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IslandVibes.com 3 NEWS Continued on page 9 Your message will reach local residents who receive this publication in the mail, plus a regional audience interested in Isle of Palms. OUR REGIONAL REACH INCLUDES WHEN YOU MARKET IN Asheville/Hendsonville Airport + SC Welcome Centers Our digital distribution is even more robust at WWW.READISLANDVIBES.COM To learn how you can spread some POSITIVE VIBES about your business using the digital and print in Island Vibes email Publisher@IslandVibesIOP.com or call 843-530-0403. The Refuge ISLE OF PALMS SINCE 2016 • Bingo Every Monday • Steak Night Every Tuesday • Live Music Every Wednesday • Lobster Night Every Sunday Weekly Events 1517 Palm Blvd suite a Isle of Palms, SC Hours- Everyday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM (843)-242-8934 IOP population projected to increase as tourism rate expected to rise By L. C. Leach III hen Mount Pleasant Realtor Cynthia Williams listed her first home on the Isle of Palms in 2014, there was only so much land and space to go around for new homes, new businesses and new short-term rentals. “But now there’s so much more of everything – restaurant choices, rentals, amenities, a fully renovated marina, plus people and traffic,” said Williams, broker-in-charge of Lifestyle Real Estate. “It just shows how much in demand the island has become for both residents and visitors.” And based on current numbers and trends, that demand is not only expected to grow even more through the rest of the 2020s, but also presents a quandary for IOP leaders and residents: How to keep population numbers under control while maintaining the island's destination as a longtime vacation hub. “I am particularly interested in the next generations and what we’re leaving behind for them as a livable community,” said IOP Chamber Vice President Rod Turnage. “Growth is a major topic right now, as we only have so much land to support it.” But unless a major change in the next decade or so unexpectedly affects the island’s longstanding draw in tourism, the demand for its lifestyle, weather, beaches and charm is projected to continue a steady climb. Resident numbers alone are indicative. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number of permanent residents in the past 12-13 years has grown 5.4% – from approximately 4,133 in 2010 to 4,357 in 2022. This equates to about 981 people for each square mile of land – more than three times the density for all of Charleston County’s metropolitan area, whose 830,000-plus residents are spread over three counties and approximately 3,161 square miles. But while Charleston County still has plenty of room to house more people, Isle of Palms doesn’t. The island’s entire land space encompasses only 4.44 square miles – plus 1 square mile of water. Yet, recent reports by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors (CTAR) show that the number of people coming to the island – whether permanent or visitor – is expected to keep increasing at least through the mid-2030s. CTAR’s local market updates for 2022 show that new construction on the island was up 5.3% over 2021 – higher than all of nearby Colleton County’s 1,133 square miles put together. “And that’s primarily lots with old island houses that are being replaced with other new homes built on the same site,” said IOP City Councilman Blair Hahn. Median home prices for 2022 were up as well – from an average of $1.25 million to $1.48 million – 18.8% higher than 2021, and a whopping 93.6% higher than as recent as 2018. “When I first came to the island in 2013, prices just for condos in Wild Dunes were $600,000-$700,000,” Williams said. “Now they’re over $1 million.” And by 2035, the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office in Columbia estimates that Charleston County alone will be home to 448,125 people – approximately 6.88% higher than its current population of 419,279. If interest in Isle of Palms were to keep pace with this estimate, its W
ow! That’s all I can say after the first month of launching a brand new publication overnight. Island Vibes is far more than a free, monthly community newspaper exclusive to Isle of Palms; our brand is a way of life. Ever since our inaugural October edition flooded the island last month, our phones have not stopped ringing and emails are incessantly dinging. I looked at my publisher 4 FROM THE CREW IslandVibesIOP.com Island Vibes Vol. 1, Issue 2 November 2023 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER MORGAN WINNINGHAM SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE ADS/PRODUCTION DIRECTOR KIM HALL CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN • RYAN BUCKHANNON MARY COY • MAURICE FRAZIER • BLAIR HAHN CLARK LEACH • COLIN MCCANDLESS • PHILLIP POUNDS • GINGER SOTTILE • MIMI WOOD SALES REPRESENTATIVES ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM KATIE FINCH KATIE@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@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 firstname.lastname@example.org D The pride of Isle of Palms yesterday, today and tomorrow. Publisher’s Note Editor’s Note sle of Palms residents have truly touched my heart. Your acceptance of Island Vibes and the way y’all have expressed yourself whenever we meet has been more than I would have imagined. Zach and I were at a recent candidate forum put on by the Charleston Women League of Voters at the IOP Exchange Club and I couldn’t count the number of people who Zach and I had conversations with about Island Vibes. Island residents would come up to us telling us how much they liked reading the paper and its positive tone. Of course I heard several times, “Bill, you’ve been doing this a long time.” I took that as a complement, but also I had to laugh at myself a little. Because it’s cool to be so excited about something you’ve been doing for as long as I have. Beside direct mailing to all Isle of Palms residents, Island Vibes is available at popular island restaurants, the local Harris Teeter and many other locations. If you’d like additional copies for friends and family, you can find them at multiple Isle of Palms locations, including the IOP Recreation Center. Because Isle of Palms is such a popular destination, besides mailing Island Vibes to all Isle of Palms Bill and said, “We’ve created a panic.” He replied, “No dude, we’ve created a vibe!” As we took to the streets to celebrate the participants in the IOP Connector Run, folks began walking up to us to shake our hands as if we won the race or a medal of some sort. One gentleman said, “Thanks for saving the island.” That was humbling to hear. Wehaven’t looked back ever since. Bill and I could have never anticipated the reaction that Island Vibes has stirred. The feedback and outpouring of love so far has been unimaginable. We’ve been bombarded with sentiments of congratulations from citizens and questions on where they can pick up another copy or when the next one is coming out. It’s been overwhelming, but in the best way possible. These are good problems to have. For the most part, the majority of the commentary has been positive and that’s the goal. Our only prerogative is to be an unbiased and unapologetic news source that tells the stories of the fascinating people, places and events that makes Isle of Palms the mecca of the Lowcountry dream. In that same token, the only thing this newspaper will ever spread is positive vibes. In this issue, you will read about everything from population to parking concerns, recreational events and happenings, restaurant reviews, real estate advice and a great deal of history. The people, places and things mentioned in the text of this high quality newsprint embodies all that we stand for: to be a voice for the people. It’s an honor and a privilege to tell your stories. If it weren’t for the personality of this beloved place we’re blessed to call home, there would be nothing worth writing about. Afterall, our tagline says it all: “The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always.” See you around the island! Positively Yours, Zach Giroux Managing Editor residents, we have many channels of distribution. One channel is the State Welcome Centers: Each issue is shipped to all South Carolina Welcome Centers. On a recent trip to North Carolina, I stopped by one of these centers. These Welcome Centers are the frontlines for the millions of annual South Carolina visitors. Island Vibes is now available to these visitors in all Welcome Centers, check out Page 9 to see what I mean. I consider it an honor to inform state visitors about Isle of Palms through the pages of Island Vibes. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and enthusiasm about Island Vibes. Everyone here is very proud that you like the fruits of our effort, an unbiased paper, exclusively focusing on island residents. Positively yours, Bill Macchio Publisher I W For advertising, contact Bill Macchio at email@example.com or (843) 530-0403. For editorial, contact Zach Giroux at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 733-6321.
Over the past three decades, the event has raised more than $1 million for child abuse prevention and awareness agencies throughout the IslandVibesIOP.com 5 NEWS T Continued on Page 8 IOP Connector Run raises $100K, bridges gap for child abuse prevention nonprofits By Colin McCandless he 2023 Isle of Palms Connector Run & Walk for the Child held on Oct. 7, an annual fundraiser benefiting child abuse prevention and awareness agencies, raised more than $100,000 for area organizations serving on the front lines in the fight against child abuse, according to preliminary numbers provided by the IOP race’s board. Roughly 950 participants registered for the charity race this year. Proceeds from this 31st edition of the 10k and 5k race, which was organized by the Isle of Palms Exchange Club, in partnership with the City of Isle of Palms and the Town of Mount Pleasant, go directly to local nonprofits that help with the prevention of child abuse and healing those who have been affected by it. All photos credited to ClearEdge Sports Running along the bridge during the IOP Connector Run & Walk for the Child.
rowing up on the Isle of Palms in a surfing family is sure to draw any kid to the waves, but for Ben Allen, surfing is more than a hobby – it is a passion. Born and raised on the Isle of Palms, Allen recently won the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) College Men's division surfer award at the Southeast/North College Season Event #1 held at New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sept. 17, beating out 48 other surfers for the title. Currently a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., the 19-year-old also led the Saints to the team victory at the season opener, defeating the reigning East Coast Regional Championship University of North Florida team. Living near the 25th Avenue beach 6 NEWS IslandVibesIOP.com Local surfer rides wave into national spotlight By Heather Rose Artushin G station, Allen’s dad, Matt, fondly recalls memories of teaching Allen to surf there as a young child, starting on a boogie board and quickly graduating to a foam surfboard, before Allen began surfing on his own with increasing skill. Though Allen tried other sports over the years, surfing has always been his favorite pastime. “He played varsity basketball at Wando,” Matt shared, “and it was great, and a lot of work, but he likes surfing because he gets to do it on his own, without a coach. He is very self-motivated and driven.” In the last three years, Allen has traveled all over the world, surfing in Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, Belize and Puerto Rico. “His passport looks way cooler than mine,” laughed Matt. Over the summer, Ben was invited to surf the collegiate championships in Los Angeles where he competed alongside some of the country’s most talented young surfers. “My favorite surf trip was to Puerto Rico in March this year,” Allen said. “The waves were firing the whole trip and I got to surf with all of my friends and just a few other guys out for a week straight. It was by far the most stoked and surfed-out I’ve ever been.” As a student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science, Allen aspires to spend his career near the ocean. “I’d like to do something related to oceanography and the study of waves and weather,” Allen said. “Maybe a job with NOAA or the National Hurricane Center.” Whatever path he takes in the future, his parents, and the Isle of Palms community, are certainly proud of his many accomplishments. “Both his mom and I are super pumped about him,” beamed Matt. “He got all A’s and B’s last year; he works hard and he’s a good kid with a good heart.” Charleston’s surfing community is growing, and Allen had this to say to up-and-coming surfers on the island. “The best advice I have for young aspiring surfers is to try new boards and not take things too seriously. Go have fun, chase good waves with your best friends and surf some boards you wouldn’t normally think to try.” A student at Flagler College, Ben Allen has surfed all over the world, citing Puerto Rico as his favorite place to catch a wave. Ben Allen of IOP was recently awarded the NSSA College Men’s surfer award, and was recognized by the city council for his accomplishments.
ties that continues to pay for parking for the general public. North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Folly Beach and Hilton Head are examples of beach front municipalities that charge for public parking, as do county parks. So, what has changed? Why do folks now have to pay to go to the beach in the vast majority of municipalities as well as county parks? The short answer is people. The Charleston metro area has reached 1 million in population. All those folks within an easy drive want to hit the beach on sunny days! On IOP, 7 OPINION IslandVibesIOP.com Pierce. It seems some of the “Yes” folks are all-or-nothing. Maybe the ideas put forth need tweaking? In voting “No,” we give council the leeway to get it right. We, the residents, are diligent and insistent enough to keep this in front of council, to figure it out, with minimal impact to both our neighborhoods and tax base. This is not “kicking the can.” It’s responsibly, deliberately solving the problem, as opposed to forcing a half-cocked solution. IMO, it’s safer to vote “No” and keep working on the ordinance than to try to change it after the fact. Respectfully, Mimi Wood Isle of Palms Half-cocked solution Dear Editor, I am not 100 percent opposed to a rental license cap. I signed the petition. However, I am voting “No” with the hope of reaching a compromise. The Planning Commission put forth some reasonable ideas, as did Scott Letters to the Editor o, this is not a typo. The original title of the article was “Free Parking vs Paid Parking.” However, as we all know there is no free lunch or free parking! While IOP certainly welcomes public parking, that parking comes at a cost. Police, fire and emergency services must be provided to all that park on our island as well as trash pick-up and maintenance. Those services are currently paid for by Isle of Palms taxpayers in the “free” parking areas. IOP is one of the few municipaliour available parking is typically full in the summer by 10 a.m. and that pressure on parking will only increase as more people move to the coast. Typically, metro areas double in population within eight years of reaching 1 million. Charleston metro is on track to double in population much more quickly! What’s the solution? IOP is not getting any bigger and the island already provides over eight times the amount of parking required by the state. Charging for parking will help in a number of ways. First, charging for parking shifts the burden of paying for government services to the individuals that benefit – those that park at the beach. Second, charging for parking encourages carpooling or riding the “free” beach shuttle. Fewer cars opens parking to more people. Third, charging for parking encourages turnover so that more spaces are available to more people each day. Of course, there will always be those that will demand free parking. They want others to pay their way. IOP was recently sued because it was too expensive for folks to break the law on IOP! Hard to make this stuff up. IOP City Council is currently interviewing professional parking companies to manage the parking on IOP. Better enforcement of our existing laws will benefit everyone. Further, it is inevitable that IOP City Council will consider charging for parking island wide. In addition to the benefits already stated, charging for parking will require that visitors enter their license tag number and credit card information. This information is invaluable to law enforcement in tracking down bad guys that commit crimes on our island. I expect this will have a chilling effect on criminal behavior and make our island a better, safer place for all to visit. But this is just one council member’s opinion. to listen to local podcasts and read local magazines digitally. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES AT MOUNTPLEASANTPODCAST.COM FALL EDITION • SMILING FACES • CALENDAR OF EVENTS All Things Autumn Changing of the Seasons Friday Night Lights Local Football Lore Willie’s Roadside Market Cultivating a Legacy Get Outdoors Guide to Hiking & Camping www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen Lights! Camera! Women Take Action! Personality and Professionalism Find Your Business Style Anything but Gray New Show Colors The Lowcountry Five Ways to Work from Home that WORK CELEBrating Our Entrepreneurs CHARLESTON ENTREPRENEUR EDITION Summer 2023 ReadMPM.com ReadIslandVibes.com ReadCW.com POINT SCAN CLICK For distribution or marketing information email Publisher@IslandVibesIOP.com or 843-530-0403 Paid Parking vs Paid Parking By Blair Hahn Isle of Palms City Council Member N GOT A COMMENT? Island Vibes wants to hear from you! To submit a Letter to the Editor, email Zach Giroux at Editor@IslandVibesIOP.com. All letters are subject word length restrictions. DISCLAIMER: Content, including editorial, advertising or comments, that threatens, harasses or degrades others will be removed. Access may be revoked or refused at the sole discretion of Island Vibes.
8 NEWS IslandVibesIOP.com From Page 5 Lowcountry. Beneficiaries in 2023 included HALOS, My Sister’s House, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Florence Crittenton, Darkness to Light, Carolina Youth Development Center, CAPA-Beaufort, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Windwood Farm and Doors to Freedom. Dunes Properties served as the returning presenting sponsor of the collaborative community event, which is held annually on the first Saturday of October. The IOP Exchange Club hosted the Run Beneficiary Dinner on Oct. 26 at which they presented the 2023 beneficiaries with a check. “This run is awesome, it truly takes a village,” said IOP race board chair Michelle Priest. “It is a lot of work with a lot of moving pieces. But, working as a team, it all came together. And when the beneficiaries tell you how much of an impact it has on them, it makes it all worth it!” Deb Barr, who serves on the race board as the child abuse prevention liaison and run sponsorship team, proclaimed: “This year’s event was fabulous! Great weather was icing on the cake. Tremendous thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and participants! It was one of our most successful events!” Commented Whittney Prasek, IOP race marketing director, “Having such a great cause makes marketing the race each year something I look forward to and do with pride. The racers rave about the scenic views all the while really feeling the impact of the cause they are supporting—prevention of child abuse in the Lowcountry. We couldn’t do it without the entire race committee, community, volunteers and our sponsors.” OVERALL RACE WINNERS; COURSE LAYOUT This year’s top male overall runner for the 10k was Kyle Nitsche of Fort Mill, while Maddie Beaubien of Mount Pleasant won the best time in the overall female 10k category. Ross Jordan of Goose Creek emerged victorious as the male overall winner in the 5k and Mary Legare Whaley of Charleston beat out all competitors in the female overall 5k category. The course began on Ocean Boulevard, with the 5k including a halfway turnaround point on the IOP Connector and the 10k extending the full length of the bridge and continuing into Mount Pleasant at a turnaround spot near the entrance to Seaside Farms. A post-race celebration at Ocean Boulevard featured live music, beer tents, an awards ceremony, cash prizes, kids’ entertainment and vendor exhibits. To view the full list of sponsors, complete race results and a photo gallery visit ioprun.com.
9 NEWS IslandVibesIOP.com From Page 3 SPREADING Good Vibes ABOUT ISLE OF PALMS The only publication exclusively focused on Isle of Palms with regional distribution through the state Welcome Centers and mailed to island homes. For distribution or marketing information, email Publisher@IslandVibesIOP.com or 843-530-0403. South Carolina Welcome Centers population would easily exceed 4,600 – which would mean fitting at least 300 more people into the same amount of current livable space. And these projections don’t include daily and yearly visitors. "The amount of regional growth we've experienced in the past five-10 years has had a significant impact on the number of day visitors to the island," said Kathryn Basha, planning director with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. "And this is an issue that city leaders are already grappling with in terms of parking and traffic." At the height of IOP’s summer tourist season, vacationers number as high as 20,000 per day – more than four times the number of permanent residents. And these numbers are expected to keep rising. “Our day visitors are going to be the real issue,” Hahn said. “TheCharleston metro area is fast approaching 1 million people and expected to keep rising. With this regional growth, IOP will have more and more day visitors, and we are going to have to deal with this in a way that benefits residents and visitors alike.” Which means the big question for IOP residents and leaders may soon become: What are our limits on daily and permanent populations and how will we control them? “From my standpoint, I think we have to balance what we have,” Turnage added. “And going forward, we will have to look at what is sustainable for the island and its residents.” The IOP County Park Beach public beach access draws many day visitors, but numbers may soon become too \big for island space and resources to handle without controls. Photo Provided
To the team behind Island Vibes, thank you for being integral to our city’s narrative. And to our ever-growing membership: your unwavering support and active participation have propelled us beyond our aspirations. Through collective effort, we can proudly say that Isle of Palms is the premier place to live, work and play. Warm regards, Ryan Buckhannon President, IOP Chamber of Commerce Chamber Notes: ‘A rising tide lifts all ships’ By Ryan Buckhannon President, IOP Chamber of Commerce Greetings, fellow Islanders! Few moments genuinely encapsulate the spirit of a community and the arrival and embrace of Island Vibes is one of those instances. Since this vibrant local paper surfaced, the Isle of Palms has openly wrapped its arms around it. Our gratitude runs deep. Island Vibes is not just any paper; its unique reach extends to all the welcome centers across South Carolina. As we transition into our “off-season,” it’s comforting to know that Island Vibes is strategically placed to guide potential visitors to our local small businesses, helping to bolster them during quieter times. We’re continually exploring avenues to uplift our chamber member businesses and, in doing so, every business on our island because the chamber has always believed in the mantra, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” Keeping our members informed about the ongoing trends in the community and the neighboring areas is a priority. To achieve this, we are committed to providing our members and the community with accurate information about how these trends could influence local businesses or property rights. With the holiday season on the horizon, the energy in the chamber is palpable. Events are in the works and businesses are getting ready to shine. For those who wish to stay in the loop for events and happenings, follow our social media channels @DiscoverIOP and @IOPChamber. 10 BUSINESS “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 - AndreaRogers1@gmail.com CALL ANDREA ROGERS SOUTHERN PROFESSIONALISM A way of life, The way to be Helping people achieve their dreams $95,444,575 in sales IslandVibesIOP.com
There are many other projects that are in the design or permitting phase that will most likely get started next year. You can stay updated at iop.net. We had a lot of great community events in October, so our staff will take a much-needed break in November to enjoy time with friends and family. Thank you for the opportunity to serve! See you around the island. Phillip Pounds, Mayor IOP 843-252-5359 email@example.com • 41st Ave. outfall - as part of this project, we will be piping the ditch from Waterway Boulevard to the Intracoastal Waterway. This will clean up that area and allow us to add additional parking spots at our marina. • Outdoor fitness court at the Rec Center • Dog park improvements at the Rec Center • Waterway Blvd multi-use path elevation • IOP Marina public dock improvements • Undergrounding utility lines on 14th Ave. 11 Mayor’s Message: Off-season is a time to reflect and rejoice By Philip Pounds Mayor, Isle of Palms get to this time of year and wonder where all the other months went?! Time seems to go even faster going forward with the holidays and all the events surrounding them. We recently held our annual IOP Employee Appreciation event at the Exchange Club. It’s a great time after our busy tourist season to pause and thank those that work so hard to make our community what it is. At this event, we also recognize milestone work anniversaries and announce the Leola Hanbury Employee of the Year. Like all previous years, it is hard to choose just one individual given that all the nominations are very worthy. This year’s winner was Robert Asero from our Public Works Department. Robert, assistant public works director, oversees stormwater and facilities maintenance. His efforts in effectively managing stormwater, minimizing flood risks and maintaining our city’s infrastructure have made a significant impact on the lives of our residents. He has shown an ability to tackle complex challenges with creative solutions and works tirelessly to improve our stormwater management system. Robert, this award is a testament to your abilities, remarkable work ethic and overall outstanding performance. We are grateful for everything you do to make our city a better place. We have a great staff serving our city. If you see them around our community, take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate them. Our entire city family has really stepped up. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the city, no small task in and of itself, we have asked our team to deliver many initiatives both large and small. We have been fortunate to experience very positive financial results over the past few years and city council has been actively looking for ways to reinvest in our community for the benefit of our residents and visitors. Some of the projects going on right now or starting soon: Drainage projects: • 36th Ave. outfall - October for about eight weeks, hopefully less if the weather will cooperate. I • Dec. 2 Holiday Street Festival 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. at front beach. Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. • Dec. 19 Santa’s Cookie Workshop 2 p.m. at the Rec Center. UPCOMING CITY EVENTS CIVICS • Just the facts • Complete transparency • A trusted resource Digitally available at ReadIslandVibes.com. For distribution or marketing information, contact Publisher@IslandVibesIOP.com. • Distributing positive vibes island-wide Digitally available at ReadIslandVibes.com. IslandVibesIOP.com
CRIME Assault • On Oct. 1, a 27-year-old man from Nashville, Tennessee was arrested on the island for charges of simple assault. • On Oct. 14, three male juvenile offenders, including two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old, were issued separate charges of committing aggravated assault. Property damage • On Oct. 2, a 23-year-old female from Charleston was arrested and charged with malicious injury to property. • On Oct. 6, Isle of Palms police arrested a 57-year-old male from Mount Pleasant for charges of public disorderly conduct and hindering. Drug violations • On Oct. 2, a 29-year-old North Charleston woman was charged with a DUI and simple possession of marijuana. • On Oct. 10, a 31-year-old Summerville woman was arrested and charged for possession of marijuana, second offense. • On Oct. 12, a 42-year-old Summerville man was arrested and issued several charges, including PWID (possession with intent to distribute) methamphetamine, driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle. Alcohol violations • On Oct. 13, a 22-year-old male from Greer was arrested and issued several charges, including having an open container of alcohol (beer or wine) in their motor vehicle, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and a trespass notice. POLICE BLOTTER By Colin McCandless The following incidents were taken from the Isle of Palms Police Department media log reports between Oct. 1-14. 12 IslandVibesIOP.com Nonprofits partner to raise awareness for family health care challenges Provided The Isle of Palms Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support program has entered into a partnership with The Lonon Foundation, a Charleston nonprofit that provides resources to children impacted by a parent’s or caregiver's cancer diagnosis or cancer-related death. he Lonon Foundation, a Charleston nonprofit that provides resources to children impacted by a parent’s or caregiver's cancer diagnosis or cancer-related death, has launched a strategic partnership with the Isle of Palms Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support (LENS) program. LENS operates under the dedicated umbrella of the Community Service Committee, a nonprofit with the IOP Exchange Club, part of the Isle of Palms Community Corporation (IOPCC). Established in 2020, the LENS program stands as a beacon of hope and support, offering vital assistance to IOPPD families and officers facing monetary hardships related to health matters, abuse or challenging circumstances. This commitment extends to education scholarships benefiting school-age children and spouses of law enforcement officers, all while reinforcing the community's fabric through sponsorship of events that promote safety, education and joyful experiences for island families. The Lonon Foundation was created in 2017 after the founder lost her husband to cancer while raising her two young children. Since its inception, The Lonon Foundation has provided coping and resilience resources to children who have a parent or caregiver with cancer or have lost a parent or caregiver to cancer. The programming includes virtual and in-person events, access to a Certified Child Life Specialist, mindfulness-based kits and mini grants to mitigate the financial burden of cancer on a family. Previously, The Lonon Foundation has worked with the IOP Exchange Club as an event space for one of their monthly UPLIFT events focused on mindfulness in nature. Anna Lonon, president and founder of The Lonon Foundation, believes partnerships with other nonprofits are essential to their success. “It’s so important for organizations like ours to work together to support others. When we can pool our resources, time and passions, we are able to help more families,” said Lonon. Together, The Lonon Foundation and LENS will work together to support the needs of our youth and the community, specifically related to health care challenges. Both organizations believe in and promote kindness, serving those who are underserved in our community. Meg Elam, IOP resident and member of the IOP Exchange Club, supports this new partnership. “Losing a spouse to cancer is difficult at any age. However, when young children are involved, there is a whole different level of anxiety and sorrow as you witness your kids endure their loss. The Lonon Foundation has been instrumental in helping my children feel supported and connect with other kids whose families have also been cursed by cancer,” said Elam. “I am excited for the new partnership between the Lonon Foundation and IOP LENS to broaden these services in our community. I am forever grateful to both organizations for supporting my kids in such positive ways, and we are lucky to have them in our community.” The Lonon Foundation and LENS partnership will include joint programming and events, fundraising efforts and a greater awareness for the need to support children and families dealing with healthcare challenges. T
13 IslandVibesIOP.com RECREATION IOP Rec Center at the epicenter of fall, holiday fun By Colin McCandless t was a busy October at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center as they hosted a number of events to kick off fall on the island. Starting with the National Night Out on Oct. 3, an event designed to foster community between neighbors and law enforcement that included static displays of emergency vehicles, prizes, free food and a blood drive provided by the Blood Connection. The Community Wellness Fair on Oct. 6 featured free cholesterol screenings, vaccines and blood tests. Over 20 local health care professionals and health related vendors were on hand to answer questions from the community and share their knowledge of area services and resources. Runners and walkers alike sprinted to attend the 31st annual Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child held on Oct. 7, a charity race organized by the Isle of Palms Exchange Club in partnership with the City of Isle of Palms and the Town of Mount Pleasant, which raised more than $100,000 in funds to distribute among local nonprofits that work on child abuse prevention and awareness. Additionally, the final installment of the 2023 Isle of Palms Farmers Market took place at the Recreation Center Oct. 19, offering fresh produce, food vendors and live music. Ghostly Tide Tales on Oct. 20 brought a little spooky entertainment to front beach, while the Recreation Center-hosted Halloween Golf Cart Parade and Carnival on Oct. 27 showcased a drive through haunted house, and furnished some festive fun with inflatables, food vendors and trick or treat bags for the kids, in addition to the eponymous golf cart parade. NOTABLE EVENTS IN NOVEMBER Some highlights to look forward to in November will include the Serenity Sea Stroll on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 a.m., during which the Recreation Center will be teaming up with local adventure and nature guide outfitters Coastal Expeditions for an educational beach walk and learn. Meet up at 25th Avenue beach access. Additionally, it is time to lace up those sneakers and hit the courts as the rec center will be holding youth basketball registration for coed ages 5-14. And it is never too early to look ahead and plan for Christmas events. On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-7 p.m. the Holiday Street Festival takes over front beach with arts and crafters, food vendors, children’s activities and live entertainment. The tree lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Santa Clause himself will be on site to greet the kids so don’t forget to bring a wish list—if you’ve been nice and not naughty this year of course. For more information on IOP rec center events, activities and program and class offerings, visit iop.net/recreation. All photos provided by the IOP Rec Center A crowd gathers on Front Beach during last year’s Holiday Street Festival. Isle of Palms Police Department officers at the National Night Out event at the IOP Recreation Center on Oct. 3. I Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10, 2024 Location: Omar Shrine Auditorium (map/directions) Exhibition Spaces: 10×10 booths Attention Exhibitors! This is Mount Pleasant’s only home show. Mount Pleasant Magazine will be spending thousands of dollars on television, direct mail digital, and print marketing to drive Daniel Island, Isle Of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Charleston residents to the Mount Pleasant Home Show. You will be able to generate real leads and receive great ROI. Meet more homeowners in one weekend than in a whole year. Sign up now, booths will go fast. We are already working with the Omar Conventions Center for feature show dates. For more information and to reserve your booth contact Bill Macchio 843-530-0403 | Publisher@MountPleasantMagazine.com
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PEOPLE & PETS 16 IslandVibesIOP.com Pet of the Month: Rita, the golden retriever By Isabel Alvarez Arata Rita is a smart, social and athletic 3-year-old golden retriever. Her owners, Benita and Dave Rubado, had three golden retrievers before Rita, but she’s the first they acquired as a puppy. The Rubados decided to get a puppy about a year after their previous golden, Manny, went to doggie heaven. Having always had a dog at home, they were ready to try to fill the void Manny left behind. While attending a dog event called Woofstock in upstate New York, a man walked by with a beautiful golden retriever. The couple was attracted to the dog’s deep red color, a color variation that is not very common. They learned about the dog’s breeder and reached out. The breeder informed them that a litter was serendipitously coming soon. Due to the distance, the Rubados selected their puppy via photograph. They took one look at the pup that would become Rita and knew she was the one. The Rubados weren’t sure what to expect of their first puppy. Thankfully, Rita fell into place right away. She potty trained and learned puppy manners in no time. Rita loves other dogs. Her family jokes that she has more friends on the Isle of Palms than they do. Her favorite pastimes include chasing a ball on the beach and swimming. “Someone once told us that golden retrievers are angels with fur and, in my experience, that’s spot on,” said Benita. “All of our kids are grown so these days it’s all about Rita.” Whitley Boyd Carolina One Real Estate Upon meeting Whitley Boyd and seeing that she is the broker-incharge of Carolina One Real Estate on Isle of Palms, you might wonder how she has progressed so far in only seven years in the field. “I received my license in 2016 but have been around the industry since I was a child,” said Boyd, originally from Atlanta. “Between watching my mother's career in real estate and the fact that our family moved a lot when I was growing up, I have always been fascinated with home values and architecture.” Since then, Boyd has become one of the area’s go-to agents for places between central Charleston and all the islands. “The majority of the homes I sell are near the coast or downtown,” she said. “I love helping my clients achieve their goals, and since 99 percent of my business comes from referrals from either past clients or friends, I consider it a huge honor when they trust me to handle their largest asset.” Matt Allen IOP Golf Carts If you were to visit IOP Golf Carts and ask for the manager, the head of operations, a sales associate or even someone to look up a day-old receipt, you’d get the same answer from owner Matt Allen: “Me.” Since launching IOP Golf Carts in 2017, Allen has been the boss, the employee and all management levels rolled into one. “I’m a one-man show, responsible for everything,” said Allen, with an ever-present smile. “But I always wanted to run my own business, and this seemed like a perfect fit for me.” When asked about his favorite part of the job and the island, Allen made no bones about it. “It’s the autonomy and the golf carts – what’s not to love?” he said. “It’s pretty cool seeing vacationers driving my carts around with a big smile, and I have been fortunate to meet so many of them through my business. It’s a really fun place to be!” Kate Barron Barron Care Management Looking for someone to take care of a senior family member? Kate Barron not only brings more than 25 years of personal experience to the Lowcountry, but a commitment that started in her teens and has grown stronger ever since. “My passion for serving seniors began with a part-time job in high school as a concierge for an assisted living facility,” said Barron, originally from Indiana, who founded Barron Care Management in Charleston County in 2017. “Since then, serving seniors is something I have loved doing every day.” Run solely by Barron and her husband Dan, Barron Care Management currently serves more than 30 seniors on IOP, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island. And it is all due to Barron’s vision and passion – which going forward is to “continue reaching as many seniors as possible.” “For me, it’s all about seeing a positive improvement in a senior’s life,” she said. “They each have interesting life stories to share, and it’s truly my privilege to serve them.” Meet Your Island Neighbors!
17 IslandVibesIOP.com FOOD & BEV Photos by Maurice Frazier Cachitas Kitchen: Authentic Mexican cuisine by the sea By Maurice J. Frazier magine with me if you will, dining at a trendy rooftop bar with an ocean view and the sea breeze hitting your face, all while chowing down on some incredible Mexican cuisine. For the residents and visitors of Isle of Palms, there is a new place on the island serving up creative, innovative and delicious food: Cachitas Kitchen at Papi’s Taqueria. Located just steps from the beach in the middle of IOP’s Front Beach on Ocean Boulevard, Cachitas Kitchen serves authentic Mexican cuisine. If you’re familiar with Chuck Dawley Boulevard, then you may have seen or tasted Cachitas Kitchen tacos from their food truck, which often posts up at Signarama. Not only are they dishing out great food, but they carry some of the best selections in local and Mexican beers and wines, as well as an extensive tequila and mezcal cache. The rooftop exudes a chill atmosphere. Patrons seat themselves and order their food at the bar. Its casual, beachy ambiance sets the mood for a fabulous, relaxed meal. Downstairs offers traditional table service for those interested. Tuesday is Taco Night, with 25 percent off tacos and $5 house margaritas. The Mexican Sushi Burrito Roll will leave you faced with a difficult decision: do I indulge and order another one? It’s a fried flour tortilla stuffed with crab, shrimp, mango, masago, asparagus, jalapeno/carrot, cream cheese and cilantro with a side of yum yum sauce. This roll is loaded with flavor and well-balanced heat. The street tacos feature a crispy corn tortilla that can hold the weight of the taco, as compared to many other eateries which serve a corn tortilla that falls apart before you even put it in your mouth. The Beef and Shrimp Queso dip is simple, but creative. Meat and cheese and the best combination since peanut butter and jelly. Friendly, helpful staff combined with the laidback energy make for an incredible afternoon/evening of sharing great food and drinks with friends and family. Parking is available along the street, and its proximity to the beach makes for a lovely post-meal stroll. This delectable establishment will have you coming back, and may even become your new, go-to hangout spot for a little afternoon snack and a drink or a proper dinner. Authenticity meets passion and dedication as chefs create flavorful combinations and dishes you’ll be dreaming about and drooling over until your next visit. For more information, visit papisiop.com. I
18 LIFESTYLE IslandVibesIOP.com s. Kathryn Magruder, a beloved Isle of Palms resident lovingly known as “Mama,” recently celebrated her 104th birthday in style. Born on Sept. 26, 1919, in North Carolina, Magruder moved to the Isle of Palms when she was 96 to be closer to her daughter and has enjoyed island living to the fullest over the last eight years. A mother of three and supportive wife to an army psychologist, she attended college at an all-girls school in Greensboro before traveling the world. The theme of her recent birthday celebration was “104 and going for more,” encapsulating Magruder’s vibrant spirit and zest for life. She is regularly seen on the island dancing the night away at The Dinghy and The Windjammer, and also enjoys frequenting The Refuge and Long Island Cafe for a good meal. Her favorite food is salty country ham, and she is known to enjoy the 6 p.m. hour with a little bourbon and wine. Don’t let these indulgences fool you – she stays active, working with a 104 and Going for More Beloved IOP resident ‘Mama’ celebrates another milestone By Heather Rose Artushin personal trainer twice a week and playing Bridge with her daughter Kathy on her rest days. Magruder’s caregiver, Warren, throws a big birthday party for her each year, and loves spending time with her around town. “She doesn’t like hanging with old people,” he laughed. “Me and her hang out and go bar hopping together. We get up on Sunday morning and go to church. She only goes if she gets a Bloody Mary afterwards.” Magruder has been known to grab the microphone on a busy night at the bar, and still loves a man in uniform. Whether she’s grooving to a Bob Marley song or fishing by the beach near 42nd Avenue, Magruder is truly living life to the fullest. “She doesn’t let anything bother her,” Warren said, fondly. “I call her Missy and she calls me Mister. I say, ‘You think you know everything in the whole world,’ and she tells me, ‘I’ve been here long enough.’” Beloved IOP resident Kathryn “Mama” Magruder recently celebrated her 104th birthday in style, surrounded by friends and family on the island. Going for walks in nature is one way Kathryn Magruder stays healthy after more than 100 years of life. Kathryn Magruder enjoys indulging in “bourbon, wine and weed,” and embraces each day with a vibrant, lighthearted spirit that keeps her going strong. M
FRANCE Penny and Rich Lanigan recently checked a dream destination off their bucket list. They spent three days in Paris, then boarded a Viking river cruise from Paris to Normandy, after which they hopped aboard a cruise from Avignon to Lyon in Provence. Rich surprised Penny with this unforgettable vacation because France has always enchanted her. The couple, who have been married for 37 years, relished in Paris’ art, history and “joie de vivre,” French for ‘the joy of living.’ The outdoor cafés, booksellers along the Seine River, delicious wine and elevated cuisine delighted their senses in a way only Paris can. Of their cruise adventures, Giverny and Monet’s gardens and home, the memorial and Omaha Beach in Normandy, Les Baux and a tiny village called Viviers in Provence stood out as Penny’s favorites. Many small towns in the Normandy and Provencal regions are built along cliffs. They can be physically challenging to visit but that didn’t keep the Lanigans from exploring France’s beauty to their hearts’ content. GREECE David and Lori Nelson visited Greece to celebrate their 30th anniversary, a celebration that was delayed due to the pandemic. They set their sights on Athens, Mykonos and Santorini to enjoy the landscapes, food and unique culture in three of Greece’s most popular destinations. Excursions included the Acropolis in Athens and the Meteora rock formations in Thessaly, the second-largest monastery complex in Greece. The Nelsons enjoyed the lively atmosphere of Mykonos as well as the beautiful sunsets in Santorini. They appreciated the warm hospitality of the Greek people throughout their journey. While in Santorini, David and Lori visited a cooking school and learned how to make a traditional Greek salad, moussaka, shrimp saganaki and tomato fritters. They couldn’t leave Greece without bringing one of its best exports, its food, back home. THAILAND Alicia Hall-Zimov and her family are currently on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. So far, they have visited England, Greece, Singapore, Bali, Thailand and Malaysia. On the way back to Isle of Palms, they will stop in Vietnam, Japan and Hawaii. Among the many memorable activities they’ve enjoyed on this adventure, Alicia, her husband, Mike, and their children, Ava (17) and Mason (14), visited an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They also dove with manta rays, surfed, drove ATVs and rode horseback on the beach in Bali. The Zimovs have been meeting other worldschooling families along the way. Worldschooling is similar to homeschooling but involves extended journeys abroad allowing students to experience lessons firsthand. Alicia and Mike enjoy discovering diverse cultures, languages and customs with their children. By partaking in these experiences, they hope to broaden their children’s horizons and help them better understand the world while teaching them valuable life skills and, most importantly, creating lasting memories and a strong family bond. 19 IslandVibesIOP.com TRAVEL Travel: Fall adventures & escapades By Isabel Alvarez Aratarefugeiop.com