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.

Avoid fraud after Irma by doing your research before hiring a contractor

Now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone, a new danger could blow ashore: scammers posing as contractors and other workers, eager to get paid for work they have no intention of completing — or completing to code — on your storm-damaged property. 

Barry KaufmanIN THIS STORM, FLOODING WAS WORSE THAN WIND

The Lowcountry avoided the worst-case scenario with Hurricane Irma, but many homes and businesses were hit plenty hard.

Hilton Head Island avoided Irma’s crosshairs as the storm headed for land, pushing to the west in the days after the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office warned of an even more devastating storm than Hurricane Matthew, which ravaged our coast last October. But the combination of a 4-foot storm surge brought on by tropical storm conditions on the outskirts of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane recorded in years and an 8-foot king tide covered much of the Lowcountry in floodwaters.

heritagelibOn Oct. 13, the Heritage Library will host the Historic Zion Forum, dedicated to discussion and exploration of the Lowcountry’s unique role in American history during the Revolutionary War and plantation era. At Christ Lutheran Church on William Hilton Parkway, presenters will discuss recent insights from local archaeological sites, the Revolutionary War Trail, area battlegrounds and the preservation of Gullah culture.  A cocktail reception will take place at Zion Cemetery and the Baynard Mausoleum following the summit. For tickets, go to HeritageLib.org

pedalhhiThe largest cycling event in the Lowcountry, Pedal Hilton Head Island has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 due to Hurricane Irma. All times and routes will operate as previously advertised. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. For more information, “like” Pedal Hilton Head Island on Facebook. 

public art collectionWhat’s 19 feet tall, 19 feet wide and weighs almost 1 ton? The “Setting Sun” sculpture, valued at $40,000 and bestowed upon the Town of Hilton Head Island by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The piece was selected from the 2015 Public Art Exhibition and will contribute to the town’s growing public art collection. Jayme Lopko, the town’s senior planner, said the town is working on a plan to ensure the statue’s long steel spikes do not endanger the public. 

The 31st annual All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19, and organizers currently are accepting artwork for the Artist’s Poster Contest. Artists interested in submitting an entry to the competition should email their name, address, telephone number and the medium they expert to enter to gardentourentry@gmail.com with the word “entry” in the subject line. For more information, go to allsaintsgardentour.com

TEDx is coming to Hilton Head Island Oct. 20, and the theme of the presentations will be “resilience." A TEDx talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great ideas in under 18 minutes. Television producer and talk show host Donna Drake and executive coach Chris Schembra will speak in addition to local presenters. Only 100 tickets will be sold for the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event at Poseidon in Shelter Cove Towne Center. Tickets are $79 and available at www.TEDxHiltonHeadoctober.eventbrite.com

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will present its annual “State of the Region” business and political update Oct. 11 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the keynote speaker, and topics will include key regional accomplishments, pressing issues facing the area, and how local leaders are working to move the Lowcountry forward. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the program begins at 11:50 a.m. For tickets, go to hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will hold five events to help raise money for three local charities that have been helping Tropical Storm Irma victims. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Deep Well Project, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and Bluffton Self Help. The resort is presenting a tennis tournament Oct. 2-8; a wine dinner on Oct. 4; a golf tournament on Oct. 5; a concert with Cranford Hollow, the Chiggers and friends also on Oct. 5; and a pickleball social on Oct. 7. For more information go to www.lowcountryreliefbenefit.com.

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County will be conducting new poll manager training for volunteers interested in working the polls for the first time. Two training sessions are available: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 2-6 p.m. Dec. 7. To register, call 843-255-6900 or email your name, mailing address and preferred date of training to voter@bcgov.net.