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Volume 4 Issue 19 FREE January 23, 2009

Sullivan’s Island • Isle of Palms • Goat Island • Dewees Island

Inspiration and illustrations

By Julie Cooke Sweat

andpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s from 6pm until 8pm. This show will Pratt-Thomas will be available to sign a true story, Shackles describes what
Island will host an opening feature a variety of new Lowcountry copies of Shackles during this event happens when a group of little boys
reception and book signing paintings by Leslie Pratt-Thomas, honoring both the artist and the author. search for buried treasure in their
for local artist Leslie Pratt-Thomas including the original oil illustrations Marjory Heath Wentworth’s first backyard on Sullivan’s Island, South
and SC Poet Laureate Marjory Heath for the children’s book, Shackles by children’s book, Shackles, will appeal Carolina, and dig up a bit of history—a
Wentworth on Saturday, February 7, Marjory Wentworth. Wentworth and to adults and children alike. Based on set of shackles used centuries ago on

see Inspirations on page 6

Last light by Leslie Pratt-Thomas

Inside Island Eye

Welcome, Home on page 2 IOP Mayoral election on page 8 Marking history on page 10
2 January 23, 2009
Sullivan’s Island Committees of Council
Staff Report
This resulted in a 3-3 tie which killed

he Sullivan’s Island Committees Planning Commission Chairman Planning Commission was unable to
of Council met in January. In the ordinance. At the Committees of Hal Currey reported on the final draft develop a plan for affordable housing,
addition to discussions on a Council meeting, Kaynard expressed his of the Town’s 10 year plan. He showed but suggested some sort of fund to
noise ordinance (see “New Business intention to reintroduce the ordinance at that the Town had completed some of recruit and keep a good staff.
gets interesting welcome” below ), the the next meeting of Council. the objectives from their previous plan. It is now the Town Council’s job to
Council discussed other interesting Some concepts continued to carry over, review, edit, and pass the plan.
issues. Paid parking such as a desire to protect the character
Council member Everett Presson of the island. Summary
Another try continued to push the idea of paid “Protecting the single-family, In addition, Council member Mike
Council member Jerry Kaynard parking. The current proposal is for a residential nature of the island was Perkis stated that the Town was seeking
originally introduced an ordinance kiosk type of situation. A visitor to the paramount in ‘98 and it is paramount in to move its money to different banking
that would add two more members to island would have to pay in order to get 2008,” Currey stated. Also, protecting institutions as there were many options
the Planning Commission in order to a ticket from the kiosk that will prevent the environment and historic areas was for better service and returns on their
“increase diversity” and take advantage them from getting a ticket for parking in something that carried over into the new money. Council member Buddy Howle
of an increasing civic interest from the certain areas. Presson pointed out that plan. The conservation districts should noted that there are still no changes in
public. However, it was met with some this would be a great source of revenue remain undeveloped and open to the the lack of construction trend which
debate and suspicion and barely passed for the Town, especially in these trying public, as well. has been effecting the Town’s budget.
its first two votes by a 4-3 margin. In financial times. Presson said they would He also stated that while people don’t In addition, repairs and work on the
the last meeting of the Town Council, come up with a plan and present it at the want the commercial district to get any bandstand have been put on hold
though, where the final vote took place, next Committees of Council meeting. bigger, they still want it to be there. because of the lack of finances.
one of Kaynard’s supporters of the Currey said the plan explains a great The Committees of Council is
ordinance was absent from the meeting. 10 year plan need for a new Town Hall. He said the scheduled to meet again on February 11.

New business gets intersting welcome

By Ali Akhyari

ome Team BBQ, the business of Council meeting. Council member need to know that is
that will be replacing the Buddy Howle encouraged Home Team the tone of an awful lot "We don't want installation of noise
absorbing materials
legendary Bert’s Bar on BBQ to be aware that many people do of single families that Sullivan's Island and a design that will
Sullivan’s Island’s Middle street, got not want them on the island. live here: the people encourage people to
an interesting welcome from the Town “We don’t want Sullivan’s Island raising children and to be a bar congregate in front of
Council at their January Committees to be a bar destination,” he said. “You paying taxes.” Howle destination," the building to smoke
went on to warn them Buddy Howle to Home instead of to the side
that Sullivan’s Island is where noise would be
Team BBQ owner
a residential island and more likely to bother
that Home Team BBQ nearby residents.
would be under a strong “magnifying “I understand everyone’s concerns
glass”. Without any disagreement from about noise and people,” Abraham
the Council, he noted that the remaining said. “We’re also here to be a positive
Council members would agree that they influence on the community and to be
have received calls from many residents part of the community. We certainly
with the same attitude. can’t please everyone, but we’re going
Randy Abraham, owner of Home to try.”
Team BBQ, attended the meeting to The commercial district has come
introduce himself to the Town and under fire as the source of noise, trash,
attempted to calm any fears about his and overall degradation of classic
business. He explained the various ways island life as more and more people
in which they will work to respect the are visiting the area thanks to the
neighboring residents, including the
see Home Team on page 3
January 23, 2009 3

Letters to the Editor Luck y D o g P ubl i sh i n g , L L C

Publisher of the Island Eye News, The
Dear Editor: January 27. clearly identify the key implications for Island Connection and The Folly Current.
    planning. The result is action plans that Lynn Pierotti
I moved to the Isle of Palms in the Gordon McDonald bring real solutions. Publisher
past couple of years and have watched, Isle of Palms Dick’s work as Chair of the Isle of
with interest, the workings of the City Palms Planning Commission for six Kristin Hackler
Council. There is no question in my years and as a City Council member Editor
mind that Dick Cronin is the right Dear editor— supporting a number of positive
choice for Mayor. initiatives has benefited all residents.
Swan Richards
There are going to be some tough Having lived on the Isle of Palms for Dick Cronin has my vote and I Graphic Designer
choices to make in the next few over 30 years and as a former principal encourage others to join me as we need
years and we need Dick’s leadership of Wando High School, I am voting for this kind of leadership for the Isle of
skills and his business approach to Dick Cronin for Mayor. Palms. Ali Akhyari
Assistant Editor
developing solutions. Dick knows how In my career as an administrator,
to listen to all sides and then take the I worked with many outstanding Sincerely,
lead in creating plans to address the community leaders. One common Heather Boggs Holbrook
Contributing Editor
problems. characteristic I saw in these leaders, Bob Strous
Dick Cronin has my vote and I that I also see in Dick, is the ability to Isle of Palms
encourage others to vote for him on distill large amounts of data and then to Becca Finley
Copy Editor/Reporter

Brittany Urbach
see Home Team from page 2 being more of a bar then a restaurant at an increase that was five times higher Reporter
tremendous growth of Mount Pleasant. night. Members of the Town Council than any other business on the island.
The increase in daytrippers and other have defended themselves to the However, that was after business owners
restaurant owners, arguing that they are talked the Council down from a 600% Chelsea Langan
visitors has created a conundrum for Advertising
the Town of Sullivan’s Island, which not anti-business and are not trying to increase.
struggles to maintain its residential single out restaurant/business owners Now the Council is considering
character without shutting down the in their legislating actions. However, introducing a noise ordinance that could Interns
discussions about music curfews and have any number of impacts. Although Jennifer Millar
commercial district. Bridget Hinkebein
The Council has been wary of noise ordinances are directed at those Mayor Carl Smith eased tensions by Bri Horahan
Home Team BBQ since the end of last very businesses. These actions, business saying that the Council was not in a Ashely Prentice
year. They expressed concern about owners warn, will help to drive them out hurry to pass a noise ordinance, he later Ashley Anderson
of business. Already, the town increased said, “I think this is something we need Brianne Horahan
more noise and music, citing recent
displeasure with Seel’s/Off the Hook for restaurant business license fees by 50%, to do”. •
“I’m worried sick about my business
if this goes into affect,” Bill Dunleavy, Contributors

Civic Calendar owner of Dunleavy’s, said in reference Bobby Cummings

Sarah Harper
to a music curfew. He pointed out that Eric Horan
when music stops, people tend to leave. Richard Hricik
Isle of Palms Sullivan’s Island However, Howle and the rest of Cathering Malloy
Council also stated that complaints Chief Anthony Stith
Contact: Linda Lovvorn Tucker Julie Sweat
886-6428 Contact: Lisa Darrow or Andy Benke about noise are not even with the
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4 January 23, 2009
Please don’t go IOPNA kicks off 2009
S Provided by Catherine Malloy, IOPNA president
o many people remember the Green Heron nee Gruber’s Wishing Well as a
happy memory filled with icy cold bottles of soda and melting ice cream, but he IOPNA held the first general magic of a community in action.
the closing of this island icon hit harder with those that were still forming
their Green Heron memories. A couple days after the shop closed for the last time,
owner Kim Brown opened the door to find a sheet of paper covered in careful
T membership meeting of 2009
on Tuesday, January 13, at the
Isle of Palms Exchange Club. The
The next item on the agenda was
the presentation of the First Annual
Nancy Stogner Award for outstanding
signatures that had been slipped under the door the day before. It was a petition room was electric and full of positive contribution to the community through
from the students of Sullivan’s Island Elementary, begging the Green Heron not energy. To begin, IOPNA president civic engagement with City government.
to shut down for good. “I wish we didn’t have to,” said Kim, tears welling in her Catherine Malloy referred everyone to Nancy passed away last year, but her
eyes. For years, the Green Heron was a reward for good students at the Elementary the handout listing the accomplishments memory remains a vital spirit in the
school. Whether they had a stellar attendance record or scored high on a test, of 2008 and thanked all the members work of the IOPNA. Nancy was an
students would excitedly look forward to a field trip down the street for one of the for their support and work on behalf avid adorer of the Isle of Palms. As
Green Heron’s custom sno cones. Green Heron was also one of the last places in the of IOPNA’s main goal: preserving her husband Coker Stogner put it; “We
area to sell penny candy. our neighborhoods and the residential allow ourselves to believe that you
“It would be nice if someone would open another store that sells penny candy,” character of the island. She also saw in Nancy’s efforts, evidence of her
introduced and thanked the Officers and love for people and the thorough and
said Kim. “It was great to be part of helping the kids learn the value of a dollar.”
Board members who have served so efficient operation of government on
Both Kim and Butch Brown wish they could have kept the store open, but it just
diligently during the past year. behalf of the people it represents. Her
wasn’t in the cards. The petition, however, meant a great deal to them and they hope
The first item on the agenda was the love for government affairs was never
that someone will be able to keep the traditions of the Green Heron alive on the election of officers for 2009. Officers in pursuit of office.” We were thrilled
island. “We wanted to give everyone a place to share,” said Kim, and as far as the for 2009, as prepared by the Nominating to have Coker and his daughter Pam in
longtime residents of Sullivan’s Island are concerned, they were more than a place Committee, included Frances Anderson, attendance for the presentation of the
to share, they were a part of home. Kathleen Doherty and Barbara Gobien. award made in Nancy’s honor.
The current officers were contacted to The recipient of the 2009 award
see if they would serve again in 2009 is Diane Oltorik, Board Member and
for organizational continuity. All agreed chair of the Observer Corps. Diane has
to serve if elected and the “yea” vote worked diligently and doggedly to get
was cheerfully unanimous. Please refer the Observer Corps operational and the
to the IOPNA website, www.iopna. result is that we have citizens serving
org, for the list of officers and board as observers for every City meeting and
members. commission. This effort has improved
citizen understanding of governmental
Award operations and has enhanced
Celebrating people who have
contributed to the community is the see IOPNA on page 18
January 23, 2009 5
Don’t get stuck in the dog house
Island Leash laws
be wearing a current rabies tag at all  License is good for a calendar year  Dogs allowed on the beach from
times. (Jan 1-Dec 31).  We do no pro-rate April 1, 2009 - October 31, 2009.
When can dogs be on the beach off fees, so all licenses are due now.  Off leash: 5am - 10am.
leash?  NO Dogs: 10am - 6pm.
From 5am until 8am April 1 through Sullivan’s Island dog beach ordinance:  On Leash: 6pm - 5am.
October 31st and 5am until 10am  Tuesday, April 01, 2009 -Dog  Owners must clean up pet waste
November 1 through March 31, you Ordinance Change Observed. island-wide.
must have leash in hand, dog under
voice command and must clean up
excrement. All other times dogs must
be on leash and under complete control
even in the water.
Is there a place where I can take my dog
to play off leash?
Yes, there is a dog park located behind
the Recreation Department on 29th

Sullivan’s Island
All visitors and residents to
Sullivan’s Island are required to have a
Town-issued dog license. This license is
required for dogs to be on the beach (on
Make sure you're aware of current leash or off leash) and on-leash throughout
laws. any other part of the Island: 
Isle of Palms  Fee for SI dog license - $25/dog                  
The City of Isle of Palms requires  Fine for non-compliance - $500
that all dogs living on the island have a  Licenses distributed at: Town Hall,
city license. A dog cannot be licensed 1610 Middle Street, M-F 8am – 5pm
until the owner can show proof of
a current rabies vaccination for that  Documents required/info gathered
dog. In order to encourage the public  All owners must complete an
to vaccinate their dogs, a rabies clinic affidavit of fact stating that the
is held once a year on the island. dog being licensed is not vicious
A veterinarian provides the service (completed annually).
for a nominal fee; at the same time,  Owner data is gathered and logged
Animal Control Services is present so into Town database (in case dog
participating owners can license their is found with only SI dog collar/
dog(s). number).
Where do I go to get an Isle of Palms  Copy of ordinance and beach hours
City License for my dog? are distributed to owners.
Isle of Palms Police Department, 1207  Fees collected (check, money order
Palm Boulevard, 843-886-6522. Bring or cash only- no credit/debit cards).
with you a copy of your dog’s current  A colored collar is given to the dog
rabies certificate and $2.00 per dog. owner (this year bright orange) with
Do I need a license if I’m just visiting? tag on it.
No, IOP residents only. All dogs must
6 January 23, 2009
The first Groundhog Day Why Tri?
By Brianne Horahan By Becca Finley

s the New Year committing to complete

roundhog Day has its roots in early European traditions, when human
life depended on nature for survival and church doctrine was prevalent. approaches, the East Cooper Coastal
The day that we know as February 2, marked a significant point on most of us Triathlon.
both the Christian and Pagan calendars. For the Christians it was Candlemas, a furiously decide on I am not going to
lie … I am scared to
purification celebration of the Virgin Mary forty days after giving birth to Christ, resolutions that will
death. I have never
when all of the church's candles were blessed, lit, and given to the parishioners enhance our current
remotely participated
to hold. For the Pagans, it was a "cross quarter day", or the midpoint between the overall life health, in the sport of triathlon.
Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, when various celebrations would take whether it is oriented I was a runner, but
place. toward relationship have been remiss about
But, what does this have to do with Groundhog Day, and how did it come stimulation, spiritual following a consistent
to America? It was a Roman legend passed on to the early Germans, who growth, physical running plan over the
kept it alive over the centuries, through their journey to America and finally fitness or financial past year. Last year at
settling with them in Pennsylvania. The legend was that if the sun appeared on empowerment. How Christmas, under much
Candlemas, a hedgehog would come out from hibernation and see his shadow, often have you heard:  I duress, was the first
will exercise everyday; time I sat on a bike
meaning that there would be six more weeks of bad weather, which they called
I will spend more time since I huffed it around
the "Second Winter". When the Germans came to America, hedgehogs were my old neighborhood
scarce, but groundhogs were everywhere. Therefore, they decided that the with my kids; I will
when I was 12 in
groundhog, resembling the hedgehog in looks, most likely also possessed the limit my cocktails to the weekends Louisiana. And do we even need to
same intelligence and predictive abilities, so it could play the part just as well. On only? With hopeful anticipation and begin to laugh about the swimming?
Candlemas, the Germans would recite true faith, we dig into the positive start My abilities consist of knowing how to
"For as the Sun shines on Candlemas of our new year. Setting such lofty do it. And to top it off, I am desperately
Day / So far will the snow swirl until goals for ourselves can be a source of claustrophobic and the mere idea of
May". This custom is now considered disappointment when we falter and goggles and a wetsuit paralyzes me to a
Groundhog Day. waiver from them.   point I can not even begin to verbalize. 
All this being said, I have decided to So, why would I put myself through
take on a triathlon for my New Year’s the agony of taking on this feat?
resolution. I, like so many, am one of Because I need to. Because there is
sources: no greater sense of self than when
the New Year’s resolution-challenged. you complete something that is truly
In fact, I do not think I have ever stuck with any resolution I have made on unimaginable to yourself. But my true
html any New Year’s Day, but this time I am
determined, focused and resolute. I am see Training on page 11

Inspirations from cover something as horribly cruel as slavery could have ancestors who were
slaves who were held on the island. happened in his own backyard. brought to Sullivan’s
One summer morning, Hunter is watching his This poignant story, written in lyric prose by Island and held
younger brothers, Oliver and Taylor, play “pirates” in South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, or perished in the
the backyard while his mother works inside the house. is beautifully illustrated by artist Leslie Darwin “pest house” under
When the little boys unexpectedly dig up shackles, Pratt-Thomas. Having lived on Sullivan’s Island for quarantine after the
instead of the treasure they were hoping for, they are many years gave both the artist and the author the Middle Passage.
sad and confused. Neighbor and friend, Mr. Green, background to give the story and the illustrations a Ultimately a story of
is summoned—he tries to explain the painful hidden strong sense of authenticity. healing, this children’s
history of Sullivan’s Island. Taylor can’t believe that One out of every three African Americans had book reminds
us of a piece of
American history that
dramatically impacted
our culture and society.
Leslie Pratt-Thomas
is as an award winning
artist renowned for her skills in capturing the essence
of the human form. Her painting, I Can Fly, has been
featured on the cover of SKIRT! Magazine and was
chosen for the cover of Mary Alice Monroe’s novel,
Swimming Lessons. Ms. Pratt-Thomas has an eye for
detail, a sense of placement and a determination to
capture a true likeness whether painting landscapes,
figures or architectural subject matter. Portraiture is a
particular passion for Pratt-Thomas; she has studied
figure drawing and painting for many years. Leslie is
an active member of the Charleston Artist Guild, the
Mount Pleasant Artist Guild, the Portrait Society of
America, Inc., and Oil Painters of America.
Additional work by Pratt-Thomas can be seen
at Edward Dare Gallery, 31 Broad St. in downtown
Charleston. Pratt-Thomas and Wentworth will also
be available to sign copies of the book, Shackles, on
Friday, February 6, from 5:30 – 7pm during Gallery
Row’s First Friday on Broad at the Edward Dare
Gallery. Sandpiper Gallery is located at 2019 C
Middle St. Sullivan’s Island. You can see a preview
of new works by Pratt-Thomas online at www. For more info, call 843-883-
January 23, 2009 7
It’s a wing thing IOP Interim Mayoral
By Sarah “Dargan” Harper

January 27
for more information call City Hall at 886-6428

’ve lived in the same house on Sullivan’s Island my whole life and am an avid
adorer of all things avian. One of my first words was “shee-gull” and one of
my first memories is of wearing a cape and jumping off of furniture, hoping
that I could teach myself to fly around the house. I inherited a pair of Zebra
Finches at age three, but they were soon eaten by a neighborhood cat. These
days I have been catching birds in mist nets and banding them with the help of
my friend and mentor, Sullivan’s Island resident Will Post. I have skinned and
stuffed hawks, woodpeckers, and others for museum specimens and I am always
excited to receive a freshly dead bird from a friend or acquaintance. (frozen, not
refrigerated please!)
My parrots Django Reinhardt (a Quaker) and Juanita (a Cinnamon Green-
cheeked Conure) and I share a room with six other parrots and none of them
are confined to cages. Surprisingly, I do not recommend parrots as pets. They
are easily neglected and are far too often imprisoned in cages and deprived of
affection and the freedom of flight. If you decide to purchase a parrot, I strongly
advise buying at least two.  Parrots are highly social creatures and, contrary to
popular myth, will bond equality with humans and members of their own species. 
If you do not have the space or the desire to give your parrots their own room or
aviary, you must open their cages and allow them to fly freely (with supervision!)
for at least a couple of hours a day. Beware of vapors from household chemicals
and Teflon pans, which can easily kill a bird. A variety of common household
plants are poisonous to birds, including amaryllis, caladiums, philodendrons, and
hyacinths. It is essential that you devote at least three or four hours each day to
caring for your parrots. If you cannot do so, bird ownership is definitely not for
8 January 23, 2009

Dick Ryan Marty

Cronin Buckhannon Bettelli
What is your vision for
What is your vision What is your vision for the Isle of Palms and how
for the Isle of Palms the Isle of Palms and how do you see handling the
and how do you see do you see handling the balance between tourism
handling the balance balance between tourism
between tourism and and homeowners on the
and homeowners on the island?
homeowners on the
island?  All of my political thinking and all of my Council
We must meet the needs of both residents and My vision for the Isle votes have to pass an important question: “Will our
visitors. The key is basic respect for all. Visitors of Palms is guided by actions promote the quality of life of Isle of Palms
need to respect their neighbors. Continued the island’s Comprehensive residents?” In my opinion, that is the reason we are
enforcement of our governances such that those Plan, to maintain a premier in office. After that, one must look to the discussion
visiting for a day, for a week, or longer abide by the barrier island residential community with a variety of balance. Laws that we on the Isle of Palms and
communities desire to remain a wonderful place to of housing styles, commercial uses and recreational
cities everywhere enact must adhere to federal and
live facilities.  I believe in supporting commercial
state law respecting property rights and individual
development only within the parameters set by the
Ordinances were passed a few years ago on Short rights, such as the right to use public spaces,
existing zoning regulations and their consistency
Term Rentals on the Isle of Palms. How do you beaches, and places of business which cater to the
with the City’s established character as a residential
feel these ordinances have been handled since public. We legally may and should make ordinances
then and what, if any, changes would you make to community.  While ordinances have been put
which control and restrict uses which may harmfully
them? into place to try to maintain this balance between
impact our community. While I agree with the
We need to continue to effectively and uniformly tourism and homeowners, improvements can be
governmental policies which assure individual and
enforce not only the Short Term Rental Ordinances made. Measures that will enhance the existing
property rights, I strongly support the responsibility
but all our Ordinances which govern civil behavior. character of the island as a quality place to live,
of Isle of Palms government to assure uses which are
For instance, I am surprised at the number of noise and protecting the environment both on and around
complaints involving second homes and full time consistent with our first responsibility - to protect the
the island, must be taken to guide development
residences. quality of life for our residents.
and to preserve the quality of life for the residents
and future generations.  While the needs of island
The marina has been a very popular amenity on Ordinances were passed a few years ago on Short
residents should be paramount, efforts should be
the Isle of Palms. What do you see as the future of Term Rentals on the Isle of Palms. How do you
made to adjust the level of City services to meet the
the Marina? feel these ordinances have been handled since
The Marina is cherished “greenspace” and needs of seasonal visitors as well. It is recognized
that the beach and other recreational opportunities then and what, if any, changes would you make to
should always remain such. The revenue from our
on the island are of exceptional quality and draw them?
current leases now allows us to pay for the Marina’s
many non-residents during peak periods. The City is I assisted on ordinances several years ago to
maintenance, thus not burdening property owners
with ongoing upkeep costs. responsible for their basic care and protection during address the impact of tourism and short-term
their visit. rentals on island residents. First, vacation and rental
In light of the current economic climate, do you owners were required to obtain business licenses
think that the Isle of Palms might soon experience Ordinances were passed a few years ago on Short and to follow various new rules in order to rent
a financial shortfall and if so, what plans do you Term Rentals on the Isle of Palms. How do you their properties. Those initial ordinances began
have to handle it? the efforts which are still underway in our work to
feel these ordinances have been handled since
Our revenue sources are not immune to the minimize any adverse impact of rental tourism on
State’s economic plight. I would work with Council then and what, if any, changes would you make to
them? island residents. Second, vacation rental signs were
to make sure our spending does not exceed our
The passage of the Livability Court has helped to substantially reduced in size and moved back from
income. Key here is listening to the community
and setting priorities. The City has a strong balance curb some of the problems associated with tourists, street right-of-way. This was an island beautification
sheet; we need no new facilities and need to resist but there is always room for improvement.  We effort and a quality of life improvement. I’m proud
cannibalizing our emergency fund. I believe we can need to assure that the quality of life of fulltime of these early achievements.
hold our position as the community with the lowest residents is not diminished by the vacation rental I support the livability court. I supported the
tax rate in the County. commerce. The City’s Planning Commission is now reduction of lot coverage and other important
reviewing the results and statistics of the previous ordinances aimed to ensure that our residents and
How important do you feel the Accommodations community are protected.
two years of the rental ordinance and the Livability
Taxes and tourism dollars are to the Isle of
Court and will come out with a recommendation to
The revenues from these sources are critical to City Council. We will need to continually monitor
enhancing our enjoyment of this wonderful island. the impact of visitors on recreational facilities, The marina has been a very popular amenity on
They have allowed us to pay for 100% of the Front City services and infrastructure. We need to work the Isle of Palms. What do you see as the future of
Beach restoration, 66% of the Marina purchase, and towards discouraging non-resident parking and the marina?
40% of the recreation Center. In addition, 50% of the traffic in our residential neighborhoods. This can The Isle of Palms Marina is vital to the quality
police, fire and public works vehicles are paid from be achieved by working with the State Department of life for many of us on the island. I’d like to offer
this revenue. 100% of the City’s participation in of Transportation to encourage them to take a little history on how the City of Isle of Palms
the beach restoration project last year was from this appropriate measures to include new signage, traffic came to own the marina and what might have been
revenue. restrictions and parking restrictions. Houses rented had the city not acted to save it. There were plans

see Buckhannon on page 16 see Bettelli on page 16
January 23, 2009 9
A fluoride through the Lowcountry
By Ali Akhyari

ost people are unaware that when they are any amount of ingestion is even safe.
drinking tap water, they are most likely In fact, the ADA recently proved that ingesting
drinking unnecessary chemicals that are fluoride does have negative consequences. According
purposely added as part of a public health program. to, the ADA recently sent out an e-mail
While this is not a secret, it is certainly not a well alert to its members, stating that fluoridated water
known fact. As a result, citizens are unknowingly should not be ingested by children under one year of
allowing their government to pump their bodies age.
with chemicals whose safety is still being debated. "Infants less than one year old may be getting more
Every time a Lowcountry resident ingests tap water, than the optimal amount of fluoride if their primary
they may actually be ingesting a poison thanks to source of nutrition is powdered or liquid infant
something called “fluoridation”. formula mixed with water containing fluoride,” the
In November of 2008, Charleston Water Systems e-mail stated. That’s a bit of an understatement since
(CWS) began a major overhaul of its water system, the “optimal amount” was later stated as being little to
including the replacement of its cracked “day tank”. none.
The day tank holds the amount of water needed for one A negative impact of ingesting too much fluoride
day of service and is where the chemicals are added. known as “fluoridosis” was the reason for the warning.
As a result, the tank prevents the entire water supply Fluoridosis actually causes the yellowing of teeth and
from being tainted in the event of an accident, such as the weakening of tooth enamel. Ironically, the same
an overdose of chemicals. chemical that claims to improve oral health actually
Because of the overhaul, CWS announced that the degrades it in higher levels of ingestion. There does
fluoridation of tap water would cease until repairs are not seem to be the same relationship when it is applied
made. According to Andrew Fairey, Chief Operating topically, such as with toothpaste.
Officer at CWS, the return of fluoridation could be to improve the overall oral health of the population. Hardy Limeback, a member of a 2006 National
as late as July. But while CWS may consider this a In particular, it is directed at low-income areas where Research Council panel on fluoride toxicity, and
temporary disruption of service, for the rest of us it people are less likely to have dental insurance or visit former President of the Canadian Association of
could be considered a respite. the dentist on a regular basis. However, the program Dental Research states, "Newborn babies have
Fluoride is an independent element, meaning it is large scale which results in the fluoridation of undeveloped brains and exposure to fluoride, a
can not be broken down into simpler parts and still be everyone within the service area. Fairey points out that suspected neurotoxin, should be avoided".
able to retain its properties. Fluoride has been proven Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah One has to wonder why we would use a chemical
to improve oral health, mostly by strengthening tooth Island, Seabrook Island, the majority of Mount with so many unknown risks when there are much
enamel when it is applied directly to the teeth. If you Pleasant, North Charleston, West Ashley, Daniel safer ways to go about it. Dr. Arvid Carlsson, a recent
inspect the ingredients on your toothpaste, you’ll Island, Cainhoy and many other incorporated and non- Nobel Laureate in Medicine, points out that there is no
notice that the active ingredient is most likely sodium incorporated areas all receive fluoridated water from reason to take the risk of ingestion.
fluoride and the process of brushing your teeth applies CWS. “In pharmacology, if the effect is local, it's awkward
this fluoride directly to your teeth. It is important to look at this from a distance to get to use it in any other way than as a local treatment,”
Fluoridation, on the other hand, is the addition of an appreciation for what is going on. The government Carlsson says. “I mean this is obvious. You have the
fluoride to your drinking water so that it is ingested is medicating its citizenry, most of which is ignorant teeth there, they're available for you, why drink the
instead of applied topically. About 0.2 parts per million to this action, by putting a chemical in the public stuff?”
(ppm) of fluoride can naturally be found in water. water supply in hopes of improving oral health. We Even the CDC pointed out that the advantages of
CWS quadruples that amount by adding 0.6ppm for are being forced to ingest a chemical any time we use fluoride are observed mostly when applied topically
a total of 0.8ppm. The amount ingested by CWS our tap water in most of Charleston County, regardless as opposed to ingesting it. There is a lot of research
customers is within the South Carolina Department of whether we have dental insurance, use good oral out there that suggests ingesting fluoride can cause
of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) hygiene habits, or any of the reasons Fairey noted any number of health issues, including low sperm
recommended range. Fairey says that CWS depends on that fluoridation is imposed on a population. This motility, lowered intelligence, tooth decay, and many
entities such as DHEC, the Center for Disease Control would be a fine practice and our governments could other things. Fairey, however, points out that there
(CDC), and the American Dental Association (ADA) easily be praised if fluoridation could comfortably be is just as much, if not more, research showing that
to research fluoride and dictate its safety. These entities accepted as frosting on an already wonderful cake. fluoridation is an effective oral health tool and safe in
say fluoridation is effective and should be instituted. In However, Fairey himself pointed out that debate on the the prescribed amount. While Fairey points out that
fact, Fairey says DHEC gives awards to municipalities matter has been waged since fluoridation began in the fluoridation is aimed at the impoverished with poor
for fluoridation. 1940s. This very fact shows that there has not been a oral health, there are counter studies that show there is
According to Fairey, fluoridation’s main purpose is consensus on whether fluoridation is effective and if
see Fluoride on page 23
10 January 23, 2009
New memorial unveiled No love lost for lungs
on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina
Staff report

udy Meyers, daughter of a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, stood

proudly in the cold morning light of Friday, January 16, as a new memorial outh Carolina failed
at Battery Gadsden on Sullivan’s Island was unveiled. Ms. Meyers has been every category in
working for almost a year to raise the funds needed for this important historical the American Lung
marker, dedicated to the work of the CCC on Sullivan’s Island and beyond. Her Association's State of Tobacco
mother was also present for the unveiling, as well as a handful of past CCC Control report for 2008. This is
members, and all held back tears as Mayor Smith pulled back the soft white sheet due to South Carolina's failure
to reveal the new marker. The dark green free-standing plaque reads: to enact measures proven to
prevent death and disease
caused by tobacco use, like
increasing the cigarette excise
tax and funding state tobacco
use prevention programs.
South Carolina also has the
lowest cigarette tax in the
country according to June
Deen, Director of Advocacy
for the American Lung
Association in South Carolina.
Deen also stated that, "Our
State elected officials must
be held accountable for their
failure last session to fully
implement policies proven to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use".
The State of Tobacco Control 2008 grades states and the District of Columbia on
cigarette tax rates, tobacco prevention and control program funding, smoke-free air
laws, and coverage of cessation treatments and services. Grades are calculated by
comparing policies against standards that are based on the most current, recognized
scientific criteria for effective tobacco control measures.
Recently, our municipalities dealt with their own smoke-free air laws. Sullivan’s
Island passed a smoke-free workplace ordinance and recently brought it into
compliance with a court mandate. The Isle of Palms passed their own smoke-free
workplace ordinance last year following a good deal of debate. Folly Beach officials
recently rejected an ordinance for a smoke-free workplace.
CCC: Civilian Conservation Corps Tobacco-related illness remains the number-one preventable cause of death in the
U.S. and is responsible for an estimated 6,129 deaths in South Carolina. Tobacco-
March 31, 1933, to June 30, 1942 related illness claims close to 393,000 American lives every year and costs our
nation $193 billion annually. Nearly 50,000 additional deaths are due to secondhand
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established by the 73rd smoke exposure and the U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe
Congress in order to put young men to work restoring the natural resources of level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
this country during the economic depression of the 1930s. it is estimated that Six states: Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and West
the CC planted over three billion trees in addition to construction of parks, Virginia, joined South Carolina with a score of “F”. Not one state earned an "A"
bridges, dams and trails. for the report's new category, which measures state coverage of tobacco cessation
treatments and services for its Medicaid recipients and state employees.
Between 1933 and 1939 this area served as the living quarters for the "Tobacco use is at the heart of a crisis plaguing South Carolina and America's
District “I” Supply Company of Fort Moultrie, SC. The camp received and health and economy, and it must become a priority for leaders at all levels of our
distributed supplied to the various camps throughout the Southeastern United government," said Deen.
States. This sign serves as a tribute to the men stationed on Sullivan’ Island The complete American Lung Association report, including federal and state
serving the country during a very difficult period in American History. grades, is available at
January 23, 2009 11
for my body to not eat itself ,which to accomplish this triathlon in the time
Training from page 6
seems absurd to me that a 5’2”, 110 frame allotted.  
life line is the “how” part of “how am pound woman would need this much So, for the next four months, I will
I going to accomplish this?” A team food. However, now I have learned that be sharing with all of you the trials
of accomplished personal trainers, your brain controls what organs (order and tribulations of this huge lifestyle
motivationalists and physiologists will from most to least important: brain, commitment I am undertaking.
guide and push me through the process.   lungs, liver and kidney, muscles) get Hopefully, it will inspire you to try
First step … I trek over to Tempo nourishment and what isn’t being fed something new and follow through with
Indoor Cycling for a metabolic essentially gets eaten. Moral of the story your own goals. Please follow us on this
assessment with Kyle, which concludes is this: I am allowing my muscles to be journey, or get inspired and join me.
through very scientific means (VO2 eaten by my brain.  We’ll be here for the next four months
testing), that what my body is Tomorrow, I meet with Heather of in all your Lucky Dog Publications.
accomplishing and burning on its own Synergy Fitness for a whole new way Drop me or the paper a line to share
is not much. Yikes! My metabolic rate to look at food and what is necessary your tips training for triathlons.
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apparently am not eating enough to truly ready to rock-n-roll. Monday, Heather weeks of training. 
feed my body. Are you aware that you analyzes my body fat ratio (not sure Trainers include: Heather Carper,
need a certain number of calories for I am ready for this reality) and I start manager/personal fitness specialist at
your body to work healthily? I need to strength training. Then, Kyle will delve Synergy Fitness (www.synergyfitnessinc.
intake 1500 calories per day in order into the very specific path I must follow com); Brian Devlin, BS, owner of
Synergy Fitness; and. Kyle P. Radakar,
MS, owner of Tempo Indoor Cycling
( and

Sullivan’s welcomes
newest firefighter
Provided by Chief Anthony Stith

On December 12, volunteer John “JC “ Gypin graduated from the South
Carolina Fire Academy. JC is now a paid fireman for the town of Sullivan’s
Island. Attending from left : LT Curt Gibbons Vol. Lewis White Firefighter J C
Gypin, Firefighter Jamie Howard, Vol and proud Dad Chris Gypin, Chief Anthony
Stith, Vol Huggie Hindman, Vol. Mark Hylton
14 January 23, 2009

The rub of the green

By Richard Hricik

really love my life and I am truly blessed to have makes the hold on any golf related job that much more
the family and the career that I do. But my wife tenuous.
and two small children need me and at times, they The other reality to the golf industry is that it gets
need more from me then I may want to give. I have a hit harder and faster by a slowing economy than most
job that carries with it a myriad of responsibilities, and other industries. No one needs golf, save retirees
as the owner of my business, I have all the additional and the handful of obsessive compulsives like me.
pressure of keeping the place running. When times and the dollar are tight, that new driver,
Add in a couple of volunteer commitments and lesson, or even the weekend round are often put off for
writing this article once a month and there are times another day. People travel less and even when they do,
when I don’t just want to get away; I need to get away. limit their budgets and play fewer rounds of golf.
I know the moment I do as I start to grow resentful of Add all this up and the many friends and
all the choices I have made in my life. acquaintances I have in the golf business are hurting
Golf is my escape, whether it is playing 18, as their entire industry contracts. These are people
browsing at a retailer or hitting balls at a range. I leave with families, spouses and children the same age as
the world of commitments and responsibility behind the pressures of a white-collar desk job world behind my own, each with their own set of responsibilities.
and allow myself to be completely distracted by a for a simpler and perceived better life of taking tee The job skills they possess just do not readily transfer
game. Some days when I am on these excursions I am times, honing my game, and becoming an assistant into other career paths and they have a limited set of
in a joyous mood, celebrating my life; and at others, I professional. No worries, no hassles - nothing but fun. options.
am on a mission seeking refuge. But that isn’t the reality. For those who work at So as I watch people I know and care about either
Those times when I am retreating to the sanctuary courses, their job demands getting up before sunrise lose their jobs or lose their customers, the panacea
of golf, I watch all who work in the industry and often every day and requires work on the weekends and career that I have always envisioned golf to be has
I grow envious. Each one of them: be they a golf holidays. Their ranks are often filled with players who been replaced with the stark reality that theirs is a
professional, assistant, retailer, or operator, appears to at one time saw a future for themselves that included business; a business filled with risk and a limited
have it made. Their whole world revolves around the playing in front of huge crowds for big money, but upside.
greatest game there is. How could life be any better? who now toil in a reality that is vastly different. Others The grass is always greener at the golf course - or
Theirs is also a fairly close knit group, especially simply love the game and know little else. so I used to believe.
here in the Lowcountry. Every pro and greens keeper No one takes a job in the golf business because Until next time, play well.
at just about every course knows each other personally of the money. Tour pros aside, the vast majority just
and knows of everyone else in the golf business. They earn a living working at a job that pays them far less Richard is a golf enthusiast, local lawyer and part-
trade rounds at each others courses, swap favors and than what most of their customers earn. There is also time writer seeking publication of a novel about
repairs and there is a genuine sense of community. increasing demand for their jobs because of the “fun” golf. Contact him at ©2008
I often imagine myself joining their ranks, leaving perception, which further drives down earnings and Richard Hricik.
January 23, 2009 15
Tax tips for a recession
By Bobby Cummings, CFP, CFBS, CLTC
AMT disallows. the appreciation, advisor early on in 2009.

fter President-elect Obama
takes office, many experts Another but will be able
expect an eventual increase in provision that to deduct the full Sources:
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casting an eagle eye on your 2008 taxes. and local sales Hope Scholarship The information provided herein
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even find a silver lining in the current state with little and 50% of the distributing this information are not
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16 January 23, 2009

Bettelli from page 8 stages. How important do you feel accommodations taxes
to raze the existing buildings, remove the boat ramp and tourism dollars are to the Isle of Palms?
from public use and to develop a new subdivision. In light of the current economic climate, do you First, these monies, ATAX, are largely designed to
My first response was, “We must not allow this think that the Isle of Palms might soon experience offset the impact of tourism on island residents and
happen”. I initiated efforts to create support on a financial shortfall and if so, what plans do you budgets as they should be. Many of our departments
Council and in the community to purchase the marina have to handle it? are involved in activities involving vacation rental
site. Thankfully, our citizens approved the idea in The state of the current economic climate may properties and tourism generally. A percentage
a referendum. Further, I helped establish the Real impact the Isle of Palms budgets ultimately. We of these monies are used for leases on our large
Property Advisory Committee and served on it for haven’t felt it yet. If accommodations tax revenues vehicles such as fire trucks, garbage trucks, etc.
five years, two as Chairman (I actually assisted in the or business license fees fall, we will need to trim our Accommodations and hospitality taxes have averaged
design of the new dock on the waterway when we budget, but I will not allow this to get in the way of over $1.2 million per year over the last five years.
ran into a problem concerning the placement of the the services that are provided to our residents. I will Tourism is the main business on the island. Yes, these
gangway). The bulkhead is in the process of being be involved with our budget process which begins this monies are important as they contribute to our overall
replaced and more improvements are to come after month, and I will be thoroughly examining each line budget. The Isle of Palms has many fine shops and
that. Parking, overall layout, and dredging, as well item. restaurants; I would encourage our island residents to
as a green space area, are in the very initial planning support our local economy.

Buckhannon from page 8 basis in and outside of the Council public, consistent with considerations marshlands and marinas are protected
Chambers through neighborhood of the neighborhood location.  By and preserved. Secondly, because our
to guests visiting the island has been meetings and gatherings.  ensuring that the facilities are leased personnel costs make up approximately
an accepted practice for many years to businesses that are capable of the three-quarters of the City’s general fund
and should continue, within reason. The marina has been a very popular highest levels of professional service expenditure budget, we will need to
But each house, by virtue of its design amenity on the Isle of Palms. What do and provide services at competitive continually scrutinize planned projects
and the lot on which it is located, has a you see as the future of the Marina? prices, the Marina will continue to for additional long term personnel costs
certain capacity to accommodate a level  The Marina is one of the city’s be a valuable asset to the City.  The that may be associated with them. As
of activity that should not be disruptive best investments.  With the recent City will have to constantly assess a small business owner, I deal with
to the neighborhood. Exceeding restructuring of the Marina from a potential improvements and changes to minimizing escalating cost structure
this capacity should be discouraged non-taxable to taxable bond, the City is the Marina business make-up in order on a daily basis. Thirdly, we need to
in order to maintain the quality of less restricted in what can be developed to expand Marina service consistent investigate other sources of revenue
life for the greater community. This on the property.  We will need to with the existing neighborhood that can be generated from daily visitors
can be achieved by opening lines of continue to provide comprehensive and environment.  The City’s plan to set and longer term tourists. The City needs
communication and dialogue between reasonably priced marina services to the aside funds for capital improvements to promote the use of the Front Beach
the residents and the City on a continual over a number of years at the Marina commercial district and encourage the
allowed the construction of the new tourists as well as residents to frequent
bulk head, currently under construction, these establishments. This type of
without severely extending the City’s local spending goes right back into the
debt load.  The City should aggressively community in the form of Hospitality
pursue grants or other external Tax and Accommodations Tax. 
funding sources that will enhance
the safety, environmental conditions, How important do you feel the
facilities, and other features such as Accommodations Taxes and tourism
a small park or seating area. This has dollars are to the Isle of Palms?
been accomplished with other City The island’s economic diversity
facilities and should be done with this provides a strong tax base and has
property. We need to develop a master allowed property taxes to remain
plan of the Marina site to meet the needs relatively low when compared to other
of island residents and the transient municipalities within the Charleston
boating traffic through the Marina.  area. We are fortunate to have some of
This can be accomplished through the area’s lowest tax rates, primarily due
community input, surveys, and public to our Accommodations Tax revenue. 
hearings as was done during the Every department throughout the City
development of the City’s recreation benefits from the Accommodations
facility. revenue stream.  Expenditures that
would normally be purchased with
In light of the current economic property tax revenue are purchased
climate, do you think that the Isle with monies brought in from the tourist
of Palms might soon experience a industry. This allows some relief to the
financial shortfall and if so, what property owner’s City tax bill. That is
plans do you have to handle it? why we will need to continue to monitor
 The City is in sound financial the activity of the State Legislature, to
condition, but I do not believe that ensure that an equitable formulation for
we will be exempt from the current accommodation tax revenue is in place
economic conditions. First, we will for the island. There is no doubt that the
need to assure the continuous economic tourism industry has a financial impact
vitality of the island by maintaining on City services. Therefore, we need to
the quality of natural resources and continue to monitor the impact on all
community facilities. This can be departments within the City and make
done by establishing policies and appropriate changes that benefit the
procedures that ensure that our beaches, residents and create a sound tax base.
January 23, 2009 17
18 January 23, 2009
Board unanimously selected Dick  Advocates for 50% vegetation to the IOP Code of Ordinances. As part
IOPNA from page 4 Cronin and recommended that the requirement for new construction. of a review being made by Municode,
communication among the residents and IOPNA publicly endorse his candidacy.  Will work to preserve the Wild a hired consultant from Florida, to
City representatives. The IOPNA honors The Board wishes to acknowledge Dunes Harbor Course as green space. “clean up” our ordinances, a number
Diane with this recognition and by the work of Mr. Betelli and Mr.  Advocates for no new lot of changes have been suggested.
extension, all members of the Observer Buckhannon on behalf of the citizens subdivisions. One of those changes relates to our
Corps whose dedication and reliability of the Isle of Palms. We appreciated the  Plans to hold regularly scheduled, Single Family Zoning definitions in
has underscored the legitimacy and chance to hear their views regarding informal meetings with residents. Section 5-4-2. The suggested change is
credibility the organization has attained. issues that the City government faces  Will put our issues on the agenda underlined below:
and we recognize their long service to for Council. (14) Family unit means one (1)
Endorsement of Dick Cronin for the community. person, or two (2) or more persons
Mayor The rationale for the selection of Mr. As a result, The IOPNA believes that related by blood or marriage living
Next up was the discussion of the Cronin is as follows: Mr. Cronin has the most neighborhood- together; or a group of not more than
Mayoral candidate’s interviews by the  Proven leadership experience friendly agenda of the three candidates. four persons, not related by blood or
IOPNA Board of Directors. The process as an executive of a multinational marriage but living together. The term
included the following: each candidate organization and chair of IOP Planning Neighborhood Outreach “family unit” also includes any group
was invited to meet with the Board of Commission. Dee Weilbacker presented of persons not related who rent for
Directors. Questions were provided by  Well-informed about the issues information about Neighborhood occupation a short-term rental dwelling,
the members and culled by member facing Isle of Palms. Outreach. Her committee is preparing as the term is defined in section 5-4-201,
volunteers. After the three candidates  Wants to enhance the Isle of Palms “welcome bags” for new residents (long subject to the occupancy limitation set
completed their interviews with the as a wonderful place to live for all term renters and owners) to welcome forth in article 9 of this chapter.
Board, the Board held a meeting to residents. them to the Isle of Palms. She, along There are several points of
decide on whether or not the IOPNA  Will work to preserve green space. with Diane Oltorik, is coordinating controversy in making this change
would endorse a candidate and, if so,  Advocates lower lot coverage for teams of volunteers to visit local to the definition of Family Unit.
who. Following the discussion, the homes. businesses to ask them to participate First, the definition proposed is fully
in providing something for the inconsistent with the definitions used
new residents’ welcome bag. by municipalities and states across
Members were asked to inform the U.S. to legally describe a “family
them when new neighbors unit.” Second, the purpose of adding
move into their neighborhoods. this language seems to be a rather
blatant attempt to make the practice
Membership and of operating mini-hotels in our single
Representatives family districts legal. While this practice
Paul Reddy, Membership has certainly been occurring, our
Chair, described the concept ordinances clearly prohibit it. Lastly,
and operation of neighborhood there seems to be some amount of
representatives and informed mystery as to who added this language.
the members that he was It’s highly unlikely that a consultant,
seeking volunteers to well versed in municipal codes, would
serve in that role. His team make a suggestion to add language
includes Ann Evans and Jane that isn’t in common usage. Hopefully,
McMackin. Paul explained Council Members can look into to this
that they partitioned out matter before voting on the adoption of
sections of the island into these changes.
contiguous neighborhoods and
assigned people to serve as the The meeting ended with social time
Neighborhood Representative and fellowship and the enthusiasm of a
for that specific area. The good year ahead.
Neighborhood Representative
will have the responsibility
of contacting folks in that
geographic section as the need

IOP Code of Ordinances

The next item on the agenda
addressed a proposed change
January 23, 2009 19

Last Stand Heat up your winter

By Eric Horan

his photograph was
taken on Bay Point
Island, a small barrier
island at the mouth of the Port
Royal Sound. On assignment,
I had the opportunity to stay
in a small cabin on the beach.
While scouting the beachfront,
I found that the ocean had taken
several, large oak trees closest
to the beach. Checking the tides,
I determined that at sunrise the
next morning I would have an
especially good opportunity to
photograph the deadfall because large oak trees were the latest casualties.
of the receding tide. This photo also reveals how the trees
From inside my cabin I woke to the bordering the sea are dramatically
sound of the waves at high tide, only shaped by the wind.
25 yards away, but it was the cold that
got me moving quickly. The outside Eric Horan publishes a calendar of his
temperature was in the high thirties and work every year. Check out the 2009
not much warmer in the cabin. It didn’t calendar at
take too long to collect myself, grab my
photo gear and jump on the ATV headed Photo tip: Preparation and planning
for the oak trees on the beach. are two essentials for getting the
The barrier islands are ever changing, image you want. In this case, I knew The Charleston Fire Department Wives Club has put together a calendar with
shaped by waves, currents, tides, sea that I wanted a receding tide because some of Charleston's bravest!  It features 15 of Charleston's Firefighters.  The
level, wind and storms. Along the it leaves smooth, wet sand around and calendars are on sale for $20 and 1/2 of the proceeds are going to the MUSC
eastern seaboard, storms are especially standing water is nice to work with Children's Burn Center.  The other 1/2 will go towards events that the Wives Club
frequent in the winter months, causing when framing a composition. When sponsors for the department.  For more information or to purchase a calendar
the islands to migrate landward. With planning an early morning departure, contact Rachel Sheridan at or 843-860-4383.
a recent combination of extreme high it’s a good idea to have your cameras
tides and a series of nor’easters, these ready before hitting the sack.

The Big One is Coming



“Under the Big Tin”

5-8 p.m.
Rain or Shine
$20.00 Advance $25.00 Day of Event
All You Can Eat Single
Bring Your Own Knife
Hot Dogs and Fish Stew

Tickets available at Fire Station, Town Hall,

Piggly Wiggly at Sea Island Shopping Center,
Simmons Seafood and Exit Realty

20 January 23, 2009

Living on the Island

Ashley Prentice
School of the Arts, 8th Grade

I have lived on Isle of Palms all my life and I

wouldn’t leave it for anything. Ever since I was young, I
have enjoyed taking walks on the beach, fishing, boating,
and riding bikes. I’ll never forget those long fishing trips
I took with my dad and mom; the ones where we would
never catch anything. When we were about to leave,
we’d see his pole start to bend and he’d excitedly pull it
up, finding that he hadn’t caught a delicious flounder or
red fish, but a baby shark, or even worse, a rock. I’ll
never forget getting stuck in pluff mud, whether it would IEN editor Kristen Heckler and Ashley Prentice
be the boat or even myself.
Another memory that I’ve kept with me is all the good times I have had with my friends. Over the summer I spent a lot of time at
Front Beach on Isle of Palms. After a long day at the beach, it’s nice to cool down with an ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s or a cold soda
from Coconut Joe’s. Isle of Palms is like my getaway from reality. There’s so much to do that can occupy me, especially after a long
day at school. I can walk down to the beach and read a book, take a long bike ride down Carolina Blvd., or just simply enjoy the sound
of the waves crashing from my front porch. Living on the island is one of the best things that’s happened to me.

Do you know what this is?

Write an acrostic poem about the month of January. Begin
each line with a word or phrase that starts with the letter on that

J _________________________________

A _________________________________

N _________________________________

U _________________________________ Send in your answer. If you ‘re the

first one to get it right, we’ll recog-
nize you in our next issue!
A _________________________________

R _________________________________ Eye spy

Congratulations to Denver Smith for correctly guessing that

Y _________________________________ last week’s image was a picture of a climbing rung at the park
on Sullivan’s Island. The first person to guess this week’s
“eye spy” will win two free tickets to the Charleston
Symphony Goes to the Olympics performance on January 31.
You can either call us with your guess at 843-886-6397 or
email Good luck!
January 23, 2009 21

Isle of Palms Recreation Center Evening Yoga (12 Yrs +) Friday Night Hoops Canasta 5:30pm to 6:30pm Ages 7-12 Yrs First and third Tuesday of the month
843-886-8294 Mondays & Wednesdays February 6 11:30am-2:30pm
$60 residents/ $65 non-residents/6 6pm to 8pm Free
Lowcountry Blues Bash weeks $10
Saturday, February 7 $7 per class Youth Tae Kwon Do (6-11 Yrs)
5:00pm-8:00pm Cheer/Dance Class Saturdays, 9am-10am
Sunday, February 8 IOP Middle School Dance Ages 8 to 12 Yrs Can enroll in January
2pm-5:30pm January dance on 1/30—TICKETS Beginning January 13 $30 resident/$35 non-resident
$5.00 admission SOLD AT THE DOOR Tuesdays, 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Children under 12 yrs-Free $70 resident/$75 non-resident Men’s Spring Softball
Doors open 30 minutes prior to 1st Island Arcade Day 6 week session Registration February 2-27
performance Saturday, January 24 $425 per team
12pm-4pm Youth Drawing Game days Monday & Wednesday
Sports Conditioning Register your bike, get FREE all day Ages 7 to 12 yrs Captain’s meeting March 5, 6pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays play Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm
5:15pm to 6:15pm $5 without bike register $50 resident/$55 non-resident Men’s 3 on 3 Basketball
$60 resident/$65 non-resident Per month Registration February 2-27
$7 per class Youth Baseball Registration $60 per team
Fast Start, T-Ball, & Machine Pitch Salsa Dancing Game days Tuesday and Thursday
Yoga (16 Yrs +) IOP Only January 19 to 23 Ages 12 Yrs + Captain’s meeting March 4, 6pm
12:30pm to 2pm Open January 26 to February 6 No partner needed
Tuesdays & Thursdays $30 resident/$35 Non-Resident Thursdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm Gymnastics (3+ Yrs)
$80 resident/$85 non-resident/session $20/$25 Fast start $35 residents/$40 non-residents New session February 10
$10 per class Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:15pm
$70 resident/$75 non-resident

Poe Library events Wild Dunes hosts E-Z-GO

Edgar Allan Poe Library
1921 Ion Ave
Pro-Am Golf Tournament
On Tuesday, January 6, 240 players from North and South Carolina began a
Sullivans Island competition that stretched over two days at both the Links and Harbor Courses.
883-3914 John Carney from Pine Valley CC won the low professional honors with a two day
score of 132. The team of Todd Ellison, Billy White, Marty White and Bob Nelson
Hours: Monday & Friday: 2 – 6pm   from Brookstone Meadows in Anderson, SC, finished first in the team competition.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 10 –

Guessing jar of chocolate kisses

Come in and guess how many kisses! 
Jar will be available until counted on
Valentine’s Day.
 Story time for the Tuesday morning
toddlers and pre-schoolers
10:30 to 11am
February 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Ages 2-5.
 Story time for Thursday morning
February 5, 12, 19 and 26. Ages 3-5.
 Do-it-yourself crafts with Grace
February 7, 10:30am. Valentine’s Day
 Drum Circle Kindergarten through third grade will
February 13 at 7pm meet 3:30-4:30pm.
Sponsored by Creative Spark Fourth and Fifth grade will meet 4:30-
Adande African Dance and Drum 5:30.
Authentic dances performed in colorful  Beach Lover's Book Club
dress, accompanied by a lively troupe Slipknot by Linda Greenlaw. Please
of drummers. call the library (883-3914) for details.
22 January 23, 2009

Isle of Palms Police Reports

The following is a synopsis of the intoxicated, and had two outstanding to several Field Sobriety Tests, which he residence in March 2008. The suspect
activities of the Isle of Palms Police unpaid traffic tickets. He was taken into failed and was taken to headquarters for was charged with Assault and Battery
Department during the month of custody and charged with 2 counts of a Datamaster Test. He submitted to the with Intent to Kill.
December 2008 NRVC, Public Intoxication, and False Datamaster Test and registered a blood
Information to Police. The vehicle was alcohol level of .17%, and was charged December 17, 2008 An Isle of Palms
Patrol towed and the two passengers left the with DUI. Police Investigator has investigated
area in a taxi. the theft and fraudulent use of a check
December 3, 2008 Officers responded December 10, 2008 After an officer stolen from a residence on Hartnett
to a residence on Charleston Boulevard December 6, 2008 After stopping a stopped a vehicle on the Connector for Boulevard. Arrest Warrants for Petit
where a domestic dispute in progress vehicle on the Connector for an expired an equipment violation. While speaking Larceny and Forgery have been
had been reported. As officers arrived license plate, the officer determined to the driver he observed in plain view, a prepared and will be served on the
they heard loud yelling coming from that the driver was operating on a glass pipe in a tool bag in the floorboard suspect once she is located.
inside the residence. The two parties suspended license for failure to pay six behind the driver. The driver admitted
involved were separated and determined traffic tickets. The driver was taken into that he had another pipe and a bag of December 17, 2008 A resident of 20th
to be brothers. Since the dispute was custody and charged with DUS, and six marijuana in the console. The driver Avenue reported that he had received
only verbal in nature and neither party counts of NRVC. was taken into custody and charged with death threats in return for undisclosed
had been assaulted, no action was taken Simple Possession of Marijuana. amounts of money via e-mail from a
as they agreed to cease their argument December 8, 2008 Officers responded subject. The case has been assigned to
for the evening. to the Isle of Palms Marina, where a December 11, 2008 Officers responded an Investigator for prosecution.
case of possible credit card fraud had to a condominium unit in Wild Dunes,
December 4, 2008 A manager of been reported. The responding officer where a domestic disturbance in December 18, 2008 Just before
a restaurant on JC Long Boulevard was advised that a couple traveling progress had been reported. Officers 2:30am, an officer on patrol stopped on
reported that he had been assaulted by south on the Intracoastal Waterway had met the husband outside of his rental the Breach Inlet Bridge to investigate a
the boyfriend of a female employee that stopped for the evening to rent a slip for unit where he was with some personal suspicious looking male subject walking
he had just terminated. The manager the night and used a credit card number belongings and determined that the across the bridge. The officer identified
did not wish to press criminal charges written on a piece of paper. The officer dispute had been only verbal in nature. the subject as a resident of the Isle of
but preferred to place the subject on investigated and while speaking to the The husband wanted to leave, but still Palms, and also observed signs of self-
Trespass Notice from the premises, suspect determined that he had provided had property inside that he needed to mutilation on the forearms and upper
which was done. false personal information regarding his retrieve. He was allowed to leave the arms of the subject. After speaking to
identity. It was determined that he was area in a taxi that was called for him and the subject it was determined that the
December 4, 2008 An officer stopped using the credit card fraudulently and he retrieved his vehicle and belongings subject needed immediate medical
a vehicle on Palm Boulevard for was in possession of a stolen cellular the following day, without incident. attention and a pschychiatric evaluation,
an equipment violation and while telephone. It was also determined and was transported by EMS to a local
checking the drivers license information that the suspect was wanted for an December 11, 2008 An officer hospital.
determined that he was wanted by the outstanding Arrest Warrant for theft responded to a local restaurant to meet
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for from the state of Virginia. The suspect with the owner who reported that a December 20, 2008 An officer stopped
Failure to Appear at a previous court was taken into custody charged with former employee had been harassing a vehicle for speeding on Palmetto
appearance. The driver was taken into Financial Transaction Card Fraud and him on the telephone in an effort to Drive in Wild Dunes and while speaking
custody and released to a Charleston Hindering. retrieve some personal property. The to the driver determined that he had
County deputy. officer made telephone contact with the a suspended license for not paying
December 8, 2008 Officers responded subject and advised him that he was on a traffic ticket. He was charged with
December 5, 2008 Just before 2am, to a residence on Morgan Place Drive Trespass Notice from the establishment. Speeding, DUS 1st, and NRVC.
an officer on patrol on the Connector where a sick teenager was suffering
observed a vehicle traveling more than from the ill effects of smoking December 14, 2008 An officer December 20, 2008 Officers responded
20 miles an hour over the speed limit marijuana. The subject identified as stopped a vehicle in Wild Dunes for an to a rental unit on Pavilion Drive where
and stopped the vehicle to investigate. an eighteen year-old was transported equipment violation and determined a domestic dispute had been reported.
While speaking to the driver the officer by EMS for treatment. The officer that the driver was in possession of a The officers determined that the dispute
detected a strong odor of alcohol determined that the marijuana was quantity of marijuana. A clear plastic had been only verbal in nature with
from within the vehicle and noted that smoked at a residence in Mount bag of marijuana was found on his no evidence that anyone had been
the driver had extremely bloodshot Pleasant prior to returning home. person and he was charged with Simple assaulted. The couple convinced the
eyes, slurred speech, and was having Possession of Marijuana. officer that they would stay in for the
difficulty providing the documents December 8, 2008 While officers were remainder of the evening.
he had requested. The driver was still on Morgan Place Drive handling December 15, 2008 Officers responded
administered several Field Sobriety the previous incident, they observed to an Ocean Boulevard condominium December 20, 2008 An officer on
Tests, which he failed. He was taken an occupied vehicle parked down the unit where a brother and sister had been patrol on JC Long Boulevard, less than
into custody and transported to police street that was determined to have been involved in a fight prior to the officer’s an hour after handling the domestic
headquarters for a Datamaser Test, connected to the marijuana incident in arrival. The brother had left the scene, incident on Pavilion Drive, observed the
where the driver refused to provide a Mount Pleasant. The officers identified and the sister wished to pursue charges female half of that dispute stumbling
sample. The driver was charged with the driver as one of the parties named for the assault. While the officer was across the street nearly falling, due to
DUI and transported to the Detention in the previous incident and found that present, the brother returned to the unit her intoxicated state. When the officer
Center. he was in possession of a case of beer and acted very defensively and made approached her, she became loud and
and an open bottle of tequila. He was aggressive moves toward his sister as boisterous and began yelling in the
December 6, 2008 At approximately charged with Minor in Possession of though he still wanted to fight her. Due parking lot of a restaurant causing a
2:30am, an officer on patrol observed a Alcohol. to the brothers level if intoxication, scene in the presence of other patrons.
vehicle parked in the lane of traffic on and actions taken in the presence of She was taken into custody and charged
25th Avenue. When the officer stopped December 9, 2008 An officer on patrol the officer, the brother was taken into with Intoxicated Pedestrian.
to investigate, he observed someone stopped a vehicle on Palm Boulevard custody and charged with Disorderly
in the front and rear passenger seat. for speeding and while speaking to the Conduct. December 21, 2008 At the request of
The officer located the driver of the driver detected a strong odor of alcohol a Sullivan’s Island police officer, an
vehicle and determined that he gave emitting from the vehicle, and observed December 16, 2008 An Investigator officer responded to Middle Street to
the officer a false name. He then made that the driver had bloodshot eyes, and arrested a male subject after an assist in clearing a residence, where an
the determination that the driver was slurred speech. After the driver admitted investigation into an aggravated assault alarm had been activated, and someone
that he had been drinking he submitted that took place at a Chapman Drive had reported a suspicious person. Both
January 23, 2009 23

officers checked the residence, which subject and her son reported that they December 24, 2008 Mount Pleasant Due to an occassional abundance
was clear. had been assaulted, and unknown Police Department contacted the Isle of
of rapscallions and n'er-do-wells
suspects had fled to the rear of the Palms Police Department regarding a
December 23, 2008 An officer building. A search of the area was hit and run accident in their jurisdiction. being caught in their ways, and
conducted a traffic stop on Palm conducted with negative results. The A witness was able to report the license a limited amount of space in
Boulevard after observing a person alleged adult victim then stated that the plate of the suspect vehicle, which was
the newspaper, it is not always
driving that he knew had a suspended suspects might have been government registered to an Isle of Palms resident.
license. The driver was charged with officials, CIA or FBI agents. It was Officers went to the residence on possible to print the complete
DUS and NRVC for an unpaid traffic then apparent that the adult victim was 24th Avenue and located the suspect version of the police reports.For a
ticket. suffering from some sort of psychiatric vehicle with fresh body damage and complete list of December's Police
disorder. The case was unfounded by identified the alleged female driver. All
December 23, 2008 Officers responded Investigators. information was passed on to the officer Reports visit:
to a local laundromat, where a female investigating the accident for follow-up.

Fluoride from page 9 compare populations that don’t have and something that is supported with that infants should not ingest it at all.
fluoridated water to those that do. our tax dollars. It is necessary. Higher doses are dangerous to adults
no relationship between fluoridation and However, because the active ingredient A governing body should generally and can affect a child’s development.
improved oral health in many of these in toothpaste is sodium flouride, it err on the side of caution when it Our drinking water should be safe for
areas. There are studies that examine would be impossible to attribute any comes to the safety of its citizens. everyone. Why add a chemical that
many different populations with difference to fluoridation since most That does not seem to be the case is obviously dangerous to at least a
different levels of fluoridation without people use toothpaste on a regular basis with fluoridation. It is irresponsible to portion of the population and possibly
any changes that can be attributed to and we know the fluoride in toothpaste pick and choose which studies to give the rest of us? Wouldn’t it be a better
fluoridation. The debate goes back and is responsible for improved oral health. credence to and which agencies you idea to perhaps, put a tube of toothpaste
forth. One simply needs to pick a side Fairey says they are well aware of the listen to. Because reputable agencies in in a person’s mailbox with a pamphlet
and find an authority that backs up that risks associated with fluoridation. One our own country debate fluoridation’s about oral hygiene? Right now, we
position, such as DHEC. has to ask though, why take the risk if value and safety, there is no reason for haven’t been given a fair choice. I know
Any large-scale improvement in the it is obviously not completely safe and Charleston County to spend $100,000- I wasn’t asked if I wanted to drink
oral health of a population can not be its effectiveness can not be proven? $150,000 per year to put a potentially fluoride. Were you?
attributed to fluoridation. Think about This is not like the inconsistencies that dangerous chemical in our water. Most For more information visit:
it. How does one prove a hypothesis? say eggs are good for you one year of us, unaware that fluoride is even
In middle school we learned about the and bad the next. We get to choose if being put in our water, aren’t being
scientific method and how to conduct an we eat eggs and what kind of eggs we given a fair chance to make a decision
experiment properly. Any experiment eat. Our public water supply, though, is about what we put in our own bodies.
of value has to be controlled. We could something most of us are dependent on It is obviously dangerous enough

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