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Island Entities Monitor COVID-19

Like so many of you, KICA and other island entities are closely following the novel coronavirus. Operational adjustments have been made daily over the past couple of weeks. In mid-March, association facilities, including The Sandcastle and Beachwalker Center, closed for a period of recommended social distancing.

During this time, KICA’s board of directors made the decision to continue with the April vote on flood mitigation efforts. Chair Diana Mezzanotte talked about that decision. “We decided to move forward with sharing KICA’s flood mitigation efforts with the community. While your health and safety is the priority right now, we also recognize you may have time you’d like to fill with something other than uncertain news. Thus, we wanted to provide you with the chance to start learning about this significant project and what it means for our community before we ask you to vote next month.”

This unprecedented situation is fluid. For the most recent Kiawah-specific information, visit the Town of Kiawah Island’s website at kiawahisland.org or sign up for KICA’ s email updates at kica.us/signup. Members are cautioned to only rely on emergency management officials (scemd.gov) and credible organizations for information.

Due to the precautions being taken for COVID-19, this issue of Digest does not contain any event information. Where possible, some island events have shifted to an electronic format, while others, such as the remainder of the 2019-2020 Arts Council schedule, have been canceled. The annual member favorite Celebrate Kiawah has been postponed.

Unlike a storm that has some level of predictability, we’re not sure when this will end. Given the uncertainty that persists, KICA will adapt its schedule based on the best information available at the time. We know these changes are inconvenient, and we ask for patience as we work through known challenges and those yet to come.

Finally, Kiawah has a unique population, with members hailing from all over the country and the world, and many in the “at risk” age range. We ask that you all take care of yourselves and your families.

Visit kica.us for specific information on actions being taken on and around the island, as well as up-to-date event listings and Kiawah’s beach cam if you need a reminder of home. Remember, KICA is here to support this community. If there’s anything you need, please reach out to staff at 843-768-9194 or [email protected].