December Digest Features a Look at the Budget

“We are funding some strategically important things while maintaining a balanced operating budget. I think that’s a positive for the community.”

– Board Treasurer Dave Morley

In this issue of Digest, get an in-depth look at the recently approved 2020 budget. The issue also features an introduction to Kiawah Cares’ community wellness campaign, underway now through Dec. 31.

Make time for exciting events in December, including The Sandcastle Tree Lighting and Our World featuring artist Mary Whyte. This program, with a look at Whyte’s new veteran-focused project, will fill up quickly!

Read the December issue of Digest today!


Kiawah Island Marathon Info

A message from the Kiawah Island Golf Resort to KICA Members:

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon
Saturday, December 14th, 8am

Again this year, we would like to thank the members of our Kiawah Community for taking part in this event. Working hand in hand with Kiawah CERT, Kiawah Conservancy, KICA, the Town of Kiawah and many others, we truly feel the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon unites the Kiawah community like no other event. In 2018, through this coordinated effort, we were able to donate more than $11,000 to local school groups and charities.

Runners on Roads
The 2019 race courses are the same as 2018, covering the west end of the island (i.e. Greensward, Surf Watch Drive and Eugenia) as well as much of the Ocean Park Area.  Please use caution while driving.

  • Sea Forest Drive and Kiawah Island Parkway (Night Heron Park to Vanderhorst Security Gate) will be closed race day from approximately 7:55am to 8:45am.
  • From 8:05am to approximately 9:30am runners will be on the entire length of Governor’s Drive.  Please avoid Governor’s Drive during this time.
  • The following roads should also be avoided throughout the morning hours (alpha order): Bufflehead Road, Eugenia Ave., Flyway Drive, Glen Abbey, Green Dolphin Way, Greensward, Ocean Course Drive, Ocean Green Drive, Sea Forest Drive, Surfsong Road.

Complete information about the race can be found at KiawahMarathon.com or you may call the Heron Park Nature Center at 843.768.6001.

Marathon Holiday Market
Friday, December 13th
10:30am – 6:30pm
Large tent outside East Beach Conference Center

We would also like to invite the Kiawah Community to our annual Marathon Holiday Market.  Featuring 35+ artisans and local craftsmen, this is a great place for holiday shopping while supporting our local small businesses.  Everyone is welcome.  Avoid marathon traffic, visit the Market before 2pm.


2020 Budget Approved by the Board of Directors

2020 Budget

At the Nov. 4, 2019 board meeting, the directors approved KICA’s 2020 Budget.

Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Bailey presented the budget (video) to the board, with the following highlights:

-5% Increase in the General Assessment
-Reserve Expenses Fairly Ordinary
-Personnel Challenges Persist – But Testing New Strategies
-Continued Investment in Technology (Security and Member Service)

Board member and treasurer Dave Morley commented, “We are funding some strategically important things while maintaining a balanced operating budget. I think that’s a positive for the community.”

2020 Annual Assessment

Improved Property

General Assessment: $1,922 (2019: $1830)
Amenity Assessment: $189 (2019: $180)
Reserve Assessment: $325 ( 2019: $325)

Vanderhorst Gate Segment Assessment: $100 (2019: $96)
Preserve/Ocean Park Segment Assessment: $1,302 (2019: $1,240)

Unimproved Property

General Assessment: $961 (2019: $915)
Amenity Assessment: $95 (2019: $90)
Reserve Assessment:  $163 (2019: $163)

Vanderhorst Gate Segment Assessment: $50 (2019: $48)
Preserve/Ocean Park Segment Assessment: $651 (2019: $620)

Operating and Reserve Budgets

KICA operates with two separate budgets, the operating budget and the reserve budget.

The operating budget covers the costs of administration, security and livability, land and lakes maintenance, recreation and amenity operations, and general maintenance. Principally, the operating budget covers expenditures that are routine and predictable. This budget is funded primarily by: the annual assessment paid for by all property owners (more than 80% of funds), commercial access fees (approx. 10% of funds), investment income, the amenity assessment and user fees and other miscellaneous income. The association is committed to a balanced annual operating budget.

The reserve budget covers the cost of major repair to or replacement of existing island infrastructure. The reserve budget takes into account Reserve Study projections, which forecast the lifespan of and maintenance costs for all infrastructure over the next 40 years. It also considers predicted revenues. The reserve budget is funded by five sources: a transfer fee on all real estate transactions (about 40-45% of funds), the annual supplemental reserve assessment (about 40% of funds) paid for by all property owners, commercial access fees (about 15% of funds), investment income and if needed, a transfer from operations income. Each year, reserve budget costs vary due to the planned repair and replacement schedule for all assets, so this budget is designed to fluctuate between deficit and surplus.

What the Budget Funds

The annual budget funds KICA’s five basic operations, all of which are crucial to daily life on Kiawah. KICA operates and provides administrative support for:

Security and Livability: Security controls access to the Main Gate and V-Gate, conducts island patrols and oversees commercial access. Livability manages covenant enforcement and contractor oversight.

Recreation and Amenities: Recreation operations include member events, as well as the operation of The Sandcastle, Rhett’s Bluff, Cinder Creek and Eagle Point.

Land and Lakes Maintenance: Land Management handles all landscaping and maintenance on KICA common property. The Lakes team handles water quality management, wildlife management, as well as mosquito abatement.

General Maintenance: This department does minor repairs to common property, such as roads, leisure trails, and boardwalks. General Maintenance includes a mechanic’s shop, which services vehicles and equipment.

Major Repairs and Replacement (MR&R): MR&R staff include civil engineers who plan and manage the repair or replacement of roads, bridges, drainage systems and other island infrastructure.


2020 Board Candidate Announcement

KICA is pleased to announce the four community members who intend to run for election to fill two seats on the board of directors:

Thomas Baker
Philip Mancusi-Ungaro
Jerry McGee
Brad McIlvain

The vote will take place beginning Dec. 27 through Jan. 30, 2020 and candidate biographies and video interviews will be shared with the community in mid December.

The Meet the Candidates night will take place Jan. 7, 2020 at The Sandcastle.


2019 Community Survey Results

This past summer, KICA invited community members to take part in KICA’s strategic planning for the future by sharing their viewpoint in a community survey. The survey was conducted  by an independent firm, The McNair Group, to assure its confidentiality, and to provide analysis and recommendations to KICA.

View the McNair Group’s overview of the 2019 survey results:

2019 Member Survey Results Overview



Nominating Committee Expands Perspectives

“85% of KICA property owners are not full-time residents. The Nominating Committee’s recommendations are crucial for people who haven’t had the chance to meet the candidates or aren’t clear on what issues the community will be facing in the next few years. The nominating committee process gives committee members better insight into the candidates than voters can glean from a written statement and short video, enabling us to compare and evaluate as objectively as possible.”

– Nominating Committee Chair Sue Schaffer

In this issue of Digest, get an in-depth look at the Nominating Committee’s work throughout the year. The issue also features an update on the lowspeed vehicle pilot program, and a look at November’s many exciting events, including the restorative stretch fitness series, Shaggin’ at the Beach to benefit Kiawah Cares, and the Art and Artisan showcase.

Read November Digest


KICA’s Comments on the Short Term Rental Ordinance

The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) has followed the community discussion regarding the Town of Kiawah Island’s (TOKI) short term rental ordinance. KICA believes that there are two discrete issues associated with this debate that ought to be considered separately:


There’s been very little disagreement on the need for improvement, and KICA’s board supports the town’s efforts to enhance enforcement capabilities. KICA has an enforcement role as well, and we look forward to working with TOKI to make meaningful improvements on this front. This is important to quality of life.


Much like the community, KICA’s board is divided on the issue of caps. Given the current lack of data to support either view, the board believes the town should delay a vote on this part of the ordinance until more information is available that supports one view or the other.

Despite differences, all stakeholders want strong property values. Kiawah is a unique community type, and data that helps stakeholders better understand various impacts to property values should help guide future community discussions on this and other issues.


October Digest – COO Reviews Hurricane Dorian

“This kind of note seems like an annual occurrence for me now. Each year since 2015, we’ve had a storm event impact the island in some way – a 1000-year flood, hurricanes and tropical storms, and even an unprecedented snowstorm. I’m grateful to report that the island as a whole fared well in Hurricane Dorian. While we had a big mess to clean up, island facilities, infrastructure, and homes were spared significant damage.”
Read COO Jimmy Bailey’s letter focusing on Hurricane Dorian in the October issue of Digest. The issue also features an introduction to the work of KICA’s water management task forces, and a look at October’s many exciting events, including the annual favorite Dogtoberfest.
Read the October issue of Digest.


Post Hurricane Dorian Information

Updates and Reopenings

Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.


Cleanup Update

Significant progress has been made on island debris cleanup, however there is much more to do and these efforts will continue through the week.

Please be cautious and limit traffic on roads and leisure trails. You’ll see cleanup crews throughout the island and large piles of debris awaiting pickup. We ask for your patience as we work to clear side-streets, boardwalks and trails. For your safety, please do not use trails that have not been cleared. Boardwalks 1-22 are clear.


Berkeley Electric has restored power to all of properties on Kiawah.

Debris Removal

Important Guidelines for Debris Collection

– Place debris piles at the curb – close to the road (not in the road)
– Do not block fire hydrants, cable or electrical boxes.
– Loose debris must be placed in paper bags. Large tree debris that requires the use of a landscape contractor must be removed by the contractor.
– Regimes may also place their debris at the curb – close to the road (not in the road).

Zone 1 Collection Dates – Sept. 13 – 15
Kiawah Island Parkway to V gate, includes all streets in this zone.

Zone 2 Collection Dates – Sept. 16 – 18
V gate to the intersection of Surfsong and Flyway Dr., includes all streets in this zone.

Zone 3 Collection Dates – Sept. 19 – 21
Flyway Dr. and Governors Dr. ending at the intersection of Flyway and Ocean Course Dr., includes all streets within this zone.

Zone 4 Collection Dates – Sept. 22 – 24
The Preserve, Salt Cedar, and all of the finger islands (Summer Island, Cormorant Island, Otter Island, Ocean Course, Ocean Park).

Following the schedule above, there will be an additional collection of all zones until completion. We appreciate your patience as crews work through the island.

Trash and Recycling Collection

For the next two weeks (week of Sept. 9 and Sept. 16) trash collection will be doubled. For property owners that have Monday collection, trash will be collected Monday and Thursday. For those that have Tuesday collection, trash will be collected Tuesday and Friday. If you are unsure about your collection day click here. Recycling will be collected on Wednesday island wide.




Trash Collection – Monday, Sept. 2

UPDATE: As of Sunday, Sept. 1, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal counties in ZONE A. As as result, trash collection will be suspended after collection on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Town of Kiawah Island has arranged for our solid waste provider to collect trash on Monday, Sept. 2 starting at 6 a.m. despite the holiday.

As a reminder, trash collection takes place on either Monday or Tuesday depending on the street. If you are unsure if your collection day, click here. Trash cans must be out on the street by 6 a.m. to ensure collection. If you have backdoor service, please make sure cans are accessible.

Overflow garbage, recycling, and cardboard can be taken to the large capacity compactors at the Kestrel Court Recycling Center. Containers are material specific and signage is posted to help residents identify what containers to use.