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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
“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.