Staff Report for The Island Eye News
The IOP Marina Festival is gearing up for Nov.4 and promises to be a unique and exciting event for residents and visitors.
The festival will be an opportunity for families, friends and our veterans to enjoy out door recreational activities, games and fellowship. Sponsored by the IOP Marina businesses and the IOP Exchange Club, the festival seeks to raise funds for veteran access to Hamlin Creek and surrounding waterways and marshes on IOP.
Interactive events include, Mini Safari Jet Skiing, provided by Tidal Wave Sports, (online, pre-registration required), introduction to kayaking by Coastal Expeditions, (on line pre registration required), and paddle boarding sessions provided by Ocean Fitness, (details to be announced). Tours, boat rentals and educational programs will also be available.
The IOP Exchange Club’s Legacy Community Service Programs will feature demonstrations and exhibits by the City of Charleston Fire Department’s Fireboat – Marine 101, IOPFD, DNR, US Coast Guard and the Red Cross.
Water safety and education is of paramount importance to a beach resort area. Tom Haffey, formerly of the City of Charleston’s Fire Department and Marine Team, and recent member of the IOP Exchange Club is leading this important community service.
“I am impressed with the commitment and plans the Exchange Club has to serve our community and those in need with their plans to build a dock and related facilities. Safety has been a top priority for the Exchange Club, its members, guests and those they serve throughout the community, such as veterans and youth,” said Haffey.
In addition, children’s games, fun activities, special snacks, raffles, door prizes and music will ensure a fun afternoon on Nov. 4 at the IOP Marina.
Registration and purchase of raffle tickets are available on line at IOPExchange.org/marinafestival. All proceeds from this event go to the nonprofit IOP Exchange Club.