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Covid-19 Restrictions and Guidelines

In this rapidly changing environment, we are collaborating daily with Charleston County Emergency Management, and we will continue to change our operating protocols consistent with the recommendations from both state and local authorities.  We are appreciative for the support and assistance we have received from Charleston County Emergency Management and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, March 27, the SC Governor issued an executive order calling for a mandatory quarantine for those coming into the state from areas in the country deemed “hot spots” for the novel coronavirus.  These areas include:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • New Orleans

On Tuesday, March 31, Governor McMaster ordered that all non-essential businesses close.

The following changes to our operating schedule are now effective through April 13 (subject to change as the situation evolve.

  • Ferry departure times from Isle of Palms to Dewees Island will be limited: 7:00am through 7:00pm (last run off island at 7:30pm if advance call is received)
  • In order to make things easier for owners and to lessen travel on the ferry, we will bring deliveries to the island on both the 12:00noon ferry and the 4:00pm ferry.
  • If you are having something delivered to the IOP at these times, please call the ferry staff and let them know. In efforts to reduce traffic on the ferries and limit the number of trips to and from the island for our owners, we are offering to transport groceries that are delivered to the marina on the 12pm and 4pm ferries.  
  • Housekeepers and domestic workers will not be allowed ferry access
  • Building Contractors will not be allowed ferry access
  • Contractors performing Emergency Repairs will be permitted (e.g. HVAC or Plumbing emergency

Thank you for your continued support, your assistance, and your cooperation as we work together to overcome this challenge and keep our community safe for all.  

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, do not ride the ferry
  • If you are traveling from a high risk area, do not ride the ferry

The SC Governor has issued an emergency declaration banning all gatherings of three or more people.

  • The Nature Center is closed
  • The Huyler House is closed

In addition to the restrictions above, we strongly encourage owners to observe the following recommendations and requests to help protect your fellow owners and staff through at least April 13:

  • Recommend that all owners limit ferry trips to only those which are essential
  • Request non-resident owners not travel to the island if avoidable
  • Request owners avoid having guests visit them on the island
  • Request owners not allow unaccompanied guests to utilize your home
  • Request lot owners not visit the island 

Dewees Marina Boat Ramp Closed, Residents to Call Ferry Staff for Assistance

Dear Owners,

In view of the escalation of the coronavirus, public beach accesses and boat ramps have been closed. To prevent non-residents from trying to access our boat ramp at the Dewees Marina, we have closed it off with a cable and lock. If a Dewees resident would like to access the boat ramp during ferry operation hours, please call the ferry staff in advance and they will unlock it for you. Thank you for your cooperation.


Catherine Weeks
Dewees Island POA 

Beach Debris Container at Ancient Dunes

A beach debris collection container is now located at Ancients Dunes for your convenience for disposing of items collected during your walk.  This container has been in place for about 2 months now and appears to be about 50% effective in collecting the requested materials.  According to NOAA; beach debris is also known as marine debris which is defined as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes”.   Please use the beach debris collection container to dispose of items such as bits of Styrofoam, balloons, discarded water bottles, bottle caps, pieces of plastic & rope, etc.  Please click here to learn the most common marine debris items. If you would like to help to collect data on marine debris please download the CleanSwell app from the Ocean Conservancy.  Please remember when visiting the beach to pack home what you pack in and refrain from using the beach debris container for disposing of items from your beach gathering or dog waste bags.  Thank you for helping to keep the beach clean!


Lori Sheridan Wilson,
Environmental Program Director & ARB Coordinator