Introducing Around Kiawah – A New Way for Members to Connect

Subscribe to Around Kiawah today!

Introducing Around Kiawah, KICA’s new member-to member email discussion group. Around Kiawah offers a four-in-one platform; subscribe to just one topic category, all four, or anywhere in between. Select from events, classifieds, property services and discussions.

Subscribe by completing the brief form at kica.us/around-kiawah so your property membership can be verified, and review and accept the terms of use. After verification, you’ll receive notice to validate your email address, and you’re on your way.

This unmoderated discussion platform will replace the outdated KICA-List platform. Assuming most users of our former KICAList will move to Around Kiawah, there may initially be a slight delay in verifying property ownership. After the initial phase, verification is expected to be prompt. KICA-List will be phased out on May 1, 2018.

For more information or to sign-up for Around Kiawah, visit kica.us/around-kiawah.


Voting Results for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who voted in the 2018 Kiawah Island Community Association Election. You have elected Mike Feldmann and Sue Schaffer to the KICA Board of Directors.

The proposed covenant change to allow KICA additional authority regarding the enforcement of covenants passed with approximately 90% of voters approving the recommendation.

Online and absentee voting closed on Friday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. In-person votes were also taken at the KICA Annual Meeting on Friday, March 2. Results were tabulated by Vote-Now.com. A recording from the Annual Meeting can be viewed at kica.us/livestream. For details and background on items discussed at the meeting, including board candidates and the covenant amendment, visit kica.us/vote.


Attend the KICA Annual Meeting – Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m.

The 2018 KICA Annual Meeting will take place today, Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Kiawah Island Municipal Center Town Hall (4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway). Attendees will welcome the two incoming directors and hear from board chair Dave Singer, COO Jimmy Bailey and Director of Finance Jane Ovenden.

View the Annual Meeting Agenda.

Three candidates are running for two open member director positions on the KICA board and in-person voting is available to those who have not already cast their ballots. Members are invited to make comments at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on the proposed Duneside Road extension.

Can’t attend the annual meeting? View the livestream of the event by visiting kica.us/livestream at 2 p.m. For questions on viewing the livestream, contact justask@kica.us.


Vote TODAY for a Chance to Win a $500 Assessment Rebate!

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 holly.newman@kica.us or 843-768-9194.


KICA Temporary Fitness Center Now Open

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 sandcastle@kica.us or 843-768-3875.


Hear From the Candidates for KICA Board

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.

Mike Feldmann         Sue Schaffer         Michael Talbert

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.


Pay Your Assessments Online With No Additional Fee

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).

In the required “Client ID” field, enter the “Customer ID” number (C-*****), which is located at the top right of your statement.

Please note that Payment Services Network, rather than KICA, will appear on your statement. If you have any questions, contact KICA at 843-768-9194 or justask@kica.us.


KICA, Kiawah Partners and Conservancy Finalize Parcel Trade Agreement

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.


Get A Sneak Peek at The Sandcastle Renovation Project

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!).

For the latest updates on the project, follow KICA on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our weekly news emails.


KICA Nominating Committee Recommends Three Candidates for Board Election

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.