Members are now welcome back to The Sandcastle in accordance with the governmental guidelines. This limited opening is Phase 1 of a three-phased approach. Prior to reopening, KICA engaged health experts from the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) re|IGNITE team to evaluate association facilities. The MUSC team provided KICA with recommendations for a phased reopening in alignment with the CDC, DHEC and accelerateSC plans. While Phase 1 is the most restrictive, it is critical for moving forward with amenities access. We ask for your patience and understanding as we create a safe but welcoming environment for you.
The Sandcastle is a second home for many of our members and we are taking every precaution to ensure the wellbeing of our members and staff. The Sandcastle has been deep-cleaned and sanitized. Multiple sanitation cleanings take place daily to ensure safe and comfortable environments. Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building and is clearly marked. Staff members providing services to members wear PPE masks, and KICA’s safety coordinator is temporarily stationed at The Sandcastle to oversee the precautions that have been put into place. Members are not required to wear masks, but masks can protect against COVID-19, and help prevent the spread. Although these health precautions have been implemented, members entering The Sandcastle must assume the responsibility for their own health and must abide by social distancing guidelines to protect others.
The amenities in Phase 1 of The Sandcastle’s reopening include the pools, the Castle Grille and the Sandbar. Use of the pools requires advanced reservations, and Castle Grille is offering take-out only options to pool guests, with the option of online ordering and payment. The Sandbar allows walk-up ordering with no seating at the bar. No members will be permitted to use The Sandcastle without a reservation. In Phase 1, member guests are not permitted, fitness classes and the strength and cardio room are closed, no events or group meetings are taking place, and the upstairs lounge, meeting rooms and veranda are closed. All members must check in at the lobby. Pool gates are locked, and therefore there is no access to the beach at Boardwalk 8A. Boardwalk 8B, to the left of The Sandcastle from the parking lot, can be used to access the beach.
The Sandcastle pools are open in Phase 1 with modified procedures. Advanced reservations are required for use. There are pool sessions daily, with lounge chair and common surface cleaning preceding each session. Reservations may be made 48 hours in advance, and only one reservation per household may be made per day. Reservations may be made for up to 6 household members. In accordance with DHEC guidelines, the Family Pool has an occupancy limit of 75 members and the Oceanfront Pool has an occupancy limit of 30 members. Reservations may be made online at kica.us/sandcastle. Instructions on how to use the reservation platform are also available there.
Check-in for the pool takes place in The Sandcastle lobby. There is no access to the pools or beach through the pool gates. When you check in, you will need to provide the names of each household member in your reservation and a staff member will confirm your time slot without contact. Lounge chairs are appropriately spaced to allow for social distancing and are sanitized between pool sessions. Pool toys and floats are prohibited to maintain a sanitary environment. No glass is permitted in the pool area. When using the pool, please maintain a respectful distance of at least six feet between other community members.
The restrooms at the family and oceanfront pools are open for the use of members at each pool. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized before each reservation session.
The Castle Grille is open, offering a limited to-go menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders and payment may be made online — visit kica.us/sandcastle for the link. Orders may also be placed at the service window. Only credit card payments will be accepted. The Sandbar at the oceanfront adult pool will be open for walk-up drink service. Credit card payments will be accepted and there will be no bar seating at this time. Charge-on-account is not available.
LIMITED MEMBER SERVICES
Limited member services are offered at The Sandcastle during Phase 1. Members are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NO FITNESS CLASSES OR GYM ACCESS
Based on the MUSC health experts’ recommendations, the strength and cardio fitness room is closed in Phase 1 due to the confined space. No fitness classes are being offered. Online workouts with Sandcastle instructors are available here.
NO CLUB MEETINGS OR PRIVATE EVENTS
The Sandcastle is closed to club meetings, group activities and private events in Phase 1. The upstairs meeting rooms and restrooms are closed.
UPSTAIRS LOUNGE AND VERANDA CLOSED
The Sandcastle’s upstairs lounge area and outside veranda are closed in Phase 1.
Due to sanitation concerns, the outdoor playground in the pool area is closed in Phase 1.
We are thrilled to be able to welcome you back to The Sandcastle, even on this limited basis, and ask for your patience as we all navigate this unprecedented situation. Phase 1 is a learning phase and changes may occur as we find out what works. We’ll communicate any changes, including our plans for moving into phases 2 and 3, in our weekly email newsletters.
It’s a stressful time and we know nothing combats stress better than a good workout. Now, you can workout with Sandcastle fitness instructors from the comfort of home, at a time that is most convenient for you.
Try one today and maintain your fitness routine virtually!
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).
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.
Prior to voting, be sure to explore the volumes of supplemental information, including updated FAQs, on the sidebar to the right of this page.
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.
The information you have been awaiting regarding KICA’s amenities plan is now available.
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.