Island Vibes April 2024

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