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Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes will continue to provide its signature client service and luxury homebuilding expertise following the death of the company’s well-loved founder and owner, Nathan Cameron.  Nathan died unexpectedly in his sleep at his Palmetto Bluff home June 10. “We will remember Nathan for his incredible work ethic, his unique and edgy vision, and his innate ability to make you feel like a friend or family,” said Andrea Eldred, Cameron’s Controller and Office Manager. Andrea added that all Cameron & Cameron staff members are committed to fulfilling the expectations of the homeowners for all their current and future projects.  Eric Cameron is a project manager for the company and has pledged to make his late brother’s entrepreneurial vision an ongoing legacy.


Charles Calvert has come full circle near a circle in his career in academia.

His first position was adjunct professor in 1988 for the University of South Carolina Beaufort, teaching a hotel management class. He was stationed at the old College Center on Office Park Road. Now he will soon be returning to that area near Sea Pines Circle — this time as the dean of USCB’s future hospitality management campus.

Guests gathered in mid-May at Joni Vanderslice's home to celebrate 30 years of J. Banks Design. Hurricane Matthew delayed the merriment in October, but this celebration truly captured the appreciation, blessings and the essence of giving back that are part of the J. Banks Design’s culture.   

If you’re reading this, it means that it’s after June 1st, the official beginning of hurricane season. Being from Florida, the season, which ends on November 30th, is something that is not just noted like the coming of summer, it’s a time that in my mind, I consciously recognize and develop mental notes towards being prepared. I have discovered that, for longtime residents of the lowcountry, the mindset, however, is totally different. Matter of fact, the expectation of a storm actually coming this way was so low, (and I do say was) that the consensus had some people taking the storm (and their preparations) very lightly. Until it was time to evacuate. 

When Charles Fraser came to the island to begin early development, he recognized that good design in relation to the island’s history and environment was important

Hilton Head Island’s ocean views and wetlands look stunning in the dwindling light of sunset — but take in their beauty too long on a moonless night and you’ll find yourself in complete darkness, thanks to the island’s strict lighting rules.

Visitors from all over the world are delighted to visit Hilton Head Island for our abundant golf courses, year-long bicycling, tourist attractions, and especially our beautiful beaches. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, so perhaps this is why we’re drawn to the ocean. People in all climates build houses along marshes, lakes or other bodies of water. It may explain why so many folks consider the beach a spot to relax or vacation, if they’re not lucky enough to live in the low country. If you’ve visited the Caribbean or west coast beaches, you may wonder what gives our ocean water its unique color; specifically, why do we not have the bright blue ocean colors you might see elsewhere?


Nate Jones will now oversee ZipLine Hilton Head, Aerial Adventure Hilton Head, Broad Creek Marina & Up the Creek Pub & Grill. He has been with the Organization for almost a decade, having graduated from the College of Charleston with dual major in both hospitality and tourism management and business administration.

Don Colcolough pioneered some of the key forensics and countermeasures used by investigators to identify Internet criminals. As AOL’s former Director of Investigations and Cybersecurity, he still consults with the FBI and intelligence agencies such as the NSA, CIA, and DARPA, which develops emerging technologies for the military. Some of his work required Top Secret security clearance, and he has testified in more than 300 criminal trials involving presidential threats, kidnappings and homicide, child pornography, securities fraud, and domestic and international terrorism.

Following genealogical bread crumbs leading us into the mysteries of the past can be a fascinating way to look into the lives of others. A genealogical paper trail that reveals the past can provide an important context for present realities; it allows you to know people differently.

Attorney finds working for dad elevates her game

Catherine Scarminach grew up on Hilton Head Island and wanted to explore new lands after high school.

She went to Atlanta for college, Knoxville to teach and Nashville to practice law.

But then her father, Chuck Scarminach, managing partner of Novit and Scarminach, called in 2011 with an offer that gave her pause.

Try to name a business where exceptional customer service doesn’t make a difference. With all the news about United Airlines and Dr. Dao, a sometimes Hilton Head Island resident, I thought I would examine this idea of what customer service is all about.  The “Success Center” defines customer service as “the support you offer customers – both before and after they buy your product – that helps them have an easy and enjoyable experience with you.  It’s more than just providing answers; it’s an important part of the promise your brand makes to its customers, and it is critical to the success of your business.”

On March 15, the Federal Open Market Committee, or the FOMC, raised its benchmark rate for the second time in the past three months. This move might not normally get your attention, but since this was only the third increase in the past nine years it is truly notable. The “Fed Funds” target rate now stands at a low range of between .75 percent and 1 percent, still at a level considered anything other than a stimulant to our domestic economy.

ENGEL & VÖLKERS introduces exclusive real estate technology to the Promenade in Bluffton. The inter-active touch screen, seen in the centre panel in this photograph, has a direct feed to the Hilton Head and BLuffton MLS. People on the busy Promenade can search for all homes for sale in the MLS by simply touching the buttons on the window.

In the good old days, interior cooling and heating were limited to a specific room or portion of a building with localized units. That worked out just fine, so long as the entire family didn’t mind camping out in the living room. Some could afford more than one unit. Most could not.

Sophisticated homeowners in the Lowcountry have never been beholden to the latest kitchen and bathroom trends. We know what we like, pure and simple. If it happens to be trendy, so be it.

Interestingly, the Hilton Head area has either been a trend-setter ahead of the national curve or behind it by a few years…if ever. Our trends with sustained traction either originate in Hilton Head or trickle down from Atlanta or other cities up and down the seaboard to our inviting shores.

It’s summer, and not only is it bathing suit season, it’s that time of year when we’ve moved from warm soups and heavier meals to light and healthy eating. According to WebMD, enjoying a salad every day is one of the healthiest habits you can adopt. And there are so many ways to make it exciting! Different proteins. Different greens. Different textures. So many choices in veggies and fruits. The choices are truly endless! So take some tips from these next few pages and get your green on! And if time is short, run by and grab one, because all of these are available in our area right now! So no excuses. Living healthier is just a short drive away.


Torrential rain is coming down, it’s late, and the gas gauge is on empty. Not great incentives to go food shopping (in a future article, we’ll review “Planning Ahead”). Cooking with what’s on hand does not come naturally to most because we’ve been conditioned to follow somebody else’s recipe. And nine times out of ten, we’ll be missing a key ingredient which requires a trip to the store – exactly what we’re trying to avoid in the first place.

One that places a premium on sourcing delicious seafood from local sources and lightly preparing it with a deep respect for regional foodways and Lowcountry culinary history. 

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

Resuming the Tennis Update now that tennis is starting up again. We hope everyone is well and looking forward to a less eventful future.

Give dad the gift of the game with some hot new items for this year.

If you’re reading this, odds are you either have a golfer in the family or you are the golfer in your family. If it’s the first case, and that golfer is your dad, pay attention. We’ve compiled some of the best gear you’re going to find for 2017 – gear that will improve his game or have him hitting the links in style.

International Junior Golf Academy students had a special treat recently when former world No. 1 Sir Nick Faldo visited the academy and gave students a private golf clinic. The three-time Masters champion (1989, 1990 and 1996) and three-time Open champion (1987, 1990 and 1992) also won the Sea Pines Heritage (now the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing) during his career. In total, he has won six major championships and three other PGA Tour events.