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Volume 13 Issue 11 FREE September 15, 2017

Sullivans Island Isle of Palms Goat Island Dewees Island

field in IOP
B E R G W E R F, M O Y E

n total 12 candidates have
announced their intention to run
for one of four seats on Isle of
Palms City Council this November.
There will also be a contested
mayoral election with current
council member Jimmy Carroll
running against Mayor Dick Cronin.
Council members Marty Bettelli and
Sandy Ferencz have decided not to
run for re-election.
The election will be held Tuesday,
Nov. 7, 2017, the last day to register
to vote is October 7, 2017.
Mayoral Candidates:
$5.5 million marina project on
ballot for Nov. 7 election
Dick Cronin (incumbent)
Jimmy Carroll (current council
member, seat not up for re-election)
City Council Candidates:
Randy Bell
Ryan Buckhannon
(previous council member)
Elizabeth Campsen BY JENNIFER TUOHY

Patrick Harrington
(incumbent) ust over 20 years ago, the City of Isle of improve whatever services we can provide to folks
Michael Loftus Palms asked its citizens if it should purchase on the island, Mayor Dick Cronin told Island Eye
(previous council member) the Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor Marina to News. The marina has received very little attention
Justin Miklas ensure public access to the water. The 5-acre since we purchased it. So, using community input
John Moye site was slated to be developed into a 21 home, and consultants, weve garnered input as to what
Ralph Piening private marina. The answer was a resounding will be the best use of the facility for the future.
(previous council member) yes. This November, the city will again present a The marina cost the city $4.25 million to
Susan Hill Smith referendum to voters, this time asking whether it purchase. It has used revenues generated
Rusty Williamson should borrow $5.5 million to fund a revitalization by the marina, existing city revenues and
project of the city-owned marina.
Announcements start on page 2 The city and all its activities should be trying to Marina continues on page 6-7



2 September 15, 2017

Incumbent Bergwerf Elizabeth Campsen

announces run for announces IOP
third IOP Council term Council campaign

want to thank the citizens of s a lifelong Lowcountry
Isle of Palms for allowing me to resident married to a
serve the city for the past eight native islander, I have been
years. It has been a privilege, a blessed to call the South Carolina
challenge and a pleasure. coast and Isle of Palms home.
My husband, Ben, and I I consider living here a unique
have been on the island for 17 privilege. I enjoy being involved
years.During that time I have in my community and all that the
been involved in conservation island offers. I am a member of
working with the Island Turtle the Board of Zoning and Appeals
Team, the Department of Natural and believe I can do more for my
Resources Sea Turtle Stranding community, which is why I am
Network, the South Carolina seeking election to City Council.
Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue and Several years ago I began
the Marine Mammal Stranding attending city meetings to engage
Network. in discussions related to the
When I first ran for council my marina redevelopment and have
primary concern was to protect the been told my attendance and
environment.It still is. We have probing questions were helpful to
worked to eliminate plastic bags council. My career as a real estate
to protect our wildlife.We were paralegal has taught me how to
the first city in the state to pass get to the heart of a problem. I
an ordinance banning single use Barbara Bergwerf. approach each issue in a detail- Elizabeth Campsen.
plastic bags.This was achieved During the years I have been on oriented way. My experience with creating a formula for success. In
through a partnership with a council we have had a balanced development, including zoning, attending city meetings, I realized
group of island environmentalists budget, with most years actually planning, lease construction I could help.
and City Council. Citizen and compliance with Federal,
involvementis crucial to good State and City ordinances and
government. Bergwerf continues on page 5 regulations has aided me in Campsen continues on page 5
7September 15, 2017 3
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Mike Loftus seeks IOP Council o f SC, LL C

Publisher of the

reelection after hiatus

The Island Eye News
and The Island Connection


am excited to announce that environment while also
I am running for Isle of Palms increasing hospitality tax
City Council. I was fortunate revenue
to previously serve two terms Championed new budgeting
on City Council from 2008 process to incorporate Lynn Pierotti
2015 and prior to that, served historical expenses
three years on the IOP Planning Initiated the action of paying publisher
Commission. off bonds early in an effort
I did not run for reelection to save city dollars spent on Katy Calloway
in 2015 because my wife Marla interest
managing editor
and I put our home on the Championed single stream
market that year with the intent recycling (IOP was the first Jennifer Tuohy
of downsizing in advance of municipality in the county to
retirement. We thought we might do this) contributing editor
have to leave the island to do so, Worked closely with Charleston
but fortunately found a smaller County to improve the Swan Richards
home that has allowed us to stay intersection at the Connector senior graphic designer
exactly where we want to be. I and Rifle Range to help reduce
Alejandro Ferreyros
have enjoyed the challenge of IOP gridlock graphic designer
serving this community for most Invested a lot of time pushing
of the 15 years we have lived here, a beach parking plan (Plan Lori McGee 843-614-0901
and would like the opportunity to C) that was put into effect advertising executive
do so once again. and has been well received by Mike Loftus.
Christian LeBlanc
Some highlights during my residents experience both in managing
two terms on City Council: Did not vote for a tax increase hundreds of people at a time
social media
Strong supporter of the during my 8 budget cycles and finding the right people for
ordinance to limit the number on Council, instead I found my clients, has sharpened my Steve Rosamilia
of renters to 12 on new rental other ways to maintain and/ decision-making and conflict- photographer
licenses or improve city services resolution skills. My interest in
Put forth the traffic flow My background includes 21 running again is to give back Meredith Poston
improvements at 41st and years managing large distribution to this great community while Mimi Wood
Palm centers and I have spent the last promoting fiscal responsibility, staff writers
Worked with the Mayor to 20 years as an Executive Recruiter balanced development, and
craft a No-Smoking ordinance specializing in manufacturing. I open communication. I would
in restaurants and bars, have owned my own recruiting appreciate your support in
resulting in a healthier firm for the past 16 years. My November. CONTRIBUTORS
Barbara Bergwerf
Elizabeth Campsen
Mike Loftus

John Moye
John Moye
Ted Kinghorn
Andy Sinwald

announces candidacy
Emma Woodham

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have I come to fully embrace and Moye continues on page 5
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Moye continues from page 3 island for many years to come. serve the best interests of island
Im concerned with status of residents. As a council member,
and waterways. Perhaps most service and deep investment in the islands disaster contingency Ill take time to deeply understand
importantly, we build our homes, our community is a part of who funds, the accruing deferred the full impact of the decisions
raise our children and grow our I am, too. I care deeply about the maintenance costs, and recent we make. Ill use data and facts to
businesses here because were leadership and direction of this city decisions that will impact work alongside the community to
surrounded by neighbors that island because I hope to raise my the island for decades to come. lead us in the directions that best
feel more like family - something family here for decades to come. A prime example is the 30- protect our beaches, our natural
I'm even more grateful for as I Im running for council because year marina lease that does not resources and our quality of life.
begin a family of my own. Im committed to preserving the
I'm reminded of my way of life we often forget is such Campsen continues from page 2
grandmother Anne Moye and her a privilege.
lifelong commitment to this island With the goals of strengthening My approach in business and on the zoning board is to first ask, What
from the 1960s until her passing community engagement, is happening? I take a comprehensive look at each issue to determine
in 2001. She understood the promoting fiscal conservatism how things are working in an area and what is not working. Second I
privilege of living here and always and guiding a long-term vision for determine, What is allowed to happen? I then look to our local code,
strived to enrich our community. development, I want our citizens and state and federal ordinances as necessary, to understand what
Whether she was volunteering at to have greater governmental actions are permitted. Lastly I conclude, What should happen? I
a city event or delivering meals transparency, to be more involved, maintain a resident first perspective. Our City codes and ordinances
to comfort a neighbor, longtime and to have more opportunities to were created to ensure a safe, residential, family-oriented community
residents will fondly remember contribute to important decisions. balanced with healthy businesses and recreational elements that
the loving spirit of Anne Moye. I will represent the voice of those place reasonable limitations on nonresident rentals and parking. I
That sense of civic duty, call to who care about the future of the will work to implement and sustain that vision.
Central to every issue is sound decision making with respect to
finances. The monetary benefits we receive from accommodations
Bergwerf continues from page 2 taxes, after mandated transfers to the general fund, are required by
the State to then be used to promote tourism. Beyond that, I believe
having a surplus. We have managed the city through a recession we should use the remainder to mitigate the impact of seasonal
without raising our property taxes and have maintained top level visitation and preserve our beach. I am concerned that 49% of Fiscal
services for the residents. Year 2018s bonded debt is to be repaid using accommodations,
When I came to council there were no limits to the size of vacation hospitality and preservation taxes. A disruption in that flow could
rentals and there were no limitations to visitor parking. Both of these result in a tax increase for all property owners.
issues have been addressed. We have a parking plan that controls If elected, I intend to:
visitor parking. This is still a work in progress and will be looked Ensure fiscal responsibility through clear and transparent
at after this years' beach season to see what changes might need to budgeting practices
be made. Balancing the residential quality of life with the inevitable Require aggressive enforcement of all existing protections granted
influx of daytrippers is an ongoing challenge. Our city services are by our Code
put under great pressure due to the number of tourists on the island. Strengthen regulations on seasonal parking paying particular
Our police, fire and public Works do a fantastic job to keep our island attention to Palm Boulevard
safe. The council must do everything we can to support our public Re-evaluate and update ordinances governing residential zones
servants. In the weeks to come, I hope to meet as many of you as possible to
I'm asking for you support to send me back to council for another discuss issues concerning you and our city. In the interim, I welcome
term. I promise to listen to, and work for the residents of the island, any communication at or 843.886.4050.
while continuing to protect our environment. Your Neighbor, Elizabeth Campsen
6 September 15, 2017 7
marina could be in place by 2020. occurred, the waterway has been dredged and launching dock staging we have... The bike path without taking on the new bond. When the old
The Marina the bulkhead replaced. But these have all been all the way around is a great addition too, you bond expires in 2019 the city would, in theory,
Since being purchased from the largely maintenance focused. can see it being used as a recreational path, as have $300,000 a year to put toward the marina,
Finch family in 1999, The Isle of In the last few years, as it became apparent is the promenade and the resident kayak and he said.
Palms Marina has continued to that the docks needed to be replaced and the SUP storage. This plan has a lot more in it for Perhaps lets maintain our city asset and not
operate largely as it always has - parking lots needed to be improved, the need the current residents than the original marina go further in debt. We may not do everything
under contract with a private entity for a master plan for the marina became more did. at one time, we may do it piece meal, Carroll
with the city as the landlord, and urgent. The current draft plan (pictured) will Residents First said. Ultimately though, it will come down to
with some concessions to residents go to city council for approval, and should the However, some are not sure that spending the referendum. I will do what the residents of
(such as lower boat launch fees). It referendum pass on Nov. 7, it will move to final $5 million redeveloping the marina will provide the IOP want us to do.
is a bustling location and on any design and permitting phase. much extra benefit to residents. Council member Mayor Dick Cronin believes its important to
given day in the summer you will This [plan] represents many years of input Jimmy Carroll has been vocal about his belief not just maintain, but also to enhance the citys
see both residents and tourists and compromise for the best improved residential that the city has mismanaged the property to assets.
launching watercraft, picnicking use, but also remaining mindful of commercial the detriment of the residents. This is a very positive thing for the future of
on the deck of the market or and transient uses, which are important to the Im glad the city bought it, but I dont think the island. Thats part of what we have to do,
enjoying dinner and music at the existing revenues that will go toward paying off theyve done a good job managing it, he told look to the future of this community, Cronin
restaurant. In the fall and winter the bond, Tucker said. Island Eye News. I think the marina has said. We do not have a gathering spot on the
its much quieter, but still youll Since the proposal for revitalization first got outgrown itself. All those other little businesses island where residents can just go and sit and
find local school children on their a price tag, rumors have swirled across the there bring in a lot of cars. I think [this plan] meet each other and enjoy the island life front
way to explore the barrier islands island, fueled in part by social media, about is a band aid yes it will improve parking, but beach is more of a commercial center. [The
and transient boaters making their how the city does and will fund the marina. weve got too much crammed into the marina Marina] will have gathering spots for numerous
home on the docks for a night or The accompanying graph, supplied by the city, down there and the parking is overflowing into golf carts, a promenade along the intracostal
two before heading further south illustrates the source of the monies the marina the neighborhoods. where people can sit and chat and watch whats
for the winter. has used since the city purchased it, and what Carroll points out that the city could cut back going on. It will be, frankly, the center of the
There are currently four tenants those monies have been spent on over the last on commercial use in the next 3 years, as two island when this is done.
on the 5-acre site; Tidalwave 18 years. of the leases will be up for renewal between now The Marina Revitalization Referendum
Watersports (a tenant since 1992, In the last 10 years, the only General Fund and 2020. That would free up parking, he said. will be held Nov. 7, 2017. There will be public
now under different ownership), money to have gone toward the marina is Berrigan is aware of this concern and says presentations of the plan between now and the
Barrier Isles LLC (Morgan Creek approximately $54,000 for debt service on the he will not be taking on any more commercial election, as well as candidate debates where
Grill, a restaurant and bar), The currently satisfied bulkhead replacement bond. subleases. With this redeveloped plan my the issue will likely be discussed at length.
Marina Market and Marina Joint The General Fund is composed of revenues idea is to reduce the commercial dockage and Information will also be mailed out by the city to
Ventures. The last two are both from business licenses, franchise fees, parking, increase the number of recreational [dockage], all citizens.
This draft plan shows the current proposal for the marina revitalization project. owned and operated by Brian local option sales taxes, court, recreation and he said.
accommodations tax revenues to pay off that The previous bond will be paid off in Berrigan, who subleases portions of property taxes. Property tax revenues compose In its meetings on the project, city leaders have
debt, and there was no property tax increase February 2019, Linda Lovvorn Tucker, IOP City his docks to small commercial entities, including 44 percent of General Fund revenues. emphasized improving resident opportunities
needed to service the 20-year bond. The city Administrator, told Island Eye News. The city Osprey Boat Charters, Barrier Island Eco Tours, History shows the marina can sustain itself, for recreation in every step of the
plans to use the same revenue model to finance will service the new debt the same way, out of Ocean Fitness and Coastal Expeditions. The said Berrigan, who has worked at the marina revitalization plan. They have
improvements to the now aging marina and tourism dollars and marina income. No General remaining dock space is used for recreational since 1996 when it was owned by the Finch determined that the key to this is to
increase the services it offers to residents. Fund money [funded in part by property taxes] and transient boaters. family. Marina rents and accommodations increase the potential dock space for
I realize some people never want to spend is expected to go to service the debt. Over the years there have been many taxes over the last 10 years have proven that it residents boats.
money, dont look to the future and just like Final design and permitting of the revitalization discussions by council on how to improve can be done. A gross profit toggle is also part of At the August council meeting,
to hunker down, Cronin said. But this is project could take at least two years, Tucker the marina, as was promised in 1998 in the the rent his businesses pay, meaning if they are a motion was made to inform one
something that can well-serve future generations said, so the city will structure its repayments to original proposal to purchase the property. A successful the city will benefit. of the two leaseholders, Tidalwave
on the island and not be a financial burden on not have two bond payments in the same year. If new intra-coastal waterway dock was installed Some critics point out those revenue toggles Watersports, that its lease would not
the residents. this referendum passes a completed, revitalized in 2004, minor renovations to buildings have have never been met. Berrigan says the first be renewed in 2020, in part to free up
decade or so was a hard slog, especially dock space to allow more options for
during and after the recession. But since 2008 residents (there is currently a waiting
his business is trending to be very sustainable. list). Tucker said during the meeting
We have a good trend and good history over the that there have also been concerns
past 10 years there is no reason to believe with expressed about the business from
the amount of people moving to the area that we the adjacent residential neighbor,
cant continue, he says of his operation, which and others in the community who
employs 20 full-time workers and 20 seasonal are concerned that the business has
ones. outgrown that location, as well as
The Master Plan whether that type of business should
The current draft revitalization plan has remain at the marina. The motion
been developed by Applied Technology & was not voted on however, and was
Management. It reconfigures and improves tabled for further discussion.
traffic flow and parking at the marina (which The Morgan Creek Grill currently
has been an ongoing issue in the summer, has seven dock spaces. Its lease
especially for those who live near the marina); is up next month and there is an
makes the marina ADA accessible, renews the option for a 3-year extension, which
docks (most of which have not been updated the city is currently negotiating. The Sources and uses of funds at the IOP Marina. Tourism Funds come
since before Hurricane Hugo), adds a public Marina Store and Marina Ventures from multiple sources (State ATAX, Municipal ATAX and Hospitality
dock, and substantially improves pedestrian leases were renewed in 2015 and go taxes). The commercial recreational opportunities the marina offers are
access to and around the facility (see sidebar through 2045. a substantial tourism driver for the island.
and graphic for more details).
Berrigan is pleased with the plan. I think it The Future
improves public safety tenfold, maybe more. One Carroll believes some of the issues
of my favorite things is the increased amount of at the marina could be addressed

Marina Revitalization Plan Highlights

Replaces existing docks, many of which are pre-Hugo, and over 30 years old
Adds sidewalks, a bicycle path and a boardwalk to provide a complete
perimeter path around the property
Adds pedestrian path throughout the marina
Improves traffic flow and parking, including separating boat trailer traffic
from regular car traffic, making room for 150 car parking spaces, 57 truck/
trailer boat ramp parking spaces, 11 more dedicated boat/trailer storage
spaces and 9 flexible spaces
Creates a dedicated community dock with ADA-accessible kayak launching
facilities with vehicular loading/unloading area
Builds a resident kayak/SUP storage shed
Repositions and improves staging docks at the boat ramp to allow for better
traffic flow and a 3 lane boat ramp
Segregates commercial and recreational dockage, adds more recreational
dockage for IOP resident and transient boats
Incorporates 34 new golf cart parking spaces (total of 44) and bicycle racks
September 15, 2017 9
OPINION-EDITORIAL letter to the editor
The City of Isle of Palms Is a bigger exercise room cost effective?

finances the envy of many Dear Editor

Responding to Mr. Kingfish's recent letter, an
enlarged exercise room would be a nice extravagance.
BY TED KINGHORN With a debt and upkeep cost of over $4,000 a month,
VICE CHAIRMAN, IOP WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE to make it cost negative to over 1000 tax payers we
could sell 40 memberships at $100 monthly. We

sk any municipal official from this year. They have overseen quality city now have 8 machines with 8 to 10 people daily using
another jurisdiction if they would services, growing maintenance programs this room so would assume 40 machines = 40 to
like to be in IOPs financial and additional capital equipment and 50 people daily. If we have 100 machines could we
position and I believe you will receive procurement projects. They do this with increase membership to 100 people who would only
a resounding Yes! Having worked a keen eye on managing costs so that have to pony up $40 monthly? (Of course operating
with and for South Carolina local the city receives the best products and costs go up but it seems some of our councilmembers
governments over the past 35 years I services for our citizens. never take this into consideration.)
feel that I am in a unique position to For years the City of Isle of Palms I like the Isle of Palms but find it necessary to pack
make this statement. revenue has exceeded expenses by a a lunch and go to Mt. Pleasant a few times weekly.
Fortunately our citys revenue is substantial amount. This has allowed There one can join Q2 fitness for $49 monthly: 3
diverse with residents property taxes for: cutting our debt in half over the locations over 60 machines at each, indoor pool,
paying less than 10% of the Citys total past eight years, a growing reserve whirlpool, sauna, 25+ free classes weekly, personal
annual receipts. We have been able (by percentage of annual operating trainers are available and they are open 7 days a
to achieve this, without increasing budget is seldom achieved by local week with hours far exceeding our rec.s.
property taxes, by looking at other governments) and an establishment of a I have not taken a poll but with a cleverly phrased
sources of revenue. By example, we now $2.2 million Beach Preservation Fund. question I feel certain I could get 100 residents to
collect over $700,000 annually from If you want independent, verifiable say they might pay monthly dues for a rollerskating
visitors who use our parking lots. All the confirmation of these facts, rest assured rink or even a roller derby arena.
while making them available for free to island residents, that we have annually
our citizens who have current parking received successful independent audits John McMaster
decals. This revenue, as well as tourism, and improved bond ratings: Standard Isle of Palms
accommodations, local option and other and Poors AA+ and Moodys Aa1.
state shared revenue programs ensures There is always room for improvement
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confidence at a council meeting earlier Keep Palm and Carry On!
Wellness Fair to offer
flu shots, screenings

he City of Isle of Palms has once again partnered with East
Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter for the annual IOP
Community Wellness Fair on Friday, Sept. 22 from 7 11
a.m. The event takes place at the IOP Recreation Center located at
#24 28th Ave.
East Cooper Medical Center will offer free cholesterol screening
blood work to the public. Appointments are strongly encouraged
and fasting is required twelve hours before the blood work.
Drinking water is permitted and highly recommended. To make an
appointment please call 843.884.7031. Food and beverages will be
provided following blood work.
Harris Teeter Pharmacy will be offering flu shots on site. An
insurance card or Medicare card is required to receive flu shots.
Over twenty healthcare professionals, specialists, and other
health and wellness agencies from the Charleston and Mount
Pleasant area will be present to answer questions and provide
information on all aspects of health and wellness.
For more information visit or call 843.886.8294.
September 15, 2017 11

IOP Farmers Market opens

to enthusiastic crowd

y all accounts, the purveyor for fresh, local seafood,
inaugural Isle of Palms all of which is in the works.
Farmers Market, held We are adding vendors every
Thursday, Aug. 31 was a week, Stephenson specified,
smashing success. with Lowcountry Street Grocery,
Its the premier location of any Charleston Spice and a local
local market, enthused Lewis specialty chocolate maker poised
Gregory,of the nine-session to open soon.
market, held every Thursday Local restaurants Morgan
through Oct. 26 at the County Creek Grill and Coconut Joes,
Park on IOP. There is no other initially offering delectables such
market on the beach. as fish tacos, crab cake sliders
Rebecca Stephenson, the and a to-die-for beet salad, will
Markets co-manager along with be regulars, while food and ice
Jessica Blaszczak, agrees. I love cream trucks will rotate on a
the beach, with the playground; weekly basis.
its not just another market IOP Farmers Market co-managers (l-r) Rebecca Stephenson and Jessica Blaszczak Kimi Cole, a 14-year veteran
in a parking lot. In addition along with IOP Assistant City Administrator Desire Fragoso. at the City Market in downtown
to the playground, live music Charleston, was absolutely
with adjacent picnic tables offer his; he introduced the nationwide Kinghorn and Patrick Harrington thrilled with IOP Farmers
families a relaxing place not only site to the local community. advising, the market got off Market. The vendor selection
to nosh, but to connect with each Co-manager Blaszczak, the ground in an amazingly was great, as was the turnout!
other. knew right away that it would short time period, according to exclaimed the creative genius
Gregory conceived the market be successful; consequently Gregory. behind Half-Pint Designs. Her
to create more of a sense of jumped on it when she We didnt get final approval company offers garment-printed,
community, noting one of his saw Gregorys post. Gregory as a city-sponsored event until heat pressed t-shirts and pillow
objectives is to gear the island encouraged the 50-ish residents July, as Cronin called a special covers, among other handmade
more toward full-time residents; who responded positively to his session of City Council to vote, items.
there are not too many events farmers market feeler to express marvels Gregory. We basically Blaszczak, who professionally
directed specifically at the year- their desire to the IOP City pulled it all together in just six manages three other open-air
round locals. Council. weeksthe vendors, the music, markets, believes people want
In trying to determine if there In response, Mayor Dick Cronin the site, everything. to support local businesses, and
was any interest in a farmers quickly appointed a citizens A great mix of artisans and also want to meet their neighbors.
market on IOP, Gregory posted on committee. Gregory, Stephenson food, the market is still evolving. We are working hard to make the
NextDoor, a community website and Blaszczak percolated to the Stephenson acknowledges the market a destination for locals.
that is yet another initiative of top, with Councilmembers Ted need for additional farmers, and a
September 15, 2017 13

Islands community
gives to Harvey victims

n Sept. 1 community members showed support for victims
of Hurricane Harvey, by parking a tractor-trailer at the
Exclusive Properties office on Palm Blvd. and soliciting
donations via social media.
Word spread like wildfire and donations poured in over the course
of the week. The truck was being delivered to the Salvation Army
in Houston on Sept. 8. Non-perishable food items, baby formula (above) Rich Crepeau, Chad Heffner, Shelley Miles, and Mel Miles handle donations
in particular, bottled water, clothing and cash was donated from for victims of hurricane Harvey. (left) Collections for Houston are ongoing at Exclusive
the island communities. As organizer Mel Miles noted, They need Properties on IOP.
14 September 15, 2017

Wave Dissipation
Systems not
sea turtles designer


federal judge recently ruled areas where the WDS is installed
that the Wave Dissipation on IOP are not even conducive
Systems on the Isle of to nesting for sea turtles, and he
Palms beach must be removed asks the public to examine the
because they are preventing sea benefits that the WDS can have
turtles from nesting, but WDS in reducing beach erosion. The
designer Deron Nettles argues WDS has survived many passing
that his turtle-friendly invention tropical storms and Hurricane
is doing more good than harm. Matthew and provides a level of
The Wave Dissipation protection that sandbags cannot,
Systemsoften incorrectly called Nettles states.
sea wallswere installed along This is a good system for the
the beach in front of Seascape environment, as well as nesting
Villas and Ocean Club in Wild turtles, while also providing
Dunes two years ago as part of protection to homeowners. You
a collaboration between Nettles certainly can't have this with
and engineers at the Citadel. sandbags or sea walls, Nettles
Sea turtle tracks illustrating a false crawl in front of the Wave Dissipation System. They are designed to prevent said.
beach erosion, but questions Since the WDS was created
have been raised about the in 2012 and Nettles founded
impact that the WDS has on sea SI Systems, he has obtained
turtles during nesting season. US patents on his design. He
U.S. District Court Judge David continues to study his own work,
Norton cited false crawls as particularly to see if there are
his reason for ruling in favor of any other applications it can
removing the WDS. False crawls be used for. SI Systems is even
are when turtles return to the looking into how the WDS can
ocean without digging a nest or be used as a buffer for potential
laying eggs. Sea turtle advocates storm surges further inland.
are concerned that the WDS In accordance with the
may cause turtles to dig nests federal ruling, SI Systems began
in poorly chosen areas or even removing all of the horizontal
deposit their eggs into the ocean panels from the WDS on the
where the hatchlings have almost Isle of Palm beaches, but
no chance of survival. Nettles is not ready to drop the
According to Nettles, the matter. According to Adrianna
WDS is developed with a feature Bradley, Public Information
that allows for easy removal Officer for the SC Department
of the horizontal panels of the of Health & Environmental
structure so that during turtle Control, three different parties
nesting season, the turtles can have filed requests to have the
easily crawl as far up the beach ruling reviewed: Seascape Villas
as needed. At the beginning of Horizontal Property Regime,
nesting season, Nettles states Ocean Villas Horizontal Property
that the horizontal panels in Regime, and SI Seawalls and
front of Seascape Villas were Fencing Systems.
opened and that Ocean Club Those who insist that the WDS
removed their panels a few is having an impact on sea turtle
weeks later. Opening the panels nesting do not fully understand
also allows for any potential sea how the system operates, Nettles
turtle hatchlings to make their insists.
way back to the ocean once they People would rather see
hatch. Panels were also removed homes fall in the ocean and
from the WDS on Harbor Island people lose all that they've
in Beaufort County for nesting worked their whole lives for just
season. Nettles said he is eager to trying to protect a turtle that
work with any agency or the IOP wouldnt be able to nest at these
Turtle Team to help the nesting sites anyway, Nettles said.
turtles and WDS work together. Members of the Isle of Palms
The WDS has been turtle Turtle Team declined to comment
friendly since day one. Removing on this issue. When asked for a
these panels will allow a potential statement, Mayor Dick Cronin
nesting turtle to go beyond the stated that though the WDS is
WDS footprint, Nettles said. installed on the island, the city
Nettles states that most of the has no involvement.
September 15 Is l a nd E y e C a l e nda r September 29
Friday, Sept. 29
Auditions for Crabpot
ONGOING WHEN: 5:30 8 p.m. Friday & 9:30 a.m. WHERE: IOP Recreation Center MORE INFO: Presented by the Bach
Mondays 1 p.m. Sunday MORE INFO: Free cholesterol screenings, Society of Charleston, the concert
WHERE: CCPRC Headquarters flu shots and over twenty healthcare celebrates the 450th anniversary of WHAT: Homeschool in the Parks:
WHAT: Memoir Writing Circle MORE INFO: Learn the basics of sailing professionals, specialists and other Claudio Monteverdi. $25 cash or credit Falling for the Beach

Players production of
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch Library, 1921 from US Sailing Certified Instructors, health and wellness agencies from card at the door, or buy tickets online WHEN: 10 11:30 a.m.
Ion Avenue and feel comfortable on the water. Charleston and Mount Pleasant. For WHERE: Beachwalker Park
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Learn basic sailing nomenclature, more information visit or call MORE INFO: Seasonal transitions bring

Steel Magnolias
MORE INFO: Come and share your along with rigging and de-rigging 843.886.8294. new and exciting life to our beaches.
stories. 843.883.3914. skills, safety, and the basics of tacking, Monday, Sept. 25 Join us for a beach walk and activities
jibing, and docking. Pre-registration centered on change in the barrier island
Tuesdays required. Call 843.795.4386 or visit Saturday, Sept 23 WHAT: Charleston Music Club
ecosystem. Ages 7 -13. Chaperones
WHAT: Toddler Storytime to register. welcome to attend but not required. STAFF REPORT
WHAT: Adaptive Recreation on Folly WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Elementary School registration (ages
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch Library, 1921 Beach WHERE: The chapel at Franke at THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
Ion Avenue 7-9): Course # 52606. Middle School
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 WHEN: 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
WHERE: Folly Beach County Park
Seaside,1885 Rifle Range Rd.
MORE INFO: Ulyana Machneva,
registration (ages 10-13): Course # 52605.
MORE INFO: Mrs. Marie shared stories To register visit CharlestonCountyParks.
WHAT: Photographing Children MORE INFO: Admission for the Wheel classical guitarist virtuoso, comor call 843.795.4386.
and fun with little ones. 843.883.3914. Workshop to Surf clinic is free, participants composer and Charleston Music
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. are required to pre-register. For Academy faculty member will
Thursdays WHERE: Live Oak Hall at the Lake House more information about the Wheel perform a free concert followed by Friday, Sept. 29
WHAT: Mah Jongg Nights (adults) MORE INFO: Photographer Jody Mack to Surf or to register for this event, refreshments.VisitCharlestonMusicClub.
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch Library, 1921 will discuss capturing better quality visitCharlestonCountyParks.comor call orgor for WHAT: Holy City Hullabaloo
Ion Avenue. portraits and candid moments of your 843.795.4386. details. WHEN: September 29 & 30. Gates open
WHEN: 5:30-8:00 p.m. kids or grandkids with a DSLR camera or at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m.
iPhone.She will discuss camera settings, WHAT: Black Ink Book Festival Sunday
MORE INFO: Learn to play the fun
and fast-paced game of American Mah lighting and composition. WHEN: 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 WHERE: SK8 Charleston skate park
MORE INFO: SK8 Charleston will host

Jongg.Beginners welcome. 843.883.3914. WHERE: Charleston County Public WHAT:Junior Naturalist: One Earth
WHAT: IOP Garden Club Library a two-day extravaganza featuring some he Crabpot Players Theatre Company will hold open auditions for
WHEN: 2 4:30 p.m. of the best punk and ska bands from the southern comedy-drama Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at
WHAT: IOP Famers Market WHEN: 7 p.m. MORE INFO: Over 50 black authors WHERE: Mount Pleasant Pier
WHERE: The Exchange Club and hundreds of readers for the second throughout the nation, along with many the Windjammer on Isle of Palms on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.
WHEN: 4 7 p.m. MORE INFO: With a population around
MORE INFO: Beginning its 69th year, annual festival. The event is free and other local and regional bands. Gates Casting calls for six women ages teens to sixties. No acting experience
WHERE: IOP County Park seven billion, humans can have quite an
Bill Walsh of Live 5 News will talk about open to the public. Visit for open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 3:45 p.m. is necessary, but bring a headshot and an acting resume if available.
MORE INFO: Free parking at the impact on the environment we all share.
hurricane and the aftereffects on trees details. Saturday. Advance two-day tickets are Written in 1987 Steel Magnolias is about the bond a group of
municipal lots on Pavillion Dr. Fresh Learn about natural resource use, land
and shrubs. New members and visitors $15; single day tickets are $12. For more women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they
produce, artisans, music, locally development, and ways you can make
welcome. information or to purchase tickets, cope with the death of one of their own.
prepared foods and crafts. Visit
for more info.
Sunday, Sept. 24 a difference to keep our home planet
healthy. Ages 8 -12, adult chaperones
visit, call Steel Magnolias performance dates will beNovember 6 - 16 (Monday-
843.795.4386, or visit SK8 Charleston.
Friday, Sept. 22 WHAT: Claudio Monteverdi concert
WHEN: 3 p.m.
are welcome to attend. To register visit
CharlestonCountyParks.comor call
Thursday evenings) at the Windjammer. The production will be led by
Friday, Sept. 15 WHAT: IOP Community Wellness Fair WHERE: First (Scots) Presbyterian 843.795.4386.
Director Jimmy Ward, Assistant Director Tracy Moses and Stage Manager
Jean Schubert. For further information please call 843.886.6218.
WHAT: Basic Sailing: Level 1 WHEN: 7 11 a.m. Church, 53 Meeting St.
island eats
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen The Dinghy The Obstinate Daughter
Specializing in local and Laid back Key West Vibe, great Restaurant serving contemporary
sustainable seafood. All Altantic food options, unique beers on Southern cuisine, pizza & pasta
Ocean sourced Seafood. $$-$$$ tap, spacious side porch, and live in a rustic, coastal-inspired
886-FISH (3474) music. $-$$ space.
31 JC Long Blvd, Isle of Palms 242-8310 $$-$$$ 416-5020
Banana Cabana 8 JC Long Blvd, Isle of Palms
A casual menu suits its 2063 Middle St,Sullivans Island
beachfront setting. Nibbles like Dunleavys Irish Pub
peel and eat shrimp and nachos The islands only Irish Pub. Pizza Hut
alongside heartier platters of Famous burgers, Irish fare, Now serving Isle of Palms in the
seafood. $-$$ favorite locals hangout for over Harris Teeter shopping center.
886-4361 20 years. $$ Deliver right to your door or get 883-9646 carryout. $
1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms 886-5759
2213 Middle St, Sullivans Island
Beard Cats 1515 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms
Gelato made from locally sourced High Thyme
ingredients, and coffee shop that A small island bistro, with a wide Poes Tavern
sits below Obstinate Daughter. $ range of dishes, from seafood, Famous for their gourmet
your island hair salon 416-5020 tapas on Tuesday, and a Sunday burgers and chicken sandwiches,
2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island
brunch. $$-$$$
this Poe-inspired eatery also
features great deals on fresh fish
2205 Middle St, Sullivan's Island tacos. $$
Ben & Jerrys 2213 Middle St, Sullivans Island 883-0083
Enjoy an array of ice cream
flavors, from Chocolate Therapy, Home Team BBQ 2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island
to Peach Cobbler on Isle of Palms Not limited to barbeque, this
Front Beach. $ casual eatery also serves salads, Refuge
886-6314 wraps, tacos, and quesadillas, Enjoy morning coffee with fresh Sunday Brunch. $$ bagels and pastries from the
1009 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms 883-3131 coffee bar and dinner or lunch at the restaurant along with
The Boathouse 2209 Middle St, Sullivans Island signature cocktails.
Fresh, local seafood, and
phenomenal sunset views from Island Ice Frozen Yogurt 1517 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms
the upper deck on Breach Inlet. All organic frozen yogurt, with
$$-$$$ gluten free and vegan options. Saltworks Dockside Deli
886.8000 Toppings are all natural or Located inside the Isle of Palms organic. Local coffee and teas. $ Marina Market, come enjoy
101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms 885-7079 breakfast, smoothies, and sandwiches. $-$$
Coconut Joes & 1515 C Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms 883-3355
Island Joes Coffee
Spectacular views of the Atlantic Long Island Caf 50 41st Ave, Isle of Palms
on the rooftop bar and live music Come in for lunch, dinner,
every night during the summer. or Sunday brunch and enjoy Sullivans
$-$$. Island Joes next door all your favorite seafood, plus Grab a casual dinner of fried
featuring coffee and ice cream. $ so much more at this island flounder or crab cakes in a cozy
886-0046 favorite. $$-$$$ atmosphere as well as lunch on 886-8809 the weekends. $$
1120 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms 883-3222
1515-A Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms
The Co-Op 2019 Middle St, Sullivans Island
A gourmet deli specializing in Morgan Creek Grill
breakfast and lunch sandwiches Relax with a front row seat on Windjammer
as well as local coffee. Enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway while Lively spot with a bar menu,
pantry staples including beer enjoying fresh seafood and a deck overlooking the water,
and wine along with locally made southern hospitality. $$ and beach volleyball court out
products and house made take 886-8980 back.$-$$
and go meals. Open 7 days a 886-8596
week. Delivery available. $ 8040 1st Ave, Isle of Palms
882-8088 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms
2019 Middle St, Sullivan's Island

off-island eats
Bacco Eggs Up Grill Stacks Coastal Kitchen
Regional Italian restaurant Relaxed chain serving a menu of Join us for lunch, where we
featuring fresh pastas, fior di latte breakfast, burgers & sandwiches in offer fresh soup, salads, and
mozzarella and Neapolitan style a colorful setting. $-$$ sandwiches. Enjoy dinner in a
pizzas from the wood burning oven. 388-3654 casual bistro-style setting, nice
$$$ selection and outdoor seating. $$
843.884.6969 2664 Highway 17 North, 388-6968 Mt. Pleasant
976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Pleasant Sawyers Mt. Pleasant
True to the low country, Sawyer's
Bistro Toulouse On The Boulevard is surrounded The Wine Bar
Classic French cuisine, fine wines by beautiful Oak trees and done in Wine, unique variety of 40 +
and creative cocktails. Menu reclaimed wood on the inside with cheeses and charcuterie meats
highlights include Crepes, Mussels, copper tiles topping the bar area. from around the world., chocolate,
Cassoulet, Bouillabaisse, Cheese Local fresh shrimp and fish tacos bon-bons. $$
& Charcuterie and house made are a favorite here as well as some 849-5185
Desserts. $$$ of Charleston's best music 5 nights
843.216.3434 a week. $$ 664 Long Point Rd, Mt. Pleasant 843.388.5270
1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Mt. Pleasant 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Mt. Pleasant
September 15, 2017 19

Plastics in the ocean endanger marine animals


he Sea Turtle Care Center Atlantic Ocean. The problem
at the South Carolina is that polyethylene household
Aquarium admitted a small plastics dont dissolve. They just
green sea turtle they called Gill keep breaking down into smaller
on April 4. This turtle was weak and smaller confetti sized pieces
and debilitated. Several weeks that appear to be food to these
later Gill passed a four-inch turtles who are just learning to
piece of latex balloon out of his forage and feed.
digestive tract. Eighteen turtles We are very much indebted
admitted to this facility have to the many Turtle Team
been known to have ingested members on our Island who
marine debris. Most people know pick up multiple pounds of
that plastic bags look very much litter including plastics on the
like jellyfish, a prey item of sea beach during their patrol each
turtles. summer. And we are grateful to
After passing the plastic and the Isle of Palms for leading the
getting excellent rehabilitative way in banning single use plastic
and medical care, Gill was Plastic bags resemble jellyfish, a staple in the sea turtles diet. bags on the island. But we all
released on Kiawah Island on PHOTO PROVIDED
need to try to reduce the use of
Aug. 18. This is just one example plastic straws and Styrofoam
of many recent incidents where washed up near Station 13 on bottle nosed dolphin at 21st (polystyrene) containers that do
turtles and other sea creatures Sullivans Island along with her Ave. on the Isle of Palms. This not decompose. Lets keep our
have been badly affected or calf. After the mother died, a young male dolphin had plastic beaches and waterways clean of
even killed by plastics and other necropsy showed that she had monofilament line wrapped so debris, not only for turtles but
debris in the ocean. It is thought swallowed a large black plastic tightly around its lower jaw that also for all other wildlife and
that 80% of marine debris is bag that blocked her GI tract the tissue had died, possibly people too. Please pick up after
made up of plastic which never and caused her death. It also causing him to be unable to feed. your dog, fill in holes that are
degrades and only breaks down caused the death of her calf who Plastics in the ocean have dug on the beach that can be
into smaller pieces. It is thought could not survive without her. In been found by a study in Florida a hazard to people as well, and
that the average seabird has 2011 the loggerhead sea turtle in 78.8% of the 350 hatchling remove tents and other beach
thirty pieces of plastic in its who was called Jammer because sea turtles studied as they make equipment at the end of the day.
stomach and that there are over he washed up near death near their first migration across the
3,500 parts of plastic per square the Windjammer on the Isle of
kilometer. For every pound of Palms was also found to have
algae and plankton found in the a gastrointestinal blockage.
Gulf Stream current, there are A particularly sad example of
six pounds of plastic. plastics harming sea life was
In 2009 a mother pygmy just this past January when I
sperm whale was dying and responded to a call about a dead

Breac h Inlet Tide Char t

Date High Tide Low Tide
Sep 15 4:01am/4:36pm 10:02am/10:54pm
Sep 16 5:05am/5:37pm 11:05am/11:51pm
Sep 17 6:05am/6:32pm 12:03pm
Sep 18 7:00am/7:23pm 12:44am/12:58pm
Sep 19 7:51am/8:10pm 1:33m/1:49pm
Sep 20 8:39am/8:54pm 2:18am/2:38pm
Sep 21 9:24am/9:36pm 3:02am/3:24pm
Sep 22 10:08am/10:16pm 3:43am/4:09pm
Sep 23 10:50am/10:56pm 4:22am/4:53pm
Sep 24 11:33am/11:38pm 5:01am/5:37pm
Sep 25 12:17pm 5:39am/6:23pm
Sep 26 12:21am/1:04pm 6:20am/7:11pm
Sep 27 1:09am/1:55pm 7:06am/8:03pm
Sep 28 2:01am/2:50pm 7:58am/8:58pm

Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the

predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.