Elected Town Officials Take Oath of Office

The Swearing-in Ceremony for the Town of Seabrook Island officials elected on November 5, 2019 was held on November 8, 2019 at 11:00 am.  Judge Dennis O’Neill presided over the event.

Mayor John Gregg Nov 2019
Judge O’Neill administering the oath of office to Mayor John Gregg
Council Members Nov 2019
Council Members (l-r) Jeri Finke, Pat Fox, Skip Crane and Barry Goldstein taking the oath of office
Utility Commissioner Tim Morawski Nov 2019
Judge O’Neill administering the oath to Utility Commissioner Tim Morawski
TOSI Mayor and Council Nov 2019
TOSI Mayor and Council following the ceremony
Lynda Stearns and Faye Albritton Nov 2019
Lynda Stearns, License & Permit Specialist, and Faye Allbritton, Town Clerk/Treasurer
Town Administrator Joe Cronin Nov 2019
Town Administrator (and Chief Photographer) Joe Cronin

Tidelines Editors

Our Summer Interns

Each year, our Director of Engineering, Steve Hirsch, recruits two summer interns to help with gathering data about our island to help with the planning of future projects – and to help further the students’ education with real world experience. This year Spencer Parrish from Richmond, VA, a rising senior in Geology at the College of Charleston (on the right in the photo), and Ian Lovice from Sumter, SC, a recent Clemson grad in Biosystems Engineering, join us as they work on fine tuning the Geographical Information System (GIS) data about our island.


Summer Engineering Interns May 2019
Ian Lovice and Spencer Parrish


While they are learning to use the ESRI ArcGIS software by familiarizing themselves with the existing GIS database, they are also taking measurements of our storm drain system, backflows, meters and tertiary irrigation system to corroborate the information before putting it into the software. This will improve the information that is used to detail contracts for future work on these systems. They are working on producing a clearer picture of what sea level rise will look like on Seabrook Island using this data, combining it with systems used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, Spencer and Ian are hoping to create a Damage Assessment tool to be used after a hurricane by utilizing ESRI software and an application called Survey123.

Ian and Spencer will be working here until the end of July. If you see them out and about this summer, thank them for their help in planning our future.

-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer

Spotlight on Steve Hirsch from SIPOA Staff

img_0024Seabrook Island, as most of you know, is a very complicated place.  Managing miles and miles of marshland intermixed with a healthy dose of human habitation creates all sorts of “opportunities.”  Throw in some king tides and the occasional hurricane and they become serious challenges.  The credit for holding this all together belongs, in large part, to our Director of Engineering, Steve Hirsch.

Steve is a proud Clemson grad – he freely admits it’s a good time to be a Tiger – with a BS in Biosystems Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering making him uniquely suited to bring his expertise to Seabrook Island.  His five and a half years working for SIPOA have included important roles on both the Environmental Committee and the General Operations and Maintenance Committee.  But his most important role is that of husband to his wife, Lawton, and father two his two kids, daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Rigby.

Between working with the SIPOA Board, committee members, his maintenance staff and fellow directors, Steve still finds some time to answer questions from community members and take a little time to enjoy the beautiful island that we all might sometimes take for granted.

-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer


Spotlight on Rhiannon Schalaudek from SIPOA Staff

RhiannonIt is said that first impressions are lasting impressions. If so, we are very lucky to have Rhiannon Schalaudek as the receptionist at the SIPOA office on Landfall Way. Rhiannon is very likely to be the first SIPOA staff person new property owners meet upon arrival. Rhiannon came to us as a temporary employee in January 2018, was made permanent in May 2018, and has become a fixture in the office ever since. Rhiannon was recently promoted to the Finance and Human Resources Assistant position, but will continue to serve as receptionist for a while.

Rhiannon moved to the lowcountry after high school in Pennsylvania and never went back. She spent several years in retail management and time as an entrepreneur before settling down here at Seabrook Island. She lives on Johns Island with her daughter, Gabriella, and their three dogs, Zoey, Lila Bea and Pow Pow. Most of her free time is spent playing with Gabriella, swimming and biking around Trophy Lakes, and crafting and painting in their garage where they are covering the walls with murals.

Working as the receptionist, Rhiannon has become adept at pointing people in the right direction to help solve their problems, which requires an almost encyclopedic knowledge of how things work on Seabrook Island. She spends much of her day fielding questions and being the point person for property owners She does it all with a friendly and professional demeanor. We are, indeed, fortunate to have her.

-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer

Sue Holloman

Seabrook Island is blessed with many people who contribute to the community with their time and energy. There are few indeed who have done as much or cared as much for Seabrook as Sue Holloman.

Fire Commissioner

Sue served in numerous capacities here including President of SIPOA and Secretary of the Club during very difficult times. She was also involved in nearly every organization on the Island, including being a founding member of the Green Space Conservancy, serving as Seabrook Island’s Fire Commissioner, and writing for Tidelines. But that merely scratches the surface of her contributions. Having been in education most of her adult life, Sue took on the task of teaching classes at Mt. Zion Elementary in a volunteer capacity. To honor Sue’s 17 years of volunteer work with Mt. Zion, the Charleston School Board presented her with the very special award of “Behind the Scenes Hero Award of Excellence.” She also contributed to the wider community through the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. She has done all this because she cares deeply for her fellow human beings, particularly those most vulnerable – the children.

One thing Sue is most proud of doing at Seabrook is something rarely mentioned or even noticed.  After her husband Bill died of a heart attack while golfing here, Sue spearheaded an effort to have AED’s (automated electronic defibrillators) installed on the Island, long before they became more commonplace elsewhere.  She didn’t want others to meet the same fate as her Bill. It is just one more example of how much Sue cares about all the rest of us.

Sue is moving to Charlotte to be nearer to her family.  We all wish her nothing but the very best in her new life and her new endeavors.  We will miss her very much.

-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer

Christmas Carolers Bring Holiday Cheer to Seabrookers

On the evening of December 10, 2018, Christmas Carolers visited the homes of several Seabrook Island residents serenading them with Christmas carols, good cheer, and best wishes for the holiday season.

This event is organized annually by Mary Ann Lloyd, who gathers singers from Seabrook Island and local choirs. She also identifies our Seabrook neighbors who would like to have a visit from the carolers. As always, it’s a great way to experience the good will of the holiday season. Many thanks to Mary Ann and all the singers for this wonderful tradition.

Tidelines Editors

 Seabrook Women Victorious in Golf Tournament

Seabrook residents and SILGA members Chris Hartman and Melodie Murphy represented Seabrook Island well at “The Mammoth” tournament.  This is an annual member/guest golf tournament held at the beautiful Snowmass Club in Snowmass Village, CO.

This year, on August 16 – 17,  Melodie and Chris won their flight in the two-day tournament with a net of 179 strokes for the 45 hole tournament. The two ladies proceeded directly to a four-hole playoff against two competitors from the higher flight. The stalwart Seabrookers performed quite well under pressure during the four-hole playoff and won the “The Mammoth” 2018 Ladies Championship by one stroke.

Congratulations to Chris and Melodie!

-Submitted by Mark Murphy

Walter Czander Artist of the Month for September

In September, the Seabrook Island Artist Guild will showcase one of its long-time and most active members, Walter Czander. We hope that everyone will join us for a wine and cheese reception in the front hall of the Lake House on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

WaltWalter’s passion for art started in high school and was nurtured by Margaret Sullivan, a renowned artist and instructor. After a career in engineering that focused on the planning, concept and design of buildings for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, he retired to Seabrook and pursued his early dream of becoming an artist. Walter paints a variety of subjects in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. His approach is to study paintings by renowned artists such as Turner, Homer and Manet and incorporate some of their styles into his paintings of the low country.

As a member of the Artist Guild since 2007, Walter has organized and directed the hanging of the art displays at the Lake House and the classes taught by fellow guild members.

Walter’s paintings will be on display in the front hall of the Lake House during the month of September.

To learn more about the Seabrook Island Artist Guild, events, workshops and membership, visit the website at www.seabrookislandartistguild.com.

-Submitted by Betsy Turner

Interns Survey Asphalt Conditions on Our Roads

Engineering InternsHave you noticed two college students working around Seabrook Island in recent weeks surveying the roads, taking measurements and recording data? Meet Lillian Kome and Kaiser Rich. These are the summer interns hired by Steve Hirsch, the Director of Engineering for SIPOA. For the past several years, summer interns have worked under Steve’s supervision on special projects to address the infrastructure needs of the island. Past projects have included a lake management program, a stormwater master plan, and a stormwater pipe rehabilitation plan. This year’s project involves assessing asphalt conditions, determining when road areas will need to be repaved and anticipating long-term budget implications for this work.

Interns are recruited from engineering and related programs of study in area colleges including The Citadel, Clemson, and the South Carolina state college system. In Steve’s words, he selects the best of the best from the pool of applicants, as he did when he hired Lillian Kome and Kaiser Rich. Both are intelligent, motivated, rising seniors at Clemson, though they didn’t know each other prior to this internship. Lillian’s major is biosystems engineering while Kaiser’s is environmental engineering. What they share in common is their concern for the environment and their attraction to engineering as a path to problem-solving.

Neither Lillian nor Kaiser had ever done work with asphalt prior to coming to Seabrook Island and readily admitted they faced a steep learning curve. They began by researching about asphalt, exploring various resources, and attending training sessions sponsored by the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association. Once armed with this knowledge, they began their fieldwork. In the mornings they surveyed the roads in defined sections looking for signs of distress, such as cracking and the protrusion of tree roots, and collected their data. In the afternoons, the data was entered into Excel spreadsheets and mapped onto a working diagram of the roads.  For this, they use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is an analytical computerized mapping tool that shows spatial locations and relationships.

Overall, these data are being compiled to determine a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for all of the roads on Seabrook. Their findings will be included in a report to  SIPOA, which will guide the planning of future road rehabilitation needs. The report is due to be released shortly. The good news is that at this point, they have not identified any “red flags” of immediate concern.

Both Lillian and Kaiser are natives of South Carolina. Lillian is from the Upstate near Clemson and Kaiser from Charleston. Neither had been to Seabrook Island before their first day of work here and they are enamored of the natural beauty that surrounds us on this island. They have been so busy working on the asphalt project that they haven’t gotten to spend any time on the beach yet. Let’s hope they have a chance to experience the beach before their internship ends on August 10 and they head back to their formal studies at Clemson….and if you see them on the roads, give them a wave and a shout out!

Tidelines Editor


Seabrooker Gary Kunkelman Is Piccolo Spoleto Art Judge

A Seabrook artist will be judging this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Painter Gary Kunkelman, who works in a variety of media and subject areas, is one of two art exhibition jurors for the 2018 show. Gary is Co-President of Seabrook Island Artist Guild.
The jurors will select 1st through 4th place overall winners as well as 14 sponsored awards. Among activities at the free 17 day event in Marion Square is a demo by Seabrooker Colleen Wiessmann on “Contemporary Abstract Painting In Mixed Media” on Saturday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m.
The 39th annual exhibit presents the work of more than 80 juried artists. Judging is on the first day of the exhibit, May 25. The show continues through June 11.

-Submitted by

Betsy Turner

SI’s Sarah Quinn a Champion for Community Involvement

Seabrook Island residents Chris and Betsy Quinn are raising an amazing daughter. Sarah Quinn may only be 13 years old but she is already making a difference in her community and the world. When she was 9, Sarah joined the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol with her parents. She continues to be an active and contributing member, but her main focus is the Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) Program in which she became involved when she was 11. Her school is Porter Gaud and one of the teachers there began a chapter called B4H Charleston, which is part of an international organization that collects used bikes to be sent to Africa.

Sarah Quinn with some of the hundreds of bikes collected.

She immediately joined and volunteered to collect bikes from Seabrook and Kiawah. That was her main job in the beginning and two years later remains her focus. This has turned into a very large undertaking and with her parents’ support and assistance, Sarah has collected almost 500 bikes from our residents and several local bike rental services. Continue reading “SI’s Sarah Quinn a Champion for Community Involvement”