Traffic Alert: Accident River Road near Seabrook Farm Road

At 7:15 am on Friday, January 31, Tidelines learned that:
STJFD personnel are on scene of a single vehicle rollover with extrication on River Road between Main Road and Seabrook Farm Road. Expect delays in the area.

Previous post had an incorrect headline. Seabrook Farm Road and not Betsy Kerrison. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

-Tidelines Editors

Fitness Class Schedule & Information

Lake House Fitness Class Information

  • Lisa Anderson will begin teaching Gentle Yoga in February.  Join this awesome Lake House Instructor at 8:15 am on Mondays.
  • Due to the SIPOA Annual Arts & Crafts Show, the following classes will be canceled:
    Friday, 2/14:
    Core & More, Strength & Conditioning, Strength & Flexibility Express, Get Pumped
    Saturday, 2/15:
    Zumba and PiYoChi
  • Due to the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, Sumba and PiYoChi will be canceled on Saturday, February 29.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Click here to access the February Lake House Fitness Class Schedule.

-Submitted by The Lake House

Join SIB for Birding Beyond our Backyard – Santee Coastal Reserve

Join SIB for a bird outing at Santee Coastal Reserve (located above McClellanville). We will be joined by Felicia Sanders of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. She will show us where the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are located and also give us a tour of their facilities. Afterwards, we will be able to do independent birding on their property. Birds that have been seen there: White Pelicans, Sharp-shinned Hawk,Red-headed woodpecker, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall and numerous other ducks, as well. On the return trip home, those who are interested may stop at SeeWee Diner for lunch.

Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Beyond our Backyard -Santee Coastal
Location: Meet at Parking area Amenities Office, 7:00 am to carpool
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

If you are not yet a 2020 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register

-Submitted by SIB

2020 Democratic Debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center – February 25

The 2020 Democratic Debate will be held on February 25, 2020 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. It is hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and CBS News.

For any questions regarding tickets to the 2020 Democratic Debate, please reach out to the South Carolina Democratic Party directly at

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: Google pics)

SINHG Evening Program-Battle For Charleston Harbor

February’s SINHG Evening Program will bring noted historian, Dr. Stephen Wise, to the Lake House on Thursday evening, February 13, at 7:30 pm for a presentation on a key battle for control of Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. Dr. Wise’s discussion will focus on what became known as the Siege Of Charleston, as Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Morris Island and Fort Wagner at the mouth of Charleston Harbor.

Although Union forces successfully reduced Fort Wagner to rubble, Fort Sumter, the harbor and Charleston itself would remain under Confederate control until the end of the war, when William Sherman’s forces marched through South Carolina in 1865.

Dr. Wise, who serves as the director of the museum of the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island and teaches history at USC Beaufort, has written extensively about the history of the War Between The States in South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union. His book “The Gate Of Hell: The Campaign For Charleston Harbor” was named the best book of state history by the South Carolina Historical Society. He is a frequent lecturer and historical adviser for The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and for public television, and has led several SINHG Trips to Morris Island in past years.

All Seabrook Island residents and guests are invited to attend. There is a $5 charge for non-SINHG members. Pre-registration for the program is available at

-Submitted by Norm Powers, for SINHG

New Wildlife Sightings Reporting Form and Map

You may recall that the Environmental Committee used to publish a wildlife map showing where bobcats and other wildlife were spotted throughout Seabrook Island, but it has fallen into disuse. It was driven by reports submitted by Seabrookers when they saw some unusual wildlife, for example, otters or roseate spoonbills, or wildlife doing unusual things.

The annual survey confirmed that Seabrookers are avidly interested in wildlife and, as a result, the Environmental Committee is launching a new interactive Wildlife Sighting Report Form and Map. This new site is more ‘high tech’ requiring very little hands-on intervention for mapping our wildlife sightings and it’s fun. This is what it looks like:

With this new site you can click here to go to a page where you can choose to report a sighting or to view the map which contains all the data from the reports. When you submit a report of a wildlife sighting, it will populate the map with an icon of the animal you’re reporting. You will be asked to move the animal icon to the spot where the animal was seen on Seabrook Island. You are also asked to comment on your observations, reporting the unusual activity or the overall health and size of the animal, adult or juvenile. If reporting a bird such as the roseate spoonbill, please include the species of bird in the narrative description.

The real-time Wildlife Sightings Map displays all the animal sightings that have been reported. The map has both a map and satellite views of Seabrook Island. ‘Clicking’ on the animal icon will bring up the narrative comments by the submitter. As reports come in on wildlife sightings, more functionality may be added to this site.

We hope you will enjoy seeing your wildlife sightings and learning of those of your neighbors on our new interactive Wildlife Sighting Report Form and Map.  Our thanks go to Philip Miller for his work on creating this new website.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Environmental Committee


Charleston Gaillard Center – Scheherazade – Feb 28 & 29

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Scheherazade

Daniel Moody, Countertenor
CSO Chorus, Dr. Robert Taylor, Director
College of Charleston Concert Choir, Dr. Robert Taylor, Director
Ken Lam, Conductor

Dates:  February 28 & 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Place:  The Charleston Gaillard Center
Click here to purchase tickets.

East meets West as the Charleston Symphony performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, which is based on the collection of middle-eastern folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s own words, “The Sultan Schariar, convinced that all women are false and faithless, vowed to put to death each of his wives after the first nuptial night. But the Sultana Scheherazade saved her life by entertaining her lord with fascinating tales, told seriatim, for a thousand and one nights. The Sultan, consumed with curiosity, postponed from day to day the execution of his wife, and finally repudiated his bloody vow entirely.”

Igor Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

-Tidelines Editors

(Image credit:  CGC website)

Living with Wild Turkeys on Seabrook Island

One of the joys of living here on Seabrook Island is the opportunity to observe and appreciate a wide array of fish and wildlife species. But one of the unintended consequences of this endeavor is that some of our wildlife species lose their natural fear of people.

As with all wildlife, providing food in residential areas like Seabrook can attract wild turkeys and they can become a public safety threat to you and your neighbors. Never feed wildlife, because it encourages them to lose their natural fear of people. Once that natural fear is removed, wildlife, including wild turkeys, can act aggressively. And once that aggressive behavior is established, it is difficult if not impossible to change.

So what are some of the problems? Wild turkeys have been known to respond aggressively to shiny objects, and peck at windows, auto mirrors, or their own reflections in shiny surfaces. Turkeys have pecking orders and may attempt to dominate or attack people that they view as subordinate. This behavior is typically observed in the fall when young birds begin to compete with older members of the flock. Here on Seabrook Island, this kind of behavior has been seen in the early spring as well.

If you encounter wild turkeys on the Island and it appears they have lost their fear of people, then “hazing” them can be beneficial. Chase the birds without making contact while waving your arms clapping and yelling; making loud noises using an air horn or banging pots and pans; spraying them with a strong water jet from a hose; waving or swatting with a broom or stick; opening a large umbrella while facing them, or allowing a large dog on a leash to bark and scare them can be effective hazing methods. We need to remind these birds that humans are the apex predators on the Island, and re-establish their normal fear of humans. Aggressive hazing techniques applied consistently will usually deter aggressive turkey behavior.

It is also important to document these incidents of aggressive behavior. Please notify SIPOA Security of the time and location of aggressive turkey behavior. Also note the date, time, and location on the SIPOA Wildlife reporting form found here.

Wild turkeys that are continually aggressive towards people and do not respond to aggressive hazing techniques may have to be lethally removed.  It is important for all residents and visitors to Seabrook Island that they feel safe and secure as they enjoy riding and walking along our roadways and trails.

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Seabrookers Are Reading…

Here is the latest installment from our readers who want to share the joy of reading.

American Duchess
by Karen Harper
The author reimagines the life of American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt as the reluctant and bullied bride of the Duke of Marlborough before she finds the inner strength to fight for women’s equality. (2019, 350 pgs; Fiction)

The Boy Between Worlds
by Annajet van der Zijl
When they fell in love in 1928, Rika and Waldemar could not have been more different. She was a thirty-seven-year-old Dutch-born mother. He was her immigrant boarder and a wealthy Surinamese descendant of slaves. The child they have together brings the couple great joy yet raises some eyebrows… until the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands explodes their promising life. (2019, 272 pgs; Nonfiction)

A Well-Behaved Woman
by Therese Fowler
Marrying into the newly rich but socially scorned Vanderbilt clan, Alva navigates society snubs and dark undercurrents in the lives of her in-laws and friends while testing the limits of her ambitious rule-breaking. (2018, 392 pgs; Fiction)

Lady Clementine
by Marie Benedict
This historical tale inspired by the life of Clementine Churchill traces her unflinching role in protecting the life and wartime agendas of her husband, Winston Churchill. (2020, 322 pgs; Fiction)

The Dry
by Jane Harper
Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his old hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood best friend, Luke. Falk teams up with a local detective and tries to uncover the truth behind Luke’s sudden mysterious death, only to find more questions than answers. (2017, 328 pgs; Fiction)

We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend.

  • Include your name (although it will not be published), the title and author of the book you are recommending and email this to Tidelines at (You may be able to click on the email address to open a new message.)
  • For audiobooks, include the name of the narrator.
  • Tidelines editors will provide a blurb to tell a little about the book and add the book jacket image.
  • Publication is at the discretion of Tidelines editors.

Tidelines Editors

Birding at the Water Treatment Plant

Twenty SIB members met January 28 for a special treat of birding behind the gates of the Seabrook Island Water Treatment Plant. On the large pond, we saw warblers, shorebirds, wading birds and birds of prey!  In total, we documented 44 species, with highlights of three Lesser Scaups and a single Ruddy Duck.  (see the full list below)

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Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams

Social Security Scam Jan 2020This important information is provided by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration.

Scammers pretending to be government employees will try to scare you and trick you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or your family and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action.

Don’t be fooled if you receive a suspicious call:

  • Hang up!
  • Do not give them money or personal information!
  • Report the scam at!

What to look out for:

  • The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.
  • Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
  • Scammers pretending they are from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
  • Callers threatening you with arrest or other legal action.

Social Security may call you in some situations but will never:

  • Threaten you
  • Suspend your Social Security Number
  • Demand immediate payment from you
  • Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
  • Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash.

Protect yourself, friends and family!

  • If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at
  • Don’t be embarrassed to report financial loss or sharing information
  • Learn more at
  • Share this information with others.

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: Social Security Administration)