Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Beaufort County previously closed due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, the agency announced today.

Since October 8 when Hurricane Matthew came through Bluffton causing downed trees, downed power lines, power outages and structural damage, the Town has focused on recovery. While much has been done, much more must be accomplished.  In an effort to help inform residents, the Town of Bluffton offers the following information:

The residential debris drop-off sites located at Coligny Beach Parking lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive, 111 Leg O’ Mutton Road and 120 William Hilton Parkway are still open daily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Calling all artists (and non-artists). Hilton Head Monthly is looking for a flag to represent Hilton Head Island and Bluffton’s community spirit following Hurricane Matthew. Design a flag on the surface of your choice.

AUBURN, Indiana (September 29, 2016) – Following a successful debut in South Carolina last Fall, Auctions America proudly returns to the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance (HHIMF), November 5. A boutique event by Auctions America standards – entries to the auction were strategically capped to just 120 motor cars—the sale at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa will provide an exciting close to the company’s 2016 auction calendar.

Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance’s international audience basks in the beauty of the island, aircraft, boats, food, fashion and, oh yeah, cars.

Already on the map as South Carolina’s glitziest event, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance just keeps pulling out the stops.

By the time Anuska Frey first visited Hilton Head Island in 1987, she spoke six languages. Anuska was a young Slovenian-born nurse working in Zürich, Switzerland, when she met her husband, Marc, son of a  Swiss publishing dynasty. Beeing fluent in several languages led Anuska to an opportunity to change her profession and become an assistant to the dean of the faculty at the highly regarded International Management Institute in Geneva, where she managed administration for international seminars in Geneva, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Tucked under a canopy of trees at the crossroads of William Hilton Parkway and Mathews Drive on Hilton Head Island is the 2.8-acre plot of land that is home to the oldest standing structure on the island: the Baynard Mausoleum, part of Zion Cemetery. The mausoleum and cemetery are a great source for information on the community’s history, and the lives of people who made the present possible.

My recent experience as a transplant from Florida to Hilton Head made me think about myself — where I had been, and where I was going. Beyond that, like most people, I began to reflect on who I am, who my ancestors were, where they came from, and what their lives were like. How much of me is inherited from them? What character traits and dispositions did I inherit that make me, well, me? 

These are all the elections that are happening on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton this year. For a sample ballot specific to your voting district, go to scvotes.org and click “Get My Sample Ballot.”

Three Hilton Head Island Town Council seats are up for grabs in November, with two of the three incumbents facing challengers.

John McCann, in his first term representing Ward 6, was facing a challenge from Kent Berry, but Berry decided Sept. 4 to drop out of the race.

After a tumultuous year for the Beaufort County Board of Education, many candidates have filed to try to win a seat to represent southern Beaufort County.

Most list restoring the public’s confidence in the board and improving community relations as their top priorities, following the controversy surrounding Superintendent Jeff Moss’ decision to change school district policy to hire his wife.

WHETHER YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOUSE from scratch or remodeling, deciding which builder to work with is the most important decision you will have to make. This is the company that will be working with you to choose your floor plan, to make customizations, to choose the materials you want to work with, and much more.

With today’s consumer starting to research real estate six to 12 months before purchasing, when do you need to consult a real estate professional? There can be a lot of anxiety in finding the right person to help you buy or sell a home. After all, buyers will be spending a lot of time with this person throughout the process, and agents are helping them through arguably one of the biggest decisions of their life. How could anyone possibly find the right pro?

Northeastern couple makes seamless transition into Palmetto Bluff home

Many, if not most, people move to the Lowcountry to retire from the Northeast or Midwest and alter their lifestyles.

Stuart and Cathy Malone had a somewhat different life plan as they edged toward retirement. They didn’t want to change their lifestyle or slide from their comfort zone of living; they just wanted to downsize and move south to more temperate weather.

What to look for when buying fish? The eyes should be clear, the flesh should be firm and it should smell like clean water with a touch of cucumber - the same sort of criteria as a blind date! Restaurants are really the best venues to try out different types of fish. They offer so many more types of fish than you would typically be able to find at the market and they have access to the most fresh and tastiest choices.

Stacey Whitehead-Romoser, co-owner of Bomboras Grille

Question: Why did you name your restaurant Bomboras Grille? What does it mean? 

Answer: Bomboras is a surfer’s term for big waves, and people like to call us “The Bomb" for short.  

The Oyster Bar restaurant in Old Town Bluffton is adding sushi and sashimi to its menu, courtesy of Bluffton’s Fujiyama restaurant. The Oyster Bar’s owner, Jimmy Soules, teamed up with Fujiyama owner Kevin Chen to create what Soules describes as “a true raw bar.”

Break out your big hats, get those divot-stomping shoes out of the closet and dust off your tailgating gear.

The 23rd Polo for Charity event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie is just around the corner. And it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss.


Hilton Head Island residents might get to see one of their own hitting the ice this fall with the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 winners of the Stanley Cup.

Avid golfers will tell you, there’s no finer place than a golf course for kids to gain life skills and the leadership abilities they’ll need to make their mark on the world.

Knowing this, and knowing the challenges involved with creating affordable, community-based junior golf programs, the PGA Tour of America helped created The First Tee in 1997. Blending instruction on the game’s fundamentals with an eye on showing young players who those fundamentals apply to their lives, The First Tee spread quickly.