Ways and Means Committee Virtual Meeting
The Ways and Means Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Town’s YouTube channel . The agenda will be posted on our website 24 hours in advance. 

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 www.kiawahisland.org and click the moving ticker at the top of the homepage or click the YouTube icon at the bottom of the homepage.
  • Visit www.youtube.com and search the Town of Kiawah.
New Tidal Station
Last week, the Town installed a water level monitoring station at the Kiawah River Bridge. The station is solar-powered and collects water level data every 15 minutes with an accuracy of 2 mm or less. Data is transmitted in real-time via the cellular network, and the station can also transmit data via satellite if the cellular network goes down during a storm event. Currently, tidal data predictions for the Kiawah River Bridge are extrapolated from nearby stations in the Charleston area.

This new station will collect water level data specific to Kiawah and allow for monitoring the long-term effects of sea-level rise. It will also provide real-time water level data during storm events that will help with emergency management decision making. The public will have access to this real-time and historical data through a custom webpage that will be available later this year.
Bobcat Population
Last week, the Town sent a communication that detailed changes in the ecosystem concerning white-tail deer and the declining bobcat population. The article identified the impact that second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGAs) were having on the declining bobcat population.

For further clarification, the Town cannot ban all SGAs by passing an ordinance because the State of South Carolina (through the Clemson Department of Pesticide Regulation) solely regulates pesticides and their use. The Town has asked pest control companies, entities, and residents for voluntary compliance to not use SGA’s as a part of their rodent control strategy. If you have questions, email Jim Jordan at  jjordan@kiawahisland.org .
SATAX Deadline Approaching
The State Accommodations Tax (SATAX) Advisory Committee has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. The application deadline has been extended to April 24, 2020.  More information
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.
Parkway Improvement Project Traffic Notice
On Monday April 27, construction crews will be resetting the guardrail on the parkway and beginning the construction of the turn lane into the lot adjacent to Freshfields. The bike path will remain open, but travelers could experience delays when passing the construction zone. Traffic patterns may be impacted, but lanes will remain open. Expect intermittent traffic delays and plan extra time for travel. Traffic control will be present, so please use caution as there could be abrupt stops in traffic. 

Thank you for your patience during this infrastructure project. If you have questions, contact Brian Gottshalk at 843-768-5111 or bgottshalk@kiawahisland.org .
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 for an absentee ballot form requesting 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 absentee@charlestoncounty.org.
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
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.
Solid Waste Notices
  • 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.

Next Brown Trash & Hazardous Waste Collection
Friday, June 5, 2020 | Not sure what classifies - check here

Residents that cannot wait for the next collection can take items to the Bees Ferry Landfill l o cated at 1344 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston (West Ashley). Due to COVID-19, patrons must unload their own items.  
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. Areas are defined below:  

  • Critical Habitat Area: Dogs are prohibited at all times.

  • Remainder of the Beach (March 16 - October 31): Dogs must be on a leash at all times from the western boundary of the Critical Habitat Area (near Beachwalker County Park) to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club. View map

  • Dog Use Area: Allows dogs off leash year-round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the eastern boundary of the Beach Club and the Ocean Course pedestrian access. Dogs must be leashed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.View map

* Off-leash Stipulations:  
Owners must remain with their dog, have them under control and have a leash in their possession if there is a need to leash their dog, or if requested. Electronic leashes are prohibited.
Leash ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol and Code Enforcement officers who are authorized to ticket offenders resulting in fines up to $465. Problems regarding noncompliance should be reported to Beach Patrol (843-518-2880).
(843) 768-9166