Purposed Changes to Charleston County’s Zoning & Land Development Regulation Ordinance

As noted during the January 12, 2021, meeting of the Town Council Ways & Means Committee, the Charleston County Planning Commission held a workshop on January 11 to consider proposed amendments to the county’s Zoning and Land Development Regulation (ZLDR) ordinance. Among the changes discussed during the workshop was a proposal to eliminate the county’s R-4 residential zoning district, which allows up to 4 dwelling units per acre. The R-4 district would then be replaced by a new R-6 residential zoning district, which would allow up to 6 dwelling units per acre.

While Charleston County has exclusive control over zoning and land development regulations in the unincorporated areas of the county, such changes have the potential to adversely impact neighboring communities. If adopted, these proposed amendments would significantly increase allowable densities in the vicinity of Seabrook and Kiawah Islands, as well as parts of Johns Island.

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SINHG Virtual Evening Programs

The Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) has scheduled three virtual evening programs for the spring, beginning next month with a presentation by Lauren Rust, the founder and Executive Director of the Low Country Marine Mammal Network, on Thursday evening, February 11.

An exploration of the Charleston Harbor Pilots will follow on March 11, with the final spring program, Lost Tales of Black Charleston, on April 8. Registration for these free online programs can be found at sinhg.org/events-page.

Submitted by Norm Powers

(Image credit: Low Country Mammal Marine Network)

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Water Rescue Seabrook Island – January 19

On Tuesday morning, January 19, 2021, a woman was seen in the water off Seabrook Island near Cap’n Sams and was apparently struggling with the current. Calls for emergency assistance resulted in St. Johns Fire District Marine Unit launching their rescue boat into the water and the dispatch of a Coast Guard helicopter. The beach patrol launched a jet ski from Kiawah to offer assistance. The woman was assisted by a kayaker until the STJFD boat arrived. She was ultimately rescued by the STJFD boat and transported to a hospital for care. STJFD did not have an update on her condition at the time of this post.

The danger of rip currents cannot be exaggerated. For more information on rip currents safety, click here.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island.

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Number Lovers Will Love 2021!

This year is going to be an interesting year,  but for numberphiles, it will be a very remarkable year.  According to a tweet from The Farmers’ Almanac, “1-20-21 begins the first of 10 consecutive palindrome dates (numbers that read the same forward and backward) in the five-digit format. There will be a total of 22 palindrome dates in 2021.”  Thus yesterday, January 20, 2021 was the first palindrome date for 2021.

CNET reported that the dates of 1-20-21, 1-21-21, 1-22-21, 1-23-21, 1-24-21, 1-25-21, 1-26-21, 1-27-21, 1-28-21 and 1-29-21 all read the same forward and backward.  You can also write January 20, 2021, as a seven-digit palindrome if you write out the entire year, 1-20-2021.

The remaining group of palindrome dates will be in December. They are 12-1-21, 12-2-21, 12-3-21, 12-4-21, 12-5-21, 12-6-21, 12-7-21, 12-8-21 and 12-9-21. And December 2, 2021, can double as an eight-digit palindrome, 12-02-2021.

This fun fact may bode well for an interesting and enjoyable year.

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(Image credit: The Farmers Almanac)

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DHEC Publishes 2021 Tide Tables

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, DHEC, has released the 2021 tide tables. Times indicated are for Charleston – Custom House. All times and tide heights are approximate and may vary. (Tide data provided courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

On the DHEC site, there are links to quick views of each month. To access the DHEC site click here or for a copy of the PDF, click here. The PDF includes Blake Womick’s winning photograph and is a handy guide to post at home or in rental units.

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Reminder: Palmetto Pride January 23

The next outing for Palmetto Pride, the road trash pick-up program, is on Saturday, January 23. Volunteers are welcome and will meet outside The Lake House to gather bags, pick-up sticks, and gloves between 8:15 and 8:30 am.

For more information, contact Rich Siegel at richard.siegel2552@gmail.com or 716-969-4731. We would love to have you join us then!

-Submitted by Rich Siegel

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Traffic Alert Accident Bohicket near Berryhill

At 8:00 am today, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Tidelines learned that there is a multi-vehicle collision on Bohicket Road near Berryhill. If you are heading on or off the island, you may want to take an alternate route.

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

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Canceled

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition announced it is canceling the 2021 run of its three-day annual event, reversing plans to host a scaled-down version next month. Typically, SEWE is the unofficial kickoff to the tourism season in Charleston. The event was due to be held on February 12-14, 2021.

Refunds are only available upon request and must be completed within 45 days of the cancellation of the event. They can be submitted online. You can also donate the value of your ticket package to SEWE.

Save the date for next year’s exposition – February 17-20, 2022!

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CJO From the Archives: January 28 and February 25

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) releases pre-recorded videos of Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) performances on their YouTube channel and Facebook page, free of charge, to provide comfort and connection during these uncertain times.

Join CJO on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm for the virtual premiere of the Montey Alexander Trio, which was originally performed live on January 25, 2020.

Join CJO on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm for the virtual premier of the Robert Lewis Quartet: The Acoustic Side of Michael Brecker, which was originally performed live on January 25, 2019.

You can follow CJO on Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

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Upcoming Events at Charleston’s Historic Plantations

  • Candlelight Tours of Drayton Hall ◊ Selected dates in 2021
    Experience Drayton Hall at night with these incredibly special candlelight tour experiences. This is a remarkable way to understand the house and lives which touched it – and historic Charleston – from the perspective of a non-modernized colonial home.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Webinar: Conserving Gilt Objects at Colonial Williamsburg ◊ January 21
    Join Colonial Williamsburg’s Senior Furniture Conservator Christopher Swan for an introduction to Conservation in a museum context by way of looking at just one media type: the glittering shiny objects. Bring your questions about how to protect and preserve your artifacts as he discusses some of the most challenging objects to preserve and interpret. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Virtual Book Club – Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago ◊ January 26
    Join author and Drayton Hall board member, Benjamin Lenhardt as he discusses his newly released book Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago on Tuesday, January 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Webinar: Who was Enslaved at Drayton Hall – Working on the Water ◊ January 28
    Charles Drayton wrote about a complex hierarchy of skillful enslaved men whose jobs included sailing and caring for boats, transporting people and goods from one plantation to another, and delivering crops to market. Join curator Amber Satterthwaithe virtually at 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 28 as she shares her research into the primary documents that demonstrate the magnitude of work done by men such as Patroon Jack and Captain Tim. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Local Residents Appreciation Month ◊ January 2021
    As a way to say “thank you,” Middleton Place invites local residents to visit during January and enjoy half-price adult General Admission to the Gardens and Stableyards.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Volunteer Orientation ◊ January 23
    Interested in joining the Middleton Place National Historic Landmark’s corps of talented and dedicated volunteers? The next orientation for Middleton Place will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Pavilion at Middleton Place.
    Click here for additional information.
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive ◊ January 26
    Middleton Place is proud to host another American Red Cross Blood Drive. If you are healthy and feeling well, now is the time to give urgently needed blood. The Red Cross is asking healthy adults to join the blood drive which will be held on Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Pavilion at Middleton Place. To maintain social distancing an appointment is required.
    Click here for additional information.

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Introducing New Lake House Massage Therapist

Dare Banks has been a massage therapist for fifteen years. From 2006-2020, Dare was employed by the Kiawah Island Club at Sasanqua Spa, and currently works for a Chiropractor in Charleston since 2011.

Dare is originally from South Florida. Before becoming a massage therapist, Dare worked in the Maritime field for ten years where she met her husband Bobby. 

They live on Johns Island with their two dogs. Dare’s spare time is mainly spent on a boat fishing. Dare finds massage therapy to be an extremely rewarding career and is looking forward to working for SIPOA at The Lake House.

For more information or to schedule a massage appointment (Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday), please contact Dare Banks.
Phone: 843.607.3626
Website: DareLakehouse.setmore.com

Click here to see the 2021 Lake House Spa Menu

-Submitted by The Lake House

(Image credit: The Lake House)

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2021 Business License Renewal Deadline Extended to March 31

Due to recent changes to the town’s ​Business License Ordinance, the 2021 Business License renewal deadline has been extended to March 31. The 2021 Business License Application Form will be posted to the Town’s website as soon as they are available.

​Insurance Requirements for Contractors & Subcontractors
​Effective immediately, contractors and subcontractors (Class 8) are no longer required to provide insurance documentation in order to obtain or renew a town business license.

Permitting Requirements for Short-Term Rental Units
Effective January 1, 2021, all residential dwellings which are rented or leased (or offered for rent or lease) as an overnight accommodation for periods of less than 30 consecutive days will be required to obtain an annual Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit by March 31. STR permitting requirements will be posted to the Town’s website as soon as they are available.

-Submitted by Joe Cronin, Town Administrator, Town of Seabrook Island

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