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Fishing at the Crab Dock Closed for the Season / Nesting Sea Turtles

Please know the crab dock and adjacent area is closed to hook and line fishing through labor day.  Folks can hook and line fish in all other areas of the Impoundment so long as an alligator is not present.

Crabbing and cast netting is permitted at the crab dock. But again, be mindful of the alligators.
Remember to dispose of unwanted bait fish on the outside of the impoundment.
For more information about fishing and shellfishing, click here.

We’d also like to remind all of you to be cautious on the beach during turtle nesting season. You can help by not leaving forts, sandcastles and furniture on the beach, which can impact nesting. 

Thanks, and have a good weekend!


Lori Sheridan Wilson,

Environmental Program Director & ARB Coordinator

Equipment Rental Guidelines – 24 Hour Notice Required for Reservations

May 24, 2018

Dear Owners,

To accommodate our owners, contractors and vendors with equipment rentals, we ask that you provide us with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice and follow the rental guidelines below:

1. Provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice

Call or email Catherine at catherine@deweesislandsc.com or 843.568.3992 at least 24 hours in advance. Please provide the date, time and equipment needed.

2. Proof of Insurance

All contractors must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance before handling any POA equipment, including our pick-up truck. Make sure your contractor provides proof of insurance to Catherine BEFORE arriving to the island/borrowing the equipment.

3. Provide Instructions and Transportation for your Contractor  

It is the owner’s responsibility to accompany their guests and/or contractors on the island. We ask you meet your contractor at the dock to greet him or her and provide them with transportation to Public Works to pick up the keys for the equipment. If you are unfortunately not on the island the day of the scheduled work, please ensure you, at minimum, provide them with a golf cart for transportation and instructions for navigating Dewees Island.

4. Key Pickup and Drop Off

Keys are to be picked up and dropped off in the Administrative Offices at Public Works.

5. Dispose Old Construction Material, Appliances, etc. Off Island. 

Due to limited resources, we cannot permit contractors to dispose their materials in our receptacle containers; they must take their materials with them. For example, if a homeowner hires a contractor to install new carpet, it is homeowner’s responsibility to inform the contractor they must take the old carpet OFF island with them. If we discover a homeowner’s contractor is abusing our receptacle containers, the homeowner can be subject to a disposal fee. 

6. Be Sure to Call the Ferry in Advance Before Departing

As always, a reservation is required when departing the island. Please make sure your contractors are informed of the “on-call” system and for him or her to call at least 10 minutes before the hour when planning to depart. 

Equipment Rentals are available Monday – Friday during normal POA business hours (7:30am – 3:30pm).

If you or your contractor needs access to our equipment after hours, the POA must be notified of the scope of work in advance.

No Construction on Sundays or holidays.

Current Fee Schedule for Equipment Rentals:

Thank you again for your support with the preceding guidelines. Your cooperation allows our staff to plan and assist contractors and their rental equipment needs.



Catherine Weeks
Dewees Island POA & DUC

Our Top 10 Are Back! Friendly Reminders for the Summer Season

Here are our Top 10 Helpful Reminders to use as a guide while staying on Dewees during the busy season. We greatly appreciate your cooperation, and hope that you and your families have a fun and safe Holiday weekend. Be sure to also check out our events calendar for upcoming activities on the island!

1. Safety First! Public Safety Department can be reached 24/7 at 843.296.4952. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

2. Call the ferry at least 10 minutes to the hour when leaving the island at 843.568.3990.

3. Give yourself plenty of travel time when arriving and departing the island. Please arrive to the marina at least 10-15 minutes before boarding the ferry to Dewees. This helps the Captain decide which vessel to use depending on number of passengers/luggage.

4. Enter your guests into the ferry system TODAY! Don’t wait until it is too late!

5. Parking – Use the car stops as guides, park close to leave space for your neighbors.

6. To avoid bottlenecking in loading areas, please keep traffic moving; use loading carts efficiently (one cart per family).

7. For safety, please keep your dog(s) on a leash on ferry, landings, and crowded areas.

8. Use designated Trash & Recycling areas at Public Works Waste Disposal Area. For more information on proper recycling, click here.

9. Use docks efficiently when parking your boat. Dewees Island docks are strictly permitted for homeowners, only. Vessels parked at Dewees Island docks must be clearly identified with a Dewees Island decal. 

10. Please respect our environment and wildlife; let Dewees Island be Wild. Forever.

Below are some more helpful reminders and information for your stay on the island.

No Fishing at the crab dock.
Crabbing and cast netting is permitted at the crab dock. However, hook and line fishing are closed now through Monday, September 3 at the crab dock and nearby rice trunk (Impoundment side).
Please remember to dispose of unwanted bait fish on the outside of the impoundment.
For more information about fishing and shellfishing, click here.

Driving on the Island
Be alert when driving on the Island!
All drivers need to hold a valid SC driver’s license (or, if underage, must have a Dewees driver’s license).
For more information on the golf cart policy, or how to obtain a driver’s license for a minor, click here.

Golf Cart Parking
Space along the Dewees Island main ferry loading causeway is limited and for temporary parking.
Please store your carts at your home, the Landings area, or Public Works area.

No Trailers In The Parking Lot
Boat trailers may not be parked long term in the parking lot. Trailers that are not clearly identified, or left in the parking lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Please note, the Dewees Island POA is not liable or responsible for any damages, loss, theft, or any other cause what so ever of any “property” by an owners use of Dewees Island Marina or any Dewees Island Common Properties. Property is solely the responsibility of the owner (homeowner, guests, staff, and contractors), and is at the owners risk. The POA is under no obligation to provide compensation, maintenance, repair, or rescue for loss or damages to property.  “Property” can include, but is not limited to, vehicles, vessels, packages, mail, materials, bicycles, furniture, tools, perishable items, groceries, or merchandise.

No Construction on Sunday or Holidays, please.

Again, we greatly appreciate your cooperation.

We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend.



Catherine Weeks
Dewees Island POA & DUC