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Sullivans Island Isle of Palms Goat Island Dewees Island

An 'old salt' Getting your hands dirty


wins big for a good cause
BY MIMI WOOD
ISLAND EYE NEWS STAFF REPORTER

C
onjure up the image of an
Old Salt, and you have Tom
Magnani. His weathered skin
is an unspoken testimony to his
life spent on the water, as are his
thickly-calloused hands. Locals
might recognize him from his long
grey beard and hair, flying behind
him, as he zooms his moped up and
down the Waterway, and across the
connector.
Magnani lives a simple life. He
is reticent, but pleasant. He works
construction, manual labor, usually
six or seven days a week. Most days
are hard, and long. Afterwards, he
climbs aboard his skiff, and motors
out to a spot in a nearby creek where
a modest sailboat, that he calls PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
home, is moored.
And hes altered very little of that, BY AMY MERCER area four times a year for two years.
despite a significant event which ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR "Its important for the community to come
occurred this past Thanksgiving together to clean up our precious marshes.

H
Day: Magnani won the lottery. ow many of us have scowled at a plastic Charleston Surfrider and Charleston Running
He won big, in a scratch off. Life- bottle on the side of the road as we drove/ Club are raising awareness about the plastic
changing big. walked/ran/biked by and thought, who debris issue we face by adopting the highway
The IOP Marina was abuzz on would do such a thing? Weve all heard the and putting their time and resources behind
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, as news slogan Litter Trashes Everyone and yet, surveys that commitment. We could not have removed
of Magnanis windfall exploded. suggest that 80 percent of people who litter 351 plastic bags, 691 micro-plastics and over
Good for him! grinned Captain do so intentionally. The good news is Palmetto 2,400 cigarette butts without the help of our
Lee Taylor, a longtime IOP fishing Pride, a non-profit organization that was created 115 volunteers this past Saturday!" says Olivia
guide,I couldnt be happier if Id in response to citizens' concerns regarding the Bueno, outreach coordinator for Charleston
won it myself! amount of litter in South Carolina. In 2012, Surfrider Foundation.
Taylors sentiment pervaded the Palmetto Pride partnered with the statewide The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit
marina. It couldnt have happened program, Adopt-A-Highway, whose volunteers environmental organization dedicated to
to a nicer guy, exclaimed Garrett have been cleaning up litter along South Carolina the protection and enjoyment of our lovely
Lacy, another local fishing guide. highways and litter since 1988. Lowcountry, waves, marshes and beaches for all
No one deserves it more, echoed On a recent brisk Saturday morning, 115 local people, through conservation, activism, research
Tommy Young, who manages the volunteers left the comfort of their homes to pick and education. The chapter accomplishes
Marina Market. up cigarette butts, plastic bottles, plastic bags, this through different initiatives including
Its not going to change who I beach, marsh and city sweeps, Ocean Friendly
food wrappers and tennis balls. Volunteers swept
am, Magnani stated matter-of- Gardening, cigarette butt collection receptacles,
a two mile range along Ben Sawyer Boulevard
factly at the time. And, true to his education, outreach, our Ocean Friendly
word, little has changed. marshes and road for two hours. This year the
Charleston Surfrider Foundation partnered Restaurant Program, and awareness of key
Magnani arrived on the Isle issues concerning the Lowcountry environment.
of Palms via North Charleston, with the Charleston Running Club and adopted
the highway between Ben Sawyer Boulevard For anyone interested in lending a hand, the
to Breach Inlet through the Adopt-a-Highway
Lottery continues on page 3 program and have committed to sweeping this Clean up continues on page 4

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OPINION-EDITORIAL
February 17, 2017

Announcing bid for re-election


BY MAYOR PAT ONEIL
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

O
n Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, I filed papers to run for re-election Opening of our nature trail in the
as Mayor of the Town of Sullivans Island. protected land around Station 16, which
Two years ago, the citizens of the Island overwhelmingly created the opportunity for an Audubon-
chose me to serve the remainder of the term of our late Mayor Mike sponsored bird-banding project that
Perkis. I decided to seek a new, full term only after very thoughtful demonstrates the high ecological value of
consideration of the responsibilities this position carries and the this unique natural resource
opportunities it presents for service to my Island neighbors. Leadership in the successful effort to
This decision was reinforced by the highly positive responses I and ban offshore drilling which could pose a
my supporters received recently when seeking the signatures of Island threat to the Islands (and Lowcountrys)
voters to place me on the ballot for the upcoming May 2 election. I was environment and quality of life
touched and strengthened by the consistently favorable reactions of Most important, a greatly enhanced
the people we approached. sense of community among our residents
In the two years of my leadership as Mayor, much has been Pat O'Neil
accomplished through highly productive teamwork. Very little can be We still have much to do in the next four
done by any one Mayor or Councilmember or staff member working years, including major upgrades of our wastewater treatment
alone! We have a very collaborative and constructive Town Council, facility, implementation of the next phase of our protected lands
supported by an amazing Town staff headed by our extremely capable management plan, continued efforts to control the impact on the
Town Administrator, all working with our talented and engaged Island of the exploding growth surrounding us, development of a
citizens. capital recovery plan to systematically budget for future maintenance
The last two years have seen a number of important achievements and replacement of our major capital items, and continued efforts to
by this great team, including, to name just a few: address stormwater management within the state-owned collection
Improved communication outreach to our citizens, e.g., system. We must also commence a thoughtful, long-term resilience
establishment of our Town Twitter account (1200+ followers and plan to protect the Island in the face of rising sea level.
growing!) and my monthly Mayors column in the Island Eye I will have more to say about all this in the near future. For now, I
News am asking our citizens to consider my record of the last two years as
Construction and completion of our new Town Hall, a beautiful Mayor and the prior 14 years as Councilmember, and based on that
and valuable asset for the Town for decades to come to support me for Mayor in the May 2 election!
Modernization of Town services to citizens, such as accepting Please do not hesitate to call or email me if I can be of assistance or
online payments for water bills, fees, licenses, etc. provide any desired information.
Improvement of our Council and Committee meeting processes
to make them briefer, more productive and more businesslike Pat ONeil
Preparation for, and recovery from, Hurricane Matthew oneilpm@comcast.net
Initiation of our exceedingly popular Farmers Market 843.670.9266

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February 17, 2017 3
Lottery continues from cover until I got a tide high enough to get them off. Not
an easy life. Lucky Dog Publishing
around 1999. Hed hooked up with a builder Back in his spot on the creek, Magnani contentedly o f SC, LL C
who was constructing a home for a physician on called The Drifter II home for approximately five
years, until one cold November night in 2014. Publisher of the
Goat Island. When the builder turned out to be
less than reputable, Magnani struck a deal with Relaxing in front of his TV in his long johns and a The Island Eye News
the physician, offering to complete the home, in t-shirt, he glimpsed a flame, leaping from his heater and The Island Connection
exchange for a weekly paycheck, and a place to to his propane tanks. Instinctively, he darted to his
live. Along with Sheba and Shark, his beloved black skiff; by the time I got 100 yards away my boat was
mutts, he moved into a plywood room and started a ball of flames, he recounted.
working on the house. I lost everything, Magnani remembered. The
Inspired by boats people at the marina
gliding past day after had a benefit for
day, Magnani, with me. People brought
the physicians help, clothes, and made
bought a steel-hulled donations. I ended up
houseboat in Georgia. buying a sailboat, he
However, problems explained, basically a Lynn Pierotti
persisted with The little box on the water lynn@luckydognews.com
Drifter. She was with no windows or publisher
moored in a local creek decks. It was just a
roof over my head. Amy Mercer
and had recurring amy@luckydognews.com
holes in the hull from And thats been
omnipresent oyster home sweet home managing editor

beds, which required for over two years, Jennifer Tuohy


constant patching. through countless jennifer@luckydognews.com
More critically, the storms, the most contributing editor
anchor would not hold recent of which was
when big storms blew Hurricane Matthew, Swan Richards
through. in October, 2016. senior graphic designer

One night a severe Matthew was rough


for about a day and Alejandro Ferreyros
thunderstorm, with graphic designer
raging winds, drove a half, however,
the The Drifter ashore. Magnani elaborated, Lori McGee 843-614-0901
Frightened, Sheba Ive been through Carla Foxworth 843-685-9211
and Shark ran off. thunderstorms worse advertising executives

Heartbroken, Magnani than that.


The weather was Christian LeBlanc
searched for them for christian@luckydognews.com
weeks, as The Drifter glorious, though, on
ultimately ended up Thanksgiving Day social media

in a nearby creek, and this past year, when Steve Rosamilia


sank. Magnani zipped his photographer
It sank in a bad moped into the Circle
spot, and people K, on his way to Big Susan Smith
couldve gotten hurt, Magnani retold of the wreck. Johns for dinner. I bought two lottery tickets; Mimi Wood
Despondent over both the loss of his home and his the first one was nothing; the second one said staff writers

dogs, he was sitting on the back deck of the IOP $250,000. I had to look at it five times. I couldnt
Marina one day, when a young man approached believe it! he smiles broadly. CONTRIBUTORS
him. Detouring back to the marina, Magnani asked Pat ONeil
He invited me to his church, and I went, Dockmaster Mike Pickett to check the ticket. He Sabrina Lavender
Magnani remembers. Turns out some of the had me read it, Pickett recalls, he didnt think Andy Sinwald
members were Goat Islanders. We all got together, hed seen it correctly. Pickett verified the amount,
went to Florida and came back with $4,000 worth then stowed the ticket for safekeeping.
of air bags. Divers and friends worked for a week to Two things come from my story, Magnani
raise my boat. We finally got her to a mud bar, and concludes. One, people will come together to help
PUBLISHED BY
out of harms way. other people. The other is, as the song says, Money
Lucky Dog Publishing
His next home had a fiberglass hull, which fared cant buy happiness, but it can buy a boat.
of South Carolina, LLC
better with the oyster shells, but was small. After So after donating two-thirds of the money to
P.O. Box 837
that came a larger boat, The Drifter II. The two were three charities, Magnani kept one-third for me,
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
tethered together one night when another storm and bought a boat with windows, a deck and lots of
843-886-NEWS
crashed through, resulting with both boats up in room. Im ready to start my next adventure on the
the marsh. Magnani lived in the mud for a month, water. PHOTO BY MIMI WOOD Submit your letters to the editor to:
info@luckydognews.com

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Wando wins regional


championship
BY SABRINA LAVENDER
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
he Wando High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Marine Science Team April 20 23 at Oregon State
took first place in the University in Corvallis, Oregon.
Southern Stingray Bowl, a Wando fielded a four
regional component of the 20th member team for the competition:
Annual National Ocean Sciences Joseph Hartnett (Captain), Reese
Bowl (NOSB). The competition Alspector, Coltan Green, and Isle
was held at Savannah State of Palms resident, Ariel Lavender. (l to r) Joseph Hartnett (captain), Jessica Anderson (team coach), Ariel Lavender,
University on Saturday, February Team Coach, Jessica Anderson, Coltan Green and Reese Alspector.
4. Competing against 13 other a marine science teacher at
teams from South Carolina and Wando, says, When our captain, Baker Leslie, very excited for the trip!
Georgia, the Wando team won I am so proud of these kids. got the flu the day before this In addition to winning an all-
all of its qualifying rounds by They've spent a lot of time years competition the team expense paid trip to the National
handy margins to advance to studying on their own in addition really stayed focused and stepped Finals in Oregon, all of the
the regional finals, which it won to our weekly practices and they up to fill the void of not having team members received $100
with a final score of 47 to 33. The deserved this win. After a two her there. Even though she Amazon gift cards, duffle bags,
Wando team will compete against point loss in the finals last year wasn't able to make the regional t-shirts, and, of course, their
24 other regional winners at the they were ready for redemption. competition, Baker will be able to first place medals. Participation
go with us to Nationals. Joseph in the competition also makes
Hartnett assumed the role of these students eligible to apply
Clean up continues from cover captain and did a fantastic job for a National Ocean Program
leading the team. Coltan Green's Scholarship.
2017 cleanup schedule is as Ben Sawyer Blvd. on Sullivan's experience in competing and his The NOSB is a quiz-bowl
follows: Island. The equipment will be natural love of all things ocean style academic competition
2nd Cleanup - May 6 provided and volunteers have made him a strong competitor, that tests students knowledge
3rd Cleanup - September 9 a chance to win prizes donated and Ariel Lavendar and Reese of ocean-related topics, which
4th Cleanup - November 4 from Half-Moon Outfitters. Alspector each brought a wealth include cross-disciplines of
Volunteers should wear closed of knowledge to the team, biology, chemistry, policy,
All of the sweeps will be toe shoes, clothes you don't and both young ladies had a physics, and geology. The NOSB
from 9-11am and meet at the mind getting dirty, and bring a great first competition. We'll is an interdisciplinary ocean
"Welcome to Sullivan's Island" reusable water bottle. For more be working hard over the next science education program
sign. People should park on information visit charleston. few weeks to improve on our of the Consortium for Ocean
the northbound shoulder of surfrider.org. weaknesses and prepare for the Leadership.
national competition. We are all
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6 7

If you roast
them, they will
come
BY JENNIFER TUOHY
ISLAND EYE NEWS CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

O
ver 1,000 people braved near freezing temps
on Feb. 4 2017 to indulge in a feast for the
senses and the stomach. The annual Sullivans
Island Fire & Rescue Departments Oyster Roast is
a fixture on the islands calendar, attracting locals
and neighbors from near and far to indulge in fresh
oysters, fish stew, live music and great company.
Four hundred bags of oysters were consumed at
endless rows of tables packed in under the Big Tin as
attendees jostled for prime position and got down to
some serious shucking.
The event is one of the departments major
fundraisers, helping pay for equipment. The next
event is the 68th Annual Fish Fry on June 24, also
at the Big Tin on Sullivans Island.
Chief Anthony Stith expressed his thanks to
everyone for turning out and supporting the
department.

Daniel and Rose Hancock.

Remington and Catherine Phillips enjoy the feast.


Colin Rudolph and Daniel Light dole out the main course.

Cory Bates with Reilly Williams and her father, Mickey. PHOTOS BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
Isabel Hubbard, Maura Welch, and Lucy Davis, part of the Cracker and Sauce Brigade.
8 February 17, 2017

Pitching in
8 YEAR OLD TWINS
ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO
A D O P T A S TAT I O N

BY AMY MERCER
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

S
ullivans Island resident Paul Vannatta has helped
the Town of Sullivans Island start the Adopt a
Station initiative. By adopting a station residents
will volunteer to regularly maintain the walkways to the
beaches. This includes picking up garbage and sweeping
away leaves, sticks, and sand.
Vannatta and his wife Jenn moved to their new
house on Station 18 about six months ago after living
on Station 22 for two years. He says they were always
cleaning up and wanted to make things more official
and says that this has been a great project for the family
to do together.
We have adopted Station 18. Our main motivation
with this project was to show our twin 8 yr olds, Gianna
and Anthony, how important it is to help maintain your
local community. Everything doesnt have to be done by
the town.
The Vanettas are asking residents to join them for SI
DAYS. These will take place the first weekend in May
and October. There will be active groups out to complete
Beach Sweeps and residents will work on cleaning the
parks and other improvement projects around Sullivans
Island.
If anyone wants to ADOPT A STATION, please contact
Paul Vannatta, 843.729.9187 paul_vannatta@ml.com, or
Town Administrator Andy Benke, 843.883.5726 abenke@
sullivansisland-sc.com.
Anthony and Gianna Vannatta
get to work on the access
path at Station 18.
PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
WACC addresses
Putins Russia
DR. STEPHEN CROWLEY PROVIDES
INSIGHTS ON U.S. RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

STAFF REPORT
ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
he World Affairs Council of the World Affairs Councils of
of Charleston presents America.
'Vladimir Putin's Russia - The next talk, held at the Buyer
big problems at home; aggressive Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall on
posture and success abroad. The Citadel campus, deals with
What does Putin seek, and can Vladimir Putins Russia,
we work with him?' on Feb. 28 at Facing Russian subversion in
5:15 p.m. The talk, one of 6 in its Ukraine, Crimean annexation,
annual series, will be given by Dr. heavy military combat in Syria in
Stephen Crowley, Visiting Fellow support of Assad, past pressures
at the Woodrow Wilson Center's on Georgia, anxieties in the
Kennan Institute in Washington. Baltic countries about Moscow's
WACC, formerly the Charleston intentions, and cyber political
Foreign Affairs Forum, was founded meddling, Russia under Vladimir
in the early 1980's as a non- Putin dominates foreign policy
profit, nonpartisan organization. discourse in Washington. Yet,
The WACC mission is to educate flexing Russian muscle abroad
and engage the wider Charleston exists with serious weakness at
community through timely non- home.
partisan activities on world affairs Dr. Crowley will discuss these
and international relations. The strands in sorting out what
WACC membership, representing drives Putin and the parameters
a cross-section of individuals from of U.S. relations with Russia,
business, education, and civic now and looking ahead. The
backgrounds, seeks to inform Kennan Institute is a premier
and engage participants of all center of Russia-related analysis
ages. Through thought-provoking and writing. Dr. Crowley is a
presentations and discussions, Professor and Chair of Russian
participants are challenged to and East European Studies at
foster their understanding of the Oberlin College. To register or for
world. The WACC is a member more info visit waccharleston.org.
February 17, 2017 11

Best in
show
BY ANDY SINWALD
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming was


one of many great sponsors.

Olvia King with her doggie Lucy.

D
oggie Day at the Rec was
a great success. Were
around 500 people and
dogs in attendance. Fifty-six dogs
entered the dog show for a chance
to win great prizes donated from
one of 12 participating vendors
and become the 2017 Best in
Show. Plenty of dogs received
rabies vaccinations, microchips Sr. Airmen Carly Dykeman and Sean Schoonover PHOTOS BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
Hal Clay with Guinness, winner of the
Cutest Adult Dog Category.
and IOP dog licenses. with their dogs Java and Szultan.
February 17, 2017 13

BY ANDY SINWALD
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

F
ront Beach Fest returns
to the Isle of Palms on
Saturday, March 4 from
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. The City of
Isle of Palms invites people of
all ages for a day of dancing,
eating, and fun on Ocean
Boulevard. The free event will
feature music from The Carolina
Soul Band and welcomes
back a crowd favorite, The
Tams. The afternoon includes
handmade arts and crafts from
over 25 local vendors while
island restaurants and other
local food vendors fill the street
offering their favorite dishes.
Children can enjoy jump
castles, a bungee trampoline,
face painting, balloon and spin
art and so much more exciting
entertainment.
For more information please
go to the website at www.iop.
net or call the Isle of Palms
Recreation Department at
843.886.8294.

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY IOP REC STAFF


February 17, 2017 15

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen


plays at the Music Hall
BY BONNY WOLFE
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
he Charleston Music Hall is heart of what makes Keen tick. scene, hes blazed a peer, critic, decade, Keen was a veritable
thrilled to welcome Robert Some people take up a life of and fan-lauded trail thats earned household name in Texas,
Earl Keen on Wednesday, playing music with the goal of him living-legend (not to mention headlining a millennial New
March 15 at 8:00 p.m. Now three- someday reaching a destination pioneer) status in the Americana Years Eve celebration in Austin
decades on from the release of his of fame and fortune; but from the music world. And though the that drew an estimated 200,000
debut album with well over a get-go, Keen just wanted to write Houston native has never worn people.
dozen other records to his name, and sing his own songs, and to his Texas heart on his sleeve, Keen has continued to write,
thousands of shows under his keep writing and singing them hes long been regarded as one record, and tour across the
belt and still no end in sight to for as long as possible. of the Lone Star States finest nation. In 2001 he released
the road ahead Keen remains I always thought that I wanted (not to mention top-drawing) Gravitational Forces, followed by
as committed to and inspired by to play music, and I always true singer-songwriters. He was Farm Fresh Onions (2003), What
his muse as ever. knew that you had to get some still a relative unknown in 1989 I Really Mean (2005) The Rose
Its not always easy to sum up a recognition in order to continue when his second studio album, Hotel (2009) and 2011s Ready
career, let alone a lifes ambition, to play music, Keen says. But West Textures, was released for Confetti. In 2012, he was
so succinctly, but those five I never thought of it in terms of especially on the triple bill he inducted into the Texas Heritage
words from Robert Earl Keens getting to be a big star. I thought shared at the time touring with Songwriters Hall of Fame along
calling-card anthem just about of it in terms of having a really, legends Townes Van Zandt and with the late, great Van Zandt
do it. You can complete the lyric really good career and writing Guy Clark but once fellow and his old college buddy, Lyle
with the next five words the some good songs, and getting on Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both Lovett.
ones routinely shouted back at stage and having a really good The Road Goes on Forever and
Tickets are $35 in advance
Keen by thousands of fans a night time. Whenever Kindness Fails on his
(and the party never ends!) As for accruing recognition, 1993 album, Love and Danger, and $40 day of show with
just to punctuate the point with well, Keens done alright on the secret was out on Keens a dinner & show option
a flourish, but its the part about that front, too; from his humble credentials as a songwriters available for an additional
the journey that gets right to the beginnings on the Texas folk songwriter. By the end of the $32. For more information visit
charlestonmusichall.com.

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HOW DOES YOUR
GARDEN GROW?

Garden for your


health
BY WENDY KELLY
ISLAND EYE NEWS

M
y sister is a hippotherapist (for those of you who just envisioned
a teary-eyed hippo on Freuds couch discussing its personal
issues, you should know that the word hippo is derived from
the Greek word for horse.) She uses horses as the primary tool in
her occupational therapy practice. Most of her clients are disabled
children who learn to improve their balance and musculature with
the help of the horses movement. And theres another big benefit of
using horses for therapygetting outside. (For the record, Ive never
met a horse who ever enjoyed staying inside playing video games.
Also, no thumbs.)
Likewise, the term horticultural therapy doesnt refer to treating
a dysfunctional garden (although that would actually be awesome).
Instead, it refers to utilizing gardening techniques and designs to
improve the lives of people suffering from an array of disabilities
both mental and physical. Horticultural therapy has been shown
to improve memory, cognition, language, and socialization. On the
physical side, horticulture therapy can strengthen muscles, enhance
coordination, improve balance, and increase endurance. There
are other important attributes as well, such as learning to work
independently, problem solve, and follow directions. In a nutshell,
gardening is just plain good for you.
Why? Some researchers believe its because early humans relied
so completely on nature for survivalessentially imprinting on our
genes the tendency to find nature both engrossing and restorative.
Thanks Cro-Magnon man! Studies at the University of Colorado at
Boulder have found that ordinary garden soil contains harmless
bacteria (Mycobacterium vaccae) that, when injected into mice,
actually increased serotonin levels in the very parts of the brain that
control mood. No prescription necessary, Doc; why, just look at the
dirt under these nails.
I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me
behind my back.
~Richard Lewis
The healing power of gardening is powerful stuff. In fact, did
you know that you can reap many of the benefits of gardening by
just looking at one? Because human beings inherently find nature
engrossing, the brain isnt taxed by focusing on natural things.
Rather, viewing gardens actually reduces mental fatigue. More and
more medical centers and hospitals are incorporating healing gardens
into their buildings as a means of reducing anxiety and stress and as
a way to facilitate healing in their patients.
As we find ourselves in an increasingly stressful world, what better
time than now to dedicate a little extra time to enjoying our yards and
gardens? Not only will your yard improve, but so will your body and
your mind. Because who wants to end up just another teary-eyed
hippo on Freuds couch?
Wendy Sang Kelly is the owner of Garden Pixies, whose specialty
is beautiful and whimsical container gardens, porch pots, window
boxes and hayracks. Find her online at www.gardenpixies.com or @
plantingmagic on Facebook.
February 17, 2017 17

SEWE, embracing wildlife


art and the sporting life
35TH ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE
EXPOSITION KICKS OFF

BY KIMBERMARIE FAIRCLOTH
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

T
he 35th Annual Southeastern at Brittlebank Park. Taking place on
Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) will take Saturday as a separately ticketed event,
place in Charleston from February 17 pit masters Sam Jones of Sam Jones
- 19. Hosting over 100 artists every year, BBQ and Aaron Siegel of Home Team
SEWE has made the claim of being one of BBQ serve up delicious food to hungry
the largest and longest running art events attendees.
of its kind on the east coast. During its SEWE is also bringing back last years
stay in Charleston, SEWE will be hosting hit Duets and Quartets. To the sound
annual events as well as numerous new of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
exhibits for wildlife and art lovers alike to Quartet, four artists will construct
enjoy. two new pieces of art for the crowd.
Throughout the weekend, hosted in There will be two oil painters and two
the Edmunds Room of Charleston Place sculptors working together to create
is SEWEs new event, The Library. With original pieces. An auction will follow
hundreds of different artists coming the demonstration to bid on these live-
together to make this event one-of-a-kind, crafted, authentic works of art.
this event is a conglomerate of studies and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has
art pieces available for saleincluding plenty more to offer throughout the
original works of framed studies. Artists weekend and is a must-see for anyone
will also be on site to mingle and provide interested in the plethora of wildlife,
autographs to any interested admirer. art and food events. Tickets range from
In the heart of downtown Charleston $15 to $25, 3-day passes are $50 and
at Marion Square, SEWE will bring children 10 and under will be admitted
chefs to provide demonstrations using for free with a ticketed adult. If you would
plentiful local and fresh produce. Another like to know more of the other numerous
new event to satisfy any craving will be events taking place or are interested in
the Bluegrass and BBQ on the Bank purchasing tickets, visit sewe.com.
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ONGOING Thursdays strategies for coping with its contact Lex Glover at GloverL@ Tuesday, February 21 Art of Design luncheon hosted Sunday, March 5
Mondays loss. Reservations required; call dnr.sc.gov or call 803.603.6461. by the Gibbes Museum of Arts
WHAT: Mah Jongg Nights
(adults) 843.883.3914 to register. WHAT: Home Team BBQ Womens Council. This year, Yip WHAT: County Parks Customer Friday, March 10
WHAT: Memoir Writing Circle Trivia Night will discuss his work and the Appreciation Day
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch
Library, 1921 Ion Avenue WHAT: Kick Off for Swing for Saturday, February 18 WHEN: 8:00 p.m. design industry in the museums WHEN: Park hours vary
WHAT: Eric Culberson at Home
Team BBQ
Library, 1921 Ion Avenue WHERE: 2209 Middle St, new classically landscaped WHERE: All Charleston County
WHEN: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. the Cure Weekend Oyster Roast WHAT: Susan G. Komen WHEN: 10:00 p.m.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Sullivans Island Lenhardt Garden. Price is $125. Parks
MORE INFO: Come and share MORE INFO: Learn to play & BBQ Lowcountry Swing for the Cure WHERE: 2209 Middle St,
WHEN: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. MORE INFO: Team Trivia of Contact 843.722.2706 ext. 221 MORE INFO: Come enjoy all
your stories. 843.883.3914. American Mah Jongg. Join us WHEN: 12:00 p.m. Charleston is the premiere the play with none of the pay Sullivans Island
for a couple rounds or the whole WHERE: Wild Dunes Resort, 1 WHERE: Wild Dunes Resort, or www.gibbesmuseum.org/ MORE INFO: No hurricane will
Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms entertainment company in South ArtofDesign for more info. during Customer Appreciation
Tuesdays evening. 843.883.3914. 1 Sundial Circle, IOP Carolina, providing quality, Day. Charleston County Parks get this man down. No near death
MORE INFO: Join Susan G MORE INFO: Tennis and Golf experience will stop this man
WHAT: Toddler Storytime Komen Lowcountry in their nightly fun for everyone. Whether WHAT: Opening night of say thank you by offering free
Fridays tournaments to help raise money youre a TV-buff, a History major, gate admission. Plus, enjoy free running. Our man in Savannah
WHERE: CCPL Poe Branch kickoff event for a weekend of for the Susan G. Komen of the Raw Art Exhibit Eric Culberson will make a hefty
Library, 1921 Ion Avenue WHAT: Open House Steak Night tennis and golf tournaments the guy who knows everything WHEN: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. parking at Kiawah Beachwalker
Lowcountry. For more info on how about sports, or the one who can Park, Folly Beach County Park return to the main stage on the
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: VFW Post 3137 with an oyster roast and BBQ. to participate in tournaments WHERE: Meyer Vogl, 122 Meeting island. Expect hard core blues
MORE INFO: Join Mrs. Marie for WHEN: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit: remember lines from every movie St. and Isle of Palms County Park.
or to attend the festivities, visit: youve seen, Team Trivia is right Fishing will be free for the day at and funk, all night long. Cost: $5.
stories and songs. 843.883.3914. MORE INFO: Open House Steak komenlowcountry.org komenlowcountry.org. MORE INFO: Opening night of art
Night every Friday, 6:00 p.m. for you. exhibit running until March 17. the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and
WHAT: Team Trivia Claim your steak (we only do 30 WHAT: Annual Baltimore Oriole WHAT: 2017 Special Olympics Featuring works by Marissa Vogl, the Mount Pleasant Pier, and a
free yoga program will be held at
Saturday, March 25
WHERE: Home Team BBQ,
Sullivans Island
each week), season to your liking,
then you have until 8 p.m. to cook
Winter Survey
WHEN: February 17-20
Polar Plunge Thursday, February 23 Susan Altman and Sandy Ostrau.
Folly Beach County Park. Visit WHAT: 8th Annual Hope on
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. charlestoncountyparks.com for Goat
WHEN: 8 - 10 p.m. it yourself on Ocean Deck grills. WHERE: SC Department of WHAT: Center for Womens WHAT: Weigh Station at
WHERE: The Windjammer, Front details. WHEN: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
MORE INFO: info@hometeambbq. Choice Ribeye, Baked Potato & Natural Resources Annual Conference Act. Aspire. Home Team BBQ
Beach, Isle of Palms WHERE: Goat Island Gatherings,
com Salad, $15. MORE INFO: The S.C. Achieve. WHEN: 10:00 p.m.
MORE INFO: The chill is in Channel Marker 116 on the
Department of Natural Resources the air and it is time to start WHEN: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Home Team BBQ Wednesday, March 8 Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Wednesdays Friday, February 17 (SCDNR) will conduct an annual
Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey
getting ready to brave the waters
off Isle of Palms to help raise
WHERE: Trident Technical
College Economic Development
MORE INFO: Since their
formation in April of 2006 the WHAT: Developing, Marketing & MORE INFO: The 8th Annual
WHAT: Beach and Shag Party in conjunction with the Great members of Weigh Station have "Hope on Goat" benefit at Goat
WHEN: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. WHAT: Aging Gracefully: awareness and funding for Complex, North Charleston Financing a New Product
Backyard Bird Count. Survey MORE INFO: The Act. Aspire. become a strong, dynamic, and WHEN: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Island Gatherings will direct
WHERE: The Windjammer, Front Healthy Hearing Special Olympics. Our goal is to 100% of ticket sales and silent
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. participants count and record make this years plunge bigger Achieve conference has creative force in the Charleston WHERE: 4045 Bridge View Dr.,
Beach, Isle of Palms the largest number of Baltimore music scene. They have headlined auction proceeds to Fresh Future
MORE INFO: The Windjammer is WHERE: Poe/Sullivans Island and better every year. Registration opportunities for attendees to North Charleston
orioles they can see at one time, hear from 19 breakout speakers some of Charlestons most popular MORE INFO: For anyone with Farm in North Charleston, SC.
now the host of the East Cooper Library begins at 10:30 a.m. For more For more information on the
MORE INFO: Whether you or on any or all four days of the information contact Deputy along with a keynote address by music venues while playing an innovative idea looking to
Shag Clubs Beach and Shag survey period. You can participate extensively across the Carolinas. events, food and music included,
Party with DJ Jim Bowers every someone you know has difficulty Chief Stan Gragg of the Mount bestselling author, speaker, TV develop it into a product and take
in the survey by either requesting contributor and syndicated radio Described as funk rock, and to market. Attend this workshop visit: freshfuturefarm.org/hope-
Wednesday. Free Admission. hearing, information is the key to Pleasant Police Department at on-goat.
understanding and coping with an SCDNR survey form, or if you 843.884.4176/843.534.6504 or host, widely known as a work/ dirty southern soul, expect an to learn how to do that and
Come kick off your shoes and get are a Great Backyard Bird Count exciting live and improvisational
some sand between your toes. this issue. Receive a free auditory sgragg@tompsc.com or visit: life balance expert and successful what marketing and financing
screening, learn what causes participant, you can e-mail a copy firstgiving.com/so-sc/2017-isle-of- businesswoman, Samantha performance. Tickets are $5. Visit opportunities are available. Cost
changes in hearing, and discover of your checklist submission to palms-polar-plunge. Ettus. For details & speaker info, www.hometeambbq.com. is $20 to attend. To register or
SCDNR. For more information, please visit c4wconference.org. learn more at charlestonsbdc.com.
Saturday, March 4
Tuesday, February 28 WHAT: SK8 Charleston Grand
WHAT: Vladimir Putins Opening celebration
Russia Lecture by Dr. Stephen WHEN: 1:00 9:00 p.m.
Crowley WHERE: 1549 Oceanic Street
WHEN: 5:15 p.m. MORE INFO: Charlestons
WHERE: Buyer Auditorium in newest skate park is here. Grand
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel opening special events are open
MORE INFO: Visit waccharleston. to the public ($1 admission
org, and see story on page 10. fee for spectators, $3 fee for
participants) and will feature live
music throughout the day, plus
Friday, March 3 giveaways, best trick contests,
and skateboarding demos. This
WHAT: Art of Design Luncheon 32,500-square-foot concrete
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. skate park is on the Charleston
WHERE: Lenhardt Garden, the peninsula. For more information,
Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St. visit CharlestonCountyParks.com
MORE INFO: Internationally or call 843.795.4386.
acclaimed interior designer Vern
Yip will visit Charleston as the
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20 February 17, 2017

Adapting to rising seas


BY RICHARD WILDERMANN
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS
It is virtually certain that global mean sea level rise will continue beyond 2100,
with sea level rise due to (ocean) thermal expansion to continue for many centuries.
-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2013
The evidence 77 percent of its land area, by city once effectively drained of daily floods is projected to
Small, low-lying islands in the around the year 2100. storm water into the ocean. Now increase rapidly in the next few
open ocean are like canaries in The most obvious evidence of seawater backs up through drain decades. Sea level could rise
the coal mines, warning of the sea level rise in more populated pipes into the canals and floods 3.9 feet by 2100, according to
dangers of sea level rise. There are areas is the increasing frequency city streets. One-way valves are one conservative estimate from
thousands of such islands in the and extent of tidal flooding. In being installed in the drainage Climate Central. The South
western Pacific Ocean, and sea coastal communities, tidal waters pipes to prevent the back up. Carolina Department of Natural
level has been rising faster there, will inexorably reach further But during high tides or heavy Resources warns that the
especially over the last couple of inland twice a day, flooding rain, the valves cant open and Charleston area will experience
decades, than many places on the areas that were dry a few months the streets flood. In an article in increasing habitat loss, seawater
planet. Kiribati, a Pacific Island before. Using data from tidal March 2016 for Inside Climate encroachment, flooding and
nation about halfway between gauges at 27 coastal locations in News, Katherine Bagley stated, water quality degradation from
Hawaii and Australia, is made the U.S., one study has shown Scientists, city officials, sea level rise.
up of 33 coral reef atolls, 21 of that the number of flood days planners and policymakers say The causes
which are inhabited, with a total along the coast has increased that in the coming decades, Throughout geologic time,
land area of 313 square miles. steadily since the mid-1950s climate change will impact movement of the plates that make
Because of severe erosion and due primarily to human-caused nearly every aspect of life in up the earths outer shell has
saltwater intrusion, more of the sea level rise. Over 100 million Fort Lauderdale and the rest of been the primary cause of long-
islands are becoming too narrow people in the U.S. live in coastal South Florida, from the price term sea level fluctuations, those
to be livable. Storm surges occur counties. The five states with of flood insurance to home that occur over tens of millions of
more frequently, washing over extensive low-lying areas that are values, drinking water supplies, years. More short-term changes
shoreline barriers, turning wells most vulnerable to rising seas infrastructure, the economy and in sea level are attributed
brackish, and flooding villages are Louisiana, Florida, North and health. primarily to fluctuations in the
and crops. Warming seas bleach South Carolina, and California. The City of Charleston, South Earths temperature. At the end
and kill the coral that has afforded South Florida is called ground Carolina is one of the most of the last ice age (about 21,000
some protection from waves and zero for sea level rise. The average popular places in the country to years ago), sea level began to
storms. elevation of Miami-Dade County live and visit. Its a challenge for rise gradually until it stabilized
The 1,190 islands of the is just six feet. In recent years, the city to effectively deal with the about 2,000 years ago. Then
Republic of Maldives lie sea level has been rising at almost growth and congestion that come at the beginning of the 20th
southwest of the southern tip of an inch a year in the Miami with such popularity. But flooding century, just as greenhouse gas
India. It is the lowest lying island area, many times greater than from more intense storms and sea emissions and temperatures
chain in the world. Because the average global rate. There is level rise is already compounding began to increase, sea level began
80 percent of the land area is speculation that this is due in part Charlestons problems, and in to climb at an average rate of
below 3.3 feet, the Maldives are to changes in near-shore ocean the next few decades it could 0.07 inches per year. Expansion
especially vulnerable to flooding currents. In Fort Lauderdale, overwhelm the citys capacity to of warming ocean waters and
and sea level rise. Over the last just north of Miami Beach, water keep its head above water. During glacier melting have been the
six decades, sea level around regularly spills over sea walls, spring tides, the highest tides dominant contributors to global
the Maldives has been rising at lapping against foundations that occur regularly about twice sea level rise for the last hundred
a rate of 0.03 0.06 inches per every few weeks. During king a month, flooding is becoming years. Over the past 25 years
year. Given midlevel scenarios tides, which are the very highest more common and more severe. or so, global sea level rise has
for global warming emissions, predictable tides that occur In the 1970s tidal flooding accelerated to a rate of about 0.12
the Maldives is projected to twice a year, whole streets and occurred about twice a year in inches per year and is expected to
experience sea level rise on the neighborhoods are inundated. Charleston. Now it occurs about rise at an even greater rate this
order of 1.5 feet, and to lose some The 165 miles of canals in the 11 times a year, and the number century because the Antarctic

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and Greenland ice sheets are melting at a
faster rate than anticipated.
Sea level is rising at different rates
around the world. For example, the waters
surrounding the Solomon Islands in the
Western Pacific have risen at 0.33 inches per
year since 1994, almost three times faster
than the global average. Over the past 150
years, sea level has risen about 12 inches in
southeast Florida compared to about 8 inches
on average globally. Various ocean processes,
such as changes in ocean currents, contribute
to the variations in the rate of sea level rise.
Coastal areas in Louisiana and elsewhere
are sinking, which also causes higher than
average sea levels. Even the shape of the land
and seafloor are factors in these regional and
local variations.
What is being done to slow or stop
rising seas?
Governments at all levels have made
meaningful efforts to stop or slow warming Global Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels: 1900 - 2011
of the atmosphere and oceans. But the SOURCE: EPA WEBSITE AT: WWW3.EPA.GOV. ACCESSED JUNE 2016.
problem is global and needs a cooperative
international effort to succeed. One of the gas emissions, it is too late to measurably proposals to lease to oil companies the rights
first major international conferences on slow global warming and sea level rise during to drill in federal waters. During his tenure, his
climate change was held in February 1979 this century. The Earths temperature reacts
in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 1995 United agency received a Presidential award for its
slowly to the mechanisms that drive climate commitment to interdisciplinary environmental
Nations Climate Change Conferences have change, and climate models predict the
been held annually. The fundamental analysis. In 1997 Mr. Wildermann was the
Earths average temperature will continue to sole U.S. member of an international team
purpose of these international efforts is to rise over the next century. So if we are unable
reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. to effectively treat the cause of the problem, that wrote the Guidelines for Environmental
But after decades of meetings, reports, we need to adapt to it. Impact Assessment in the Arctic. While in
resolutions, agreements and promises, the the private sector, Mr. Wildermann managed
rate of greenhouse gas emissions is actually In part II Mr. Wildermann will address how an environmental assessment for a proposed
increasing, and as a result Earths warming we adapt to rising seas. Mr. Wildermann, wind farm off the coast of Long Island, New
and the rate of sea level rise is accelerating. a resident of Seabrook Island, was an York. He currently works with nonprofit
Carbon dioxide emissions have increased by environmental specialist and manager with organizations in the Lowcountry in opposition
about 90 percent since 1970. This trend is the federal offshore oil and gas program for
likely to continue as fossil fuels continue to to offshore seismic surveys and oil drilling.
over 25 years. He directed agency compliance Mr. Wildermann has a graduate degree from
drive economic growth. with environmental laws, conducted public
Even if international cooperation eventually the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
hearings, and managed the analyses for Studies.
results in modest reductions in greenhouse
island eats
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen 2019 Middle St, Sullivan's Island The Obstinate Daughter
Specializing in local and Restaurant serving contemporary
sustainable seafood. All Altantic The Dinghy Southern cuisine, pizza & pasta
Ocean sourced Seafood. $$-$$$ Laid back Key West Vibe, great in a rustic, coastal-inspired
886-FISH (3474) food options, unique beers on space.
31 JC Long Blvd, Isle of Palms tap, spacious side porch, and live $$-$$$
music. $-$$ 416-5020
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beachfront setting. Nibbles like 8 JC Long Blvd, Isle of Palms
peel and eat shrimp and nachos Pizza Hut
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seafood. $-$$ The islands only Irish Pub. Harris Teeter shopping center.
886-4361 Famous burgers, Irish fare, Deliver right to your door or get
www.thebananacabana.com favorite locals hangout for over carryout. $
1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms 20 years. $$ 886-5759
883-9646 www.order.pizzahut.com
Beard Cats www.dunleavysonsullivans.com 1515 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms
Gelato made from locally sourced 2213 Middle St, Sullivans Island
ingredients, and coffee shop that Poes Tavern
sits below Obstinate Daughter. $ High Thyme Famous for their gourmet
your island hair salon 416-5020 A small island bistro, with a wide burgers and chicken sandwiches,
843-883-9101 www.beardcatsweetshop.com
2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island
range of dishes, from seafood,
tapas on Tuesday, and a Sunday
this Poe-inspired eatery also
features great deals on fresh fish
2205 Middle St, Sullivan's Island brunch. $$-$$$ tacos. $$
Ben & Jerrys 883-3536 883-0083
Enjoy an array of ice cream www.highthymecuisine.com www.longislandcafesc.com
flavors, from Chocolate Therapy, 2213 Middle St, Sullivans Island 2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island
to Peach Cobbler on Isle of Palms
Front Beach. $ Home Team BBQ Refuge
886-6314 Not limited to barbeque, this Enjoy morning coffee with fresh
www.benandjerrys.com casual eatery also serves salads, bagels and pastries from the
1009 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms wraps, tacos, and quesadillas, coffee bar and dinner or lunch
Sunday Brunch. $$ at the restaurant along with
The Boathouse 883-3131 signature cocktails.
Fresh, local seafood, and www.teamteambbq.com www.therefugeiop.com
phenomenal sunset views from 2209 Middle St, Sullivans Island 1517 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms
the upper deck on Breach Inlet.
$$-$$$ Island Ice Frozen Yogurt Saltworks Dockside Deli
886.8000 All organic frozen yogurt, with Located inside the Isle of Palms
www.boathouserestaurants.com gluten free and vegan options. Marina Market, come enjoy
101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms Toppings are all natural or breakfast, smoothies, and
organic. Local coffee and teas. $ sandwiches. $-$$
Coconut Joes & 885-7079 883-3355
Island Joes Coffee www.islandiceyogurt.com www.saltworkscc.com
Spectacular views of the Atlantic 1515 C Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms 50 41st Ave, Isle of Palms
on the rooftop bar and live music
every night during the summer. Long Island Caf Sullivans
$-$$. Island Joes next door Come in for lunch, dinner, Grab a casual dinner of fried
featuring coffee and ice cream. $ or Sunday brunch and enjoy flounder or crab cakes in a cozy
886-0046 all your favorite seafood, plus atmosphere as well as lunch on
www.coconutjoes.biz so much more at this island the weekends. $$
1120 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms favorite. $$-$$$ 883-3222
886-8809 www.saltstation22.com
The Co-Op www.longislandcafesc.com 2019 Middle St, Sullivans Island
A gourmet deli specializing in 1515-A Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms
breakfast and lunch sandwiches Windjammer
as well as local coffee. Enjoy Morgan Creek Grill Lively spot with a bar menu,
pantry staples including beer Relax with a front row seat on a deck overlooking the water,
and wine along with locally made the Intracoastal Waterway while and beach volleyball court out
products and house made take enjoying fresh seafood and back.$-$$
and go meals. Open 7 days a southern hospitality. $$ 886-8596
week. Delivery available. $ 886-8980 www.the-windjammer.com
882-8088 www.morgancreekgrill.com 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms
www.thecoopsi.com 8040 1st Ave, Isle of Palms

off-island eats
Bacco Eggs Up Grill Stacks Coastal Kitchen
Regional Italian restaurant Relaxed chain serving a menu of Join us for lunch, where we
featuring fresh pastas, fior di latte breakfast, burgers & sandwiches in offer fresh soup, salads, and
mozzarella and Neapolitan style a colorful setting. $-$$ sandwiches. Enjoy dinner in a
pizzas from the wood burning oven. 388-3654 casual bistro-style setting, nice
$$$ www.eggsupgrill.com selection and outdoor seating. $$
843.884.6969 2664 Highway 17 North, 388-6968
www.baccocharleston.com Mt. Pleasant www.stackscoastalkitchen.com
976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Pleasant Sawyers Mt. Pleasant
True to the low country, Sawyer's
Bistro Toulouse On The Boulevard is surrounded The Wine Bar
Classic French cuisine, fine wines by beautiful Oak trees and done in Wine, unique variety of 40 +
and creative cocktails. Menu reclaimed wood on the inside with cheeses and charcuterie meats
highlights include Crepes, Mussels, copper tiles topping the bar area. from around the world., chocolate,
Cassoulet, Bouillabaisse, Cheese Local fresh shrimp and fish tacos bon-bons. $$
& Charcuterie and house made are a favorite here as well as some 849-5185
Desserts. $$$ of Charleston's best music 5 nights www.thewinebarmtp.com
843.216.3434 a week. $$ 664 Long Point Rd, Mt. Pleasant
www.bistrotoulouse.com 843.388.5270
1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd, www.sawyersotb.com
Mt. Pleasant 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Mt. Pleasant

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February 17, 2017 23

Use your tax refund wisely


BY DIMI MATOUCHEV
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

I
ts tax time again which for many diversify your portfolio and you can
Americans means that a tax refund use your refund for this purpose. (Keep
is on its way. If youre going to get a in mind, though, that diversification,
refund this year, how can you use the by itself, cant guarantee profits or
money to your best advantage? protect against loss.)
Of course, its always tempting to Contribute to a 529 plan. If you
spend the check from Uncle Sam on have children or grandchildren whom
something fun. But a tax refund could youd like to help send to college,
be sizable the average amount in consider using your tax refund to
2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS help fund a 529 plan. Your 529 plan
so putting this money to work could contributions may be deductible from
help boost your progress toward your your state taxes, and your earnings
financial goals. are distributed tax-free, provided they
Here are some possibilities for using are used for qualified higher education
your refund: expenses. (However, withdrawals not
used for higher education expenses
Help fund your IRA. If you were may be subject to both income tax and
to receive a tax refund of $2,857, a 10% penalty.)
youd have slightly more than half
of the $5,500 annual IRA contribution limit for 2017, although, Pay off some debts. You can help improve your financial
if you are 50 or older, you can contribute an extra $1,000. picture by reducing your debt load but it may make sense
Consequently, you may find it much easier to fully fund your to prioritize these debts. For example, rather than make an
IRA for the year and you should do exactly that, because extra mortgage payment, you might want to first tackle those
an IRA is a great retirement savings vehicle. If you have a debts or loans that carry a high interest rate and that dont
traditional IRA, your contributions may be fully or partially allow you to deduct interest payments. After all, your monthly
deductible, depending on your income, while your earnings mortgage payment will remain the same even if you make an
can grow tax deferred. (Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and extra payment, but if you can get rid of some smaller debts,
withdrawals prior to age 59 may be subject to a 10 percent you will free up some cash that you could use to invest for your
IRS penalty.) With a Roth IRA, your contributions are not future.
deductible, but your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided Think carefully about how to use your tax refund. It represents an
you dont start taking withdrawals until youre 59 and youve opportunity that you wont want to waste.
had your account at least five years. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local
Help diversify your portfolio. If a market downturn hits one Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
asset class, and thats where you keep most of your money,
you could take a big hit. Owning an array of investments
such as stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and so on can
help prepare your portfolio to weather the effects of market
volatility, By adding new investments, or increasing your
holdings of existing investments, you may be able to further

Breac h Inlet Tide Char t


Date High Tide Low Tide
Feb 17 12:05am/12:11pm 6:09am/6:15pm
Feb 18 12:54am/1:01pm 7:01am/7:03pm
Feb 19 1:49am/1:55pm 7:57am/7:57pm
Feb 20 2:46am/2:53pm 8:55am/8:55pm
Feb 21 3:44am/3:50pm 9:51am/9:52pm
Feb 22 4:38am/4:44pm 10:42am/10:45pm
Feb 23 5:28am/5:34pm 11:30am/11:35pm
Feb 24 6:14am/6:20pm 12:15pm
Feb 25 6:57am/7:03pm 12:21am/12:57pm
Feb 26 7:39am/7:46pm 1:07am/1:39pm
Feb 27 8:19am/8:28pm 1:52am/2:21pm
Feb 28 9:00am/9:12pm 2:38am/3:04pm
Mar 1 9:43am/9:58pm 3:25am/3:48pm
Mar 2 10:29am/10:49pm 4:15am/4:35pm

Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the


predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.

Source: www.saltwatertides.com

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