Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

THOSE LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW AND IMPROVED COLIGNY BEACH AREA ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT

Those looking forward to a new and improved Coligny Beach area are going to have to wait until the beginning of the next decade, at least.

The island’s expenisve recovery from Hurricane Matthew combined with a complicated bidding process for the multi-tiered project will delay the completion of the beach area redevelopment until 2020 at the earliest, town officials said.

LOWCOUNTRY OFFERS ITS SUPPORT TO STORM VICTIMS

Lowcountry residents remember all too well the impact Hurricane Matthew had on the area just a year ago.

So after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Texas, Florida and the Caribbean in quick succession, many in the Lowcountry felt the need to help. Local individuals, businesses, schools and charitable organizations have stepped up to offer aid to the victims of the storms, sending money, gift cards, bottled water and other supplies.

AUDUBON NEWHALL NATURE PRESERVE IS FLOURISHING AGAIN

Audubon Newhall Preserve has bounced back after Hurricane Matthew and is open for business daily on the south end of Hilton Head Island.

Business, in this case, could mean bird watching on a sunny morning, joining a guided nature walk led by volunteers, or strolling solo through the park’s tree-lined paths.

LOCAL GROUP AIMS TO BAN PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS, WHICH ARE A DANGER TO MARINE LIFE

Plastic shopping bags, a popular convenience item, may soon no longer be available at your local grocery store. And for good reason: They are especially dangerous to coastal communities because they clog waterways, endanger sea creatures like birds, turtles and dolphins, and fill landfills and trash piles.

“GIVE A MAN A FISH, AND YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,” THE OLD SAYING GOES. “TEACH A MAN TO FISH, AND YOU FEED HIM FOR A LIFETIME.”

That’s true for women and kids, too, and a group of longtime fishermen from Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is out to teach the skill to anyone who wants to learn.

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HILTON HEAD COUPLE TREKS ACROSS AMERICA IN A 1960 MGA SPORTS CAR

Liz Niner, a retired special education teacher’s aide, decided that 2017 was the year she would check off another item on her bucket list: Traveling across the U.S. in a 1960 MGA sports car.

She and her husband, Lee, have been involved with MG sports cars since 1981. They spent years showing off their three cars around the U.S. and in Canada and Great Britain, so it made sense that a cross-country trip would be on her to-do list. But for Liz, it wasn’t just another ride.

TINY HOMES OF HILTON HEAD OWNER JAMES MCGRATH IS WALKING THE WALK, ONE TINY STEP AT A TIME.

Somewhere in the middle of the woods on Daufuskie Island — we’re not at liberty to say where — a tiny house is making a huge statement. It’s the affordable housing of the future, with the American dream of owning a home adjusted to the scale of modern living. It’s a statement about living in tune with the environment, completely removed as it is from the grid.

COUPLE’S DONATION TO ST. JUDE INSPIRES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, everyone sits together in the cafeteria for lunch: doctors, parents and patients. It’s an opportunity for those affected by childhood cancer to comfort and interact with others dealing with the same things. This special facility is on the frontlines in the battle against the disease, and it’s the inspiration for Hilton Head Island residents Claire and Tony Karnas.

WHETHER BULLION OR BARS, ADDING GOLD COULD BENEFIT MOST PORTFOLIOS

It will never be said that old Elihu is a “gold bug” but in times like these, one should be thinking about putting at least some percentage of their portfolio in this commodity. Who could have guessed that market and geopolitical events would have unfolded the way they have? To recap, in recent months we have experienced another terrorist attack in the subways of London and demonstrations by the far right and counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, while North Korea continues its reckless activities in Asia. The United States equity and fixed income markets continue to perform nicely, but concerns have crept into the market. The VIX Index, which is a measure of expected volatility, has swung wildly over the past 30 days.

If you were in a sunny spot during August’s solar eclipse, you probably watched in awe as the moon stole the sun’s light for a minute. In just an hour, the energy generated by the sun is strong enough to power the needs of the planet for an entire year. And yet solar power makes up only a sliver of our total energy production.

Here in the Lowcountry, postcard-perfect vistas and oak-lined roads suggest a life exempt from modern concerns. But for some homeowners, the financial and environmental benefits of solar power have made high-tech solutions attractive. Because many communities are private, homeowners in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton may have to confront bureaucracy to install environmentally friendly technologies. While the solar industry keeps improving in efficiency and aesthetics, community covenants have been slow to adapt.

CANCER PATIENTS CAN RECOVER IN A NICE CLEAN HOME THANKS TO A LOCAL BUSINESS

When you’re not feeling well, housework can seem like an insurmountable chore. But it’s one cancer patients in the Lowcountry don’t have to worry about thanks to Christopher and Kety Gomez.

The couple, who own and operate HH Cleaning Services on Hilton Head Island, are excited to donate their services to the national nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason — helping out at the homes of women fighting cancer, they say, was the least they could do to help community members in need.

CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON NEW TECHNOLOGY

More than 400 Realtors attended the South Carolina Realtors 2017 annual conference and expo Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. Realtor members learned about topics including the use of drones for the real estate industry, home security systems and virtual reality tours. The conference also included a 26-booth trade show. The SCR board of directors also met at the conference to approve a new strategic plan and swear in new leaders, including 2017 incoming SCR president Laura Derrick, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker United in Columbia.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DAMAGE CREATED OPPORTUNITY FOR A FABULOUS REBUILD

Ted Buchanan and Patra Evans couldn’t believe it when they saw the text while home in Atlanta: Hurricane Irma had blown through the South Beach area in Sea Pines with nary a scratch to their getaway villa.

“We were kind of biting our fingernails looking at Irma,” Evans said. “We didn’t want to go through it again.”

DIAMOND REALTY JOINS CENTURY 21, ADDS JOHNSON

Diamond Realty is now affiliated with Century 21 and will now be known as Century 21 Diamond Realty. The affiliation will offer the sales organization training, technology and an integrated national and international marketing platform. Bob Diamond continues to serve as the broker-in-charge.

Also, Diamond Realty has added Marlee Johnson as a real estate agent. She is a native of Illinois, a graduate of Western Illinois University, and also a certified nutrition counselor.