On Monday, May 18, KICA facilities will commence a phased reopening in accordance with federal guidelines. Association facilities have been evaluated by MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) health experts and their recommendations incorporated into reopening plans. New procedures are in place for the safety and enjoyment of our members and employees.
In the first phase of The Sandcastle’s reopening, we welcome back members to enjoy the pools, with advance reservations. The family pool and oceanfront adult pool will open for two daily sessions, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m., to allow for sanitization preceding each session. Members are invited to reserve a maximum of one session daily. Pool reservations for Monday, May 18 will be accepted beginning on Sunday, May 17 at 8 a.m. at kica.us/sandcastle.
The Castle Grille will offer a limited to-go menu beginning Thursday, May 21. Online ordering and payment will be available as well as window ordering and bar service.
In Phase 1, due to occupancy limits, member guests will not be permitted. There will be no fitness classes, the strength and cardio room will be closed upon advisement from MUSC, no events or group meetings will take place, and the upstairs lounge, meeting rooms and veranda will be closed.
All members with pool reservations will be required to check in at the lobby. No members will be permitted without reservations. The pool gates will be locked, and therefore there will be no access to the beach at Boardwalk 8A. Boardwalk 8B, to the left of The Sandcastle from the parking lot, can be used to access the beach.
View local COVID-19 data for the state, Charleston County and our 29455 zip code on the DHEC website.
The governor has lifted the stay-at-home-or-work order. Restaurants are now permitted to offer modified indoor and outdoor dining, in addition to carry out. Close contact service providers (salons, spas etc.), public pools and gyms will be permitted to reopen in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. The two-week self-quarantine is no longer mandatory for those traveling from virus hot spots. Learn more.
The town’s short term-rental moratorium expired on Friday, May 15. Learn more.
Beachwalker Park has reopened.
The Town of Kiawah Island has coordinated with MUSC (the Medical University of South Carolina) to offer COVID-19 antibody testing to Kiawah Island residents (only). All residents are asked to participate on Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20 at the West Beach Conference Center. The testing will provide insight into the percentage of residents who have been exposed to COVID-19, and will be valuable for virus management planning. Reservations for antibody testing are filling up fast. Learn more.
“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!
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.
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.
“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.
Inside this issue of Digest, the KICA board of directors asks you to participate in the association’s strategic planning. Complete the community survey for your voice to be heard. The July Digest also includes a look at Kiawah’s water management strategies, including a new forward-thinking way of looking at the island’s surface water.
Find out about fitness options at The Sandcastle, 4th of July events and more.
“As most of you know, 2019 has been a year devoted to a number of technology enhancements in our Security Department. We’re in the implementation phase of our most visible change, KICA’s new gate access system.”
— COO Jimmy Bailey
Read Jimmy Bailey’s letter to members and find out about all that’s happening around the island this June, including a look at the low speed vehicle study, Kiawah Cares About Education fundraiser, local farmers markets and more.
It’s hard to imagine a trip to the island without seeing wildlife — a blue heron, a yellow-bellied slider or an alligator. Maybe a bobcat, if you’re really lucky. Kiawah’s wildlife is part of what makes the island so special. In this issue of Digest, learn to be alligator aware during their mating season and learn to keep sea turtles safe during nesting season.
Take part in a Southern tradition by signing up for a shuttle trip to a Charleston church tea room. Sample ham biscuits, pimento cheese and don’t miss the Huguenot torte. Shuttle trips are May 1-3, with KICA COO Jimmy Bailey attending on Thursday, May 2.