Island Vibes April 2024

D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. Vol.2 Issue 4 April 2024 FIRE TALK Safety advice for residents (Page 7) IOP SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL Good tunes, greater causes (Page 25) EROSION CONTROL ORDINANCE See Page 6 RESIDENT SEAWALL LAWSUIT See Page 3 NEW PARKING MANAGEMENT See Page 5 BORN TO BE WILD DUNES Building a world-class resort (Page 22)

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part: “We disagree that the Reddy’s retention wall was erected within the critical area.” • Jan. 31: OCRM received information that work was continuing at the site. • Feb. 2: DHEC issued a second cease and desist directive. • Feb. 5: Legal counsel for the Reddys reiterated their position that the work at issue is landward of the erosion control structure and that “the retention wall lies landward of the critical area and outside of (OCRM’s) jurisdiction.” • Feb. 9: DHEC moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting the Reddys from continuing to install a hard erosion control structure adjacent to their home. vibes May the FoRC E be w ith yo u and Posi t i v e Information about distribution and marketing in IOP’s community newspaper contact or call 843-530-0403. EVERYONE READS D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. WE MAKE FINDING THE PERFECT PROPERTY A SEAMLESS PROCESS. Krista M. Swingle REALTOR® Brand Name Real Estate Charleston, SC Hugh Swingle IV Property Manager In Charge (843) 474-1200 Responsive Results Driven Hands On lip Pounds. “So it is their call as to any enforcement.” Since first becoming aware of the structure’s presence on Oct. 4, 2023, attempts by OCRM to halt any further construction or to have the structure removed have been unsuccessful to the point of open resistance by the property owners, Rom and Renee Reddy. To this end, DHEC has noted the following timeline since January 2024: • Jan. 7: OCRM staff was made aware that unauthorized rip-rap (rock or stone) was installed at the base of the structure. • Jan. 11: OCRM staff conducted a site inspection and observed that the structure was collapsing seaward. • Jan. 25: After a site inspection, DHEC officials issued a cease and desist directive. • Jan. 30: Legal counsel for the Reddys replied in an email, stating in n the western side of Ocean Boulevard on Isle of Palms, the presence of an erosion control structure on the beach is shaping up into a long legal battle. The structure sits on private property, but its construction was unauthorized by any state regulating authority and is believed to be a violation of local and state laws. The question remains as to whether the structure will be allowed to stay. Long before the matter could end up in the state courts, officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) are trying to determine how to keep the matter from progressing further. “OCRM has claimed jurisdiction over the wall,” said IOP Mayor Phil3 NEWS Court to determine fate of IOP property owner’s ‘retention wall’ By L. C. Leach III O Continued on Page 9 Photo Provided.

sland Vibes and Mount Pleasant Magazine enjoy a good relationship with WCIV and Erin Kienzle. Since we’ve worked together for some time now, Erin invited me to visit the set of “Lowcountry Live” and talk about, as she said, “the community newspaper for Isle of Palms you’re publishing.” It’s so invigorating to talk about how something got started you care so much about. As 4 FROM THE CREW D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. Island Vibes Vol. 2, Issue 4 April 2024 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER ANTHONY MACCHIO SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA RYAN BUCKHANNON • MARY COY LAURA FOGARTY • MAURICE FRAZIER CLARK LEACH • COLIN MCCANDLESS ASPEN NESTLER • PHILLIP POUNDS MIKE SIGALAS • ROD TURNAGE SALES REPRESENTATIVES STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM SARAH ROSE SARAH@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM LAURA FOGARTY LAURA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE BOSS DOG REGGIE DISTRIBUTION ISLE OF PALMS • WILD DUNES • GOAT ISLAND DEWEES ISLAND • U.S. POST OFFICE HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • ASHEVILLE/ HENDERSON AIRPORT • ALL SC WELCOME CENTERS Island Vibes is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Island Vibes is published 12 times per year by Islands Publishing LLC. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Islands Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Content, including editorial, advertising or comments, that threatens, harasses or degrades others may be revoked or refused from print and online publication at the sole discretion of Island Vibes. Inquiries to: Island Vibes P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 Editor’s Note Publisher’s Note hh! Can you hear that? Birds aren’t just chirping; they are singing a sweet symphony. This means that spring is here, and warmer weather has arrived. The sun never stops shining on the Isle of Palms and thanks to daylight savings, we can all enjoy paradise a little bit longer. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean things are all tulips and daisies. Our island recently suffered two devastating house fires. We asked the IOP Fire Department to share fire safety advice to raise awareness and hopefully help prevent future incidents (See Page 7). The island is also facing a crisis with erosion. Learn more about the emergency ordinance that IOP City Council recently passed (See Page 6). One resident even built a seawall to safeguard their property which A we talked, Erin was truly spreading her own positive vibes about Island Vibes. So far, 4,500 people have taken the time to watch our interview online and thousands more through broadcast television. The cool thing about our YouTube channel with 4,000 subscribers is that new people join us every month as new subscribers, which means more people will be learning about Island Vibes each month. If you’d like to check out the interview visit Before I leave, I would like to encourage you to follow our cover points for some great content including “Born To Be Wild Dunes” starting on Page 22. I’m of the opinion that this is one of the most informative articles I’ve seen published about the history of Wild Dunes. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed publishing it; as well as every editorial piece in this edition of Island Vibes. We are having so much fun! Cheers, Bill Macchio Publisher has precipitated legal action (See Page 3). Spring is also a time for new beginnings. The city has entered a new partnership with a third-party company that will manage the public parking across the island (See Page 5). This will allow the IOP Police Department to focus their attention on more serious matters. Thanks to all those who serve, preserve and protect the island that we are privileged to call home! Positively Yours, Zach Giroux Managing Editor to Juniper Jones from Mount Pleasant, who won Island Vibes’ Front Beach Fest Raffle for a $100 gift card to any Isle of Palms restaurant. Juniper chose Acme Lowcountry Kitchen to celebrate her winnings. /Islandvibesiop @islandvibesiop CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations Follow us on social media and stay tuned for our next contest! I

erhaps the best way to describe the cover of this issue of Island Vibes is to sum it up in one word – community. The plan for this gorgeous spring photo came together one piece at a time. It began with the Isle of Palms Front Beach Fest, where fun times were had, and new friends were made. Among the new friends made at the Island Vibes booth were our adorable cover models, Juniper Jones and Addison Skinner. Both were quick to agree to a midday, rooftop tea party. Juniper and Addison were accompanied by moms Kristina Jones and Erica Skinner. (You might recognize Kristina and her husband, Bret, from their many island business ventures: The Dinghy, IOPizza ,Smuggler’s Island Eats and Rum Shack) and Papi’s Taqueria. Dunes Properties realtor Brandy McMahon suggested to our publisher a lovely rooftop setting overlooking Morgan Creek in Wild Dunes, connecting us with homeowners John and Cindy Marrs at 32 Yacht Harbor Court. It’s for sale by the way. The Marrs were gracious hosts. Their dogs Ellie and Lucy received an invitation to the tea party too. Juniper, Addison, Ellie and Lucy were not only sweet and cooperative with our photographer Tonya McGue, but also perfectly attentive to the many 5 NEWS About the Cover By Laura Fogarty P IOP hires parking service, frees up police for higher-priority calls By L. C. Leach III his summer, Isle of Palms police officers will have more time to patrol the beach for longer periods. As of March 1, the city began a partnership with PCI Municipal Services to manage the city’s parking plan. The partnership is intended to not only keep island parking from becoming a bigger problem, but for the police to focus their attention on other more pressing issues. There are no changes in parking fees, stickers, passes and permits for residents or visitors. “This new measure will allow us to focus on higher priority calls for enforcement, more serious calls for service and for our beach patrol officers to have more of a presence to handle beach violations,” said Sgt. Matt Storen, IOPPD special services and public information officer. “It’s been on the table for the last few seasons between the city and police and it’s a really positive step for us.” For example, a random holiday weekend currently brings in around 65,000 visitors. This translates to approximately 30,000 vehicles, all vying for what has now become a spot T of prime real estate to leave their vehicle for several hours or a day. And during the summer months, the height of the tourist season, the number of vehicles only keeps rising. “With the increase in vacationers and people coming from mainland Charleston, we were spending more time handling traffic and parking issues than enforcing our laws,” Storen said. PCI Municipal Services was chosen for several reasons, a major one being the long-proven experience and approach of its company leaders. Founded in 1974 by Gill Barnett with the concept that “the customer and client come first in every decision we make,” PCI offers full-service parking and transportation that specifically services the unique needs of developers, asset managers and governmental entities, such as Isle of Palms. Clients currently include Folly Beach, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Orange County, California, and Ontario International Airport in Canada. “I can’t think of any place we’ve taken over a parking operation that we haven’t increased the net profit for our customers,” Barnett said. Mayor Phillip Pounds said that another significant reason is the April 2023 beach shootings that left six people injured during a ‘senior skip day.’ Pounds added that while the IOPPCI partnership was already under discussion, the beach shootings “solidified and maybe hastened the decision.” And the last reason concerns vehicle licenses. Throughout the rest of the year, the city will transition to a license plate system to better keep track of people who have paid for parking spaces. Despite only being in place a short time, the new partnership is already showing some early benefits. “It’s freed up our beach patrol and we’ve hired two officers for our spring and summer seasons who would otherwise have handled parking,” Storen added. “So I think it’s going to work out well.” directives given to them. A special thanks to Susie Molony, owner of Southern Belles, for enhancing the aesthetic by providing a beautiful pink dress for Juniper to wear (bottom right).

hile one Isle of Palms resident is facing potential penalties for building an illegal erosion control device on his property, other island residents still have time to build permanent devices on their properties. In February, the Isle of Palms City Council voted 7-2 to allow such leeway for owners of beachfront properties located between 100 and 914 Ocean Blvd. Residents in this area will have through April 19 to act on the ordinance, which is within the guidelines and approval of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). “We’re giving homeowners some protection of their foundations,” said Councilman Blair Hahn. “And that’s what everybody has said they want.” Reasons for the temporary ordinance include emergency erosion conditions in the named area, such as damage incurred by Hurricane Idalia in August 2023, coastal flooding, storm surge and subsequent king tides, and wind and wave events. “The general process will be to have OCRM physically mark their jurisdiction on each property and then engage an engineer to design and submit documents to the city for approval,” said Douglas Kerr, director of building, planning and licensing, in a presentation before council on Feb. 20. 6 NEWS Emergency ordinance permits erosion control with OCRM approval By L. C. Leach III W GUIDELINES • Eligible residents can install a revetment or a seawall entirely landward of the critical area markers placed by OCRM and no more than 20 feet seaward of the maximum building line. • Erosion control structures need to be designed by a registered, qualified engineer who can certify that the structure will not accelerate erosion or negatively impact adjacent or downdrift lots and be designed and built to withstand a storm event. • Seawalls and revetments cannot not be made of recycled concrete/materials, unless specifically designed for the purpose of marine construction. • Property owners will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the erosion control system and ensuring it is in good condition. Kerr clarified that April 19 is the deadline for residents to be issued a permit. “The permits are good for six months to allow owners to finish construction,” he said. Kerr pointed out that the new measure “doesn’t solve the issue of getting equipment between houses.” All seawall construction equipment and vehicles would have to be brought in from the landward side – meaning that contractors cannot use the beach side to access properties for seawall construction without the permission of OCRM. “OCRM has advised us that it would violate their statutes to work from the beach,” Kerr said. “The new measure is intended to give property owners the option for some form of protection against erosion until emergency conditions have passed.” For example, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to initiate a project this year to place 550,000 cubic yards of sand in critical areas and alleviate the temporary emergency conditions. The project is a result of severe erosion that the island experienced on Dec. 17, 2023, from strong northeastern winds and record high tides. The city has also received an emergency order from OCRM approving an emergency contract to restore the dunes in the erosion area by scraping sand between 100 and 314 Ocean Blvd. after Hurricane Idalia. After April 19, the ordinance could be extended at council’s discretion. Hahn indicated that he hopes it won’t be necessary because of concerns about eventually ending up with “a seawalled island.” “We can’t back off the 45-year-old ban on seawalls,” Hahn added. “But I think we can compromise and protect home foundations.” “Very knowledgeable, responsive and honest. We have bought and sold over 20 homes and never experienced the quality of service that Andrea provided” “...extremely helpful in making recommendations to get our house market-ready. With her suggestions for home improvements, our house sold in a week at the high end of market value.” “Professional, diligent, informed, persistent, good advice during price negotiation, provides assistance and advice through the whole buying process. Andrea is ‘tops’!” 843.532.3010 - CALL ANDREA ROGERS SOUTHERN PROFESSIONALISM A way of life, The way to be Helping people achieve their dreams $95,444,575 in sales (2023) Photo Provided.

extremely important for all of our community to embrace. We focus on risk reduction to prevent fires and that means being proactive. Our fire marshal and firefighters work really hard in public education and outreach to ensure we stay engaged with the community by offering resources to help keep everyone as safe as possible.” The Isle of Palms community is encouraged to contact the fire department to receive guidance and best practices regarding fire risk reduction strategies that will make the island safe and resilient in an all-hazards approach. Residents can contact the department by calling (843) 886-4410 or speak to staff by texting “Hello” to the city’s virtual assistance line at (877) 607-6467. Isle of Palms Fire and Rescue was awarded the designation Fire Safe South Carolina Community for the last three years. The department works to continue following state and national guidelines by educating individuals and families on fire safety measures with clear and consistent messaging. Rescue announced a partnership with the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission to facilitate the installation of cost-effective home fire sprinklers for island residents. Fire Safe South Carolina states that 50 percent of fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Closing the door before going to sleep is another vital step in fire safety. A closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels 90 econds count when a fire occurs, which makes fire prevention key in saving lives and property. Isle of Palms Fire and Rescue provides essential safety tips for the island community. Due to synthetic materials in modern homes, fires spread faster than ever before. It’s important for residents to have working smoke alarms, a fire escape plan and a safe meeting place outside the home in case of a fire. Other necessary fire safety equipment includes residential fire sprinklers. According to Fire Safe South Carolina, a community risk reduction program, fires can be stopped in less than 1.5 minutes by fire sprinklers. The sprinklers stop the fire and smoke from spreading and allow more time to safely escape while first responders are en route. In 2023, Isle of Palms Fire and 7 OPINION Living and Selling the Lowcountry Lifestyle 2021-2022 Sales volume $94,000,000+ IOP RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 1100 Palm Blvd. 2C Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Amy Rogers REALTOR OF DISTINCTION 843-824-4892 As seen on Fire safety tips and cautionary advice for residents Provided by City of Isle of Palms S percent lower than if the door is left open. Closing the door can also reduce the temperature from 1,000 degrees to 100 degrees. A fire needs oxygen to burn, so creating a barrier keeps more oxygen in the room and away from the fire. Additionally, when exiting a fire, residents should close the door behind them to slow its growth. Isle of Palms Fire Chief Craig Oliverius emphasized that fire safety and prevention is a collective effort that involves everyone in the community doing their part. Education is a significant element in preparing for fire emergencies. “Isle of Palms Fire and Rescue is blessed and humbled to serve such a supportive and amazing community,” said Oliverius. “Fire safety is Isle of Palms Fire Chief Craig Oliverius

FINDING THE RIGHT INSURANCE FOR ALL ISLAND RESIDENTS Family Owned & Operated COASTAL COVERAGE SPECIALISTS 843.881-4707 Mount Pleasant & Beaufort AUTO • HOMEOWNERS • CONDO • LIFE • WIND & HAIL • COMMERCIAL • FLOOD Deep Island Roots, Three Generations of Knowledge Selling where I LOVE Living Isle Of Palms Winslow Carroll Carroll Realty Inc 843-886-9600 9 From Page 3 NEWS “No matter how many times the Department directs them to stop their unauthorized work, they continue to perform work in the beach’s critical area without a permit,” said DHEC attorney Brad Churdar in the motion’s document. “Their recalcitrance will cause the public irreparable injury and… has encouraged other beachfront property owners to take similar unauthorized action.” Part of DHEC’s reasoning for the injunction is that the public will suffer immediate and irreparable harm by the blockade in a critical area and the “threat of harm due to the unsafe, dangerous conditions.” Officials with OCRM, the Coastal Conservation League and the City of Isle of Palms have all deemed the structure illegal. Through a recently approved emergency erosion control ordinance by the city council, owners of beachfront properties located between 100 and 914 Ocean Blvd. have until April 19 to build permanent seawall structures on their properties to protect their foundations – within the guidelines and approval of OCRM. The city also plans to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers place 550,000 cubic yards of sand in critical areas to help in solving the island’s erosion control issues. Under the emergency ordinance, the Reddys have the option of tearing down the current structure and building another one on their property, “as long as it doesn’t violate the city’s guidelines and OCRM’s guidelines,” noted City Councilman Blair Hahn. “Mr. Reddy has made it very clear that he intends to argue that his seawall is in fact a legal seawall and he intends to keep it there,” Hahn added. “And if we pull back from our position that it is either illegal under OCRM’s jurisdiction or it’s illegal under our jurisdiction and he’s successful, we will end up with a seawalled island. Everybody on the oceanfront will build a seawall.” Hahn noted that the city has been served with six other lawsuits from people in the area citing similar property disputes as the Reddys. “I am going to fight it for myself. I have a constitutional right to protect my property – I’m going to exercise those rights,” said Rom Reddy in an interview in January posted to YouTube by MyLo News labeled “Property Protection: A Founding Pillar of Freedom.” A hearing has been scheduled for April 18 before the SC Administrative Law Court. This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available. Photo Provided. D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. Become a Marketing Partner! For more information call 843-530-0403 or email Direct mailed to Isle of Palms & Sullivan’s Island residents Statewide distribution through Welcome Centers Each digital version receives a reach of 200,000 impressions Tax Questions? CALL TODAY! 843.886.6218 James M.Ward, CPA, PC CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT 2207 Hartnett Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC

ello, Isle of Palms community! With spring in the air and longer days among us, the Isle of Palms Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for an active season of service, outreach and community support. Over the past year, chamber membership has increased by 15 percent, and we are excited to welcome our newest members DeepWater Church and King & Society Real Estate and Construction. In addition, the chamber recently established our Membership Committee to be led by members from CRM Services, Lowcountry Community Chaplaincy and Palmetto Painting Contractors. This committee will further develop our membership processes and outreach. We have also established our Hospitality Committee and are seeking volunteers who will serve the hospitality needs of the chamber forcement Neighborhood Support (LENS) Foundation for the success of the inaugural Wild Child Triathlon on Feb. 25. The event was a great success and highlighted LENS’ impact on our great community. We wish you a wonderful and safe start to spring and encourage all residents and businesses to reach out to us for support and collaboration. We love being your neighbor! You can stay informed about our community and IOP Chamber by following @DiscoverIOP and @IOPchamber. We invite you to join us on April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at the IOP Exchange Club for our next IOP Chamber meeting. Thank you for your continued support and for making the Isle of Palms a world-class island to live, work and play. Chamber Notes New initiative focused on boosting island hospitality By Rod Turnage, President, IOP Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS 10 H like event coordination and lunches, including interaction with the island’s food and beverage professionals. These two critical committees will support our membership, the island community and businesses. Many of our members will support the Isle of Palms Songwriters Festival on April 14 from 1-10 p.m. at The Dinghy. This is the second year of the event, spearheaded by Dave Landeo, with proceeds going to Lowcountry Orphan Relief and Lowcountry Music Scholarship. Please show your support by coming out to see over 14 local and regional songwriters perform their upbeat original songs in a great beach venue setting. See isle-of-palms-songwriter-festival/ for more information. If you are a woman business leader or entrepreneur, you will not want to miss IOP Chamber’s Women in Business Month coming in June. We will be highlighting local businesses led by women throughout the month including a celebration at our June 18 meeting with nationally-recognized speaker Jennifer Blake. The chamber would like to extend our congratulations to the Law EnSCAN FOR LIVE BEACH TRAFFIC AND WEATHER Traffic Safety Expert

Mayor’s Message As busy season approaches so does beach traffic By Phillip Pounds Mayor, Isle of Palms CIVICS 11 | Explore The Best of Front Beach do love the time of year we are entering – not the pollen – but the temperatures and longer daylight are always welcome additions. A lot of projects are going on as you will see when you make your way around the island. Some are obvious by sight, but a few more are happening behind the scenes. A few to highlight: • Beach Traffic Planning Session – For the third year we met to prepare for the upcoming busy season. These meetings include mayors and police chiefs from IOP, Sullivan’s, Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant and representatives from SCDOT, Charleston County Parks, Charleston County Council, ABC News 4 and Explore Charleston. These meetings involve a significant time investment from our surrounding communities and partners and allow for great collaboration efforts by many entities that care about beach traffic. IOP benefits through improved traffic flow on the islands and surrounding communities during our busiest times through signage, staffing, social media campaigns and other initiatives. • New Parking Manager – IOP recently partnered with PCI Municipal Services to manage the city’s parking plan. There are no changes to parking fees, stickers, passes or permits for residents or visitors at this time. Traditionally, the management of the city’s parking plan was handled by the police department. This partnership with PCI will allow the police department’s staff to focus more attention on priority calls for service, have higher visibility on the beach and improve the response time for service calls. • IOP Website – I hope you were able to participate in the recent survey about the city’s website and provide some feedback for future enhancements. We will work on implementing your suggestions over the coming months. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Also, some upcoming community events to note: • April 13 – Community Yard Sale 8 a.m.-noon at the Rec Center. Over 50 vendors will be selling used and like new products. • April 23 – Shred Day 9 a.m.-noon at Municipal Parking Lot B. There is a limit of two 12” x 12” x 12” boxes per person. No hazardous waste will be collected during the shredding event. • April 26 – Coffee with the mayor – 9-10 a.m. at the marina. Whether you’re a resident, visitor or business owner on Isle of Palms, if you have a question about how things work or are looking for an update on a project or you would like to get involved as a volunteer with our city or provide some constructive feedback, join me at the marina for coffee. • May 4 – Isle of Paws Music Fest – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Rec Center. Live music performances from local artists, pet-related vendors and services, food trucks and concessions and dog contest. Bring your lawn chair and four-legged friend for a fun day in the park. No dog, no problem – come out and enjoy live music in the park. Updated and additional information can be found at Thank you for the opportunity to serve! See you around the island. Phillip Pounds, Mayor IOP 843-252-5359 I

CRIME Last dance with Mary J - As spring bloomed on the Isle of Palms, our local police noted an unusually high tide of greenery — and no, we’re not talking about the grassy dunes. In an ironic twist fitting for March, a staggering 19 instances of simple possession of marijuana were recorded. This season, the island’s vibe was more 420-friendly than beach-friendly! Drug paraphernalia possession is a close second, painting a rather Cheech & Chong-esque picture of the community. Amidst the tranquil beach scenes, it seems our townsfolk and visitors have been quite busy rolling more than just beach towels. Hide-and-seek - But wait, the greenery theme doesn’t stop at marijuana possession. In a peculiar twist, trespass notices also sprouted up like unwelcome weeds. It appears that some folks, perhaps too inspired by their leafy escapades, decided that ‘no trespassing’ signs were mere suggestions, adding a dash of adventure to their high times (because fences are just suggestions, right?). It’s as if the whole island turned into a game of hide-and-seek with our officers playing the reluctant seekers! Snow on the beach - In addition to the usual suspects of driving escapades and drug-related shenanigans, we uncovered two instances of individuals caught with a little extra spice in their pockets – cocaine. Yes, it seems someone decided to add a touch of Hollywood glamor to our sleepy island paradise. Perhaps they mistook our tranquil shores for a movie set and thought they were auditioning for “Scarface: The Musical.” Headlights after dark - And let’s not overlook the 11 driving under the influence charges woven through the streets, leading to a not-so-merry dance of headlights after dark. The intoxicating blend of freedom and folly has undoubtedly made its mark, sometimes in the form of tire tracks on the beachfront. Whoa, listen to the music - Noise complaints, too, have echoed across the island, from the usual party scenes and impromptu gatherings where the music competes with the ocean’s roar. The island’s nights have been filled with the sounds of revelry and the occasional “But officer, I’m not as think as you drunk I am.” 12 By Detective Dusty Dunes MARCH MADNESS IN THE GREENEST SENSE The following incidents were obtained from the Isle of Palms Police Department Media Log Reports. This is a parody of real criminal events that took place between Feb. 17-March 17. Names of individuals and business locations have been omitted out of respect and privacy. Stay safe, stay legal, and remember, on this island, we like our grass mowed, not smoked! May the next month bring less haze, in all senses of the word and more clear blue skies. Let’s hope April showers bring more than just May flowers (and fewer court summons)! POLICE BLOTTER In conclusion, March on the Isle of Palms has been a vibrant tapestry of green-themed incidents, from the herbal to the comical. Here’s to the community’s spirit, consistently high on life (and occasionally other things), making every day an adventure. Just Listed in Hobcaw Point! 319 Hobcaw Drive 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3029 Ft2 803.586.9553 | A Father/Daughter Team that Treats You Like Family!

Even after 10 years of suffering from progressive cognitive dementia, Smiley continued her work with Meals on Wheels, according to Chapman, who said that it was good therapy for Smiley to feel part of the team. Ensuring that Smiley could still enjoy her role as a volunteer, her caregiver Jim drove Smiley on her route so that she was able to carry on delivering meals. Chapman said that until the end, Jim and Smiley were the best of friends, and it was precious to watch the way he looked after her. Smiley passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2024, Valentine’s Day, a day associated with love. In memoriam, the city passed a resolution honoring Smiley for her dedication to serving the community she loved and the people in need she took the time to care about, who loved her just as much in return. To make a donation in Smiley’s name to Meals on Wheels, visit Another recipient was 99 years old and lived alone. Due to inoperable cataracts, she would have had to leave her home and move into a facility if it weren’t for volunteers like Smiley delivering Meals on Wheels. For Smiley, her volunteer work was about so much “more than just a meal.” Tirelessly asking about and looking after everyone was a quintessential trait for the outspoken Smiley, who Chapman also recalled was joyful, smiling, compassionate and gracious, with a wonderful sense of humor. sle of Palms husband and wife Billy and Lisa Lempesis are native Charlestonians who are no stranger to water sports. The duo is part of the Charleston Paddle Club’s Firebreathers Dragon Boat Team that has qualified for the prestigious Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy, this September. “It’s a really big honor,” said Billy, who founded the Charleston Paddle Club in 2010 along with his son Pete and four others. They are the only team representing the Carolinas in the event, which brings together elite 13 RECREATION I IOP couple qualifies for Club Crew World Championships in Italy By Colin McCandless Heart of a public servant City honors Betsy Smiley for charitable efforts By Sarah Rose dragon boat squads from around the globe. The Firebreathers earned their coveted spot in the World Championships after winning silver at the U.S. Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew National Championship in Sarasota, Florida, last July. Taking place over several days from Sept. 3-8, the World Championships consist of 71 teams and more than 8,000 paddlers from around 25 countries. The race comprises four age divisions and the Firebreathers are competing in the 50-60 age group. There are 200, 500 and 2,000-meter race categories, each entailing a different strategy. No cash prize is awarded, with teams instead vying for medals. “You meet people from all around the world who all just love paddle sports,” said Billy. Dragon boat racing, which traces its origins to ancient China, involves teams of 20 paddlers in pairs that sit in long, narrow canoe-like vessels adorned with dragon heads and tails, “totally synchronized, all mirroring each other almost like a ballet, in order to make the boat go as fast as it can,” related Billy. The Firebreathers are members of the Charleston Paddle Club, a local nonprofit passionate about paddle sports, physical fitness, fellowship and protecting our waterways. While there is a small group of members competing nationally and internationally with the dragon boat team, and some who have raced internationally for Team USA, Billy emphasized that CPC welcomes people of all skill levels. It’s primarily about community and the pursuit of watersports. They host regular events throughout the year including dragon boat practices, outrigger canoeing and various social and community service functions such as beach sweeps, added Lisa. The club offers an opportunity to enjoy Lowcountry waters recreationally, but “you can take it as far competitively as you want,” explained Billy. Six people from Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island are club members. For Billy and Lisa, living on the Isle of Palms suits their aquatic lifestyle perfectly. “I feel like I’m in paradise now,” said Lisa. “We love the island life,” stated Billy. “Being able to paddle whenever you want to… I have Lowcountry pluff mud in my veins.” Although the Firebreathers have qualified for the World Championships, members must pay their own travel and race expenses. CPC is currently seeking sponsorships to help ensure that every paddler can make the trip. For more information or to make a donation, visit s a resident of the Isle of Palms since 1971, Elizabeth “Betsy” Russell Smiley loved the community so much that she served three terms on IOP City Council from 1978-1990. Having also retired from the banking industry, Smiley enjoyed playing tennis and was passionate about advocating for the community, whether that involved helping with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo or volunteering for East Cooper Meals on Wheels. That’s why every Wednesday for over 20 years, Smiley drove the same route between the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island to deliver meals to the homebound recipients who had become her friends. According to ECMOW volunteer manager Kelley Chapman, volunteers are the ambassadors for Meals on Wheels and as the eyes and ears of the charitable organization, they take the responsibility of looking out for the people on their routes seriously. Chapman said that Smiley always went above and beyond that charge because she wanted to make sure the island residents were safe. On one occasion, Smiley noticed that something was unusual at the home of a recipient: his door was locked, the porch light was on and no one answered when she knocked and called out. So, Smiley and her husband Jim drove to the IOP Fire Department which then dispatched a crew to the house, discovering that the resident was dehydrated, had collapsed in his bedroom and had been crying out for help. Thanks to the Smileys, the man ended up okay. A Photo Provided. Photo Provided.

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estled along the coast of South Carolina, the Isle of Palms holds a special place in my heart. Not just as a geographical location, but as a guiding force that has shaped my life's journey. Growing up in this idyllic setting, I was fortunate to be raised in a household brimming with inspiration and encouragement. My parents, firm believers in the importance of exploring a world filled with a myriad of possibilities, instilled in me values that were further reinforced by the supportive embrace of the Isle of Palms community. 16 LIFESTYLE Waves of Wisdom Life lessons from growing up on Isle of Palms By Aspen Nestler For close to two decades, my father devoted himself as a volunteer captain at the Isle of Palms Fire Department. His commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community went beyond mere duty; it was a testament to his unwavering dedication to fostering unity and support among its residents. The fire department became not just a place of work for him, but a second family for us — a symbol of camaraderie and service that left an indelible mark on my upbringing. Through his selfless example, I learned from an early age that the true strength of a community lies in its collective willingness to serve and uplift one another. One of the defining characteristics of life on the Isle of Palms is its strong sense of camaraderie and connection. Here, neighbors aren't just acquaintances; they're friends who know not only your name but your story, your family's history and your dreams. It's a place where the bonds of friendship and community run deep, where celebrations are shared and burdens are lightened together. Growing up, my neighborhood wasn't just a collection of houses — it was a vibrant community that exemplified the values of support, compassion and mutual respect. These values continue to shape the fabric of Isle of Palms today, serving as a constant reminder of the importance of community in our lives. My journey through education was deeply influenced by the nurturing environment of Isle of Palms. Motivated by a desire to give back to the community that had given me so much, I pursued my college education with a sense of purpose and determination. Completing my degree in just two years was no small feat, but the pull of returning to my roots on the Isle of Palms was irresistible. This place wasn't just where I came from — it was a part of who I was, a source of identity and belonging that shaped my aspirations and fueled my determination to make a difference in the world. As I matured, the lessons I learned from growing up on the Isle of Palms took on new meaning and depth. I came to understand that true happiness and fulfillment come not from material possessions or personal achievements, but from the connections we forge and the relationships we value. The Isle of Palms taught me that life's greatest treasures are found in the simple moments shared with loved ones, in the laughter of friends and in the bonds of community that hold us together. Now, as I stand on the threshold of a new chapter in my life, preparing to embark on the journey of law school, I do so with the unwavering support of the community that raised me. The Isle of Palms has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration, guiding me towards a future where I can make a meaningful impact on the world around me. My decision to pursue a career in law isn't just about personal ambition — it's about upholding the values of justice, equity and compassion that have been instilled in me by my family and my community. The Isle of Palms is a testament to the power of community and service. As I look ahead to the future, I carry with me the lessons I've learned and the values I've inherited from this special place, knowing that they will continue to guide me on my journey. I remain with a heart full of gratitude for the community that has nurtured me and the countless individuals who work tirelessly to make Isle of Palms the wonderful place that it is. I thank those who serve our community and keep our community safe daily. Your diligent work and dedication to this community has pushed me to be inspired and do more for the Isle of Palms in which I know others will join me in keeping this community the uplifting town it is. N Family dinner with my parents and grandparents at Long Island Cafe (21 years old). On a walk with dad in Wild Dunes (7-8 years old). Enjoying an afternoon snack at The Windjammer (7-8 years old). At the Isle of Palms Fire Department (9 years old).

17 FOOD & BEV Behind the Bar Jared of Acme: Perfect mixture of personality By Maurice J. Frazier ared Woolwine has been a bartender for 10 years—almost as long as he’s been a fan of the Denver Broncos. Once you get to know him, odds are you’ll become a big fan of him. Following his calling and passion for people, Woolwine is now the bar manager at Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, where you can find him slinging drinks nightly. Let’s return to why he loves the Broncos. “I’m a big sports fan,” said Woolwine. “I don’t know how it started but I just love the Broncos. I was a big Gamecocks fan. I got tired of them losing so I made a switch.” Spend just a little time with Woolwine, and he will have you rolling off your barstool in seconds. “You never get the same day twice working at Acme or just being a bartender, period,” he mused. “I had many 9-5 jobs. I would be sitting all day and gaining weight. It wasn’t fun. Here, I’m meeting new people from literally all over the world.” It’s not easy being behind the bar. Meeting new people, staying on your toes and mixing drinks non-stop in a fast-paced environment can be intense. Bartending is an art. It takes skills and organization. “There is a rhythm to serving drinks. You start to almost dance. You can interact with the guests. You have the freedom to get to know people,” he said. Woolwine described working at Acme as heaven. The owners treat the employees with respect. Many employees have been working there for years and there is very low turnover. It’s family when you work at Acme. “You start to memorize people’s drinks. Some people keep me on my toes. There are times they want to try something new, but eventually they lean towards their signature drinks,” he said. Woolwine loves to figure out new ways to make a beverage. For example, there are different ways to make an old fashioned. You can make it sweet, savory or smoky. Or even switch out the bourbon for a spiced rum, which Woolwine loves doing. “Bartending gives you the confidence to experiment. I do it at work or at home, creating new cocktails. My wife is the guinea pig,” he said. If you want a great experience, an awesome cocktail or a good laugh, then head to Acme, sit at the bar and get to know Woolwine. J Photo Provided What’s on the menu? Lawrence’s Seafood Co: A reason to claw back for more By Maurice J. Frazier here is a hidden gem located right on the beachfront, an intimate place with breathtaking views of the ocean where you can enjoy great food and fellowship. A restaurant that will have you coming back for more. We’re talking about Lawrence’s Seafood Company. Lawrence’s is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and offers a fabulous brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chrissy Chinners, best known as ‘Momma’ to the employees, has been working at Lawrence's for a little under a year and just recently transitioned to general manager. “I love this place. The atmosphere is perfect. Our guests are wonderful. My employees are hard workers. I love coming to work here,” said Chinners, who has 23 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Chinners sees so much potential in Lawrence’s, and she wants everyone to give them a shot. The atmosphere is relaxed with multiple TVs inside to watch any sports game of your choosing. There are two bars, one inside and one outside, in addition to outdoor seating. They also host live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and trivia nights on Tuesday. “I want this place to bring out the joy in people,” said Chinners. “A lot of our guests are from out of town and on vacation. I want Lawrence’s Seafood to be known for having fun with amazing vibes. I tell my employees if you see a guest that is not enjoying themselves, let’s change their mood.” Spring break is in full swing, and summer is right around the corner, so this is the best time to dive into some of their classics. Lawrence’s has an amazing nacho dish called the LAW. Their top sellers are the double smash burger, a generously-portioned lobster roll and their delicious lobster mac & cheese. Their brunch menu is like no other. The island omelet is loaded with mixed cheese, sauteed onions and peppers and grilled shrimp. The Lawrence’s breakfast sandwich features lobster and shrimp piled high with scrambled eggs, sauteed onions and peppers on a buttered split roll. They have libations covered too with their botanical spritzers, Lawrence’s beach punch, Cutwater Rum mint mojito and their LSC’s signature fishbowl, which serves four people. “I’m expecting a packed house this summer. We want to have fun and welcome everyone!” enthused Chinners. Lawrence’s is located at 1130 Ocean Blvd. For more information, visit or call 843-242-8470 to make a reservation or place a to-go order. The LAW Fried Calamari. T Photo Provided

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