Proposed Rezoning - 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
As announced last week, Town representatives attended the August 25 public information meeting regarding the proposed rezoning of property located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island, SC 29455 (the undeveloped property between the Municipal Center and Resurrection Road).

Sea Island Gold LLC is proposing to rezone their property from its current zoning of R-4 to Planned Unit Development (PUD). Their current proposal includes use as a miniature golf facility referenced as Sea Island Golf Course.
 
This property resides within Charleston County and falls under the County’s zoning regulations and review process. The Charleston County Planning Commission will consider the request at their next workshop. Members of the public may submit written public comments until September 11. Learn More
Updates from Town Council
The following are highlights from Town Council's September 1 meeting. Watch the meeting on YouTube here

Changes to the Term Limits for Town Council 
Town Council approved the second and final reading of Ordinance 2020-08, which will stagger and change the term limits for the mayor and council members beginning with the next election on December 1, 2020. More

Flood Damage Prevention
Town Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 2020-10, to amend the Town's existing flood damage prevention ordinance with the latest edition of the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which become effective January 29, 2021. More

Littering Ordinance Amendments
Town Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 2020-11, which strengthened the current litter Ordinance. More

HR&A Kiawah Island Housing Market Study
Town Council accepted the HR&A Kiawah Island Housing Market Study, which was recently presented for the community to review. Watch Monday’s interactive Q&A here.
Budget At A Glance
Have you ever wondered how the Town's budget is managed, where our revenues come from, or what our expenditures are?

Check out this year's updated Budget At A Glance that summarizes the budget outlook and spending. 
Municipal Election Candidate Filing Open
The Kiawah Island Municipal Election will take place Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This election marks the seventeenth administration of the Town of Kiawah Island, incorporated on September 13, 1988. Filing opened at noon on September 1 and will close at noon on October 2. More
Face Coverings Ordinance Extended
Town Council passed Emergency Ordinance 2020-09, which extends existing requirements including face coverings and other emergency restrictions to address COVID-19 until October 25. A summary is available here.
Bobcat Guardian Website Updates
The Bobcat Guardian website has a new look! Updates include paw icons to identify Pest Control Provider techniques, and an improved Resident Bobcat Guardian list.

Resident Bobcat Guardian Pledge
Property owners within Town of Kiawah are invited to sign the pledge here certifying they will not use SGAs on their property. Please respond only once per property.

Provider & Business Pledges
Pest control providers and businesses operating within Town limits are encouraged to apply to become a Bobcat Guardian at www.savekiawahbobcats.com.
Please be aware that the next King Tide that could affect the island will occur September 15-21. 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.

Tip: Keep your gas tank at least half-full during hurricane season. Maintain basic emergency supplies (e.g., snacks, bottled water, first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables and other tools, a wool blanket, and a change of clothes) in your vehicle.

Hurricane Guides
Notification
Make sure you are signed up for the Town’s emergency notification outlets here
Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol
Photo courtesy of Alison Frey, Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol.

The current nest count is 345. 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.

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Previously Mentioned
Effective Date for New Flood Maps
Q3 Town Notes Published
Cars On Kiawah Canceled
Notices
Brown Trash
Friday, September 4, 2020 | Not sure what classifies - check here
All brown trash must be placed on the curb by 7:00 a.m. to ensure collection.

Hazardous Waste Collection Discontinued
Charleston County has announced it will no longer accept bulk hazardous waste collections. As a result, the Town will no collect these materials for disposal, and the drop-off for Friday, September 4, is canceled. To dispose of hazardous waste, homeowners must transport items to the Bees Ferry Landfill.

Office Closure
Monday, September 7 - Labor Day

Solid Waste
There will be no trash collection on Monday, September 7. Monday’s trash will be collected on Tuesday, September 8. All other collections move forward a day. No yard debris pickup. Twice per week trash collection (Fridays) will end after September 12.
Committee Meetings | Virtual Only
Arts & Cultural Events - September 3 | 2 p.m.
Audit Committee - September 8 | 10 a.m.
Environmental Committee - September 8 | 2 p.m.
Public Safety Committee - September 9 | 11:30 a.m.
Public Works Committee - September 14 | 10 a.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals - September 21 | 3 p.m.
Ways and Means - September 22 | 2 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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