Q1 Town Notes Published
The Quarter 1 edition of Town Notes is now available.  Read it online.
 In this issue: 

  • 2020 Census
  • Mayor's Corner 
  • Town Council Quarter in Review 
  • Parkway Improvement Project
  • Kiawah Rising Deer Population
  • New Resiliency Projects
  • Fall Migration Banding and more

This is the digital issue of Town Notes. Residents signed up for the print edition will receive a mailed issue.
Market Analysis Study
At the February 4 meeting, Town Council approved a study to be conducted by the real estate and economic development firm HR&A Advisors aimed at helping the Town, other Kiawah entities, and property-owners better understand the current and future dynamics impacting the island's property values. 

Among its objectives, the study will provide additional data-driven clarity about the community’s property value trends, identify factors influencing property values, more.
Democratic Presidential Primary
The Democratic Presidential Primary is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 29 and voting will be held from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. The polling location has been moved to the Sandcastle Community Center . All voters will need their state-issued identification cards. For information on absentee voting or to view the sample ballots visit here.
2020 Elections
2020 is full of elections, including the Town's municipal election in December. Provided here is a summary of the elections dates.

Interested in the election process? Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration needs poll managers for Election Day.
Alligator Awareness Study
Wildlife is a crucial element and asset to the Kiawah Island experience. To ensure both the public and wildlife are protected, a periodic review of best practices for co-existing with wildlife, particularly alligators, is necessary. 

Last fall, the Town created an alligator audit committee to review all aspects of Kiawah's alligator program. The committee included members from the Community Association, the Golf Resort, Town Biologists, and an alligator research specialist from Clemson University. The committee developed additional recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the island's current alligator program. Read more
Shorebird Stewardship Kickoff
Interested in helping to protect Kiawah's shorebirds? Please consider joining the Kiawah Shorebird Stewardship Program! Shorebird Stewards serve as advocates to protect our shorebirds and their critical habitats by teaching residents and guests about the birds that nest, rest, and feed on our beach.

No experience is required, and training on the key bird species of concern and how to engage with the public is provided. The 2020 season kickoff meeting will be March 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Municipal Center.
Everyone is invited Learn more
Garbage/Recycling Reminder
Garbage and recycling must be placed inside the cans to ensure collection. Cardboard/cardboard boxes must be broken down and placed inside either the recycling or garbage cans (recycling encouraged). 
Any items left outside of the can will not be collected. Learn more

Excessive amounts of cardboard/cardboard boxes can be taken to the Kestrel Court drop site and placed in the cardboard dumpster. 
Violation Hotline
Town code enforcement officers are now patrolling the island after hours. While their focus is primarily on short-term rental compliance, they also will respond to any ordinance violation complaints after hours.

Anyone can report a violation to the 24-hour hotline at 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form. Please take a moment and add the hotline to your contacts on your mobile phone so it's easily accessible.
FYI
Office Closure: February 17 - President's Day

Brown Trash & Hazardous Waste Collection: Friday, March 6.
Brown trash must be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. Hazardous waste must be brought to the Municipal Center between 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The collection of larger items such as refrigerators, washers, etc., can be arranged with Carolina Waste (843-576-1100) at an additional cost. 
Upcoming Town Events
Arts and Cultural Events

Bob Milne
Ragtime & Boogie-woogie Pianist 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Seabrook Island Club
Other Events
Art of Adventure
Freshfields Village is hosting  Benjamin Walls, for an art exhibit and private film screening. The weekend-long event will feature works from Benjamin Walls Gallery and a pre-release screening of  KIFARU on the Village Green.

The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film will take place February 14 to 17, 2020 to coincide with the annual  Art & Wine Walk
Previously Mentioned
You have seen these announcements before, but here it is one more time in case you missed it.
Committee Meetings
February
Ways & Means Committee – Feb. 11 | 3 p.m.
Town Council – Feb. 11 | Following Ways & Means
Public Safety Committee – Feb. 12 | 11:30 a.m.
Arts Council Cultural Events Application Review – Feb. 13 | 9 a.m.
Arts Council – Feb. 13 | Following Cultural Events Review
Arts Council Planning Session #1 – Feb. 20 | 9 a.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals – Feb. 24 | 3 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee – Feb. 25 | 3 p.m.

Agendas are available here . Meeting dates and times sometimes change. Before attending a meeting, be sure to check our website.
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