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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Attend Today’s Virtual KICA Board Meeting

KICA members are invited to attend and share comments with the board at today’s meeting at 1 p.m.

View the agenda and attend online.


COVID-19 Kiawah Update

The Sandcastle to Reopen Monday with Limited Amenities and Required Reservations

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.


Local Stats

View local COVID-19 data for the state, Charleston County and our 29455 zip code on the DHEC website.

State and Town COVID-19 Updates

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.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing for Residents

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.

Kiawah Updates by Organization

Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI)
Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR)
Freshfields Village
Architectural Review Board (ARB)
Kiawah Island Club
Kiawah Island Utility (KIU)
Beachwalker County Park


KICA Board Confirms New Treasurer

The Kiawah Island Community Association Board of Directors ratified a vote to confirm Dave Morley as treasurer at the July 1 meeting. Dave Morley was elected to the KICA board in 2019 but has many years of experience serving on the association’s Finance Committee. He takes over from Mike Feldmann, who left the board in May.

Dave’s first treasurer’s report included a new section of highlights called the Budget Watch List. View the treasurer’s report, as well as in-depth financial reports, on the KICA Finances page.


2019 Member Director Election Results

Congratulations to David DeStefano and David Morley on their election to the KICA Board of Directors. They will begin their term upon adjournment of the Annual Meeting this Friday. We thank all three candidates for offering themselves for service to the community. The results of the election are as follows:

David Morley: 44.9%
David DeStefano: 35.7%
Brendan Magee: 19%
Write In: 0.4%


Quorum Has Been Met in the 2019 Directors Election

UPDATE: Quorum has been met! The election is now valid. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

Thank you to those who have voted, and there is still time to vote at kica.us/vote. You’ve invested heavily in Kiawah, so take the time to select the leaders you think will be the best stewards of the island.


URGENT: Annual Meeting Is 48 Hours From Nullification

KICA’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 15, is in danger of nullification.

The KICA Annual Member Director Election must receive 51% of member votes by Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in order for quorum to be met and the election validated. As of Friday at noon, we are at 49.75% of 51% needed for quorum.

If we do not reach quorum, a second election will be conducted at the expense of community members. A second election is detrimental to the community in several ways:

– It’s double the expense for all members. KICA’s election and annual meeting cost approximately $11,000. A second election and meeting will cost about the same, and will be an unbudgeted expense in 2019.

– It disenfranchises members who voted already. Prior to the second election, all votes received in the current election will be discarded without being counted.

– It gives a few members a bigger say in what happens. A second election has no quorum, and fewer people generally vote in them. Those few voters decide the outcome of the election.

If you have voted already, thank you. Please remind all your friends and neighbors to do the same.

If you have not voted, please do so right now. The deadline is Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. Don’t wait — voting is easy! Check your email for a message sent from our election facilitator, elections@vote-now.com, on March 5. The subject line was ‘URGENT reminder to VOTE in Kiawah Election.’ Simply click the link to complete your secure ballot in less than five minutes.

If you have questions about the vote or haven’t received your voting information, contact Holly Newman at holly.newman@kica.us.  View all voting information at kica.us/vote.


Learn About Association Finance at Finance Committee Meetings

Are you interested in association finance? All property owners are welcome to attend meetings of the KICA Finance Committee.

This committee works closely with the board and accounting staff to provide advice for the board’s financial decision-making. Along with evaluating the budget and overall financing structure, the committee annually reviews the association’s insurance coverage, investment portfolio, and external reserve studies.

If you want to learn more about association finance, stop by Beachwalker Center on the dates below and find out about these interesting topics:

2018 Audit Presentation
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. | Beachwalker Center

Insurance Proposal by Aon Risk Services
Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. | Beachwalker Center

Investment Review by Moneta Group
Wednesday, April 17 at 3 p.m. | Beachwalker Center

Learn more about association finance, including monthly financial statements, annual audits and more, at kica.us/finances.


KICA Board Requests Community Input on Conveyance Policy

The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a new policy relative to the manner in which new common property or other maintenance responsibilities are accepted from a developer (usually Kiawah Partners, but this policy applies to any developer or entity).

Review the policy to be considered here.

KICA has not accepted any additional responsibility since the end of 2015, as explained in the “Facts and Rationale” section of the linked document. It has not done so because it believes a policy is needed to ensure a consistent process is followed when these decisions are made.

KICA’s policy development process has several steps, including a community input period prior to the board taking any action. This item is scheduled to be on the board’s March 4 agenda, so we appreciate any written input byFriday, March 1. Please send your comments to board@kica.us so they can be considered in advance of the March meeting.


Quorum Met – Voting Open through Friday, March 8

Quorum for the 2019 Member Director Election has been met. Voting is open until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

You are voting to elect two candidates to the KICA Board of Directors. Three candidates are running: David DeStefano, Brendan Magee and David Morley.

When you vote, make sure to assign the proxy to the board secretary to ensure quorum is met. This ensures that the annual meeting and certification of the election can be held without 51% of the membership physically attending the annual meeting. This proxy does not affect your vote in any way.

Visit kica.us/vote for information, candidate biographies and video interviews with the candidates.