Island Vibes March 2024

pring has sprung! I know this to be true because the Easter Bunny is on spring break, according to our front cover. He was responsible for bringing a cooler and not littering his carrots. He also caught some decent waves and perhaps even a suntan. Springtime on the Isle of Palms means the start of the tourist season. Warmer weather means more visitors and busier beach parking along Palm Boulevard. It also means more traffic congestion with drivers coming on and off the IOP Connector. Be sure to pack your patience! Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, it makes no difference because the beach is free and meant year. IOP Recreation Center will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29 at 4 p.m. All children 12 and under are welcome to join the fun (Page 16). Get your spring cleaning done early so you can get outside and enjoy this lovely weather. Cheers! Positively yours, Zach Giroux, Managing Editor come a reality, I called Tonya, who I knew lived in Wild Dunes. She was as excited about reconnecting as me. Our front covers are truly a collaboration from everyone in our publishing family, but Tonya’s eye behind the lens helps us express our vision of positive vibes. Everyone here appreciates how enthusiastically y’all have embraced our efforts on the island and we would like to say, ‘thank you.’ It’s an honor and a privilege to publish the exclusive community newspaper of Isle of Palms, Island Vibes. Cheers! Bill Macchio, Publisher s I review the final pages before we send the March edition to the printer, I cannot help but think of everyone involved in creating Island Vibes. I’ve always said publishing is a team sport. It’s all about the publication, that’s what we care about the most. With that in mind, I wanted you to know a little bit more about the publishing family of Island Vibes. A special thanks to those not mentioned as well. Managing editor Zach Giroux has always worked in the newspaper industry, with stints at The Moultrie News and The Daniel Island News prior to serving as editor of Mount Pleasant Magazine. Zach has been instrumental in creating the hyperlocal content and feel of Island Vibes. Art director Bethany Long has been part of this publishing family since 2018. She began managing all marketing material and creating ads when needed. During COVID, Bethany ensured we didn’t miss 4 FROM THE CREW D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. A Island Vibes Vol. 2, Issue 3 March 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 MORGAN WINNINGHAM SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN • RYAN BUCKHANNON • MARY COY • LAURA FOGARTY • MAURICE FRAZIER CLARK LEACH • COLIN MCCANDLESS PHILLIP POUNDS • 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 S Publisher’s Note an issue of Mount Pleasant Magazine. She also helped us launch Charleston Women Magazine in the middle of the pandemic. Bethany now works as the art director for Island Vibes, responsible for editorial layout and designing ads when needed. She has a great mentor in Dana Coleman, who has been the art director for Mount Pleasant Magazine for 25 years. Brand ambassador Sonya Buckhannon is the newest member of our publishing family. Everyone here enjoys working with Sonya. Her love for the Isle of Palms and Island Vibes is evident. She would be the first to say that she is very new to the publishing industry, but everyone here appreciates the fact she wants to be part of our family. As we grow the Island Vibes brand, so grows our relationship with Sonya. Photographer Tonya McGue captures all of those delightful cover images for Island Vibes. Tonya was essential in starting Charleston Women in March 2020. When I realized Island Vibes was going to beto be enjoyed by all. That being said, the beach also needs to be respected by all. Whether you’re a local or just visiting on spring break, be sure to follow the rules put in place to help protect the natural beauty our beaches (Page 13). Spring also marks the end of oyster season. A good rule of thumb is if the month has an “R” in it, from September through April, you’ll find fresh harvests. The IOP Exchange Club is hosting its annual Bud and Cecily Stack Memorial Oyster Roast on Friday, March 9 from 2-6 p.m. Proceeds go toward funding scholarships for local high school seniors and other youth education programs (Page 16). Get out there and shuck for a good cause! Don’t forget, Easter is in March this