This issue features an early look at potential future improvements for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, an update on over $60,000 in donations recently distributed by the Kiawah Cares Foundation, information on how you can prepare for hurricane season, and details on all of the exciting events happening around Kiawah for the Fourth of July.
At the May 1 KICA Board of Directors meeting, the community was invited to view a presentation from the Sandcastle planning team on options to renovate and improve this important community asset. View a PDF of this presentation.
For questions or comments, email email@example.com.
RB Survey results are in! View the results at kica.us/rhetts-bluff-survey-
In addition to the results, many property owner comments were made. These are being reviewed. Thank you for your participation. The information gathered will be very helpful in planning the reconstruction of this amenity.
The KICA Board of Directors recently asked staff to begin work on plans to upgrade the Sandcastle. The Sandcastle facility is the primary amenity available to all KICA members. The 21-year-old community center has received only minor investments over that period, while the number of KICA properties has grown by about 10% and usage data shows an increase in the number of members using the facilities at Sandcastle.
In 2015, members voted down a $245 increase in annual KICA fees, which was needed to support the financing for a proposed $8.6 Million upgrade to the Sandcastle. Although the vote to borrow significantly and invest in a very major upgrade at Sandcastle did not pass, it is clear that this facility requires attention beyond minor investments. KICA’s acquisition of the Town Municipal Center building in October 2016 will provide additional meeting space and further flexibility to how the space at the Sandcastle can be used. Therefore, the board has authorized an investment to reinvigorate and improve the Sandcastle.
There will be a community presentation no later than June with the details to date. The level of investment will be less than half of what was previously proposed, and the board believes KICA can fund this through a combination of reducing current operating reserves and a minor financing. Since there will be no increase in annual dues, a member vote is not required. The goal is to have the project completed and in service by summer 2018.
The key components of this investment include:
– bringing the look and feel more in line with Kiawah standards
– operating within the current footprint of the building
– taking better advantage of the ocean views
– maintaining or increasing the space allocation for fitness
– constructing an adult pool (which may be done now or in the future, depending on whether it can be accomplished within the budgetary framework outlined).
We look forward to sharing the plans when they are available, and are open to input and suggestions from the community.
Beginning on March 20, weather permitting, and continuing for approximately three weeks, an asphalt rejuvenation project will be underway on one-third of Kiawah Island’s roads, including the Kiawah Island Parkway. The classic way to repair roads is to “mill and replace,” by removing the top layer of asphalt and applying a fresh layer of asphalt. KICA typically spends $300,000 annually on mill and replace repair to approximately ½-1 mile stretch of roadway. In changing to a road rejuvenation solution, KICA will be able to work on approximately 20 miles of roads for the same annual expenditure.
KICA’s contractor, Total Asphalt, will be applying a restorative liquid to the asphalt surfaces. This liquid penetrates the asphalt binder, thereby restoring its elasticity and binding capabilities. The coal tar component of the rejuvenator will also form a surface barrier to prevent water infiltration to the base of the road, as well as fill in minor road cracking. With this treatment, roads should last indefinitely. Road rejuvenation has the potential for significant cost savings for KICA. A similar technique is currently being used by the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Charleston County. It should not be confused with a pavement sealer, which is not a successful technique for roadways.
Please Note: Sand on the roadway is intentional. It is placed on top of the rejuvenated road surface to stop tracking of the product and lessen the time the road needs to be closed.
Total Asphalt will be working on most roads on the front side of the island, as well as the initial section of Surfsong Road and its side streets. While the contractor is working on the roadway, there will be disruptions to the neighborhood, including traffic delays, one lane traffic, reduced services for trash and recycling, and restrictions for contractors. Traffic flaggers will be on-hand to assist traffic, as necessary.
Sections of roads that have been rejuvenated will be closed for 24 hours to 4-wheel vehicles, as the material is “tacky” and could be spread to other areas, such as concrete curbing and driveways. There will be longer restrictions on 6-wheel (or larger) vehicles. KICA will make every effort to keep disruptions to a minimum and to the dates specified. Members on impacted roads will be emailed during the week prior, so members will know what to expect. Please take the time to notify any guests you may have or any regularly scheduled contractors.
The week of Monday, March 20 – Saturday, March 25, the contractor will be working on the following roads. Surfsong Road will be closed to through traffic from Wednesday, March 22 – Friday, March 24 from Governors Drive to Ocean Green Drive.
Angler Hall Arrowhead Hall
Atlantic Beach Court Bank Swallow Lane
Baldpate Court Bulrush Lane
Cordgrass Court Doral Open
Glen Eagle Court Green Dolphin Way
Green Winged Teal Road Masters Court
Muirfield Lane Ocean Green Drive
Sea Forest Drive Sea Marsh Road
Summer Duck Way Surfsong Road
Turtle Beach Lane Winged Foot Court
Complete list of roads that will be rejuvenated throughout the project and approximate dates:
If you have additional questions or if you have special needs which need to be considered, contact the KICA project managers below.
Director of Major Repairs
843-768-2315 office, 843-708-3609 cell
843-768-2315 office, 843-412-3063 cell
During Hurricane Matthew, KICA received damage to 23 of its 25 boardwalks. Our general maintenance team was able to get some of these boardwalks re-opened with minor repairs. The timeline for boardwalks requiring extensive repairs is somewhat longer, though all involved have been extremely cooperative in order to expedite this important work.
KICA uses a consulting structural engineer to ensure what we build is safe and will withstand many years of “normal” wear and tear. Once that work is complete, it then goes through the approval process with the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and the Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI). This ensures TOKI’s ordinances are followed, as well as the regulations imposed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SC DHEC-OCRM).
We initially placed the priority on boardwalks in the area of Eugenia Avenue to Windswept, as this was an area where KICA had no open boardwalks.
– As of Feb. 15, KICA has completed construction on boardwalks 8A, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
– We just received approvals on 7, 10, 29, 31 and 33, and are proceeding to contract shortly.
– Our other boardwalks remain in design.
KICA has been and will continue to send weekly updates on its boardwalk repairs in the Thursday email update to the membership. (Access the Beach With Safety)
Policies and Regulations
In building the beach boardwalks, KICA adheres to design regulations specified by the ARB, TOKI and SC DHEC-OCRM. To comply with these regulations, boardwalks must meet the beach perpendicular to the shore and within 10 feet of the primary dune. In the five years preceding the storm, we had rebuilt 22 of our boardwalks (approx. $1 million) and were fortunate that significant accretion of the beach resulted in a dune profile suitable for ramps in most locations. Unfortunately, those dunes are gone – along with the bulk of the previous five years’ investment. This loss has necessitated we use steps as a repair solution in many locations.
We are not permitted, under normal regulations, to run a boardwalk parallel to the shore and dune line, and must seek an exception for this type of construction. Our preference is to build ramps perpendicular to the shore where the dune profile accommodates this type of design; however, Hurricane Matthew has caused us to consider new guidelines that provide an objective way to determine where exceptions should be considered.
One of those new guidelines considers the density of property located near a boardwalk. Areas where larger than average numbers of KICA member properties are concentrated in close proximity will be given extra consideration for ramps. This will result in our applying for ramps at boardwalks 8B, 22, and 27. As the map image below indicates, these are high density areas and we believe exceptions are warranted:
KICA’s drainage system beneath the Cougar Point Golf Course is some of the oldest infrastructure on the island, having been installed by the Kuwaitis in the 1970s. It’s about to get an upgrade.
The infrastructure is an important part of the large Beachwalker drainage basin (West Beach, portions of East Beach and Settlement), which discharges to the Kiawah River at an outlet on Beachwalker Drive. This drainage basin encompasses 38 ponds. KICA will use the spin-casting technique to repair large pipes within the system. Spin-casting is the latest in culvert rehabilitation technology for medium- to large-diameter storm water infrastructure, using a structural mortar applied centrifugally to attain a uniform thickness around the interior of compromised pipes. This method achieves two important factors: it avoids costly and time-consuming excavation, and provides a long-term service life. Before employing this method, KICA engineers visited communities where it has been in use, and were impressed with what they saw. KICA will also spot-excavate ponds along the course to open drainage flow, as well as lower the overall pond levels in the drainage basin to facilitate the project.
The timing of this work was coordinated with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which closed Cougar Point for renovations just after Thanksgiving. With Gary Player consulting, course renovations will include re-grassing the greens, tees, and fairways with Paspalum (the same highly acclaimed salt-tolerant grass that the resort has on its other four golf courses); laser level all tee boxes including the practice range; rebuild all bunkers; update the irrigation throughout the golf course; and rebuild existing bulkheads. The course is slated to reopen in October 2017.
KICA’s $1.5 million drainage work began in early December when final DHEC and Army Corp of Engineers permits were secured, and is scheduled to be completed in May. When contractors are working in the area, members will see aqua dams put in place in the ponds, which will then be dewatered to complete the work. Christmas holidays aside, KICA’s work will occur during regular construction hours, and there will be some noise from pumps and vacuum trucks removing sediment from the pipes. (KIGR has a permit for Sunday work.) We appreciate your patience as this important work is underway.
Two exciting new projects are beginning to come together on Flyway Drive. Surfsong Park (view PDF here) is a small section of land, located at the corner of Flyway Drive and Surfsong Road across from 65 Surfsong Road, that will be developed into a passive park. This relaxing area will be the perfect respite for walkers or bikers in the area. The park will include benches, a water fountain with pet fountain and a butterfly garden. Work will begin shortly and is expected to be finished in early August.
The second project is an extension of the Flyway Drive landscape renovations started in 2015. The project area will run from Surfsong Road to the entrance of Osprey Beach. KICA will be working within its road rights-of-way.
The project began the last week in June with boring under the road for irrigation. On July 5, members will begin to see irrigation go in.
These landscape renovations are much smaller in scope than the first phase and are expected to be completed by July 31.
One of Kiawah’s main roadways is receiving a makeover. Flyway Drive is the focus of a major landscaping renewal that will take two years to complete.
Flyway Drive, located near the eastern end of the island, is an oft-used stretch of roadway that connects Governor’s Drive to Ocean Course Drive. In addition to providing access to a number of neighborhoods and homes, Flyway offers a more direct alternative to Governors Drive for travelers heading to the Ocean Course and surrounding area.
The renovation project will span two years and include new landscaping as well as extensive tree work for better safety and line of site. According to KICA Land and Lakes Management Director Dave Achey, Flyway Drive is the longest contiguous road KICA has renovated.
“We are using some new types of perennials in the plant beds, as well as a turfgrass component we haven’t used in several years,” said Achey. “We plan to include milkweed to create beds to attract Monarch butterflies.”
Preliminary tree work for the project began in January, while the bulk of the landscaping work for 2015 began earlier this summer.
This project is a continuation of KICA’s overall island revitalization and reinvestment program. For continuing updates on this and island projects, visit kica.us/projects.