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Message from the POA President

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dear Dewees Island Owner,

Next Monday, the primary member of lots in good standing can expect an email from Dewees Island POA <elections@vote-now.com>, which will be an electronic approval poll intended to gauge island support for a POA Board Proposed Plan dated February 8th to reintroduce limited short-term rental of homes on Dewees.  The proposal includes certain limitations on future STR activity and a plan to enforce POA rules, adhering to our governing principles and to our Conservation Easement, while endeavoring to preserve property values and our quality of life on the Island.

The results is this poll will be shared with the SCDNR Board at their meeting on March 18th, when they plan to vote on whether our proposal aligns with the Conservation Easement. In the meantime, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and to discuss the Plan at a Town Hall Zoom Meeting led by POA President, Wendell Reilly, scheduled at 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 10th. Below is the Zoom Meeting Invitation:                                                       

Topic: Dewees Island Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Plan for STR

Time: Mar 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 898 9643 3212

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Below is a short summary of the Proposed Plan which the POA Board will respectfully submit for your approval:

Owner to owner renting (including to family members of owners) will be unrestricted, but STR to non-owners will be subject to the following rules & restrictions:

  • Annual STR Permit from the POA: Required
  • Use of internet booking sites, like Airbnb, to list a home for rent: Prohibited
  • Use of a rental agency, realtor or broker to list a home for rent: Prohibited
  • Island Management will maintain a reservation system on the DI POA website
  • Maximum number of homes rented at any one time: 6
  • Maximum rental days per home in a calendar year: 56
  • The minimum term of stay for anyone renting a home: 7 days
  • Maximum rental days per home during the summer: 28
  • No STR during the weeks of Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day
  • The maximum number of Short-Term Rentals allowed in the summer: 2
  • Rental management and services will be the responsibility of Rental Owners
  • Expected ongoing costs of STR to the POA will be paid by Rental Owners
  • Number of occupants allowed in a rental home will be limited to 2 per bedroom plus 2

A new compliance entity called the Community Resource Board (CRB) and modeled after the Architectural Resource Board (ARB) will be responsible for monitoring rental activity on the island, issuing POA Permits for STR, verifying violations and following established procedures for enforcement. The POA will define Short Term Rental along the same lines as Charleston County and will notify the County promptly of any revocations of POA issued STR Permits.

If the poll results indicate sufficient support for this proposal, and the SCDNR agrees that the Plan conforms to our Conservation Easement, then your Board will begin the process of drafting necessary documents and negotiating a text amendment with Charleston County followed by final approval from the County Commission, all of which will likely take another 6 to 9 months to work through. We see little chance that STR will be reintroduced to Dewees Island this summer while there remains significant risk of infection from COVID-19.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider this important issue and for responding to next week’s poll.

Respectfully,

Wendell Reilly
President Dewees Island POA