Member Portal and More in September’s Digest

September’s issue of Digest includes a look at KICA’s member portal, which launches on Sept. 8 at kica.us/login. Learn how this portal will streamline your interactions with the association. This is a part of KICA’s recent database upgrade.

Here are some other interesting items at a glance:

– The Wannamaker Trophy has arrived at Kiawah from San Francisco and, less than a year from now, 156 of the world’s best golf professionals follow, fighting for a chance at the 2021 title. The PGA Championship will be played May 17-23, 2021 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. Get a brief look at the preparations, as well as some can’t-miss items for ticket holders.

– It’s boating season in the Lowcountry, and it’s also an ideal time to get more information on water-levels in the area. To help with this, the Town of Kiawah Island recently installed a new tide gauge at the Kiawah River. This tide gauge, the first at the site since the 1970s, will allow viewers to see NOAA tide predictions alongside real-time water level measurements for the first time.

– One of KICA resilience specialist Lucas Hernandez’s main priorities is meeting with property owners to discuss their specific experience with island flooding. During those visits, he offers information on steps these individual property owners can take to optimize water flow on their properties when the issue is not one that involves KICA’s common property drainage or infrastructure. Each lot has different complications and advantages, meaning there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Take a look at some of the methods property owners can use and how they work.

Read September’s issue of Digest.


Help Save Kiawah’s Bobcats in August’s Digest

KICA’s monthly newsletter dives into in-depth looks at island topic. Check out the articles below or read August’s issue of Kiawah Island Digest.

You Can Help Save Kiawah’s Bobcats

Kiawah’s bobcats have always been elusive. Now they’re starting to disappear. In a blow to the island’s many bobcat lovers, as well as its ecosystem, biologists now estimate that fewer than ten bobcats remain on Kiawah, down from a historic population of 30-35. Find out how you can act to help save the bobcats on Kiawah.

Lakes Team Manages Mosquito Abatement

Did you know that there are at least 61 different types of mosquitoes in South Carolina? Thankfully, KICA’s Lakes Management team is made up of biologists who tailor their approach to mosquito abatement to suit the island’s conditions. Matt Hill, Lakes Management supervisor, points out that “pest management is always a delicate balance between human comfort and environmental responsibility.”

Financial Update from KICA’s Treasurer

At KICA’s July 13 Board of Directors meeting, treasurer Dave Morley gave a report on the financial status of the association. KICA always provides monthly financial reports to members but in this case, it’s important to highlight how the association is performing in this unusual year. Dave’s report looked at KICA’s finances through the end of May 2020 in comparison to the annual budget. 


Welcoming KICA’s New Director of Finance in July Digest

In this issue, get to know KICA’s new director of Finance and Administration. Johnny Wallace comes to KICA from Porter-Gaud School. Say farewell to Jane Ovenden and learn about the changes she put into place while acting as KICA’s previous director of Finance and Administration.

Fawn season is here in the Lowcounty — how to tell if a fawn is acting normally even if it’s alone. Get your workout with the instructors at The Sandcastle and more in this month’s issue of Kiawah Island Digest.

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Prepare for Hurricane Season with June’s Digest

Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and we’ve already seen the development of two storms. In this issue of Digest, learn about preparations KICA makes each year, as well as what to expect during and after a storm event. Use the tips and links provided to get your family prepared in case of a storm event.

This issue also features a look at using The Sandcastle in Phase 1 of KICA’s reopening, a visit (at a safe distance) with Kiawah’s prehistoric predator, the alligator, and a safer walk to the beach in West Beach. Learn how to explore Kiawah’s inlets and waterways with your family in a Tidal Trails adventure.

Read the June issue of Kiawah Island Digest today.


May Digest Available Now

For decades, KICA has produced the monthly Digest newsletter to share community news and stories. In 2011, the association began publishing Digest online in addition to the print edition to accommodate the growing segment of those who preferred to get their news online. Today, 93% of members get their association news from KICA’s weekly emails, and 60% also use KICA’s website, where Digest is available online.

Due to printing and mailing costs, the print edition of Digest is KICA’s most expensive communication method by far. In March, when the coronavirus pushed all of us to realign priorities and define a new path forward, the print Digest was identified as a smart way to cut costs without eliminating an essential service.

Going forward, you’ll find Digest newsletters on KICA’s website and we’ll also share articles through association emails. If you’re feeling nostalgic, Digest newsletters can be downloaded from the website and printed at home. The final mailed print edition of Digest was the April newsletter.

May’s digital issue features a letter from, as well as an interview with, board chair Diana Mezzanotte, a look at the sea turtles that visit the island each year, and an exploration of some of the island’s early inhabitants, the Vanderhorsts.  You can also get some recommended reading from the Sandcastle Book Club, a look at Kiawah’s first quarter real estate trends and more.

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April Digest Available Now

Like so many of you, KICA and other island entities are rapidly adapting due to the serious threat of coronavirus. Operational adjustments have been made daily over the past couple of weeks. In the April issue of Digest, we share a brief look at what the association and other island entities are doing.

Learn about the water management vote that opens, Wednesday, April 1 and how your community association is making responsible financial decisions.

You can also read about a fascinating annual visitor to Kiawah Island — the Red Knot. These birds are on the island each year from March to May.

Find this and more in the April issue of Kiawah Island Digest.


March Digest: Entities Create a More Resilient Community

Island entities are working together to tackle water management from multiple fronts. In the March issue of Digest, learn how KICA and others are working to create a more resilient community.

Get a look at what to expect at KICA’s upcoming Annual Meeting and in KICA’s new gate access portal. Check out the event calendar for community events, such as the 20th annual Art and House Tour, and Dining for Donations at FortyEight Wine Bar and Kitchen.

Read the March issue of Digest.


February Digest – A look at LSVs and more

Low speed vehicles (LSVs) have been a frequent topic of conversation since they started appearing on the island a few years ago. Under KICA regulations, LSVs, which look similar to golf carts but are licensed for road use by the SC Department of Motor Vehicles, were permitted on the island’s roads. In 2018, with increased rental LSV usage on the island, members expressed their frustrations to the KICA Board of Directors, including concerns about operators not following traffic laws and traffic backups on the parkway in the wake of an LSV. Read the full article on low speed vehicles in February’s Digest.
This issue also takes a look at the KICA Finance Committee and KICA’s refreshed branding. Check out the event calendar for community events, such as Conservation Matters, and a look at the Our World series.
Read the February issue of Digest now.


New Year, New Focus in January’s Digest

“It’s hard to believe it’s 2020 already. I hope all of you enjoyed a relaxing holiday season with your families, whether on Kiawah or elsewhere. It’s certainly hard to leave behind the festivities and beauty of the holidays but the association is hitting the ground running.
The start of each new year is always a time of excitement, as we get started on projects with renewed focus and clear vision.”
-KICA COO Jimmy Bailey
Read Jimmy’s full message for the new year.
This issue also contains candidate biographies for each of the three candidates for the KICA Board of Directors, a look at January’s events and Digest’s very first seasonal book recommendation.


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!