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March 2012

D i g e s t The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association

What West Beach Revitalization Can Do for You Revitalization Project

To do its part in addressing the needs of West Beach and to model what can be done in all aging areas of Kiawah, the KICA board and staff have committed to a comprehensive project to improve streetscapes and entries to neighborhoods, including landscaping, signage, lighting and trails. The association has budgeted $85,000 in 2012 for enhanced landscaping along Kiawah Beach Drive to the Straw Market and around key intersections within the west beach core area (see the project details on Page 2). It has determined to step up covenant compliance efforts. It is coordinating an effort to encourage all land-owning entities and individuals in West Beach to join the project. In addition to improving Kiawah’s gateway, the project will benefit the rest of Kiawah by helping to boost property values.

Kiawah’s Gateway

West Beach is the gateway to Kiawah. It needs a “wow factor” to create a positive first impression for visitors, provide homeowners with the beauty they appreciate in their daily surroundings, and reassure those returning after an absence that their investment is secure. However, West Beach is the oldest part of the island and has experienced overgrown or inadequately maintained landscaping, deficient covenant compliance, and aging exteriors of some homes, cottages and villas, as well as the demise of the Kiawah Inn and the diminished role of the Straw Market in community life.

What Creates Value

Permar Associates, headed by Kiawah’s Mark and Diana Permar, surveyed owners in a wide range of coastal golf communities in the Southeast and Diana created a list of factors that create value in a community: • A lasting clear vision for the community, • Natural beauty and efforts to preserve it, • Financial stability, • Safety and security, • Maintaining a high quality of landscaping and facilities once the community is no longer new, • Quality of development—infrastructure, amenities and architectural control, • Quality of programs and services to facilitate the social infrastructure, and • Ongoing marketing and communications efforts. Kiawah scores well on these measures and the West Beach revitalization project is designed to ensure that the island continues to do so.

The Fairway Oaks Story

Fairway Oaks provides evidence that those who improve and maintain their properties will ultimately be rewarded. Every five years, the Fairway Oaks regime replaces rotten windows and wood and restains the building exteriors. In 2008-09, owners agreed to spend $8,000 each on a $600,000 beautification project, which included new leisure paths, roofs, low-voltage lighting, landscaping, and tree trimming. According to Lewis Driskell of Kiawah Island Real Estate, who tracks sales data, Fairway Oaks is now outselling villas in the rest of West Beach. In the three years 2009-2011, 11 of 17, or 65%, of the twoand three-bedroom villas sold in West Beach were in Fairway Oaks. “Where are buyers buying?” Lewis remarked. “In the communities that are most attractive, and that they believe offer the best longterm value, both in terms of resale and rentals. Since the renovations and beautification of Fairway Oaks, that is the only West Beach community continuing to yield sales year after year.”

West Beach Sales Prices

Kiawah’s average home sales prices are enviably high, the highest in the southeastern US except for Sea Island, Georgia, according to Diana Permar. However, a disparity currently exists between prices realized in West Beach and the rest of the island. The average selling prices of lots and residences in West Beach, both single family and in regimes, tend to be lower than those on the rest of the island. A comparison of aggregate sales prices 2000-2004 and 2005-2011 by Permar Associates shows that the gap has increased since the closing of the inn, particularly for lots and for non-ocean-front villas. The Permar statistics show that average closing prices since 2005 for lots and for single family homes are more than 1/3 lower in West Beach than on the rest of Kiawah.

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West Beach Revitalization

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A number of factors could account for the discrepancy. Single family homes east of West Beach are usually newer and larger, with more features, and architectural style has changed since the 1980s. Lots, although not affected by aging of the structures, tend to be larger east of West Beach. The Kiawah Island Inn closed in 2004, but demolition dragged on until this past year. The closing of the inn and development of Freshfields reduced the viability of the Straw Market, a gathering place for the West Beach community.

top of the national real estate market. As the resort’s two new pools in West Beach are completed, more regimes undertake improvement projects, the community association invests money in the area to build up infrastructure and improve appearances, and the PGA focuses national and international attention on all of Kiawah, West Beach homeowners can expect to see stronger sales volume and prices, and that trend will benefit all Kiawah homeowners.

West Beach...

The goal for the future is that all owners—KICA, the developer, the resort, the regimes and individual owners—maintain and improve their properties in order to keep Kiawah special and remain at the

West Beach Demonstration Project Underway The KICA board has identified the need for a revitalization of the West Beach area that will exhibit the potential for positive change for both individual and neighborhood improvements. This is a phased improvement strategy, over several years, which will include enhancement of landscape, graphics, lighting and the trail system in the West Beach area. To kickoff this revitalization, the area along Kiawah Beach Drive, from the Kiawah Island Parkway to the Straw Market, will be used as a demonstration project. This area, in addition to four key intersections, will receive improvements to give members an idea of the board’s vision for the area. The four intersections to be improved include the Shipwatch Road cul-de-sac, the entrance to Sparrow Road, the entrance to Duneside Road, and Kiawah Beach Drive at the entrance to Greenslake Cottages. As an example of the work to be done as part of the demonstration project: On Kiawah Beach Drive, from Kiawah Island Parkway to the Straw Market, the tree canopy has become overgrown, preventing the

Kiawah Island’s gateway beachfront community in a beautiful maritime forest....

entry of sunlight, resulting in the loss of understory vegetation. Renovations will include the removal of diseased ...a place for family trees or less desirable species, which will and friends to connect. permit other trees to flourish. Selective pruning and landscape changes will also occur to open views. Native plants and grasses will be utilized in the project area, which will ultimately reduce or end the need for irrigation. This specific project area was chosen to increase exposure to all KICA members passing by the entrance to West Beach Village as well as key areas within the inner neighborhoods of the core area. The project is intended to stand on its own merit as well as serve as a catalyst for change.  For more information on West Beach: Looking to the Future, visit www.kica. us (About/Task Forces/West Beach) and read the above article.

Kiawah Beach Drive - Before Proposed Changes

Kiawah Beach Drive - Rendering showing example of proposed changes including understory restoration and addition of native plants.

This rough sketch displays the areas where work will be done for the project.


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The association, through its Digest reporters, shall endeavor to report objectively and wholly the significant island news relating to the association and its members. The association welcomes members’ suggestions on issues they deem significant for publication or discussion, and will publish editorials, identified as such, where there is a need to clarify, expand, or express views and opinions on relevant issues. To submit an editorial, write to Digest care of Doug Reynolds or email to doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Glenn Brown to Chair 2012 KICA Finance Committee A KICA member since 1980 and full-time resident since 2002, Glenn Brown looks forward to a busy year as chair of the KICA Finance Committee. “The primary objective of this group is to support KICA’s strategic mission and vision by advising and supporting the Business Plan, specifically working to maintain and improve KICA's financial condition. We do this by assisting in the implementation of financial goals and objectives, by assessing and advising on annual budgets prepared by staff, and by developing appropriate financial standards to ensure proper management of the association's funds. The committee consists of 10-15 members each serving a one-year term. This is a strong group with expertise in securities (bonds, equities, treasuries, etc.), banking, public accounting, corporate and municipal financial management and financial planning. We look forward to a challenging and productive year.” Brown brings a great mix of education, professional and community experience to his new role. He holds a bachelor's degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), as well as a Master in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, from the Simon School, University of Rochester. His professional career included leadership roles in finance and marketing at Eastman Kodak Company, Rand Incentive Marketing and BBDO. Public sector experience includes eight years as Deputy Mayor and CFO of Pittsford, NY as well as various environmental and architectural review boards.  On Kiawah, Glenn has served on the KICA Finance Committee for seven years and as president of Turtle Point 1 regime.  He also serves as fundraiser for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and volunteers for the Kiawah Conservancy. He remains active with his alma mater, RPI, as vice president of the Alumni Board of Trustees and chairman of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering. At his second home in Ludlow, Vermont, he is treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Lake Rescue Association Foundation, and in Troy, New York, is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Approach and Beyond, a historic preservation foundation. A little known fact about Glenn: You will sometimes find him as the guest pianist for designer show houses and house tours sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League or appearing as “the piano man” at the Kiawah Island Club and other venues. Glenn and his wife, Joan Collar, met on Kiawah after losing their spouses to cancer. Their five children and seven grandchildren live around the world from California to Germany, but enjoy their time on Kiawah. “Kiawah attracted me as the most beautiful and environmentally conscious resort community I had ever seen. The flora and fauna and, yes, the people of Kiawah are part of a very special community,” says Brown. Finance Committee meetings are regularly held on the third Tuesday of each month with special meetings held as needed.  Deborah Retalis, KICA controller, serves as vice chair of the committee.  Meetings are open and questions for the committee may be emailed to deborah.retalis@kica.us. Article contributed by Digest Member Volunteer Deb Stewart.

KICA Chief Operating Officer Search: Progress Report Last month the board engaged the executive recruiting firm Kopplin and Keubler to conduct the search for the association’s next chief operating officer. The firm has extensive experience recruiting top executives for a variety of companies including community associations and clubs, as well as an understanding of membership, board and committee dynamics. Partner Kurt Keubler has surveyed Kiawah directors, staff and search committee members to create a profile of the ideal COO, and is interviewing potential candidates to narrow the field. Once finalists are selected, Kopplin and Keubler will do a thorough background check and help conduct in-depth on-sight interviews with the candidates. After the chosen COO begins work, the firm will provide follow-up services to ease the transition and strengthen relationships between the COO and the staff and board. Article contributed by Digest Feature Reporter Sue Schaffer.


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Annual Meeting Just Days Away The 2012 KICA Annual Meeting is being held on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Turtle Point Clubhouse ballroom. For those not voting by absentee ballot, voting registration will begin at 1 p.m. and run through 1:50 p.m. For more information on the meeting details, the two candidates applying for the two open seats on the KICA Board of Directors, and the KICA Year-In-Review, visit www.kica.us (Events/Annual Meeting).

Voting Options

Don’t forget to submit your vote for the Annual Meeting by March 7 at 5 p.m. Members may vote in one of three ways: • Submit your signed and completed ballot in the postage paid return envelope that was included in your annual meeting packet. Note: If you did not receive a return envelope please e-mail your name and mailing address to kicaadmin@kica.us and one will be mailed to you. • Mail your signed and completed ballot to: Master of Public Administration Program Attn: KICA Ballot College of Charleston 66 George Street Charleston, SC 29401-9825 • You can also vote online at www.kica.us/voteonline2012. Simply login using the sign-in name and password printed on your ballot. Whether by mail or online, submit your vote by 5 p.m. on March 7 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $500 refund on your 2012 assessment!

Amenities and Services Task Force Pushes Forward The Amenities and Services Task Force met in January to review the work of its four subcommittees. Complete minutes are posted to the KICA website, www.kica.us (About/Task Forces/Amenities and Services). Demographics and Financial Condition has gathered demographic data and studied the financial condition of the association. KICA is in good condition financially, although budgets are tight, and revenue sources that depend on growth have decreased while expenses continue to increase. Expenses are driven by personnel costs and infrastructure maintenance. The primary revenue sources are the annual assessment, annual increases to which are capped at 5%; and the 0.5% fee on real estate transactions (Contributions to Reserves), which has generated lower revenue for several years in proportion to reduced home sales volume and prices. These financial limitations are not intended to restrain the creativity of the full amenities committee, but the reality of funding future amenities needs to be considered. The work of this subcommittee is nearly completed. Facilities Use has surveyed all groups using the Sandcastle and other common facilities on Kiawah to learn about the suitability and availability of facilities and create a wish list for the future. Members have examined tracts of undeveloped land that KICA does not own as possible sites for future amenities. Staff prepared a report on Sandcastle use, including times the facility is at capacity, to demonstrate needs for additional space. The subcommittee is nearly finished with its work.

Like Communities is completing personal visits and phone interviews of approximately 16 other high-end communities. Members use a comprehensive questionnaire developed by the subcommittee. While every community surveyed is unique, each offers some ideas worthy of consideration for Kiawah. Interviewers have also gleaned ideas about areas outside the subcommittee’s purview, such as financing options, guest policies and security measures, which might be of interest to KICA board members and staff. The interviews are scheduled to be completed in March, after which the subcommittee will determine how to present its results in order to enable KICA members to assess how other communities are addressing the challenges of maintaining property values, improving quality of life, and attracting new owners to their communities. Communications is keeping KICA members informed about the task force’s progress through the KICA website and periodic Digest articles. Once the other subcommittees complete their work, Communications will determine the best ways to disseminate task force findings and solicit feedback and input from association members. As the Amenities and Services Task Force continues its work, members can view updates on its progress as well as more information on the task force itself at www.kica.us (About/Task Forces/Amenities and Services). If you have questions for the task force, email astf@kica.us. Article contributed by Digest Feature Reporter Sue Schaffer.


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March 2012

Community Calendar Your Island Event Planner

SANDCASTLE HOURS Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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6th Annual Friendship Cup

6th Annual Friendship Cup 2 p.m. Oyster Roast for Begin with Books (The Island House, JI)

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8 a.m. Photography Club 1 p.m. POPS Book Club 1:45 p.m. Member Comment Session 2 p.m. Board Meeting 3 p.m. Opera Lite 3 p.m. Environmental Committee

9 a.m. Art Guild Workshop 10 a.m. Charleston County Bookmobile 2 p.m. Town Council Meeting

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Daylight Savings Women’s Golf Getaway The National Pro-Am 1 p.m. Registration for Annual Meeting 2 p.m. KICA Annual Meeting (Turtle Point Clubhouse Ballroom) 7:30 p.m. Arts Council Event

The National Pro-Am 9 a.m. Photography Club 3 p.m. Opera Lite 7:30 p.m. Arts Council Event

The National Pro-Am 3:45 p.m. SCCC Meeting

The National Pro-Am 9:30 a.m. Art Guild 10 a.m. Communications Committee 10:15 a.m. Art & House Tour 5 p.m. Arts Council Piano Bar

The National Pro-Am

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4 p.m. Arts Council Event

10 a..m. Photography Club 4 p.m. Board of Zoning Appeals

10 a.m. Charleston County Bookmobile 3 p.m. Public Safety Committee

5 p.m. Arts Council Piano Bar

3 p.m. Our World Presents

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Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - POPS Bible Study Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - POPS Bridge Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - Intermediate Bridge Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - Advanced Bridge Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Women’s Community Bible Study

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Women’s Golf Getaway 2 p.m. Eyes and Ears Committee 3 p.m. Security Committee 3 p.m. Our World Presents

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Women’s Golf Getaway 3 p.m. Conservation Matters Event

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Women’s Golf Getaway

17 St. Patrick’s Day

12 - 4 p.m. Spring Kickoff

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7:30 p.m. Arts Council Event

9 a.m. Ways and Means Committee

Association Fitness Classes Offered

Recurring Events at the Sandcastle • • • • •

Saturday

6th Annual Friendship Cup Freshfields Spring Hours Begin 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bridge 3 p.m. Our World Presents 3 p.m. Arts Council Meeting

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9 a.m. KPOG Meeting 3 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting

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6th Annual Friendship Cup 4 p.m. Arts Council Event 5 p.m. POPS Progressive Dinner

10 a.m. Photography Club

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Thursday

• Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Ladies' Mah-Jongg • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Weight Watchers • Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - Advanced Beginners Italian • Thursdays, 1 p.m. - Italian Conversation

Yoga Zumba Strength and Stretch

Water Aerobics Body Sculpt Assorted Cardio Classes

**View class times and descriptions at www.kica.us (Facilities/Fitness Center). Please note that all fitness classes are complimentary to members.

- KICA Paddlesports Program - www.tidaltrailskiawah.com -

For more info on these events... Town of Kiawah Island 843-768-9166 www.kiawahisland.org

Freshfields Village 843-768-6491 www.freshfieldsvillage.com

Sandcastle 843-768-3875 www.kica.us/sandcastle.htm

Kiawah Island Golf Resort 843-768-2121 www.kiawahresort.com

* The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has several ongoing events. Please refer to their website for a full listing of events offered.

**If you have an event you would like included on the calendar, please e-mail doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please refer to the contact information listed below for the most up to date information on events.


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April 2012

Community Calendar Your Island Event Planner

SANDCASTLE HOURS Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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9 a.m. Photography Club 1 p.m. POPS Book Club 3 p.m. Environmental Committee

10 a.m. Charleston County Bookmobile 2 p.m. Town Council

9 a.m. KPOG Meeting 3 p.m. Planning Commission

9:30 a.m. Ladies Bridge 3 p.m. Arts Council Meeting

GOOD FRIDAY 4 p.m. Artist and Artisan Reception 6 p.m. Spring Concert: Plane Jane

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EASTER 9:30 a.m. Easter Service on the Green

9 a.m. Photography Club 7 p.m. St. John’s Fire District Commission

3:45 p.m. Sandcastle Community Center Committee

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2 p.m. Blues by the Sea

10 a.m. Photography Club 4 p.m. Board of Zoning Appeals

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10 a.m. Charleston County Bookmobile

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10 a.m. Photography Club

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Wednesday

9 a.m. Ways and Means Committee

9:30 a.m. Art Guild 10:15 a.m. Art and House Tour Committee

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3 p.m. Our World Presents 3 p.m. Security Committee

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1 p.m. Kiawah Island Art and House Tour 6 p.m. Spring Concert: Stan Gray and the Stingrays

10 a.m. Artist and Artisan Showcase 11 a.m. Easter Festival

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4 p.m. Celebrate Kiawah

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6:30 p.m. Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat Gala (Cassique)

1:30 p.m. Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat (Night Heron Park)

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3 p.m. Our World Presents

30 9 a.m. Photography Club

Association Fitness Classes Offered

Recurring Events at the Sandcastle • • • • •

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - POPS Bible Study Community Bible Study Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - POPS Bridge • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Ladies Mah-Jongg Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - Intermediate Bridge • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - Weight Watchers Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - Advanced Bridge • Thursdays, 1 p.m. - Italian Conversation Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Women's

Yoga Zumba Strength and Stretch

Water Aerobics Body Sculpt Assorted Cardio Classes

**View class times and descriptions at www.kica.us (Facilities/Fitness Center). Please note that all fitness classes are complimentary to members.

- KICA Paddlesports Program - www.tidaltrailskiawah.com -

For more info on these events... Town of Kiawah Island 843-768-9166 www.kiawahisland.org

Freshfields Village 843-768-6491 www.freshfieldsvillage.com

Sandcastle 843-768-3875 www.kica.us/sandcastle.htm

Kiawah Island Golf Resort 843-768-2121 www.kiawahresort.com

* The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has several ongoing events. Please refer to their website for a full listing of events offered.

**If you have an event you would like included on the calendar, please e-mail doug.reynolds@kica.us.

Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please refer to the contact information listed below for the most up to date information on events.


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Alligators: All You Need to Know

You’ve often heard the phrase “as old as Methuselah?” Well, alligators may be that old and then some. Over 150 million years back to the dinosaur age to be exact. According to Carrie Manson, KICA Lakes Management supervisor, the alligators here on Kiawah are the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Signs are posted on the ponds and lakes all over Kiawah labeled “DANGER ALLIGATOR.” Although we may not actually always see an alligator, they stay in or near the ponds and lakes so always be alert whenever you are nearby. Behavior You may wonder that if alligators are cold-blooded why do they like to spend so much time lying in the sun? Since alligators are cold-blooded, they actually need the sun to warm them so they have energy to move and digest food. That is why members may spot them “sunning” themselves around the banks of ponds and lakes. People tend to be intimidated when they see an alligator sitting with its mouth wide open for a period of time. Alligators don’t pant, as they have no sweat glands, so this is their way of controlling their body temperature. They also have what is called a “scute,” or bony plate under their skin, that contains many capillaries where blood is heated from the sun and then circulated throughout the body. Alligators move very fast in the water but they expend their energy very quickly on land. They are very fast on land but only for very short distances and do not have very good peripheral movement. It is unlikely one will chase you. They will come up out of the water and “hiss” at you particularly if you are near their nest, but are not likely pursue you. Their mating season, which tends to be between the months of April-June, is when they are most active and there is a good chance you may see them on the move. Sometimes, they will get “kicked out” of their lake by another alligator (presumably larger) at which time you may see them moving on land. Alligators do move at night so be careful walking in the dark! Alligators don’t have extensive energy reserves, which is why you don’t often see them in the strong ocean currents. Although they don’t generally like salt water, there have been cases of alligators swimming in the ocean. Feeding Habits Alligators are ambush predators. Adrea Hughes, KICA Lakes Management aquatic resource biologist, states alligators can go a whole year without eating. They do not eat in the winter months, but when they do eat, they eat fish, birds, small mammals, turtles or anything else that comes near or into the water. Cans, rocks, hooks, fishing weights, fishing lines and concrete have all been found wadded up in the stomach of dead alligators. Alligators are even known to be cannibalistic, with larger alligators typically eating smaller ones if other food is not readily available. Their body temperature must be high enough, around 70 degrees, to eat. Alligators eat on average about one pound of food per week. While they will most likely crush their prey with their large jaws, they cannot chew their food. They will then let the animal decompose if it's too large to swallow. After the animal has softened due to decomposition, they will bite off small pieces at a time.

Mating, Nesting and Growing Alligators are not monogamous so a male may mate with numerous females during the mating season, between the warmer months of April and June. The female can lay between 30-50 eggs at a time, but only around four will survive the clutch, and grow to be at least four-feet long. Herons, raccoons and other alligators prey on the babies. According to Carrie, there are about 450 alligators here on Kiawah and they range in size from about one foot (the babies) to up to 12-feet. There is a very large alligator in the Preserve (pictured above) as well as one in Turtle Point. During the months of July or August a “spotlight” survey is taken at night. A truck with a large flood light is used to shine along pond banks to catch the shining “red eyes” of the alligators and get a count. Then a tested equation is used to calculate how many there are on the island based on the number in the sampling ponds. Over the last few years the island has averaged 18 nests that are monitored by the town and KICA biologists. Most are in remote areas and appear to look like 3-foot mounds of palm fronds, pine straw and plant material, which the alligator builds by knocking brush down with its tail. A female nests once a year and her eggs hatch in August - September. They will build upon an old nest or very near the old nest every other year. A female alligator will “hiss” and splash the water with her tail if she feels her nest is threatened, but you may also hear alligators “bellowing.” This is very common during mating season and the vibrations of their bellowing can be felt on land. They have a very wide range of communication between themselves that humans cannot hear; very similar to whales communicating in the water. Alligators on Kiawah One common misconception on Kiawah is that if an alligator reaches a certain length it is removed from the island. This, however, is not true. The only time the alligator is removed is if it becomes a threat to a human. So, if you stay at least 60 feet away and don't feed, harass or provoke an alligator, you will be fine. Besides, there are hefty fines for feeding, pestering or harassing an alligator. This type of behavior is against the law and you can even get arrested for violations. An alligator can be a threat if it has “learned” to come after its food and starts approaching people as they are fishing or crabbing. So please be careful not to accidently feed an especially cute “adolescent” alligator when you are fishing or crabbing. Once they become used to getting fed they are deemed to be a threat and have to be removed and euthanized. There are between two to six alligators removed from Kiawah each year. If in doubt as to whether you deem an alligator a threat, you may call the Town of Kiawah Island at 843-768-9166 ext. 405 or after hours to security at 843768-5566. For more information on alligators and other wildlife on Kiawah Island, visit www.kica.us (Island Living/Snapshot of Kiawah). Article contributed by Digest Member Volunteer Mary Beth McAnaney.


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2012 PGA Championship Hits 200 Day Milestone In less than 200 days the world’s best golfers will descend upon America’s Toughest Golf Course, The Ocean Course, for the 2012 PGA Championship. The 94th PGA Championship begins Aug. 6 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  As South Carolina’s first major, anticipation for the championship has been growing since 2005, when the PGA of America announced its plan for the 2012 PGA Championship to be held in the palmetto state.  Seven years later, the 94th PGA Championship is making history with its ticket and corporate hospitality sales. To date, the tournament has broken five single-day ticket records, with the largest grossing day nearly tripling the sales record on file. “In less than 200 days, the PGA Championship will finally arrive in South Carolina, and the state is going to experience a $193 million positive impact,” said Roger Warren, president of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and general chairman of the championship. “We’ll welcome an additional 50,000 visitors coming from 44 different states and 10 countries for this event in August, which previously has been a slower season for tourism in Charleston.” As this significant milestone is crossed, final plans are being put into place for transportation, parking and public safety.  Thirtyfive state, county and local officials are working together to make sure the championship is a great experience for all tournament attendees.  An official PGA Traffic Plan will be released once all traffic studies are finalized.  “In the next 200 days, you’re going to see the continued effort to keep people informed about the championship logistical details and what this event means to South Carolina, the region and the Charleston community,” said Warren. “We are going to produce an event that will be memorable for its quality and experience, which will leave people talking about it for a long time to come.” About the PGA Championship: Since 1916, golf ’s premier professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy. Past champions span the greatest names of golf over 90 years, including Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson. The PGA Championship is one of the premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America, a list that includes the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together winners of golf ’s four major championships. For more information on the 2012 PGA Championship, call 843-768-6003, email 2012pga@pgahq.com, visit, www. PGA2012.com, Facebook (PGA Championship) or Twitter (@ PGAChampionship).


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Motoring Retreat Started Small, but Dreams Big On April 21, 2012, Kiawah Island’s fifth annual car show, recently rebranded as the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat, will slip into high gear. Intent on someday rivaling the renowned Concours d’Elegance car show on Amelia and Hilton Head islands, Kiawah Island will upgrade the event’s status in significant ways. In 2008, the event began with about 20 cars and a small group of auto enthusiasts. Participation grew to almost 90 cars by 2011 and despite the inclement weather that cancelled the event, quite a few drivers braved the elements to hold an improptu meet and greet. In a few years time, the event's planning committee hopes the showcase will evolve into a world-class affair. Named the #1 Island To Visit in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, Kiawah could prove to be an ideal setting for a preeminent car event. The natural vistas and landscapes of Kiawah serve as a perfect backdrop for a pageant of the auto world’s best. According to Keller Staubes, chairman of the Motoring Retreat Planning Committee, “There is nothing to stop us, short of a lack of

imagination and time.” Five more years of growth, he speculates, may bring them to their goal. This year’s event marks a step in the right direction. Watch the Kiawah Island Motoring it begin its evolution on Saturday, April 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Kiawah’s Night Heron Park. Friends, family and pets are all welcome to attend this showcase, which is complimentary, open to the public and provides the perfect mix of beauty, innovation, and history. Motoring Retreat Gala Reception For the first time, a Motoring Retreat Gala Reception will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Cassique Clubhouse, which will set the tone for Saturday's big showcase. Spectacular views of the Tom Watson-designed golf course and the marshes and river ways surrounding it, await guests. The Roger Bellows Trio will perform throughout the evening and complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Outside, approximately 20 classic automobiles featured in the Saturday retreat will surround the clubhouse in a showcase of the world’s most-desirable drives. The majority of the evening’s net proceeds will support MUSC Children’s Hospital. The event cost is $75 per person and attendance is limited to 250. If you are interested in attending this gala, please contact The Kiawah Island Club at 843-768-5726 or MemberServices@ Kiawah.com. A club membership is not required to attend this event and attire is club casual. For more information on both the gala (including directions to the Cassique Clubhouse) and the motoring retreat (including preregistration for vehicles), visit www.kica.us/motoringretreat or "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotoringRetreat.

Covenant Compliance: Do You Know the Rules? Building Maintenance - Mold and Mildew Stains

The KICA Covenant Compliance Department works hard to ensure that the property values on Kiawah Island are maintained. To preserve this high level of excellence throughout the island, the covenants require members to maintain their homes. One common issue in this humid climate is mold. To avoid violations pertaining specifically to mold and mildew stains, here are some tips for preventing and eliminating mold. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance like wood, paint, cement, stucco, brick, metal and plastic, providing moisture is present. If left unchecked, mold can cause damage to certain materials, so it's important to remove it as soon as possible. Mold and mildew form when a surface is wet and obstructed from sunlight and air. To help prevent growth you should try the following: • Help dry out those areas, move furniture (especially those with covers) to a different location. • Keep large objects from leaning up against your home, fences and siding. • Trim any branches or tree limbs that touch the exterior of the home.

• Hanging plants and flowerpots on your patio, porch or deck area will invite mold and mildew to take root. Place them in locations so they do not drip on the surface. Planting shrubs and bushes too close to your foundation will block natural breezes that can flow from the house. • Make sure your roof has an effective gutter system. Clear gutters and drains of any leaves or debris, and make sure that your surrounding property has sufficient drainage. • Redirect sprinklers to prevent water from regularly collecting on exterior surfaces. • Be sure rainwater is not collecting around the building’s foundation. Repair leaks and extend downspouts away from the foundation. Mold and mildew can be eliminated by various home remedies, which can be found online, or commercial mildew remover/cleaners, available at your local hardware or home improvement store. An alternative cleaning method is power washing, which should be done by an expert. Using one of these methods routinely will not only help protect and maintain the materials integrity but it will also help keep your property in compliance. For more information on KICA's Covenants, visit www.kica.us (About/Covenants and Bylaws).


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Coming Attractions: Spring on Kiawah For more information or to make reservations for events at the Sandcastle, please contact the Sandcastle Community Center at sandcastle@kica.us or at 843-768-3875. Kiawah Presents: Our World

Our World is a complimentary educational lecture series that provides island residents with presentations by local experts on a wide variety of subjects. A light selection of wine and cheese will be provided and members are encouraged to interact with speakers following their discussions. Presentations occur on Thursdays at 3 p.m. and reservations are due the Monday prior to each presentation. The schedule is as follows:

• March 1 - Dr. Chuck Bensonhaver and Dr. Jonathan Davidson, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" • March 8 - Dr. Patrick Briggs, Physics Department, The Citadel, “Evidence for the History of the Solar System” • March 22 - Mary Whyte, Lowcountry Artist, “Portraits of the South” presented in conjunction with the Kiawah Island Arts Guild • April 12 - Beth Balkite, Genetic Counselor, “See the Future…Look to the Future” • April 26 - Dr. Erastus Corning, Professor Emeritus, SUNY, “Russia Today”

Lowcountry Artist and Artisan Showcase

April 6 from 4 - 8 p.m. and April 7 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A Lowcountry spring wouldn't be complete without Kiawah's Artist and Artisan Showcase! This event provides the perfect opportunity to purchase Easter basket items like children's clothing and delicious chocolate creations. Or, for your personal Easter basket, browse displays of jewelry and home-enhancing items such as framed photography, beaded serving utensils, and much more. Additionally, Kiawah's talented fine artists will display their gallery-quality work for viewing and purchase. No matter what medium or style you prefer, you will likely find it at this event! If you are a fine artist, artisan, or photographer and wish to participate in the spring show, please contact Jessica Richardson at jessica. richardson@kica.us to obtain a participation form including event and fee information. All displayed items must be predominantly handmade and some items may be limited for variety. Forms and payment must be submitted no later than March 16.

12th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour

April 13 from 1 - 5 p.m. The 12th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 1–5 p.m. This year, five stunning Kiawah Island homes will be opened for public viewing. Tickets are $55 per person and include the tour, refreshments at one of the homes, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of Art valid through Dec. 30, 2012. Proceeds from the event benefit education, exhibition, and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Tickets may be purchased at the museum store at 135 Meeting Street, online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events, at Kiawah Island Real Estate locations (by the Main Gate, at the Sactuary or Freshfields Village), or by calling 843-722-2706. For more information about the house tour, visit www.gibbesetc.org.

“The women of Gibbes, etc. do so much for the museum and our community. Since 2001, the Kiawah Art and House Tour has raised over $1 million for the Gibbes. We are so grateful to the members of Gibbes, etc. as well as the sponsors and the families who open up their homes for this special event. I encourage everyone to attend the tour and see first-hand the gorgeous houses and their unique art collections,” said Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Celebrate Kiawah

April 14 from 4 - 7 p.m. (please note the new time) This year, Celebrate Kiawah is saying good-bye to the March breeze and springing forward to April! Members are invited to shag on down to this springtime soiree, which will combine outdoor music, mingling, and munchies at the Sandcastle. Take a glass of wine down to the beach to watch the gorgeous Kiawah sunset or sway along poolside to the musical rhythms of Dave Landeo and his band. We will have a variety of beverages available and Duvall Catering will provide a delicious selection of light hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary for all members and the guest fee is $25 per person, with complimentary access for guests under the age of 12. To ensure catering and seating needs are met, reservations and payments are due no later than April 2.

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat Gala

April 20, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cassique Clubhouse Preview approximately 20 classic automobiles featured in Saturday’s Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat and indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails and the swingin’ sounds of The Roger Bellow Trio. The gala is $75 per person and the majority of the evening’s net proceeds will support MUSC Children’s Hospital. To make your reservations, please contact The Kiawah Island Club at 843-768-5726 or MemberServices@Kiawah.com. A club membership is not required. For more information see the article on the previous page (Page 9) titled Motoring Retreat Started Small, but Dreams Big.

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

April 21 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Night Heron Park Imagine seeing over 100 pristine collectible automobiles right in your own backyard! This spring, antique, exotic, and special interest cars will be awaiting you at this complimentary event, held at Night Heron Park. Friends, family, and pets are all welcome to attend this complimentary showcase, which is open to the public and provides the perfect mix of beauty, innovation, and history. For further information or to submit your vehicle for consideration, visit www. kica.us/motoringretreat. For instant updates, pictures, and more, "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/motoringretreat.


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Making a Difference with Kiawah Island CERT The Kiawah Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) may be one of the youngest organizations on the island, but the group has grown and is beginning to make a real difference here and in the greater Johns Island area. In less than a year, funding was approved and countless emergency supplies (ranging from band-aids to aspirators) and equipment have been purchased, organized and put to good use at two very large events. In early December of last year, 20 members participated in the Convoy of Hope event at Haut Gap School. Luckily, the jump castles were the only things that required resuscitation. More recently, a dozen team members were trained by the St. John's Fire Department and are now being deployed each month in support of the department. Programs like CERT saw their genesis in Los Angeles around 1985. The FDLA worried first responders would be overwhelmed by an incident of any magnitude. However, with trained volunteers, fatality rates can be greatly reduced, so programs like CERT have gained traction. CERT training has two required components; 40 hours of online training gives members an overview of a disaster response organization, while 32 hours in the classroom prepares members to save lives. The training also includes the START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) system, developed to allow first responders to triage multiple victims in 30 seconds or less, based on three primary observations: respiration, perfusion, and mental status. This reduces mortality rates by 40 percent. Clearing an air way, applying a bandage or a warm blanket can save a neighbor or friend. It can be as simple as that.

The realization that it only takes a little training to impact lives so dramatically has resulted in a growing number of emergency response volunteers. Now starting its second year, CERT has added three newly certified members to a roster of members who have also been trained and certified by Charleston County to assist in an emergency. In addition, there are some 27 other disaster relief volunteers here on the island, and CERT programs around the Lowcountry are gaining support as well. Kiawah's CERT is now the tenth CERT program in the Lowcountry and has matured as an organization. While many get tired of meeting for the sake of having a meeting, CERT meetings add training and planning facets to its agenda, such as using a chain saw or organizing medical supplies. This makes for a more productive use of time, and by teaming certified and non-certified volunteers, more than 20 teams can be dispatched to an event on or near Kiawah. To really succeed, however, CERT would need to cover the whole island, and that means more volunteers. More volunteers means more area can be covered and more of your friends and neighbors get that 30 seconds of live-saving attention faster. Please be a part of a greater sum. Add your name to the list of volunteers by sending an email to Kiawah's CERT Team Leader Jack Regan at jackregan@bellsouth.net. Article contributed by Digest Member Volunteer Gregg Bragg.

KICA Gets Social with Facebook and Twitter With the recent surge of smart phones, iPads, satellite TV, and lightning fast internet, being instantly connected anywhere and everywhere across the globe has become a part of daily life. Kiawah Island is no different. With approximately 80% of the total KICA membership being part-time residents, it is vitally important that association members be able to connect to KICA when, and more importantly where, needed. To match this growing demand, KICA operates its own pages on both Facebook and Twitter. KICA's Facebook page (www. facebook.com/KiawahIslandSC), which went live in early 2010 and now has over 740 "fans," not only contains useful information about the association, but constant, instant news updates, photos from around Kiawah, event information, etc. In addition, it provides a place for full and parttime residents alike to connect and share their own information, island photos, etc. Twitter, though not as robust as Facebook, provides quick and succinct (no more than 140 characters) updates and news. By "following" a particular person, group or organization, it is the perfect place to get up-to-the-second news and information as quickly and easily as possible.

The association's Twitter page (www.twitter.com/Kiawah_ Island) focuses on more poignant news such as KICA board votes, hurricane information, etc. Todate, 560 people "follow" KICA on Twitter. In addition to the instant news, there are several added benefits to Twitter. First, you can connect your mobile phone to your Twitter account and choose one or more of the groups that you follow to receive their updates directly to your phone. This could be especially useful for KICA in the case of an emergency such as a natural disaster. Second, KICA's Twitter updates can be viewed without even having to log into Twitter. Simply by visiting the page above, all of KICA's updates are viewable. Please visit KICA's Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/ KiawahIslandSC and www.twitter.com/Kiawah_Island. Links to these pages can also be found on the KICA webpage at www.kica.us.


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KICA Board Opens Up at Open House

The Board Open House was a great place for members to meet board members and candidates in a casual, social environment.

Board candidates Susan Schaffer (left) and David Schoenholz (right) presented their professional backgrounds and goals for directorship.

On a laid-back Tuesday evening in January, members gathered to mingle and chat with the KICA Board of Directors and the two board candidates, David Schoenholz and Susan Schaffer. The Board Open House began with socializing, drinks and hors d’oeuvres and lead into an open dialogue between members and directors, piloted by board Chair Craig Weaver. The board candidates, Dave and Sue, kicked things off by giving attendees a concise synopsis of their professional backgrounds and what they hope to contribute to the KICA Board of Directors. After several members asked questions of or offered comments to the candidates, the discussion progressed to an informative overview of board initiatives and projects for 2012. Directors spoke candidly about the status of his or her committees and task forces, and focus in the coming months. Members were given the chance to comment throughout, and many valuable observations, insights and ideas were passed onto the directors for consideration.

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