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.”
Hilton Head News
Hilton 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.
The town of Bluffton is set to acquire a 1.47 acre parcel of land located at 68 Boundary St. Situated between Dubois Park and the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s Heyward House, the property will be used as public open space and will provide additional public parking spaces in the Bluffton Historic District.
The town of Bluffton recently began construction on the next phase of the Buck Island-Simmonsville Community sidewalk project. The project will install 1,200 linear feet of 5-foot wide sidewalks on Buck Island Road adjacent to the Toy Fields neighborhood across from the Wellstone development.
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island recently announced that Emory Campbell and Caroline “Beany” Newhall will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame on Nov. 10. Campbell is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cultural and environmental heritage of the Lowcountry.
The Coastal Discovery Museum recently held a grand opening for donors who supported the construction of a new $400,000 educational building and learning laboratory at the Coastal Discovery Museum. It was the first public announcement that the building was named in honor of Tom Peeples in recognition of his foresight in preserving historic Honey Horn and helping develop a successful public-private partnership between the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Town of Hilton Head Island.
German Batista of Hilton Head Island graduates from Veterans Treatment Court at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Sept. 20.
German Antonio Batista is a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He received two Bronze Stars following a tour of duty in Iraq during the Gulf War. He is also a recovering abuser of alcohol and drugs.
Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island by Town Manager, Steve Riley
- The big news this week was the authorization from FEMA to authorize the Town to begin to clear debris from private roads in the major PUDs. This is an important first step, but we must now begin the work of collecting the documentation required by FEMA to gain approval to clear the debris for all of the private dirt roads.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Beaufort County previously closed due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, the agency announced today.
Since October 8 when Hurricane Matthew came through Bluffton causing downed trees, downed power lines, power outages and structural damage, the Town has focused on recovery. While much has been done, much more must be accomplished. In an effort to help inform residents, the Town of Bluffton offers the following information:
The residential debris drop-off sites located at Coligny Beach Parking lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive, 111 Leg O’ Mutton Road and 120 William Hilton Parkway are still open daily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- The focus in week two has been on damage assessment, clearing of debris on roads, restarting beach renourishment, emergency permitting, assisting those in need, reaching out to state and federal agencies for assistance, and restoring some sense of normalcy.
Federal Emergency Management Inspectors (FEMA) Inspectors have arrived in Beaufort County to begin damage assessment and inspections for those that have applied for individual assistance and other assignments.
Dates have been scheduled to allow the burning of yard waste due to Hurricane Matthew. The dates will be Saturday 10/22/2016 through sunset on Sunday 10/30/2016.
Please be advised the rules of the Town’s burning ordinance still apply: