TOSI Requests Input on In-bound Mix-Use Path

The Town of Seabrook Island maintains two joint use pathways on Seabrook Island Road. The pathway on the inbound lane is approximately five (5) feet in width and runs from Bohicket Marina to Landfall Way. The pathway on the outbound lane is approximately ten (10) feet wide and extends from the SIPOA security Gate all the way to Freshfields Village. 

In an effort to identify and address safety issues along both pathways – particularly those related to pavement condition, flooding, visibility and accessibility – Seabrook Island Town Council commissioned a study by a local engineering firm, ESP Associates, in the fall of 2020. Their findings were summarized in Mixed-Use Path Evaluation report which was provided to Town Council in March.

Members of Town Council reviewed and discussed the consultant’s findings and recommendations during its Ways & Means Committee meeting in April. While Town Council expressed its commitment to maintaining and upgrading the outbound pathway between the SIPOA Security Gate and Freshfields Village, concerns were expressed about the cost-effectiveness of continuing to maintain the inbound pathway, particularly given its age, susceptibility to flooding, pavement condition and limited usage in comparison to the outbound pathway.

Before making any decisions on whether – or how – to proceed with the inbound pathway, Town Council has elected to solicit public feedback on the following three options:

  • OPTION #1: Remove and reconstruct the inbound pathway. Estimated Cost: $267,300
  • OPTION #2: Remove and abandon the inbound pathway. Estimated Cost: $148,500+
  • OPTION #3: Repair the inbound pathway in place. Estimated Cost: TBD

To learn more about each of these options and to participate in our survey, please click here.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Charleston Museum: Upcoming Learning Events

Indigo Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, May 8 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join local artist Kristy Bishop as she leads an introductory workshop on dyeing with indigo at the Dill Sanctuary! Participants will have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant as it pertains to South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye fabric using shibori tie-dye methods. Kristy will focus on itajime (folding and clamped resist), kumo (bound resist), and Nui (stitched resist). These three techniques all yield unique and beautiful patterns. Attendees will be able to sample these methods on 12” x 12” cotton squares. Once comfortable they will be able to dye a 24” x 24” cotton fabric and an 11” x 60” crepe de chine silk scarf. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring personal items to dye such as a garment, yarn, or even colored fabric to over-dye.

All materials, instruction and admission to the Dill Sanctuary will be provided in this workshop. Reservations, social distancing and masks when in close proximity required.

$120 Museum Members | $150 Non-Members
Register online or call 843.722.2996 ext. 224

Homeschool History Day: Marsh Madness
Thursday, May 13 at 10:00 to 11:00 am

What’s that smell? Learn about pluff mud and the creatures who make it their home. Take a marsh walk exploring the Dill Sanctuary and catching fiddler crabs. Homeschool History Days feature one of our field trip classes and an activity.

Reservations required. Participants must wear masks. FREE for Museum Members. FREE for Non-Members with Museum admission ($12/adults; $10 Youth, ages 13 to 17; $5/children, ages 3 to 12; and under 3 free).

Register online or call 843.722.2996 ext. 236

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

(Image credit: charlestonmuseum.org)

Do You Know…? Rubbish Disposal

Do you know… there are several ways to dispose of rubbish on the island?

SIPOA provides a refuse collection and recycling center at the SIPOA Maintenance area adjacent to the Community Garden at 2902 Seabrook Island Road.

  • Garbage, household trash and recycling from single-family homes should be placed curbside no earlier than noon on the day prior to the scheduled pick-up day and no later than 7:00 am on the scheduled pickup day. Garbage and trash shall be placed in covered containers provided by SIPOA. Garbage, trash and recycling containers must be removed from the curb and stored where not visible by the end of the day of pick up.
  • Property owners/tenants must clean up any of their garbage or trash that has been scattered by wildlife or the elements. 
  • SIPOA provides monthly brown and white collection usually the first Friday of the month. Bulk items may be left curbside by 7:00 am.
  • Hazardous waste such as old paint cans, electronics, batteries, fluorescent lights, and old yard or household chemicals may be taken to the Maintenance area that day between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm. Hazardous materials must be handed directly to the attendant on duty. The materials may not be left on the ground.
  • A garbage compactor is available for the convenience of property owners and residents who will not be on Seabrook Island on refuse collection days and need to dispose of their kitchen garbage and inside house trash only. Trash and recycling should be put in the compactor or recycling bins and not left on the ground.
  • The compactor and recycling facility is not for use by contractors or commercial enterprises and is not for the disposal of construction trash, paint, harmful chemicals, or bulk trash items.
  • Burning of trash, scrap lumber, debris, etc., is prohibited.

These are taken from SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Section VI. B and D.

Property owners should share this information with visitors and rental guests. Our Do You Know…? posts may be accessed at any time on the Tidelines website.

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TOSI Short-Term Rental Reminder

Renting your property on Seabrook Island for the PGA Championship? Don’t forget to obtain a 2021 Business License and Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit. All businesses operating in the town limits – including short-term rental units – must have a valid license. In addition, all residential dwellings which are rented or leased (or offered for rent or lease) as an overnight accommodation for periods of less than 30 consecutive days are required to obtain an annual Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit.

Click here for complete information on the Town of Seabrook Island business licenses.
Click here for complete information on the Town of Seabrook Island Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Seabrookers Are Reading…

When reflecting on reading, author Stephen King once said “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Why do you read? To escape to a different time and place? To experience someone else’s imagination? To acquire knowledge? To know that you are not alone? To appreciate the craft of writing? To share ideas with others? To be inspired? To relax? Whatever your reason for reading, we hope that you will continue to share your recommendations with our readers.

Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro
From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara–an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities–watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. (2021, 303 pgs; Fiction)

The Women of Chateau Lafayette
by Stephanie Dray
This epic generational saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray is based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in some of humanity’s darkest hours. (2021, 376 pgs; Fiction)

Keep Sharp
by Sanjay Gupta
Neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers insights from top scientists all over the world whose cutting-edge research can help you heighten and protect brain function and maintain cognitive health at any age. (2021, 318 pgs; Nonfiction)

Much Abides
by Charles H. Edwards, II
A survival guide for aging lives. If valued and approached creatively, this late phase has the potential to provide the most satisfaction and joy for the longest period of time. (2020, 129 pgs; Nonfiction)

The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah
From the author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone, comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras-the Great Depression. Texas, 1934. (2021, 454 pgs; Fiction)

Anxious People
by Fredrik Bachman
Taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house, eight anxiety-prone strangers–including a redemption-seeking bank director, two couples who would fix their marriages, and a plucky octogenarian–discover their unexpected common traits. (2020, 341 pgs; Fiction)

The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. (2019, 213 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.

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(Image and bibliographic credit: CMPL)

TOSI Clips: Town Council Meeting April 27

A video of the April 27, 2021, Town Council Meeting can be accessed online through the Town of Seabrook Island’s website. To view the 2 hour video click here and select the Video link under April 27, 2021.

If you have limited time and are just interested in a specific topic, select that item from the list below to watch that particular part of the meeting.

Financials:   For the Month of March 2021

Citizen Comments:

Reports of Standing Committees, Commissions, Boards:

Reports of Ad Hoc Committees:

Reports of Town Officers:

Mayor – John Gregg

Town Administrator/Zoning Administrator – Joe Cronin

Utility Commission:

Ordinance for Second Reading:

  • Ordinance 2021-01: An ordinance amending the Town Code for the Town of Seabrook Island, South Carolina; Chapter 18, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions; Article II, Offenses Against Public Safety; so as to add a new section requiring the restraint of domestic household animals/pets upon public property or upon the property of another

Ordinances for Second Reading:

  • Ordinance 2021-02: An ordinance amending the Zoning Map of the Town of Seabrook Island so as to change the zoning designation for Charleston County Tax Map Number 147-02-00-045, containing approximately 0.58 +/- acres located at 2344 Andell Way, from the SR Single-Family Residential District to the AGC Agricultural-Conservation District.
  • Ordinance 2021-03: An ordinance amending the Zoning Map of the Town of Seabrook Island so as to change the zoning designation for Charleston County Tax Map Number 149-06-00-030, containing approximately 0.29 +/- acres located at 2905 Seabrook Island Road, from the SR Single-Family Residential District to the AGC Agricultural-Conservation District
  • Ordinance 2021-04: An ordinance amending the Development Standards Ordinance for the Town of Seabrook Island, South Carolina; Article 21, Fees; Section 21.20, Fee Schedule; so as to amend the fee schedule for Short-Term Rental Permits
  • Ordinance 2021-05: An ordinance amending the Development Standards Ordinance for the Town of Seabrook Island, South Carolina; Article 7, Lot and Building Requirements; Section 7.90, Height Limitations; so as to amend the maximum height requirement for structures within the town

Miscellaneous Business:

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Volunteers Needed For Seabrook Island Village Neighbors Helping Neighbors

We, at Seabrook Island Village (SIV), find ourselves easing our way out of the COVID-19 requirements, but we are doing it slowly and carefully. We have 35 members who need the help we provide but we are in need of more volunteers, particularly those that are willing to drive members to doctor’s appointments, COVID vaccination appointments, pharmacies to pick up medications, etc. If you can join us, we would very much appreciate the help. You can get in touch with us by phone, 843-580-2188, or online at www.SeabrookIslandVillage.org, or by email at SIVillage@gmail.com. Thank you.

-Submitted by Barbara Burgess, SIV Marketing Chair

Traffic Alert: Accident at Main Road near Mary Ann Point Road

We received notification at 7:40 am April 27 that St. Johns Fire units are on the scene of a vehicle collision at Main Road near Mary Ann Point Road. Main Road is closed in both directions. Consider finding an alternate route while they work on moving vehicles out of the roadway.

Follow us on Twitter at TidelinesAlert to receive instant information about traffic issues as we receive it.

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Upcoming Johns Island County Park Activities


The Johns Island County Park, which is part of the Charleston County Parks System, includes Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, an archery range, and a 9-hole disc golf course among other venues.

The park is located at 2662 Mullet Hall Rd, just off of River Road near the intersection of River Road and Bohicket Road.

Among the May activities are:

  • James Island Concert Series on Saturday, May 1, 2021 features Vinyl Daze (shag/beach music).  Gates open at 6:00 pm and the live music goes from 7:00 until 9:30 pm.  Tickets are not per person, but per square.  The square holds 4 people per square.  For more information, click here.
  • Also on Saturday, May 1 are Intro to Archery from 10:00 am until noon, and Open Archery from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.  Both these events are open to people 8 years old and up.
  • On May 6, 2021, people aged 50+ can take a class on Essentials of Kayaking for Boomers.  You’ll learn the basics of Kayaking on the James Island County Park lake.  The class will be from 9:00 until 11:00 am. 

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North Charleston POPS! – Love Italian Style, May 29, 2021

The North Charleston POPS presents Love Italian Style on Saturday, May 29 at 7:30 pm. The performance will be at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and parking is $10. Tickets are not on sale yet but check back through this link for updates on ticket availability and mark your calendars now!

You will cherish this concert of beloved Italian music, featuring the gorgeous voices of Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards, singing soul-wrenching favorites such as “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, and music from La Traviata (Pretty Woman), plus a variety of music from movies like the Godfather, Oklahoma, Jekyll and Hyde and The King and I.

The show includes classic Spaghetti Western music from Ennio Morricone, including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, The Legend of 1900 as well as other selections.

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(Image credit: northcharlestonpops.com)

North Charleston Arts Festival April 28 – May 2, 2021

North Charleston Arts Fest
April 28 – May 2, 2021
Click here for the daily line up of events

The North Charleston Arts Fest will return in 2021, after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for the 38th annual event set for April 28-May 2, 2021! Parking is free.

The North Charleston Arts Fest features five days of events highlighting national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature.

Residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond are invited to experience a variety of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in venues throughout the city, including libraries, businesses, community centers, and parks.

The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more.

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(Image credit:  northcharlestonartsfest.com)