Get Your Sandcastle Workout Virtually

Start your weekend off right with a Sandcastle workout!

It’s a stressful time and we know nothing combats stress better than a good workout. Now, you can workout with Sandcastle fitness instructor Susan Lozier from the comfort of home.

Two fitness workouts, recorded with Kiawah’s beach as the backdrop, are available today: Sandcastle Cardio Mix and Sandcastle Core Mix.

Try one today and maintain your fitness routine virtually!


Sandcastle Improvement Project Member Survey Results

In January, community members were asked to share their direct input with the board in regards to three potential improvement projects at The Sandcastle.

The Project Options:


This pool is 17 meters by 10 meters. The intent would be to extend the swimming season, but not year around. Depending on weather, we anticipate this to be approximately April 1st until Thanksgiving.


Upgrade the furniture around the family pool to reflect the quality and comfort of the furniture around the new oceanfront pool, including more chairs and additional umbrellas to provide more shade.


Replace the wooden deck around the Castle Grille with the same IPE decking that surrounds the new pool and other deck areas that were a part of the renovation. The current decking is a lower grade pressure-treated pine. This potential project is re-decking only with no increase in size or shape of the deck.

Over 1,000 community members shared their preference, ranking the projects from most beneficial (#1) to least beneficial (#3).

The Results:

Survey Results


Welcome to the Newly-Renovated Sandcastle

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After eight months of renovations, The Sandcastle is welcoming members back. Stop by to have a dip in the beautiful oceanfront pool or the refreshed family pool, take a fitness class with an ocean view, or enjoy a relaxing beverage at the new bar. The Castle Grille and Sandbar are serving delicious food and beachy beverages by Cru Catering.

While the majority of the facility is open, a few components will have a phased opening:

– The new bath house adjacent to the adult pool will remain under construction for at least a more weeks. The bath house at the family pool will be open.

– Boardwalk 8B will remain closed until the bath house construction is complete. Boardwalk 8A is open.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate The Sandcastle’s official grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.


Boardwalk Policy Update for High Density Areas

During Hurricane Matthew, KICA received damage to 23 of its 25 boardwalks. Our general maintenance team was able to get some of these boardwalks re-opened with minor repairs. The timeline for boardwalks requiring extensive repairs is somewhat longer, though all involved have been extremely cooperative in order to expedite this important work.

KICA uses a consulting structural engineer to ensure what we build is safe and will withstand many years of “normal” wear and tear. Once that work is complete, it then goes through the approval process with the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and the Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI). This ensures TOKI’s ordinances are followed, as well as the regulations imposed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SC DHEC-OCRM).

Current Status

We initially placed the priority on boardwalks in the area of Eugenia Avenue to Windswept, as this was an area where KICA had no open boardwalks.

– As of Feb. 15, KICA has completed construction on boardwalks 8A, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
– We just received approvals on 7, 10, 29, 31 and 33, and are proceeding to contract shortly.
– Our other boardwalks remain in design.

KICA has been and will continue to send weekly updates on its boardwalk repairs in the Thursday email update to the membership. (Access the Beach With Safety)

Policies and Regulations

In building the beach boardwalks, KICA adheres to design regulations specified by the ARB, TOKI and SC DHEC-OCRM. To comply with these regulations, boardwalks must meet the beach perpendicular to the shore and within 10 feet of the primary dune. In the five years preceding the storm, we had rebuilt 22 of our boardwalks (approx. $1 million) and were fortunate that significant accretion of the beach resulted in a dune profile suitable for ramps in most locations. Unfortunately, those dunes are gone – along with the bulk of the previous five years’ investment. This loss has necessitated we use steps as a repair solution in many locations.

We are not permitted, under normal regulations, to run a boardwalk parallel to the shore and dune line, and must seek an exception for this type of construction. Our preference is to build ramps perpendicular to the shore where the dune profile accommodates this type of design; however, Hurricane Matthew has caused us to consider new guidelines that provide an objective way to determine where exceptions should be considered.

One of those new guidelines considers the density of property located near a boardwalk. Areas where larger than average numbers of KICA member properties are concentrated in close proximity will be given extra consideration for ramps. This will result in our applying for ramps at boardwalks 8B, 22, and 27.  As the map image below indicates, these are high density areas and we believe exceptions are warranted:

High Density Boardwalk Locations


An Important Message from your Regime Neighbors on Kiawah

In the next few days, we will each have an opportunity to review the proposed Master Plan for exciting amenity improvements at the Sandcastle and Rhett’s Bluff, and to make our voices heard by our votes.

We are fortunate to have community association leadership dedicated to providing services and opportunities that continually enhance our community. Though the prospect of change can sometimes make us fearful, it is also a reason for excitement and hope for what lay ahead, and we are excited about this opportunity. Our island is evolving, lot owners are building, the developer is creating new neighborhoods – more people are coming. Reinvestment in our community is vital to maintaining value, not only for current and future markets, but for the value gained from the experience of being part of our cherished community.

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Voting Materials Mailed

Voting materials for the funding of Phase I of the KICA Amenity Master Plan were mailed on April 29. Voting for Phase I will be open through 5 p.m. on June 1. So that all property owners may consider the full scope of this proposal, both primary (voting) and secondary (non-voting) owners are receiving a booklet. Primary owners’ materials will include a referendum, while secondary owner’s materials will not.

– View Voting Information – 

Prior to voting, be sure to explore the volumes of supplemental information, including updated FAQs, on the sidebar to the right of this page.


Legal Matters Regarding Rhett’s Bluff

After nearly a decade of strategic planning, research and community input, an information booklet and mail referendum on an Amenity Master Plan was delivered to the post office today. Members are being asked to cast their vote on Phase I, The Sandcastle. During many of our information sessions, we were asked why the dispute at Rhett’s Bluff could not be resolved prior to a vote. It’s a good question, and we want to make sure the community is aware of the answer, as well as a history of KICA’s efforts in that regard.

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KICA Amenities Proposal Now Online

The information you have been awaiting regarding KICA’s amenities plan is now available.

View Planning for an Extraordinary Future: A Master Plan for Amenities.

This document will be mailed to every KICA member by the end of this month, along with the materials necessary to cast your vote for or against Phase I – The Sandcastle. Votes will be due near the end of May; detailed instructions will be included in the print materials.

In addition to the plan itself, we have posted supplementary materials including larger-scale renderings and images, traffic and environmental reports, frequently asked questions and testimonials. We also encourage you to view a video on amenities, where you can hear directly from the plan architects and several of your island neighbors.

Additionally, we previously committed to sharing a copy of the Kiawah Boat Landing Preservation Committee’s “one campus” schematic, which we have done. Links to all of these documents can be found in the sidebar on the right side of this page.

Over the last few months, we’ve asked that you reserve judgment on our plan until you’ve seen it. We truly appreciate your patience and hope you’re pleased with the results.


KICA Amenities Presentation – April 22

KICA Amenities Presentation
Wednesday April 22, 3:30-5 p.m., Turtle Point Clubhouse, Legends Room (map)

Join KICA at the Turtle Point Clubhouse, Legends Room (map) on Weds, April 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for a presentation on the upcoming amenity proposal where you can learn about plan details and view conceptual drawings. KICA is excited to share the plan with you in anticipation of the upcoming vote later this month. RSVPs are required to assure adequate seating, and space is limited.

Those unable to attend in person may join by webinar. RSVPs are also required so that we may provide connection instructions.

Please RSVP today to Carrie Newbern at carrie.newbern@kica.us, and indicate whether you will attend live, or by webinar.


KICA Amenities: Would a Single Campus Amenity Solution Work?

Following extensive community input, KICA established core goals to meet existing and future needs for member amenity expansion. To fully evaluate these goals, the board conducted a
detailed process of testing various alternatives in a balanced and responsible way. A single campus vs a dual campus proposal has been considered and these are the findings.

Read more here.