Pay The Tropical Storm Irma Supplemental Assessment Online

Did you know you can pay your Tropical Storm Irma Supplemental Assessment online for no additional fee? Payment for this assessment is securely processed by Payment Service Network (PSN).

A statement for this supplemental assessment was mailed to property owners on Friday, Oct. 6.  Payments are due within 30 days.

In the required “Client ID” field, enter the “Customer ID” number (C-*****), which is located at the top right of your statement.

Please note that Payment Services Network, rather than KICA, will appear on your statement. If you have any questions, contact KICA at 843-768-9194 or justask@kica.us.



Supplemental Assessment to be Collected for Tropical Storm Irma Recovery Costs

On Sept. 14, we reported that the KICA Board of Directors had met and approved a supplemental assessment for clean-up and repair costs associated with Tropical Storm Irma, pending final cost estimates on repairs. The total restoration costs for Irma are projected to be $1.1 million. This will result in a supplemental assessment of $225 for each developed residential property (undeveloped lots pay half that amount, and commercial properties such as the resort and developer pay significantly more). This assessment is expected to be mailed to members in early October and will be due within 30 days.

The cost breakdown for recovery expenses is as follows:

Landscape clean-up including tree companies, third-party landscape crews, debris removal, vacuum truck for storm drains, KICA staff overtime, supplies, food for crews and bridge inspections: $298,000
Landscape mitigation including replacement of shorted-out irrigation controllers, plants, turf and pine straw: $124,000
Pond mitigation including aerator repairs and replacement, pond edge erosion control at washouts, fish restocking, and mosquito abatement (associated with standing storm water and the wash-out of prior larvacide treatments): $60,000
Dock repairs at Rhett’s Bluff and Bass Pond: $65,000
Road washout repairs: $274,000
Leisure trail washout repairs: $57,000
Boardwalks: $205,000
Gate controller repairs: $31,000

Total: $1.1 Million

Frequently Asked Questions

What about Insurance?
KICA doesn’t insure infrastructure such as roads, leisure trails, drainage pipes, docks, boardwalks and cleanup costs because coverage is either unavailable or cost prohibitive. The association does insure assets which can be traditionally insured, such as buildings, vehicles, etc. Annually, KICA staff work with professionals to develop its insurance program recommendations. The recommendations are then reviewed by the Finance Committee and the board prior to their approval and implementation.

What about reserve funds?
KICA develops reserves to replace roads, bridges, boardwalks, and other infrastructure based on projections of expected useful life, however, we do not have a reserve for natural disasters. The reserves on-hand are there to ensure we have replacement dollars available when an asset needs to be replaced based on its age. Therefore, when material costs are incurred for storm clean-up, they must be recouped by an assessment.

Do the developer and resort pay this assessment as well?
Yes, both pay a substantial portion in accordance with the formula dictated by the Covenants.

Do you have questions or comments on the special assessment? Email them to justask@kica.us.


List of KICA Boardwalks and Leisure Trails Now Open

Recovery and restoration following Hurricane Irma is well underway and the island is beginning to return to normal operations. The following KICA-owned boardwalks are now open, allowing safe access to the beach:

BW-1 (Duneside Villas) – ramp
BW-7 (Seascape Villas) – ramp
BW 8-A (Sandcastle Pool Deck) – ramp only
BW 8-B (Between Sandcastle and Eugenia Ave) – ramp
BW-9 (Between 7 and 9 Eugenia Ave)
BW-10 (Eugenia at Surfwatch Rd) – ramp
BW-12 (Eugenia at Low Oak Woods Rd)
BW-14 (Between 61-B and 63-A Eugenia Ave)
BW-15 (Between 69 and 71 Eugenia Ave)
BW-22 (Windswept Villas) – ramp
BW-27 (End of Turtle Beach Ln) – ramp
BW-29 (Between Atlantic Beach Ct and Nicklaus Ln)
BW-31 (Between 341 and 342 Surfsong Rd) – ramp
BW-32 (Between 55 and 56 Surfsong Rd) – ramp
BW-33 (Between 63 and 64 Surfsong Rd)
BW-35 (Jackstay Ct)
BW-40 (Between Sand Fiddler Ct and Ocean Marsh Rd) – ramp

Some of these boardwalks will still need some modifications, but they are currently open for use. The boardwalks with ramps are indicated above.

There are also a number of leisure trails open for use:

Kiawah Island Parkway
Governors Drive
Ocean Course Drive
Kiawah Beach Drive
Sea Forest Drive
Turtle Beach Lane
Marsh Hawk Tower
Marsh Island Tower
Blue Heron Pond Tower
Trails leading to KICA boardwalks

Members should still use caution on these trails and avoid areas that are barricaded off for their safety.

As updates on boardwalk and leisure trail status and openings become available, they will be posted to kica.us/boardwalks.


Stand With Texas

In 2015, Kiawah Island faced a 1000-year flood event, followed the next year by the damaging winds and rain of Hurricane Matthew. Texas was one of the states that supported South Carolina with Hurricane Matthew relief. A few days ago, Hurricane Harvey made a catastrophic landfall in coastal Texas as a category 4 storm, and rainfall from the storm has not yet stopped. Texas now faces disastrous record rainfall and hurricane damage across a large eastern section of the state.

Some communities are destroyed, while others are underwater and facing the prospect of more rainfall. Thousands of families are displaced. The many Kiawah Island property owners who call the area home are now confronting one of the most significant natural disasters in American history. Kiawah Islanders are asked to stand with Texas by giving financial support to disaster relief charities in these areas, which have been working ceaselessly to help these communities. Following are just a few of the many organizations providing aid:

American Red Cross
Providing an immediate volunteer response, the Red Cross established emergency shelters, with food and supplies, for families evacuated from their homes across the region. Donations of at least $10 can be made by calling 1-800-733-2767, texting HARVEY to 90999 or through the Red Cross website.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is providing food and shelter to victims, while lending a hand with cleanup. The organization is also collaborating with local, state and federal governments to develop and execute a long-term disaster relief and recovery plan. Visit the Salvation Army website or text STORM to 51555 to give.

Catholic Charities
The Catholic Charities provide immediate relief to storm victims, including cash assistance, food, water, personal care supplies, cleaning materials and more. The group assesses the needs of disaster survivors and works with them over the long term to meet their needs. Visit the Catholic Charities website.

Feeding Texas
Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts.  The organization coordinates with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the ‘second disaster’ of an unorganized response is avoided.

People With Disabilities
Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organization reports its disaster hotline has received urgent requests from people in need.


Keep Our Turtles Safe: Lights Out May – October

Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season is in full swing. Nesting activity typically begins in mid-May, and female turtles will continue coming ashore to nest until August. Nests will begin hatching in July and finish by October.

During nesting season, it’s important that we do all we can to protect this threatened species from any further perils. To avoid unintentional harm to these beautiful creatures, follow these tips during nesting season:

-If your property is visible from the beach, turn out all exterior lights (flood and deck) from dusk to dawn.
-If any interior lights are visible from the beach or cast light on the beach, close blinds or drapes at 9 p.m. or turn them off.
-Flashlights should not be used on the beach at night during nesting season. Do not carry flashlights or play flashlight tag on the beach.
-Fill in large holes dug on the beach at the end of the day, as adults and hatchling sea turtles can become trapped in them.
-Observe sea turtles quietly from a distance – never disturb a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
-Do not shine lights on a sea turtle, including cell phones and flash photography.

Help keep Kiawah special and our turtles safe by following these guidelines or sharing them with family, friends and vacation rental guests. Learn more about Kiawah’s Loggerhead population.


KICA Seeks Feedback on Member Forum Options

Last month, KICA announced its commitment to providing an unfiltered member forum for information sharing, discussion and general announcements. Two options (described briefly below) are being reviewed as potential solutions, and KICA would like your input. The options being considered are:

– A listserv, like the iKiawah list or an unfiltered version of the KICAlist
– A third-party product, such as Nextdoor or Front Porch Forum

Please take this short survey and get involved in the process by submitting your suggestions.


KICA Hires New Director of Finance, Jane Ovenden

This spring, one of KICA’s senior management positions opened as Director of Finance Deborah Retalis accepted another opportunity. Interest in the position was strong and, after weeks of consideration, Jane Ovenden, a CPA with 30 years in public accounting, has been hired as the association’s new director of finance. She will join KICA on June 6.

Since 2012, Ovenden has served as senior director of operations with the Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System Foundation. In this position, she oversaw financial reporting and audits, operating budget, treasury functions and donor-related reporting for the foundation, which had net assets in excess of $40 million.

Prior to 2012, she worked as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society, and as a tax manager for Dixon Hughes. She is well-versed in fund accounting and Financial Edge, both of which are employed by KICA.

Ovenden, a Clemson native, is a summa cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, with a double major in accounting and humanities. She is a member of AICPA and the SCACPA. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society.

“Finance is a vital function to KICA,” said COO Jimmy Bailey. “We are excited to welcome such a highly qualified individual to the KICA team.”


Kiawah Island Utility Moves Forward With Sale

Kiawah Island Utility’s (KIU) parent company, KIU Holdings, was recently purchased by SouthWest Water Company, a nationwide water and wastewater utility. Established in 1925, SouthWest Water Company is a privately-owned American water company with resources that utilize local management and decision making to own, operate and manage regulated water and wastewater utility systems serving over 500,000 customers nationwide.

KIU will continue to provide the same high-quality water and wastewater services to its customers. Local management will remain in place, ensuring a seamless transition. KIU will be overseen by SouthWest Water Company and will continue to be regulated by the South Carolina Public Service Commission,.

KIU has cleared all hurdles and executed contracts with construction companies to install the new water supply line, providing a needed alternate water supply to the island. The new line will benefit the community in several ways, including redundancy for emergency supply.

RH Moore Company, Inc., in concert with the Mears Group, will install the pipe on the island. The route only impacts some locations on Marsh Island Drive and Sweet Gum, along with a short section of Governor’s Drive in that area. Construction should begin soon and be completed within 150 calendar days.


KICA Service Makes it Easier to Find Answers

KICA encourages members to “Just Ask”

Kiawah can be a confusing place with different entities responsible for different things. Sometimes, you might not know who can best answer a question or help with a problem. KICA staff do their best to know what’s on your mind, but when you have a question, it’s best to Just Ask. 

From now on, it will be easier than ever to find the answer to your question. If you’re not sure who to contact, simply send an email to justask@kica.us. From there, your question, comment or concern will be directly routed to the correct person or department. Don’t worry about who does what or where to send your question – Just Ask.

So, if you’re on the driving range, at bridge club or enjoying happy hour and hear a Kiawah related question, encourage people to just ask. KICA is eager to help.