A Message About NextDoor

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NextDoor is an open social platform, supposedly moderated but, in practice, the home of real discussions as well as periodic bouts of rumor-mongering, insults, slanders and other shenanigans. Some Board members monitor NextDoor, with both bemusement and amusement, but we do not comment on any posts; our staff’s time and our lives are way too short to waste on fact-checking the rumors. Heather ensures that the staff uses their time more productively than reading social media. They work on the real problems and matters that directly affect our Seabrook experience.

A case in point is the recent spate of posts regarding a private event at the Community Center. The event was held in accordance with the Rules and Regulations, which require that the pool may only be used by property owners and their accompanied guests, and that it remains open to other property owners. The R & R are, of course, made by you, the property owners, working through SIPOA committees and the Board. The post reported that there was a “group of at least 30 people” using the pool, and there were various subsequent expressions of outrage.
Finally, a property owner asked the office about the event. The office reviewed the pool area security camera tapes from the time; there were a maximum of 10 people in the pool at any time (we don’t know their identities, or how many were property owners). That maximum number was observed at 12 p.m.; the event started at 1.30 p.m. The event followed all the R & R.

So, please, rather than venting your spleen about something you think has happened, ask the SIPOA office. Use publiccomment@sipoa.org and you’ll get the real story, not the NextDoor version.

Guy Gimson
President, SIPOA Board of Directos

Independence Day Fireworks July 3

Fireworks Feb 2019Come celebrate Independence Day on July 3 at the Seabrook Island Club Driving Range!

  • Range opens at 4:00 pm
  • Bars/Food/Music at 6:00 pm
  • Fireworks display at 9:00 pm 

Everyone is invited and no reservations are necessary for the event.

  • Rain date is Friday, July 5, 2019.
  • Spectator Area is the Club’s driving range and will open at 4 pm.
  • No grills or open flames will be permitted.
  • The club will provide a Cap N Sams grill and bar service starting at 6:00 pm.
  • Member charges, amenity cards and cash will be accepted.
  • Due to South Carolina ABC regulations, outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • No dogs are permitted at the event except service animals.


Two large buses will be running on a continuous shuttle loop. One loop will go from Seabrook Island Real Estate to the Island House and the other from the Lake House to the Island House.  Each loop is expected to take about 25 minutes. Guest shuttle service will begin at 5:00 pm and the last loop will depart the Island House at 10:00 pm. We encourage everyone to use the shuttle, bike or walk to the event.

Thank you for your cooperation!

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Club

Holiday Hours for 4th of July

Holiday hours for the 4th of July Weekend 2019 are as follows:

The Lake House has canceled all fitness classes due to the Fourth of July Holiday events on the following days:
Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
In addition, the Lake House Outdoor Pool will be closed from 7:30 am until 9:00 am on Friday, July 5 for the Tri It Kids Triathlon.

SIPOA Offices will be closed all day on Thursday, July 4, 2019. They will open for normal hours (8:00 am until 4:00 pm) on both Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5.  Trash, recycling and yard debris will be picked up as normal on Monday, July 8.   Brown and White Pickup will be on Friday, July 12 and NOT on July 5.

Town of Seabrook Island Offices holiday hours are as follows:

Monday, July 1 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (regular hours)
Tuesday, July 2, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (regular hours)
Wednesday, July 3, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 4, closed all day
Friday, July 5, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Harris Teeter will be open all weekend, including Thursday, July 4, with normal hours.

Vincent’s Pharmacy will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and reopen on Friday, July 5 for normal hours (9:00 am until 6:30 pm.) Note that their normal hours on Saturday are from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm and they are closed on Sunday.

Post and Computer Center will be closed all day on Thursday, July 4, 2019. They will open for normal hours on Friday, July 5 (9:00 am until 6:00 pm) and Saturday, July 6 (9:00 am until 3:00 pm).

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Let’s Talk About Flooding on Seabrook Island – Part 3

This is the final post for the series, “Let’s Talk About Flooding on Seabrook Island”.

What’s a King Tide?

King tide is a non-scientific term for astronomic tide that people in the Lowcountry often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. It coincides with the moon being closest to the earth in its monthly elliptical orbit.

When are king tides or especially high astronomic high tides predicted in 2019?

  • July 3-4
  • July 30 – August 3
  • August 28 – September 1
  • September 25 – October 2
  • October 26-31
  • November 25-28

What Can We Expect in 2019?

-Charleston Harbor will have 710 astronomic high tides in 2019.
-The highest astronomic tide is projected to be 7.05’ (without wind or atmospheric pressure influences).
-19 or 3% of the astronomic high tides will be above 6.76’, or above 1’ above MHHW.
– 87 or 12% of the astronomic high tides will be above 6.26’, or above .5’ above MHHW.
– 241 or 34% of the astronomic high tides will be above 5.76’, above MHHW.

What can each Seabrook Island Resident do to help?

  • Clean out your basement level. Make sure there are no chemicals, fertilizers, or paints on the floor of your garage. These can require a potentially expensive clean up if mixed with salt or freshwater. Turn in old chemicals, fertilizers, and paints at the Seabrook Island recycling center.
  • Remove all valuables from your basement level, where there could be flooding.
  • Make sure there is nothing blocking your basement storm vents that could prevent them from working properly.
  • If you have electrical outlets at a low level in your basement, consider having an electrician relocate them higher up on the wall. Likewise with electrical switches.
  • Make sure the street drain near your home is clear of mulch, pine straw and other debris allowing for drainage.
  • Move your car to higher ground when flooding is imminent; saltwater is corrosive for car tires / undercarriage / engines.
  • If it’s time to re-pave your driveway, consider using pervious materials to encourage draining.
  • If it’s time to add plantings to your yard, consider installing a rain garden in an area that floods frequently using plants that soak up water.

One last note, NEVER drive through standing water. Water can damage the roadbed, causing it to collapse or wash out. The result is that the water may be much deeper than you anticipate.

-Submitted by the SIPOA General Operating and Maintenance Committee


Important – Brown & White Pickup Is July 12

Due to the 4th of July holiday, the next monthly Brown and White pickup is Friday, July 12, 2019.  It normally is the first Friday of the month, but since the holiday is on a Thursday, they have moved it to the next Friday. July 12.

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. See the SIPOA Garbage Schedule 2019 here.

If you are planning to put bikes out on Brown and White pickup day, Sarah Quinn is collecting them for the Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) Program.  You can call her to pick them up. Her phone number is (843) 768-4407.

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Get to Know the Water Wellness Mission

The Water Wellness Mission (WWM) was founded in 2016 for the sole purpose of providing new wells for the hundreds of folks living on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands who suffer from contaminated well water and failing wells.

To date, the WWM has installed over 90 wells and filtration systems, enabling over three hundred men, women and children to drink and wash in clean, healthy water. There are more than 50 families on the wait list for a new well.

To learn more about the WWM,  their team and their stories, click here to visit their new website. You can also follow them on Facebook at Sea Island Water Wellness.

-Submitted by Cathy Coleman


Fireworks Danger

fireworks_family_photo_June_2018We all enjoy the annual July 4th holiday fireworks show, but many are not aware of the danger that lingers after the show has ended. There is always the possibility some of the fireworks set up for firing do not go off as expected, meaning that some dangerous unexploded items could remain on the ground when the show is over. Following the show, workers employed by the fireworks company will clean up  the launch area including unexploded items.

The fire department will have a barrier around the launch site, and off-duty Charleston County Sheriff’s officers will police the area that is not to be entered or crossed. We ask that you respect this area and follow any directions officials give you to ensure you avoid any danger. Let’s all make sure that our fireworks celebration is both wonderful and safe.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Safety and Security Committee Minutes

The most recent minutes of the Safety and Security Committee are available online.

To view these minutes, go to https://gateaccess.net. You will be asked for the Community Code, select SIPOA and then type in your user name and password.  After clicking on Login, scroll across the top bar and select Community Documents.

Please refer any questions to publiccomment@sipoa.org.

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Traffic Alert

banner traffic alertAs of 10:20 am this morning, June 27, according to the STJFD, Betsy Kerrison will be closed at Camp Care Road for a structure fire. STJFD units are on the scene of a single wide mobile home fire. 

Let’s Talk About Flooding on Seabrook Island – Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series, “Let’s Talk About Flooding on Seabrook Island”.

What kind of flooding do we get?

There are several types of flooding that can occur on Seabrook Island – – normal rainfall flooding, extreme precipitation, nuisance tidal flooding, and storm surge flooding.

Normal rainfall flooding occurs when the ground is already saturated, allowing no place for the water to run off. The result is standing water in low areas that will drain over time.

Extreme precipitation flooding occurs when the amount of rainfall exceeds the design capacity of our stormwater infrastructure. In general, Seabrook Island stormwater infrastructure is designed to accommodate a 10-year storm event. Charleston County defines a 10-year storm event as 6.5 inches of rain or more in a 24-hour period. It is called a 10-year storm event because it is statistically likely to occur once every 10 years based on historical rain data. Rain data for Charleston County is collected at the Charleston airport. The amount of rain that falls during a storm event on Seabrook can vary depending on where you are on the island.

While extreme precipitation is very unpredictable, Seabrook Island is likely to experience a ‘10 + inches in 31 days’ event almost once a year and a ‘5+ inches in a single day event’ about every 5 years or so. Over the last four years, Seabrook Island has experienced four ‘10+ inches in 31 days’ events, which is about normal.  However, with the help of hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma, we have experienced three ‘5+ inches in a day’ events in relatively quick succession. For those of us who are relatively new to Seabrook, this sequence of rainfall events may have come as something of a surprise.

Nuisance tidal flooding is some combination of high tide, atmospheric pressure and wind, i.e., high tide of .5’ up to 1’ above the mean higher high water (MHHW) mark; low atmospheric pressure which raises sea level, and sustained SE onshore winds (35 mph can raise sea level by as much as 20 inches or 1.85’).Storm surge flooding is caused by astronomic high tide plus storm surge. Storm surge is the rising of the sea level as a result of atmospheric pressure changes and wind associated with a storm. Storm tide flooding of 1-3’ above the mean higher high water (MHHW) mark causes minor flooding; 3-5’ above MHHW causes moderate flooding; and greater than 5’ causes major flooding. For example, during Hurricane Irma we experienced moderate flooding, which was 3.7’ above MHHW.

Astronomic tides are predicted tidal levels that result from the gravitational pull of the earth, sun, and moon. The mean higher high water mark is 5.76’ for Charleston Harbor, while the astronomic high tide for Charleston Harbor is approximately 7.5’.  

-Submitted by the SIPOA General Operating and Maintenance Committee


Fourth of July Visitors

As we all know, traffic can get congested at the gate as visitors come to spend their Fourth of July holiday on Seabrook Island.

Gate House May 2019SIPOA has gathered data which illustrates the number of visitor passes issued during the  Fourth of July weekends in 2017 and 2018. 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 Saturday prior to the holiday. During those times, visitor pass volume may average 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 through 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.

Gate Pass 3 May 2019If 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 the 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.

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