At the helm September 2018

At the Helm


Dear Reader,

How do you know it’s September in the Lowcountry? The number of vacationers drops precipitously, there’s almost always a breeze at the beach, and Monthly brings you our annual City Guide. A September tradition here at Frey Media, the City Guide offers a chance to take stock of who we are as a community — including the places we love and the neighbors who make the Lowcountry thrive.

Because this year is an election year, we’ve pulled out all the stops. In these pages, you’ll hear from outgoing Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett, and read about the seven hopefuls who are vying for his spot. We also check in with officials from the town of Bluffton and city of Hardeeville, and show you a snapshot of growth and development on the mainland by the numbers.

Meeting influential locals has never been easier for our readers — we’re excited to announce Frey Media’s newest annual publication, Faces of the Lowcountry. This soft-cover volume profiles more than 70 business owners and professionals on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, serving as a “Who’s Who” of the Lowcountry. We’ve included Faces of the Lowcountry with your issue of Monthly to introduce you to the elite group that we’re calling the Local Leaders Circle.

Many of these people will be in attendance with us on Sept. 27 in Bluffton, when Frey Media presents the local Business Owner Summit 2018. This day will be about refocusing and setting new targets, and will take place at the new Venue 1223.

We’re lucky to live in a beautiful place that others wait all year to visit for a week’s vacation. Each year, the gorgeous homes and neighborhoods of Hilton Head and Bluffton entice many visitors to move here. Read our “Lowcountry Living” section for a look at exclusive communities. Speaking of stunning homes, second-homeownership is booming right now. Don’t miss our property management section to learn how professionals can make owning a rental property painless and profitable.

Also inside this issue, we’ve got the results of our engagement contest — which took place on Facebook this year — and stories about the latest tips and trends for brides planning their special days. Hilton Head is a high-end wedding destination, and it is home to extremely talented vendors who create dream weddings.

This issue is our love letter to Hilton Head and Bluffton, and we hope you keep it — and Faces of the Lowcountry — on your coffee table or send it to a friend who might be considering a vacation or a move here. I think you’ll agree there’s plenty to love.