Members may vote online for KICA board candidates AND a proposed covenant amendment until 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. To cast your vote online or to check if your paper ballot has been processed, visit vtnw.com/go/KICA/
In order to vote, you will need your registration code. This code can be found on your voting materials, which were emailed/mailed to primary members on Jan. 23. If you are a primary member who did not receive this email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-768-9194.
Stick to your resolution in 2018 with island fitness options. KICA is excited to announce that the temporary fitness center, located at 2 Beachwalker Drive next the Kiawah General Store, is NOW OPEN.
Fitness center hours are:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In the effort to open the facility as soon as possible, current procedures are subject to change. One instructor or member services representative will be onsite during the hours of operation.
– Facility users ages 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Users ages 16 and 17 may be unaccompanied.
– As there is no lobby, allow earlier fitness classes to exit before entering for the next fitness class.
– Log your visit to the facility in sign-in log next to the entrance. This provides KICA with important information on usage.
– There is no towel service at this location. Please provide your own.
For questions about KICA fitness options, contact KICA Recreation at email@example.com or 843-768-3875.
At the upcoming 2018 KICA Annual Meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Kiawah Island Municipal Center Town Hall, three candidates are running for two open member director positions on the KICA board.
Get to know each of the three candidates through the video interviews linked below. For more details on each candidate, visit kica.us/vote.
Voting materials will be emailed and hard copies mailed to primary members Jan. 23. 2018. Annual Meeting materials include a message from the board and nominating committee chairs, information on candidates, details on a proposed covenant amendment, and more.
Did you know you can pay your annual assessment online for no additional fee? Payment for this assessment is securely processed by Payment Service Network (PSN).
On Thursday, Dec. 7, representatives from KICA, Kiawah Partners (KP) and the Kiawah Conservancy officially signed and executed the Parcel Trade Agreement. The agreement was approved by vote of the membership in September, with 87% of the voters supporting the trade.
Representatives from KICA, KP and the Conservancy Signed the Parcel Trade Agreement on Dec. 7, 2017.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped make this trade a reality,” said KICA COO Jimmy Bailey. “This agreement is not just beneficial to KICA, but to the entire Kiawah community.”
Part of the agreement included KP granting the Kiawah Conservancy a favorable purchase option on a 6.2-acre parcel directly across from Kiawah Island Real Estate that has zoning and development rights for 19 units. As was announced by the Conservancy earlier today (view full announcement), they have officially raised enough funds to purchase the land.
“We would like to congratulate the Conservancy and the community for raising the necessary funds to protect this parcel of land,” said Bailey. “This transaction, along with the two parcels acquired by KICA through the vote, will help protect the entrance to our island in perpetuity.”
For more details and background on the Parcel Trade agreement, visit kica.us/parceltrade.
Construction at The Sandcastle is really coming along! We were lucky enough to get a look at the progress on Thursday, Dec. 7. The majority of work so far has been focussed on the entry way and first floor fitness space (which is being completely reimagined to add additional space and eventually provide gorgeous ocean views!).
The KICA Nominating Committee recommends three candidates, Mike Feldmann, Sue Schaffer and Michael Talbert, in the upcoming directors election. Though only two director positions will be open, the committee feels that all candidates can bring skill and purpose to the board and, as the board does not have a specific gap in skill set for the coming year, it is reasonable to put forward all three candidates to members.
Mike Feldmann first came to Kiawah in 1996 and has been an owner since 1998. He currently spends about half his time on the island. Mike believes some of the critical areas “essential to anchoring Kiawah as a special place, a unique island community” include “preserving Kiawah’s natural resources and beauty; maintaining and enhancing the rich and varied lifestyle options of Kiawah; allocating KICA resources and capital efficiently.”
Sue Schaffer first came to Kiawah in 1980 and has been an owner since 1988, spending more than 30% of her time on-island. She has served on multiple KICA committees and the board of directors in the past, and is a long-time feature writer for Kiawah Island Digest. Sue believes “the board should no longer be looking only to the near future.” She plans to “help KICA adapt to and shape island changes; seek new ways to keep income stable and costs under control; and promote open dialogue in the community.”
Michael Talbert first came to Kiawah in 1985 and has been an owner since 2015. He currently spends about 40% of his time on Kiawah and plans to become a full-time resident. Michael plans “to work to protect Kiawah’s natural resources, insure that future development dovetails with the natural beauty, and enhance human interaction with the natural resources to preserve the Kiawah experience.”
More opportunities to learn about the candidates will be available soon, including full profiles and statements of focus, recorded interviews and a Meet the Candidates event on Feb. 8, 2018.
KICA COO Jimmy Bailey presented the 2018 budget for approval at the Nov. 6 board meeting. This presentation highlighted the variety of concerns and considerations taken into account during budget creation.
Hear Jimmy Bailey’s comments and explanations of the presentation by watching on the KICA YouTube Channel.
Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season is in full swing. Nesting activity typically begins in mid-May, and female turtles will continue coming ashore to nest until August. Nests will begin hatching in July and finish by October.
During nesting season, it’s important that we do all we can to protect this threatened species from any further perils. To avoid unintentional harm to these beautiful creatures, follow these tips during nesting season:
-If your property is visible from the beach, turn out all exterior lights (flood and deck) from dusk to dawn.
-If any interior lights are visible from the beach or cast light on the beach, close blinds or drapes at 9 p.m. or turn them off.
-Flashlights should not be used on the beach at night during nesting season. Do not carry flashlights or play flashlight tag on the beach.
-Fill in large holes dug on the beach at the end of the day, as adults and hatchling sea turtles can become trapped in them.
-Observe sea turtles quietly from a distance – never disturb a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
-Do not shine lights on a sea turtle, including cell phones and flash photography.
Help keep Kiawah special and our turtles safe by following these guidelines or sharing them with family, friends and vacation rental guests. Learn more about Kiawah’s Loggerhead population.
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: