Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

Please join us as the Town of Hilton Head Island hosts five community forums focused on entertainment, arts, culture, and heritage on the Island. All residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and provide input and ideas.

The Town's Venue Committee was asked by Town Council to recommend, if needed, the cost and funding mechanism of a possible venue(s) that will satisfy the needs of the community.

As part of the private re-development work occurring at Sea Turtle Marketplace, the contractor will be temporarily closing portions of the Town's multi-use pathway adjacent to the site. Temporary closures of segments bordering the eastbound lanes of William Hilton Parkway (US 278) and the western side of Mathews Drive are anticipated. The closures are necessary due to the construction of the shopping center. Pathway closures are expected to be encountered from Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 through the end of February on an as-needed basis. Pathway users are asked to use extra caution in this area and be alert for the temporary closures and associated traffic control, and to use detours as indicated by signage.


The Finance & Administrative Committee met on 1/30/17 to discuss disaster-related expenses and the process for reimbursement. A future Finance & Administrative Committee meeting later this month will include discussion of potential ways to pay for the expenses. The 1st draft Project Worksheet for FEMA reimbursement of Category A - Public Assistance (Debris Removal) expenses was received from the FEMA project team on Friday, 2/3/17. It is currently under review by staff and once obligated by FEMA will allow for reimbursement through the State EMD.



Religion is a topic that can create stress and debate in any social circle, often because it is so intensely personal to many people. This is especially true for African-Americans because of the role that religion and the black church played during the period of American slavery — and continue to play today. Religion and the church are at the core of African-American life and culture. In fact, in the typical black family, a strong connection to a church, regardless of the denomination, is a vitally important part of the family structure.

Garden at Hilton Head Hospital gives parents a place to heal

It was only by chance that two women struck up a conversation 16 years ago at a Hilton Head Island park.

Julie Feldman has just moved to Hilton Head when she chatted with Amy Metzger. They talked about children and Feldman mentioned her daughter Sara was stillborn just six weeks before. Amy said her son Jacob was stillborn years earlier.

Without a doubt, Hilton Head Island was dealt a wallop by Hurricane Mathew. Tree companies estimate that more than 100,000 trees fell on Hilton Head Island alone.

The question is, did the large number of trees in our area create more damage? Did we pay dearly for our love of trees?

The Gerlock Chair from the J. Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture was recently featured in Interior Design Magazine’s Fall Market Tabloid. The J. Banks Collection is a line of casegood and upholstery pieces designed by J. Banks president and founder Joni Vanderslice. Inspired through project and personal travel, Vanderslice continuously designs J Banks Collection upholstery pieces that are comfortable, functional and timeless and meant to be utilized in both contemporary and traditional settings, as well as residential and hospitality venues. The J. Banks Collection also extends into a casegood line through Abner Henry Fine Furnishings and a textile collection with Kravet.

Randy Dolyniuk slaloms once a year just to remind himself that he’s not getting any older. The 62-year-old grandson of North Dakota homesteaders and graduate of the University of Georgia wakes at dawn, jogs a couple of miles and lifts weights. His good habits extend to the way he cares for his family and community, including raising four children with his wife of 30 years, Laura.

Growing up, Matt Charest always wanted to be around water.

The attraction was so great that it pulled him from a small town in Vermont to the Maine Maritime Academy, where he pursued a degree in marine engineering.

As my regular readers know, every January I go out on a limb and make my 10 predictions for the coming year. But, before I take a crack at 2017, it is only fair to grade how I did with my predictions for 2016.


We’ve all seen the Fuel logo, plastered on bumpers and rear windows of mud-caked trucks and salt-battered Jeeps winding their way around Lowcountry roads from one adventure to the next. We’ve seen Fuel-branded hats, shirts and socks — so many socks — on the heads, backs and feet of the Lowcountry’s many eternally young fun junkies.

As we write this in the final days of 2016, investors are asking themselves how a year that started so grimly ended up … well, not all that badly. The year began with the worst 10 trading days ever to start a year. Even after a month-end rally, the Dow lost 5.5 percent in January 2016, driven by fears of a slowdown in China and plunging oil prices, and the NASDAQ fell nearly 8 percent. Then in June, the experts got the Brexit vote wrong, and markets once again reacted violently; U.S. stocks fell more than 3 percent following the vote, with the Dow losing 610 points — its eight largest point loss ever — erasing the year-to-date gains in an instant. Finally, on the evening of the election, stock market futures crashed more than 750 points before recovering and beginning a powerful “Trump rally” in November and December. Now it’s time to look ahead. Here are a few items of interest to us as we plan for 2017 and beyond.

Engel & Völkers has given Soar/Special Olympics an office and furniture to assist their recovery. Formerly located on Cardinal Road, the Special Olympics’ office was completely wiped out by Hurricane Matthew, including furniture and equipment.

At the end of 2016, most real estate markets across the nation saw little change year over year.

But our local market activity doesn’t always follow national trends, and there can be big differences between sales on Hilton Head Island and the mainland.

Pennsylvania native at home in Oldfield Plantation

H2 Builders in Bluffton has built more than 300 distinctive custom homes in the Lowcountry since 1996. Along the storied way, it has amassed countless local, regional and national industry awards. The company’s home office showcases many of them, but display space has long been exhausted.


Question: After flooding from king tides in 2015 and then Hurricane Matthew damage in 2016, do you feel your restaurant has some good karma coming its way in 2017? 

Answer: We have a lot to look forward to in the future. The challenges brought by Hurricane Mathew made us appreciate what we have and gave us a renewed commitment to making it as good as it can be. That being said, I don’t want to do that again for a little while.

To celebrate the new year, Rockfish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras is offering a new happy hour menu. Highlights include 50 cent oysters, 40 cent peel-and-eat shrimp, snow crab legs for $15.95 a pound, $2 select domestic drafts and 1/2 off select appetizers.

Blackbeard and his crew on the Queen Anne’s Revenge’s looted cotton, indigo and sugar, but when not busy pirating, they indulged in consuming barrels of rum from Caribbean sugarcane plantations. Thanks to these unofficial “rum ambassadors,” the distilled spirit’s popularity caught on with Colonial North America, and centuries later it is now made right here at Hilton Head Distillery.

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.

Long Cove Club, in partnership with Darius Rucker and the University of South Carolina, is hosting the sixth annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament presented by The Kroger Co. and Reynolds Consumer Products. The tournament will be held March 3-5 at Long Cove Club’s nationally acclaimed golf course on Hilton Head Island. Top teams from around the country will travel to the island to compete for the title.

Haig Point rang in a new year with the hire of golf expert Mark Steinbauer as the new director of golf.  Steinbauer, a Texas native, brings more than 30 years of experience to the Haig Point golf community.