The Daufuskie Island Ferry, which provides public ferry service to Daufuskie from the Bluffton Oyster Factory Landing, is offering an expanded schedule in support of Daufuskie’s Appreciation Fridays, which run through Jan. 1. As part of Appreciation Fridays, visitors and residents who go to Daufuskie will enjoy a variety of bonuses and discounts offered by businesses including Bloody Point Golf Club, The Daufuskie Island Rum Company and Tour Daufuskie.

beach parking passes

The Town of Hilton Head Island is now selling 2017-18 beach parking passes to Hilton Head Island property owners. The cost is $30 per vehicle. Passes are valid until Dec. 31, 2018, and can be obtained at the town’s Facilities Management Division office, located at 12A Gateway Circle on Hilton Head Island.

feltonTwo new representatives were voted onto the Beaufort County School Board following the Nov. 8 election. In Okatie’s District 6, Patricia Felton-Montgomery collected 4,103 votes to defeat incumbent Paul Roth, who had 1,349 votes. Felton-Montgomery, 70, is a retired educator, serving 40 years as a teacher and district administrator in schools in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York.

grantIncumbents Marc Grant and David Ames are both keeping their seats on Hilton Head Island Town Council after posting big wins in the Nov. 8 election. In Ward 1, Grant defeated challenger Ibrahim Abdul Malik 1,092 to 273. Grant, 45, is a native islander who grew up on Hilton Head. He co-owns the family business Grant’s Mini-Mart, and is married with three children.

Sonja GriffinWhen Lowcountry artist Sonja Griffin Evans met Georgia Congressman John Lewis during a special celebration back in June, she presented the civil rights leader with two commemorative “Amazing Grace” ornaments she created. She requested that Lewis keep one for himself, and then hand-deliver the other for the National Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 1 at the White House.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved over $14 million in low interest disaster loans for businesses and residents in SC affected by Hurricane Matthew from October 4-30, 2016. This is one of the programs available through the FEMA Disaster Assistance Center currently operating at Town Hall Thursdays through Saturdays.

There is a misconception that FEMA assistance is income-based. Anyone can apply for loans or direct assistance to help with the uncovered costs incurred by the storm. Low interest loans to cover insurance deductibles are a prime example of the assistance available. Assistance is available for owners, renters and businesses.The deadline to apply is December 13, 2016.

This Town's non-profit and faith communities remain committed to assist those who lack the means to get their properties cleaned up, their homes repaired, or their lives back in order. Whether you need assistance or have talents and treasures to share, call 843-524-HELP.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island

  • Late this week, FEMA approved clearing of debris off the streets in the following neighborhoods: Ashton Cove, Barony Woods, Beach City Center, Bermuda Pointe, Brighton Bay, Chinaberry Ridge, Crosswinds, Middleton Place, Oakview, Sea Grass Landing, Shelter Cove, Spanish Pointe, Timbercrest, Victoria Square, Wells East and Yacht Cove. The Town will begin clearing debris in these communities as soon as schedules can be adjusted.