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March 9, 2016

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From time to time we ask you to contact your legislators on issues of concern. The State of SC has worked to make it easier to identify the people who represent you and to find out how to contact them.
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For many of us old timers who remember the SC Legislative Manuel, it still exists and you can view
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The SC Legislative Website itself can be pretty helpful with many of these functions available from the home page. You might want to start here and simply wander around a bit:

If you want to contact your legislator use "contact legislator" form on the right hand side in the middle. If you care to create a password you can find and track legislation on line.



Town Council Work Session 4-11-17 & Formal Session 4-13-17

The key items of interest were as follows:


1.       Council unanimously approved Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-08 To Adopt the PUD Zoning Map of the Town of Edisto Beach as revised and amended:  This revision amends the map to show Tract M subdivided into three parcels.  Two of the parcels are being deeded to the Town in exchange for three lots currently owned by the Town on Jungle Road.  The third Track M parcel will be retained by the Bank.


This change was made so that the Town has control of the retention pond utilized by the Town's waste water system.


2.       Council unanimously approved Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-07 to Amend Section 82-33 of the Town's Code to Adjust the Rates for Water Service.  Rates will increase 15% for the next six month billing cycle starting July 1, 2017. 


Water Rates

Residential and Commercial


                  0-24,000                      24,000 to 48,000               48,000 to 72,000                   72,000 plusResidential   $ 163.84                                 $1.83                     $ 2.04                                                $ 2.28

Business/docks  $ 163.84                          $ 3.63                    $ 4.08                                                 $ 4.55

Outside town limits   $ 327.70                   $ 6.22                    $ 6.99                                                 $ 7.77

State park   $ 673.72                                 $ 5.46                     $ 5.46                                                $ 6.80

Water for irrigation $ 163.84                    $ 3.63                      $ 4.08                                         $4.55


3.       Civic Center and Bay Creek Park rates and terms have been adjusted modestly.  If you need more information, please contact Kelly Moore, Events Coordinator, at Town Hall.


4.       Beach renourishment project is expected to be completed in April and the groin extension work to be completed in May.  There is an area of concern on the south end around 30, 31 & 32 where there has been beach erosion.  This area was not included in the current renourishment project.  It is estimated that this can be corrected for approximately $270K but will require an additional permit.  Also, there is no protective berm starting at 208 and ending at the 400 block according to Matthew Kizer.  Coastal Engineering will need to look at this area.


5.       Town Council approved the request by The Edisto Island Community Association to hold their annual "scratch and dent sale" in the Civic Center parking lot.  No fee will be charged.


6.       Council unanimously approved First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-09 to Establish a Procedure for Invocations prior to Town Council meetings.  This was recommended by the Municipal Association with the intent of avoiding any suggestion of bias towards any faith or belief.  It specificity lists the options available to providing an invocation on a volunteer basis for all Town sanctioned meetings, events and gatherings.


Three options are listed:

(a) One of Town Council members rotated among the members

(b) A Chaplin elected by the Town Council

(c) An invocation speaker selected objectively from local religious leaders


7.       The new FEMA flood map development status was discussed.  The preliminary version of the new maps was available for review in a meeting several months ago.  These essential are the versions that will be approved near-term.


Critical dates are follows:

·         May 17, 2017 - Final determination date

·         November 17, 2017 - Effective date


The 6 months difference is a FEMA regulation requirement.  New insurance policies can begin to be written against the new maps after November 17, 2017.


8.       George Kostell of our Board was elected to the Planning Commission by the Town Council.  This filled Wanda McCarley's unexpired term.


Renourishment Update

Renourishment was complete as of Saturday, 22 April and the dredge was demobilized.  The sand sculpting was complete also, leaving a nice berm of about 75’ width.  Concern has been expressed about scarping around Groins 30,31,32 which received no sand but sand is already drifting into these groin compartments.  CSE Project Engineer will inspect the beach monthly to determine trends and whether further adjustments to the groins are required. 

The groins are still being completed with respect to the concrete caps on the sheet pile sections and armor stone placement on either side of the sheet pile. This work must be done at low tide and so will continue for another month or so. CSE says that this work will be done during daylight hours so as not to disturb turtle nesting which occurs at night.


David Cannon



Flood Maps

Per Patrick Brown, the letter of final determination is set for May 17, 2017 and that would give an effective date of November 17, 2017 for the new FEMA maps for Colleton County and Edisto Beach.

Hackett Presentation 

Also, please see the attached that was presented by William Hackett tonight at the Town Council meeting.


An Update From Mayor Darby on the Town Water Project


The Town of Edisto Beach is working on the water project and these phases of the project are currently in progress.

The Town has completed the paperwork for financial rerating and is awaiting a decision.
We have secured bond information for bonds for the project.

The Preliminary Engineering Plan has been approved.  Thomas and Hutton have 90 days to complete the final plans.

A lawsuit has been filed against the Town to prevent the use of Town owned lots.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sarah H. McKenzie, Julie H. McLeod, Maxine McLeod Miller, William N. Gaston, Peace M. Gaston, Johnnie R. Benson and E. T. Benson.  We are awaiting a legal decision.


Myrtle Street Road Improvements


The South Carolina Department for Transportation (SCDOT) plans road improvements along Myrtle Street in Colleton County. The proposed project includes valley gutters, percolation pipes and catch basins along Myrtle St (S-682) from Edings St (local) to Lybrand St (S-684), installation of drainage pipe from Lybrand St to Marianne St (S-688), and paving Myrtle St from Ebbtide St (local) to Palmetto Blvd (SC 174).

Please visit our website for more information. Please feel free to share this information as well.


Lost Pet Standard Operating Procedure

The Town of Edisto Beach cannot accept lost animals, due to liability issues.  The rental companies will be given temporary collars to give to renters to write a phone number (local, vacation or cell number) and the pet’s name should the pet get lost.

If found in the town, the person finding the pet can either call the owner or Animal Control at 843-893-2651.  Ask for Director Reggie McNeil.

If found on the island, the person finding the pet can call either the owner or Animal Lovers of Edisto (ALOE) Canine Rescue at 843-869-3869.

All Town personnel will be given this information.  Should anyone call Town Hall, employees will be directed to provide caller with numbers to call.


Town of Edisto Beach

Town Council Work Session March 7th & Formal Meeting March 9, 2017

Key Items of Interest

The following are the noteworthy items from the two meetings:

1.)   John Greider of Edisto Beach State Park gave a brief report on the Park’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew.  John indicated all trails are open except for the Bache monument trail..  Also, the beach side campground will not be open before Labor Day 2017.  The park is currently losing approximately $4,000 per month due to the campground remaining closed as well as lost visitor revenue.

2.)   Steven Traynum of Coastal Science Engineering gave an update on the status of beach renourishment.  To date the work has been generally completed as scheduled.  State Park work is expected to be completed on March 14.  The beach is starting to look normal from the 500 block through the State Park.

All work is expected to be completed in early May.

3.)   Approved second reading of Ordinance No. 2017-05 to amend Sections 14-110(a), 14-113, 14-114(d), 14-114(h), 14-161(b)(2), 14-161(b(a)(5), 14-161 (b)(6), 14-181 (b)(1), 14-201 (a), 14-221 (f) and 14-221 (g) of the Town’s Code of Ordinances regarding the preliminary flood insurance study dated  November 20, 2015 with accompanying maps and other supporting data in the FEMA study.

4.)   The FY2017-18 Council Retreat was held on February 21, 2017.  A summary of the issues reviewed and discussed is attached.

5.)   Fiscal year 2016-17 Budget Adjustments:


Available Fund           Beginning Balance       Contingency Req.        Remaining Balance

General Fund                   $  88,369                      $  30,154                      $  58,215

Water Fund                      $151,284                      $137,653                      $  13,651

Sewer Fund                      $  59,084                      $  13,854                      $  45,230

     Total                           $298,737                       $181,661                      $117,096

·         Budget Amendment for Hurricane Damage

$1M in emergency funds allocated; $700K expended

$300K  remaining available

FEMA committed to paying 75% (.75 x $700 = $525K) of the $700K to the Town.

·         Police Vehicle Replacements

Replacing two sedans with new SUVs at an approximate cost of $67,426.  One was a 2012 model and the other had  a failed engine. in the past and has strong community support.

7.)   Law Enforcement Assistance and Support Agreement between Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Edisto Beach was approved.  This has been highly beneficial

8.)   Approved First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-07 to amend Section 82-33 of the Town’s Code to adjust the rates for water service.  These rates will take effect in July, 2017 for fiscal year 2017-2018.  The amended  rate schedule is as follows:

Water Rates

Residential and Commercial

                                         0-24.000         24,000 to 48,000    48,000 to 72,000     72,000 plus

Residential                       $ 163.84                    $1.83                      $2.04                 $2.28

Business/docks                 $163.84                     $3.63                     $4.08                  $4.55

Outside town limits          $327.70                     $6.22                     $6.99                  $7.77

State park                         $673.72                      $5.46                     $6.12                  $6.81

Water for irrigation          $163.84                      $3.63                     $4.08                  $4.55

9.)   Special Events Application was approved for the Edisto Brass/Independence Day concert, July 4, 2017, 8 PM to 9 PM.  Fee for park was waived.

10.) Approved RFP 2017-04, Repair Damaged Beach Accesses, award of bid to Professional Services Group on March 9, 2017 in the amount of $39,139.99.  This work will not start until the beach renourishent is finished at the access.  All the affected accesses are being surveyed before repairs begin.

11.) Art Guild application for a 2017 Arts in the Park event was approved.  This will be a three session program scheduled for June 11, July 9 an August 13.  Performances will begin at 5:30 PM.  Final programs will be confirmed later.

In the event of increment weather the programs will be moved to the Civic Center if it is not already rented.

12.) First reading of Ordinance No. 2017-08 to Adopt the PUD Zoning Map of the Town of Edisto Beach as revised and amended to document the subdivision of Tract M into three parcels.

For more details click here


The latest from FEMA

Member Alert: FEMA sending letters to policyholders to clearly communicate flood risk

Jan. 11, 2017 



FEMA has now begun the next phase of implementation of Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk, of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which requires the agency to clearly communicate full flood risk determinations to individual property owners. 

To meet this requirement, the National Flood Insurance Program reviewed the flood risk and underwriting information for every flood insurance policy, and is writing to all NFIP policyholders to explain the current risk level for their property and the relation of the risk to their premium rates.

Starting January 2017, policyholders will begin receiving letters about two months after their policy renews. Policyholders who renewed policies in October 2016 through December 2016 will also receive their first mailing. FEMA will continue to mail the letter at each subsequent renewal.

Because policy information varies from one policy to the next, the letters encourage policyholders to contact their insurance agent to discuss their unique situation, or visit to learn about their options.

All policyholders will eventually receive a letter upon the renewal of their policy. The NFIP has identified seven categories of policyholders to receive unique information based on their risk and current premium rates. The letters for each policyholder category are as follows:


·         ·Letter A: Newly mapped into the Special Flood Hazard Area, or high risk flood zone

·         ·Letter B: Standard X Zone (moderate risk), not grandfathered

·         ·Letter C: Standard X Zone (moderate risk), grandfathered

·         ·Letter D: Pre-FIRM subsidized, primary residences

·         ·Letter E: Pre-FIRM subsidized, non-primary residences and businesses

·         ·Letter F: Preferred Risk Policy (PRP)

·         ·Letter G: Post-FIRM, full risk

Information for insurance agents, copies of each category of letter, details about what each letter means, and tips for how individual policyholders can lower their flood risk (and potentially their flood insurance premiums) can be found at Here is a PDF of a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

As you are aware, HFIAA requires gradual insurance rate increases for properties currently receiving artificially low (or subsidized) rates, rather than immediate full-risk rate increases. HFIAA requires increases to premiums for most subsidized properties of no less than 5 to 15 percent annually, but no more than 18 percent for an individual policyholder--with limited exceptions--until the premium reaches its full-risk insurance rate.


The information that NFIP policyholders will receive, will help them make the best decisions about their flood risk, including how to better prepare for flooding disasters in their community

Deborah Hargis

Municipal Clerk       


Town of Edisto beach Water & Sewer Committee Mtg. Dec. 16,2016

1.0   Restoration of Sewage Disposal on Front Beach

        Twenty-five residences either lost or had seriously damaged septic tanks on the north end of the beach.  Many of these as well as other areas cannot accommodate a new septic tank installation until the current beach renournishment, now being initiated, is completed.  

        The possibility of extended sewer service was also discussed as an alternative to new individual septic tanks.  This option, however, does not appear plausible for the following reasons:

·         Extension of sewer service on the north end would cost an estimated $1M

·         The sewer line would have to be run down the center of Palmetto Blvd. and would require SCDOT concurrence

·         The Town's sewer plant would have to be expanded

·         OCRM grants could be expected to cover up to $500K of the $1M sewer line extension cost but would not cover the related costs which include engineering, permitting, etc.

·         Most important, satisfying the above requirements would delay restoration of sewer service beyond the next spring and summer rental season

The Water & Sewer Committee concluded the discussion by agreeing no further action is needed or recommended.


2.0   Restoration of Full Compliment of Wells

        Currently only three wells and the elevated water storage tank are operable.  The following are not operable and must be either restored or replaced:

·         No. 3 well at the Lions Club

·         No. 4 and 5 wells at the State Park well field

·         Ground water storage tank

·         Two booster pumps at the well field

It was reported on 12-8-16 in Town Council meeting that No. 5 well was repaired and the ground water storage tank would be filled beginning 12-9-16.  However, the two integral booster pumps will require replacement at an estimated cost of $90K to $185K.  The Committee unanimously approved for submittal to Town Council a motion to hire Thomas & Hutton to prepare a bid package to replace these pumps.  Note that the current booster pumps are single case which means any problems with the motor or pump require the entire units removal for repair.  Because of its ease to repair either the pump or motor separately, a split case pump is preferred and recommended by the Utility Dept.

Approximately $44K in additional costs were required to deal with the storm. 

3.0   Water System Upgrade Revenue Bonds


        First reading on the Revenue Bond was approved by Town Council on 10-21-16.  Second reading is scheduled on the January 2017 Town Council agenda.  In a related matter, Town Advisor, John Cantey, recommends that we should issue insured bonds because of rising interest rates and we must make them as attractive as possible.  Insured bonds guarantee payment as well as other security protection.  The Committee voted unamiously to recommend Town Council proceed with insured bonds.

        A new well is included in the scope of the water system upgrade which Town Council has authorized proceeding with a new well on Town owned property zoned for public use near Town Hall.

        Wharton Smith has submitted a change order for the new well at a cost from reserves at $1.3M.  Because of potential risk of negatively impacting bond rating, the Committee recommended that reserves not be used until new bond rating is done for Revenue Bond.      

Thank you for your support!




The Town of Edisto Beach and MEDUCARE have partnered for the benefit of you, our town property owners.  Property owners transported from Colleton or Charleston Counties by MEDUCARE, or any AirMedCare Network Provider, who are insured at the time of transport, will only be billed the Medicare Allowable Rate.  You will not be billed for the balance which could be upwards of $10,000.  For property owners who are insured, MEDUCARE will only bill your insurance company and not bill you for the balance.  Those who are uninsured will be billed the Medicare allowable rate.  MEDUCARE has been sending out information about upgrades.  There is no requirement to upgrade unless you decide you need to.


The Edisto …. Our Threatened River?

The Edisto River is one of South Carolina’s most popular rivers for paddling, fishing, and outdoor fun.  It’s also the state’s most heavily used river for irrigation, and excessive agricultural water withdrawals are threatening wildlife, recreation, and the water supplies of other uses.

While the state’s permitting process requires industrial and municipal water users to meet requirements to safeguard river health and clean water, large agribusinesses do not.  Legislation is desperately needed to end this unfair exemption so that the Edisto, and all of the state’s rivers, can continue to provide sustainable water supplies for all, while supporting river health and recreation.

The longest free flowing blackwater river in the US, the Edisto winds from spring-fed headwaters in the Sandhills of central SC, through the heart of floodplain forests in the Coastal Plain, to the rich estuary of the Ashepoo/Combahee/Edisto (ACE) Basin.  It is an intimate river along most of its length – a place where paddlers enjoy solitude and close-up views of diverse plants and wildlife.  No dams block the Edisto’s flow; migratory fish are free to run its entire 250 mile length, from ocean to headwaters. 

In the heart of the ACE Basin, freshwater arteries sustain one of the most acclaimed natural areas found on the East Coast, where more than 130,000 acres of land have been protected through public/private partnerships.  While the river’s character changes along its path, there is one constant – the tannin-stained Edisto waters – the lifeblood of this unique region.

This year’s listing of the Edisto River follows South Fork of the Edisto’s appearance in the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers report.  Excessive agricultural water withdrawals continue to be a major threat to the Edisto and other rivers across the state.  While municipal and industrial water users are required to get withdrawal permits, SC’s surface water law does not require permits for agricultural water users – this means that the state cannot regulate water use during drought periods to protect the river, water quality, small farmers, and downstream users.

When the South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use, and Reporting Act was passed in 2010, the agricultural exemption from state permitting was a victory for industrial-scale – not traditional – farms in SC.  At the time, lawmakers were led to believe that the relaxed measures would help traditional SC farmers.  No one envisioned the agricultural exemption from permitting would be exploited by industrial-scale, out-of-state agribusinesses that would use enough water to supply a medium-sized city.  However, that’s what is happening, increasing uncertainty for downstream water users, and putting the Edisto and other rivers at increased risk.

This year, a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced H.3564 in the SC Legislature – a bill that would have ended the exemption of large agricultural water withdrawals from permitting.   The bill would have protected SC farmers by allowing existing agricultural registrations to remain in effect, and it would have required new industrial-scale agricultural water users to receive withdrawal permits like all other users.

We urge you to tell our legislators to amend the state’s surface water law to make it fair for all water users and to protect the health and integrity of the state’s rivers for future generations including our Edisto.

Thank you for your support!



irrigation rules

Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:

Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.

By Mail - Follow these steps to vote absentee by mail. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Step 2: You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail. You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.

Step 3: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.

Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.

Deadline to request absentee ballot – June 21st

Early voting at the Walterboro office only to start around June 10th…call number below to make sure of date.


115-A Benson Street
P.O. Box 97
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 549-2842
Fax:(843) 549-2812


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

7AM-7PM Election Days

Thank you for your support,



For your future use:

Councilmen Addresses and phone numbers.

Patti Smyer
Jerome Kizer
Crawford Moore
MayorJane Darby 843-869-4306
Susan Hornsby

All councilmen can receive mail at c/o Town Hall, 2414 Murray St, Edisto Beach, SC 29438

If you want to be kept informed on developments on Edisto Beach, join the Edisto Beach Property Owners Association by filling out the form below and sending the annual dues of $30.00 to the return address above.  Membership entitles you to two tickets to the Annual Meeting complete with BBQ dinner and cocktails.

Name__________________________________________Spouse Name____________________

Mailing Address________________________________________________________________

Edisto Beach Property Address_____________________________________________________

Email address___________________________________________________________________

Home Phone___________________________



The Town of Edisto Beach
web site is available at


the newly repainted EINSB welcome sign
Our thanks to Mike & Nancy Salas who repainted our Scenic Byway sign.
Click here to visit the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

EINSB Website


Visit Edisto's jewel, Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area
To learn about Botany Bay WMA Click here
To learn about the driving tour click here
To read the article in South Carolina Wildlife Magazine click here


SC Tax Credit Available

SC allows a tax credit against income tax for primary residences.  If your insurance premiums exceed 5% of your income you can claim the excess as a credit against SC income tax up to a maximum of $1,250.
To get the form click here and select form TC 44. 

New Officers:

President -
Bob Sandifer

Vice Pres. -
John Morgan

Secretary -
David Cannon

Treasurer -
Sjannah Sanders

To Contact Us:
P.O. Box 147
Edisto Island, SC 29438
or e mail
Bob Sandifer President

Board Members:

Mickey Blancett
Mary Kay Dirr
Beth Johnston
Sjannah Sanders
Mickey Van Metre
Patti Smyer

Charles Boozer
Patsy Cannon
Archie Johnston
Greg Smith
Bill Smyer
George Kostell
Bob Renner

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