Nov 21 2018

Sullivan’s Island Mayors Message: November 2018

Dear Island Neighbors,

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

We certainly have much to be thankful for on the island, every year, and this year in particular.

Recently I wound up a business trip for my day job and as so often happens, I had a number of casual conversations with people at my professional society meeting or on the plane, in which the other person, often from quite a ways from here, responded to my answer to “where do you live” with “I’ve been there and it is my favorite place around Charleston.”

Well, mine too…whether or not we are talking about the Charleston area. I frequently catch myself taking the island for granted in the course of day-to-day activities, so it’s always good to get those reminders of the abundant blessings we enjoy: wonderful small-town place with great neighbors; tremendous natural resources all around us with an amazing array of flora and fauna; a fascinating history that predates the founding of the country, with lots of historic resources throughout the island. What’s not to like?

 And as we look back on the last 12 months we likewise can count ourselves among the very fortunate, especially in the Mother Nature department. We had an unscheduled January break with the “snowstorm” (for us) that, like a homework-eating dog, allowed us to throttle down and play a bit. (Of course, I realize that folks who had kids at home on a gazillion-week break were ready to declare the first day back at school a national holiday).

More significantly, as we near the end of the stated hurricane season (knock on wood) we can really be thankful we were spared the devastation suffered by our Carolina neighbors up the coast, folks in the Florida panhandle, and elsewhere.

Apropos of which, it’s not too late to help those folks. As an example, you can make a donation that will go directly to relief for people in the Carolinas who were so terribly affected by Hurricane Florence by going to


You have likely noted the changes underway on our Town sign on the causeway. The former sign served us very well but was showing signs of age. We are very grateful to the Sullivan’s Island Park Foundation leadership for their support and continued encouragement of this welcome improvement to our primary island gateway.

Thank you very much to the Park Foundation, and to all our residents whose donations to the Foundation have made this possible. This is a fine contribution to our community.


Please come out to enjoy one of our great Island holiday traditions: the Holiday Lighting Event at the Fire Station and Town Hall. It will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. As always, we are fortunate to have the Wando High School Chorus perform holiday favorites. Rumor has it we may also have a special visitor from Way Up North, past the Custom House. (Name that tune.) Gather up the family and get on your way to this Island favorite.


Those of you with kids and/or grandkids will certainly also want to take them to the Town’s annual Gingerbread House Decorating event. It will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Island Club. This event is hosted by the Town of Sullivan’s Island and is open to all island residents. There will be a performance by “Good Clean Fun” including juggling, holiday songs and more.

Councilmember Sarah Church, Chair of our Recreation Committee, has this message: “Please bring your preassembled gingerbread house and we will provide the decorations. The performance begins at 2 p.m., with decorating immediately following. Join us for the loudest, messiest day of the year at the Island Club.”

My message: In the wake of our recent elections, this is a great way to remember that “loud and messy” can actually be fun. For more info:


 While enjoying the season, please stay mindful of the simple steps you can to keep you and yours (and your stuff) safe and secure: While out and about, keep your valuables in your car out of sight and the vehicle locked. Don’t leave valuables in your car once you are back home, if possible, and be sure to keep car and home locked. Keep the Christmas tree well-hydrated. If you will be away for a time, don’t hesitate to ask our Police Department to put your home on a watch list for a little more attention. For more information contact Town Hall at 843.883.3198. You know the drill.

See you around the Island!

Pat O’Neil, Mayor

843 670 9266 | @oneilpm1

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