Sharon Welch is running for a seat on the Town Council because she wants to give back to the community in a meaningful way that will protect the island for generations to come and feels her experience and background can help address issues challenging the town and the community.
Sharon, an Atlanta, Georgia native, began her career in real estate in 1983 and remains a licensed broker there. She and her 30-year business partner husband, Ron, moved from Georgia to Seabrook Island in 2005. Her husband Ron in addition to being a partner at Bohicket Marina is a residential contractor. Sharon is currently a Broker Associate with Dunes Properties of Charleston specializing in residential properties on Seabrook Island.
Sharon’s experience spans commercial and residential real estate, residential development, site acquisition, conservation zoning, new construction, and property management. She served over 10 years on the Board of Directors of Bay Pointe Community and 6 months as President. She worked on enhancement projects including: total renovation of 5 building exteriors, pool renovation, creating an outdoor grilling area, securing the community dock, and more. All projects were completed on time, within budget, and needing only a small assessment to residents. From her board service with Bay Pointe, she developed an open and successful working relationship with SIPOA and the Town of Seabrook Island. As she recently sold her villa she stepped down from the Bay Pointe BOD September 2019.
Sharon was privileged to act as Caretaker / Coastal Resource Manager for Botany Bay Island; working with the POA and South Carolina Nature Conservancy from 2011-2015. She is an advocate for environmental preservation. She worked with the Nature Conservancy to develop a signage program to educate visitors on Botany’s beaches in an informative yet friendly way. She worked directly with Michelle Pate, Sea Turtle Coordinator SCDR, & Phil Maier with SCDNR to coordinate the monitoring program for the island. Charged with securing the island she worked with local agencies on poaching issues, trespass and other law enforcement issues.
A comprehensive update of the Town’s Development Standard Ordinance (DSO) is currently in process. Items being discussed include: Balancing community goals with private property rights; protecting property values; Ensuring reasonable use of property and more. Sharon would like to be part of the team and involved in the discussion. She is well versed in development regulations, zoning, and permitting, and property valuation. With her past experience in beach management, she would like to contribute in this area as well.