Art En Plein Air!

On a beautiful and hot Sunday afternoon, artists and Seabrookers gathered in the parking lot of The Lake House for the Seabrook Island Artist Guild outdoor Art Show & Sale. Seabrookers and their guests enjoyed the wide variety of beautiful art pieces and clever craft items on display. A place in the shade was the order of the day! Thanks to the Seabrook Island Artist Guild for organizing this event.

Tidelines Editors

5K Walk/Run on Fourth of July Weekend

Saturday, July 2, 2022
The Lake House
8:00 am

Start your celebration of the Fourth of July holiday with some fitness fun and join us for Seabrook Island’s 5K Walk/Run.

Whether you are running, walking, or a combination of the two, it is fun for all!

This family-friendly event will begin at 8:00 am at The Lake House and take participants through the front half of beautiful Seabrook Island. Participants will be placed in corrals to space out the start based on their selection on the registration form. The cost for the 5K Walk/Run is $20.00. The course is 3.5 miles. Please note, that Fourth of July event shirts are limited, and availability and size are not guaranteed after Thursday, June 9

Before the cookouts begin and fireworks start, why not have some Fourth of July fitness fun?

Registration forms are available here as well as at The Lake House. Completed registration forms must be returned to The Lake House front desk or emailed to jmogus@sipoa.org.

-Submitted by Jamie Mogus, The Lake House.

Seabrook Island Turtle Report for May 20-26

Nests 7, 8 and 9 – May 22 It was a busy morning on the beach and we have been rewarded with three new nests. Valerie and Mark Doane, Rachel and Marshall Carter, LuAnn Sweeney and Sue Ferland found Nest 7 near Boardwalk 5. The nest, with 127 eggs, was relocated well above the high tide line to keep it safe.

Suzanne and Kevin Boyle, and Debbie and Tom Daskaloff found the next nest, number 8, near Beach Club Villas. The small nest, which only had 67 eggs, was relocated closer to Boardwalk 9. The morning walkers didn’t find any new crawls on the North Beach end of the island but Kim Warchol was out for a Sunday morning stroll and found broken turtle eggs close to what was thought to be a false crawl from May 16. That crawl had been found by Walkers Julie Minch, Melissa Andrews, Sarah Dewey and Kim Neath and has now turned into Nest 9. Due to predation, the 56 eggs were relocated. It wasn’t clear what type of animal had attacked the nest. 

Nest 10 – May 23 Walkers Joleen Ardaiolo, Tobie McMahon and Stephanie McCray reported early with a crawl just off of Boardwalk 9. Nest 10 has been left in-situ.  

Nests 11 and 12 – May 25 The day’s activity started before 6:30 am Wednesday morning with a few calls from the beach. Marnie Ellis and her neighbor, Michelle Raio found Nest 11 on North Beach near peg 2. The nest, with 54 eggs, was relocated further back from the high tide line. Walkers Kathy Hanson, Judy Morr, Kathy Thompson and Anne Snelgrove found Nest 12 near Boardwalk 5. 118 eggs were relocated to higher ground between Boardwalks 5 and 6.

Nest 13 – May 26 We had two Loggerhead turtles that chose to investigate our beach but walkers Nancy Chomel, Scott Smith and Katherine Jacobsma found Nest 13 near Boardwalk 9. The adventurous momma had crawled up and over the rocks into the grassy area. Nest 13, with 90 eggs, was relocated next to Nest 9. The other turtle crawl near Boardwalk 2 led our crew on a merry search that was later determined to be a false crawl. We hope that turtle decides to return soon to lay her nest on our beautiful beach.

-Submitted by Anne Snelgrove for SITP

(Image credits: SITP)

Lake House Education Series

The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association is hosting lectures that may be of interest to you. For more information about them, see below. The lectures are:

  • Seabrook Island Flooding & Drainage Management Presentation on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 5:30 pm. It will be held in Live Oak Hall.
  • Good Grief: A Normal and Natural Response to Loss on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 5:30 pm. It will be held in Live Oak Hall.

Seabrook Island Flooding & Drainage Management Presentation

Wednesday, June 1, 5:30 pm
Live Oak Hall, The Lake House

Our tropical season begins June 1!  Come listen to the experts. Blair Holloway, lead meteorologist at the National Weather Service, will share the sources of flooding in the Seabrook area, including excessive rain, tidal flooding, and storm surge from tropical systems. 

He will speak about the seasonal outlook upon us.  Steve Hirsch, PE, PMP, SIPOA Operations, will update you on the Seabrook Island stormwater drainage projects underway and planned.  He will demonstrate Seabrook tidal flood and storm surge scenarios at the parcel level using online education tools his team has developed.  This event is part of an ongoing Seabrook Island Flood Education Program introduced last year. Complimentary wine will be served from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.


Good Grief: A Natural and Normal Response to Loss

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Live Oak Hall, The Lake House
5:30 pm

 Complimentary wine will be served from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm 


This presentation by Debbie Easterling will explore loss, grief, and grieving. We will have an interactive and open discussion of why it is difficult to talk about loss and grief – and why it is beneficial to do so. The universality of loss and grief will be emphasized, as it is simply part of the human experience. The goal is to normalize the topic of grief; to move from a grief avoidance perspective to one of grief acceptance and advocacy.

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Property Owners Association

Nighttime at the Museum June 3

Friday, June 3, 2022 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

An evening of adventure awaits you at The Charleston Museum’s  Nighttime at the Museum! Explore the galleries after-hours with your flashlight and discover characters from the past. Enjoy special displays, craft activities and an engaging themed scavenger hunt which is sure to be an evening of fun for the entire family. Nighttime at the Museum is appropriate for children of all ages and the young at heart. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

The Don Sazon food truck and Ben & Jerry’s
will be on site for purchase.
Space is limited. Reservations required.

$15 Museum Member Adult | $25 Non-Member Adult
$5 Museum Member Child| $10 Non-Member Child

Register online here or call 843.722.2996 ext. 235.

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

(Image credit: charlestonmuseum.org)

Ceiling Fans in Warm Weather

Warm weather is upon us and summer is around the corner. This is the time to change the direction of your ceiling fan. Turning the fan blades in a counter-clockwise direction will not only make you feel cooler, but it will lower the cost of running your air conditioner.

Summer Ceiling Fan Counter Clockwise Direction

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: delmarfans.com)

Reminder: Seabrook Island Artist Guild Art Show – May 29

“Feed Me” by Tina Mayland

The Seabrook Island Artist Guild is having an Art Show & Sale this Sunday, May 29, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm outdoors at the Lake House.

Artists include Rob Bavier, Patricia Bisceglia, Walt Czander, Laurel Healy, Debbe Finkelstein, Bob LeFevre, Donna LeFevre, Sarah Keiser, Bonnie Youngier, Gary Kunkelman, Cynthia Reddersen, Tina Mayland, and Pat Van De Graaf. Everyone is invited to attend.


“Beach Day” by Rob Bavier

-Submitted by Tina Mayland

Do you know…? Beach Etiquette

Do you know… the Town of Seabrook Island (TOSI) is responsible for the beach below the high tide line and Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) takes care of the beach above?

SIPOA and TOSI work together to ensure that we keep our beach pristine and safe. It is up to each of us to do our part to support their efforts. The following rules reflect the requirements set forth and supported by both SIPOA and TOSI.

  • Restore the beach after digging or constructing. For the safety of all beach users and wildlife (especially turtles), fill in any holes you or your pet dig.  In addition, level any sandcastles or sand art as people may trip on it, especially as the tide starts to cover it.
  • Stay off the sand dunes. No people or dogs may walk on sand dunes. Also, vegetation, such as sea oats, may not be removed from the sand dunes. The dunes are protected because that is where the loggerhead turtles lay their eggs and where endangered/threatened bird species make their nests. Do not harm, harass, or disturb any loggerhead turtle or bird species, including their eggs and nests.

  • No littering. All trash, paper, bottles, cans, dog excrement, and other litter must be removed from the beach. If you see trash on the beach, please take a few minutes to pick it up. Trash is dangerous for wildlife and can pollute our waters. Balloons on strings and plastic bags are especially dangerous for the turtles. There are trash receptacles at the end of each boardwalk and several places on the beach. Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.

  • Do not leave personal property on the beach. Unless the Town has granted special permission in writing, all personal property (tents, tent frames, chairs, umbrellas, clothing, coolers, toys or other beach equipment) left unattended on the beach after sunset is considered abandoned and will be removed at the owner’s risk and expense.

  • No playing loud music on the beach.

  • No fires. No grills, cookers, or any heating devices using fire are allowed on the beach. Building or maintaining a fire or open flame is permitted only above the high water mark and when advance permission has been granted in writing by the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association. (Permits may be obtained by submitting an application. Click here or visit sipoa.org.)

  • No chumming.  No chopped or ground fish bait is permitted on or within 600 feet of the beach.  This does not affect or prohibit the baiting of crab traps or the placement of nature bait upon a hook and line. Code enforcement officers have the authority to require persons engaged in fishing from the beach to cease fishing if, in their judgment, circumstances indicate that cessation of fishing is in the interest of public safety.

  • No motorized watercraft or vehicles. Launching or landing of motorized watercraft on our beaches is prohibited. Negligent operation of any vessel or watercraft on or near our beaches is also prohibited. Motorized vehicles may not be operated on the beach except as authorized by the Town.

  • Restricted swimming in Captain Sams Inlet. No swimming is allowed in Captain Sams Inlet during the period two hours before to two hours after low tide, or any time dolphins are present in the inlet.

  • No crossing over or onto private property.  To get to the beach by way of private property is not permitted. Access to the beach is by way of SIPOA boardwalks or areas designated for that purpose. SIPOA boardwalks can be identified by their numbers 1 through 9.  Click here to see the location of the boardwalks labeled 1 through 9.

  • Beach towels, bathing suits, and other clothing.  These should not be hung on or draped over exterior railings of homes or villas.

  • Restrain pets when and where required by ordinance. Click here to review requirements for pets on the beach. Pick up and dispose of animal waste.

These are taken from SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Sections III. E. 3.; V. A.; and VI. B.  To see the Town Code for Seabrook Island relative to the beach, click here.

If you have an emergency on the beach, call 911, not the Gatehouse. Non-emergency situations can be reported directly to Beach Patrol (843-718-6083) or to Town Offices at 843-768-9121.

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.

Tidelines Editors

Potluck in the Park-Seabrook Gardeners Helping the Homeless

Potluck in the Park is a group of individuals, not associated with any organizations or churches, who cook food to feed the homeless every Sunday at Conway Park in Charleston. We were introduced to this group by Karen Babb when Edna Bickett reached out to her inquiring if anyone with a garden plot would be willing to donate extra food/vegetables for her to cook. During the last 8 months, we have become an integral part of this group. 


Many of the gardeners on Seabrook Island have graciously donated their extra produce for us to cook, for which we are ever grateful. Valerie Collins and Karen Babb have also helped cook some food. All dishes are welcomed and enjoyed fully by the people in need. Several people have donated gently used clothing which is always needed.  


It is heartwarming to live on Seabrook where so many are willing to help others who are less fortunate. If you would like to learn more about this service, please contact Bruce Stewart, garden manager at iclimbhigh1@comcast.net.

-Submitted by Diane B. Stewart

(Image credit: Maarten van den Heuvel on Pexels.com)

SIB June Activities

During the heat of summer, we all slow down. Seabrook Island Birder activities are no different. However, we do still have some exciting and informative activities to offer.

***Save the date***

The Secret & Swampy Lives of Wood Storks! – July 12, 2022

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Registration starts 7:00 pm; Program starts 7:30 pm

Location: Live Oak Hall at The Lake House

Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology & Geology at the University of South Carolina, will discuss how technologies are providing windows into many unknown aspects of Wood Stork behavior and population dynamics: hatching success, migration, mating system and population structure, and how outcomes of research influence the conservation and management of storks under current climate change scenarios.

Register here.

Learning Together on Bobcat and Six Ladies Trails – June 05, 2022

When: Sunday, June 05, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Bobcat and Six Ladies Trails
Max:  12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Summer birding may be a little slower but an outing to Bobcat Trail with an extension to Six Ladies Trail allows for viewing of some the birds that hang out at the beach then continue on to the shade of Six Ladies Trail. Along this trail, we should see our local favorite Painted Bunting who likes to hang out at Boardwalk 1 at the end of Bobcat Trail. Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Towhee and Gulls and Egrets should also be seen. We also hope to see a Summer Tanager. While on Six Ladies Trail, we will stop at the picnic table looking over the marsh towards Creek Watch to look at some raptors and egrets.  

As always, bring binocular/camera, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and water.

Please register no later than Friday, June 3, 2022.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, June 4.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Register here.

Learning Together on Golf Course-Ocean Winds – June 12, 2022

When: Sunday, June, 12, 2022,  8:30 am – 10:30 am
Location:  Meet at Island House (golf course parking lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts
Max: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests – Priority will be given to prior waitlisted & members

Ocean Winds Golf Course will be closed for aeration so the Seabrook Island Club allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird on this rare Sunday morning. Join us for a morning of birding by riding in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Ocean Winds golf course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many warbler species. Since it is summer, we can also expect to see Eastern Kingbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers, Mississippi Kites and more!

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

Please register no later than Friday prior to the trip. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the Saturday, the day prior to the trip. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Register here.

June Movie – “Bird vs. Plane: Miracle on the Hudson” – June 14, 2022


When
: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom & TBD In-person

US Airways Flight 1549 is about two minutes into its journey from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2009 when bird strikes to both engines cripple the plane. What results is an emergency landing on the Hudson River that astonishes the world and shines a light on a growing problem affecting our increasingly busy skies. Follow a team of forensic ornithologists and discover the remarkable research being conducted to solve the bird strike problem. Watch the trailer.

Register here.

Learning Together-Palmetto Lake – June 23, 2022

When: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Meet at Equestrian end of The Lake House parking lot
Max:  15
Cost: Free for 2022 members, $5 for guests

Celebrate the official start of summer by bird watching! Join the Seabrook Island Birders for a leisurely walk around Palmetto Lake. We plan to walk part way along the path towards the Equestrian Center then hopefully see the “white birds” come in to roost for the evening. The path around Palmetto Lake is wheelchair navigable and for those walking it will be probably only a quarter of a mile.  As we walk along Seabrook Island Road, we hope to see some of our resident summer warblers such as Yellow-throated Warblers or Black and White Warblers.  We also expect to see a large variety of birds including Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Herons and birds of prey. If the “white birds” get the invitation, we hope to see Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and White Ibis roosting for the evening. Laughing Gulls and Terns often fly overhead. Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers and Brown Thrashers are also possibilities.

Bring your binoculars, hats, bug spray and a beverage of choice. You may also wish to bring a chair to sit and enjoy your beverage while watching the birds coming in for their evening roost.

Please register no later than Tuesday, June 21. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, the day prior to the trip.  

Register here.

Learning Together at Kiawah River – June 26, 2022

When: Sunday, June 26, 2022  8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Another chance to check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Anhingas, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. The tide will be going out so hopefully we’ll see some shorebirds on the mud flats of Kiawah River.  If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course, this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.  

Please register no later than Friday, June 24, 2022.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, June 25.  

Register here.

-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: Primevideo.com)

Memorial Day Weekend Traffic

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and we look forward to welcoming summer visitors. As we all know, traffic can get congested at the gate as visitors arrive to spend their summer holiday on Seabrook Island.

Gate House May 2019

Data collected reveals that the peak hours of visitor arrivals are from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Saturdays of the holiday weekend. During those times, visitor pass volume may be over 100 vehicles per hour!

You might want to avoid entering the gate over Memorial Day weekend during the peak hours between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

If you are expecting personal or rental guests, please expedite their arrival by using the FastAccess system. Click here to see the Tidelines article with further information.

Remember: Be prepared. Be patient.

Tidelines Editors

Reminder: Public Comments Close May 27 for Main Road Corridor Segment C

As previously posted, Charleston County is inviting public comment concerning proposed road improvements on Johns Island in an area designated as Main Road Corridor Segment C (an area comprising portions of Maybank Highway, River Road, and Bohicket Road). The public comment period closes Friday, May 27.

Seabrook Island residents are encouraged to avail themselves of this public comment opportunity – past public comments have influenced the most recent alternative proposals under consideration.

Click here to access the Main Road Corridor Segment C project webpage, view the alternatives, and voice your opinion.

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: mainroadcorridor.com)