BIFMC to Appoint Melissa Frank As Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors’, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic (BIFMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Melissa Frank as incoming Executive Director, effective June 30, 2023.

Ms. Frank has previously served as a physical therapist and facility manager for Athletico Physical Therapy in Libertyville, IL, and more recently as area director for Ivy Rehab In Northbrook, IL, where she was responsible for the operations and financial profitability of three orthopedic clinics, including day to day operations, budgeting, forecasting, marketing strategy, customer experience, and financials prior to accepting her position at BIFMC. Having received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from University at Buffalo, SUNY, in 2013, Ms. Franks has subsequently earned certification in LEAD Graduate and Mentor GROW Performance Management for high performing leaders.

Frank shares,“I am thrilled to join BIFMC to expand our outreach to provide not only free, but high quality medical care to the uninsured and underserved. Every person deserves the basic right to medical care, and I can’t wait to show our communities the services we have to offer to allow them to live their lives to the fullest.”

Melissa Frank will replace longtime Clinic Director, Brenda Falls, who has served in this capacity since 2011, working in tandem with former Medical Director, Dr. Richard Ulmer and current Medical Director, Dr David Peterseim, to ensure the high quality medical care delivered to more than 5,000 area adults who lack health insurance. David Dunlap, former CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare and current Board Chair of BIFMC, as well as members of the Board, express their deep gratitude to Ms. Falls for her vision and leadership during her tenure at the Clinic, establishing the Clinic’s high standards in all day to day operations for more than a decade. Brenda was instrumental in improving quality initiatives, strengthening business practices and partnerships, and demonstrating outstanding fundraising practices to position the Clinic as a fixed, free medical home for years to come. 

Ms. Frank, in her new role as the Executive Director, will carry on the activities of her predecessor and continue to provide business leadership in assisting all staff and volunteers in their mission to advance clinical equity for the underserved.

-Submitted by BIFMC

(Image credit: BIFMC)

June at the Gibbes

Art of Jazz: The Abdiel Iriarte Experiment
June 21, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

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Back in person for another year, the Gibbes is excited to present a series of concerts in collaboration with Charleston Jazz.

The Abdiel Iriarte Experiment is a hard-driving trio that combines the sound of Afro-Venezuelan-Cuban rhythms with a taste of modern jazz. Originally from Valencia, Venezuela, Abdiel Iriarte now calls Charleston home. Through original compositions, pop/jazz standards, creative sound design with keyboards and various electronic instruments, this talented group promises to bring lots of ‘fire and passion’ to the Art of Jazz series!

$35 Members | $45 Non-Members | $15 Student/Faculty
A 3% credit card fee will apply

Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: 
Art and Poetry for David Drake

June 24, 2023 @ 10:30 am – Noon

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David Drake is recognized as one of the most accomplished nineteenth-century potters in the United States. Even though his pots—many inscribed with original verse—sit in museums across the nation, he is too often passed over when considering the early foundations of African American poetry. Join us for a conversation about recent publication Praise Songs for Dave the Potter with editor and historian P. Gabrielle Foreman, artist Jonathan Green, and poet Glenis Redmond as they discuss how Drake’s pottery and poetry have inspired contemporary artists who claim him as an artistic ancestor. 

$30 Members |  $40 Non-Members
A 3% credit card fee will apply

Tidelines Editors

TOSI Clips: Town Council Meeting May 23

A video of the May 23, 2023, Town Council meeting can be accessed online through the Town of Seabrook Island’s website. To view the 1 hour and 14 minute video, click here and select the video link under May 23, 2023.

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.

  • Presentations: None
  • Public Hearing: None
  • Reports of Town Boards, Commissions, and Committees:
    • Advisory Committees
      • Update Community Promotions & Engagement Committee – Pat Fox
      • Update Environment & Wildlife Committee – Jeri Finke
      • Update Public Safety Committee – Dan Kortvelesy
      • Update Public Works Committee – Barry Goldstein
    • Special Committees – No Report
    • Ad Hoc Committees – Update Short Term Rental Committee
    • Board of Zoning Appeals – No Report
    • Planning Commission – No Report
    • State Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee – No Report
    • Utility Commission – Monthly Report – Annie Smith-Jones
  • Reports of Town Officers:
    • Mayor – John Gregg
      • Update Concerning Town’s Application for Public Assistance (Hurricane Ian)
      • Update Concerning Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
      • Update from Recent Information Discussions with Representatives of Community Organizations
      • Update Concerning State Budget Proviso 113.11
      • Resident Request for Town Regulation of Noise
    • Town Administrator – Joe Cronin
      • Update Chow Town, May 31 and Disaster Awareness Day June 1
      • Update Internet Fallover
      • Update Annual Business Licenses and STR Permits
    • Town Clerk/Treasurer – Katharine Watkins
    • Town Attorney – Stephen Brown – No Report
    • Zoning Administrator – Tyler Newman
    • Communication & Events Manager – Robin Ochoa – No Report
  • Ordinances for Second Reading: None
  • Ordinances for First Reading:
    • Ordinance 2023-04: An ordinance amending the annual operating budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2023, and ending December 31, 2023.
  • Items for Information or Discussion: No Items
  • Citizen Comments:
    • In-person and Online
  • Council Comments: None

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Memorial Day 2023 Weekend Holiday Hours

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country. 

Let’s enjoy this weekend with our families and friends while being grateful for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

Memorial Day is both a federal and state holiday, thus banks, post offices, and all non-essential federal and state government offices will be closed.

Trash pickup will not be picked up on Monday, May 29. The schedule for this week only is:
-Trash/Recycling Pickup for single-family properties will be Tuesday, May 30.
-Multi-family properties will be on Tuesday, May 30, and Friday, June 2.

The local holiday hours for the Memorial Day Weekend 2023 are as follows:

SIPOA Offices are normally closed on Saturdays and Sundays and will be closed all day on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, May 30. Check for office hours.

The Town of Seabrook Island Office is normally closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, they will also be closed on Monday, May 29, for the holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 30, with normal hours. Check for office hours.

Vincent’s Pharmacy is normally closed on Sundays and they will also be closed on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 30, with normal hours.

Post and Computer Center is normally closed on Sundays. In addition, they will also be closed on Monday, May 29, for the holiday.  They will reopen on Tuesday, May 30, with normal hours

Harris Teeter will be open all weekend, including Memorial Day, with normal hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Tidelines Editors

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Keep Up With The Lake House May 24

Indoor/Outdoor Pools

The Outdoor Pool hours:
– Monday through Friday from 9:15 am to sunset.
– Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to sunset.

The Indoor Pool schedule, as well as the rules for both Indoor and Outdoor Pools, can be viewed by clicking here.

Fitness Classes

Monthly Schedule
The monthly schedule for fitness classes is available. To view the May fitness calendar, click here. This schedule does not include semi-private classes.

Class Changes/Cancellations
Southern Dance Party – canceled on Thursday, May 25. (Note: Next Southern Dance Party will be June 10 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm)

Semi-Private Series
Sign up now for the following Semi-Private classes. For more information about the semi-private series as well as detailed descriptions about the individual classes, click here. Note the new June hours.

Vinyasa Flow Workshop – Option 1: Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 am; Option 2: Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 pm.
Yin Yoga -Option 1: Mondays, June 5 – June 26 at 5:15 pm; Option 2: Tuesdays, June 6 – 27 at 5:15 pm.
Chair Yoga Semi-Private – Wednesdays, June 7 – 28, at 2:30 pm.
Sit & Be Fit -Mondays & Fridays, June 5 – 30 at 3:00 pm.
Mind & Body Chair Fit-Mondays & Fridays, June 5 – 30 at 4:00 pm.
Social Fit Hybrid -Wednesdays, June 7 – 28 at 4:00 pm.

Lake House Wellness Services – click here for information.

-Submitted by Jamie Mogus Mixson, The Lake House Manager

Thank you!

Thank you Seabrookers and sponsors for helping to make the Fourth Annual Cornhole Clash a success. With your help SIV was able to raise $15,000.

We wish to thank the following people whose donations we received after the event:

McDaniel Family Foundation
The Salty Dog Cafe
Christopher & Cookie Byczek
Sam & Sarajane Dolinsky
Richard & Marjorie Fleming
Mark & Joyce Markwell
Greg & Linda Saver
Robert & Terry Cherry
Victor & Carol Augusta
Stan & Carol Ullner
Ralph & Nancy Finno

Mark your calendars now for next year’s Cornhole Clash, April 20, 2024.
Our next event will be Mahjong Day, October 19, 2023.

-Submitted by Sue Coomer

Swim Across America Kiawah June 10

Join the Charleston-Kiawah Island Open Water Swim
and Fight Cancer with Swim Across America (SAA).

Swimmers of all ages and levels are invited to take part in the sixth Kiawah Island charity swim on Saturday, June 10, 2023.  Your participation will help “Make Waves to Fight Cancer” and raise money locally for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The event will take place at Night Heron Park in Kiawah Island.  Mandatory check in is between 6:30 -7:30 am and the event starts at 8:30 am.  There will be a post event starting at 10:00 am.

You can be an in-person swimmer, volunteer or participate virtually. The swim options are .5 mile or 1.5 miles. The virtual option is called SSA My Way where you can choose your activity and timeline.

The mission of Swim Across America is to fund cancer reasearch, clinical trials and patient programs by hosting charity swims.

For more information about SSA and the event click here.

Tidelines Editors

SIPOA News May 23

2023 Disaster Awareness Day

Thursday June 1, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seabrook Island Club Island House

It’s never too early to prepare! If you have lived on Seabrook Island for awhile, Disaster Awareness Day is a good reminder of what we should do in case of a disaster. For those people who are new to the island, you will learn about what to do that you may never have thought about.

Click here for more information.

Traffic Signage Notice

Don’t forget the revised traffic signage on Royal Pine Drive and Baywood Drive

  • The stop signs on Baywood Drive at the Cap’n Sams intersection will be removed.
  • Stop signs will be added on Royal Pine Drive at the Old Forest Drive intersection.

There will be “Stop Sign Ahead” signs placed on Royal Pine Drive. A “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” sign will be added to the Cap’n Sams stop sign at Baywood Drive.


Monday, June 5, 2023
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Eagles Nest Studio- The Lake House

Join Denise Hull on Monday, June 5 for BYOB BINGO, prizes and a ton of fun!!
You are welcome to bring your own beverages.

Please RSVP to to ensure your spot!

4th of July Activities

  • 5K Walk/Run – Monday, July 3, 8:00 am, The Lake House, registration required.
  • Fireworks – Monday, July 3, at dusk, Seabrook Island Club Driving Range.
  • Parade – Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 am, Seabrook Island Road Loop, registration required.
  • After Parade Party – Tuesday, July 4, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, The Lake House, all are invited.
  • Art Show – Tuesday, July 4, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Lake House Live Oak Hall, all are invited.

For more information and to register, click here.

-Submitted by SIPOA

Brown & White Pickup May 26 for June

The next monthly
Brown & White Pickup is Friday, May 26, 2023.

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. 

Before you put your used furniture or other items on the curb for Brown & White Pickup on Friday, consider recycling them 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.

Click here for the 2023 SIPOA Garbage, Recycling, Yard Debris Pickup Schedule.

Tidelines Editors

Turtle Patrol Report May 14-20

The glorious Seabrook Island summer will soon be here and the 2023 Turtle Patrol Season is off to an auspicious start. We hope that our new residents and visitors have the opportunity to find out more about the amazing Loggerhead turtles that use our beaches for their nesting grounds. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have if you see our patrollers out early in the morning in their brightly colored red shirts.

You don’t need to leave your home at the crack of dawn to battle high tides, gnats and sand in your shoes to help the turtles. Everyone, even the youngest child, can help the turtles by knocking down sand castles, filling in holes and removing your chairs and other paraphernalia when you leave the beach. Also, if you are on the beaches at night, please use red filters on your flashlights to keep from disturbing the nesting turtles.

Nest #1 – May 14, 2023
The timing of the arrival of our first nest on Mother’s Day couldn’t have been more appropriate. Walkers Nettie, Neva, Rachel and Marshall Carter along with Valerie and Mark Doane were thrilled to spot the crawl between Boardwalks 5 and 6. Click here for the complete Tidelines article.

We didn’t have any other nests this week but don’t despair. Last year we had the second greatest number of nests in Seabrook Island recorded history and our second nest didn’t arrive until four days after our first. Even when we don’t find nests, turtle patrol has other rewards. We experience amazing sunrises and the occasional frolicking deer in the surf.

-Submitted by Anne Snelgrove