Feb 25 2016

A Message From Sullivan’s Island Mayor: February 2016

Pat Oneil

Pat Oneil

Dear Island Neighbors,

I don’t know about y’all but I am developing an increased appreciation for leap years. They offer an extra day that I can delude myself into thinking slows down, however minutely, the accelerating passage of time!

But do we really need an extra Monday? Really? Well, it doesn’t matter, because this year we get one anyway: Happy Leap Day Monday! But moving beyond that momentary crisis, which won’t recur until 2044…


Living on an island named after Capt. Florence O’Sullivan, with numerous storied Island Irish family names such as McInerny and McGuire, it is appropriate that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to honor the Irish contributions to our Island, state and national culture. (No bias here). And by “celebrate”, I do not mean hosting a Savannah-style green beer- bong drunkfest. We came too close to that a couple of years ago. But we will be offering a few enjoyable events for families and responsible adult visitors.

Paddy In The Park: On Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come out for the annual St. Patrick’s Family Celebration in the Marshall Stith Park. Join your neighbors for this family-friendly event.

Highlights: performances by Irish dancers and magician; face painting; balloon twisting artists and other treats. Please note: This is a no-alcohol event. Parking will also be more limited than usual because of the Town Hall construction project, so please try to bike or walk if possible. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Pre-St. Pat’s Saturday In The Commercial District: Following the Park event, some of our local businesses will offer pre-St. Pat’s events until 6 p.m. There will be some outside sales of food and beverages on premises, but all roads will be open for vehicular traffic except Station 22 ½ between Middle St. and I’On Avenue.

St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday March 17): All our commercial district restaurants will be open for business as usual. And a St. Patrick’s fun fact: Shamrocks have three petals. The things with four petals may also be associated with luck, but they are not shamrocks!


Please support our first-ever Farmers’ Market Season. We heard from scores of Island residents asking us to get this going. With the leadership of Councilmember Sarah Church, Chair of the Recreation Committee, and Town staff member Lisa Darrow who is now also our Market Manager, we are on our way!

Our Island Farmers Market will be held every Thursday from April 7 through June 30, from 2:30 p.m. till 7 p.m., near the Poe Library (and Sullivan’s Island Elementary School and Battery Gadsden).

Says Councilmember Church: “We expect the Farmers Market will be a fun event for the whole community. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some local produce, check out some handmade crafts, and visit with your neighbors. Mark your calendars for the opening day of Thursday, April 7. “


As a reminder, the town is offering our residents, visitors and other friends the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that they and/or their friends and family are remembered here on the Island outside our new Town Hall.

We will surround the installed flagpole with bricks inscribed with the names of residents, their friends and families (living or passed), and other folks who love the Island.

You can buy a brick with the name of your choice inscribed on it, for the bargain price of just $150 for a 4 inch X 8 inch brick, or $350 for an 8inch X 8inch. Your purchase will support this and other aspects of the Town Hall landscaping! Every time you walk, run, bike or drive past the site you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your contribution.

To order a brick visit the Town website at http://bit.ly/SIBRICKCAMPAIGN. The process is simple, easy and fast. To ensure your order is honored, please buy your brick by St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Pat O’Neil

oneilp@sullivansisland-sc.com, 843 670 9266

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