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Weekend Message from Town Hall- 06/19/2020

Fri, 06/19/2020

               weekend message

Good afternoon Island residents,

The weekend is just a few hours away so I wanted to take the opportunity to pass along a few newsworthy items.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to email or telephone.

  1. Carolina Day

June 28th, known as Carolina Day, commemorates a special day in the history of our nation and Sullivan’s Island.  On this date in 1776 the Battle of Sullivan’s Island was one of the first great American victories of the Revolutionary War. This year Carolina Day is scheduled to be celebrated on Saturday June 27th. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic most activities planned in downtown Charleston have been cancelled. Please join the Battery Gadsden Cultural Center and Town of Sullivan’s Island for a scaled down celebration of this historic event on Saturday June 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM in the courtyard at Town Hall under the flag pole. Social distancing should be maintained and attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Click here for the full story.

  1. Sullivan’s Island Beach Sweep

Please join your fellow residents in keeping the beach and roadways of Sullivan’s Island litter free. Mark your calendar for Monday July 6 at 9am to participate in a volunteer beach sweep. Participants can park and meet in the bus loop area of the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School. For about an hour the beach will be cleaned in either direction of the school.  Members of the South Carolina Aquarium staff will be present to collect data particulars of the litter collected. All are welcome and materials are provided. Click here for the full story.

  1. Blood Drive

The Blood Connection will be hosting a blood drive event at the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School parking lot located at 2014 Mike Perkis Place on Saturday June 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Blood supplies always seem to be critically low.  In addition to saving someone’s life with your donation, donors will receive results from the highly accurate MUSC developed COVID-19 antibody test (results take 7 to 10 days). This is a great opportunity to both give blood and determine previous exposure to COVID-19.

Interested parties should use the following link to secure a time-slot. Time slots booked up in two hours earlier this week; so, The Blood Connection doubled the size of the event by providing approximately 40 additional slots. Visit to schedule your donation.  Click here for the event flyer.

  1. Independence Day Fireworks Display

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be necessary to cancel the annual fireworks display at Stith Park.  Munnerlyn Pyrotechnics has agreed to work with the Town for a display at a later date in 2020. The Recreation Committee of Council is currently exploring several options.

In order to maintain some of the tradition of Independence Day, the Town will still host the ever popular golf cart parade that morning at 9:00 am. Golf carts will depart the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School at 9:00 am. Due to COVID-19 it will not be possible to have a decoration contest or post-parade gathering at the Fish Fry Shack. Please stay tuned for more details on this event.

  1. COVID-19 Beach Rules

While the beach on Sullivan's Island is completely open,  the chair, umbrella and cooler restriction remains in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest information from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control indicates that for the past week each day has exceeded the largest confirmed daily positive cases of infection since the pandemic peaked in South Carolina. Town Council did not reverse the restriction on chairs, coolers and umbrellas at its meeting earlier this week.  While the Town acknowledges that those items do not constitute a vector for the spread of the virus, the items do promote large crowds and gatherings on the beach.  Science tells us that social distancing is the key to flattening the spread. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the Town appreciates your compliance with the restrictions.

  1. Hurricane Season

The 2020 hurricane season has been quite active thus far.  Fortunately meteorologist expect little to no activity in the next 72 hours or so due in part to the heavy blanket of dust moving west off of the Sahara desert.  In addition to keeping storm development negligible, the dust should promote spectacular sunsets next week.

If you have not yet done so, now is a great time to prepare or finalize your family hurricane plan.  Both Charleston County and the Town offer helpful guidelines on their websites.  

  1. Stormwater Collection and Flooding Issues

By and large the stormwater infrastructure on the Island is owned by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. If you notice that the ditch in the proximity to your residence is not draining it is helpful to notify the SCDOT.  This is easily accomplished by placing a work order at the SCDOT website (; at bottom of home page click MAINTENANCE WORK REQUEST; complete form and send).

If your street has severe flooding issues it may be helpful to submit the information to Senator Sandy Senn’s Charleston County Legislative Delegation Countywide Intergovernmental Flood Prevention Taskforce. For more information contact Andy Benke at

  1. Police and Fire Service

First responders on Sullivan’s Island are dispatched through the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Service. The County provides dispatch services for almost every municipality and unincorporated area in the County. For Sullivan’s Island, response time is generally three to five minutes. It is important to note that when calling, the call taker will go through a general series of questions.  While it may seem like this process is time consuming, know that a unit or apparatus has already been dispatched. The objective of the call taker is to gather as much information as possible. In the event of an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.  For general assistance telephone dispatch at 843-743-7200. No situation is insignificant – if you are in distress or witness a crime always dial 9-1-1. Likewise, non-emergency calls are never an issue.

  1. A few Town ordinance reminders
  • Fireworks are illegal on Sullivan’s Island
  • In addition to alcohol prohibited on the beach, this year tobacco products, Styrofoam products and single-use plastics and now prohibited on the beach.

All the best for a pleasant summer weekend on Sullivan’s Island.


Andy Benke