As we all know, traffic can get congested at the gate as visitors come to spend their summer holiday on Seabrook Island.
SIPOA has gathered data which illustrates the number of visitor passes issued during the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends since 2015. To see the statistics and how the number of visitor passes has increased annually, click here.
Additionally, the data revealed that the peak hours of visitor arrivals are from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Saturdays of the holiday weekend. During those times, visitor pass volume may be over 100 vehicles per hour!
To alleviate some congestion at the gate, SIPOA Security is implementing a new traffic pattern for visitors on high volume Saturdays during the summer season between Memorial Day and mid-August. Officers stationed at Landfall Way will direct some visitor vehicles to turn right onto Landfall Way and pick up a pass at the SIPOA Administration office. They will then be directed to return to the gate where officers will open the gate for those vehicles that already have passes. Additional officers will be on duty to facilitate this new procedure which is also intended to ease the bottleneck at Landfall Way.
If you are expecting personal or rental guests, please expedite their arrival by using the FastAccess system. FastAccess is a GateAccess function (online and on the ABDi GateAccess app for mobile devices) which enables a property owner to transmit gate-pass vouchers to guests in advance of their arrival. This system generates a Quick Response (QR) code that you can email or text to your guest. The guest can present the QR code (on paper or on their phone) to the officer and the guest pass is generated automatically. For more information on how to set up the app, click here.
All rental management companies are already required to use this system which reduces processing time by more than 50%. FastAccess passes will be a requirement for all owner-managed rentals in the near future. If you have questions on how to use the system or the ABDi GateAccess app, please contact the SIPOA Administration Office or check the SIPOA weekly eblast.
Remember: Be prepared. Be patient. You should plan to avoid entering the gate on Saturdays during the peak hours between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.