South Carolina Advances to Phase 1b COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on March 8
Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that South Carolina will advance to Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan beginning Monday, March 8.

Beginning March 8, appointments can be made by people in the following groups:
  • Anyone ages 55 and up
  • People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • People aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, Down syndrome, heart disease, and more.
Updates from Town Council
The following are announcements from the March 2 Town Council meeting:

Changes to Planning and Zoning Ordinance
Town Council approved the second and final reading of Ordinance 2021-01 to amend the Town's Municipal Code Chapter 12-Land Use Planning and Zoning Definitions establishing a new term, Base Building Height Elevation (BBHE), and revise the definition of the existing term Building Height.

Restrictions regarding COVID-19
Town Council passed the second and final reading of Ordinance 2021-03, which requires face coverings and other emergency restrictions to address COVID-19 that shall remain in place until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expire, whichever date comes first. More

Contracts and Purchases
Town Council approved the following agreements, contracts, contract amendments, and purchases:

  • The current franchise agreement with Island Beach Services, Inc. for one additional two-year contract commencing on April 1, 2021, and expiring on March 31, 2023

  • A franchise agreement with the Night Heron Park Company for a five-year term commencing April 1, 2021, and expiring on March 31, 2026

  • A contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to provide civil engineering planning services related to the Beachwalker Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan in an amount not to exceed $16,500

  • A proposal from LS3P for programming and conceptional design of a new recycling facility at the Municipal Center in an amount not to exceed $11,250

  • A recommendation to move forward with SDCO Partners to consult on the Town's brand standards in an amount not to exceed $13,652 

Rezoning | 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Town Council reviewed the community survey results regarding the Sea Island Golf, LLC proposed rezoning of 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway. They also viewed a presentation on the proposed rezoning. Read yesterday's announcement here on how to provide input to Charleston County by noon on Friday. 
Beach Leash Ordinance Seasonal Change
As a reminder, from March 16 - October 31, dogs must be on a leash at all times on the beach from the western Critical Habitat Area (near Beachwalker County Park) to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club. Electronic leashes are prohibited. View the pet restraint map here.

Dogs are never allowed in the dunes, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Leash ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol and Code Enforcement officers who are authorized to ticket offenders resulting in fines up to $465. Report non-compliance to Beach Patrol (843-518-2880).
Alligator Mating Season Approaching
Alligators are a common sight on Kiawah, basking on pond edges or lazily swimming in the numerous ponds. The warmer weather of spring triggers breeding activity in alligators. Read the timeline below on what you can expect.

April – Alligator courtship beings

May – Mating season begins and continues through June. During this time, alligators are more active and mobile and, therefore, more visible around the island. Male alligators participate in mating rituals that consist of announcing their presence with a low bellowing sound to attract their mates and slapping the water with their jaws and lifting their tails high, causing vibrations through the water.

June and July – Females begin building nests from mud, plants, and sticks to lay their eggs. They often choose the edges of ponds that have healthy vegetation for protection. 

Kiawah was intentionally developed to integrate closely with nature and with that, precautions must be taken. Living with alligators requires constant awareness, respect, and caution. Read more
Shorebird Stewardship Kickoff
Interested in helping to protect Kiawah’s shorebirds? Join 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. The 2021 season kickoff meeting/training session will be held virtually on March 9 from 10 -11:30 a.m. RSVP to Bette Popillo at If you cannot attend the training but wish to participate, email Bette for alternate options.
The Red Knots Are Here!
The Red Knots are here! When they first arrive, they appear relatively anonymous in winter plumage but are unmistakable in spring when they wear robin-red on their chest. Red Knots undertake an incredible journey from South America to the Arctic traveling over 9,000 miles, sometimes flying for 6-8 days continuously over the open ocean without stopping. Kiawah is a critical staging area during their migration to rest and feed before continuing to their Arctic breeding grounds.  

Here's how we can ensure they complete their journey:
  • Keep a respectful distance and do not make noise around them.
  • Do not walk or bike through the flocks.
  • Do not allow your dogs to chase the birds. If Red Knots are present in the “dog off-leash” area of the beach, keep your dog on a leash and take them away from the birds. Allowing dogs to chase Red Knots is a violation of Town Ordinances and Federal Laws.
Solid Waste Notices
Used Bicycle Collection - Thursday, March 4.
Contact Julie at (843) 768-9166 to schedule.

Brown Trash Collection - Friday, March 5.
All brown trash must be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. More

Hazardous Waste Disposal - Bees Ferry Landfill
Residents must transport items to the Bees Ferry Landfill. Proof of residency is required. Full-time residents can provide proof of residency by their ID. Part-time residents will need a bill showing ownership of a Charleston County property address and their ID.

What classifies as Hazardous Waste? Computers, Monitors, Televisions, Printers, household & garden chemicals, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, paint and paint remover, varnish, pesticides, batteries, CFL/Fluorescent/incandescent bulbs.

Community Shred Day - Thursday, April 28 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring your documents for shredding to the Municipal Center front parking lot (4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy) for disposal. Staples do not need to be removed, but all metal clips must be removed. The Town provides complimentary shredding services for all Kiawah residents once a year. If you have questions, contact Julie Staradumsky at
Find a testing location here. Visit the Town's comprehensive webpage with resources on COVID-19 including updated statistics, DHEC reporting, and more.

The Town is operating under Ordinance 2021-03which requires face coverings and other emergency restrictions to address COVID-19 until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expirewhichever date comes first.

Gov. Henry McMaster recently announced that effective March 1, restaurants may resume normal alcohol sales and that events involving 250+ people will no longer require approval from the SC Department of Commerce. 
As of Monday, March 8, any South Carolina resident ages 55 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, is able to schedule their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. More

Schedule an appointment:
Hotline: 1-855-472-3432 or 1-866-365-8110
Upcoming Arts Council Virtual Concert 
Thursday, March 18 | 7 p.m.
Virtual Location
Viewing for Quentin E. Baxter presents the Jeremy Wolf Group has been extended to Thursday at 5 p.m. Click here to register.
Report ordinance violations to the 24-hour hotline at 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form. Add the hotline to your contacts on your mobile phone so it's quickly accessible. 
Previously Mentioned
You have seen these announcements before, but here it is one more time in case you missed it.

Committee Meetings
Arts & Cultural Events Council March 4 | 2 p.m.
Public Safety Committee – March 10 | 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Committee – March 10 | 2 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals – March 15 | 3 p.m.
Ways and Means – March 22 | 3 p.m.
Meeting Changes
  • Committees that conduct their meetings over video conferences will be live-streamed on the Town's YouTube channel.
  • Committees that conduct their meetings in-person where the public can attend will not be live-streamed.

Agendas are available here and will reference the location of the meeting. Meeting dates, times, and locations sometimes change. Before planning to attend a meeting, check our website.
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