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Dewees Island Welcomes New Staff Member, Ellen Dempsey

Dear Owners,

It is my pleasure to welcome Ellen Dempsey as our new accountant.  We appreciate all that Ray Roberts has done over the past several months during this transition period, and he will continue to assist Ellen over the next couple of weeks.  I am very excited about the level of accounting experience Ellen brings to our operation. 

Ellen and her husband moved from Ohio to Mount Pleasant 4 years ago.  They have 3 adult children, of which two live and work in Ohio, and one lives and works in Shenzen, China.  She is a CPA with over 15+ years accounting experience. Ellen has worked in many different industries, as well as 7 years with a mid-size CPA firm. Ellen has worked with different size organizations, the largest of which was Wendy’s Corporation in Dublin, Ohio where she was the Controller for their Co-Op.  Ellen impressed me in her interview with her special skillset in start-up companies.  She enjoys the challenge of developing and implementing new processes and procedures, and she has already brought many new ideas to the table. 

In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, trying out Charleston’s many wonderful restaurants, and she is currently learning to play golf.  She said, “Thankfully my husband is very patient.” Ellen says that she is “so excited to be here at Dewees POA and looks forward to getting to know all of the property owners. The island is so beautiful and I’m grateful that I can come to work in these wonderful surroundings.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure you all will make her feel welcome on the island.  You may contact her by email at accounting@deweesislandsc.com.  She begins full-time next Monday.  

Sincerely,

David Dew, CCM, CCE

Island Wildlife and Alligator Safety

Spring is an exciting and beautiful time of year on the island as the landscape begins to bloom and wildlife reawakens. We are so fortunate that our island is a truly unique wildlife habitat. 

Parent and young eagle in nest on Lake Timicau Drive (near swing and water control structure along old house lagoon). 

 

As wildlife becomes more active on the island with warmer weather, it is imperative that we take the time to remind our visitors and residents alike that they should remain alert at all times, respecting the habitat, and being cognizant of the inherent dangers that can potentially exist in all areas of the island. Specifically, it’s important to be mindful of alligator safety.

Alligators are protected under South Carolina Regulation 123-151 and it is against the law to feed or harass them. 

  • Alligators can move very quickly, so please do not approach them.
  • Keep at least 60 feet away from alligators at all times. If you get too close, back away slowly.
  • Do not assume that alligators are slow and sluggish.They are extremely quick and agile and will defend themselves when cornered. They rarely chase people, but they can outrun or out swim the fastest person for the first 30 feet.  And, please don’t allow children to play unsupervised around the water. 

Please keep your pets on a leash and away from the water.   Pets are exactly the size and shape of common alligator prey. Keep them safely away from the water’s edge and on leashes that are no longer than 6 feet.  Do not let your pet drink from or enter the water in alligator habitat.  Alligators have a keen sense of smell. Your pet will be curious, and the alligator may see it as an easy food source.  Do not throw rocks or other objects into the water, because to an alligator a “splash” means food.

Lastly, here are some other important reminders about alligators:

  • Splashing: Alligators are attracted to splashing as a potential prey source. 
  • Hiss:If an alligator hisses, it’s warning you that you are too close. Back away slowly.
  • Protect:A female protecting her nest or young may charge if you get too close, but she should quickly return to the nest after you leave. Avoid piles of twigs, grasses and/or soil near the side of the lake. Also avoid any group of small alligators under a foot long.
  • Bask:Alligators often bask along the banks of ponds, on edge of the impoundments, and on the platforms we have created. They are usually warming their bodies; they are not actively hunting. Often a basking alligator will have its mouth open. It is cooling itself, as alligators do not pant or sweat.
  • Crabbing, cast netting & fishing can attract unwanted guests.To limit attracting alligators when crabbing keep bait on the bottom, release unwanted bycatch in exterior waters when cast netting and do not use topwater fishing lures in known alligator habitat. 
  • Feeding:Feeding alligators is unlawful and intensifies the risk to both humans and pets.
  • Advance:Let Public Safety know if an alligator comes toward you when you are walking near the water, especially if it comes out of the water.

We want to ensure that our residents and guests are always safe, and we also want to make sure that we are all doing our part to respect and protect the wonderful native wildlife habit that we are blessed with on this island.  If there is an alligator being a nuisance or showing aggressive behavior, please contact Public Safety immediately by calling 843-296-4952. 

Be Safe!  Enjoy the alligators and other wildlife at a distance and respect their habitat.

Sincerely,

Dewees Island POA

 

Weather Advisory, King Tides Tomorrow and Saturday

Dear Community,

Weather forecasters are predicting showers and thunderstorms as well as wind gusts up to 15 – 30 mph throughout the day tomorrow (Friday). We hope that weather conditions will not impact the ferry schedule, but there may be periods tomorrow where wind speeds are too high to safely operate the ferries. As always, be sure to call the ferry in advance when needing to depart the island and check with the ferry staff for the latest update on conditions.

Also, according to MyCoast, King Tides are predicted along South Carolina’s coast Friday and Saturday. This series coincides with Friday’s full moon. The highest tides will occur in the evenings, and water levels are predicted to peak at 6.6’ above mean lower low water (MLLW) in Charleston Harbor Friday and Saturday nights. Predicted high tides relative to MLLW at the Charleston Harbor tide station are shown in the table below, with King Tides in bold. For predicted water levels along the southern coast, refer to NOAA’s tide station at  Fort Pulaski, GA. For water levels along the northern coast, refer to NOAA’s Springmaid Pier tide station.

Date AM High Tide PM High Tide
Time Height Time Height
Friday 19th 8:37 AM 6.0 9:10 PM 6.6
Saturday 20th 9:25 AM 5.8 9:57 PM 6.6

Be a part of the South Carolina King Tides Initiative and submit your photos using the MyCoast King Tides Reporting Tool! Log on to MyCoast to learn more about the SC King Tides program and to submit your photos.

Check out the January 2019 King Tides recap here.

DHEC 2019 Tide Tables are available online here.

Areas on the island, such as the roads headed toward Capers Inlet, 1-pipe and twin pipes may be covered in water. If there is stagnant water on the roads, do not attempt to drive through it! Plan to go to these areas during the low tide cycle.

Be sure to share this information with your family, friends and guests if they are staying on the island this weekend.

Sincerely,

Dewees Island POA