Toxic Rodenticides Found In Other Kiawah Wildlife
The adverse effects of anticoagulant rodenticides on Kiawah’s bobcat population are well-documented. Since August 2019, seven bobcats (one of which was a female pregnant with four kittens) have died due to SGA toxicity or exposure. 

Town Biologists have long suspected that if these toxic chemicals are present in bobcats, then they are likely to be present in other animal species on the island. Because of this concern, Town Biologists began collecting samples from other animals found sick or dying on the island. To date, Biologists have collected and sampled five raccoons and one opossum. Samples were sent to the Michigan State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in early September. 

The results were received, and all six animals were found to have at least one anticoagulant rodenticide in their system. In addition, anticoagulant levels in several of the animals were similar to the levels seen in the three adult bobcats that died directly from anticoagulant poisoning. This would suggest that many of these animals died from the accumulation of these rodenticides.  

This new evidence reconfirms the dangers and impacts to Kiawah wildlife from the use of anticoagulant rodenticides. Help protect all of Kiawah’s wildlife today by signing the Bobcat Guardian pledge and help us spread the word.

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Municipal Election Filing Deadline October 2
Filing Deadline Approaching
The Kiawah Island municipal election will take place Tuesday, December 1, 2020. It will include voting for a mayor and four council members. Filing will close at noon on October 2. More

Voting in the Municipal Election
To vote in the municipal election, you must be registered to vote in South Carolina at your address on the island. The deadline to register to vote for the municipal election is November 2. More
Flu Shot Clinic To Be Held October 23
CVS Pharmacy will hold a flu shot clinic on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Municipal Center. Anyone over the age of 12 can participate. Most insurances are accepted (except for Tricare) and provide the shot at no charge. If you have any questions about insurance, please email the clinic coordinator Ryan Linton at Appointment time slots will be held in half-hour increments. Temperature checks and masks will be required for entry. CVS staff will be practicing additional safety protocols related to COVID-19. 
COVID-19 Testing In October
Charleston County Government, the City of North Charleston, and Fetter Health Care Network will continue to offer a fixed COVID-19 testing site at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston 29418. The site will offer drive-thru and walk-up testing options with no prescreening. Testing will occur every Tuesday in October. More
Beach Leash Ordinance Seasonal Change
November 1 – March 15 – Pets are allowed to be off-leash from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everywhere on the beach except in the critical habitat area. Pets must be leashed from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. Owners must remain with their pet, have the pet under control, and have a leash in their possession if there is a need to leash their pet or if requested by other beachgoers or by Beach Patrol. Violators could be ticketed. Electronic leashes are prohibited. More at
Community Flood Rating and New Flood Maps 
The Town of Kiawah Island is a part of the National Flood Insurance Program and Community Rating System which is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum program requirements. Kiawah has a class 5 rating, and residents should qualify for a 25% discount on their rates. Contact your insurance provider for specific details.

New Flood Maps
Charleston County’s new flood maps will become effective on January 29, 2021. The new maps impact the requirement and cost of flood insurance for some residents and affect base flood elevation requirements on new construction. If you have questions, contact Bruce Spicher at
Least Terns Return to the East End Beach
For the first time since 2009, Least Terns successfully nested in large numbers on the east end of Kiawah’s beach! Learn how the carefully planned efforts of Town Biologists "terned" the tides for these shorebirds last spring. More

General Election Voter Registration Deadline & New Absentee Voting Information
The general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 will include voting for president and vice-president, 1/3 of the Senate, and all of the House of Representatives. State and local races are also on the ballot. (Does not include TOKI municipal election, which is on December 1.) More

Deadlines for Voter Registration:
  • In person - Friday, October 2
  • Online - Sunday, October 4
  • By mail - (postmarked by) Monday, October 5

Other Information
Become a Bobcat Guardian
Resident Bobcat Guardian Pledge
Property owners within the 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
Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol
Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol

The current nest count is 342. 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. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for season highlights.

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 Season
June 1 through November 30.


Make sure you are signed up for the Town’s emergency notification outlets here
Previously Mentioned
Committee Meetings
Arts & Cultural Events Council - October 1 | 2 p.m.
Arts Council Board - October 5 | 10 a.m.
Town Council Workshop - October 6 | 1:30 p.m. followed by their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. (in-person/live-streamed)
Planning Commission - October 7 | 3 p.m.
Public Works Committee - October 12 | 10 a.m.
Public Safety Committee - October 14 | 11:30 a.m.

Some committees are returning to in-person meeting formats. The Town will live-stream all committee meetings that remain conducted over video conference on Town's YouTube channel.

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