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Welcome New Owners

We are encouraged and excited to have new members join our Dewees family. Please help extend a warm welcome to the Brown’s and Litton’s!

The Brown’s

Jason and Caroline Brown grew up in Charleston, SC. They later moved to Columbia, SC and the District of Columbia where they spent several years there. In January 2016, Jason and Caroline decided to move back to the Lowcountry. For the past four and a half years, The Brown’s have been living their lives on the peninsula in downtown Charleston and couldn’t be more excited to start their transition to island life. Jason and Caroline enjoy traveling to new countries, spending time with family and friends at the beach, volunteering in the community, and a competitive doubles match. 

The Litton’s

Byran and Michelle Litton have been living in the North Shore of Chicago in Libertyville, IL for the past two years with their two daughters Avery (soon to be 16 years old) and Adler ( just turned 13 years old). The Litton’s had previously lived in Greenup, KY, Carmel/Zionsville, IN, and Southlake, TX.

Byran grew up in the hills of West Virginia and Michelle is a Kentucky gal. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, the Littons developed a love for the South Carolina coast, making the 9 hour trip to spend their family vacations, around Myrtle Beach mostly. In the 90s, Byran and Michelle married and had their honeymoon in Kiawah. As newlyweds, they made their first trip to Charleston, having dinner at the Bocci’s restaurant. They fell in love with the city – particularly Michelle who loved everything barring the old Cooper River Bridge. 

On July 4, 2018, the Littons participated in the race on the beach (ask Michelle how she won), along with the parade. From that point, it was only a matter of time before they found a way to make the island a bigger part of their lives.

Byran has an undergrad, along with an MBA from Marshall University where he played football. Byran has been in drug development and commercialization for 25 years – almost exclusively in oncology. Michelle has an undergrad from Marshall University as well, and received a pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky – for the SEC fans, she bleeds blue particularly in basketball season.

Their daughter Avery is a sophomore at Libertyville High and is a varsity cheerleader and volleyball setter. Avery also has her driving learners permit. Adler is in the 7th grade at Oak Grove School, who is also a volleyball setter. She is very proficient on the sewing machine and can officially outrun her dad, Byran, in a 5K. 

Chantal Alexander Serving as Administrative Assistant

Dear Dewees Community,

I am pleased to report that Chantal Alexander is now serving as a full-time Administrative Assistant for Dewees Island.

Chantal gained a wealth of knowledge and experience with our island operations during a five-week internship with the POA last fall and has since been assisting management part-time.  

Chantal’s positive attitude, strong work ethic, and go-getter drive is a perfect combination for providing outstanding service for our community members. In this expanded role, she will be the primary contact for Dewees and will assist management to maintain all facets of day-to-day operations for the POA and DUC.

Last January, Chantal graduated from ECPI University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. With Chantal’s tenacity, it is no surprise she graduated magna cum laude and second in her class. She continues to pursue her academic goals and is expected to earn her MBA from ECPI in fall of 2021.

Chantal is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to the Charleston area in 2017. Prior to working on Dewees, Chantal worked at a bakery as an assistant manager and cake decorator making specialty cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. Chantal was also a lifeguard and swim instructor for four years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, water activities, photography, and arts and crafts.

Chantal can be reached at Chantal@deweesislandsc.com or 843.568.3992 and will be happy to assist you with your island needs.

Sincerely,

Catherine Weeks
Interim Island Manager
Dewees Island POA
catherine@deweesislandsc.com
843.568.3991

Recent King Tide Flooding on Dewees

Dewees Island witnessed road flooding during the king tide this past Saturday through Tuesday.  The front beach of Dewees Island also sustained significant beach erosion.  Why did this happen?  A series of weather events all lined up; rainfall associated with Sally, the predicted king tide, a strong East wind as well as a low pressure system associated with Hurricane Teddy offshore.  Dewees Island did not sustain typical hurricane weather with strong winds and rain from Teddy, but the hurricane was near enough to contribute to offshore swell.  

Hurricane Teddy has moved north, the East winds have laid down, no new recent rainfall, and we are moving to a waxing moon and a neap tide which will result in a lower high tide.  The weather event the island experienced is a rare event for Dewees Island since there are only a few months of the year when hurricane season will align with a king tide and an East wind.  The monitoring station on the Cooper River at the Charleston Harbor has indicated this event has produced the number 17th, 19th, 21st and 27th all time highest water levels for the Charleston Harbor.

The breach on the front beach has magnified the impact of the water levels during this event to areas along Pelican Flight Drive and Lake Timicau Lane as the un-managed high water within Lake Timicau finds its own outlets.  The water control structures within Lake Timicau were designed to manage a controlled flow of water in and out of Lake Timicau restricted by the earthen berms (dikes).  When the berms of Lake Timicau are fully functional to restrict the ocean high tides and regular king tide flooding the water levels and function of this managed impoundment would be comparable to what you see in the Impoundment. 

King tides are predicted at the new moon for October 14-20, November 13-18 and December 13-16.  If there is an East wind during these dates the tides will be magnified.  If the wind is calm and there are no offshore tropical systems, this king tide event may go unnoticed by many people.  The Island may also witness elevated tides associated with a full moon during the fall months if accompanied by an East wind or tropical system. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos this last week of the high tide.  Please continue to pass along photos of any high tide event that seems unique.

For more information please visit:

Detailed explanation on Tide Surges from NOAA – surge_intro

Post & Courier Article Sunny Day Flooding

News article Yale Climate Connections

Historical Crests for Cooper River Charleston Harbor: Please note these levels include hurricanes (# 1-4 & 8), high tides and the 1,000-flood event (# 11 and 13) within the top 15 highest levels. 

Tides on Dewees

Charleston Significant Weather Events by Year