Flood Mitigation Adaptation Partnership
The Town is excited to announce a formal partnership with the College of Charleston through June 2019 to support the research of Lucas Hernandez. Lucas is a Master of Environmental Studies/Master of Public Administration Candidate at the College of Charleston conducting research on flooding around Kiawah Island.

He has worked closely with the Charleston Resilience Network and several other municipalities in the Lowcountry researching flooding and assisting in disaster communication and preparation. During his time at the college, he has worked in the Lowcountry Hazards Center creating flood maps and assessing impacts of sea level rise on the greater Charleston area. Using a variety of available data, this team can simulate and predict which roadways and homes will be impacted by flooding in the future, using models within a Geographic Information System (GIS) environment. GIS tools can easily overlay many layers of information (high-resolution elevations, land use, and flood extent) to create maps and images of the impacts of future flooding events.

Lucas' primary focus during the first half of 2019 will be to take highly accurate elevation data and project "simulated" storm surges across Kiawah Island  read more
Kiawah Featured in New BBC Wildlife Documentary
  Last May, a crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation visited Kiawah to film the island's alligators as a part of a new wildlife documentary Cities: Nature's New Wild. The show highlights remarkable ways animals are adapting to urban growth. Kiawah is featured in the third episode Outcasts that is scheduled to air in the U.K. on January 13 and in the U.S. later this year on PBS. It will also be available to watch online here     after the UK broadcast.  Thank you to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort for their collaboration with the Town on this exciting project.
Charitable Grant Application Deadline Approaching 
Given the available resources, the Town of Kiawah supports a variety of charitable and educational organizations that are recognized as 501(c)(3), non-profit and/or tax-exempt entities providing services to the residents of Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island communities.

Applications and a copy of the Town's detailed policy are now available by  clicking here.  The application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. 
Business License Renewals
The Town began business license/contractor license renewals on January 1 . Applications renewed after February 28 will be  charged a late fee at 5% per month.
 
Attention Property Owners: 
All rental properties are required to have an annual business license based on the gross  receipts  for the property. If you rent your property on your own, you are required to obtain or renew your business license every year.  Click here to renew or obtain a business license.  If you use a rental agency, the agency will handle all the renewal paperwork and billing. 
If you are having renovations done on your home, please make sure the contractors licenses/permits are current before any work is performed. This includes KICA encroachment permits and ARB permits. Questions? Call 843-768-9166. 


The term "King Tide" is  used to describe the highest seasonal tides that naturally occur each year.  
In some cases, they may barely even be noticed. In other cases, a King Tide may cause flooding of low-lying areas and disruption to normal daily routines. This is particularly true when a King Tide event coincides with significant precipitation because water drainage and runoff is impeded. 
Please be aware that the next King Tide that could effect the island will occur January 21-22.
2019 Q1 Town Notes Newsletter Published

 
In this Issue:
  • Municipal Election & Swearing In 
  • Town Council Quarter In Review
  • Committee Openings
  • Changes to Law Enforcement Approach
  • Town of Kiawah's Road to Incorporation - Celebrating 30 years
  • Charitable Contribution Spotlight- Sweetgrass Garden Cooperative
  • College of Charleston Flood Mitigation Partnership
  • Grow Native Online Plant Database
  • Fall Migration Summary
Cultural Events Applications Available Now
Each year the Town's Cultural Events Fund is used to present a series of cultural events for residents and tourists to enjoy without leaving the island. The Town's Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council reviews and selects the applicants through a formal application process. 

Applications for the Town's Cultural Events Fund are now available online here. Applications are due Friday, February 1, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.


Solid Waste Notices 

The 2019 Solid Waste Collection Schedule is  available here   Not sure of your collection day  click here

 

Christmas Trees will be collected with yard debris on Thursdays. 

Next Event  AC   
Quentin Baxter Presents... Joe Gransden Quartet
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Turtle Point Clubhouse

Meetings
Public Works Committee - January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Public Safety Committee - January 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Environmental Committee - January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee - January 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Town Council Retreat  - January 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
CERT Team - January 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Town Council Retreat - January 24, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

  * Meeting are subject to change