Beachwalker Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan
The Town is seeking public input from residents, property owners, and community members on the Beachwalker Drive Bike & Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The purpose of the plan is to analyze continuous bicycle paths, options for raised pedestrian crossings, and safety options for the cohesion between bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles.

Make a comment: Online Public Comment Portal
The public comment period closes Tuesday, June 29 at noon. If you have questions, contact John Taylor Jr., Planning Director, at jtaylor@kiawahisland.org.

Notice - Community Planning Workshop July 8
A summary of the public comments and a presentation from Kimley-Horn will be shared with the community at a planning workshop on July 8 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. More information to come.
Summer is Here | Watch Our New Video
Watch our new public service announcement video to quickly review the public safety guidelines and ordinances in place for your protection!
Review a summary of beach and island ordinances here.
Ordinances apply to property owners and visitors, and Code Enforcement officers could ticket anyone found in violation.
If you see violations in progress, report them immediately so officers can take the appropriate corrective action. Call or text Beach Patrol at 843-518-2880. Report off-beach violations to the 24-hour hotline 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form.
Salute from the Shore
Salute from the Shore will hold its 12th annual tribute to the United States Armed Forces on July 4, 2021. Planes—both current military planes and privately-owned vintage planes—will take off from the northern end of our coastline outside Myrtle Beach at 1 p.m. and fly along the coastline to Hilton Head. The approximate Kiawah flyover time is 1:20 p.m. 
Notice of Deferral | Sea Island Golf Planned Development
As previously noticed, the Charleston County Planning Commission, on March 8, 2021, reviewed and denied the rezoning request for Sea Island Golf Planned Development located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway. This application was first set to be considered by County Council on April 13 and has been deferred since by the applicant. The applicant of Sea Island Golf Planned Development has now requested to extend the deferral until the scheduled August 31 Charleston County Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Town will continue to update the community on the application status and provide recommended action steps for residents and property owners to stay engaged in the County’s Public Hearing process regarding this rezoning request.
 
The Town’s Position
In February, the Town surveyed the community on the proposed rezoning request, and 896 property owners and residents responded to the survey. The survey results revealed that 90% (803) did not support the proposed use as miniature golf and approximately 10% (93) supported the use as miniature golf provided that certain design standards were imposed. The overwhelming position from the survey clearly supported and encouraged Town Council to oppose the rezoning request. The Town submitted a letter to Charleston County Planning Commission stating that through unanimous consent of the Town Council, the Town of Kiawah Island opposed the rezoning request. 
 
If you have questions, contact John Taylor Jr., Planning Director, at jtaylor@kiawahisland.org.
Safe and Effective Control of Rodents
Rats and mice are part of living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and are a vital component of our local ecosystem, providing critical food for bobcats, snakes, and birds of prey (eagles, hawks, and owls). With that said, rodent prevention and control is necessary.

Click here to review helpful information on the rodents found on Kiawah and simple and effective steps for identifying and mitigating rodent issues. Below are new educational resources.
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2021.

New Resource 
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has launched a new interactive website, hurricane.sc highlighting the fundamentals of being prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms.


Guides (Printed copies available at the Municipal Center) 
Emergency Notification System
Residents should make sure they are registered for the Town's emergency notification system CodeRED. During registration, be sure to opt-in for severe weather warning alerts. The National Weather Service automatically triggers severe weather alerts if your address falls in the path of severe weather which is especially important in tornado warnings. Register here

The Town sent a test call on June 11 to all registered numbers currently within the system. If you did not receive the test call and should have, you can re-register here without receiving duplicate notices. If you have recently moved and want to be removed from CodeRED, click here.
The next King Tide that could affect the island is occurring now through June 25. 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 daily routines. More
Turtle Patrol Update
Current Nest Count: 175

  • Never harass, touch or disturb hatchlings or eggs.
  • Take all items with you when you leave the beach and fill in your holes, as these can be big hurdles for turtles.
  • Lights out for Turtles! May - October, all outdoor lighting facing the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn. Also, no use of artificial light (flashlights, cell phone lights) on the beach at night. It can cause nesting females to abandon nesting attempts and disorient hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean.

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Upcoming Office Closures - July 5 — Independence Day
Visit the Town's webpage with COVID-19 resources including updated statistics, DHEC reporting, and more.
Vaccinations

State of Emergency Expired
Governor McMaster has allowed the state of emergency in South Carolina to expire, formally ending the heightened alertness in place since the onset of the pandemic. The order had been in effect for 451 days, first issued on March 13, 2020.
Upcoming Arts Council Event
Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Ellington at Newport
Sunday, August 15 | 7:30 p.m.
West Beach Conf. Center
Cost: $25
Report ordinance violations or rental property problems 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 if you missed it.

Committee Meetings
Ways and Means Committee – July 6 | 1:45 p.m.
Town Council – July 6 | 2 p.m.
Planning Commission – July 7 | 3 p.m.
Community Planning Workshop – 2 p.m.
Arts Council Board – July 12 | 10 a.m.
Public Works Committee – July 12 | 10 a.m.
Public Safety Committee – July 14 | 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Committee – July 14 | 2 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 meeting's location. Dates, times, and locations sometimes change. Before planning to attend a meeting, check our website.
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