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.

What:
Christmas Parade Road Closures

Where:
Old Town Bluffton

When:
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

The Town of Bluffton’s annual Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Old Town. As a result of the parade route, several roads will be closed to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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.

The People have spoken. 

The votes are in. Monthly celebrates local businesses and communities with the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, the “best of the best” places to shop, dine and live, as voted by you, our readers. We received 10,226 electronic ballots in our eight-week Readers’ Choice promotional campaign, intended to identify the top businesses in a wide range of categories. Want to find the best of the Lowcountry? You will find it here.

Festive events to help get you into the holiday spirit

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, the Lowcountry is not the place to be. But if you’re hoping for a season filled with fun holiday activities, you’re in the right spot.

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort and the surrounding areas have an excellent lineup of festivities planned for 2016. And in addition to all the light displays and holiday performances, dozens of churches and synagogues will be offering Christmas and Hanukkah services.        

In October, the onlything people wanted to talk about was Hurricane Matthew. In any formal or informal social setting, someone was likely to ask you about Matthew, and the questions were always the same: Did you evacuate? Where did you go? When did you come back? Did you have any damage? What kind? These questions always led to conversations about trees, roofs, predatory cleanup crews, insurance companies, and deductibles, deductibles, deductibles. The funny thing is that most of us willingly repeated these same stories, and usually to perfect strangers

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.