Do You Know….About Living on Seabrook?

Do you know… there are 40 pages of SIPOA Rules and Regulations that govern life on Seabrook and ensure the quality of life we enjoy here? Whether you are new to Seabrook or a long time resident, it’s important to be aware of these rules and regulations.

Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) and the Town of Seabrook Island care about the safety and security of all property owners, residents, renters, and visitors to our very special island. Our small, tight-knit community depends on the spirit of cooperation and the sense of responsibility of everyone on the island to be aware of and respectful of these rules.

To remind everyone, Tidelines has created a helpful series of posts entitled Do You Know… that explain the relevant regulations associated with the various activities of our daily living. To learn about each topic, simply click on the links below or visit Tidelinesblog and click on Do You Know in the navigation bar.

About Walking, Biking and Driving

About the Beach

About Animals

About Waste Management

About Safety

We think you will find this information helpful and are confident it will assure the safety, security, and pleasure of all who call Seabrook home, or home away from home!

Tidelines Editors

Fourth of July Weekend Holiday Hours

Independence day is on Monday, July 4, and is designated as a federal holiday. This means most banks and federal offices will be closed.

Trash pickup will not occur on Monday, July 4. The schedule for this week only is:

  • Trash/Recycling pickup for single-family properties will be Tuesday, July 5.
  • Pickup for multi-family properties will be on Tuesday, July 5, and Friday, July 8.

The holiday hours for the July 4, 2022 weekend are as follows:

SIPOA Offices are normally closed on Saturdays and Sundays and will be closed all day on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. They will reopen Tuesday, July 5. Check sipoa.org for office hours.

Town of Seabrook Island Offices is normally closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, they will also be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, with normal hours. Check townofseabrook.org for office hours.

Vincent’s Pharmacy is normally closed on Sundays and will be closed on Monday, July 4. They will reopen on July 5 with normal hours.

Post and Computer Center is closed on Sundays. In addition, they will also be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, with normal hours

Harris Teeter will be open all weekend, including July 4, with normal hours.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

Tidelines Editors

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Reminder: Independence Day Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 2

8:00 am: Independence Day (just over 5K) Walk/Run, (Start/Finish – The Lake House)

Sunday, July 3

11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Art Show (Live Oak Hall of The Lake House)

Dusk: Fireworks sponsored by the Town of Seabrook.
Rain date: Tuesday, July 5 (Seabrook Island Club Driving Range)

Monday, July 4

9:30 am: Independence Day Parade (Seabrook Island Road Loop)

10:30 am: After Parade Family Fun Celebration – Car Show, Ice Cream Truck, Jump Castle/Slide (The Lake House lawn)

11:00 am: Co-ed Volleyball Tournament (The Lake House Volleyball Court)

Seabrook Island Artist Guild Independence Day Art Show

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Rob Bavier, oil, “Bohicket Return”

Seabrook Island Artist Guild will hold an Independence Day Art Show on Friday, July 3, 2022 at The Lake House in Live Oak Hall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The show will include artist’s work from all over Seabrook. Many different mediums, including oil, fine craft, watercolor, pastel, fiber art and mixed media will be on display. All are welcome!

For access additional information, please email Tina Mayland at Tina@TinaMaylandArt.com.

Independence Day Parade

• Any type of vehicle allowed on Seabrook roads and able to maintain 10 mph may take part in the parade.
• For safety reasons, all bicycle riders must line up at the front of the parade and
should be able to complete the 6.7-mile parade loop at a speed of 6 mph.
• Please do not throw candy/items from vehicles in the parade.
• All parade participants must be in line on Seabrook Island Road in the Seabrook Village area by 9:00 am.

Independence Day Car Show

• Pre-registration is required.
• If not participating in the parade, cars must be at The Lake House by 10:30 am. Cars participating in the Parade and Car Show should be at The Lake House immediately following the conclusion of the Parade.
• Cars must remain onsite for the duration of the event. The event is scheduled to end at 12:30 pm.

Parade and car show registration form can be found here.
(Return to The Lake House Front Desk by 12:00 pm on Friday, July 1.)

4 on 4 Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

Monday, July 4, 2022

Front Lawn (Pool Side) of The Lake House

The tournament begins at 11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the Fourth of July with a Co-ed Volleyball Tournament.
Teams of 4 must include at least one member of the opposite gender.

Liability Waiver: Upon Acceptance of my own entry I, for myself, my heirs & assigns, hereby release the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association, its employees, and any and all sponsors & officials of this event from any & all liability arising from illness, injury, or death I may suffer as a result of participation in this event. I attest that I am physically fit & have sufficiently trained for this event & I am aware that my participation could, in some circumstances, result in physical injury. Should officials determine that completion of this event would be injurious to my health, I consent to be removed and treated by a physician in attendance of his/her direction. I give permission for free use of my name and picture in any broadcast, telecast, or written account of this event. Space is limited. Registration form to be returned to The Lake House by Friday, July 1.

Click here for the registration form.

Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8:00 am

Start your Independence Day celebration with some fitness fun and join us for Seabrook’s 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 Independence Day event shirts are limited, and availability and size were not guaranteed after Thursday, June 9.

Before the cookouts begin and fireworks start, why not have some Independence Day fitness fun!

Online 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 Mixson, The Lake House Manager

(Image credit: Rob Bavier, Clipart)

Accessing Wildlife Sighting Forms

Many Seabrook Island residents look for ways to learn more about the animals and wildlife they encounter almost daily. Where they live, what are their habits, what do they eat, how do they raise their young, are just some of the things residents are interested in learning more about. Fortunately, there is a method in place that allows residents to not only to learn some of these things but also to help contribute to the data collection.

For several years, the SIPOA Environmental Committee has used information submitted on “Wildlife Sighting” forms that are accessed through the SIPOA home page. Most residents are, at the least, curious about the diversity and habits of our non-human residents. They are particularly interested in high profile species such as bobcats and piebald deer.

Through information submitted on the sighting forms, the committee can obtain useful information about the number and location of individual species, their movements and habits, and other bits of helpful data. Residents are also encouraged to submit comments on any unusual, or interesting wildlife behavior they might observe. Although not statistically accurate, such a database can give useful insight into the numbers and health of individual species populations.

To report a sighting is easy. Go to the SIPOA.org home page. Look for the tab ‘Wildlife-Sightings/Map’ and click on that. You will find a place to report sightings, a map of previous sightings and photos of wildlife observed on Seabrook Island. Or click here to go directly to the ‘Wildlife-Sightings/Map’ page.

Thank you for your help with wildlife sightings.

Tidelines Editors

Stay Safe Around Alligators

Seabrook Island is home to a variety of wildlife, some of which are endangered and others that can be dangerous. There are four types of creatures that deserve special attention. On the beach, we are home to turtles, dolphins, and birds. In the freshwater ponds and wetlands, we have alligators.

You might have read recently that a man was attacked by an alligator in Myrtle Beach. Although this is a rare occurrence, our respectful vigilance is needed in order to keep us safe and preserve wildlife habitats. Maintaining a healthy distance from wildlife is needed both for our safety and protection as well as theirs. Town Code for Seabrook Island prohibits harassment of marine life and wildlife. To read the ordinance, click here.

Alligators

Seabrook Island is home to a healthy population of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), a species once protected under the Endangered Species Act.

To be safe around alligators, remember:

  • Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators reduces their fear of humans.
  • Keep your distance. Alligators can run faster than you.
  • Do not attempt to move alligators out of the road.
  • It is illegal to harass, throw things at or harm alligators in any way.
  • Do not disturb nests or small alligators. Female alligators are very protective.
  • Keep your pets and children away from alligators.
  • Do not corner, trap or hunt alligators.
  • Be alert around the shore of freshwater ponds or wetlands.
  • Avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators.
  • If you have a concern about an alligator, call the Security Gate on 843-768-6641.

The Seabrook Island Property Owners’ Association (SIPOA) has developed a policy for determining whether or not an alligator qualifies as a “nuisance alligator” and therefore warrants removal under the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Nuisance Alligator Program. Removal occurs relatively infrequently. Click here to learn what to do if you have a concern or complaint about an alligator.

Some fun facts about alligators:

  • Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at one time. As teeth wear down, they are replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • Mating season for alligators is mid-April through early June. Baby alligators hatch in August and September and measure about 6 to 8 inches. 
  • Juvenile alligators grow about one foot per year. Adult male alligators measure 11 – 15 feet in length; adult females 8 – 9 feet in length.

To read more about staying safe around alligators, click here. To read the SIPOA Alligator Program Policy, click here.

Tidelines Editors

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Brown & White Pickup July 1


The next monthly Brown & White Pickup is Friday, July 1, 2022.

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 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Hazardous materials must be handed directly to the attendant on duty. The materials cannot be left on the ground. 

If you are planning to put bikes out on Brown & 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 1,800 bikes from the landfill! Find out more about B4H here.

Before you put your used furniture or other items on the curb for Brown & White Pickup on Friday, consider recycling it with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Restore. Contact the store at 843-559-4009 for more information and to arrange for free pick-up of large items.

Tidelines Editors

SIPOA Special Presentation – June 29

Intro to Bitcoins and Blockchains

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Wine at 5:30 p.m.

Talk at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Oyster Catcher Community Center

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

RSVP here.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are topics of much current interest. The large decline in the price of Bitcoin and developments with regard to other cryptocurrencies have been made headlines almost daily for the past month. The possible need for regulation of cryptocurrencies has also been the subject of much discussion and consideration.

This talk is a non-technical, basic introduction to these Bitcoins, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies. To help with understanding these financial innovations, the talk will show ways in which cryptocurrencies and blockchains are similar to financial instruments currently used every day.

The presenter is Warren Weber. He holds a Ph.D. in economics; was a senior research officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for 28 years; and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of South Carolina among others.

-Submitted by Warren Weber

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SIPOA Board of Directors Meeting June 20

The SIPOA Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 1:00 pm. Property owners may attend the meeting to be held in the Oyster Catcher Community Center. It will also be live-streamed through Zoom.

To access the Board Meeting Agenda and Consent Items, log into GateAccess using your property owner login information.

  • From the menu, click on Community Documents.
  • Scroll to Agenda – Board of Directors Meeting 06/20/22.
  • Click the link in the right-hand column.
  • Instructions for attending the meeting remotely are included on the agenda. If you do not have your login information, please email receptionist@sipoa.org. 

Committee minutes are accessed in GateAccess as well.

  • From the menu, click on Community Documents.
  • Minutes are organized alphabetically by committee name and date.
  • Scroll to the committee from the alphabetical list or search by typing a portion of the committee name in the search bar.

Please note that committee minutes are recorded and then approved at the following meeting before being submitted to SIPOA and posted online. This may result in a significant lag time between the meeting and the posting of minutes.

Note: The GateAccess app does not support access to the meeting agenda or committee minutes.

-Submitted by SIPOA

Juneteenth Holiday Hours

Juneteenth National Independence Day is a US federal holiday signed into law by President Joe Biden on Thursday, June 17, 2021. It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated in 1983.

Juneteenth is a portmanteau word for June and nineteenth and commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

Juneteenth 2022 falls on a Sunday and will be observed on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Trash pickup will be picked up on Monday, June 20.

The local holiday hours for Juneteenth 2022 are as follows:

SIPOA Offices are normally closed on Sundays and will be open on Monday, June 20. Check sipoa.org for office hours.

The Town of Seabrook Island Office is normally closed on Sundays. In addition, they will also be closed on Monday, June 20 for the holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, June 21, with normal hours. Check townofseabrook.org for office hours.

Vincent’s Pharmacy is normally closed on Sundays. They will be open on Monday, June 20 with normal hours.

Post and Computer Center is normally closed on Sundays. They will be open on Monday, June 20 with normal hours

Harris Teeter will be open Monday, June 20 with normal hours.

Tidelines Editors

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Independence Day Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 2

8:00 am: Independence Day (just over 5K) Walk/Run, (Start/Finish – The Lake House)

Sunday, July 3

11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Art Show (Live Oak Hall of The Lake House)

Dusk: Fireworks sponsored by the Town of Seabrook. Rain date: Tuesday, July 5 (Seabrook Island Club Driving Range)

Monday, July 4

9:30 am: Independence Day Parade (Seabrook Island Road Loop)

10:30 am: After Parade Family Fun Celebration – Car Show, Ice Cream Truck, Jump Castle/Slide (The Lake House lawn)

11:00 am: Co-ed Volleyball Tournament (The Lake House Volleyball Court)

Seabrook Island Artist Guild Independence Day Art Show

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Rob Bavier, oil, “Bohicket Return”

Seabrook Island Artist Guild will hold an Independence Day Art Show on Friday, July 3, 2022 at The Lake House in Live Oak Hall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The show will include artist’s work from all over Seabrook. Many different mediums, including oil, fine craft, watercolor, pastel, fiber art and mixed media will be on display. All are welcome!

For access additional information, please email Tina Mayland at Tina@TinaMaylandArt.com.

Independence Day Parade

• Any type of vehicle allowed on Seabrook roads and able to maintain 10 mph may take part in the parade.
• For safety reasons, all bicycle riders must line up at the front of the parade and
should be able to complete the 6.7-mile parade loop at a speed of 6 mph.
• Please do not throw candy/items from vehicles in the parade.
• All parade participants must be in line on Seabrook Island Road in the Seabrook Village area by 9:00 am.

Independence Day Car Show

• Pre-registration is required.
• If not participating in the parade, cars must be at The Lake House by 10:30 am. Cars participating in the Parade and Car Show should be at The Lake House immediately following the conclusion of the Parade.
• Cars must remain onsite for the duration of the event. The event is scheduled to end at 12:30 pm.

Parade and car show registration form can be found here.
(Return to The Lake House Front Desk by 12:00 pm on Friday, July 1.)

Save the Date!

4 on 4 Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

Monday, July 4, 2022

Front Lawn (Pool Side) of The Lake House

The tournament begins at 11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the Fourth of July with a Co-ed Volleyball Tournament.
Teams of 4 must include at least one member of the opposite gender.

Liability Waiver: Upon Acceptance of my own entry I, for myself, my heirs & assigns, hereby release the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association, its employees, and any and all sponsors & officials of this event from any & all liability arising from illness, injury, or death I may suffer as a result of participation in this event. I attest that I am physically fit & have sufficiently trained for this event & I am aware that my participation could, in some circumstances, result in physical injury. Should officials determine that completion of this event would be injurious to my health, I consent to be removed and treated by a physician in attendance of his/her direction. I give permission for free use of my name and picture in any broadcast, telecast, or written account of this event. Space is limited. Registration form to be returned to The Lake House by Friday, July 1.

Click here for the registration form.

Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8:00 am

Start your Independence Day celebration with some fitness fun and join us for Seabrook’s 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 Independence Day event shirts are limited, and availability and size were not guaranteed after Thursday, June 9.

Before the cookouts begin and fireworks start, why not have some Independence Day fitness fun!

Online 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 Mixson, The Lake House Manager

(Image credit: Rob Bavier, Clipart)

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

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