Masks Required in Town Hall August 2, 2021

Based on the rise in new COVID-19 cases in the state of SC and consistent with updated recommendations from CDC and SCDHEC, all visitors and staff (including those who are fully vaccinated) will be required to wear a mask while conducting business inside Seabrook Island Town Hall beginning on Monday, August 2, 2021.

For more information about these restrictions go to townofseabrookisland.org and scroll down to Latest News.

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SC 2021 Sales Tax Holiday Aug 6-8

During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from South Carolina’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free whether purchased in-store or online. Click here for more information.

In past years, South Carolina shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend.

Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, sports equipment, and layaway purchases are not exempt.

–Tidelines Editors

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First Fridays at Town Market on James Island

Looking for something different to do on Friday night this summer? Town Market on James Island takes place the first Friday nights of August (August 6, 2021) and September (September 3, 2021) from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  

Come out to James Island Town Hall located at 1122 Dills Bluff Road, where more than 40 local vendors and food trucks will be set up. The movie Guardian of the Galaxy will be shown on the big screen beginning at dusk on August 6. Admission is free.

Follow Town Market on Facebook to get the latest updates on the fun.

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Wappoo Creek Bridge Openings

Wappoo Creek Bridge is on Folly Road and connects James Island to West Ashley. It is a double drawbridge which means that two spans will open simultaneously. It was built in 1956 and is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway system.

The bridge is an “On Demand” bridge, that is, it will only open if a boater calls in and requests it. Even though boaters can call in, the bridge will only open at specific times.  You may want to plan your trips across the bridge accordingly.

The current opening schedule has been in effect since May 4, 2018. The Coast Guard regulation reads as follows:

“SR 171/700 (Wappoo Cut) Bridge across Wappoo Creek, mile 470.8, at Charleston, SC. The draw shall open on signal; except that the draw need not open from 6 am to 9:29 am and 3:31 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays. Between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need open only once an hour on the half-hour.”

The changes were made to alleviate traffic backup during rush hours as well as allow the bridge to open only once an hour on the half-hour during the workweek. On the weekend, these restrictions are lifted and the bridge may open at any time.  When travelling across the bridge, especially in the summer, expect a delay on the half-hour between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.

To read the complete text from the Coast Guard, click here.

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Preservation Society of Charleston Fall Tours & Master Series

The Preservation Society of Charleston Fall Tours & Master Series will take place from October 7 through November 6, 2021. The Fall Tours & Master Series offers guests rich and rare glimpses into Charleston, a city defined by its historic architecture, glorious gardens, and diverse cultural heritage. For additional information and to purchase tickets, click here. The tours and series include the following:

Piazzas and Gardens Tours 
Each Friday and Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, guests are invited to visit 4-6 houses and gardens in the Old and Historic District. These tours include an informative and entertaining walk along private house piazzas and porches where docents will delight guests with tidbits of architecture, history, and lore. In some instances, guests will be invited behind the garden gate to enjoy some of the finest enchanting private gardens in the historic district. No interiors are included. $75 per person. $65 Preservation Society members. 

Master Architecture Series
Each Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, a Preservation Society of Charleston staff member or noted expert in their field will lead guests on a behind-the-scenes tour for a rare opportunity to dive deeper into Charleston’s unique architecture and cultural heritage. In most instances, guests will be invited into some of the finest houses. Each tour is unique. $150 per person. $135 Preservation Society members. 

Master Garden Series 
Each Wednesday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, guests will visit several private gardens not usually open on bigger tours. This series of garden tours is designed for the garden enthusiast and will be led by a landscape architect, garden designer, or professional horticulturist. In addition to visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in the country, guests will also learn about subjects ranging from Charleston’s rich horticultural heritage, its diverse and rich flora, and the latest gardening trends. $150 per person. $135 Preservation Society members. 

Master Photography Series
Each Friday from 9:00 am – noon, photographer Richard Spencer will lead a small group of guests through Charleston’s French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods, alleyways, and hidden paths to capture some of the most charming and picturesque vignettes. All levels of photographers and types of cameras are welcome. $75 per person. 

Master History Series: Morning Walks and Talks 
Led by Certified City of Charleston Guides, this series is for those wanting to delve deeper into the historical events and people that have shaped our city. Hear facts about architecture and people whose fascinating stories made Charleston what it is today. See website for a complete schedule as offerings differ from day to day. Walking tours are approximately 2-2.5 hours in length. $35 per person. $30 Preservation Society members. 

-Submitted by Preservation Society of Charleston

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Traffic Alert: Accident at River Rd. and Seabrook Farm Rd.

We just received another traffic notification from St. Johns Fire Department at 3:55 pm this afternoon, Thursday, July 29, that first responders are on the scene of a multi-vehicle collision at River Rd. and Seabrook Farm Rd. Expect delays. You might want to find an alternate route.

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Traffic Alert: Accident at Maybank Hwy and Angel Oak/Brownswood Rd

We received notification from St. Johns Fire Department at 3:42 pm this afternoon, Thursday, July 29, that first responders are on the scene of a multi-vehicle collision Maybank HWY and Angel Oak/Brownswood Rd. Expect delays. You might want to find an alternate route.

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

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2021 Fleming Registration Opens

The 37th annual Alan Fleming Senior Clay Court Tennis Tournament is back!

Registration has been set for the 37th annual Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court Tennis Tournament for players age 35 and up. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournament will be held October 7-10, 2021 at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club. The tournament has gained a reputation and a following with ranked tennis players from around the country.

For the 2021 tournament there are two separate registrations. One is for the Level 5 open clay court state championship. The second is for clay mix doubles.

For the Level 5 competition, players can register at www.USTA.com and registration opens on Aug 1 and runs until September 15. The tournament ID is 21-59630.

The second category, clay mix doubles is a separate registration and is now open and players can register at www.USTA.com and the tournament ID is 21-12891.

The Alan Fleming Committee extends a warm welcome to returning players and looks forward to meeting new registrants.

-Submitted by Patti and Dale Leibach

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Historic Foundation Charleston in August

Join Historic Foundation Charleston in early August for opportunities to learn more about the history and culture that make Charleston so special. Click on the title of each for information and tickets.

First Thursday Gullah SpiritualsAugust 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Morning History WalkAugust 6 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am
The Culture That Rice BuiltAugust 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wine by the Water IIIAugust 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Morning History Walk   August 13 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am
Gullah Memories   August 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

-Submitted by Historic Foundation Charleston

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Charleston Museum: Vintage Lighting Tour and Candle Making Workshop August 28

August 28, 2021
10:00 am – noon
The Charleston Museum

Join Assistant Curator of History, Neil Nohrden for a brief tour of samples from the Museum’s historic lighting collection, showcasing early fat burning lamps to the Edison light bulb. Following the tour, local artist Daisy McClellan will lead a tranquil candle making workshop using vintage vessels. McClellan will instruct participants on the history of candle making and how to make candles from start to finish. Classic teacups, glasses and tins locally sourced by the artist will be provided to make eco-friendly and unique candles.  Participants will create two candles mixed with their individual scent combinations using a variety of fragrance oils and dried flowers.

All materials, instruction and admission to The Charleston Museum will be provided in this workshop. Please note: a drying time of at least 20 minutes will be required to transport candles.

Reservations required. Register online here or call 843.722.2996 ext. 224. $75 Museum Members | $105 Non-Members

Per CDC recommendations, masks are encouraged if you have not been fully vaccinated.

Turtle Patrol Report for the Week Ending July 23

Two New Nests This Week

The Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol added two new nests this week, bringing the total for the season to seventy-one. During the next several weeks, nesting will trail off and existing nests will continue to hatch. Please be certain to watch your step on the beach, especially at dusk, dawn, and if you are at the beach at night!

Wednesday July 21 – Nest 70

Ginger Seabrook and Kathy Thompson, joined by Kathy Kunkelman and Karen Lutz, called in a crawl and a probable body pit right at the end of Boardwalk 3. Mike Vinson was called to probe and found nest 70. The 100 eggs were relocated to a safer area south of the crawl.

Tuesday, July 22 – Nest 71 and Nest 5 Inventory

Zone 1 walkers Lucy and Ray Hoover and Kathleen Airhart had to detour from the beach through the woods to avoid the incoming high tide but were rewarded with a nice crawl near the old pier. Lesley Gore and Judy Morr responded, and Jane Magioncalda came with Cami Duquet, our DNR liaison, who was on the island this morning observing. Nest 71 was detected and the 76 eggs were relocated to a safer location.


Nest 5 Inventory Results

Our first in situ nest inventory of the year was excellent! Nest 5 was found by Bill Greubel, Lynne Madison and Karen Preston. It hatched in 59 days. Photo Credit: Jackie Brooks

Egg Shells: 113
Unhatched Eggs: 5
Live Hatchlings: 1
Dead Hatchlings: 0
Hatch Success: 94.9%
Emergence Success: 94.1%

In case you are wondering what to compare these numbers to as the season progresses, these are our final numbers for last season:

Mean Hatch Success: 63.5%
Mean Emergence Success: 58.9%

Below are the last year’s numbers for the entire state of South Carolina. As you can see, we were well above average last season (and for several seasons before this). Each beach has its own challenges so it’s not always meaningful to make comparisons, but in general, 50% or above is a positive outcome. 

Mean Hatch Success: 45.3%
Mean Emergence Success: 42.8%

Over the next several weeks, nesting and hatching activities will overlap for our loggerheads until nesting tails off in August. Patrol members are so excited to see the first successful hatchlings of the 2021 season and you can continue to follow along with the patrol’s work through our website, siturtlepatrol.com, and our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

-Submitted by Joshua Shilko