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Important News and Announcements from KICA


11/06/2019

2020 Budget Approved by the Board of Directors

Posted In Community

2020 Budget

At the Nov. 4, 2019 board meeting, the directors approved KICA's 2020 Budget.

Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Bailey presented the budget (video) to the board, with the following highlights:

-5% Increase in the General Assessment
-Reserve Expenses Fairly Ordinary
-Personnel Challenges Persist - But Testing New Strategies
-Continued Investment in Technology (Security and Member Service)

Board member and treasurer Dave Morley commented, "We are funding some strategically important things while maintaining a balanced operating budget. I think that’s a positive for the community.”

2020 Annual Assessment

Improved Property

General Assessment: $1,922 (2019: $1830)
Amenity Assessment: $189 (2019: $180)
Reserve Assessment: $325 ( 2019: $325)

Vanderhorst Gate Segment Assessment: $100 (2019: $96)
Preserve/Ocean Park Segment Assessment: $1,302 (2019: $1,240)

Unimproved Property

General Assessment: $961 (2019: $915)
Amenity Assessment: $95 (2019: $90)
Reserve Assessment:  $163 (2019: $163)

Vanderhorst Gate Segment Assessment: $50 (2019: $48)
Preserve/Ocean Park Segment Assessment: $651 (2019: $620)

Operating and Reserve Budgets

KICA operates with two separate budgets, the operating budget and the reserve budget.

The operating budget covers the costs of administration, security and livability, land and lakes maintenance, recreation and amenity operations, and general maintenance. Principally, the operating budget covers expenditures that are routine and predictable. This budget is funded primarily by: the annual assessment paid for by all property owners (more than 80% of funds), commercial access fees (approx. 10% of funds), investment income, the amenity assessment and user fees and other miscellaneous income. The association is committed to a balanced annual operating budget.

The reserve budget covers the cost of major repair to or replacement of existing island infrastructure. The reserve budget takes into account Reserve Study projections, which forecast the lifespan of and maintenance costs for all infrastructure over the next 40 years. It also considers predicted revenues. The reserve budget is funded by five sources: a transfer fee on all real estate transactions (about 40-45% of funds), the annual supplemental reserve assessment (about 40% of funds) paid for by all property owners, commercial access fees (about 15% of funds), investment income and if needed, a transfer from operations income. Each year, reserve budget costs vary due to the planned repair and replacement schedule for all assets, so this budget is designed to fluctuate between deficit and surplus.

What the Budget Funds

The annual budget funds KICA's five basic operations, all of which are crucial to daily life on Kiawah. KICA operates and provides administrative support for:

Security and Livability: Security controls access to the Main Gate and V-Gate, conducts island patrols and oversees commercial access. Livability manages covenant enforcement and contractor oversight.

Recreation and Amenities: Recreation operations include member events, as well as the operation of The Sandcastle, Rhett’s Bluff, Cinder Creek and Eagle Point.

Land and Lakes Maintenance: Land Management handles all landscaping and maintenance on KICA common property. The Lakes team handles water quality management, wildlife management, as well as mosquito abatement.

General Maintenance: This department does minor repairs to common property, such as roads, leisure trails, and boardwalks. General Maintenance includes a mechanic’s shop, which services vehicles and equipment.

Major Repairs and Replacement (MR&R): MR&R staff include civil engineers who plan and manage the repair or replacement of roads, bridges, drainage systems and other island infrastructure.


11/06/2019

2020 Board Candidate Announcement

Posted In Community

KICA is pleased to announce the four community members who intend to run for election to fill two seats on the board of directors:

Thomas Baker
Philip Mancusi-Ungaro
Jerry McGee
Brad McIlvain

The vote will take place beginning Dec. 27 through Jan. 31, 2020 and candidate biographies and video interviews will be shared with the community in mid December.


10/31/2019

2019 Community Survey Results

Posted In Community

This past summer, KICA invited community members to take part in KICA's strategic planning for the future by sharing their viewpoint in a community survey. The survey was conducted  by an independent firm, The McNair Group, to assure its confidentiality, and to provide analysis and recommendations to KICA.

View the McNair Group's overview of the 2019 survey results:

2019 Member Survey Results Overview

 


10/28/2019

Nominating Committee Expands Perspectives

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

"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.

Read November Digest


10/24/2019

KICA's Comments on the Short Term Rental Ordinance

Posted In Community

The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) has followed the community discussion regarding the Town of Kiawah Island’s (TOKI) short term rental ordinance. KICA believes that there are two discrete issues associated with this debate that ought to be considered separately:

Enforcement

There’s been very little disagreement on the need for improvement, and KICA's board supports the town’s efforts to enhance enforcement capabilities. KICA has an enforcement role as well, and we look forward to working with TOKI to make meaningful improvements on this front. This is important to quality of life.

Caps

Much like the community, KICA’s board is divided on the issue of caps. Given the current lack of data to support either view, the board believes the town should delay a vote on this part of the ordinance until more information is available that supports one view or the other.

Despite differences, all stakeholders want strong property values. Kiawah is a unique community type, and data that helps stakeholders better understand various impacts to property values should help guide future community discussions on this and other issues.


10/24/2019

Report Flooding to KICA

Posted In KICA Island Projects, Water Management

KICA is working to understand, anticipate and mitigate flooding on Kiawah. We need your help to confirm and/or increase the accuracy of our knowledge about water movement on the island. If you experience flooding, whether on your property or on a roadway while driving, please report that information to KICA’s resilience specialist, Lucas Hernandez.

The form at kica.us/floodreport allows you to share the date, location and type of flooding you witness, and you can even request to have Lucas visit your property.

FLOOD REPORT FORM


10/09/2019

Task Forces Focus on Water Management

Posted In KICA Island Projects, Water Management

This year, KICA’s board of directors assertively prioritized flood mitigation planning, establishing two task forces: Water Management and Infrastructure Funding. Together, their goals are to develop solutions for currently vulnerable areas on Kiawah and create long term water monitoring and management plans. The task forces report to the board, and are comprised of KICA community members and staff. Their work stems from action items the town identified in their 2018 Flood Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report.

Underway since the beginning of the year, the Water Management task force started by identifying seven problematic locations on Kiawah and developing plans to enhance drainage in those areas.

The areas are:

• Kiawah Island Parkway near Sora Rail
• Governors Drive near Turtle Point Maintenance
• Governors Drive near Trumpet Creeper Lane
• Kiawah Island Parkway near the V-gate
• Kiawah Island Parkway at Green Dolphin
• Pond 29 to Pond 24 between Surfwatch Drive and Sea Forest Drive
• Sea Marsh Lane

These susceptible areas were shared with the engineering firm Stantec, which came back with proposed infrastructure solutions in July. KICA Resilience Specialist Lucas Hernandez then worked with the task force to add the new infrastructure into a digital model of Kiawah Island, which simulates island water movement. Not only does the model give the task force data on if the water is removed effectively from the area, but it also helps identify where the water will be displaced, and if it creates an excess elsewhere, or leaves the island through the drainage basin.

Through this process, the task force should be able to approach the board with practical responses to flooding, and the board can be confident about investing association resources. The priority list will be decided at the Water Management task force’s upcoming meeting.

With the priority list, the Infrastructure Funding task force will tackle the challenge of determining a funding source for this new infrastructure. Although the association has a reserves fund to maintain infrastructure that was originally conveyed to KICA by developers, there is no funding source for new infrastructure.

Both task forces are working quickly to provide a recommended project and funding solution package to the board in time for the 2020 budget, which is approved at the November board meeting. The goal is for KICA to be able to complete the proposed infrastructure projects within 3-5 years.

According to board treasurer and task force member Dave Morley, these projects are just the first phase of work for the task force. In the second phase, likely launching in 2020, the task force will look at ways to prevent water from entering the island, like in the event of a storm surge. “We started by addressing known problems, will then determine preventative tactics, and will continue by establishing an adaptive strategy for monitoring and assessing the water management plan. We won’t ever eliminate risk, but our goal is mitigation,” remarked Morley. “Our work will provide a platform for Kiawah to monitor and adapt for anticipated rising sea levels, decades before we see any visible impact.”

Dave acknowledges that this work isn’t just about mitigating water events. “By addressing our island’s susceptibilities, we’ll improve the quality of life for our members. We’re also demonstrating that we’re a proactive community, willing to deal with issues head-on, and that can only have a positive impact on property values.”

The work of these task forces will be followed closely and updates will be shared with the community through email, in Digest and at kica.us.


10/01/2019

October Digest - COO Reviews Hurricane Dorian

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

"This kind of note seems like an annual occurrence for me now. Each year since 2015, we’ve had a storm event impact the island in some way – a 1000-year flood, hurricanes and tropical storms, and even an unprecedented snowstorm. I’m grateful to report that the island as a whole fared well in Hurricane Dorian. While we had a big mess to clean up, island facilities, infrastructure, and homes were spared significant damage."
Read COO Jimmy Bailey's letter focusing on Hurricane Dorian in the October issue of Digest. The issue also features an introduction to the work of KICA's water management task forces, and a look at October's many exciting events, including the annual favorite Dogtoberfest.
Read the October issue of Digest.

09/17/2019

KI Parkway Traffic Delay Notification

Posted In Road & Traffic Alerts

Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18

Expect delays or detours while driving on the Kiawah Island Parkway Tuesday and Wednesday due to storm-related tree work. Both inbound and outbound lanes may be impacted between the main gate and the V-gate. KICA Security will be on hand to assist with traffic. Please plan additional travel time on these dates.

Update for Wednesday, Sept. 18:

KICA's tree contractor will stop traffic in both lanes for up to 15 minutes at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.  and 11:30 a.m. in order to safely remove several large trees. In between closures, only one lane of traffic will be open at a time, so please use caution and plan on delays.


09/06/2019

Post Hurricane Dorian Information

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Updates and Reopenings

Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.

 

Cleanup Update

Significant progress has been made on island debris cleanup, however there is much more to do and these efforts will continue through the week.

Please be cautious and limit traffic on roads and leisure trails. You'll see cleanup crews throughout the island and large piles of debris awaiting pickup. We ask for your patience as we work to clear side-streets, boardwalks and trails. For your safety, please do not use trails that have not been cleared. Boardwalks 1-22 are clear.

Electricity

Berkeley Electric has restored power to all of properties on Kiawah.

Debris Removal

Important Guidelines for Debris Collection

- Place debris piles at the curb – close to the road (not in the road)
- Do not block fire hydrants, cable or electrical boxes.
- Loose debris must be placed in paper bags. Large tree debris that requires the use of a landscape contractor must be removed by the contractor.
- Regimes may also place their debris at the curb – close to the road (not in the road).

Zone 1 Collection Dates – Sept. 13 - 15
Kiawah Island Parkway to V gate, includes all streets in this zone.

Zone 2 Collection Dates – Sept. 16 - 18
V gate to the intersection of Surfsong and Flyway Dr., includes all streets in this zone.

Zone 3 Collection Dates – Sept. 19 - 21
Flyway Dr. and Governors Dr. ending at the intersection of Flyway and Ocean Course Dr., includes all streets within this zone.

Zone 4 Collection Dates – Sept. 22 - 24
The Preserve, Salt Cedar, and all of the finger islands (Summer Island, Cormorant Island, Otter Island, Ocean Course, Ocean Park).

Following the schedule above, there will be an additional collection of all zones until completion. We appreciate your patience as crews work through the island.

Trash and Recycling Collection

For the next two weeks (week of Sept. 9 and Sept. 16) trash collection will be doubled. For property owners that have Monday collection, trash will be collected Monday and Thursday. For those that have Tuesday collection, trash will be collected Tuesday and Friday. If you are unsure about your collection day click here. Recycling will be collected on Wednesday island wide.

 

 


09/01/2019

Trash Collection - Monday, Sept. 2

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

UPDATE: As of Sunday, Sept. 1, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal counties in ZONE A. As as result, trash collection will be suspended after collection on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Town of Kiawah Island has arranged for our solid waste provider to collect trash on Monday, Sept. 2 starting at 6 a.m. despite the holiday.

As a reminder, trash collection takes place on either Monday or Tuesday depending on the street. If you are unsure if your collection day, click here. Trash cans must be out on the street by 6 a.m. to ensure collection. If you have backdoor service, please make sure cans are accessible.

Overflow garbage, recycling, and cardboard can be taken to the large capacity compactors at the Kestrel Court Recycling Center. Containers are material specific and signage is posted to help residents identify what containers to use.


08/30/2019

Find a Group That Fits Your Passion in September Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

It would be easy to spend all your time on the island walking the beach, biking the leisure trails or visiting area restaurants and never feel like you were missing out. But did you know that Kiawah has a vibrant social scene of member-led groups and clubs, including one or two for every hobby or passion?

Learn about Kiawah's member-led groups and clubs, meet KICA's new director of Land and Lakes, and look back on KICA's former director, who retired in May after nearly 28 years in the September issue of Digest.

NOTE - The mailing of September's issue of Digest was delayed due to postal service closures for Hurricane Dorian.


08/29/2019

Triathlon Info for Community Members

Posted In Community

Race Date: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
Race Venue: Night Heron Park
Event Time: 7:30am – 12pm
Participants: 420 Athletes
Race Maps and Information Sheet

How to Safely Pass a Cyclist on the Road:
1. Slow Down - Ensure that you have enough time to fully access the road and traffic conditions prior to executing a safe pass. Lower speed also gives you more time to react, should conditions change.
2. Look and Wait for Other Traffic - You’ll need space in the next lane in order to pass, so look for a safe gap in that traffic and wait as required. Some bicyclists will hug the right edge of the road in an effort to stay as far away from other traffic- don’t misinterpret this as an invitation to pass in the same narrow lane.
3. Change Lanes to Pass - Once you have an adequate gap in traffic in the next lane, move completely into that lane. This will give the bicyclist a safe buffer and the room they need to maneuver for maintaining balance and avoiding surface hazards.
4. Do Not Honk at Athletes - If the need does arise to honk your horn to alert a cyclist that you are about pass, do so at a respectable distance. If you are too close, the noise itself can cause a cyclist to lose his or her bearings and create a hazardous situation for both you and the cyclist.

Runners:
For the majority of the run, runners will be on the bike path. Consequently, we kindly ask folks to avoid traveling on the bike path parallel to the Kiawah Island Parkway (between Night Heron
Park and the V-gate) from 8:55am to 12pm.

Road Closures:
All roads will be open with the exception of Sea Forest Drive at Night Heron Park (after Summer Duck Way and before the three way stop at Mariner’s Watch). This section will be closed until approximately 11:30am.

Safety:
Deputies and race volunteers will be at all major intersections assisting with traffic control. Please use extreme caution while driving on the island on race morning, giving bikes and runners the right of way.

Contact the Resort:
For further assistance please contact the Night Heron Park Nature Center at 843.768.6001.


08/28/2019

King Tide: Aug. 28 - Sept. 1

Posted In Community

We move into a king tide cycle on Wednesday, Aug 28, of this week, which goes thru Sunday, Sept 1.  King tides are occurring in the evening tide cycle.  Our peak predicted tide is on Friday evening, at 9:05 pm, with a 7.48' tide.  However, since Sunday, Charleston Harbor's tides are running approximately 1' above predicted levels.  This gives us the possibility of over 8' tides, on Kiawah Island, during this king tide cycle.  KICA is currently closing all exterior drainage basin gates to stop water from flowing into our stormwater ponds at high tide.  For Kiawah Island, roads have the potential to flood in the usual spots, including the Kiawah Island Parkway & Governors Drive.  For residents along the marsh, tides have the potential to rise to higher levels on their properties.  Care should be exercised driving around the island at high tide during this king tide cycle, particularly at night.


08/01/2019

King Tide Produces Potential for Water on Roads This Evening

Posted In Community, Road & Traffic Alerts

The Charleston area is currently in a king tide cycle, which predicts higher than average high tides for a short period of time. Due to high onshore winds with the potential to push water levels higher, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for the Charleston area this evening. Kiawah's high tide is at 9:25 p.m., and effects are most likely from 8-11 p.m.

During this time, there is potential for water on island roads, including Kiawah Island Parkway and Governors Drive, in low-lying areas and on properties that front the marsh. Members are urged to use caution on roads and not to drive through any areas of standing water. This is especially important in the evening when visibility may be low.

KICA's Lakes Department prepared for the king tide cycle by closing all pond gates on Monday, July 29 to prevent water from entering the pond system. These gates will remain closed tonight.

KICA and the Town of Kiawah Island will be monitoring island conditions and will provide updates if necessary.


07/29/2019

August Issue of Digest Now Available

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

"The water here is calm and everything seems relaxed. A large bird makes a wide, swooping turn as it surveys the marsh. Under the shaded platform, a man casts his fishing rod and the marsh spreads out in front of me, golden in the summer sun."

Get a look at the Kiawah Conservancy's work on the island, as well as some highlights from the Naturally Kiawah Pathways photography tour in the August issue of Digest.

August's Digest also includes information on how to run for the KICA board of directors and highlights of upcoming island events.

Read now.


07/15/2019

2019 Employee Appreciation Fund

Posted In Community

A Message from Your KICA Board Chair

Dear KICA Member,

As the chair of your KICA Board of Directors, I get to see parts of KICA’s inner workings that other property owners don’t. One aspect of the job that is always uplifting is the dedication of our KICA staff. There are the exceptional stories, especially in the aftermath of the storms we’ve experienced over my term, but mostly it’s the everyday things that make such a difference. Many of you can also recount an experience that exceeded your expectations – members tell me that the employees at The Sandcastle know them by name, along with the rest of their family. I know it brightens my day when I head to Beachwalker Center for a board meeting and I see the beautiful plantings maintained by our Land Department in front of the building. Despite being short-staffed in this exceptionally difficult labor market, those plants always look great. Maybe you have your own story, where something small made a big difference to your experience.

Those details are part of what makes this island the place we all chose to invest our time and money. This year, the board of directors felt that we should offer members the opportunity to show their appreciation to staff members for the high level of service they provide, and all they do to make Kiawah the premier community we all love. Tuesday, July 16 through Saturday, Aug. 31, members can make a contribution to the Employee Appreciation Fund (see below for ways to contribute). Funds will be distributed to 92 of KICA's employees (not including seasonal employees, departments heads or the COO) in the first pay period in September.

In closing, I’d like to offer my thanks to the staff on behalf of the KICA Board of Directors for all they do on the island. Kiawah is a special place and we’re lucky to have this dedicated group of people looking after it.

Ben Cheatham
KICA Board Chair

Ways to Show Your Appreciation

GIVE ONLINE

Show your thanks to KICA employees by making an online contribution. It takes just 1-2 minutes. Click here.

CHARGE YOUR KICA MEMBER ACCOUNT

Email thankyou@kica.us using the subject "Employee Appreciation Fund" and provide your name, Kiawah address and the amount you would like to contribute to the fund. KICA will charge your member account and the amount will appear on your next monthly statement.

MAIL A CHECK

Mail a check or login to your online checking account to have your bank mail a check for you.

Check Info
Payable to: Kiawah Island Community Association
Memo: Employee Appreciation Fund

Mailing Address
Kiawah Island Community Association
ATTN: Human Resources
23 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455


07/01/2019

KICA Board Confirms New Treasurer

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

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.


06/27/2019

July Issue of Digest Now Available

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

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.

Read the July issue of Digest today!


06/27/2019

KICA Focuses on Water Resilience

Posted In Community, KICA Island Projects

One of Kiawah’s most significant ongoing challenges is water management, and Kiawah isn’t the only coastal community that struggles to find solutions to mitigate flooding. Following the release of the Town of Kiawah Island’s (TOKI) Flood Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report, KICA’s board felt compelled to ensure the association was leading the charge and responding proactively to the report’s findings. KICA began this work with the appointment of two task forces, one which evaluates new infrastructure projects for water management (which includes precautions for flood mitigation, and other incidents such as storm surge and rain events) and another to determine funding sources for that new infrastructure.

KICA’s new approach to water management includes incorporating this work into the Strategic Plan. Ensuring that staff projects, association funds and high-level planning are directed toward water management goals, and establishing key metrics for success in achieving those goals, are important priorities for our board of directors. KICA is working to identify immediate priorities and establish a monitoring plan that adapts to our dynamic ecosystem and the challenges we face in the future. This forward-looking perspective will allow us to address the challenges in a responsible way.

One of the keys to this approach is KICA’s newest employee, Lucas Hernandez. Lucas was hired in June as KICA’s first-ever resilience specialist. COO Jimmy Bailey notes that “Lucas is perhaps the first resilience specialist hired by a community association in the entire country.” Lucas’ title refers specifically to water resilience, the primary goal of KICA’s water management strategy. With his specialized experience, he has a diverse toolbox to tackle this challenge.

[caption id="attachment_14027" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Lucas Hernandez KICA Resilience Specialist Lucas Hernandez[/caption]

Lucas has master’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Administration, and is heavily involved in the Charleston area flood mitigation conversation. He is a member of the Charleston Resilience Network and worked with TOKI to create simulations in for their sea level rise research. When KICA initiated the Finance Committee Infrastructure Task Force earlier this spring, Lucas came into focus as an essential piece of KICA’s strategic water management planning. He’s asking the same questions KICA has been in recent years: “how do we respond to flooding or to a natural disaster? How do we get people thinking about it in a different way?”

Lucas uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to answer these tough questions, simulating how surface water moves on the island in detail down to the square meter. It includes details like elevation and soil types to account for how these characteristics affect water movement. When a water event, like a storm surge or rapid downpour, is simulated, the model shows how water levels will be impacted across the island and can pinpoint areas where drainage infrastructure could be overloaded.

“When we first met Lucas, we had him simulate the storm surge from Tropical Storm Irma, where we knew the outcome and we could test his model. His model showed effects that were remarkably similar to our experience during the storm,” commented Bailey.

There are almost endless ways this type of information can be used to better prepare Kiawah for the future. The first task Lucas will tackle is embedding about ten potential infrastructure projects within his Kiawah model to test how they would impact water flow and evaluate if the designs are successful or should be altered. The potential projects would affect areas of concern identified by the Finance Committee’s Infrastructure Task Force. By modeling the data in advance, KICA can be a better steward of its resources by implementing solutions that are likely to improve our water management abilities. It can also help us discard sub-optimal solutions before a costly implementation.

In the fall of 2019, KICA anticipates releasing a plan which will focus on actions that can be accomplished in the next five years to deal with various storm scenarios. This plan will include recommendations (pretested by Lucas’ modeling) by the Infrastructure Task Force, and funding plans for the potential new infrastructure.

Lucas will spend a portion of his time on education and outreach. In a community as close as Kiawah, “any time someone changes the flow of surface water, by raising the property elevation for example, that water has to go somewhere else. This can cause issues for neighbors or cause infrastructure to overload. Being thoughtful with how we approach this and considerate of others is crucial for a community like Kiawah.”

Lucas talks a lot about bridges, but not the sort you might expect from a person so heavily involved in infrastructure. Again and again, he goes back to bridging the gaps within KICA’s departments and island entities to ensure the island faces its challenges in the best possible way. “Resilience to me is about bounce back,” he says. “What ways can we be proactive? How can this information help everyone? I think the answers are in KICA already but how can we flesh those out?”

While Lucas’ work is just getting started, it is part of a larger strategy for water management that KICA has been working on for some time. He shares KICA’s perspective on the challenges that face this special place. “Kiawah is a premier community — we want to keep the island ahead of the game. By being flood ready, it shows that we’re pushing toward becoming a community that can respond quickly and can potentially become a model for other coastal communities.”


06/20/2019

Community Survey: Join the Conversation

Posted In Community

UPDATE: SURVEY NOW CLOSED
The survey closed on July 25, 2019.

Dear KICA Member,

We're inviting you to take part in KICA's strategic planning for the future.

In the latter part of 2018, we held a series of three Community Conversation Sessions to explore how well we are fulfilling our mission. Since so many owners are part-time, we also committed to a community-wide survey based on what we heard to better assess our successes, opportunities, and future plans. The survey is now live through July 25. We invite each member of your Kiawah household to take the survey.

Please know that your answers are 100% confidential. We have asked an independent firm, The McNair Group, to conduct our survey to assure its confidentiality, and to assist us with analysis and recommendations. No individual responses are disclosed to anyone at KICA. When the summary results become available, we will share them with the community.

Finally, we understand that it is often confusing to determine who does what on Kiawah. If you need a refresher before taking the survey, click here .

We wish to extend our appreciation for your participation and ongoing support of KICA.

Sincerely,

The Kiawah Island Community Association Board of Directors


06/04/2019

Kiawah Security Improvements

Posted In Community

A Letter from the COO

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. Employees are getting familiar with the system in the early weeks of June.

As I’ve mentioned in many of our information sessions and articles one of KICA Security director Tony Elder’s missions on the island is to use technology to make things better for our members. If you attended or viewed the livestream for the recent Java with Jimmy, I talked about some of these many improvements: increasing the use of security cameras, looping in regimes so the Main Gate can have eyes on more of the island and an updated communication system that allows KICA staff, law enforcement and resort security to get information out in real time to deal with issues. All these changes make the island safer.

The new gate access system was developed by Applications by Design (ABDi), and is the same system used on Seabrook. With the system, which has a website and an app, you can request guest passes right from your phone which will be emailed to your guest. You can even sign up to receive notifications when your guest arrive on the island. You’ll receive a letter with detailed information on how to log in and get started once the system is available. This system will increase convenience for members by adding options but you’ll still be able to request a guest pass by calling or emailing.

A second piece of the upgrades involves moving people who don’t have guest passes out of the traffic flow at the Main Gate. Visitors, which is just our term for people who don’t have a guest pass waiting for them, represented about 2% of total traffic through the Main Gate last year. Visitors will be sent to the pass office at Beachwalker Center where they will provide their driver’s license, registration and insurance. This change will give us the ability to more easily identify and deal with those who abuse the system, and if necessary deny future access.

Later in 2019 and into 2020, other enhancements will be phased in, including the tracking of license plates to get data on contractor and employee movements on the island, moving from barcodes for access to RFIDs and an emergency management tool called Priority 5 that will give emergency teams a real-time look at island conditions in the event of a hurricane or other event.

KICA’s job is to balance between safety and convenience, and it’s sometimes hard to get just right. With a single access point, a popular public resort, significant commercial and consumer service activity, and other factors, dozens of judgment calls are made each day to maintain the appropriate balance between strict access and member lifestyle. KICA understands that there are trade-offs with this approach, and is constantly working on enhancements that strike the right balance between access control and member convenience.

Timing of implementation for these various system upgrades is a moving target, based on the integration of various systems so they work together and don’t create long lines and inconvenience. Not one of these systems alone can accomplish what we all want, which is efficient controlled access to Kiawah. There are many complicating variables - too many and too complex for a single communication to pin down.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. It’s an exciting time, and I know there will be opportunities for us to engage with members as we get closer to going live.

KICA Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Bailey


05/30/2019

Balancing Security and Convenience in June Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

"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.

Read the June Issue of Digest now.


05/16/2019

Low Speed Vehicle Rental Pilot Program

Posted In Community

At the last few KICA board meetings, several community members have expressed concerns about low speed electric vehicles.

What is a LSV?

Low speed electric vehicles (LSVs) look like a golf cart, but exceed golf cart speeds, and are therefore treated like an automobile. They must be registered with the DMV, riders must wear seatbelts and drivers are required to abide by all traffic laws, making them subject to citations by police. LSVs are required by law to attain a speed of 20-25 mph within a mile and they are only permitted on roads having speed limits of 35 mph or less. They are not permitted on leisure trails or golf paths.

Low speed electric vehicles (LSVs) are not restricted on Kiawah. Property owners may own them (if they are registered and have a decal) and they are currently available to rent.

What are the issues with LSVs that members have presented?

The issues several property owners have cited are that LSVs can hold up traffic and that rules aren’t always followed, raising safety concerns. Attention has been primarily focused on LSV renters, who may have less familiarity with the laws and rules.

How does KICA’s board plan to address the LSV issues?

Since the issues presented primarily lie with renters, the board contacted the LSV rental company, Lightning Bugz Rentals, who developed a pilot program which will allow KICA to limit the number of rental LSVs on the island and monitor their use. Beginning in May a maximum of 12 rented LSVs will be permitted on Kiawah. All LSVs will be equipped with a GPS to track their use and location, which will be monitored by KICA Security.

To educate renters about the rules, Lightning Bugz Rentals requires sign-off on the rules at registration, again at pick-up and the rules are posted within each LSV. 

This pilot program is anticipated to run through the end of the year, after which the board will evaluate the impact of LSVs.

A call for members to act.

If you see a driver in a Lightning Bugz LSV breaking the rules, contact security@kica.us or 843-768-5566 to report the violation, so that KICA’s board will have a thorough understanding of LSVs’ effect on community life.


05/08/2019

Kiawah Cares Launches a Fundraiser to Support Our Students

Posted In Community

On Tuesday, May 7, Kiawah Cares launched a six-week fundraiser to provide the financial fuel for beneficial educational and student support programs to thrive. Learn about this plan to support our Sea Islands students and how you can help here.


04/30/2019

Pond-Edge Pruning Project Underway

Posted In KICA Island Projects

KICA’s Lakes Management team has put together a multi-year project for the health of the island’s pond system, which serves as the master drainage system for the island. Over the years, the vegetation around some of the ponds has grown significantly, becoming problematic for both water quality and drainage. The goal of this project is to improve pond health and water quality while optimizing the drainage function of the pond system.

The ponds scheduled for 2019 have been selected with the following conditions in mind:
• significant quantities of live and dead debris present in or growing out over the water,
• a history of poor water quality issues, to include fish kills and/or hydrogen sulfide events,
• or they are part of the Beachwalker drainage basin, the main artery for water flow for one of the island’s largest drainage basins.

KICA has spent significant funds over the past several years working on the Beachwalker drainage basin, both in pipe repair and spot excavation. Cutting back overgrowth in pond vegetation is another step in protecting our financial investment in this drainage basin.
For 2019, the project will occur in the following ponds:
• Pond 24 – at Bittern Court, Red Bay Road, Palm Warbler Road and Catbrier Court, along Cougar Point Golf Course holes 12 and 13.
• Pond 27 – at Amaranth Road and Green Winged Teal Road, the Oceanwoods neighborhood and the Sora Rail Road utility area.
• Pond 29 – by the Night Heron Cottages neighborhood and the Sora Rail Road utility area.
• Pond 30 – by 71 and 73 Salthouse Lane and the Kiawah Island Parkway.

The project began in April with pond 24, where the general scope of work focused on the cutting and removal of vegetation falling into the pond. After pond 24, the contractor will move to pond 27, followed by ponds 29 and 30.

KICA’s contractor will be working within the pond and within our easement area. 95% of what will be targeted for this work are wax myrtles that are growing out over the ponds.

Our contractor will cut back canopy which has closed in over areas of the selected ponds, in order to permit sunlight back to the pond, as well as cut back overgrown shoreline vegetation which is depositing debris in the pond. KICA does not intend to impact screening vegetation for homes. KICA’s contractor will be working within the island’s normal commercial hours.

If you have questions about this project, contact KICA biologist Matt Hill at Matt.Hill@kica.us or 843-768-2315.


04/29/2019

Wildlife on Kiawah - May Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

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.

Read the May Digest.


03/29/2019

Arts in April and More in Kiawah Island Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

April means arts on Kiawah! In this issue, read the results of the 2019 Directors' Election and learn more about two of the artists showing at the upcoming Lowcountry Art and Artisan Showcase at The Sandcastle.

Other fun April events include the Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, the annual KICA plant sale and many holiday happenings.

Read the April 2019 Digest now.


03/12/2019

2019 Member Director Election Results

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

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%


03/08/2019

Quorum Has Been Met in the 2019 Directors Election

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

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.


03/06/2019

URGENT: Annual Meeting Is 48 Hours From Nullification

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

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.


02/26/2019

The March Issue of Digest Is Now Available

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

The board of directors is considering a new conveyance policy. Read about the policy and visit the website to read the policy in full. Cast your vote today in the 2019 Directors Election -- voting is underway through March 8.

Find all this plus a look at charitable events you can take part in, island happenings and more in this month's Digest!

Read the March 2019 Digest now.


02/21/2019

Learn About Association Finance at Finance Committee Meetings

Posted In Community, KICA 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.


02/18/2019

KICA Board Requests Community Input on Conveyance Policy

Posted In Community, Kiawah in the News, KICA Meetings

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.


02/07/2019

February Digest Available Now

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

The February issue of Digest invites you to come out to the 2019 Meet the Candidates event Thursday, Feb. 21 at The Sandcastle. Learn about Kiawah Cares' incredible success with a humanitarian campaign that brought out our members' generous spirit.

This issue also includes information about association finances and upcoming events.

Read the February 2019 Digest now.


01/29/2019

Kiawah Island Parkway Lane Closure Tomorrow 

Posted In Community, Road & Traffic Alerts

Wednesday, Jan. 30, the outbound lane of the Kiawah Island Parkway (near the bridge) will be closed between 2-3 p.m. for work associated with the embankment stabilization project.

Flaggers will be present to alternate traffic. Please use caution and give yourself additional time for travel. If you have questions, please call the town at 843-768-9166.


01/25/2019

Roadwork Underway at the Vanderhorst Gate

Posted In Community, KICA Island Projects, Road & Traffic Alerts

Lane Closed for Repairs - Beginning Monday, Jan. 28

Starting Monday, Jan. 28, the inbound left lane at the Vanderhorst gate will be closed in order to even the surface of the road by replacing the brick pavers. All traffic will be directed to the outside lane. This lane repair is anticipated to take two weeks, as the bricks and mortar must set before traffic can drive over it. This will require security staff to stand away from the gate house, near the right lane, so please approach slowly and use caution. During inclement weather, Security staff will be stationed inside the gate house in order to respond to issues or questions.

Once the inbound left lane is complete, the inbound right lane will be repaired. Again, it will require the lane to be closed for approximately two weeks. During this second part of the project, the gate will be fully staffed.

Thank you for your patience, as we work to complete this project during our off-season. Please drive with extra care near the V-gate in the coming weeks.


01/07/2019

Quorum Met - Voting Open through Friday, March 8

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

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.


01/03/2019

Learn About the Candidates for the Board in January Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

Learn about the candidates for the KICA Board of Directors in their own words, and look forward to a new year on Kiawah with COO Jimmy Bailey.

This issue of Digest also includes information about the annual assessment statements and upcoming events.

Read the January 2019 Digest now.


12/17/2018

2019 Budget Overview

Posted In Community

Revenue

KICA is funded primarily through property owner and commercial entity assessments (accounting for 82% of operating revenue and 39% of the Major Repairs and Replacements (MRR) revenue), a half percent transfer fee on real estate transactions called Contributions to Reserves or CTRs (38% of MRR revenue), commercial access fees (9% of operating revenue and 13% of MRR revenue) and investment income. In 2019, the association is anticipating revenue consistent with 2018.

Expenses

When allocating this revenue to pay for expenses (which is done in the latter half of the previous year – in 2018 for the 2019 budget year), funding is allocated to two discrete budgets, the operating budget and the reserve budget.

Operating Budget

The Operating Budget funds the predictable association functions including security and livability; land, lakes and general maintenance; administration; recreation and amenity operations. 

Of note for 2019, the Operating Budget reflects an 8 percent increase to personnel wages from the 2018 budget. KICA faces the staffing challenges of national low unemployment (2.7% in Charleston County), a dwindling supply of of nearby affordable housing and commuter traffic issues. In order to offer competitive wages and retain quality employees, KICA’s board voted in August 2018 to increase wages for hourly positions to a minimum of $13/hour, which alone accounts for nearly a 5% increase over the 2018 budget. 

KICA is also investing in island security and gate operations. Community members would like more stringent gate access procedures, but want to maintain rapid entry for members. Security is implementing new gate access management technology and will expand its pass office later this year to more tightly manage island access for those who arrive without a property owner guest pass or a resort reservation.  Stay tuned for more information on these initiatives as they roll out in future months. 

Reserve Budget

The Reserve Budget funds major repairs and replacements to existing Kiawah Island infrastructure. This budget is planned with consideration to the projected life of each association asset for the next 40 years. 

The largest expense in the Reserve Budget for 2019, and consistently year-to-year, is drainage. Drainage projects will account for about 43 percent of the Reserve Budget. KICA maintains 43 miles of existing pipe, connecting 119 lakes and ponds, making up 14 drainage basins. Water levels can be managed, to an extent, within the drainage basins, which is crucial to prevent or reduce flooding that can accompany significant rain events.

Other Reserve Budget expenses include the major repair to, or replacement of, 60 miles of roadway and bridges (30 percent of the Reserve Budget), 19 miles of leisure trails and 25 boardwalks (7.5 percent of the Reserve Budget), and large-scale landscape revitalization projects (8.5 percent of the Reserve Budget). 

2019 Budget 


12/06/2018

KICA Phone and Internet Access Restored

Posted In Community

Service has been restored to all KICA facilities around the island, including the Main Gate.

Thank you to our members for their patience while we restored access.


12/03/2018

Through a Member's Eyes - A Holiday to Remember in the December Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter, Events

A first holiday on Kiawah takes a wintery turn for a member, leaving her with warm memories. Read one member's account of 2018's surprise snowfall in "A Winter Wonderland."

This issue of Digest also includes a look at the recently-approved 2019 budget and upcoming events.

View 2018's last issue of Digest now!


11/26/2018

Letter From the Chair - Duneside Road Update

Posted In Community, Proposed Duneside Road Connection

Earlier this year, Kiawah Partners (KP) sought approval from the Town of Kiawah’s planning commission to extend Duneside Road to Beachwalker Drive. The proposal would have created a second entry to the island, which sparked concerns about island access and safety. Though KICA’s ability to stop the proposal was based on an untested legal position, KICA’s board formally opposed the proposal. KP voluntarily withdrew the proposal, and chose to work with the board in order to avoid litigation and seek a compromise.

In the ensuing months, KICA continued to oppose any plan that resulted in a road connection to Beachwalker Drive and a second access point to the island, and insisted that any compromise had to include the following:

- No connection of Duneside Road to Beachwalker Drive.
- A limitation on the number of units accessible by the extended Duneside Road.
- A financial contribution toward improvements deemed necessary to address safety concerns on the existing portion of Duneside Road.
- KICA and the community would require legal protection that upon approval of any compromise, KP (or any successors) would be prevented from altering the plan in the future.

Several weeks ago, KICA met with representatives of the nearby regimes, along with their attorney, and explained the general framework of a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). While they and KICA would have preferred no extension of the road, failure to compromise could result in a costly legal battle, with an uncertain outcome and at worst, a full connection to Beachwalker as originally proposed with unlimited traffic. Following that meeting, their lawyer sent KICA a letter that continued to express reservations but said the conceptual framework we shared struck a “seemingly reasonable compromise.”

Last week, KICA’s board discussed this legal and contractual matter in Executive Session, and ultimately voted unanimously* to approve an MOU with Kiawah Partners that accomplishes the goals outlined above. A copy of the MOU may be accessed here, along with the covenants and restrictions for the property hereTo summarize, the MOU accomplishes the goals set forth above:

- The proposed road extension terminates in a cul-de-sac instead of connecting to Beachwalker.
- The maximum number of units accessible by the proposed extension has been reduced by close to half.
- Kiawah Partners will contribute up to $100K to KICA for safety improvements.
- A Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions will be filed to provide assurance that this issue is resolved once and for all.

While KP and KICA have reached a compromise, the matter will be ultimately decided by the Town of Kiawah Planning Commission. It is anticipated that this item will be on their Dec. 5 agenda.  Further information on this meeting can be found here. KICA will provide another update to members after the planning commission meeting.

Sincerely,

Ben Cheatham

Chairman

*Developer-appointed board member Townsend Clarkson recused himself from the Executive session discussion and vote.


11/06/2018

Vote in the 2018 General Election at the Kiawah Municipal Center

Posted In Community, Events

2018 General Election

South Carolina’s next General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Go to www.SCVOTES.org  for information on the ballot.

Polling Location
Kiawah residents (District 9) can vote in person from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway). Photo ID is required.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VOTING AT THE TOWN’S WEBSITE HERE.


11/05/2018

2019 Draft Budget Reviewed at Nov. 5 Board Meeting

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

At the Nov. 5 board of directors meeting, the 2019 proposed budget will be reviewed and voted on.

See the draft budget, as well as the meeting agenda, on the Board Meetings page.


10/23/2018

Learn about KICA's Budgeting Process in the November Digest

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

Every November, the Kiawah Island Community Association releases its budget for the following year. The budget is the result of months of work, with each department adding both routine items and anticipated needs. This includes any significant capital requirement which impacts the association reserves. The tentative budget is reviewed by KICA’s member-comprised Finance Committee, and put before the board of directors for approval at the November meeting.

View the November issue of Digest to read more about budgeting, as well as a KICA Core Services article about the Administrative Department.


10/19/2018

KICA Rules and Regulations Updated by Board of Directors

Posted In Community, Other Kiawah Announcements

There are many things that make Kiawah special. Pristine beaches, diverse wildlife and natural beauty bring people from all around the world to the island, but what makes them stay is Kiawah’s quality of life.

KICA protect members' quality of life through our Rules and Regulations. This important document was updated by the board of directors at the Sept.  5 meeting. Visit the Quality of Life page for this and other important documents.

 


10/11/2018

Hurricane Michael Update: No Significant Damage on Kiawah

Posted In Severe Weather

The significant impacts for Charleston County from Tropical Storm Michael have passed. Wind gusts from 20-30 mph will continue through this afternoon and could result in trees and large debris falling.

All trees that were down along the major roads to Kiawah have been cleared. There is no significant damage and all roads are passable on the island. Please use extreme caution when traveling the roadways as there is still debris. High surf and rip current advisories are in effect through this evening.

Island Updates:

- Yard debris will be collected on Friday. See notice below.
- Town offices will reopen on Friday.
- KICA offices and the Sandcastle will reopen on Friday.
- Commercial traffic access will open at 2 p.m. Please use extreme caution when traveling the roadways as there is still debris.
- High tide levels will be above average. Today high tide will be 10:43 p.m. – 6.3 ft.
- For Freshfields Village, store operations visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours.
- Charleston County Citizen’s Information line (843-746-3900) is open until 5 p.m. today.


Sandcastle Grand Opening Soiree - Friday, Oct. 12

KICA’s Grand Opening Soiree event remains scheduled for Friday. Sandcastle pools will be closed Friday for event setup.

The event is at capacity and Sandcastle parking is very limited. Please carpool with friends or consider riding a bike.


Yard Debris Collection Notice

Twigs, leaves and grass clippings must be placed in paper bags or they will not be picked up. Yard debris must be near the end of your driveway. Do not block cable or electrical boxes or fire hydrants.

Tree limbs, shrubs or stumps can be placed at the curb but should be less than 4 feet long and no more than 4 inches in diameter. Debris generated by residential landscapers should be removed by the landscaping company.

If you have questions, email Rusty Lameo at rlameo@kiawahisland.org.


10/11/2018

Parking Limited at Sandcastle Grand Opening

Posted In Events

Important: Parking is EXTREMELY LIMITED. Please carpool.

The Sandcastle Grand Opening Soirée  on Friday, Oct. 12 is at capacity and Sandcastle parking is very limited. Please carpool with friends or consider riding a bike.

 

Friday, Oct. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Sandcastle

All Kiawah property owners are invited to KICA's poolside party, celebrating the Grand Opening of the newly-renovated Sandcastle!

The Travis Allison Band will entertain the crowd with original songs as well as party favorites. Cru Catering will provide a delicious selection of heavy hors d'oeuvres.

This event is complimentary for all association members. Guests are welcome to attend at a cost of $25 per person.

RSVPs for the Grand Opening  closed on Sept. 28. The event is at capacity.


10/10/2018

Hurricane Michael Update - Tropical Storm Conditions Expected

Posted In Severe Weather

The Town, KICA and Charleston County Emergency Management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Michael as it makes landfall along the Florida Panhandle Coast as a Category 4. Michael is expected to move across southeast Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday gradually weakening to a tropical storm.

Charleston County is currently under a tropical storm warning. Beginning tonight through Thursday evening, we are expected to experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rain bands, significant risks of isolated tornadoes, potential flooding and dangerous surf conditions.

Specifically, our area can expect 1-2 inches of rain, sustained winds of 20-40 mph, and wind gusts up to 45 mph resulting in downed trees and large debris. Residents should prepare their property by securing any items that could become airborne.

Please be aware:

- There are significant risks of tornadoes with this storm.
- There could be power outages and restricted access on bridges if the wind conditions warrant. More information on high wind bridge procedures can be found here.

Island Updates:

- Town offices will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday.
- KICA security will maintain 24 hour/day operations.
- KICA offices and the Sandcastle are closed on Thursday, and are expected to reopen for normal business hours on Friday.
- High surf and rip current advisories are in effect through Thursday evening.
- Since Kiawah is expecting King Tides today and Thursday, tide levels will be above average. Tide Information: Wednesday High Tide:  9:58 p.m. – 6.63 ft. Thursday High Tide: 10:33 a.m. - 7 ft and 10:43 p.m. – 6.3 ft.
- KICA has deployed water depth markers in areas prone to flooding.
- KICA has set its drainage system to reduce pond levels.
- Commercial Work Restricted: No routine construction activity or maintenance, including landscaping, will be permitted. Contractors assisting with storm response or emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis. Deliveries and other commercial activity supporting ongoing operations at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Kiawah Island Club will be coordinated with those entities.
- KICA’s Grand Opening Soiree event remains scheduled for Friday. Sandcastle pools will be closed Friday for event setup.
- Thursday’s yard debris collection has been moved to Friday.
- For Freshfields Village store operations, visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours.
- Charleston County Citizen’s Information line (843-746-3900) has been activated and will operate today until 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Bees Ferry Landfill will be closed tomorrow.

Members should continue to monitor the weather along with official communications from the Town and KICA. Members should also secure loose items around their property that could be damaged or become projectiles in heavy wind.


USEFUL LINKS

While KICA will continue to keep you updated, we ask that you consult the National Hurricane Center and these other useful links for official information on the developing situation.

– National Weather Service
– Charleston County Emergency Management
– SC Emergency Management Division
– Live 5 News
– ABC News 4
– WCBD News 2
– Post and Courier


Sign up for Code Red with the Town of Kiawah Island to stay ahead of the storms and get emergency notifications sent straight to your phone.

In addition to severe weather updates, Code Red will also keep you informed of other emergency situations and critical community alerts such as official evacuation notices, boil water notices, missing child reports, and more. Sign up today!


10/09/2018

Island Entities Monitor Hurricane Michael

Posted In Severe Weather

The Town of Kiawah Island, KICA, and Charleston County Emergency Management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Michael as it approaches the Florida Panhandle Coast. Charleston County is currently under a tropical storm watch.

Hurricane Michael is forecasted to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. Michael is then expected to move northeastward across southeast Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday as a tropical storm.

Charleston County is expected to experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall, isolated tornadoes, flooding, and dangerous surf conditions with significant impacts starting late Wednesday through Thursday and dissipating after that.

Specifically, our area can expect sustained winds of 25-35 mph; wind gusts up to 45 mph; 2-3 inches of rain and elevated risk of rip currents. Since Kiawah is expecting King Tides on Wednesday and Thursday, tide levels will be above average.

Tide Information

Wednesday High Tide
9:46 a.m. – 7.19 ft
9:58 p.m. – 6.63 ft

Thursday High Tide
10:33 a.m. - 7 ft
10:43 p.m. – 6.3 ft.

Other Updates:

- KICA is deploying water depth markers in areas prone to flooding.
- KICA has set its drainage system to reduce pond levels.
- TOKI Trash collection is running on its regular schedule, but that could change.
- KICA’s Grand Opening Soiree event remains scheduled for Friday, but that could change.

Members should continue to monitor the weather along with official communications from the Town and KICA. Members should also secure loose items around their property that could be damaged or become projectiles in heavy wind.

 


 

Useful Links

While KICA will continue to keep you updated, we ask that you consult the National Hurricane Center and these other useful links for official information on the developing situation.

National Weather Service
Charleston County Emergency Management
SC Emergency Management Division
Live 5 News
ABC News 4
WCBD News 2
Post and Courier


Sign up for Code Red with the Town of Kiawah Island to stay ahead of the storms and get emergency notifications sent straight to your phone.

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09/17/2018

Impact Kiawah's Future, Run for the KICA Board

Posted In Community

Are you considering running for the KICA board? It’s an opportunity for you to share your experience and ideas with the community; to represent the interests of your fellow property owners; to be part of the process that ensures the look and feel of Kiawah for the future.

Here's a glance at what it looks like to join the KICA board, and the timeline for candidates: Quick Overview of Running for the KICA Board.

The current Nominating Committee was appointed by the KICA board at its July meeting to assist with identifying potential candidates that represent the breadth and depth of our community. Property owners can contact the committee directly at nominatingcmte@kica.us to discuss this opportunity. Any KICA member may run for board service by submitting an application package, which includes background information and a statement of focus. These statements will be published along with other election materials.

For specific filing details or to obtain application materials and assistance with completing the process, contact holly.newman@kica.us. To view the Nominating Committee's time line and charter, as well as other board information, visit kica.us/board. The deadline for applications will be Oct. 16.

Diverse board leadership is vital to the continued success of our Kiawah community, and the board thanks you in advance for your interest in making an impact on the future of the island.


09/15/2018

KICA Resumes Gate Operations

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

As previously communicated, Governor McMaster has lifted the evacuation order affecting Kiawah Island. At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Charleston County Sherriff’s turned island access responsibility over to KICA. We are extremely grateful to the Town of Kiawah and the Sherriff’s deputies for maintaining controlled access over the last several days.

Updates:
- KICA’s I.T. Department is on island to bring gate and phone systems online. Until this occurs, member calls to the gate may forward to voicemail. As always, call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- KICA Land Management crews will report to the island at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday) to begin clean-up. The majority of their efforts will be focused on blowing leaves, pine needles, and other debris from roadways. We ask those who are driving around the island to use caution as employees will be on or near the roads.
- KICA’s Lakes Management is on island reestablishing normal drainage operations. It may take 4-5 days for water levels to return to normal. Fish kills and unpleasant odors could occur during this process as well.
- The Sandcastle will reopen at noon tomorrow. After-hours fingerprint access is available today for those who have signed up for that option.
- Beachwalker Center and all administrative functions will open Monday on a normal schedule.
- Commercial Access will resume on Monday.

KICA extends its thanks to the Town of Kiawah Island and all those involved in Kiawah’s Emergency Management plan. The unique governance structure on Kiawah requires significant coordination between entities and a spirit of cooperation. Special thanks go Mayor Weaver and town administrator Stephanie Tillerson for their leadership.


09/15/2018

Notice from Mayor Weaver: Evacuation Order Lifted for Kiawah Island

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Governor McMaster has lifted the evacuation order affecting Kiawah Island. There are no additional restrictions to residents returning to the island.

All public safety personnel are on the island, and all public services (water and electric) have continued to operate without interruption.

Sheriff Deputies will no longer be restricting access at Betsy Kerrison once KICA security establishes operations at the main gate.

All Kiawah Island roads are passable, although there is, and will continue to be, some minor debris on our roads. KICA will communicate directly to residents any additional information concerning road conditions or clean-up activity.

All commercial businesses, including those at Freshfields, remain closed.

If you are intending to return to Kiawah today or early tomorrow, there is still significant weather on many routes to the coast, so plan accordingly.
Craig Weaver

Mayor, Town of Kiawah Island


09/14/2018

Hurricane Florence Update - Sept. 14

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Today, the town participated in a conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Florence. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina this morning and is moving at a very slow pace to the southwest dumping significant rain to the areas in its path. The information below is based on the expected impact at this time. Due to the nature of this storm, conditions are subject to change. At this time, Governor McMaster has not indicated when he intends to lift the evacuation order.

Forecast:

With respect to the Charleston area and Kiawah impacts, the various models and predictions have taken us on a roller coaster ride over the last few days. The latest forecast suggests that winds will pick up late this afternoon around 4 p.m. Sustained winds could be in the 30 mph range, with gusts reaching tropical storm strength. These conditions could last throughout tonight and through the day tomorrow. Along with the wind, rainy conditions are expected for most of the weekend.

Likely Conditions on Kiawah:

Property damage isn’t likely with these conditions, but the combination of wet/saturated soil and higher than average winds can still uproot trees, break limbs and scatter debris. Disruption of power remains possible. While pond levels are low, some flooding remains possible, which could be exacerbated by the high tides noted below:

- Saturday: 12:49 a.m. and 1:34 p.m.
- Sunday 1:39 a.m. and 2:28 p.m.

Current Island Access:

Right now, Charleston County deputies continue to provide controlled access to Kiawah to residents and essential staff. Post-storm, access to the island will be restricted during the damage assessment. If the assessment indicates that roads are not passable, residents will not be able to get back on until the roads are passable.

The storm has not reached Kiawah and if you are considering traveling to the island, we would discourage you for several reasons:

- Kiawah is still under the mandatory evacuation order issued by the governor.
- Conditions could become severe during travel this evening or tomorrow.
- We still have the potential for loss of power to the island.
- All businesses on and near the island are closed.
- Public safety support (security, fire and EMS) are largely off the island and response times may be delayed.

Post Storm Re-Entry to the Charleston area and Kiawah:

Tomorrow, we will have a better gauge on what the storm will bring and re-entry time frames. Kiawah’s re-entry plans are contingent upon the storm passing and access to the Charleston area.

Governor McMaster has to first lift the evacuation order. Mayor Weaver will then work with all the entities to open the island as quickly as possible and will announce re-entry date and time. Re-entry is contingent upon the completion of road damage assessment which includes assessing debris, flooding and general safety conditions of the roads. The main arteries of Kiawah Island Parkway, Governors Drive, and Ocean Course need to be navigable. The damage assessment is tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday at 7 a.m.

Electricity and Sewage System:

In regard to electricity, the best-case scenario is that power is present island wide. However, it is possible that power will be interrupted. The town will permit re-entry to the island prior to full power being restored; however residents should expect uncomfortable conditions such as the absence of hot water, refrigeration and HVAC systems.

Kiawah Island’s sewage systems depends on a series of electric pumps to remove the waste water. If this occurs, residents will need to reduce flushing in order to avoid a backup of the waste water system on the island.

All of this is subject to change if storm conditions change.

Island Update:

- Berkeley Electric Cooperative cannot guarantee uninterrupted power during a major outage and will not be able to provide a timeline for restoration until after the storm has passed and the damage to the system can be evaluated. Berkeley Electric Cooperative will have crews on-site at key locations to monitor water levels. In the event that water levels threaten to flood the substations, the decision will be made to shut them down before suffering catastrophic damage. Although this may be inconvenient, this process will actually speed up recovery times.
- Debris management crews are on standby and will be deployed as soon as possible.
- Commercial access to the island is closed.
- The Station is closed but gas pumps are on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island.
- KICA's pond system has been set to max drainage since Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain and flooding.
- County traffic is not being restricted on I-26.
- Please be aware there are strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. Please do not enter the water.
- If conditions warrant, critical public safety services including Fire and EMS may withdraw their equipment and personnel from the island.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down. If that were to happen we will communicate that message promptly.
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County Citizen Information Line is open 24 hours daily at 843-746-3900.
- For Freshfields Village store operations, visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours


09/13/2018

Downgraded Hurricane Florence Still a Dangerous Storm

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Today, the town participated in a conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence has downgraded to a category 2 but is a dangerous storm and has grown in size. As an interesting point, Florence has a larger radius than Hurricane Hugo. Charleston County is still under a hurricane watch with conditions expected to deteriorate on Friday and last through Sunday. I-26 lane reversal will end today at 6 p.m.

Kiawah may still experience tropical storm force winds, sustained wind speeds of 30-35 mph, wind gusts up to 75 mph and storm surge from 2-4 ft. Kiawah is still likely to experience power outages, large debris, downed trees, and flooding on low lying roads.

Once the storm has passed, the governor has to first lift the evacuation order and then Mayor Weaver has to announce island re-entry date and time. Re-entry will not be permitted until after damage assessment is complete.

Remember after Matthew re-entry was not allowed for 48 hours. Residents should plan on a similar situation if conditions are similar to Matthew.

Island Update:

- Charleston County Sheriff Deputies have established a control point on Betsy Kerrison just before the roundabout and is restricting access to Kiawah and Seabrook islands to only property owners and essential staff.
- Berkeley Electric Cooperative is urging residents of the islands to prepare for extended outages. This is especially important for members who have medical needs requiring power. Berkeley Electric Cooperative cannot guarantee uninterrupted power during a major outage and will not be able to provide a timeline for restoration until after the storm has passed and the damage to the system can be evaluated. Berkeley Electric Cooperative will have crews on-site at key locations to monitor water levels. In the event that water levels threaten to flood the substations, the decision will be made to shut them down before suffering catastrophic damage. Although this may be inconvenient, this process will actually speed up recovery times.
- Debris management crews are on standby and will be deployed as soon as possible.
- Commercial access to the island is closed.
- The Station is closed but gas pumps are on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island.
- KICA's pond system has been set to max drainage since Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain and flooding.
- County traffic is not being restricted except on I-26 which will end today at 6 p.m.
- Please be aware there are already strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. Please do not enter the water.
- If conditions warrant, critical public safety services including Fire and EMS may withdraw their equipment and personnel from the island.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down. If that were to happen we will communicate that message promptly.
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County Citizen Information Line is open 24 hours daily at 843-746-3900.
- For Freshfields Village store operations, visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours

 

Re-entry:

- Residents will not be allowed back into the town until deemed safe for reentry and authorized by the Mayor. We will release that information via our website email notifications, social media and CodeRED.
- Emergency teams will be evaluating through the duration of the event.


09/13/2018

Hurricane Florence - Statement from Mayor Weaver

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

During the past two days, the forecast for Kiawah has changed with each hurricane center update. Yesterday, we were planning for more prolonged tropical storm conditions. This morning the forecast is more positive. Since Kiawah is not expected to be impacted until late Saturday or Sunday, this will undoubtedly change again.

Based on the weather advice available to us, the town and KICA are planning for a storm scenario much like Hurricane Matthew two years ago. Some tropical storm winds, with higher gusts, and heavy rain. We are not expecting hurricane force winds and we are not expecting significant storm surge.

If you were on Kiawah two years ago, you will remember the impact from Matthew. We saw a great deal of debris from trees and other vegetation, a few uprooted trees, heavy street flooding, especially on the Parkway, and damage to the beach and walkovers. We did not see damage to structures, and because of the minimal storm surge, there was little flooding of homes.
The town and KICA are already coordinating to make a quick assessment of the island as soon as the weather clears and commence clean up, so residents can return as quickly as possible. Our goal is for an immediate return, but please recall that with Matthew work crews needed about 24 hours after the storm passed to get our major roads open, and electrical power did not return until after that.

The island is quiet. It appears that almost all residents have left, and all businesses are closed. Sheriff Deputies are stopping motorists at Betsy Kerrison, so the island is secured.

The town will continue to send out its regular updates each afternoon. We will update you on the forecast, conditions on the island, and information to help you plan for your post-storm return.

Berkeley Electric has urged residents of the islands to prepare for extended outages. This is especially important for members who have medical needs requiring power. Berkeley Electric Cooperative cannot guarantee uninterrupted power during a major outage and will not be able to provide a timeline for restoration until after the storm has passed and the damage to the system can be evaluated. We will keep you advised.

As I said in my message Tuesday, the forecast for this storm is fluid and we hope that all of this caution and planning is unnecessary. But we are continually reminded that this storm has been difficult to predict, and these expectations can change. You should be assured that the employees of the each of Kiawah's governing, business, and public safety organizations are prepared and working as a team to deal with whatever might occur.

Craig Weaver
Mayor, Town of Kiawah Island


09/12/2018

Hurricane Florence Update - Island Access Restricted

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Hurricane Florence has shifted in the last 12 hours. While expected landfall is in North Carolina or the northeast quadrant of South Carolina, Charleston County is under a hurricane watch and is going to see severe weather conditions. Conditions are expected to deteriorate into Friday, with the effects of the storm lasting at least through Sunday. Kiawah could experience at least tropical force winds, with sustained wind speeds of 30-35 mph and wind gusts up to 75 mph.

Kiawah is likely to experience conditions similar to Hurricane Matthew. If you have not already evacuated, we encourage you to do so. If you choose to stay, you can expect power outages, large debris, downed trees and flooding on low lying roads.

Once the storm has passed the governor has to first lift the evacuation order and then the mayor has to announce island reentry date and time. Reentry will not be permitted until after damage assessment is complete. Remember after Matthew reentry was not allowed for 48 hours. Residents should plan on a similar situation if conditions are similar to Matthew.

Today at 5 p.m., Charleston County Sheriff Deputies will be restricting access to Kiawah and Seabrook islands to only property owners and essential staff. Deputies will establish a control point on Betsy Kerrison, just before the roundabout.

This restriction of public entry to the two islands will be in addition to KICA and Sheriff coverage on the island and provide evacuated residents greater assurance that the island and their homes are secure. If conditions warrant, critical public safety services including law enforcement, fire and EMS may withdrawal personnel from the island.

The town is in contact with Kiawah Island Utility and Berkeley Electric and we will pass long any information regarding their services.

Island Update:

- Commercial access to the island will end at close of business today.
- The Station is now closed but gas pumps will be left on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island.
- KICA’s pond system has been set to max drainage since Tuesday. It typically takes 3-4 falling tide cycles to accomplish a significant draw down of water levels, as downstream ponds empty into the river, and then refill with water from upstream ponds. The overall system is draining, but each individual pond rises and falls throughout the process. It’s not unusual for large fish kills to occur as a result of this process.
- For Freshfields Village store operations, visit http://www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours
- County traffic is not being restricted except on I-26.
- Please be aware there are already strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. Please do not enter the water.
- Concurrent with the evacuation order and if condition warrant, critical public safety services including fire and EMS may withdrawal their equipment and personnel from the island.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down. If that were to happen we will communicate that message promptly.
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County Citizen Information Line is open 24 hours daily at 843-746-3900.

Reentry:

- Residents will not be allowed back into the Town until deemed safe for reentry and authorized by the mayor. We will release that information via our website (www.kiawahisland.org), email notifications, social media and CodeRED.
- Emergency teams will be evaluating through the duration of the event.


09/11/2018

Hurricane Florence Updates and Information

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Yesterday, Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all South Carolina coastal communities including Kiawah, and I-26 lane reversals began at noon today.

This evacuation is in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on the Southeastern coast late Thursday or early Friday. While most models continue to show the hurricane tracking toward North Carolina, officials warn that the path could shift again, and dangerous tropical conditions may extend more than 100 miles from the center of the storm.

While we don’t know with certainty where landfall will occur, we encourage residents to comply with the evacuation order. An evacuation order means the following:

- Should conditions deteriorate, public safety personnel including Sheriff’s deputies, the fire department, and EMS will leave the island.
KICA and town staffing will diminish or cease as employees comply with the order and seek safety.
- The island could lose power, internet and other utilities, perhaps for an extended period.
- Portions of the island and surrounding area could be impassable for an extended period.
- Access to the island could be closed.

Official Evacuation Route:
- One benefit to early evacuation is that you may choose your own route. Now that the evacuation order is in effect, residents may be required to take the official evacuation route through Kiawah’s predetermined Zone.
- Kiawah/Seabrook Island is in ZONE A: Bohicket/Main Rd. to US 17. US 17 south to SC 64 to Walterboro, then to North Augusta.

KICA Update:
- In order to facilitate the governor’s mandatory evacuation, KICA’s Main Gate will maintain normal operations on Wednesday, Sept. 12 through the business day. If the mandatory evacuation is still in place at the close of business, the inbound gate will be closed and personnel will leave the island. Gate operations will resume as soon as the evacuation order is lifted and personnel can make it back to the island.
- At this time, Commercial Access will remain open as long as the gate is open.
- The Sandcastle is closed and all classes and events are canceled until further notice. It will reopen as soon as we’re able to get employees back to the island.
- KICA’s Administrative offices closed at noon today.
- KICA’s pond system has been set to max drainage since yesterday morning. It typically takes 3-4 falling tide cycles to accomplish a significant draw down of water levels, as downstream ponds empty into the river, and then refill with water from upstream ponds. The overall system is draining, but each individual pond rises and falls throughout the process. It’s not unusual for large fish kills to occur as a result of this process.

Island Update:
- Town offices closed at noon today.
- Trash collection is suspended for the rest of the week. Tentatively trash service will resume on Monday. Please make sure your cans are pulled in and secure.
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort facilities will close on a staggered schedule, with all resort operations closed by Wednesday afternoon.
Open for dinner tonight: Tomasso, Town Center Market, The Sanctuary
- Open for breakfast tomorrow: Jasmine Porch and Town Market
- The Station will be open through midafternoon Thursday after which the gas pumps will be left on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island. Pumps will be filled each day as long as they can get out to the Station.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down.
- For Freshfields Village operation updates, visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours


09/11/2018

Important Message from Mayor Weaver on Hurricane Florence

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

KICA works very closely with the Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI) and other agencies in preparation for storms or other emergencies, and we are posting this message on behalf of TOKI.

The order does not require that all residents leave the island by today at noon. If you have not already prepared, please take the necessary time to assure that your property is secure. Especially store or secure objects outdoors that might endanger other property in high winds and protect personal property at ground level that might be susceptible to localized flooding. It’s better to protect against all three potential effects of a storm - wind, rain and storm surge – than try to guess which of these, if any, Kiawah Island might experience.

Please don’t delay. At some point support from town, KICA, fire, EMS and law enforcement will diminish to minimum levels as these employees also comply with the evacuation order. Any town, KICA or public safety personnel that remain on the island will be focused only on critical operations and security. Similarly, local commercial operations will be winding down over the next day or two as well.

We will stay in continued contact with the providers of critical services, including water and sewer, power and communication. While each is committed to keeping their services operating, we know from our experience in previous weather events that these services, especially power and communications, are vulnerable to disruption, particularly if the island experiences extended heavy rain, higher than normal tides, or storm surge. Kiawah Island Utility and Berkeley Electric participate in the town’s emergency management process and we will inform you of any change affecting these provider’s services.

We and KICA will allow continued access onto the island for contractor and service personnel to assist residents in securing property, as long as weather conditions allow and as long as we have sufficient town, KICA and public safety support on the island. You should anticipate that at some point, as with both Hurricane Mathew and Tropical Storm Irma, we will close or restrict access onto Kiawah. This is done to better secure the island and your property while individual and commercial property owners are absent. We will issue a communication prior to taking this action. KICA will also communicate separately should they initiate any more restrictive measures affecting roads inside the main gate.

As in past weather events, our goal is to provide continual communication to our residents and property owners and we will keep up a regular communication schedule. Let’s hope that by the weekend the storm has passed, had little or no impact on Kiawah, and all this preparation will have been unnecessary. But let’s also remember that a tropical storm is unpredictable, and even if we are not in its direct path the effects can extend along a wide path.

 

Craig Weaver

Mayor, Town of Kiawah Island


09/10/2018

Governor Issues Mandatory Evacuation Order

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

Today at 2:30 p.m., Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all South Carolina coastal communities including Kiawah beginning tomorrow at 12 p.m., and I-26 lane reversals will begin at that time.

This evacuation is in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on the Southeastern coast later this week. While most models currently show the hurricane track has shifted toward toward North Carolina, officials warn that the path could shift again, and dangerous tropical conditions could extend more than 100 miles from the center of the storm.

While we don’t know with certainty where landfall will occur, we encourage residents to comply with the evacuation order. Once an order is issued, it means the following:

- Should conditions deteriorate, public safety personnel including Sherriff’s deputies, the fire department, and EMS will leave the island
- The island could lose power, internet, and other utilities, perhaps for an extended period
- Portions of the island and surrounding area could be impassable for an extended period
- Access to the island could be closed

Official Evacuation Route

- One benefit to early evacuation is that you may choose your own route. After the evacuation order is in effect, residents may be required to take the official evacuation route through a predetermined Zone.
- Kiawah/Seabrook Island is in ZONE A: Bohicket/Main Rd. to US 17. US 17 south to SC 64 to Walterboro, then to North Augusta.

KICA Update

- KICA’s Administrative offices will be open tomorrow, but other facilities including the Sandcastle will be closed so staff can execute shutdown plans.
- Security will remain on island as long as it is deemed safe and personnel are able to get to Kiawah. It is uncertain at this time how the lane reversals and evacuation order will impact our ability to get personnel to Kiawah, many of whom rely on I-26 to get to Kiawah.
- KICA’s pond system has been set to max drainage. It typically takes 3-4 falling tide cycles to accomplish a significant draw down of the ponds.
- Contractors will be allowed to access the island on Tuesday. It is possible that commercial access will be restricted at some point on Wednesday.

Island Update

- Town offices will be closed beginning tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.
- Trash collection is suspended for the rest of the week. Tentatively trash service will resume on Monday. Please make sure your cans are pulled in and secure.
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort facilities will close on a staggered schedule, with all resort operations closed by Wednesday afternoon.
- The Station will be open through mid-afternoon Thursday, after which the gas pumps will be left on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island. Pumps will be filled each day as long as they can get out to the Station.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down.
- For Freshfields Village operation updates visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours

 


09/10/2018

Island Entities Monitor Hurricane Florence

Posted In Community, Severe Weather

The Town of Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) and Charleston County Emergency Management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Florence, which forecasters indicate could impact the South Carolina coast next week. The official report from the National Weather Service is that there is uncertainty about Florence’s path, making it difficult to determine what the impact will be.

The town has been informed by the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center that if the storm continues to track towards the South Carolina coast and increase in intensity, the governor will consider issuing an evacuation order as soon as Monday for affected coastal communities. We stress that a decision by the governor has not been made at this time. We will advise members promptly should this change.

The town and KICA are working together for advanced preparations in the event that our area would be directly affected. While KICA will continue to keep you updated if Hurricane Florence affects our coastline, we ask that you consult the National Hurricane Center and these other useful links for official information on the developing situation.

- National Weather Service
- Charleston County Emergency Management
- SC Emergency Management Division
- Live 5 News
- ABC News 4
- WCBD News 2
- Post and Courier


08/23/2018

KICA Billing Is Going Paperless

Posted In Community

For the first time, KICA will be emailing all statements for KICA charges and assessments to the primary household member beginning Sept. 1. If your email address needs to be updated, or you would prefer to receive a mailed statement, please contact Member Services. This change will reduce paper waste and printing and mailing costs for KICA.

Contact Member Services at 843-768-9194 or MemberServices@kica.us.


08/07/2018

Kiawah Community Conversation Sessions

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

All Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) members are invited to join us for a Kiawah Community Conversation. These community engagement sessions provide an opportunity for the board to learn property owners’ perceptions of the current and future direction of the community, which will help guide the association’s strategic planning.

David McNair, president of The McNair Group, will facilitate these meetings, and you’ll have a chance to register your thoughts and perspectives in a 'live response feedback’ that will establish priorities for discussion. We promise this will be engaging and informative. NOTE: please bring your smartphone to participate in live text voting.

Three community engagement sessions are scheduled, and spread over a period of months. The remaining session will be held in The Sandcastle ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.

Reservations are not required. We hope you will join us at one of these sessions and be a part of this ongoing conversation.

 


07/16/2018

Water Usage Restrictions Lifted for Kiawah

Posted In Community

According to Kiawah Island Utility, the failed water line has been repaired and normal service has been restored to Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. As such, members can resume normal water usage. Thank you for your cooperation.

 


07/03/2018

Welcome to the Newly-Renovated Sandcastle

Posted In Amenities, Community, KICA Island Projects

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After eight months of renovations, The Sandcastle is welcoming members back. Stop by to have a dip in the beautiful oceanfront pool or the refreshed family pool, take a fitness class with an ocean view, or enjoy a relaxing beverage at the new bar. The Castle Grille and Sandbar are serving delicious food and beachy beverages by Cru Catering.

While the majority of the facility is open, a few components will have a phased opening:

- The new bath house adjacent to the adult pool will remain under construction for at least a more weeks. The bath house at the family pool will be open.

- Boardwalk 8B will remain closed until the bath house construction is complete. Boardwalk 8A is open.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate The Sandcastle's official grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.


06/11/2018

Vote in Statewide Primary Elections - Tuesday, June 12

Posted In Community

Tuesday, June 12 | Kiawah Island Municipal Center | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Statewide primaries will be underway Tuesday, June 12. While The Sandcastle is closed for renovations, the election will take place at Kiawah Island Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway).

Voters will be asked to provide one of the following photo IDs: S.C. Driver's License, ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, Federal Military ID  or U.S. Passport.

For more information regarding the state primaries, please visit www.scvotes.org or the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.


06/06/2018

Help Build the Board on the KICA Nominating Committee

Posted In Community

KICA is looking for a small group of members to help build and maintain a board that has the talent, skill and diversity to provide effective governance for the community. Building the Nominating Committee is the first step in preparations to replace two board directors when their terms end in March 2019.

Committee work for the 2019 election will begin with the appointment of the committee at the July 2 Board of Directors meeting. Times and dates of meetings will be determined once the committee is established. September and October are anticipated to be the most active months. The deadline to volunteer for the Nominating Committee is Monday, June 25.

The nominating committee will have two main tasks:

Identify, solicit and interview candidates - The committee will work to identify qualified candidates who will consider running for a board seat. If unique skills (i.e. finance, legal, engineering, etc.) or if a segment such as full-time residents or club members are under (or over) represented, the committee will seek candidates with these skills and characteristics. In meeting with potential candidates the committee will explore their skills, experiences and qualifications. It will also develop a sense of candidate's interpersonal skills and ability to work in the board setting.

Recommend candidates - It is important to have a board whose overall makeup provides necessary skills and experiences and with varied perspectives to provide KICA with highly-functioning governance. The committee will provide its recommendation for candidates it considers the best potential members. Potentially, more candidates will run than there are seats available. In that case, the committee may provide recommendations for all or only some of the candidates.

To read more about the Nominating Committee and its work or to find out how you can become a member, visit kica.us/board.


05/29/2018

Complete a Brief Poll on KICA Major Repairs and Maintenance

Posted In Community, Digest Newsletter

In January, Digest launched the first in a series of articles and surveys on the core services provided by KICA. While big projects such as the Sandcastle renovation are exciting, execution of a set of basic responsibilities is the backbone of the community. The purpose of this series is to inform, but also to gain broad-based feedback from our members via brief surveys.

The June Digest featured the third article in this series, focusing on Major Repairs and Maintenance. Read the article online.

As with the first two articles in the series about Security and Safety and Land and Lakes, KICA asks members to take a moment to answer a few questions regarding KICA's Major Repairs and Maintenance.

Please complete this brief poll online and help KICA continue to plan for the future and better serve its members.


04/25/2018

KICA Annual Report Now Available Online

Posted In Community

For many years KICA’s Annual Report was included with the Annual Meeting election materials. This report was more of a “year in review,” focusing on the association’s major projects and accomplishments throughout the prior year. This year, the report focuses solely on financial information and was moved to a later distribution date so that any figures were based on the approved audited financial statements made available in the spring.

View the 2017 KICA Annual Report.

The 2017 Audited Financial Statements, along with other financial information, can be viewed at kica.us/finances. To view the full Treasurer's Report presentation from the 2018 Annual Meeting, visit kica.us/treasurerreport.


04/24/2018

KICA Board Solicits Community Input on Draft Investment Policy

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Review the draft policy.

Over the last several months, the KICA Finance Committee has worked to craft a new Investment Policy Statement to govern the manner in which the community's reserve funds are invested. At last week's meeting, the committee voted unanimously to send this draft to the KICA board for consideration. KICA's standard procedure is to share policy drafts with the community for input prior to making a final decision. After reviewing the attached draft, if you wish to share any comments, please send them to board@kica.us no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.

KICA funds major repair expenses (planned repair and replacement of roads, bridges, drainage, etc. - not unplanned major expenses such as storms) from three primary sources:

Contributions to Reserves (CTR's): CTR's are transfer fees on real estate sales, and represented 43% of reserve fund revenue in 2017.

The Reserve Assessment: Formally referred to as the Supplemental Annual Assessment, this assessment is billed to all members along with the Annual Assessment. It represented 39% of reserve fund revenue in 2017.

Commercial Access Fees: Commercial Access Fees are charged to contractors and other service providers who perform work on Kiawah Island. Beginning in 2017, a portion of these fees was allocated to the reserve fund for major repairs. They represented 14% of total reserve fund revenue.

The remaining revenue (4% of total in 2017) is provided by investment income.

In some years these revenue sources are sufficient to cover all reserve expenses. However, there are times when expenses exceed revenue, and reserve funds are needed to make up the difference. Having a healthy reserve is the best way to avoid special assessments, and KICA's reserve stands at $7.5 million today.

KICA's investments have historically been held primarily in cash and money market accounts, though in recent years the association has built a small ($3.8 million) laddered portfolio of high quality, "A" rated or better corporate bonds. This strategy has improved KICA's investment returns, but not enough to keep pace with inflation. Continued losses in purchasing power could have a significant negative impact on KICA's reserve funds over time.

The Finance Committee has drafted a new investment policy with the goal of keeping up with inflation. The committee believes this can be accomplished by investing approximately 70% of the funds in fixed income investments similar to what we have done in the past (individual investment grade bonds with maturity of 10 years or less) and 30% in equities (active and indexed mutual funds, no individual stocks or alternative investments). This balanced investing strategy has historically been very effective (it has never lost money over a 5-year period), although it would be subject to some moderate level of risk and volatility. More aggressive approaches weren't deemed necessary to meet KICA's objectives.

The management of the portfolio (within policy guidelines) will be the responsibility of Moneta Group. This firm has done an outstanding job managing KICA employees' 401K funds, and was selected after an extensive review process by the Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

Thank you in advance for your input. Any decisions on this topic will be reported after the May Board meeting.

Review the draft policy.


03/30/2018

Proposed Duneside Road Connection: Letter From the KICA Board and COO

Posted In Proposed Duneside Road Connection

The six elected members of the KICA Board of Directors previously expressed their opposition to Kiawah Partners' proposal to create vehicular connection between Beachwalker Drive and Duneside Road. For those unfamiliar with the proposal, KICA's prior communication on this matter can be read here. Yesterday, KICA sent a letter to the Town of Kiawah Island Planning Commission that states the following:

March 29, 2018

Town of Kiawah Island Planning Commission
Attn: Fred Peterson, Chairman
4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455

Dear Mr. Peterson and Commission Members,

The April 4, 2018 Planning Commission agenda includes an item related to a final plat associated with Kiawah Partners' development of parcels on the west end of the island. Given the community reaction to this matter, I am certain you are aware of it. The Kiawah Island Community Association elected board previously went on public record expressing their opposition to the substantial change of the final plat, and shares the many concerns that have been expressed by community members.

The purpose of this correspondence, however, is to transmit official notice that the properties in question are encumbered by recorded convents and restrictions. Furthermore, the covenants are contrary to, conflict with, and perhaps even prohibit the permitted activity. South Carolina statute 6-29-1145 states that a planning agency, upon notice of such a conflict, may not issue a permit until it has received confirmation from the applicant that the restrictive covenant has been released for the tract or parcel of land by action of the appropriate authority or property holders or by court order.

KICA's covenants establish a number of functions and responsibilities, including the provision of security services, the operation of guardhouses, the ownership and maintenance of its common properties, and other authorized services. Buyers for 40+ years have relied on these covenants, and property values have most likely benefited from their existence, along with the exclusivity and security provided by a gated community.

Were the Town of Kiawah Island Planning Commission to approve this plat, and approve a second entry point to the island, it would have essentially created a perpetual unfunded mandate for the association and its members to construct and operate a guardhouse. Failure to do so would eliminate controlled access to the island, thereby exposing the association to claims for breaching the functions and responsibilities imposed by the KICA covenants.

In closing, thank you for your service to the community, and please know that I sign this letter on behalf of the six elected members of the KICA board who unanimously support this position.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Bailey

Jimmy Bailey, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer


03/26/2018

Introducing Around Kiawah - A New Way for Members to Connect

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Subscribe to Around Kiawah today!

Introducing Around Kiawah, KICA's new member-to member email discussion group. Around Kiawah offers a four-in-one platform; subscribe to just one topic category, all four, or anywhere in between. Select from events, classifieds, property services and discussions.

Subscribe by completing the brief form at kica.us/around-kiawah so your property membership can be verified, and review and accept the terms of use. After verification, you'll receive notice to validate your email address, and you're on your way.

This unmoderated discussion platform will replace the outdated KICA-List platform. Assuming most users of our former KICAList will move to Around Kiawah, there may initially be a slight delay in verifying property ownership. After the initial phase, verification is expected to be prompt. KICA-List will be phased out on May 1, 2018.

For more information or to sign-up for Around Kiawah, visit kica.us/around-kiawah.


03/23/2018

April Digest: Details on Resort Improvements | Update on Sandcastle Renovations

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The April 2018 Digest is Now Available Online!

In this issue, get details on exciting new enhancements coming to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, including a new beachfront hotel, conference center, Cougar Point Clubhouse, and other additions. Also, get the latest on the Sandcastle renovations, hear from new KICA Chair Ben Cheatham, learn about Around Kiawah - a new way for members to connect with one another - and more.

Read the April issue...

In this issue:

- Cover Story: Resort Announces New Hotel, Additional Improvements
- Annual Meeting: New Directors Elected, Covenant Amendment Passes
- Message From New Board Chair Ben Cheatham
- Exciting Progress on The Sandcastle Beach Experience
- April and May Community Events
- Ernst and Young Gifts $20,000 to KCF to Support Students
- Kiawah Cares Wants to Know What You Think
- Learn From the Experts at the Landscape Symposium and Plant Sale
- KICA Launches Around Kiawah, A New Way for Members to Connect


03/05/2018

Proposed Road Connection in Duneside Area - March 5 Update

Posted In Proposed Duneside Road Connection

At the March 5 meeting of the KICA Board of Directors, COO Jimmy Bailey reported that the six elected directors are opposed to a recent proposal by Kiawah Partners (KP) to create vehicular access to the island between Beachwalker Drive and Duneside Road. The seventh director is a developer-appointed seat.

KP, which sold an almost 3.5 acre tract near the end of Beachwalker Drive to Timbers Kiawah last year, contends that traffic on Beachwalker Drive prevents convenient access to Timbers and to future developments on Beachwalker, necessitating the connection. Duneside is presently a dead-end road which serves Sparrow Pond and Duneside Cottages. These regimes and others have expressed numerous concerns about traffic, safety and livability issues, and are vigorously opposed to the proposal.

Bailey also stated that a recent Island Connection article reporting that KICA is behind this proposal, and that the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board (ARB) is a function of KICA, is inaccurate. KICA did not propose these changes, and the ARB remains a function of KP, the master developer.

The proposal is expected to go before the Town of Kiawah Island Planning Commission at its April 4 meeting, which will be at 3 p.m. at Town Hall, 4475 Betsy Kerrison. Check the town's website for meeting agendas, changes, etc.

KICA will continue to update members as information is available.


02/22/2018

Proposed Road Connection in Duneside Area - Feb. 22 Update

Posted In Proposed Duneside Road Connection

On Feb. 21, Town of Kiawah Island Mayor Craig Weaver issued a statement about a plan by Kiawah Partners (KP) to extend Duneside Road to the Timbers property in West Beach, and create an additional security gate and access point to the island. In his statement, Mayor Weaver indicated that the town's Planning Commission would defer action on the proposal until April, giving all parties, as well as the community, more time to understand the issue and provide input. Read the mayor's statement here.

Opening the road is a reversal of KP's prior commitment that this location would not serve vehicular traffic. KICA's five property owner elected directors met earlier this week by phone to discuss concerns expressed by community members, as well as KICA's role and legal rights associated with this issue. The elected board shares in the frustration and disappointment expressed by many that this has occurred. However, its primary focus is on assessing the traffic, safety and security implications, as well as what legal authority KICA has to influence the situation. In that regard, the deed that conveyed the road to KICA in 1982 includes certain reserved rights for the developer, including the right "to use the aforesaid property for purposes of ingress and egress and the right to cross and recross the said property." View a copy of the deed.

The one month delay announced yesterday by Mayor Weaver gives KICA leadership and the community some time to understand the proposal, and offer input. As KICA continues conversations with Kiawah Partners, we'd like to hear from you. We invite members to make comments at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting next Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Please note that due to construction at The Sandcastle, the meeting is being held at the new Town Hall on Betsy Kerrison. All board members and key staff will be in attendance, and it will be a good time to offer your perspectives. Like many of you, we're still trying to understand the implications associated with this.


12/13/2017

KICA, Kiawah Partners and Conservancy Finalize Parcel Trade Agreement

Posted In Community

On Thursday, Dec. 7, representatives from KICA, Kiawah Partners (KP) and the Kiawah Conservancy officially signed and executed the Parcel Trade Agreement. The agreement was approved by vote of the membership in September, with 87% of the voters supporting the trade.

Representatives from KICA, KP and the Conservancy Signed the Parcel Trade Agreement on Dec. 7, 2017.

"We would like to thank everyone who helped make this trade a reality," said KICA COO Jimmy Bailey. "This agreement is not just beneficial to KICA, but to the entire Kiawah community."

Part of the agreement included KP granting the Kiawah Conservancy a favorable purchase option on a 6.2-acre parcel directly across from Kiawah Island Real Estate that has zoning and development rights for 19 units. As was announced by the Conservancy earlier today (view full announcement), they have officially raised enough funds to purchase the land.

"We would like to congratulate the Conservancy and the community for raising the necessary funds to protect this parcel of land," said Bailey. "This transaction, along with the two parcels acquired by KICA through the vote, will help protect the entrance to our island in perpetuity."

For more details and background on the Parcel Trade agreement, visit kica.us/parceltrade.


12/07/2017

Get A Sneak Peek at The Sandcastle Renovation Project

Posted In Community

Construction at The Sandcastle is really coming along! We were lucky enough to get a look at the progress on Thursday, Dec. 7. The majority of work so far has been focussed on the entry way and first floor fitness space (which is being completely reimagined to add additional space and eventually provide gorgeous ocean views!).

For the latest updates on the project, follow KICA on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our weekly news emails.


11/10/2017

View the 2018 Budget Presentation

Posted In Community, KICA Meetings

KICA COO Jimmy Bailey presented the 2018 budget for approval at the Nov. 6 board meeting. This presentation highlighted the variety of concerns and considerations taken into account during budget creation.

View the presentation.

Hear Jimmy Bailey's comments and explanations of the presentation by watching on the KICA YouTube Channel.


07/06/2017

Keep Our Turtles Safe: Lights Out May - October

Posted In Community, Other Kiawah Announcements

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.


02/09/2017

Boardwalk Policy Update for High Density Areas

Posted In Amenities, Community, KICA Island Projects

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).

Current Status

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:

High Density Boardwalk Locations


04/20/2016

Tips and Information About Alligator Safety on Kiawah Island

Posted In Community

Alligators are a common sight on Kiawah Island and can be found in just about every pond on the island. Almost everyone who lives, works or visits our island has seen these animals. Now that spring is here, alligators have become much more active and visible and have resumed feeding after the cold winter months. While alligators can appear lethargic and docile, they are capable of great speed, power and agility, especially when pursuing prey.

In early April, an alligator on the western end of the island caught and killed a dog that had escaped from a nearby home. This unfortunate incident is a staunch reminder that alligators are potentially dangerous animals and should always be treated with respect. It is also a reminder to keep pets on a leash at all times on the island (as required by Town Ordinance) and to keep them away from ponds and pond edges.

In light of the recent incident, we ask that all island residents and visitors review and adhere to the following safety rules for alligators listed below. We have also included a short FAQ with answers to the most common questions regarding alligators on Kiawah Island.

Alligator Safety Rules

-Never approach an alligator. Maintain a distance of 60 feet from alligators unless on an elevated dock or boardwalk.

-Do not feed alligators.

-Do not poke, prod, throw things at or otherwise harass alligators.

-Do not throw fish scraps or bait into ponds when fishing or crabbing.

-Keep children and pets out of ponds and away from pond edges.

-Do not approach alligator nests or hatchlings. Female alligators are very vigilant and protective of their young.

-Do not retrieve golf balls that land in ponds or near an alligator; take a drop.

-Do not attempt to pick up or handle an alligator for any reason.

 Frequently Asked Questions

How common are dog/alligator incidents on Kiawah Island?
Uncommon. Over the last 20 years, Kiawah has averaged about one incident every three years.  Most incidents have occurred when dogs accidentally, or unknowingly, escaped from their owners and entered ponds or approached a pond edge.

How common are human/alligator incidents on Kiawah Island?
Alligators do not view people as prey and incidents are extremely rare.  There have been two minor incidents on Kiawah Island in the last 40 years.  Both of these incidents could have been easily avoided if safety rules had been followed.  Statewide, there have been a number of documented incidents, but never a fatality.

How many alligators live on Kiawah Island?
Approximately 600 - 700 alligators live on Kiawah.  Kiawah’s alligator population is allowed to fluctuate naturally and has remained stable over the last 10 years.   It is safe to assume that there is at least one alligator, usually more, in every water body on the island.

What is a nuisance alligator?
A nuisance alligator is an individual alligator that has become a significant public safety risk.  This typically occurs when an alligator has been fed and has lost its inherent fear of people.  All reports of nuisance alligators are evaluated by island biologists.  If the alligator meets the nuisance alligator criteria, it is captured and killed using "nuisance" tags issued by SCDNR.  There is no other harvest or removal of alligators on Kiawah Island.

If an alligator approaches me while fishing or crabbing what should I do?

Use caution and remove your lines from the water.  If an alligator is hooked on your line, cut the line immediately.  Report the incident to the Town of Kiawah Island (843-768-9166) during normal business hours or to KICA Security (843-768-5566) at all other times.

Why are alligators important to Kiawah Island?
Alligators have been on earth for almost 100 million years and are a vital part of the delicate Kiawah Island ecosystem.  Young alligators provide food for many species of birds and mammals, larger alligators help control populations of prey species, and abandoned “gator holes” or wallows provide critical freshwater habitat for countless species of animals.  Their presence is an indicator of the health of the island’s lakes and ponds and the island itself.


01/06/2016

Call KICA to Request Backflow System Inspections

Posted In Community

Did you know KICA offers, at request only, the expertise of its irrigation technicians for basic backflow testing and repairs?

Backflow prevention devices are used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow. Kiawah Island Utility requires residential water systems be tested every two years to ensure that they are working properly.

Please note that this is a service offered on-demand by KICA. To receive a backflow inspection, you must contact KICA and schedule the service in advance.

Cost of Services

  • Basic Backflow Certification: $60
  • KICA's technicians can make the repairs, when needed, for $37.50 per hour, plus the cost of materials. A one hour minimum charge applies ($37.50). After one hour, the cost is $18.75 per half hour or $37.50 per hour.

Request Backflow Certification Services
Email memberservices@kica.us or call 843-768-9194 to schedule an appointment. Services will be billed to your existing KICA member account and invoiced to you.


10/05/2015

Stay Connected with Kiawah

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EMAIL UPDATES
These updates are sent via email weekly and as needed to all property owners and provide news updates and event information for the coming week and beyond. Subscribe to these updates.

KIAWAH MOBILE APP
Our mobile app offers news, events, an island map, one-touch calling, the live beach cam, weather and more. Download it now for on-the-go info on your smartphone or tablet at the click of a button.
Download the App: Apple Store, Google Play.

TEXT ALERTS
KICA sends text alerts as necessary for very important news only, including severe weather, safety precautions, security alerts, etc. KICA text alerts are sent from 24587 (a mobile short code).
All members with a mobile phone number on file are automatically subscribed to these alerts. If you need to update or add your mobile number to our database, email memberservices@kica.us. If you wish to unsubscribe from this service, email communications@kica.us with your name and mobile number to be removed.

SOCIAL MEDIA
KICA is on social media. Follow the association on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to stay connected.
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08/19/2015

KICA Launches Member Referral Directory

Posted In Community

Find fast and friendly business referrals in the new Member Referral Directory. Explore a variety of services - from home to auto to health and more - rated by your Kiawah friends and neighbors.

Continue to the directory.

 


01/13/2015

Are You on Facebook?

Posted In Community

Do you stay in touch with friends and loved ones on Facebook? Why not?

Learn more about the benefits of Facebook and how to sign up.