Hurricane Isaias
The Town's windshield survey following Hurricane Isaias showed no visible damage to property on the island. As a reminder, this survey does not take into account damage to property not seen from the road. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Make sure you are signed up for the Town’s emergency notification outlets here
Updates from Town Council
The following are announcements from Town Council's August 4 meeting. Watch the meeting on YouTube here.
Amended Emergency Ordinance 2020-03.1
Town Council approved amended Emergency Ordinance 2020-03.1 which adopts the restrictions Governor McMaster enacted in his latest Executive Order.

Amended Ordinance 2020-03.1 will expire on August 27, 2020, unless modified or rescinded earlier. A summary of additions is provided below.
  
All restaurants and other establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol must comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-45 and Executive Order 2020-50 which enact the following mandatory restrictions:

  • The sale or consumption of beer, wine, or alcoholic liquor is prohibited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. (sale for off-premises consumption is not covered by this restriction);
  • Operating dine-in services at no more than 50% of their occupancy limit;
  • Employees and patrons must wear masks or face coverings; and tables must be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart;
  • No more than eight customers per table unless from the same family; and
  • Standing or congregating in bar areas is prohibited.
 
Other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings are permitted to open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines which include:

  • Attendance may not exceed 50% of their occupancy limit – or 250 persons – whichever is less;
  • Require wearing face coverings as a condition of admission or participation;
  • Enact social distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices recommended by AccelerateSC; and
  • End the sale of alcohol at 11:00 p.m.

The Emergency Ordinance can be read in its entirety, here.
Changes to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance
Town Council approved the second and final reading of changes to the Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance resulting from a staff-led six-month review of the current Ordinance. The proposed changes were announced on July 9, and a summary of the changes is available here.

If you have questions regarding the proposed changes, email Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson at stillerson@kiawahisland.org.
Proposed Ordinance 2020-08
Town Council approved the first reading of proposed Ordinance 2020-08 regarding changes to the Mayor and Town Council term limits. Per the proposed Ordinance, the next election on December 1, 2020 would elect a mayor for a term of four years, two council members for terms of four years, and two council members for terms of two years.The proposed Ordinance is available here. The second reading is scheduled for September 1 at 2 p.m.

If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed changes, email Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson at stillerson@kiawahisland.org.
New Tide Station
The Town’s new water level monitoring station, located at the Kiawah River Bridge, provides real-time water level information that is now available to residents and the general public here.

In addition, the webpage also provides real-time weather information from a weather station recently installed by the Town on the roof of The Timbers oceanfront residences. The water level monitoring station is solar-powered and collects water level data every 15 minutes with an accuracy of 2 mm or less. This new station will collect current and historical water level data specific to Kiawah and allow for monitoring the long-term effects of sea-level rise. The weather station is also solar-powered and collects and transmits weather data every minute. It will provide critical data during storm events, and in conjunction with water level data, will assist in the emergency management decision-making process. For more information click here. If you have questions, email Jim Jordan at jjordan@kiawahisland.org.
Become a Bobcat Guardian
Kiawah’s historically healthy bobcat population has been sharply declining over the last two years. We now know that second-generation anticoagulant (SGA) rodenticides are a major contributing factor and are responsible for at least seven bobcat deaths in the last year.

The Town's new bobcat preservation initiative, the Bobcat Guardian pledge, is a voluntary commitment from residents, businesses, and pest management providers to eliminate SGA rodenticides on Kiawah. Bobcat Guardians pledge to never use SGAs and are listed on www.SaveKiawahBobcats.com.

To pledge on behalf of your home, business, or pest management company visit www.SaveKiawahBobcats.com.
Blood Drive Offers Antibody Testing to Donors
On Monday, August 10 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. the Town will host The Blood Connection for a community blood drive at the Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy.) All donors will be tested for COVID-19 Antibodies. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Make an appointment here.
Face Coverings Reminder
Until August 27, 2020, face coverings must be worn in certain public areas and by employees that interact with the public within the Town of Kiawah Island. More Information
Please be aware that the next King Tide that could affect the island will occur August 18-20. King Tides are 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. More
COVID-19 Updates
The Town continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area, and has created comprehensive webpage with resources pertaining to COVID-19 including updated statistics and DHEC reporting links, emergency orders and more.
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

Remember:

Review important documents. Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like IDs are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.

Hurricane Guides
Notification
Make sure you are signed up for the Town’s emergency notification outlets here
Q3 Town Notes Published
The Quarter 3 edition of Town Notes is now available. Read it online. In this issue: 

  • 2020 Election Notices
  • Mayor's Corner 
  • Town Council Quarter in Review 
  • Bobcats and Deer in A Changing Ecosystem
  • New Tide Station
  • TOKI Spotlight
  • 2020 Hurricane Season and more
Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol
The current nest count is 333. Nesting efforts are monitored by a group of dedicated resident volunteers each year. Due to COVID- 19, no new patrol volunteers or attendance of nest inventories will be permitted this season. 

Help us protect our turtles:

  • Take all items with you when you leave the beach (chairs, coolers, trash) and fill in your holes, as these can be big hurdles for turtles.
  • Only use red lights on the beach at night. Artificial light disorients sea turtles as they try to find their way to the ocean. Free red flashlight filters are available at the Municipal Center.
  • May - October all outdoor lighting facing the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn.
  • Never harass, touch or disturb hatchlings or eggs.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for season highlights. Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol.
Previously Mentioned
Message from Mayor Weaver on Impacts to Kiawah's Bobcat Population
Committee Meetings | Virtual Only
Arts & Cultural Events Council August 6 | 2 p.m.
Public Works Committee August 10 | 10 a.m.
Public Safety Committee August 12 | 11:30 a.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals August 17 | 3 p.m.
Ways and Means – August 25 | 2 p.m.
Town Council September 1 | 2 p.m.
Planning Commission September 2 | 3 p.m.

Until further notice, all committee meetings will be conducted over video conference and streamed to the Town's YouTube channel.

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