Island Vibes May 2024

Vol.2 Issue 5 May 2024 NEW GUN LAW IMPACTS POLICE See Page 6 PALM BOULEVARD IMPROVEMENT OPTIONS See Page 3 HOUSE FIRE INVESTIGATIONS YIELD ANSWERS See Page 5 Photo by Tonya McGue MAYORAL REUNION IOP mayors of past/present reunite (Page 9) HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Ready to weather the storm? (Page 7) HISTORY Evolution of IOP Fire Department (Page 24) THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE All gave some, some gave all

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t’s going to be a long road ahead to get Palm Boulevard into shape – but efforts are now underway. On April 2, Isle of Palms’ Public Safety Committee discussed preliminary concepts for improving parking, crosswalks and pedestrian infrastructure on this main thoroughfare between 21st and 41st streets running parallel to the island’s southern shore beaches. And while previous ideas for Palm Boulevard proved unfeasible, city leaders are hoping that this time all the factors will come together to eventually make for a better and safer road. “But we are a long way right now from this becoming a reality,” Mayor Phillip Pounds acknowledged. City administrator Desirée Fragoso added that any action will probably require different phases, long-range planning and substantial funding. 3 NEWS Palm Boulevard improvements expected to take ‘multiple years’ By L. C. Leach III I “Once this project is conceptualized, the city could pursue federal and state government funding,” Fragoso said. Currently, there are six potential concepts drawn up by the South Carolina Department of Transportation for both city leaders and the public to consider. Ideas so far include: • Front-angled parking on both sides of Palm Boulevard, with grass buffers • Angled parking on one side of the roadway with parallel parking on the other, with grass buffers • An additional sidewalk on the ocean side • A shared-use path on the ocean side only • Shared-use paths on both sides of the roadway • Two bike lanes, one on either side of the roadway Fragoso noted that putting in the bike lanes along Palm Boulevard “was one of the main drivers of this process.” All six designs involve keeping as many existing palm trees as possible and adding new ones depending on the design chosen. Councilwoman Jan Anderson is currently favoring what is known as Concept 1A because of the addition of “bike lanes adjacent to the travelway.” “But I am open-minded to other ideas as they come up because the project right now is only at the concept stage,” Anderson said. Public Safety Committee chairman John Bogosian commented that Plan 1A is so far the best option for “getting an emergency vehicle down a very crowded Palm Boulevard during the summer.” He added, “These concepts are ideas on how to make Palm Boulevard look better than it currently does.” Concept 1A is one of six current preliminary plans drawn up by SCDOT for both Isle of Palms city leaders and the public to consider as alternatives to improve Palm Boulevard. Recognizing that whichever one of these concepts that is chosen will involve major discussions and options, Fragoso, Anderson and Pounds all stressed that the city will want to seek public comment on a preferred option/concept before a final decision is made. “Next steps, at that point, would include a lot of engineering, surveying and an attempt to work with SCDOT to identify funding opportunities for what would be a major project – a significantly expensive project,” Fragoso said. Fragoso also pointed out that any improvements to Palm Boulevard regarding the SCDOT concepts and any others that could be introduced will need to incorporate drainage improvements to pipe sections of open ditch along the road. “An implementation of something of this magnitude, for 20 blocks of road, would take multiple years,” Fragoso elaborated. “So there’s a lot to be done.” Photo Provided.

ay brings a lot more than pretty flowers and intermittent rain showers. It’s much more than the final act of spring or a prelude to summer. Here’s a preview of what blooms inside this issue. But before jumping inside these pages, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the cover. It teems with patriotism and pays homage to Memorial Day. The powerful image speaks of the fallen veterans who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice: their life. Let us never forget that “all gave some, some gave all.” The folded American flag being held by aged hands of servicemen evokes reverence with a tinge of poignancy. A special salute to the Isle of Palms VFW Post 3137, “the post on the coast,” for making this photo possible. Thank you for your service. June and runs through November. With the potential for coastal storms looming, now is the time to complete your checklist to ensure that you and your family are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. According to esteemed meteorologist Rob Fowler of News 2, it’s projected to be a busier than normal season, so pay extra attention to his sage advice (See Page 7). Lastly, a gentle reminder that Mother’s Day falls on May 12. Don’t forget to stop, smell and pick her flowers! Positively yours, Zach Giroux, Managing Editor developed the Isle of Palms. It’s hard to believe now, but island property was not selling in the 50’s and early 60’s. Long devised a plan to build affordable homes for military families. At the time it was a nationwide trend and one that Long embraced, which contributed in the early years to establishing our island paradise. As y’all know, everyone here enjoys bringing you Island Vibes and we want to say thank you for reading it. To our marketing partners, we thank you for helping us spread some positive vibes around Isle of Palms and the southeast. Cheers! Bill Macchio, Publisher just love our cover, don’t you? It says so much! The fact that the photo was taken at the VFW means that much more to everyone at Island Vibes. Bringing people together always feels good and Memorial Day is a time when families and friends gather to honor and celebrate our country's servicemen and women by way of cookouts, picnics and other festivities. The fact that Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is believed to have been started in 1866 by Mary Ann Williams, secretary of the Ladies Memorial Association in Columbus, Georgia, says a lot for our region. Why? Think about the fact that the roots of Memorial Day date back to just after the end of the 4 FROM THE CREW D The pride of Isle of Palms yesterday, today and tomorrow. Island Vibes Vol. 2, Issue 5 May 2024 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER ANTHONY MACCHIO SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM DIGITAL DIRECTOR BRITTANY GEORGE BRITTANY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • ROBBIE BERG RYAN BUCKHANNON • MARY COY LAURA FOGARTY • ROB FOWLER MAURICE FRAZIER • CLARK LEACH PAMELA MARSH • 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 • SULLIVAN'S ISLAND • MOUNT PLEASANT • 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 M Publisher’s Note Civil War. Some of the women and men who participated in Decorating Day were fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers of fallen soldiers who fought in the conflict. History documents that they decorated both Union and Confederate graves with wreaths and flowers. It’s been said that the first Decorating Day on April 25-26, 1866, was the beginning of reconciliation after the end of the Civil War. The first national observance of Memorial Day was held on May 30, 1868, launched by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the head of an organization of Union veterans, to honor and remember those who died in the Civil War. Memorial Day eventually grew into a day to commemorate all those who have died in service to the country. Speaking of bringing people together, that’s what J.C. Long did when he Speaking of services, the IOP fire and police departments played crucial roles in some news stories this issue. Thanks to both agencies for explaining the circumstances surrounding the two house fires that occurred in March (See Page 5) and detailing the intricacies of the new gun law on concealed carry permits (See Page 6). We appreciate your honesty and transparency Chief Oliverius and Chief Cornett. Furthermore, we applaud our mayors of past and present who have governed this beautiful island for 70 years. We had the honor of capturing a reunion for the ages (See Page 9) among six of the 13 dignitaries who have served since the island’s incorporation in 1953. And let’s not forget about the weather. Hurricane season begins in I Show Mom the positive vibes she deserves! Love, Your Island Vibes family

hile major house fires don’t occur often on Isle of Palms, firefighters from across the Charleston area responded to two in March that happened less than 24 hours apart. No individuals were hurt, but both fires caused significant damage: one to a home on Ocean Boulevard and the other to a residence along Palmetto Drive. “Extensive fire damage was sustained at the Ocean Boulevard home due to the incident being 5 NEWS O IOP house fires unrelated, no signs of arson By L. C. Leach III About the Cover By Laura Fogarty W en and heavily involved prior to dispatch,” said IOP Fire Chief Craig Oliverius. “Water damage from fire suppression efforts affected units located beneath the primary and exposure fire units.” Firefighters were called in from Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and downtown Charleston, along with first responders with Charleston County EMS, which assisted IOPFD in the incidents. Both fires were under control within an hour of dispatch. The fires are still under investigation for root causes. IOP Fire Marshal Sean Harshaw and Oliverius have so far ruled out arson and any connection between the two fires. Despite the damage and upheaval to the homes, Oliverius said the reason neither blaze caused any casualties was that residents got out of the homes and immediately called 911. “Each fire was successful because the owner/occupants evacuated the structures and allowed the firefighters to do their job,” Oliverius said. Even with the low frequency of island house fires, Oliverius added that with the prevalence of windy conditions and the IOP summer season at hand, residents and guests alike can avoid fires large and small with simple preventive and proactive measures: • Always maintain working smoke alarms and have them checked at least twice per year • Have at least one smoke alarm in a central area on each floor • Keep a smoke alarm inside each bedroom • Mount smoke alarms adjacent to kitchen areas, not inside the area directly • Install an accessible fire extinguisher on each floor, specifically adjacent to the kitchen, and one on a patio if you utilize grills or other cooking devices • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm, especially if you use gas appliances such as propane • Close your bedroom doors at night because doing so provides a temporary safe haven from fire, and allows fire crews a better chance of rescuing a resident from a window by ground ladder • If your best efforts at prevention still result in an accidental fire, have a common meeting place outside the structure determined in advance “If you see visible smoke, immediately lower yourself to the floor and crawl to your closest exit because staying as low as possible is the best chance of staying beneath the hazards of smoke inhalation,” advised Oliverius. “And once outside, do not return to the structure for any reason. Let firefighters do their work.” n an unusually chilly springtime afternoon on the Isle of Palms, VFW 3137 Commander Charles “Bo” Stallings gathered with past Commander Henry “Buddy” Gillam and South Carolina State Commander Jim Fox to hold the American flag for a photo recognizing both the importance and the solemnity of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The flag was provided by Pamela Marsh, VFW Auxiliary Junior vice president. Marsh described this special flag as being folded by the Honor Guard at the completion of her father’s service and presented to her mother, his wife of 65 years. Marsh recalled, “On the day of his memorial service, family and friends sat in the sanctuary of the church, a 21-gun salute blasted the silence. I remember thinking that may have been similar to the sounds of guns and bombs experienced by the many young men and women who serve in combat.” Affectionately known as “"The Post on the Coast"” VFW 3137 proudly displays flags representing the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Space Force. Post 3137 was established in 1969 and officially opened its brick-and-mortar doors on the Isle of Palms in 1976. Thirteen years later, Hurricane Hugo knocked the VFW to the ground, but this devastation proved to be no match for the rebuilding efforts of its members. Stallings has been actively involved with VFW 3137 since 1984. He has proudly served four terms as post commander and is responsible for enforcing the organization’s laws, presiding over meetings, ensuring adherence to rules and appointing committees, while serving a country and a community he loves. To honor the solemnity and reverence of Memorial Day, members of our local VFW were kind enough to clarify the distinction of this day not only on the last weekend of May, but also every single day of the year. Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives in the ultimate sacrifice – in defense of our country. When asked what an appropriate greeting for this somber occasion would be, several local veterans offered this advice: “I hope your Memorial Day is meaningful.” We plan to heed this wise and contemplative suggestion and invite our dear readers to do the same. Photo Provided. Pictured from left: Isle of Palms VFW 3137 past Post Commander Henry “Buddy” Gillam, Commander Charles “Bo” Stallings, Auxiliary Junior Vice President Pamela Marsh and South Carolina State Commander Jim Fox. Photo by Tonya McGue

n an ongoing effort to expand gun rights, South Carolina recently adopted a new Constitutional Carry Act. The CCA law permits anyone 18 years or older to carry a firearm in public, concealed or not. “And they do not have to have training, they do not have to have a permit and they do not have to have a background check,” said Isle of Palms Police Chief Kevin Cornett during a Special City Council Workshop on March 12. “Training is available or will be made available by SLED, but it is voluntary.” Cornett added that non-concealment includes any gun in vehicles as well. “Previously, you had to keep it in a compartment that was latched,” Cornett said. “But now it could be anywhere in your vehicle.” And the new law also means that law enforcement officers can no longer stop someone just because they possess a firearm. “That means if they’re out on the beach with a firearm, we cannot stop them,” Cornett said. “We can stop them if we have other crimes that take place and talk to them at that point. But we will continue to have discussions with our legislators and provide feedback on this new state law.” Ratified by Gov. Henry McMaster on March 7, the CCA law went into effect immediately and came after almost 14 months of deliberation by members of the state legislature. The measure passed by a vote of 28-18 in the state Senate and a decisive 86-33 in the House. Chief sponsor Rep. Bobby Cox of Greenville County cited that the new measure “would restore Constitutional freedom, hands down.” “Crime is a big concern for our constituents,” Cox said during a House debate session on Feb. 22, 2023. “People are afraid, and they want to protect themselves, they want to protect their families. And this bill will allow them access to do that.” And officials with the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group founded in 1871, said the new law “strengthens the right to self-defense in South Carolina by recognizing the right of all adults to carry a concealed firearm without first obtaining the government's permission.” Gun owners are advised, however, that the CCA law carries many restrictions, which include: • No public guns permitted in government council meetings • No public guns in courthouses, churches, schools, day care centers and public buildings • No public guns allowed into law enforcement, detention and correctional facilities 6 NEWS New state gun law on public carry changes IOPPD protocol By L. C. Leach III I • No public guns on any premises where medical procedures are performed • No public guns can be brought into any business or place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a firearm • Previously convicted felons are also banned from carrying firearms “If I have something else, I can stop them – and then if I find they are a convicted felon, we can address them under the new penalties that are outlined in the new statutes,” Cornett said. “It can lead up to 30 years in prison if you are a convicted felon and possessing a firearm now.” Cornett also explained that any citizen who visits a place that sells alcohol in which you intend to enter and consume alcohol cannot carry a firearm into the building. But if you are not drinking, then you can carry. When asked his opinion on whether he thought the new law was better, worse or about the same as the previous law, Cornett said only that it falls under the “supporters of the Second Amendment and how far you carry that.” “It is still too early for us to know exactly how we will be impacted,” Cornett added. “We’re the 29th state to pass a law similar to this. And with what we’ve got written, we’ll do our best to make sure we enforce this accurately.” IOP Police Chief Kevin Cornett explains the parameters of the new Constitutional Carry Act that went into effect March 7. JOIN THE VIBE! Part-time/full-time sales opportunities available! Great for flexible summer schedules! CONTACT BILL MACCHIO AT PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM OR (843) 530-0403 SPREADING POSITIVE VIBES AROUND THE ISLAND D The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always. If you love our newspaper consider being part of our sales team!

he forecasts for the 2024 hurricane season are coming in fast and furious, with the annual Colorado State University forecast from lead forecaster Dr. Phil Klotzbach first out of the chute. The numbers are staggering! Twenty-three named storms, 11 hurricanes and five major hurricanes. In an average season, we would expect 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Dr. Klotzbach and his team are pointing to two main factors behind the active forecast. The waters in the Tropical Atlantic are much warmer than normal this early, and a shift from the normally tropical inhibiting El Nino pattern to a more conducive La Nina episode during the peak months of • Flashlight • First aid kit • Extra batteries • Whistle (to signal for help) • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) • Manual can opener (for food) • Local maps • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery You will also want to video or take photographs of your property and belongings, just in case you need to show your insurance company. It's also a good idea to check with your insurer first, to make sure you have everything in place just in case you are impacted by a storm. Finally, know where you are going to go if you do evacuate, and make sure you communicate that to family and friends. This will help to eliminate possible confusion after a storm has come and gone. 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 7 OPINION Hurricane season: Are you ready? By Rob Fowler, Chief Meteorologist, News 2 T August, September and October. This upcoming year, there are forecast probabilities for a landfall, or landfalls. Dr. Klotzbach believes there is a 62 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall somewhere along the coast of the United States. The long-term average is 43 percent. When it comes to the East Coast, from Maine to Florida, the probability is 34 percent, which is much higher than the long-term average of 21 percent. As you know, we have been so very lucky, and have not experienced a major hurricane landfall since Hurricane Hugo in September 1989. When you look at the return average of a major hurricane every 22 years, the phrase "we are due" is not a stretch. So, what can we do to make sure we are prepared for whatever the tropical season has in store? Preparation is key. It's important to have a plan. First thing is to know your risks. Are you in a flood zone? Are you susceptible to storm surge, flooding from heavy rainfall, strong winds, tornadoes or even rip currents? We know in the Charleston area we flood quite a bit, even on a sunny day due to higher-than-normal tides. Make sure you have a kit prepared. is a great resource. Here is what should be included: • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food) • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

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ears of history, experience and commitment to public service were highlighted on a chilly morning at the Isle of Palms Fire Department last month. Isle of Palms has had 13 mayors since the city’s incorporation in 1953 and six were present on this day of gathering for photos, memories and a delicious meal provided by Acme Lowcountry Kitchen. This assemblage of Isle of Palms mayors past and present was the first ever of its kind, according to one mayoral source. The mayors recounted stories from their work and experiences on the island as they shared a moment with the firefighters of IOP. Former Mayor Jimmy Carroll remarked, “We had our moment with our everyday heroes.” Current Mayor Phillip Pounds expressed his gratitude to the fire department for hosting this mayoral meeting as well as serving our beautiful island. Mayor Clay Cable explained, “I enjoyed my time as mayor. I enjoyed serving my community. I enjoyed the people. I enjoyed the problems. I just enjoyed the joy it gave me to be a public servant here.” Another former Mayor Mike Sottile offered, “Whether serving in the statehouse or on the Isle of Palms, the best part about public service is the opportunities it provides: meeting the people, the experiences, the opportunity to serve!” Mayor Malcolm Burgis, who celebrated his 98th birthday in April, was the 9 IOP mayors convene, celebrate reunion for the ages By Laura Fogarty Y 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 Tax Questions? CALL TODAY! 843.886.6218 James M.Ward, CPA, PC CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT 2207 Hartnett Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC POINT, SCAN, CLICK Discover the Carolina Coast NEWS first mayor to serve IOP among this group, followed by Clay Cable, Mike Sottile, Dick Cronin, Jimmy Carroll and lastly, by our present Mayor Phillip Pounds. Each of these gentlemen weathered their fair share of issues, from hurricanes to beach renourishment to a global pandemic, and each of them professed with sincere gratitude what an honor it is to serve the Isle of Palms community. Pictured from left: Isle of Palms past and current mayors Phillip Pounds, Jimmy Carroll, Malcolm Burgis, Clay Cable, Dick Cronin and Mike Sottile.

ello, Isle of Palms community! The wonderful clear skies of April proved ideal for island life and the chamber’s community involvement. Welcome to the newest IOP Chamber member, The Outpost at IOP Marina. One benefit to becoming an IOP Chamber member is our marketing outreach through our @ discoveriop and @iopchamber channels. The Outpost will be featured as a new member to over 5,000 followers. Our online marketing channels have exceeded 582,000 impressions and more than 15,000 clicks over the past year. We value our members and will continue to offer online marketing support. If you would like to experience the benefits of an IOP Chamber membership or are interested in an individual associate Although there is still much work to be considered on this front, we see continued collaboration and efforts from the city administration, council and the Community Enrichment Committee to further improve traffic and parking. In their first month of service, PCI saw a 600-plus percent increase in parking warnings and a 380-plus percent increase in parking tickets for March 2024 compared to March 2023. As the summer nears, the Isle of Palms Chamber will be surveying businesses and residents about the parking improvements they have seen in 2024. This traffic and parking survey will be shared in upcoming issues. All Isle of Palms parking permits can now be applied for online. Those applying for a Lot Permit must submit a valid vehicle registration and those applying for a Resident or Part-Time Resident Permit must also provide valid vehicle registrations along with proof of residency. Residents will have to pick up their parking decals at the Parking Enforcement office on the second floor of the Isle of Palms Public Safety Building after being approved for a permit. You can find more information about each of these permits at beach-parking-permits. We wish you a wonderful May and hope that you will join us for our May 28 meeting at the IOP Exchange Club from noon to 1 p.m. Our speaker will be Sullivan’s Island resident, Citadel graduate and retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael Regner. You can stay informed about our community and the IOP Chamber by following @DiscoverIOP and @IOPchamber. Thank you for your continued support and for making the Isle of Palms a world-class island to live, work and play. We love being your neighbor! Chamber Notes Chamber to survey businesses and residents about parking improvements By Rod Turnage, IOP Chamber of Commerce President BUSINESS 10 H membership, visit membership. As more visitors arrive during the season, you may have noticed some positive signs associated with traffic and parking. The chamber would like to highlight and commend city leadership for some of the recent improvements to traffic and parking: (a) two dedicated IOPPD traffic units; (b) an effective timing adjustment to the traffic lights at Rifle Range and the IOP Connector; (c) Beach Reach app and ABC News 4 Beach Traffic Tracker – Know B4 You Go; (d) dedicated county officer at IOP Connector light and county park point of sale improvements with an additional third lane for exiting the park; and (e) outsourcing of parking management to PCI Municipal Services Jumping For Joy - Summer’s On Its Way

hope your spring has been good so far. Spring breaks have come and gone and now the summer busy season is next. Our staff has been preparing for the season for weeks with some of the initiatives reviewed in my last message – a Traffic Planning Session with surrounding communities and support partners, outsourcing parking enforcement so our police staff can focus on other areas of enforcement and meeting with regional school systems to alert them to our increased staffing and enforcement focus. This proactive planning is critical to controlling what we can during our busy visitor season and ensuring our residents and visitors enjoy a safe and orderly beach season. As we eagerly anticipate the influx of problem – come out and enjoy live music in the park. May 15– LENS Annual Banquet- Tickets are available at May 21– Hurricane Expo- IOP city officials and various community partners will be available to educate citizens and provide resources for hurricane preparedness. Guests are encouraged to bring their families, as there will be fun activities and food available on site. 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 The long-awaited U. S. Army Corps of Engineers beneficial use project should be starting soon. This project will place approximately 550,000 cubic yards of beach compatible sand on the intertidal surf zone of the beach from Breach Inlet to around 10th Avenue. This area has experienced significant erosion over the past 12-18 months and this project should help rebuild the dune system and dry sand beach in that area. We have also recently applied for a shoal management permit. If approved, this will allow us to assist nature with the shoals that pass from Dewees Inlet and speed the process of attaching to the shoreline and spread the sand in much-needed areas on the north end of the island. Reminders about upcoming events: May 4– Isle of Paws Music Fest- 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 visitors, I urge everyone to prioritize safety and respect for our environment. Let us be mindful stewards of our beaches, keeping them clean and preserving their natural beauty for generations to come. To our guests, I extend a warm invitation to explore all that our vibrant community has to offer. From local cuisine to a multitude of outdoor activities, there is no shortage of experiences to indulge in. To our residents, I thank you for your continued support and hospitality. Your warmth and generosity contribute to the welcoming atmosphere that defines our slice of paradise. As your mayor, I am committed to ensuring a memorable and enjoyable beach season for all. Together, let us enjoy the sun, sand and surf as we celebrate the essence of coastal living. Mayor’s Message Dear visitors, please be mindful stewards of our beaches By Phillip Pounds Isle of Palms Mayor CIVICS CREATING MEMORIES ONE VACATION AT A TIME FIND YOUR DREAM VACATION HOME AT WWW.ISLEOFPALMS.VACATIONS IOP Vacations • May 4 Isle of Paws Music Fest– 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. at the IOP Recreation Center. • May 15 LENS Annual Banquet– 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. at The Citadel Beach House. • May 21 Hurricane Expo– 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the rec center. I 11

CRIME Psychedelic journey to jail In a month that could only be scripted for an SNL skit, Isle of Palms saw no fewer than 23 DUI charges. One spirited soul even thought it prudent to threaten the arresting officer, a tactic that only added "threatening an officer" to his evening's tab. Meanwhile, three adventurous souls decided mere alcohol wouldn’t suffice and turned to psychedelic mushrooms to "speed up" their journey, clearly mistaking the freeway for a warp speed button. Perhaps, they were aiming for a different kind of trip altogether. They were instead promptly greeted by flashing lights and a trip to the local jail rather than any mystical realm they may have hoped to explore. Golf cart shenanigans Golf carts, usually the tame cousins of the automotive world, weren’t left out of the tomfoolery. It seems even these leisure vehicles aren't safe on IOP. Two individuals learned the hard way that driving under the influence isn’t limited to just cars, landing them tee times not on the green but at the Leeds Avenue County Course's holding cell. Hopefully, they scored better there than on their sobriety tests. The Green Monster March saw a "high" number of drug violations, with a whopping 52 logged and marijuana starring as the main culprit. Despite its legality in much of the country, 38 states for medicinal use and 24 for recreational use, our local law enforcement treats the Green Monster as a sprint starter for a race up I-526 to let you come back down. However, these encounters frequently accompany the "possession of drug paraphernalia," a charge which in modern terms extends beyond the nostalgic apple or empty beer can of yesteryear. Third time’s the charm Two people were noted as being habitual offenders. It's unclear if it's their devotion to the stank or their thrice-suspended licenses, but apparently third time's the charm is not a concept they’re familiar with. Adding to the chaos, three other individuals who were slapped with DUS were also charged with possession of firearms, including one with a stolen handgun. Two others discovered that their warrants extended beyond local boundaries, making their drug charges the least of their worries. Aside from the heightened drama, the regular dance of driving under suspension played out, with one such incident conveniently wrapping up another wanted individual's freedom tour. Crack is wack Not to be outdone by mere vegetation, two individuals were nabbed for dabbling in nose candy, while another entrepreneurial spirit decided that distributing crack was a wise business model — spoiler: it wasn’t. Unfortunately, as we all know, crack is indeed wack. “Party in the IOP” Rounding out the list were about 40 noise complaints, proving once again that someone's always upset when they're not invited to the party. I’m sure these party poopers had valid reasons to call. In the words of Miley Cyrus, there’s always a “Party in the IOP.” 12 By Detective Dusty Dunes PERPS OF IOP NEVER CEASE TO AMUSE 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 March 14-April 14. Names of individuals and business locations have been omitted out of respect and privacy. In conclusion, whether on four wheels, two or none, the perps of Isle of Palms have proven that creativity in legal infractions knows no bounds. Stay tuned for next month's edition, where we'll see what new tales of woe and wonder will emerge from this truly spirited community. POLICE BLOTTER WELCOME TO 3003 HARTNETT BLVD Not your average vacation rental. The owners are avid travelers who have collected many one of a kind and unique decorations, mementos and photographs from their travels in Africa, Europe and Asia. The house is decorated in soft, calm neutral colors with exotic accents from around the World. The house is a perfect vacation spot for a family or guests that want to be close to everything: the beach (5 min walk), one block from a huge playground and the island’s recreation facilities, which include tennis and pickle-ball courts, 5 min drive to Sullivan’s Island, 20 min drive to the historic Charleston downtown, 20 min drive to the USS Yorktown. 843-886-9600 |

13 COMMUNITY Hurricane Expo to provide tools, tips for preparedness By Colin McCandless Backing the Blue IOP LENS Banquet to support officers in need, public safety programs By Colin McCandless J une marks the start of hurricane season and Isle of Palms wants to help equip citizens with the resources and knowledge to be ready in the event of a storm with its 2024 Hurricane Expo slated for May 21 at the IOP Recreation Center. Hosted by the city, the Hurricane Expo offers an opportunity for IOP residents and visitors from surrounding communities to learn more about hurricane preparation. IOP city officials and various community partners will be available to educate individuals and families and provide resources for hurricane preparedness. Along with planning tips, Hurricane Expo attendees will receive guidance on what to do during and after a storm, ways to protect their home, local evacuation information and more. “The Hurricane Preparedness Expo is an educational event but there is some fun added in,” said IOP Fire Chief Craig Oliverius. “We hope island residents and visitors will ask questions and take home resources that can help them prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Our goal is to keep the public well-informed on what steps to take before, during and after a storm. Attendees are encouraged to bring the whole family, friends and interact with other members of the community. City officials and community partners look forward to engaging with everyone who stops by.” Weather forecasters are predicting an above average year in 2024 for named storms along the Atlantic coast. Colorado State University’s hurricane forecasting team has predicted that there will be 23 named storms. To put that into perspective, an average hurricane season sees about 14. “As we enter hurricane season, especially one that is forecasted to be very active, it is important residents and visitors are prepared, have knowledge of what to do, understand precautions they can take now and know the resources available to them in the event of a storm,” advised IOP Mayor Phillip Pounds. While the Expo’s subject matter is serious and concerns matters of public safety, as Oliverius noted, entertainment will also be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their families, as there will be fun activities and food available on site. IOP Recreation Center Director Karrie Farrell said that there will be free face painting and balloon art for the children and the RiverDogs Food Truck will be serving up tasty fare. This is a free public event. For more information and updates, visit he IOP LENS Fundraising Banquet slated for the evening of May 15 at The Citadel Beach Club will honor the Isle of Palms Police Department and celebrate local culinary talent. Presented by the IOP Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support (LENS) program, this year’s theme is “Taste of the Island,” and will feature a competition among island restaurants in recognition of the hospitality industry. The festivities will also include live music and an online auction that launched May 1. Now entering its third year, 20 community businesses are sponsoring the 2024 fundraising banquet, which is coordinated and staffed exclusively by volunteers. This year’s event will be a more casual affair than 2023’s formal gathering held at Wild Dunes’ Sweetgrass Inn. Ted Kinghorn, who administers the IOP LENS program, said that as a nonprofit, the charity dinner function helps finance its various programs and initiatives. Proceeds will fund IOP LENS’ hardship awards, educational scholarships and morale boosting initiatives that benefit IOP police officers and their families. The morale boosting programs are highlighted by the annual awards banquet in December and the National Night Out. Additionally, the monies will be used to provide community policing programs such as the Bike Safety Rodeo, the U.S. Coast Guard boating certification courses and the Children’s Water Safety event. “Without support and resources we wouldn’t be able to do these things,” said Kinghorn. The “Taste of the Island” competition will include 10 participating local businesses that will each set up cooking stations. LENS is expecting between 250-300 banquet attendees who will cast their votes for whichever dishes they enjoy the most. The restaurant that garners the most firstthird place votes will be crowned the champion, explained Kinghorn. IOP LENS also presents leadership awards at the banquet. Chaplain Paula Mullens will receive the George Reeth Leadership Award and LENS will acknowledge Dennis McLendon as its 2023 Volunteer of the Year. They will recognize 104-year-old Kathryn Marley Magruder with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Mayor Phillip Pounds and his wife Laurie will be honored with the Founders Recognition Award. The entertainment this year will be a small, lighthearted opera. “We try to mix it up,” said Kinghorn. If you are unable to attend the banquet but would still like to support local law enforcement, you can bid for auction items online. Kinghorn emphasized that LENS can only do what it does for the IOPPD and the community because of the generosity of businesses and individuals on the island. “There’s been a lot of goodwill and I know the police department appreciates it,” he stated. To check ticket availability or bid on online auction items, visit lens-banquet. Photo by Mic Smith Photography, LLC. T

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hat better way to honor a veteran than with a flag flying high on Memorial Day and Veterans Day courtesy of IOP Exchange Club’s Flags for Heroes program. You can have a flag waving in their honor with a tag showing their name, rank and other info. On Veterans Day and Memorial Day, he Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3137 on the Isle of Palms held its semi-annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on April 6. All VFW posts provide a dignified retirement of old and tattered American flags. The ceremony was held beneath the American flag soaring over the Post, with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Post Commander Bo Stallings opened the ceremony, followed by Chaplain Carol Truslow providing the invocation. The national anthem was led by Post Bugler Joe Houdek, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag over the Post was raised during the playing of “To the Colors” by Houdek. Hundreds of flags were properly retired by veterans, Auxiliary members, Boy Scouts and community members. Members of Boy Scout Troop 20, which meets at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, participated. The Troop 20 lead16 COMMUNITY The "The Post on the Coast" pays tribute to veterans, retires old flags By Pamela Marsh IOP Exchange Club honors all veterans with Flags for Heroes By Robbie Berg T W Isle of Palms VFW Post 3137 Auxiliary members Charlie Missile, vice commander; Joe Houdek, post bugler; Mike Hanna, trustee; Carol Truslow, chaplain; Bo Stallings, post commander; Boy Scouts Rafal Pawlik, Davidson Bendell, Luke Pawlik, Brown Humphrey and Buddy Gillam, past post commander. er is Daniel Senden. Members of Boy Scout Troop 15, which meets at Moultrie Middle School, also attended. The Troop 15 leader is Ryan Giles. During the educational component of the ceremony, the Boy Scouts demonstrated the proper way to fold the flag. The ceremony celebrated the flag as more than just a piece of cloth. It is the emblem of America. A worn flag receptacle is provided to the community at the entrance to the Post on Ocean Boulevard. Post 3137 on the Isle of Palms is fondly referred to as the “post on the coast.” Members of the VFW have served in a foreign war in one of the branches of the U.S. Military, either Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Many of the local veterans served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sadly, many of our World War II vets are no longer with us. Members of the VFW Auxiliary have a close family member who served in the military in a foreign war and were honorably discharged. The VFW actively supports all members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. To learn more about the VFW Post 3137, visit the IOP Exchange Club showcases a breathtaking display of hundreds of American flags at Towne Center and the Exchange Club. Flags for Heroes is a way to say thank you to our fallen veterans and their families for their ultimate sacrifice and to our other veterans who have served our country here at home and abroad. The Americanism Committee has now offered this opportunity to honor our veterans for one year starting on Memorial Day. The IOP Exchange Club has received many stories from contributors to this fundraiser of flags that have been erected and pictures taken with their family in front of the flag(s) proudly sharing this opportunity to honor a father, mother, sibling or a friend. One such contributor recounted his experience of bringing his family to the Flags for Heroes site and described it as the highlight of their vacation on Isle of Palms. The IOP Exchange is not only honoring individual veterans, but those families to whom they mean so much. Thank you IOP Exchange Club for making this time of remembrance and commemoration available to our veterans’ families. The IOP Exchange Club’s Americanism Committee has been very active this year, providing over $25,000 in donations to veterans’ organizations, including the Charleston Fisher House, Tri-County Veterans Support Network, Vantage Point Foundation, Growing Minds Farm, She’s The Veteran and the VA Medical Center, to name a few. To increase their support of Charleston and Berkeley County veterans and their families, the Americanism Committee hopes that you will join them in advocating for veterans throughout the year by sponsoring a flag(s) for the 2024 Memorial Day “Flag Flying High” display at the IOP Exchange Club May 22-28 or the Veterans Day display Nov. 3-16. Go to to get a sponsor form or to become a bronze, silver or gold sponsor.

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18 FOOD & BEV What’s on the Menu Coconut Joe’s: Mouthwatering seafood and stunning views By Maurice J. Frazier here is nothing like walking on a boardwalk or strolling the beachfront lined with bars and restaurants. Coconut Joe’s, a true beachfront establishment where you can enjoy oceanfront views and refreshing sea breezes, has been serving up food and fun to island locals and visitors since 1997. “There is nothing like Coconut Joe’s. Great food, amazing drinks and the priceless view. Where else are you going to go?” stated customer Demetria Barnwell, while sitting at the bar. They offer the option of indoor dining, or you can check out their balcony or rooftop bar to soak up those priceless vistas. Coconut Joe’s creates some of the best seafood dishes on IOP, highlighted by their crab dip, a top seller and a Coconut Joe’s original. Made with fresh claw crab meat in a creamy base, it will take hold of your taste buds. Another popular item is their famous coconut shrimp, available as either an appetizer or main entrée. The shrimp are coated in a coconut cream batter, rolled in coconut and deep fried. If you’re craving seafood in general, then Coconut Joe’s is your spot. Their menu boasts an ocean’s bounty including fried shrimp, scallops, grouper, mahi mahi and more. While limited, their brunch menu offers hearty selections from the Island Breakfast to The Southerner, the latter of which features crab cakes, pimento cheese grits and breakfast potatoes. Relax with traditional brunch beverages such as mimosas, durty marias, bloody marys and red snappers. They also offer local beer selection, classic frozen drinks (parrot colada, Lowcountry lemonade and a strawberry daiquiri) and specialty cocktails and margaritas, so swing by for a drink or two. Live music is also a big draw at Coconut Joe’s. “I love to go on the rooftop and listen to the live music,” said customer Michelle Turner. If Coconut Joe’s isn’t hosting live music don’t sweat it, you are in a perfect location to hear music from The Windjammer or the beach. Entertainment, great food, cold drinks on a warm day and breathtaking views are all good reasons to check out this Front Beach staple. And don’t forget their merch! From hats to t-shirts, Coconut Joe’s has you covered. From the food to the atmosphere, Coconut Joe’s is a laidback place to have a blast on the beach with family and friends. Coconut Joe’s serves lunch and dinner daily with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit Photos from Instagram @coconutjoes_beachgrill T | 843-972-8525 | | 857 Coleman Blvd., Unit E Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (behind REV Financial) Now Available Exclusively at RadRydz Enjoy cruising on the street or beach in your new RUST PROOF, all aluminum and warrantied Atlas Cart LSV. @RadRydz DO