TOSI Public Advisory #20 on COVID-19

Town of Seabrook Island Issues Public Advisory #20 on COVID-19
June 29, 2020 — 7:00 pm
COVID-19 Data

Since our last update, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of South Carolina has continued to grow at an alarming rate. Just 3 weeks ago, the state was experiencing an average of more than 400 new cases per day over the preceding 7 days. Over the last week, however, that number has jumped threefold to an average of more than 1,200 cases per day. While testing has increased over the intervening weeks, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has noted a significant increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive, as well as a dramatic rise in hospitalizations, both of which indicate the presence of community spread.

According to SCDHEC, there have been more than 3,600 confirmed cases in Charleston County and 177 in the 29455 Zip Code, which contains Seabrook, Kiawah and Johns Islands. Many have asked how many cases have been confirmed on Seabrook Island. The short answer is: SCDHEC does not publish case counts for municipalities, so we don’t know for certain. (And yes, we have all asked!)

South Carolina is currently experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in the country. Last week, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors entering their respective states from areas with significant community spread, including South Carolina. This is a dramatic change of events since March, when Governor Henry McMaster required a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors entering the state of South Carolina from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The best way to protect yourself is to assume 1) every person you come into contact with has the virus, and 2) you yourself have the virus. To minimize the risk of exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals take the following precautions:

Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, avoid of touching your face and mouth, and avoid shaking hands with others.
Social Distancing: Maintain at least six feet of separation between yourself and others.
Travel: Avoid unnecessary travel, especially to areas of high concentrations of cases of infection.
Limit Contact with the Sick and Elderly: Cease visits to nursing homes and other extended care facilities, except in the case of end-of-life circumstances.
Wear a Face Covering or Mask: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings or masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Town Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Tues. June 30th
Seabrook Island Town Council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, June 30th, at 10:00 am. During the emergency meeting, Town Council will consider an emergency ordinance to require the wearing of face coverings at all business establishments within the town.

Individuals who wish to submit a public comment on the proposed emergency ordinance may do so in advance of the meeting using one of the options listed below. Written comments will be accepted until 9:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

Online: Public Comment Portal
Email: fallbritton@townofseabrookisland.org
Drop Off: 2001 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, SC 29455

​Consistent with recommendations from the CDC related to “social distancing,” the Town of Seabrook Island is requesting that members of the public who wish to observe this meeting participate remotely by using one of the following options:

​​Watch Live: Live Stream Video (YouTube)
Listen by Phone: (712) 770-5505; Access Code 659-714

Social Distancing on the Beach
As we gear up for the busiest weekend of the year, residents and visitors are reminded that the town remains under a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the beaches of Seabrook Island remain open for recreational activities, groups of more than 10 individuals are currently prohibited. In addition, all individuals, regardless of whether visiting the beach alone or in a group, should practice “social distancing” by maintaining a minimum separation of 6 feet from others. The town’s beach patrol and code enforcement officers are authorized to enforce these requirements and may order the dispersal of large groups. Violators are also subject to fines of up to $500.00 per day (plus state assessments and surcharges) upon conviction.

Seabrook Island Town Hall Remains Open to the Public
Seabrook Island Town Hall remains open to the public during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm). To maintain social distancing, no more than two customers are allowed inside the building at a time. Public access is limited to the lobby area only and public restrooms will remain closed. Beginning on Tuesday, June 30th, all individuals entering town hall must wear a mask or face covering. All public meetings – including Town Council, board, commission and committee meetings – will continue to be held “virtually” for the foreseeable future.

The town encourages residents, property owners, business owners and contractors to continue using “virtual services” to the greatest extent possible. For assistance during normal operating hours, please contact us by phone at (843) 768-9121 or by email at info@townofseabrookisland.org. For your convenience, the town has also located a drop box on the front porch at Town Hall.

More Information
For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the SCDHEC Care Line at (855) 472-3432. Staff will be available to answer calls from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week.

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, including what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.

Official updates from the Town of Seabrook Island will continue to be posted on the following channels:

Town WEBSITE: www.townofseabrookisland.org
Town TWITTER feed: www.twitter.com/seabrookislnd87
Town FACEBOOK page: www.facebook.com/townofseabrookisland

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

-Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator

Town of Seabrook Island
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Office: (843) 768-5321
Cell: (843) 637-9832
http://www.townofseabrookisland.org

Reminder: Fourth of July Parade

The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9:30 am on Seabrook Island Road in the area of Seabrook Village. The parade route passes in front of the Lake House and completes a loop around Seabrook Island Road. The route is 6.7 miles long and takes about an hour to complete. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please register via email at jmogus@sipoa.org before Friday, July 3, 2020 at noon. All parade participants must line up on Seabrook Island Road between The Lake House and Equestrian Center before 9:00 am on Saturday, July 4.

Please note the following important changes and requirements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some changes to the requirements for the Fourth of July Parade. With careful attention to social distancing, public health recommendations and SIPOA parade requirements, Seabrook Island residents and guests may be able to safely enjoy the parade as either participants or spectators.

Participants are welcome to decorate their vehicles and join the parade, and spectators along the route can cheer them on! Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements, the parade is limited to vehicles only. No pedestrians, bicycles, tricycles or scooters will be permitted in the parade this year.

SIPOA parade requirements are:

  • Every participant must be COVID free and symptom-free.
  • Vehicles only are allowed. People in the vehicle (including those in the beds of pickup trucks), should be from the same household.
  • No bicycle, tricycle, scooter, or pedestrian participants are allowed.
  • During the pre-parade setup and throughout the parade, participants who are not from the same household must socially distance. Properly worn face coverings are strongly recommended for participants.
  • Do not share or toss items that have been touched by others (candy, water balloons, water bottles, etc.) either toward or from the parade participants.
  • Spectators should maintain social distancing while enjoying the parade. Face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • The Seabrook Island parade is a tradition that unites our community in celebration of our country’s heritage. Political signs on vehicles participating in the event are inappropriate for a community event of this nature and are prohibited in the parade. Violators may be subject to assessments per SIPOA Rules & Regulations.

Participation in the parade and/or attendance as a spectator is based on personal choice. Each person can choose their level of participation if any. Please rely on your evaluation of risks/rewards as they apply to your health and safety and make decisions accordingly.

Be safe, be smart and have FUN!!

-Submitted by SIPOA

 

Brown & White Pickup July 3

The next monthly Brown and White pickup is Friday, July 3.

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 9 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 2020 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. Sarah has saved more than 1,000 bikes from the landfill and reconditioned them for B4H!

Before you put your used furniture or other items on the curb for Brown and White Pick Up on Friday, consider recycling it with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Restore. Contact the store at 843-559-4009 for more information.

Click here for the 2020 SIPOA Garbage, Recycling, Yard Debris Pickup Schedule.

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Do You Know…? Getting Guests through the Gate Quickly

[NOTE:  With the expectation of increased visitors and family members to the island for the 4th of July weekend, we thought it might be good to remind folks how to get visitors through the gate as quickly as possible. This is a repeat of a Tidelines post from the Memorial Day weekend.]

In addition to using GateAccess, there is another efficient way of checking your guests into Seabrook Island quickly.

Gate Pass 3 May 2019An app for your smartphone called ABDi GateAccess allows you to send an electronic gate pass voucher to the smartphone of a guest. The voucher is not a guest pass!

The advantage of using this app is you can choose to email or text the QR (Quick Response) to your guest’s mobile number. When your guest arrives at the Gate House to check-in and get their guest pass, they simply show the officer the QR code on their smartphone, then receive their printed pass, and are whisked through the gate!

Here are the steps to get and set up the ABDi GateAccess app:

Continue reading “Do You Know…? Getting Guests through the Gate Quickly”

Town of Seabrook Island Public Notice – Emergency Meeting – June 30

TOWN OF SEABROOK ISLAND
PUBLIC NOTICE

 Notice is hereby provided that Seabrook Island Town Council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. During the emergency meeting, Town Council will consider the following emergency ordinance:

  • Emergency Ordinance 2020-03: An Emergency Ordinance to require the wearing of face coverings at all business establishments within the town; and other matters related thereto [View Draft Ordinance]

Individuals who wish to submit a public comment on the proposed emergency ordinance may do so in advance of the meeting using one of the options listed below. Written comments will be accepted until 9:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

Consistent with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to “social distancing,” the Town of Seabrook Island is requesting that members of the public who wish to observe this meeting participate remotely by using one of the following options:

For more information, please call (843) 768-9121.

-Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator

Town of Seabrook Island
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Office: (843) 768-5321
Cell: (843) 637-9832
www.townofseabrookisland.org

Seabrookers Are Reading…

Even though it’s possible to venture out in our “new normal,” reading will likely continue to be a favored pastime of Seabrookers. We hope you’ll continue to send us titles. Here is the latest installment from our readers:

The Lager Queen of Minnesota
by J. Ryan Stradal
In this novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, the characters are rich and the sense of place is wonderfully real. From the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. (2019, 368 pgs; Fiction)

Murder in the Marais
by Cara Black
The initial installment of a series of mysteries set in Paris, this first novel introduces dauntless PI Aimee Leduc. The French-American, whose specialty is computer forensics, is confronted with a seemingly mundane task: to decipher an encrypted photograph from the ’40s and deliver it to an old woman in the Marais. When Aimee arrives at the home of Lili Stein to present the photo, however, she finds the woman dead. (1998, 354 pgd; Fiction)

Palisades Park
by Alan Brennart
When Eddie Stopka first visits New Jersey’s Palisades amusement park with his family in 1922, he is so charmed he knows he is destined to come back. When he does return, it is to become a french-fry vendor, marking the beginning of nearly half a century of work at the park. Brennart weaves history through this nostalgic story all the way to the park’s demolition in 1974. (2013,  421 pgs; Fiction)

Sharpe’s Eagle
by Bernard Cornwell
Cornwell’s historical fiction series, composed of several novels and short stories, charts Richard Sharpe’s progress in the British Army. He begins in Sharpe’s Eagle and he is gradually promoted through the ranks, finally becoming a lieutenant colonel in Sharpe’s Waterloo. The stories formed the basis for a television series featuring Sean Bean in the title role. (1981, 292 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 seabrookislandblog@gmail.com. (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.

Please donate any recently published books to The Lake House Library.

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(Image and bibliographic credit: CMPL)

Safe Home Program Re-Opens July 1


The Sunday, June 28th Post and Courier announced the South Carolina Safe Home program which offers grants to replace roofs in hurricane prone areas. The program, which has limited funding, opens on / about July 1st.  The program is for homeowners who own detached single-family primary residences in need of roof replacement. You can get information on this program at the South Carolina Department of Insurance website (doi.sc.gov).  You can also watch a video of how to apply for a Safe Home grant at sc-doi.civicplus.com/civic-media.

Safe Home roofs are extra strong roofs, meant to be more hurricane resistant.  If you have a roof that is due to be replaced, consider getting one documented to meet Safe Home standards even if you don’t get a grant, because you could get the tax credits and insurance discount.

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(Image credit:  P&C website)

Contractor Holiday Work Restriction for Fourth of July

4th of July clipartContractor access to Seabrook Island will be restricted from Saturday, July 4, through Sunday, July 5, for the Fourth of July holiday. The SIPOA administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, for the holiday.

As prescribed in the SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Section VII COMMERCIAL/CONTRACTOR RULES, B.  Contractors may only perform Emergency Work on the following Holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

Further restrictions apply to the days surrounding these holidays:

  • If the holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday, contractor access will also be restricted from Saturday through the holiday.
  • If the holiday falls on a Wednesday, contractor access will be restricted to the holiday and on the Tuesday immediately preceding the holiday.
  • If the holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, contractor access will be restricted from the holiday through Sunday.
  • Work by contractors is not permitted on Sundays, holidays, or other days designated by the Board, except by special arrangement with SIPOA.

For purposes of this section, Emergency Work is defined as work that is required to address immediate fire or electrical hazards, plumbing leaks or other conditions requiring immediate attention, the delay of which would cause risk to life or health or significant damage to property.

To view the SIPOA Rules and Regulations, click here. Contact SIPOA at publiccomment@sipoa.org with questions or comments.

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(clipart: www.hellasmultimedia.com)

Get to Know SIPOA.org: Beach Rules

SIPOA Banner June 2018

Think you know everything there is to know about the do’s and don’ts of the Seabrook beaches?? Were you aware that the Town of Seabrook Island is responsible for the beach below the high water mark and SIPOA takes care of the beach above? SIPOA works with the Town of Seabrook Island to ensure that we keep our beach pristine and safe. The SIPOA rules were developed in conjunction with those of the Town.

Particularly with the Fourth of July holiday upon us, and the island is more crowded with both owners and visitors, it’s important to obey the rules so that everyone can enjoy their time on the beach.

To be certain you’re up on the latest information on the beach rules, go to the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association website where you can find that information. Look for the ‘Resources’ tab and then choose ‘Beach Rules’. This tab will take you to the Town of Seabrook Island website. Additionally, visit tidelinesblog.com to read more information on beach etiquette by clicking here.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Tidelines Editors

Watch the Replay – Nesting Birds of Seabrook Island

On June 3, 2020, Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) held its first Virtual Evening Program, Nesting Birds, with Matt Johnson and Nolan Schillerstrom from Audubon South Carolina.  Nearly 100 people registered from 16 states, with about 55 joining the program live.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the topic and the great work done by Matt and Nolan to present information specific to Seabrook Island! The event was interactive, with participants posting questions live on the Zoom “chat” feature.

For those who missed the event, or want to watch it again, click on this link.

 

To learn more about Audubon South Carolina, we encourage you to visit their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as their website .

Watch for more “virtual” events coming soon!

-Submitted by SIB