Island Vibes May 2024

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