The Board Elects New Officers, Reports a Positive Financial Forecast and Shares Task Force and Committee Updates

At Monday’s bi-monthly board meeting, the Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) directors elected new officers after Diana Mezzanotte resigned her role as chair. The board voted to elect Dave Morley as chair, Townsend Clarkson as treasurer and Jerry McGee as secretary. David DeStefano maintains his role as vice-chair. Diana Mezzanotte will remain on the board as a director through the 2021 annual meeting.

Chair (and former treasurer) Dave Morley provided a financial re-forecast for the year, which due to a hiring and spending freeze in late March and the targeting of continued revenue streams, predicts KICA will end the year with a favorable variance. He presented the Finance Committee’s recommendation to restore $72,000 of the $1.2 million frozen budgeted spending in the operating budget, and to fully restore the Major Repair and Replacement infrastructure budget (approx. $300,000). The board approved the finance committee’s recommendations, which were included in the positive re-forecast.

The board heard an update on KICA’s COVID-19-related Phase 1 modified operations, which MUSC recommended the association maintain.

Director David DeStefano shared an overview of feedback from community members on potentially allowing the use of electric bicycles on the island. Due to a common thread of concern about the condition of the leisure trails, the board will redirect focus to leisure trail improvements, before voting on any action regarding e-bikes.

The board was informed of a request by Kiawah Partners to convey some residual property along High Dunes Lane in Ocean Park to KICA. The land is located along the roadside of land already conveyed to KICA, and will not have associated budget implications. The board will consider this request and make a decision in October.

KICA’s Adaptive Management Plan Task Force shared an updated timeline for their work, which includes a community-wide survey to be distributed in mid-September. The purpose of the survey is to gain member input on the points at which flooding and climate change negatively impact quality of life, economic viability, infrastructure or aspirations of the island.

Director Sue Schaffer explained that the newly-restructured Board Outreach and Education Committee had solicited requests for committee members to join. According to the charter, the committee should include two non-board (current or former) members and two former board members, in addition to one current board member. However, only one community member without board experience applied with interest and three former board members. Schaffer requested the board authorize an exception to the charter to allow a different ratio of committee member types, but maintain the intended number of five total participants. The board approved the exception.

Director Brad McIlvain explained that the Community Outreach Task Force is focused on opening a dialogue between the board and property owners. The task force will begin efforts by planning conversations with four groups of property owners: villa regime owners, single-family home regime owners, single-family home owners before V-gate, and single-family home owners behind the V-gate. These open discussions will be organized within the next several months and will take place virtually.


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

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 Town of Kiawah Island has mandated the use of face coverings in most public spaces. Learn more.

The governor has lifted the stay-at-home-or-work order. Restaurants are permitted to offer modified indoor and outdoor dining, in addition to carry out. Close contact service providers (salons, spas etc.), public pools and gyms have been permitted to reopen. 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. Beachwalker Park has reopened.

The town has compiled local COVID-19 resources here.

Community Association COVID-19 Updates


In the first phase of KICA’s reopening, we welcome back members to enjoy The Sandcastle’s pools with advance reservations at kica.us/sandcastleLearn more.

The Castle Grille is now offering a limited to-go menu. Online ordering and payment is available at kica.us/sandcastle.

Member Services Available

If you are in need of assistance from KICA, please contact Member Services at memberservices@kica.us or 843-768-9194. KICA’s Member Services team is also available by appointment at Beachwalker Center.

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.