Grow Native Plant Database Released 
The Town is pleased to announce the release of the new online native plant database. The database is part of the Town’s Grow Native initiative launched last fall. This initiative is a community-wide effort to increase the use of native plants in landscaping projects across the island with an overall goal of improving wildlife habitat. Check out the new database by visiting

The database was designed to help promote the use of native plants on the island and serve as a resource for residents, landscapers, landscape architects, landscape designers, and other entities. This searchable database includes native trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, and grasses and allows users to filter and find plants based on a variety of criteria, including plant type, size, light requirements, soil requirements, flower color, salt tolerance, deer resistance, and more. There are currently 196 plants in the database, but the list will be expanded over time.

Why grow native?

• Native plants provide food and habitat for Kiawah’s wildlife inhabitants. They sustain pollinators vital for fruit production and provide high-quality food and shelter for 10 to 15 times as many species of wildlife as non-native plants.

• Native plants provide essential watershed protection, helping natural aquifers recharge, serving to filter water naturally flowing into rivers and estuaries, lessening erosion and flooding.

• Native plants are adapted to Kiawah’s local growing conditions and provide protection from flooding, storm surge, and saltwater intrusion. More specific information on the landscape adaptions section of the Flood Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report can be found at
Quarter 2 Town Notes Published

In this issue:
  • Grow Native Plant Database
  • Mayor's Corner
  • Town Council Quarter In Review
  • REAL ID Deadline Approaching
  • New Beach Lighting Ordinance 
  • Charitable Contribution Spotlight- Barrier Island Little League
  • King Tides Schedule and more 
Rhino Conservation Presentation
Monday, April 15 | 2:00 p.m.
Municipal Center
No Tickets Required

The Town of Kiawah Island is pleased to host a presentation by Dr. Jeff Muntifering on How Namibians are Saving 'Their' Endangered Black Rhino. Dr. Muntifering is a conservation biologist for the Minnesota Zoo and works primarily in Namibia helping to save the black rhino. Namibia is home to over 1/3 of the world’s critically endangered black rhinos, including the last truly wild population. Learn about the successes of the Desert Black Rhino program, a large-scale, community-based conservation program with interesting parallels to Kiawah’s own community conservation efforts.
Turtle Patrol Kick Off Meeting 

The Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol will hold their annual preseason meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at The Sandcastle. If you are interested in volunteering, this is a perfect time to come and see what it's all about. For more information on Turtle Patrol, email Lynne Sager at
New Compactors Installed at Kestrel Court
The Town has recently installed new compactors to the Kestrel Court Recycling Center in order to keep the site cleaner and accommodate the use of our residents. Containers are materials specific. Check out our short informational video  here.
The new 2019 Charleston Area Visitors Guides are available now at Kiawah's very own Charleston Visitors Center located inside the Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy). Get your guide today!

Skip the hustle and bustle of downtown and get your guests tour and attraction tickets right here on Kiawah. For more information, call Nay Middleton at 843-768-5116.
T he Charleston Area Visitors Bureau has something new just for locals, including special offers on area tours, attractions, and restaurants. Get to know the wonderful place where you live and show off your new hometown to friends and family when they come to visit. Visit t oday and start planning!
Featured Event
Pure Theatre: A Doll's House Part 2
Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
Turtle Point Clubhouse
Arts & Cultural Events Council – April 4 | 2:00 p.m.
Public Works Committee – April 8 | 10:00 a.m.
Public Safety Committee – April 10 | 2:00 p.m.
SATAX Committee – April 11 | 1:00 p.m.
Communications Workgroup – April 16 | 2:00 p.m
Board of Zoning Appeals – April 16 | 3:00 p.m.
CERT Team – April 17 | 3:00 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee – April 23 | 2:00 p.m.
 * Meeting are subject to change

(843) 768-9166
4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455