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.
After more than a year of planning, The Sandcastle closed last night for a long-awaited renovation. The scope of the project includes:
-The addition of a second pool,
-A dedicated bath house,
-Relocation of the bar to provide ocean views,
-Reconfiguration of the parking lot to add spaces and improve drainage, and
-A complete remodel of the interior of the building.
With reorganization of the floor plan, space dedicated to fitness will increase by 25%, and ocean views from the first floor will be restored to the way they were when the building opened over 20 years ago. While the building is closed, additional maintenance and repairs will occur, such as replacing the roof, repainting and elevator maintenance. The budget for the renovation and repairs is approximately $4.5 million, and is being funded by existing resources.
The work is slated for substantial completion by July 3, 2018, and during the interim we have worked hard to provide alternatives for the regular programming that occurs at The Sandcastle. KICA appreciates the membership’s patience, as the logistics of finding homes for clubs and groups, as well as a variety of fitness activities, have been coordinated.
Temporary Fitness Options
Thanks to a friendly lease agreement with Kiawah Partners, a temporary fitness center will be located at 2 Beachwalker Drive, next the Kiawah General Store. KICA is currently seeking approval from the Town of Kiawah Island for the building, and as soon as a permit is issued, delivery will be scheduled. The facility will have two rooms, one for fitness equipment and the other for classes.
In the meantime, there are several fitness options available to members:
Outdoor Classes: Some regularly scheduled classes will be held outdoors at Night Heron Park and Cinder Creek, and will be taught by KICA instructors. Visit kica.us/fitness for an updated schedule.
Studio 33 (Freshfields): KICA has negotiated a reduced drop-in rate of $10 for classes at Studio 33. This new group fitness studio offers a variety of classes including yoga, Pilates, Barre and more. Owners Liz and Frank Silva opened the studio in June. Their goal is to create a self-sustainable community around health and wellness. To sign up, either visit the studio or register online.
To register online:
-Select a class you would like to take.
-Create your account and select the drop-in rate.
-At checkout, enter the promo code “kica” for a $10 drop-in (KICA will confirm that you are indeed a KICA member and eligible for the discount).
Kiawah Island Golf Resort: The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering temporary access to fitness equipment (not classes) through Dec. 31, 2017.
-$50 per family.
-Access to KIGR fitness equipment center.
-Facility is located at the Night Heron Park Nature Center.
-Fitness equipment center hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., at both locations.
KICA members interested in this option may get a code/pass from the resort’s Night Heron Park Nature Center, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
19 Miles of Leisure Trails and 10 Miles of Beach: Island owners and guests routinely say the best part of their experience is walking, running or biking the leisure trails and beach. If it’s been a while since you’ve availed yourself of Kiawah’s natural splendor, perhaps this is a great time to rediscover these valuable community assets.
The Sandcastle Pool
The pool is now closed, along with the entire facility, parking lot and boardwalk 8A. Boardwalk 8B is open; however, there is no parking available. As construction progresses, KICA will work with its contractor to determine whether a phased reopening of the facilities is possible. With significant work occurring around the entire site, members should expect the possibility that The Sandcastle pool will be closed for the duration of the project.
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has again offered assistance to KICA members. Details are still being finalized, but the resort will offer pool-only memberships next spring, from the time the pools open until June 30. This membership is expected to cost approximately $275 per family. Additional details will be shared as they become available.
Community Club and Group Meeting Space
With the Town of Kiawah Island officially moved into their new facility, the former Kiawah Municipal Center building at 23 Beachwalker Drive has been renovated and renamed. The building, which houses KICA offices and member meeting space, is now called Beachwalker Center.
With the closure of The Sandcastle for its renovations, recreation staff, community groups and other events have been or are being relocated (as space allows) to Beachwalker Center. Office hours for recreation staff during this time are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For members visiting Beachwalker Center or the temporary fitness facility, KICA suggests carpooling when possible, as parking is limited at these locations.
If you would like to schedule space for a community group, or have other questions regarding KICA recreation and fitness, contact recreation staff at email@example.com or 843-768-3875.
Did you know you can pay your Tropical Storm Irma Supplemental Assessment online for no additional fee? Payment for this assessment is securely processed by Payment Service Network (PSN).
A statement for this supplemental assessment was mailed to property owners on Friday, Oct. 6. Payments are due within 30 days.
In the required “Client ID” field, enter the “Customer ID” number (C-*****), which is located at the top right of your statement.
Working to clean up and restore the island following Tropical Storm Irma, KICA staff has heard and seen a number of comments about the restoration of Internet and cable service. Members who have service with Comcast are encouraged to contact KICA’s livability director, Ed Monahan, at 843-708-3611 if they are having service issues that aren’t being resolved.
Several years ago, KICA learned that Comcast did not have a right-of-access agreement with the association to operate on Kiawah. (Their equipment is located on and in KICA rights-of-way, and in order to remain there, they needed permission.) Armed with this information, KICA had leverage and the opportunity to seek proposals from various competitors to determine whether better options were available to our community. Comcast was invited to submit a proposal. (As an aside, AT&T did receive an easement over KICA rights-of-way at the onset of development, as the ability to connect a property to the 911 system is prerequisite for development activity.)
KICA talked to several competitors who were willing to provide services on the island, but they wanted exclusive bulk cable and internet contracts. Some members who have lived in condos or apartments may be familiar with this type of arrangement. The provider gives a below market rate, but everyone is required to subscribe, and everyone gets the same service. Comcast made several offers, including a very attractive bulk contract. However, we wanted no part of determining which option was best for each of our individual members, whose needs and desires are diverse.
Instead of a bulk contract, KICA negotiated an agreement with Comcast that provides several key components. First, both parties agreed to some minimal service standards. Some simple but annoying things are no longer allowed, like temporary cable being left above ground for an extended period of time. Service calls are handled within an agreed upon time frame. Most importantly, KICA required a dedicated account representative who could be personally responsible for troubleshooting service issues that aren’t handled appropriately through normal channels. Comcast is the only one contractually obligated to KICA. This Comcast representative interacts with Ed Monahan on an almost daily basis, and those who’ve tapped Ed as a resource have provided very positive feedback.
In exchange for access to its easements, the community receives compensation. At the original execution, KICA received a lump sum of nearly $1 million and continues to receive compensation on a revenue share formula, which increases based on the number of on-island subscribers. This amount has totaled around $150,000 per year for the last couple of years. These two sources of funds are playing a significant role in the ability to upgrade the Sandcastle without a member assessment.
Members who want to learn more about the services that Comcast provides are encouraged to stop by the XFINITY Experience pop-up in the Sandcastle parking lot on Friday, Sept. 29. A representative will be there to demonstrate XFINITY’s features. There will also be snacks, raffles and giveaways.
Dear Fellow KICA Member,
For the third straight fall, our community faces a natural disaster-related clean up. Thankfully, the storm shifted west from its original projected track and we missed the worst of it. Those in Texas who are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, as well as the people who took direct hits from Irma, face restoration and recovery far worse than anything here on Kiawah.
Despite our good fortune, winds were strong, rain was heavy, and the biggest storm surge since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 flowed back and forth across much of the island. As a result, Kiawah experienced meaningful damage. Some damage was much worse than Matthew, especially the roads, while other things fared better this time. The surge caused major damage to some roads, leisure trails, and our boardwalks. Our KICA team began clean up and repairs the moment the storm passed, and on behalf of the board and all of you, I extend our appreciation for their hard work and commitment to the community. It’s also been heartwarming to see the community spirit of members-helping-members over the last few days.
The KICA Board of Directors held a special meeting yesterday for the sole purpose of discussing storm recovery. Staff reviewed their initial damage assessment, as well as very preliminary estimates on cost. The board then discussed and reaffirmed KICA’s Named Storm Policy, which calls for an assessment of members to cover these unbudgeted expenses. As a reminder, KICA develops reserves to replace roads, bridges, boardwalks, and other infrastructure based on reasonable projections of expected useful life, however we do not have a reserve for natural disasters. Therefore, when material costs are incurred for storm clean-up, they must be recouped by a supplemental assessment.
While we don’t have final costs yet, we expect the amount to be similar to last year’s assessment for Hurricane Matthew, which was $250/improved residential property (commercial entities such as the resort pay substantially more). Final costs and the amount of the assessment are expected by the end of next week, and will be billed on Oct. 1.
Chairman of the Board
Kiawah Island Community Association