives to Seabrook for a “road forum”, having representatives of Charleston County at Seabrook Island to explain the new FEMA flood maps, and the initiation of a major project to repair and upgrade the storm drainage system on Seabrook Island Road from the gate to the circle as examples.

As to his qualifications, he feels he has a grounded background in Seabrook Island activities from his service on the board of directors of the POA and as Chair of its legal committee, his membership on the board of directors and as president of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, and as a board member and president of the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy.

-Barbara Burgess, Tidelines Staff Writer



4th Annual Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off November 19

Tickets are now available for the 4th annual Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off sponsored by The Point!

Date:  Sunday November 19, 2017

Time: 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Place: Ambrose Residence, 2414 Rockland Avenue, Wadmalaw Island

Bring your oyster knives and folding chairs and join The Point for an afternoon of oysters, chili, and fun. Enjoy children’s activities (including a jump castle) and live music too.

Tickets are $35, but only $25 if purchased by October 31. Children age 8 and under are free.

Buy your tickets today at to come join in the fun! And BYOB!

Please bring a non-perishable item food item for Meals on Wheels.

The Point is a volunteer, non-profit organization of women dedicated to the goal of helping women in our community. Through events, donations and gifts-in-kind, members raise more than $50,000 annually and distribute funds among organizations that specifically target women in need of medical or social services on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.

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SINHG with Us

SINHG with us, a weekly summary of SINHG excursions.

SINHG Studies Charleston Architecture

Washington Square

SINHG had another fantastic “Charleston Architecture” trip this month with Carol Ezell-Gilson. Starting at Washington Square, she described when and why there is a monument to Washington. She then guided us through some of the original architects of Charleston and described their further work on the White House in Washington, D.C. At the Four Corners of Government at Broad and Market Street, we learned about the buildings representative of “Mail, Bail, Jail, Hail”. Walking through the French Quarter Carol described the various styles of architecture dating from 1700 through 1900. It gave us fabulous insight into the variety of architecture and history in Charleston.

-Submitted by Lynn Baker, on behalf of SINHG


SINHG Goes Shrimping

Catch of the day

Six hardy SINHG members took to the open sea this month for a five-hour working cruise on the Sea Bounty, Captain Mike’s shrimper based at Andell Bluff. Two main nets were dropped and when the catch was hauled in, members sorted through the nets to retain larger shrimp while returning smaller ones – along with crabs, jellyfish and starfish – back to the sea. If anyone thinks shrimping is a simple business, Captain Mike and his crew taught us how to figure out where to drop nets, set booms and clear nets once the catch is in. More than 45 pounds of shrimp were netted, which were divided up among the SINHG’ers in an original version of “take-home” food once Captain Mike brought us safely home.


-Submitted by Frank Stare, on behalf of SINHG

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Plantation Days at Middleton Place Nov 11-12

Plantation Days

Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by enslaved people as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling.

Plantation Days is included in the General Admission ticket.

Middleton Place is locateda t 4300 Ashley River Road.

(Photo credit:  CVB website)

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CCPRC – Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run & Walk – November 8

Join us for a two-mile non-competitive fun run and walk and special preview of the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park, hosted by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). After reaching the finish line, participants are invited to enjoy all that the festival has to offer.

Get Some Exercise & Sneak Peek of the Holiday Festival of Lights!

  • When: November 8
  • Where: James Island County Park
  • General Admission: $12 per person until November 8. $15 per person on November 8.
  • Move IT! Pass members: $10
  • Preregister online. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
  • Ages 2 and under are free, but will still need a ticket. You will be asked at check-out how many children ages 2 and under will be with you. At that time, please enter the amount.
  • Course Map (PDF)

Event Details

  • Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive early; the park will close to all traffic at 6:30 PM and will not reopen until approximately 8:30PM.
  • All participants must be preregistered and have a ticket to enter the park. Receipt of purchase will not be accepted.
  • Tickets purchased 7 or more days in advance will be mailed to the address on file. Tickets purchased fewer than 7 days can be picked up at the James Island County Park gatehouse upon entrance to the event.
  • Registration closes when space is full. Lost tickets will not be replaced.
  • For your safety, bicycles are not allowed.

(Photo credit:  CCPRC website)

-Tidelines Editor