To put it lightly, this last week has been challenging. On Friday, I was elected chair of the KICA Board of Directors, and since then, the world has changed dramatically due to COVID-19. The board and KICA staff have been engaged daily, navigating uncharted waters, and doing our best to maintain our safe haven here on Kiawah.
At the beginning of the week, we made the tough call to close the Sandcastle and Beachwalker Center, cancelling all events through at least the end of the month. Operations were altered to protect employees and members in every department, and throughout every island organization, with adjustments still being made. On Tuesday, we decided to move forward with sharing KICA's flood mitigation efforts with the community. While your health and safety is the priority right now, we also recognize you may have time you'd like to fill with something other than uncertain news. Thus, we wanted to provide you with the chance to start learning about this significant project and what it means for our community before we ask you to vote next month.
Our board and staff are looking for ways to make social distancing more pleasant in the coming days and possibly weeks. The resort acted fast, launching online grocery ordering, delivery and to-go menus. These are services we can't take credit for, but are wonderful offerings for our community. We're also thinking through ways we can enhance your time on the island. Soon, you'll be able to see a familiar face, Susan Lozier, a fitness instructor from The Sandcastle, who will be recording a video tomorrow morning, so that you can maintain your workout routine from home. A link will be posted on our website as soon as it's available.
I've seen many instances of families spending time together outside. These are the small joys that shine through during tough times.
Wishing you health and safety,