Town Council Meeting Tuesday, May 5

Watch the Meeting
To access the Town’s YouTube channel, do one of the following:

  • Save this email and click here at the meeting time.
  • Visit and click the moving ticker at the top of the homepage or click the YouTube icon at the bottom of the homepage.
  • Visit and search the Town of Kiawah.
2020 Census
Have you completed your 2020 Census yet? Kiawah Island response rates are low at a 21% response rate compared to a 48% response rate for South Carolina and 48% for Charleston County. The census is much more than just a headcount. The data is of paramount importance to the nation and is used in determining representation in Congress, boundaries for voting and school districts, and more. Respond now to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  Learn more
Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol
SCDNR has relaxed restrictions and are allowing volunteer programs to begin if they are conducted in isolation, restrict the use of shared equipment, and adhere to all social distancing requirements. As such, Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol began yesterday (May 1) with modified operations. No new volunteers will be allowed this season Learn more

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for Turtle Patrol highlights throughout the season.

SCDNR biologists reported the first sea turtle nest in SC for the season was laid on April 30 on Lighthouse Island. The loggerhead nest was discovered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife sea turtle technician Billy Shaw. Learn more
Solid Waste Notices
Twice A Week Trash Collection
Twice a week trash collection service for participating residences began yesterday and runs through Friday, September 12. Please leave trash receptacles out or enclosures unlocked so our provider can service your property.

Community Shredding Day Rescheduled
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Bring your documents for shredding to the Municipal Center front parking lot (4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway) for disposal. Staples can be left in your documents, 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 Brian Gottshalk at .
Next Brown Trash & Hazardous Waste Collection
Friday, June 5, 2020 | Not sure what classifies - check here

  • Garbage (green can) and recycling (gray can) must be placed inside the cans to ensure collection. 
  • Cardboard/cardboard boxes must be broken down and placed inside either the recycling or garbage cans (recycling encouraged). 
  • Any items left outside of the can will not be collected
  • Overflow garbage, recycling, and cardboard can be taken to the large capacity compactors at the Kestrel Court Recycling Center. Containers are material-specific and signage is posted to help residents identify which containers to use. Individuals found leaving items outside of the containers will be subject to a $500 fine plus assessments.
Short-Term Rental Regulations
The Town is currently operating under Emergency Ordinances   2020-01  and  2020-02 Town Council extended the definition of Short-term Rental (STR) from thirty (30) days to ninety (90) days. No new check-ins or reservations are permitted at any STR or any other rental of less than ninety (90) days from April 4 until May 15. Guests currently checked in may remain at the same property under the same terms of the existing rental agreement or lease. Code enforcement officers are monitoring rentals and violators could be ticketed. 

Any property that is rented is required to have either a short-term rental license or a general business license with the Town. The type of license depends on the length of time by which they rent the property. Exception:   Rental properties that are available for rent for a period not to exceed 14 calendar days in a calendar year are exempt from the provisions of the Ordinance.
2020 Elections
2020 is full of elections, including the Town’s municipal election in December. A summary of election dates are provided here .
The next election is the statewide primary on June 9. The last day to register to vote in the primary is May 9 . More information

Absentee Voting
To vote absentee, individuals must be a registered voter and meet criteria set forth by the Voter Registration Office. Individuals that are 65 years or older qualify to vote by absentee ballot. More information on other absentee voting criteria is available here .

Obtain an Absentee Ballot
Registered voters must complete an application to request an absentee ballot by one of the following methods during COVID-19: 

  • Live chat with a Board of Elections representative and request to vote absentee.
  • Complete the online application here and then print and mail to POB 71419, North Charleston SC 29415.
  • Call (843)744-8683.
  • Submit written request to

Voting in the Town’s Municipal Election
To vote in the Town’s municipal election, you must be registered to vote in the state of South Carolina at your address on the island. While some states have different regulations, to register to vote in South Carolina you must meet the requirements and be a resident of South Carolina, in Charleston County (Kiawah precinct).

* According to South Carolina law   you must register to vote at the address you reside. That address must be your fixed home and a person can only have one. For additional guidance in determining what residence to claim for voter registration, see  S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-1-25 .
Disaster Awareness Day Canceled
Due to COVID-19, the Town of Kiawah and Seabrook Annual Disaster Awareness Day has been canceled. Look for hurricane preparation tips and reminders in future communications. 
Please be aware that the next King Tide that could affect the island will occur May 6-9. 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
Bird Feeder Cam
The Municipal Center Bird Feeder is the place to be for our feathered friends! Take a peek each day by clicking here and you may catch sight of a beautiful Painted Bunting.
Don't Adopt a Lost Fawn
Fawns are born from April to July after a gestation period of 200 days. Does will have one or two fawns each year and will keep them hidden by themselves for the first few weeks of life. Fawns will lie quietly for hours until the doe returns from her forays for food. Fawns are scent-free during their first few weeks which allows them to remain relatively safe from bobcats and other predators. If you encounter a fawn lying by itself during your walks on the island, do not approach or touch it. Any interaction with humans greatly increases the chances of the fawn being killed or injured.
Beach Regulations
 Please remember the following beach related ordinances:
  • Stay off the dunes and use public walkovers.
  • No glass, metal shovels, plastic carryout bags, plastic straws, Styrofoam, balloons or drones allowed.
  • No overnight storage of beach equipment.
  • May thru October - all outdoor lighting visible from the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn to protect nesting sea turtles.
  • Never approach sea turtles, hatchlings, or nests. 
  • Pet leash ordinances are detailed below.
Ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol (843-518-2880) and Code Enforcement officers (24-hour hotline 843-259-2137) who are authorized to ticket and fine offenders.
Beach Regulations for Pets

Dogs are never allowed in the dunes and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. 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.
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