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Beach Nourishment Presentation 

This presentation was prepared by Coastal Science and Engineers to explain the current beach nourishment and groin lengthening Project.  

Posted by Iris Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:24:00 PM

A Short Guide to Short Term Rentals 

A short guide to short-term rentals

​The sharing economy, also called “collaborative consumption,” lets consumers share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership. Today’s most well-known collaborative options include Uber, Rideshare, Lyft, Airbnb and HomeAway.

The same concept, but with a different business model, was possible in the past by posting services or products for rent, in a newspaper or in magazine ads, and through internet posts. What’s changed is that transactions now take place through an app on smartphones allowing easier, more convenient and more frequent transactions. The frequency of these transactions creates regulatory and tax issues for the state and local governments.

South Carolina addressed the regulation of ride-booking services with the passage of “transportation network company” legislation in 2015. Now, the challenge is how to accommodate short-term residential rental services, such as Airbnb, Vacation Rentals by Owner, and similar services, while balancing traditional residential property owner and tenant rights, protecting quality of life, and collecting fees and taxes that are due on these business activities.

Since home sharing has the potential to alter the character of established neighborhoods, many communities are carefully considering the best way to accommodate the demand for these new types of lodging, while still protecting the safety of housing, neighborhood character and land planning goals.

Understanding South Carolina’s regulations and tax treatments for short-term residential rentals is an important step before developing sharing-economy rental policies.
For tax purposes, South Carolina has five general types of short-term rentals:

  • Hotels and motels. Owners of these commercial properties pay property taxes based on a 6 percent assessment of the value of the property. All taxes, including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations, are owed.
  • Rentals of second homes and investment properties. Owners of these properties pay property taxes based on a 6 percent assessment of the value of the property. All taxes, including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations are owed.
  • Rentals of primary residential homes between 15 and 72 days per year. The rental days can be consecutive or nonconsecutive. Property owners maintain their primary residential 4 percent property tax assessment. All taxes, including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations are owed.
  • Rentals of primary residential homes for up to 14 days a year. Property owners maintain their primary residential 4 percent property tax assessment. Owner revenue from these rentals is exempt from all taxation, including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations. However, a travel company, such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, through which a rental property is booked and paid, owes taxes including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations. Examples include renting a primary residence during the Masters or RBC Heritage golf tournaments or  renting a home for seven college football weekends per year.
  • Rentals of six bedrooms or less in a residential home occupied by the home owner. Typically these are home owners who rent out a single bedroom or couch in their primary home through Airbnb or other internet platform. The homeowner maintains his 4 percent property tax assessment. Owner revenue from these rentals is exempt from sales taxes and state and local accommodations taxes. Business license taxes are not exempt under state law, therefore, the homeowner is responsible for paying the tax.

Regardless of the type of short-term rental, travel companies, such as Airbnb and Expedia, through which the rental is booked and paid, owe taxes, including business license, state accommodations, sales and local accommodations. Currently, the S.C. Department of Revenue collects state sales and accommodations taxes from Airbnb. Although travel companies owe these taxes, they are not consistently paying business license taxes or local accommodations taxes to local governments.

Posted by Iris Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:22:00 PM

Planning Commission Vacancy 

There is a vacancy on the Planning Commission for the Town of Edisto Beach.  If you are interested in serving the Town in this capacity, please fill out an application and return it to the Municipal Clerk.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:35:00 AM

Top 500 Places to Retire in the U.S. 

Edisto Island is the only South Carolina town to place in the top 100!  See the results here!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:56:00 PM

Information concerning the November 7, 2017 election 

PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF EDISTO BEACH

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Municipal Election Commission of the Town of Edisto Beach announces the General Election for the Town of Edisto Beach to be Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the purpose of electing two (2) Town council Members having terms expiring November 2, 2021. This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Such election will be held in accordance with the statutes of the State of South Carolina and ordinances of the Town of Edisto Beach governing elections.  Candidates may be nominated by petition.  A candidate’s petition shall contain the signature of at least five (5%) percent of the qualified registered electors of the Town.  The petition must be filed with the Town Clerk by noon on August 24, 2017, seventy-five (75) days prior to the date of the General Election.  Petition forms may be found online at www.scvotes.org/candidate_information, or at Town Hall, and Statement of Economic Interest forms can be completed online at www.ethics.sc.gov.

The polling place for the General Election will be the Edisto Beach Town Hall, 2414 Murray Street, Edisto Beach, South Carolina 29438.  The polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. and will remain continuously opened until they are closed at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of November 7, 2017.

The polls will be under the supervision of the Managers of Election who have been appointed by the Municipal Election Commission of the Town of Edisto Beach, who have been directed to conduct this General Election.  Every person offering to vote must be duly registered on the County Books on Registration for Colleton County, as an elector at the precinct of Edisto Beach and a resident of Edisto Beach on or before thirty days prior to the date of election, that being the 6th day of October 2017. The process of examining the returned-addressed envelopes containing absentee ballots will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of the election.

The hearing on any ballots challenged in the election will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and will be conducted at the Edisto Beach Town Hall, 2414 Murray Street, Edisto Beach, South Carolina 29438.

Any run-off will be held two weeks after the election on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:05:00 AM

From SCDOT 

The South Carolina Department for Transportation (SCDOT) plans road improvements along Myrtle Street in Colleton County. The proposed project includes valley gutters, percolation pipes and catch basins along Myrtle St (S-682) from Edings St (local) to Lybrand St (S-684), installation of drainage pipe from Lybrand St to Marianne St (S-688), and paving Myrtle St from Ebbtide St (local) to Palmetto Blvd (SC 174).

Please visit our website for more information.  http://arcg.is/2mkt7gL Please feel free to share this information as well.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Lost Pet Standard Operating Procedure 

Lost Pets Standard Operating Procedure

The Town of Edisto Beach cannot accept lost animals, due to liability issues.  The rental companies will be given temporary collars to give to renters to write a phone number (local, vacation or cell number) and the pet’s name should the pet get lost.

If found in the town, the person finding the pet can either call the owner or Animal Control at 843-893-2651.  Ask for Director Reggie McNeil.

If found on the island, the person finding the pet can call either the owner or Animal Lovers of Edisto (ALOE) Canine Rescue at 843-869-3869.

All Town personnel will be given this information.  Should anyone call Town Hall, employees will be directed to provide caller with numbers to call.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:31:00 PM

The Edisto Beach Renourishment and Groin Lengthening Project  

Updated April 27, 2017

The beach nourishment and groin lengthening project has begun. This project was permitted by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Health and Environmental Control Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Portions of this project are based upon the US Army Corps of Engineers approved National Economic Development Plan. Once completed, Edisto Beach will have a wider, more stable beach.  This project should also extend the need to re-nourish as often.   

Marinex Construction Company of Charleston is the dredge contractor.  Marinex was awarded a $11,698,780 contract to perform the beach nourishment portion of the project.  Crowder Construction Company of Charlotte, North Carolina is the groin lengthening contractor.  Crowder was awarded a $5,324,000 contract to perform this work.  Notice to proceed on the project has been issued and both contractors have mobilized and begun work. These project costs include Edisto Beach State Park work which is being managed by the Town and funded by the state.

This project is being funded by Town of Edisto Beach tourism taxes ($3,000,000), Colleton County Capital Project Sales Taxes ($4,000,000), the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Grant ($6,800,000), federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to damages from Hurricanes Joaquin ($1,400,000) and Matthew (TBD) and the Edisto Beach State Park.

The bid documents and project plans can be viewed at tinyurl.com/EdistoNourishment and tinyurl.com/EdistoGroins.

According to the permit, groins will be lengthened by the following lengths:

Groin 1 (South of Finns)

90 feet

Groin 16 (1206 Palmetto)

20 feet

Groin 2 (106 Palmetto)

85 feet

Groin 17 (1402 Palmetto)

20 feet

Groin 3 (120 Palmetto)

90 feet

Groin 18 (1602 Palmetto)

40 feet

Groin 4 (136 Palmetto)

100 feet

Groin 19 (1802 Palmetto)

0 feet

Groin 5 (202 Palmetto)

100 feet

Groin 20 (2101 Point)

40 feet

Groin 6 (218 Palmetto)

90 feet

Groin 21 (2301 Point)

30 feet

Groin 7 (310 Palmetto)

90 feet

Groin 22 (2402 Point)

30 feet

Groin 8 (406 Palmetto)

95 feet

Groin 23 (2601 Point)

30 feet

Groin 9 (420 Palmetto)

95 feet

Groin 24 (2701 Point)

30 feet

Groin 10 (512 Palmetto)

95 feet

Groin 25 (2704 Point)

40 feet

Groin 11 (608 Palmetto)

95 feet

Groin 26 (2803 Point)

50 feet

Groin 12 (702 Palmetto)

45 feet

Groin 27 (2806 Point)

50 feet

Groin 13 (718 Palmetto)

80 feet

Groin 28 (2810 Point)

0 feet

Groin 14 (902 Palmetto)

65 feet

Groin 29 (2904 Point)

0 feet

Groin 15 (1102 Palmetto)

40 feet

Groin 30

0 feet

Groins 1-11 and 13 and 14 will include a composite sheet pile section that should last longer than steel sheet pile.  The composite sheet pile will be capped with concrete reinforced with epoxy coated steel rebar.  The sheet pile will also be strengthened on each side by armor stone supported by a geotextile mesh marine mattress filled with small stones. The terminal end of each groin lengthened with sheet pile will be stabilized with armor stone placed on top of a 1 foot thick by 5 feet wide geotextile mesh marine mattress. This mattress is used to stabilize the ocean floor so the armor stone stays in place.

Groins 12, 15-18, and 20-27 will be lengthened by grouted stone resting on marine mattresses.

Groin 28 will be restacked and grouted.  Groin 29 will be restacked, but will not be grouted to prevent erosional impacts down drift.

Groins 30-33 will not be restacked or grouted.

A minimal dune is planned along Reach 1 (between Groins 1 and 11) where the emergency protective berm has already eroded away.  Depending on funding at the completion of the project, the Town may install sand fencing and vegetation.

Sand will be placed between each groin to trapping capacity and will not be overfilled to cover the groins as in the past.

The nourishment portion of the project is expected to be completed before turtle nesting season May 1, 2017).  The groin lengthening portion may continue into turtle nesting season with restrictions, according to the permit. 

Crowder has restacked Groins # 28 and 29 (around the Point) and performed some repair work to the armor stone on Groins # 1 (State Park) and 2 (south of Finns). 

Marinex has mobilized the dredge and is positioning the pipeline for pumping of dredged sand to the beach.  They will begin pumping onto the beach in the 500 block and move north toward the State park.  Once the north end has been completed, they will work to the south.

 Weekly Project Update (January 18, 2017)

Nourishment Portion-dredge arrived January 15, 2017 and is stationed in S. Edisto River until subline is in place.

Groin Lengthening Portion-Contractor began bedding mattresses for armor stone. Work began on Groin # 16 (Nancy and Thistle) installing mattresses and majority of armor stone.  Plan to focus on 14-18.        

Weekly Project Update (February 1, 2017)

Pumping of sand initiated around midnight January 26, 2017 between Groins # 9 and 10 (Atlantic and Cupid) (500 block).  Fill placement continues to the north moving around 200 to 300 feet per day.  As of February 1, 2017, beach fill complete between 506 Palmetto and 302 Palmetto.  Dredge is placing approx 20,000 CY of sand on beach each day depending on mechanical and weather delays.  

Stone portion of Groins #16 (Nancy and Thistle), 23 (Loring), 24 (Laroche), 25, 26, 27 is complete.  Mattresses have been installed and most stone on Groin # 17 (Dorothy) and Groin #18 (Marianne).  

Weekly Project Update (February 8, 2017)

As of February 8, 2017, Marinex has pumped 200,000 CY of sand between Mary St and Cupid St.  

Crowder has completed placing mattresses and the majority of the armor stone at all of the armor stone only extensions except #12 (Portia) and expects to complete that groin on Feb 9. Crowder also removed damaged fence posts and debris at beach access 24 for removal by the Town. 

Weekly Project Update (February 15, 2017)

Marinex is currently pumping sand around Groin #2 (south of Finns)  and moving north.  Approx. 300,000 CY of sand has been placed between 512 Palmetto and Groin #2.  A dune has been constructed along the landward fill limit.

Crowder began driving sheet piles at Groin #9 (Cupid) and are moving north. 

Weekly Project Update (February 22, 2017)

Marinex is currently pumping sand in the State Park.  Nourishment is complete between 512 and Groin #1 (State Park). A walk through on the completed portion is scheduled. Anticipate completing state park in 7-14 days.

Crowder poured grout on Groin #12 (Portia) on 2/20/2017 and also Groins # 16 (Nancy and Thistle) and 17 (Dorothy) on 2/21/2017.  Crowder continues to work on sheet pile at Groins # 7 (Whaley and Matilda) and # 8 (Matilda and Cupid).  Wave action has caused some delays. 

February 24, 2017-Town Council approved a change order with Marinex to pump additional sand in Reach 1 (State Park to Atlantic) and Reach 4 (Laroche to Whitecap). 

Weekly Project Update (March 1, 2017)

Marinex will add a little more sand to the area near beach access #4 and will dress a few areas where equipment had been stored. CSE is coordinating between Marinex and Crowder to add some sand to beach access #1.

Marinex has submitted survey data for CSE to confirm in-place volumes in the completed sections of Reach 1 and the Park. Approximately 380,000 cy have been placed in Reach 1, and ~119,000 cy in the park as of 1 March. Marinex will finish the park section, then move the subline to the area near groin 20 and work to the north.

 Crowder worked on installing additional sheets on groins 7 and 8, and finishing driving sheets on groin 9 this week. They also received grout to continue grouting the armor-stone groins, beginning at groin 27 and generally moving north. Crowder placed mattresses and stone at Groin #9, and plan to place mattresses and stone at groins 7 (Whaley and Matilda) and 8 prior to driving sheets at a new groin. 

Weekly Project Update (March 7, 2017)

Marinex finished pumping the park section on Tuesday and will re-position the subline to the area between groins 19 and 20 (1600 Palmetto and 2100 Point).  They should resume pumping on Thursday moving north. To date, Marinex has pumped over half of the contract volume.  Shore pipe has been staged at various locations in the completed section and will be removed as space opens in the new work area.  Marinex will periodically grade escarpments. 

Crowder indicated that groins 18-27 are complete.  CSE will assess each groin during an optimal low tide to verify each groin is installed to design.  They are working on finishing groins 7, 8 9 and 14.  CSE identified some damaged sheet piles and those have been removed and replaced.  Concrete availability is a significant issue.  

Weekly Project Update (March 15, 2017)

Marinex began pumping between groin 19 and 20 (near the Wyndham Cabana) Thursday, March 9, 2017 moving towards the north.  They reached groin 18 and turned back south and reached groin 22 by March 15, 2017. They will continue pumping south until the south section is finished.  Then they will return to groin 18 and pump to the north to finish the project.  

Crowder poured the first cap on March 8, 2017 at groin 8.  The pour went well and they will finish the remainder of the stone work on March 9 and 10.  They are prepping to finish grouting groins 15-17.   Crowder plans to finish the caps and stone work at groins 7, 8, 9 and 14 prior to driving more sheets. 

Weekly Project Update (March 22, 2017)

Marinex has completed pumping sand to the south and after adding some additional sand at groin 29 they are going to head back to the north to complete the nourishment portion of the project.  They will dress up the beach after they head north.

Crowder has grouted Groins 15, 16, 17 and poured cap  on Groin 8. They will be working both low tides (night and day) on the remaining groins. 

CSE is preparing bid documents for sand fencing.

Weekly Project Update (March 29, 2017)

Marinex finished placing sand around groins 29 and 30 to try and improve access.  They have turned north and are working around groin 18 and moving north to groin 17.  They will final grade the south end of the beach this week. Piping has been disassembled and moved back to cell 18 in Reach 3.  

Crowder has been delayed by weather conditions.  They could not finish groin 15 until sand is placed there.  They will be working on Groins 7 and 9 this week.

Weekly Project Update (April 5, 2017)

Marinex has completed the upcoast state park reach. The plan called for 200,000 cubic yards of sand and according to the surveyed amount,  235,000 cubic yards of sand was placed in this reach.  Reach 1 is almost complete.  The plan called for 410,000 cubic yards of sand and 381,000 cubic yards has been placed.  Reach 4 is complete with 89,114 cubic yards of sand. Reach 3 is complete with 196,227 cubic yards of sand. Reach 2 is being worked on.  The dredge was taken into the sound due to inclement weather and should return as soon as the weather system clears. 

Crowder construction has installed Groin 9 and are driving sheets at Groin 6.  The hammer used to install the sheet piles was damaged and has caused some delays.  They will be working weekends to try and catch up.  

Weekly Project Update (April 12, 2017)

Marinex should be finished with dredging by Friday night (April 15, 2017) or Saturday night (April 16, 2017).  The demobilization will take approximately two weeks.  

Crowder construction has finished with the armor stone only groins. They are finished with groins 7, 8 and 9 except the caps.  Groins 5 though 9 are fairly complete.  Crowder has had weather issues they have had to deal with and it has been a learning experience.     

Weekly Project Update (April 19, 2017)

Marinex has completed pumping sand. They will be  moving the pipe on Saturday.  CSE will check with DNR to determine if tilling will be required.

Crowder finished groins 7 and 9. Completed sheet piling on groins 2, 3, and 4.  They will begin driving sheet piling at groin 1 tomorrow.  Rock was installed at groins 5 and 6.  Next week they plan to pour caps on groins 5 and 6.

The sand fence and planting bid has been issued to correspond with the end of the permit modification public comment period. 

Brad Drawdy was invited to attend the meetings as the representative for the turtle patrol to provide input and coordination as we enter sea turtle nesting season.

Weekly Project Update (April 26, 2017)

The restoration project continues to move along on schedule. Marinex finished sand pumping just before Easter and has demobilized nearly all of their equipment from the beach.  Marinex will till the berm this Friday and Saturday to reduce the compaction of the sand as required in the project permits.  This tilling will soften the beach just seaward of the dune for a period of time.  Once a few rain storms or high tides impact the beach, it will return to a normal level of compaction.

Crowder installed sheet piles, mattresses, and most of the armor stone on groins 1-5 in the past two weeks, which has allowed for most of the material staged on the beach to be removed.  There are still stockpiles of armor stone that will continue to be present for the next few weeks. 

Crowder will continue to pour the concrete caps on groins 1-5 as weather allows over the next week, while also working on sheets, mattresses and stone on groins 10, 11, and 13.  Once all the sheets and mattresses are in, the will remove the crane from the beach. 

The Town is presently in the bid process for installing sand fencing and vegetation along the dune.  This will be completed as soon a contract is awarded and permits are received.

The 1st of May starts sea turtle nesting season, and the contractors are taking precautions to ensure protection of nesting turtles.  Daily turtle surveys will be completed prior to any work being done that day.  Nests in work areas will be marked or relocated to ensure their protection. 

The Town is coordinating turtle protection measures with Turtle patrol, Crowder, CSE, SCDNR, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Signs have been ordered for the groins warning of submerged rocks.

 

Friday, January 6, 2017 3:17:00 PM