I am honored to present this annual community update for Hilton Head Monthly Magazine on behalf of our Town Council, which is comprised of unique individuals who have been working very hard representing a talented diversity of Islanders. 

Last December, Town Council came together along with town staff at a planning workshop that extended beyond its original schedule because of the magnitude of issues and opportunities faced by the Hilton Head Island community. During this workshop, Town Council developed the following top priorities:

The first time I drove that property I said, Oh, wow, look at this! I loved the vegetation. We had this beautiful marsh and these gorgeous big trees. I felt honored to have the chance to build there.” Fast forward 19 years and Belfair, now a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, maintains the beauty Tom Fazio once envisioned. Members and visitors are welcomed by a beautiful drive through an expansive canopy of live oaks that has been mentioned among the most spectacular in the South.

AREA KNOWN FOR BEACHES, GOLF AND RELAXATION ALSO HAS PLENTY TO OFFER FOR THRILL-SEEKERS

Vacations are all about getting away from home and going on an adventure. You don’t have to go to the extreme and tie thousands of balloons to your house to set off on an adventure like in Disney’s movie “Up,” but adventure does await you in the Lowcountry. No matter how you plan to get here, be ready to step out of your comfort zone and fly to new heights.

IMPROVE YOUR INNER AND OUTER HEALTH FOR A HAPPIER LIFE

Beauty. There are a thousand definitions of the word beauty and truly it lies in the eye of the beholder. In this technological based world that is continually progressing, the word beauty is thrown around in various different situations. When most people think of the word beauty, they think of everything that is not beautiful about them.

Beauty is to feel free, natural, and confident both physically and mentally. It more than just looking perfect every day, it is how you feel on the inside and outside that will reflect your beauty.

“THE CURE FOR ANYTHING IS SALT WATER — SWEAT, TEARS OR THE SEA” — ISAK DINESEN

Sands. Surfing. Swimming. Sunning. Shores. Sailing. Sanctuary.

Whatever your vision of the “beach life” may entail, the sun-splashed beaches of Hilton Head Island offer as many experiences as there are shells on their sandy shores. From its heel to its toe, here’s an overview of some of the island’s popular beaches and hidden gems.

beachlife01It’s no coincidence that Hilton Head Island is 12 miles long (it’s 5 miles wide) and has 12 miles of accessible beaches.

But these aren’t any beaches. They are pristine, clean and quiet, despite decades of development and millions of visitors.

How can that be?

POPULAR BEACH GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

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It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining and there’s a lovely breeze. You have nowhere to be and nothing to do. It’s your day off, your home is clean and all chores have been completed.

You decide to go to the beach. You pack sunscreen, lunch and a towel. You get there and find a spot. You plop down in your beach chair and stare off into the great blue horizon.

The people have spoken. The winner of Monthly's 2015 Cutest Kid Contest is Journee Elisabeth Orage. This year's contest took place on our Facebook page.

In the woods of Leamington, when the island was once an untamable frontier, once sat a lighthouse. This lighthouse, so the story goes, was watched by a man named Adam Fripp.

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History doesn’t record who he was or how he came to be stationed at this beacon on the edge of the world, but the stories tell that he lived in a small cottage by the towering lighthouse with his daughter.

History doesn’t record her name as Caroline, but the stories do. Rather, they record her name as Caroline but recall her in more hushed tones by the name she now goes by: The Blue Lady.