Island Vibes October 2023

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4 FROM THE CREW Island Vibes Vol. 1, Issue 1 October 2023 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG ADS PRODUCTION KIM HALL BETHANY LONG ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN RYAN BUCKHANNON • MARY COY CLARK LEACH • COLIN MCCANDLESS PHILLIP POUNDS • GINGER SOTTILE ROD TURNAGE BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM SALES REPRESENTATIVES ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM KATIE FINCH KATIE@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS KAREN LISZEWSKI ANTHONY MACCHIO SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM 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 D The pride of Isle of Palms yesterday, today and tomorrow. Publisher’s Note Editor’s Note n the words of the late singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet, “If your attitude’s appalling, there’s a latitude that’s calling.” We hope the positive attitude of Island Vibes is calling you to Isle of Palms. My lifetime passion is publishing. Of course, back when I started it was just ink on paper. Now, it’s a combination of ink and pixels. My passion has remained steadfast and runs deep, starting with East Cooper Magazine 40 years ago, renamed Mount Pleasant Magazine years later. It includes the historic documents we published 34 years ago chronicling Hurricane Hugo, This zeal for publishing has taken me on many journeys full of small and big achievements and yes, some not so fruitful. But in all transparency, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of avid emotion and drive about publishing something. Island Vibes is a positive new resource exclusively about Isle of Palms and the people, places and events that make elcome to the inaugural issue and launch of Island Vibes, a community newspaper with the personality of a magazine! Our monthly periodical is exclusive to one of Charleston’s most beloved barrier islands and our tagline says it all: “The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always.” A bit about me. In short, I hail from the Green Mountains of Vermont, a rural town where there’s more pine trees than people. A blue-collar place where maple syrup is the preferred form of currency. While I’m not originally from the area, I’ve called the Lowcountry home for the last six summers. Along my trek, I’ve overseen several publications from Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. By no means am I a native, but I’ve been around and I’ve covered a lot. With this first issue under my belt as managing editor, I can confidently say that this publication is a true hybrid. It’s a cross between a newspaper and a magazine, with the perfect balance of news and lifestyle features presented in a stylish and easily digestible format that appeals to readers with all types of palattes. Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain our readers with valuable content that enriches the lives of Isle of Palms’ citizens and visitors. We are a trusted source of information, dedicated to highlighting the unique and talented individuals that make the island a special place to live, work, play and retire. We aim to foster a sense of connection and community among our readership. In this issue, you will read about a range of topics including IOP City Council election questionnaires, short-term rental issues and a newly renovated and rebranded store at the IOP Marina. It also features stories on the IOP Recreation Department’s new director, the sport of pickleball’s exploding popularity and a flashback to the infamous Hurricane Hugo that still leaves an aftershock more than three decades later. Additionally, you will hear testimonies from town dignitaries, business leaders and environmental “citizen scientists” such as the mayor, the president of the IOP Chamber of Commerce and the co-founder of the IOP Cleanup Crew. As well as crime updates in correspondence with the IOP Police Department and much more! As you continue to thumb through these white pages, it should become apparent that there is truly something for everyone inside the margins of this issue. I hope you enjoy our inaugural edition as much as the folks who poured their heart and soul into these pages. This issue aims to spread positive vibes to all who read what we have to report and reflects our staff’s passion for this slice of paradise that we are blessed to call home. See you around the island! Positively yours, Zach Giroux, Managing Editor the island what it is today and herald what the future may bring. Island Vibes will serve as your reliable source for reporting the unbiased truth. The team here at Island Vibes has no hidden agenda or ulterior motive, other than to inform island residents, visitors and travelers throughout the Carolinas about all the wonderful things that make IOP a diamond in the dunes. After reading the premiere issue of Island Vibes, we hope you will agree or can at least relate to one of Jimmy Buffett’s many mantras, “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.” This front cover is guaranteed to make you smile. Don’t believe me? Look in the mirror. Distributing positive vibes, Bill Macchio, Publisher I W For advertising, contact Bill Macchio at or (843) 530-0403. For editorial, contact Zach Giroux at or (802) 733-6321.

Isle of Palms limit the investment of short-term rental business licenses to a maximum of 1,600? Yes: In favor of the short-term rental cap. No: Opposed to the short-term rental cap. Possible outcomes If a yes vote wins, then the number of STRLs would then be limited to 1,600 for all 6% taxable investment properties, per IOP’s business license rental year, which runs May 1 to April 30. The 1,600 figure represents 34.9% of the island’s 4,584 current dwelling units, according to Charleston County property tax records for September 2023. If a no vote wins, then all island parcels – including residential (4% taxable) and IOP investment (6% taxable) – would be able to get shortterm rental licenses. Both sides of the aisle At the July 11 meeting, residents Bruce Council and Elizabeth Campsen were among those in favor of a short-term rental cap. “Residents want, and expect, to be protected from an unlimited number of short-term rentals,” Campsen said. “And this desire is completely in line with the first priority and goal of our strategic plan, reducing the impact of tourism on the quality of life for residents.” Residents Laura Lovins and Thomas Schmidt spoke in favor of a cap – with Lovins saying, “1,173 of your neighbors and constituents have 5 NEWS November referendum to resolve IOP short-term rentals issue By L. C. Leach III proposal to limit short-term rental licenses (STRL) for properties on the Isle of Palms has created two sharply divided camps. And now, with the issue coming to a head after many months of resident input and council deliberation, it will be settled in a referendum on the Nov. 7 election ballot. “Balancing short-term rentals, residential areas and day visitors has been an issue for as long as IOP has been around,” said IOP Mayor Phillip Pounds. “This city council has been reviewing the issues and alternatives for over a year.” Island leaders and residents favoring STRL limits insist the measure will maintain both a quality of life and commercial income. Those against the limits are adamant that in the long run such a measure will do more commercial harm than good for the island’s economy and resident population. “I have no idea what our voters will decide,” Pounds added. “But city council’s job is to implement the direction of the residents based on the outcome of the vote.” Root of the issue Island rentals, of course, are a main part of IOP’s regular economy, as its attraction as a South Carolina vacation spot has been in place since the McKinley presidency. During the height of the tourist season, in the summer months, the number of island visitors can reach as high as 20,000 per day – more than four times the 4,261 permanent residencies, according to Pounds. But the roots of the STRL issue are much more recent and traceable to 2001, when city council first required business licenses for all short-term rentals. Since then, policies have been modified to include occupancy limits, new home sizes and three requests by the city council for analysis and recommendations from the IOP Planning Commission – the last one coming in 2019 regarding an STRL cap. And the major portion of the STRL issue has come about during a long period of flux in island residency. Regardless of the island’s actual population, the Charleston County Property Tax Records show that as of Sept. 7, 2023, the number of short-term rentals on all 6% IOP investment properties – on which a cap would be applied – amounted to 1,616 – only 16 more than the cap listed in the referendum. Douglas Kerr, director of IOP Building, Planning and Zoning, has pointed out in public presentations that, based on extensive research, both residents and council should consider establishing a cap in areas where STRLs are already low; and, for areas where STRLs are more prevalent, to continue to let the market decide. Petition for a cap On Feb. 28, 2023, the IOP City Council voted 5-4 against an island-wide cap on STRLs, opting instead to increase law enforcement efforts governing STRL properties. The vote came eight months after the city’s planning commission suggested a cap only in areas where STRL demand is low, such as single-family neighborhoods. But when 1,173 residents signed a petition protesting the council’s vote, and favoring an island-wide cap, their action brought about a special city council meeting on July 11. At this meeting, council members heard resident comments and discussed whether to adopt an ordinance upholding the petition. Again, the council voted 5-4 against an ordinance to adopt an island-wide cap. Those opposed were Pounds and council members Jimmy Ward, Rusty Streetman, Blair Hahn and Kevin Popson. Those in favor were council members John Bogosian, Katie Miars, Jan Anderson and Scott Pierce. Their vote prompted the November referendum and its question, per the wording of the resident petition: Shall the City of made their voices clear.” On the other side,Terri Haack, speaking on behalf of Wild Dunes LLC, said an island-wide cap would jeopardize “the vitality of the island’s economy.” “The STR cap, as currently proposed by a few permanent IOP residents, violates property rights, will negatively impact the island’s economy for years to come and threatens residential property values across the community,” Haack said. Reiterating her stance before council at the July 11 meeting, Haack later added that two-thirds of IOP property owners will not have a say in this decision that directly impacts the value of their investments. The reason being because they’re not full-time residents and therefore ineligible to vote. “In addition to the loss of accommodation and hospitality tax revenue that will naturally result from a reduction in STR licenses, a large part of property value on IOP is the ability to offset the cost of a second home by short-term renting it,” Haack added. “Without the ability to short-term rent, a property is simply not worth as much to potential buyers.” Councilman Rusty Streetman concurred, adding that an island-wide cap at this point would tend to negatively affect property values for resale and “hurt our economy now and in the long run.” Regardless of whichever camp you agree with, the message from both sides is clear: Get out and make your vote count. A

6 NEWS I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS! Over the past four years together, we’ve accomplished a lot. With your VOTE on November 7th as your council member, I WILL continue making the right choices for property owners and our island. 843-543-2497 The Isle of Palms Marina store has been serving the Isle of Palms and surrounding communities since the 1980s. This beloved staple of island life on IOP has recently undergone a complete renovation, retaining the heart of its charm while incorporating a fresh, functional design and even a rebranding of its name — The Outpost Marina Market. “The marina store was long overdue for a renovation,” said Michael Shuler, marina operator. “After 40 years of salt air and heavy foot traffic, it was time.” Shuler grew up in Mount Pleasant and spent much of his formative years at the IOP Marina. “As a local, the (marina store) and the IOP Marina have always been a special place for me,” shared Shuler. “I am proud to be a good steward of a place that means so much to me.” The Outpost offers freshly prepared deli foods, along with boating essentials and souvenirs. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 25 in celebration of the newly renovated store. “The newly renovated space is fresh, clean, open and inviting,” Shuler described, “but remains very traditional in feel and design.” Inside The Outpost, customers can expect to find great local products, delicious food from the kitchen and a breathtaking view. “We are very proud to support local brands,” Shuler said. “So folks will see all kinds of exciting new local merchandise, from Cordina Eyewear to Free Fly, and many more. The kitchen at The Outpost is also putting out incredible food to enjoy on our beautifully renovated waterfront deck.” Parking has been dramatically improved in the process, with abundant spaces available and a boat launch for IOP residents. Daily parking in the lot is free for IOP residents with decals. Pay-to-park spaces are also available for non-residents, in addition to free 30-minute parking for a quick run into the store to grab the essentials. While the marina store may look different on the outside, the people inside offer the same Southern hospitality that have made it so important to the community over the years. “Miss Mary and Chef Mark, most notably, have been fixtures at IOP Marina store makeover complete; meet The Outpost By Heather Rose Artushin the marina store for many years, and we are very thankful that they remain with us today, and hopefully for many more years to come,” expressed Shuler. “The reopening of the IOP Marina store is a thoughtful improvement to a very important fixture of the Isle of Palms community that will serve its residents and visitors for many more years to come,” said Shuler. “We hope the marina can continue to be a community gathering place and a hub for the community, young and old, for many years to come.” The Outpost, located at 50 41st Ave., is open Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The kitchen closes at 3 p.m. Photo Provided

7 OPINION 843.532.3010 CALL ANDREA ROGERS SOUTHERN PROFESSIONALISM A way of life, The way to be Stunning 5 acre Horse Farm In the Heart of Mount Pleasant The thoughtfully designed, custom-built horse farm sits between Oyster Point and Liberty Hill Farm off Rifle Range Rd. Less than 10 minutes to Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island. There is nothing like this in Mount Pleasant! The farm features a beautiful 1 bedroom/2 full bath, 1000 sqft caretaker’s cottage; 2752 sqft custom barn with five stalls; 180’ X 150’ riding arena with professional-grade GGT (German Geo Textile); five impeccably maintained, rotated pastures with large run-ins and two chicken coops. There is a beautifully renovated 3 bed, 2.5 bath elevated home adjacent to the farm that is also available. he Isle of Palms Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 2022 as a connection point for the Isle of Palms business community. Our vision is to foster an environment where all of our local communities — visitors, residents and business owners — can thrive. Above all, we’re here to support and uplift our neighbors, the true heart and soul of the Isle of Palms. We serve the citizens, all residents and visitors. The IOP Chamber does not take a stance in either a “yes” or “no” for the short-term rental cap vote in November. Based on our extensive research, community feedback and facts surrounding this topic, we do feel obligated to share some of our findings: Make an informed vote on short-term rental cap By Rod Turnage Vice president, IOP Chamber of Commerce • Folly Beach voted on Feb. 7, 2023, to cap short-term rental licenses. Since this time, the Multiple Listing Service shows that the average sale price on Folly has fallen nearly 30% within six months. To put this in perspective, the average sale price on IOP for June 2023 was $2.7 million. A “yes” vote to short-term caps would put this average property in jeopardy of being valued at $1.89 million before May 2024. Sullivan’s Island continues to tackle livability issues like litter, parking and noise. Plus, they have no recreation department and rely heavily on Isle of Palms for police and fire department assists. SI had a total of 915 housing units and only 8%, or 80 units, were licensed. Folly, on the other hand, has 2,890 housing units with 41%, or 1,180 STR licenses. Today, Isle of Palms has 3,106 homes with 866 licenses (28%), and 1,334 multi-family, commercial and condominium units with 920 licenses (69%). • In the latest from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors for August 2023, the Folly Beach property value numbers are: Average sale price: -30.78%; Average sale price YTD: -30.94%; Median Sale Price: -40.50% and Median Sale Price YTD -30.26%. • Under the proposed STR referendum, a “yes” vote would make it difficult for a family to pass their home from one generation to another and for those family members to be able to use it as a vacation home with rental income. • STR caps could eventually lead to increased taxes for all. Today, the City of Isle of Palms budget is over $14 million a year, of which nearly $10 million is a direct result of tourism. These funds are allocated to police, fire, public works, recreation and beach management. • The current “referendum” and caps cast a net over ALL properties on Isle of Palms by not allowing for the commercial properties, condominiums and multi-family units to be excluded from caps. Does capping these properties enhance the neighborhoods we all live in? T The Isle of Palms Chamber supports regulated growth, and protecting our residential areas through compliance, enforcement and zoning. In short, the decision will be made by the full-time island residents and not our business community or part-time residents. Our hope is that everyone will stay informed and consider the impact on your family and the future of Isle of Palms. We love IOP!

8 NEWS Q:What is the main reason(s) you are seeking (re)election to IOP City Council? Tim Ahmuty: No response. Elizabeth Campsen: No response. Ashley Carroll: I decided to run out of great love for Isle of Palms and I want to protect its true character which makes it such a special place to live, raise a family or retire. As I raise my kids, I realize the significance of the mantra, “it takes a village.” And for me, the village here on Isle of Palms deserves representation and clear-minded advocacy based on facts. I also felt I could offer a unique insight into the world of STRLs (short-term rentals). I believe in reasonable regulations that balance the tourism industry and keep the residential charm that is the bedrock of Isle of Palms’ identity. Market caps will not solve the underlying concerns of the community; smarter solutions should be implemented first, such as strong rules, proper enforcement and other proactive actions, which would have an instant impact on quality of life. The income generated from STRs help subsidize our lifestyle and thus, keep our property taxes low. If those two economic elements changed, the life we know and love here could become something no one wants. I would support a cap if it simply applied to single-family homes. This would be a rational solution that accomplishes what residents want: protection for residential neighborhoods. Brian Duffy: No response. Scott Pierce: No response. Kevin Popson: I am in the land development and home building business, and I’m running again for the same reason I ran four years ago – I thought I could help with some of the island’s issues we were facing at the time – such as drainage, rebuilding of the public safety building, renovations at the marina. Drainage work continues. We are considering renovating city hall. We need to rebuild the public dock and our green space park. Another important reason I am running is to help protect our property rights and keep our taxes low. One of the biggest and most divisive issues we have here right now that I can help with is whether or not the number of short-term rental licenses should be limited across the entire island. While this issue is set to be decided in a referendum vote on Nov. 7 as part of our city council elections, I do not favor an across-the-board cap on short-term rentals. I believe such a measure does not protect our property rights or our tradition of low taxation. The short-term rentals have allowed us to keep our taxes low. And if our tax money from STRLs is taken away, it will have to be made up in some other way, and higher taxes is the most definite possibility, but one that I hope we don’t have to face. Rusty Streetman: During my first term, our council accomplished many things, but there’s still much to do. Public safety is a chief concern. At the height of the island tourist season, which happens in the summer months, visitors outnumber residents by a ratio of more than 4:1 – with as many as 20,000 on some days. While visitors are always welcome, too many can put a strain on resources if not properly handled. To this end, I favor more effective public parking, increased enforcement of traffic violators and improved partnerships with local agencies and municipalities to better manage traffic flow to and from the mainland. Plus, we must also continue to improve access to our beautiful island through effective compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure everyone can enjoy our beaches and public accommodations. Jimmy Ward: I want the island to continue as a model of fiscal responsibility. The Isle of Palms is in great financial shape, and I hope to use my skills as a CPA to continue to monitor and provide helpful suggestions to keep the city budget in top-notch shape. Q: What priorities would you focus on during your new term of office if (re) elected? Tim Ahmuty: No response. Elizabeth Campsen: No response. Ashley Carroll: Proper enforcement of our livability ordinances should be addressed. I would look at the possible need to amend current city ordinances that could be more clearly defined or updated. This would also include researching the latest technology to aid our officers on patrol, such as being equipped with decibel readers. If appropriately and reasonably used, they can be a great tool to ensure fair and sensible enforcement. Brian Duffy: No response. Scott Pierce: No response. Kevin Popson: I would continue to fight against any type of cap on short-term rentals. I would continue to keep fighting to keep our taxes low. And I would continue to support drainage, recreation center and marina improvements. Along with supporting our marina tenants and all of our island businesses. Rusty Streetman: Going forward into 2024, there are a number of island concerns for council members to address and/or complete, such as: • Our comprehensive drainage plan to handle stormwater issues • Traffic and parking solutions • Cleaner beaches and waterways • Effectively managing short-term rentals • Preserving residential quality of life • More effective enforcement of our livability issues • Protecting “our right” to govern through Home Rule • Conservation in many forms, including efforts to control beach erosion • Further protection of endangered species, primarily our sea turtles, which have been part of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources endangered species program since 2007. To this end, an Island Turtle Team patrols our beaches to check for turtle tracks and monitor nests, and we try to watch for and transport wounded turtles to the South Carolina Aquarium (Sea Turtle Care Center) for treatment and recovery. And I would also continue to represent all residents in an independent manner to handle many current and future issues tied to island progress, continuity and visitor attraction. Our city council has been addressing these priorities and we’ve accomplished major improvements with many of them. But there’s still work to be done to continue to improve our residential quality of life issues. Jimmy Ward: Island drainage and The Isle of Palms will hold an election for city council on Nov. 7. A total of eight candidates — four incumbents and four challengers — are seeking re-election and election to four available seats. Below is a Question & Answer with participants listed in alphabetical order. All candidates received this Q&A in a timely fashion. Not all candidates chose to respond. QUESTION & ANSWER Continued on Page 9 From Page 3

lic works team keeps us clean and looks at all the programs/functions offered at our rec center. We have a great community, and going forward, I would hope that our entire council will continue doing everything possible to keep it that way. Rusty Streetman: With all of the island’s current issues, and others pending in 2024, effective collaboration between council members and between both members and all IOP residents might be the most important change needed. I pledge to promote and improve civility and teamwork if re-elected, and more involvement collaboratively with all residents of the island, including regular community meetings. Our residents are an unlimited source of great ideas, and we need to encourage more feedback and input from them. Through this approach, I think we can make IOP an even better place for residents and visitors alike. Jimmy Ward: The city will need a stronger presence in the South Carolina State House in regard to Home Rule. I want us to be able to use more island tax revenue for capital projects, such as beach path walkways and sidewalks. The Charleston Visitors Bureau, for example, receives more than $1 million each year of the city's A-Tax funds, and I am in favor of putting other options on the table for consideration. We have plenty of tourists, so we don't need to spend more money on advertising. We hired professional lobbyists a couple of years ago to 9 NEWS mainland bus service are two focuses that council will have to continue to address. The city began a long-term project in 2017 to improve stormwater and tidal drainage across the entire island. And while work has progressed up to Phase 3, and now includes a master plan for Phase 4 to eliminate standing water in residential neighborhoods and other key areas, I will work, if re-elected, to see that all drainage phases are finished. As for bus service, IOP visitors often outnumber residents by a wide margin, especially in the summer tourist season. Their daily influx can create strains on island resources, traffic flow and the ability of the city to handle them smoothly. I want the city to continue to partner with the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority to provide expanded bus service to the island from Mount Pleasant. And I am a strong proponent of keeping the 2015 parking plan in place to keep day visitor traffic at a minimum in our neighborhoods. Q: If (re)elected, what changes would you strive to make in the community? Tim Ahmuty: No response. Elizabeth Campsen: No response. Ashley Carroll: IOP currently pays in more than $1 million of its accommodations tax money to the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. I believe that there is plenty of money already spent to promote tourism to our area and I’d like to lobby for a potential cap of the total amount we contribute each year. Additional funds could be used for infrastructure improvements such as to our public beach paths and our recreation center. I’d also like to employ an urban planner to study improvements for bike and golf cart paths. Furthermore, we have a 4-acre, at-large gravel parking lot in the middle of the front beach district. I believe there is opportunity here for innovative and environmentally-conscientious development that would be a great asset for IOP residents and visitors to enjoy. For me, the possibilities are plentiful and it’s all about wanting to make a great community even greater, and if elected, that’s what I plan to do. Brian Duffy: No response. Scott Pierce: No response. Kevin Popson: In my opinion, I don’t see where we need to make any changes at this time. I believe the island is in great shape. A lot has been accomplished over the last four years. We fought through COVID. We rebuilt the public safety building. We completely enhanced our marina and have two new tenants with better leases. We’ve made improvements to our rec center. We’ve made huge strides with drainage projects. Our city finances are in great shape. We are blessed with an excellent, hard-working and dedicated city staff. Our two chiefs, along with their teams, are keeping us safe. Our pubwork on our behalf, and this has been good for the city. I will work to keep this relationship strong and beneficial for the residents. As for additional city assets, I am the creator of the "Spirit of the Island" award recognizing individuals and/ or groups who have given extraordinary volunteer service to the island. I am also the founder and president of the Crabpot Players Theater Company. We have been presenting live plays on Isle of Palms and East Cooper for 30 years. So if re-elected, I will work toward improving our island’s livability in all these areas. We, as council members, have a duty to be good stewards of all the city’s assets. The Isle of Palms City Council election is slated to take place on Nov. 7. For more information on how to vote, visit municipal-elections. Editor’s Note: Candidates Tim Ahmuty, Elizabeth Campsen, Brian Duffy and Scott Pierce were contacted and unavailable to respond prior to the article’s publication. From Page 8

ance is a testament to our commitment to making the Isle of Palms a place to live or visit and an experience to cherish. It’s about creating memories and ensuring that every resident and visitor feels the heart of our community. To culminate, I’d like to share our motto – “Connect Community.” It’s a simple yet profound reminder of the three pillars that form the bedrock of our island: the residential community, the business community and the tourism community. The prosperity and vibrancy of the Isle of Palms hinges on the seamless synergy of these three communities. Only when they come together, understanding and supporting each other, can we truly realize the potential of our beloved island. Together, we write the future of Isle of Palms, and I am both honored and excited to be part of this journey alongside each one of you. Warm regards, Ryan Buckhannon President, IOP Chamber of Commerce Chamber Notes: Light Up Front Beach campaign sets Ocean Boulevard aglow By Ryan Buckhannon President, IOP Chamber of Commerce Greetings, fellow Islanders! As we launch this inaugural ed tion of Island Vibes newspaper, reflecting on our journey and introducing the Isle of Palms Chamber of Commerce to newcomers and long-time residents feels fitting. Officially chartered in 2022, our chamber rapidly became the nexus of collaboration for the island’s vibrant business ecosystem. Our mission at the chamber is clear and heartfelt. We aspire to be the bridge that links the island’s business community — uniting them as professional partners, champions and friends. But it isn’t just about business transactions; it’s about creating trust, support and unity transactions. Our vision for this beautiful island is uncomplicated: to foster a nurturing environment where every community member, whether a visitor, resident or business owner, can genuinely thrive. The heart and soul of our beloved Isle of Palms is its people. It is our privilege and responsibility to support and uplift every individual who calls this place home or chooses it as their vacation paradise. I’m elated to share that our chamber’s outreach is expanding exponentially. Our social media platforms are witnessing impressive monthly growth, showcasing the unique offerings of the Isle of Palms: its pristine beaches, bustling commercial district, spectacular restaurants and so much more. These digital showcases highlight not only our island’s beauty but also our local entrepreneurs’ dedication and hard work. Our monthly meetings have become a beacon of information and inspiration. With various guest speakers from diverse backgrounds, attendees are often left moved, motivated and sometimes both. These sessions underline the core values we champion — learning from each other’s journeys, growing as a community and always being there for one another. One of our recent noteworthy achievements is the “Light up Front Beach” initiative. As you stroll down Ocean Boulevard today, the enchanting café-style lights hanging overhead create an atmosphere of warmth and invitation. This ambi10 BUSINESS Isabella Wilkinson 843-343-7729 ISABELLA@CARROLLREALTYINC.COM Michael Carroll 843-478-4944 John Beall 843-469-2909 Matt DeAntonio 843-532-6288 Winslow Carroll 843-460-7681 Bob Rosene 843-607-9429 Jimmy Carroll 843-452-1200 Deep Island Roots, Three Generations of Knowledge Selling where we LOVE Living Isle Of Palms 843-886-9600 • BROKER IN CHARGE Photo Provided

upcoming events. Check our website,, for any changes or updates to events. Thank you for the opportunity to serve! See you around the island. Phillip Pounds, Mayor IOP 843-252-5359 community enrichment on a continuous basis. All collected data and insights will be used to outline recommendations for an ongoing plan that will create improvements that foster livability, sustainability and responsible economic development. Please stay tuned as more updates on the project are forthcoming. Don’t forget about some great 11 Mayor’s Message: Community Enrichment Plan survey to seek resident feedback By Philip Pounds Mayor, Isle of Palms all can’t get here fast enough after the heat we’ve had this summer! I love the fall time of year on our island – cool enough to enjoy all outside activities with just a light extra layer. Soon we'll be kicking off an exciting project. We are calling this our Community Enrichment Plan. Improving quality of life for residents is one of the main priorities anchoring the city’s Strategic Plan. Residents’ quality of life also plays a significant role in tourism’s success, and it is critical to the community's overall well-being. The end result will be a plan, with tactical initiatives, to enhance the quality of life and overall experience for all who live, work and play on the island. In collaboration with Explore Charleston, the College of Charleston and The McNair Group, the city is pursuing the development of a plan using residents’ voices as the main driver of the process. The travel and hospitality industry are vital to the island's identity and economy. The city aims to maintain an equilibrium of residents’ quality of life and tourism for the longevity and prosperity of Isle of Palms. Substantial community input and data will be collected to guide the city on how to productively deal with the complexities and challenges of regional population growth while ensuring Isle of Palms thrives as the most sustainable, family-friendly beach community in South Carolina. Data will be collected through surveys, focus groups and listening sessions. The first step in the process is to gather as much information as possible from the community. A survey will be available this fall to gather feedback. Residents, business owners and visitors are encouraged to make note of how the city can improve from a residential and tourism standpoint. The second step is to form a working group comprised of various community members, including residents, business owners, city leadership and tourism experts. The committee will be responsible for developing recommendations to address livability and tourism management and facilitate F • OCT. 6 Community Wellness Fair 7-11 a.m. at IOP Rec Center • OCT. 7 IOP Connector Run 8 a.m. • OCT. 19 Farmers Market 4-7 p.m. at IOP Rec Center • OCT. 20 Ghostly Tide Tales 6-7 p.m. Front Beach • OCT. 27 Coffee with the Mayor 9-10 a.m. at TBD • OCT. 27 Halloween Festival and Golf Cart Parade 4-6 p.m. at IOP Rec Center UPCOMING CITY EVENTS CIVICS • Just the facts • Complete transparency • A trusted resource Digitally available at For distribution or marketing information, contact • Distributing positive vibes island-wide Digitally available at Photo Provided

CRIME Illegal gun An 18-year-old male from Charleston was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a pistol on Sept. 1. Larceny/theft • A 26-year-old Isle of Palms man was charged with malicious injury to property on Sept. 1. • An 18-year-old male from Mount Pleasant was charged with larceny and breach of trust on Sept. 4. • A 43-year-old male from Ladson was arrested for charges of larceny on Sept. 6. • A juvenile offender was arrested for theft of motor vehicle parts on Sept. 11. • Isle of Palms police arrested a juvenile offender on charges of stolen property on Sept. 13. Stalking A 39-year-old male from Mount Pleasant was arrested for stalking/harassment and issued a trespass notice on Sept. 12. Drug violation A 19-year-old Goose Creek man was arrested for multiple violations including a drug/narcotic violation, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and speeding on Sept. 13. Alcohol violations The Isle of Palms Police Department arrested six people for DUI offenses between Sept. 1-13. Two of the arrests also included charges of an open container and an expired tag. POLICE BLOTTER By Colin McCandless The following incidents were taken from the Isle of Palms Police Department media log reports between Sept. 1-13, 2023. 12

ENVIRONMENT 13 he Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew uses volunteer power to keep the island’s coast clean. By collecting coastal waste, the group and its volunteers protect natural ecosystems and public health. In partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium, the IOP Cleanup Crew documents litter to track and mitigate the ongoing ocean pollution crisis. Top litter items include: cigarettes and filters and paper; cardboard and plastic items such as food wrappers and caps, lids, straws and straw wrappers. “We try to create a fun and flexible setup that works for everyone, whether you join us once or take part on a regular basis,” said IOP Cleanup Crew Co-Founder Susan Hill Smith. “Every volunteer is making a difference and helping us tackle the litter issue as a ‘citizen scientist,’ with our data being included in the South Carolina Aquarium’s Litter Journal.” During the summer, the Cleanup Crew meets on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Heading into fall and winter, the group will scale back its efforts to once-a-month on Monday evening sweeps. The next of which is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Cleanup Crew provides volunteers of all ages with reusable buckets, bags, gloves, clipboards and pencils as well as litter grabbers, as needed. Volunteers can obtain a vehicle magnet that allows for free parking in the city’s lots off Pavilion Drive for subsequent litter sweeps. The check-in location for sweeps is at the beach walkover on the 1100 block of Ocean Boulevard. Volunteers can find the Cleanup Crew’s nook between the city building with the Isle of Palms postcard mural and the outdoor showers next to Coconut Joe’s. Organizers ask volunteers to collect litter for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, they encourage volunteers to IOP Cleanup Crew to host holiday-themed beach sweeps By Isabel Alvarez Arata T enjoy discounts at participating island restaurants including: The Windjammer, Smugglers, Lawrence’s Seafood Company, Coconut Joe’s, The Boathouse for dinner as well as Sea Biscuit Café, Café Paname and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen for breakfast. Anyone who has helped with at least two litter sweeps receives a Cleanup Crew t-shirt made from sustainable materials including recycled plastic. Looking ahead to the latter part of 2023 and 2024, the Cleanup Crew’s organizers are planning special holiday-themed litter sweeps for December and February. In March, the crew will shift their schedule again to every other Monday night and include special spring welcome sessions that give an overview of the group’s mission. No advanced registration is required to participate in litter sweeps. However, large groups are encouraged to contact Smith at susanhillsmith@ to provide group affiliation and an estimated headcount. More information about the Cleanup Crew can be found on social media at Their education-driven content focuses on topics including area-specific marine species and ways to protect the coast while enjoying it. Photo Provided

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FEATURE space in their beautiful setting near the beach. The recreation center’s offerings include sports such as basketball, tennis and the highly popular pickleball. The new regulation-size basketball courts are a hit with kids after school. They have added free beach yoga on Tuesday mornings and beach walks on Thursday mornings as well. Ferrell said the most rewarding part of working with the department and taking on this STRICTLY RECREATIONAL New IOP Rec. Director emphasizes community-minded approach By Colin McCandless ot everyone is fortunate enough to know what career they want from an early age, but new Isle of Palms Recreation Director Karrie Ferrell has always had a passion for recreation. In high school she worked at a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground and, as she puts it, “just kept going from there.” The Virginia native earned her degree in parks and recreation from Marshall University and, after college, moved to the Charleston area in 2002 to work for the IOP Recreation Department. Two decades later, Ferrell is still with the recreation center…except now she is running it. While Ferrell’s job environment has stayed the same over the past 20 years at 28th Avenue — just a couple blocks from the beach — her roles and responsibilities evolved while she moved up the recreation ranks. Ferrell began her career part-time as a camp counselor and later a scorekeeper before being brought on full-time in 2004. She has served as an athletic supervisor, assistant director and was also involved in the programming aspect of the facility. Following former director Norma Jean Page’s retirement in October 2022 and a months-long interview process, the department hired Ferrell as recreation director in January. She served under Page N for most of her predecessor’s 25year tenure as director. “Norma Jean was a very strong leader, very friendly,” Ferrell said. Some of the most important things Ferrell learned from Page that she hopes to continue include providing a high level of customer service, keeping work fun for the staff and creating a family-like environment so employees want to come to work. The recreation center’s staff is small—only seven full-time employees—so “teamwork is huge for us,” she noted. Ferrell’s vision for the department’s future entails striving to “keep this very community-minded and focused” and getting “all age groups out here and active in the community.” The two new designated pickleball courts added to the facility in April furthered Ferrell’s objective as expanding outdoor recreation will be a key component in attaining these goals. “Hopefully we’ll get some outdoor fitness equipment in the future,” Ferrell added. Most feedback Ferrell receives from the community relates to being able to enjoy the outdoor new position are the “community and relationships that I’ve made over the years.” Some of the children she worked with as a camp counselor years ago now have their own families that they take to the center. “To have that relationship and that camaraderie in the community, I think is really important,” Ferrell remarked. “That’s one of the main reasons that I’m still here in this community. It’s really about the people.” 16 Isle of Palms Recreation Director, Karrie Ferrell. Photo Provided

17 A big ‘dill’ Pickleball exploding in popularity on the island By Colin McCandless ickleball mania has been sweeping the nation these past few years and Isle of Palms is caught up in the craze. One of the fastest growing sports in the country, this hybrid paddle game combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong into a fun, addicting competition. While pickleball has a professional player circuit with national tournaments and prize money, most people enjoy it as a recreational and social activity. It’s easy to learn the rules and fun to play and it’s less physically demanding than tennis, making it suitable for all ages and fitness levels. All you need is a paddle, a plastic ball and a badminton-size court to start a match. Like tennis, it can be played in a singles or doubles format. Games are played to 11 points and you must win by two. In response to increasing demand on Isle of Palms, the IOP Recreation Center recently added two new designated outdoor pickleball courts to its recreation center offerings, which opened to the public in early April. There are also two lined multi-purpose courts shared with tennis for which pickleball nets are provided. Prior to the designated pickleball courts, the recreation center balanced programming for both tennis and pickleball daily between their various lessons and leagues, according to IOP Recreation Director Karrie Ferrell. “It just — exploded so fast,” said Ferrell of pickleball’s surging popularity. The center’s pickleball courts are all first-come, first-served and players must provide their own paddles and balls. They also offer pickleball lessons for beginner and intermediate levels throughout the year. The lessons are typically two weeks long and meet twice a week. Additionally, just over a year ago the recreation center started a social pickleball league to give players the opportunity to register for open play. Ferrell said she appreciates the social aspect of open play, which welcomes all skill levels to come play and meet new people. Their pickleball courts are a major draw these days, whether from residents or the steady influx of island visitors. “They’re busy,” commented Ferrell. “There’s a group out here every day.” If you’re looking to try the sport and need equipment, Holy City Tennis in Mount Pleasant carries pickleball paddles, balls and shoes and you can order nets through them as well. PUBLIC PLACES TO PLAY PICKLEBALL Isle of Palms Recreation Center Number of courts: 4 (2 designated pickleball courts, 2 shared use with tennis, nets provided) Hartnett Boulevard and 28th Avenue 843-886-8294 Wild Dunes Resort Tennis Center Number of courts: 4 General pickleball clinics open to public, fee-based membership for open play 5757 Palm Blvd Pro shop: 843-886-2113 P FEATURE Photo Provided.