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Correction to the Special Meeting of Council and Council Workshop Zoom Meeting scheduled for June 1, 2020 at 6:00pm please click here. 

COVID-19 Resident Message #6

Sun, 03/22/2020

Good evening Island residents,

The Town of Sullivan’s Island, in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Charleston County Emergency Management Division, Town of Mt. Pleasant and City of Isle of Palms, continues to monitor the rapidly emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing for potential impacts.  Earlier this morning during a conference call DHEC confirmed 173 cases of COVID-19 in 30 South Carolina counties with 4 cases in Charleston County.

For information about contacting Town Hall staff visit the Town website at For information regarding COVID-19 visit the websites for South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) or the Center for Disease Control (CDC),  Additionally, you can obtain information from the Citizens’ Information Line at Charleston County by dialing 843-746-3900.  Likewise, the local news media is providing adequate coverage of the pandemic.

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1 for assistance and for non-emergency assistance from Police, Fire or Water and Sewer contact Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200.

Information about beach access:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Town Council of Sullivan’s Island enacted an emergency ordinance which prohibits access to the beach (also known as the RC-1 area) for everyone, residents and visitors, between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Under the state statute an emergency ordinance is valid for 61 days and can be terminated earlier or extended as necessary.  Council continues to monitor the effectiveness of this restriction in terms of gatherings and social distancing.

Regarding the checkpoints by the City of Isle of Palms Police Department at Breach Inlet and SC-517 effective this afternoon,  Sullivan’s Island residents are now permitted to pass through Isle of Palms traveling through to/leaving the Island or visiting the Harris Teeter grocery store. Today traffic on the Isle of Palms portion of SC703 or SC-517 (IOP connector) did not appear to be congested nor did processing time at the checkpoint. Residents should present a driver’s license with Sullivan’s Island address, display the Sullivan’s Island windshield decal or other documentation to indicate your Island address in order to pass through the checkpoints.

Reverting when additional information is available.


Andy Benke
Town Administrator