Seasonal Leash Ordinance Reminder
As a reminder, March 16 - October 31 dogs must be on a leash at all times on the beach from the western Critical Habitat Area (near Be achwalker County Park) to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club. Electronic leashes are prohibited.

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

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

  • Remainder (Seasonal): March 16 - October 31: Dogs must be on a leash at all times from the western Critical Habitat Area (near Beachwalker County Park) to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club. November 1 - March 15:  Dogs are allowed to be off leash from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everywhere on the beach except in the critical habitat area. Dogs must be leashed from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.* 

* Off-leash Stipulations:  
The owner must remain with their dog, have the dog under control, and have a leash in their possession in the event that there is a need to leash their dog, or if requested. Electronic leashes are prohibited.
Leash ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol and/or Town Code Enforcement officers who are authorized to ticket offenders including fines up to $465. Anyone experiencing problems regarding noncompliance should notify the Town immediately. Beach incidents should be reported to Beach Patrol at 843-518-2880. Incidents that occur off the beach should be reported to Code Enforcement at 843-768-9166.
Deer Surveys Being Conducted
This week biologists are conducting deer surveys in the evening. As a result, residents may see random spotlights in wooded areas across the island.
Since 1997, The Town of Kiawah Island has conducted spotlight surveys to determine the white-tailed deer density on Kiawah Island. These surveys are done several times per year and allow biologists to track population trends over time. More
Kiawah has been written up AGAIN
Kiawah was named #2 of t he 24 Best Island Beaches in the World according to Condé Nast Traveler readers in their latest Readers' Choice Awards! Read it here
State Accommodations Tax Applications  
The Town of Kiawah Island State Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm to consider new applications for funding for fiscal year 2019-2020. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Center in Council Chambers. Applications must be received by noon on March 22, 2019. More information
Bobcat GPS Research Project Update 
Bobcat trapping for the 2019 seaso n began on February 5. Biologists have captured and collared six bobcats for the season. The latest are: Bobcat 350 (Adult Female 15 lbs, 3oz) captured February 12 in The Preserve. She was first captured in 2018 as a juvenile in The Preserve. Bobcat 400 (Adult Male 26 lbs, 3 oz) captured February 13 on Willet Island. He was first captured in 2018 as an adult male, Willet Island, not collared. Bobcat 450 (Adult Male 26 lbs, 5 oz) captured March 1 near The Sanctuary Hotel. He was collared in 2016 (Bobcat 900) near the V-Gate and in 2017 (Bobcat 225) near Beachwalker County Park.
W atch where the bobcats travel on our GPS tracking map! To learn more about the GPS study visit our research page. Our Bobcats are never harmed in the capturing/collaring process.
Bobcat 350
Bobcat 400
Bobcat 450
Bobcat Symposium - Additional Showtime Added
The Mystery and the Magic of Bobcats
Tues. March 26, 2019
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Limited Space)
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Full)
The Sandcastle

Experience the mystery and magic of Kiawah's bobcats at the Kiawah Conservancy's 5th annual symposium. Hear from guest speakers: Shane Roberts, Jim Jordan, Jim Chitwood, and Cynthia Neal. See our newest documentary film on Kiawah's bobcats and get your questions answered. Seating is limited. Reserve your space today by calling 843-768-2029 or email
Sponsored by: Town of Kiawah Island
Sea Island Christmas Bird Count
The 8th annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count occurred on January 4 with participants on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, John’s Island, Wadmalaw Island and Deveaux Bank. Participants recorded 16,570 individual birds and 155 different species.  Kiawah Island recorded 7,324 individuals of the 127 species. Seabrook Island (including the Freshfields territory) reported 2,988 individuals of 116 species. John’s Island documented 3,482 individuals of 100 species, Wadmalaw Island had 2,259 individuals of 80 species, and Deveaux Bank noted 517 individuals of 31 species.   Read more
Next Event
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
A Romantic Interlude
Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Tickets available here
Planning Commission – March 6 | 3:00 p.m. Live Stream Available
Arts & Cultural Events Planning Session – March 7 | 9:00 a.m.
Public Works Committee – March 11 | 10:00 a.m.
Environmental Committee – March 12 | 2:00 p.m.
Public Safety Committee – March 13 | 2:00 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals – March 18 | 3:00 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee – March 26 | 2:00 p.m.

 * Meeting are subject to change

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