Update on Curfew, May 31

As a follow up to our previous post, this is an update from Joe Cronin, Town Administrator.

Countywide Curfew in Effect Beginning at 6:00 pm on Sun. May 31

In conjunction with curfews issued by the City of Charleston and the City of North Charleston, Charleston County Council has issued a countywide curfew from 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 31st, until 6:00 am on Monday, June 1st. The Town of Seabrook Island is located within Charleston County and is subject to this curfew.

A curfew requires people to stay indoors during the hours of the curfew; however, employees are permitted to travel to and from their places of employment. Residents and visitors of Seabrook Island are advised to stay indoors between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am to avoid violating the countywide curfew. Businesses may prefer to close so as not to encourage the public to be traveling to and from their places of business.

For more information, please visit the Charleston County website.

Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments within the town are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.

-Submitted by Joe Cronin, Town Administrator, Town of Seabrook Island


Charleston County Curfew Tonight, May 31

Charleston County Council has confirmed there will be a county-wide curfew in effect from 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020, to 6:00 am on Monday, June 1, 2020.

This curfew applies to the entirety of Seabrook Island.

The City of Charleston has also announced a curfew for the City with a request that non-residents leave the peninsula by 6:00 pm.  Residents of Seabrook Island are urged to monitor local news to stay informed about this curfew.

For emergency response call 911

– Submitted by The Town of Seabrook Island

New SIPOA Office Hours

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The office will be open to the public from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Please make sure to wear your mask if you need to come into the office, and keep your social distance. Only 9 persons are allowed in the building at a time, including staff. Please be patient while we process the person ahead of you. We are encouraging property owners/residents to refer to our website sipoa.org as much as possible for forms and general information.

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Erosion & Renourishment Webinar June 4

SCDNC Erosion-Renoursihment Webinar 2020

Join SCDNR for their “Bringing the Outside In” series:
Ways to connect with the outdoors while staying indoors!

Our educators and biologists are offering a series of online programs every Thursday at 3 p.m. Each program will last about 45-60 minutes with live chat options for an interactive participant experience.

Erosion and Renourishment: Unearthing Coastal Treasures
Thursday, June 4, 3:00 pm

First comes erosion, then comes renourishment. Katie Luciano from SCDNR’s geology team will explain the natural erosion processes happening in our coastal environments and the use of renourishment to keep some beaches from disappearing. Ashby Gale, owner and paleontologist at Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC, will share with us fossils unearthed in the process, from giant animals that roamed present-day South Carolina in the last Ice Age to remnants of sharks and whales that swam above our shorelines 30 million years ago.

Click Here To Register

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Gaillard Center Presents Lowcountry Listens Series

Charleston Gaillard Center presents Lowcountry Listens Series
Contemporary Violinist Daniel D.
June 3 at 6:00 pm

The Charleston Gaillard Center will present Lowcountry Listens, a free, virtual music series showcasing local artists. Presented in part by PNC Bank, each performance will be recorded on the Gaillard Center stage and will air online for five consecutive weeks on gaillardcenter.org, on Facebook Live, and on YouTube Live. June 3, 2020 kicks off the series with Contemporary Violinist Daniel D., Featuring DJ Calculations Of and Keyboardist Beatman Fresh (Shelton Desaussure).

The Lowcountry Listens lineup includes:

  • June 3 – Contemporary Violinist Daniel D., Featuring DJ Calculations Of and Keyboardist Beatman Fresh (Shelton Desaussure)
  • June 10 – Brendan James – an American singer-songwriter in the pop/folk genre, akin to Jason Mraz, David Gray, and Elton John.
  • June 17 – She Returns From War – Charleston’s singer / songwriter, Hunter Park, is She Returns From War. Park has established herself as one of the strongest songwriters coming out of the modern south.
  • June 24 – Grace Joyner – A singer / songwriter, Joyner weaves a beautiful and delicate balance between reflecting on the trials of young love and showing a remarkable commitment to self-development.
  • July 1 – Will Blackburn -With a voice that recalls a timeless blend of Ray Charles, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley, William Blackburn joins such artists as Frank Ocean in crafting modern soul songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy.

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Getting Fit and Staying Active!

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For your convenience, we have created an online reservation system. The following will be available for online booking:

  • Lake House Fitness Center
  • Lake House Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Lake House Group Exercise Classes

If you would like to book an appointment, click here.
If you would like see the list of group exercise classes, click on this link.

We have updated our facilities schedule & guidelines for property owners, visitors and rental guests. You can view them by clicking on this link. If you have visitors or rental guests coming, please be sure to pass on the information.

Our primary goal is to keep residents, guests and staff virus free.  We are trying to accommodate owners, their families and rental guests in a manner that is reasonable and fair for all.   However, the State restrictions impose occupancy limits and health and safety procedures. Please keep in mind that social distancing and personal safety recommendations remain in effect at all times. Also, although facilities are open, the decision to use the facilities is a personal one. Before resuming social activities, everyone is advised to evaluate their health risks, determine the level of exposure they are comfortable with, and take personal precautions accordingly.

SIPOA will have staff stationed at each entry point. We ask for your compliance, patience, and understanding toward other property owners and guests, to allow everyone an opportunity to enjoy our facilities in this challenging time. Please extend the same courtesy toward staff members as we move forward – they may deliver info people don’t want to hear, but are in place to allow us to comply with all requirements for opening facilities.

Thank you!

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Message from Board President Dan Kortvelesy

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The following letter is from Dan Dan Kortvelesy, President SIPOA Board of Directors:

During these past 2 weeks SIPOA began the process of opening their facilities. But we must keep in mind that we not only started to open The Lake House and pools, but we planned to open these amenities in the safest possible manner. The guidelines that were implemented were based upon the best information available (public health recommendations, etc.). It was also recognized that we were just starting down a long road of what is a very fluid, constantly changing situation, always with the focus on opening and operating in the safest possible manner.

We have started this process by becoming familiar with many new procedures. Limiting the number of occupants, safe distances, waiting in lines, wearing masks, entering through one door and exiting through another…… We also need to applaud the efforts of The Lake House staff. They have handled this most difficult situation with their usual friendly, helpful manner. Thank them when you get the chance. Tell them you appreciate the work they are doing to provide you with the safest possible experience.

Can all this change be frustrating? Yes, it can. But again, we must remember that we are trying to provide the safest process for everyone’s benefit. I know that the vast majority of PO’s and guests have been respectful and patient as we begin the opening process. For those acts we thank you and appreciate your efforts very much. But some (very few) have voiced an unwillingness to follow the established rules and guidelines. They have created situations that put The Lake House staff, and others in their vicinity, in a position that they should not have to deal with. Please be aware that SIPOA will take any available action, including exclusion and/or assessments, to ensure that the staff and all users of the facilities are able to continue in the safest manner.

We all need to keep in mind that this process is subject to change as we proceed, but sometimes change does not occur as fast as we would like. We need to practice patience as we move through this time. And we also need to respect all the people that we are sharing this experience with. Stay safe!

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Updates May 30

Freshfields Village

  • Doin’ The Charleston is opening at Freshfields on Monday, June 1.  They will be located between The Corner Cleaners and Village Dentistry.  Hours to be announced.
  • The Post and Computer Store will be open until 6:00 pm. Their hours are now 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Monday – Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


  • The Charleston Museum re-opened on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, with new protocols and guidelines for staff and visitors. The two Historic House Museums, the Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward-Washington House, will open at a later date. Click here for more information
  • The Gibbes Museum of Art will reopen to the public on June 1. The Gibbes has enacted new safety precautions to ensure the safety of all museum visitors and has revised their special exhibition schedule to focus on the riches of our region through special private collections and featured artists.

Local Plantations

  • Boone Hall Plantation is doing a phased re-opening and will only be open on a limited schedule each week until it becomes appropriate to be open every day. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • Drayton Hall is open for members and guests May 21 – May 31, 2020, Thursdays – Sundays by preregistration only.
  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is now “softly” open 7 days a week from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • Middleton Place is open daily  9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Tickets should be purchased online for limited contact entry. The Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating and take out. The House Museum and Museum Shop remain temporarily closed. Click here for more information and tickets.

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New Area Code for Center of the State

In April 2020, ten-digit dialing went into effect in the 803 area code necessitating a minor but mandatory change to the way citizens of South Carolina make phone calls. Instead of dialing the seven-digit number, it is necessary to add the area code before you dial—for example, previously you could reach the Public Service Commission by dialing 896-5100. Now you’ll need to dial 803-896-5100.

Why is this happening? In May, a new area code will be introduced to the current 803 area; this new code will be 839 and will supplement the 803 area code. The counties affected are:

  • York
  • Lancaster
  • Chester
  • Lexington
  • Richland
  • Fairfield
  • Kershaw

For more information, click here.

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Gone Phishing

Cyber crooks are always devising new ways to extract private, personal, compromising data from us… whether it’s through fake Medicare calls or emails promising lottery winnings. If they’re not extracting data, they’re inserting it.

The latest phishing* expedition is related to the teleconferencing platforms Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Meet. Many of us are still becoming familiar with these and could find ourselves clicking into trouble. In some cases, hackers have sent very official-looking invitations to a Zoom or MS Team meeting and when one clicks on the link, it goes to another very official-looking site that asks for name, email, and password. If you respond, the hacker now has valuable information about you. So DON’T click.

In another example, a button in the invitation email to “open” the meeting was actually a link that downloaded malware. So DON’T open. Continue reading “Gone Phishing”

A Day at the Museum The National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is an important Italian archaeological museum, particularly for ancient Roman remains. Its collection includes works from Greek, Roman and Renaissance times, and especially Roman artifacts from nearby Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. Click here to visit the museum.  Enjoy!

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Recycle Your Used Household Items

Before you put your used furniture or other items on the curb for Brown and White Pickup on Friday, June 5, consider recycling it – and getting a possible tax deduction at the same time!

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Restore at 3304 Maybank Highway is the place to donate the following:

  • furniture: living, dining, bedroom, and office
  • appliances & electronics: clean and in working condition
  • housewares: dishes, pots, pans, utensils, paintings, lamps, books, mirrors, etc.
  • building materials: kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, doors, tile, etc
  • vehicles and boats.

You can drop them off or they will come and pick up these treasures. Contact the store at 843-559-4009 to arrange a convenient time.

In addition, Habitat offers deconstruction services for your remodeling projects. Again, these donated items are tax-deductible.

Visit their website and click on “Restore” for donation and deconstruction information.

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