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.

The Town of Hilton Head Island will commence selling 2017-2018 Beach Parking Passes on Monday, November 14, 2016. Passes are available to Town of Hilton Head Island property owners. The cost for a pass is $30 per vehicle and they are valid until December 31, 2018.  The pass allows residents to park in designated spaces at Islanders Beach Park and Driessen Beach Park.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island

The FEMA Disaster Assistance Center opened in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall, One Town Center Court, on Thursday November 3rd. Some 70 citizens were served on the first day. The Center will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays until further notice.

 

WHOSE ‘STORY’ IS IT, ANYWAY? 

Recently, I paid $99 to Ancestry.com for a DNA kit, provided the requested sample, and waited six weeks for a scientific analysis of the most fundamental elements of my identity. Like most of us, I wanted to unravel the mystery of my past; to find and make sense of those elusive pieces of the complex puzzle that is me. Probably, on a deeper level, this is motivated by a very Freudian search for personal wholeness (but that’s another article).

As a result of weather-related delays caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Town of Hilton Head Island has revised the schedule for the completion of the Beach Renourishment Project. 

As Hilton Head Island continues to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Matthew, our closest neighboring island begins its journey to return its community to normal.

Daufuskie Island is 8 square miles of private land that is only accessible by boat, so naturally many were concerned when Gov. Nikki Haley mentioned in her pre-hurricane press conference that storm surges would leave the island “under water.” For a community of small residences and businesses, staying behind to endure Hurricane Matthew was a gamble, but one that about a quarter of the residents decided to take. 

PHOTO: Hilton Head Island mayor David Bennett and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford survey saltwater damage to the 18th fairway of Harbour Town Golf Links.

Preparedness, teamwork, cooperation, kindness and thankfulness are five words that come quickly to mind when describing how our hometown Island got through last month's Hurricane Matthew impact and immediate aftermath in a positive fashion.

Condé Nast Traveler recently ranked Hilton Head Island the No. 3 island in the United States as part of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu took the top two spots. The magazine had high praise for Hilton Head’s “pristine” beaches, shopping, bike trails, golf and restaurants “that could compete with major cities.”

“American Pickers” is looking for Hilton Head Island and Bluffton collectors to feature on an episode of the popular TV show. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team explore the world of antique “picking” on the History Channel.

Hilton Grand VacationsHilton Grand Vacations recently opened its new Ocean Oak Resort, located near Coligny Beach Park on South Forest Beach. The resort features 125 oceanfront suits, a zeroentry pool and sits on 7 acres.