Kim LikinsHilton Head Island Town Council member Kim Likins was recently elected new mayor pro tem after Bill Harkins removed his name from nomination during a council meeting. The move means Likins will act as mayor when David Bennett is absent. She will also assume the role of mayor if the seat is ever vacated. Likins has lived on the island for 16 years and has been active in the community, serving on several boards. She is currently the director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. 

White SharkThe crew at Outcast Sport Fishing Hilton Head Island hooked its first great white shark of the winter season, then reeled in and tagged another on Dec. 13. Capt. Chip Michalove estimated the first shark’s weight at 3,000 pounds. “We hooked into the largest white I've seen out there, over 3,000 pounds, but she spit the hook right out when we started to turn the boat around to give chase,” Michalove wrote on Facebook. “I almost called it a day and headed in, but we reset and hooked into this little guy (pictured).

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Hilton Head at 1 Town Center Court will close permanently Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

Survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still get help with just a phone call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Information is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island by Town Manager, Steve Riley

  • The deadline has passed to apply for individual assistance from FEMA.
  • The FEMA Disaster Assistance Center at Town Hall (DRC) will close permanently at 5 pm on Tuesday December 20th. Information for those who are processing their applications may be found at www.disasterassistance.gov or on the Town website.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island by Town Manager, Steve Riley

  • The deadline to apply for assistance through FEMA; for homeowners, renters, and business owners is December 13, 2016.
  • Applications for assistance can be done in person, at the Disaster Assistance Center at Town Hall. You can also apply online at www.Disasterassistance.gov.

Please be advised that the Town's disaster debris operation will temporarily shut down for the holiday season from Friday December 23rd through Monday January 2nd. The Town's contractor, Crowder Gulf, will not be picking up any debris during this time.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island by Town Manager, Steve Riley

  • The deadline to apply for assistance through FEMA; for homeowners, renters, and business owners is December 13, 2016. This can be done in person, at the Disaster Assistance Center at Town Hall, or by going online to Disasterassistance.gov.

Just two weeks remain for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13.

Readers’ Choice Party showcases Lowcountry’s favorite people and places

You voted for your favorite people, places, restaurants and businesses. Now come celebrate with the winners. Don’t miss Hilton Head Monthly’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Party, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Businessman Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States on Nov. 8, collecting 306 electoral votes to defeat Hillary Clinton, who earned 232. When Trump takes office Jan. 20, he will become the first United States president without any government or military experience, and the first without prior political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The coveted “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” honors were awarded Nov. 6 at the 15th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, held at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. “Best of Show” was awarded to a 1914 Stutz Bearcat owned by Brian and Trish White of Apex, North Carolina.

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.