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2014: A Year In Review

The Islands closed out 2014 with a strange phenomenon. The morning of Dec. 26 thousands of starfish washed up on the Isle of Palms. Likely the result of strong tides and rough storms, the stranded starfish were reclaimed by the ocean the following day.

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

(Photo by Robyn Leigh)

JAN PHOTO 1 First Timers (Polar Plunge)

January 1, 2014 – Thousands flock from around the area to ring in the New Year with a bracing plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in support of the Special Olympics. This annual Sullivan’s Island tradition continued in 2015. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

JAN PHOTO 2 beach dusting (Blizzard of 2014)

January 29 – The islands woke up to a smattering of “snow” the morning of January 29. The storm that brought it cut power and road access to the islands for a short period of time. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

FEB PHOTO 1 Lantern Bearers (Hunley 150th anniversary)

February 17 – Members of the Confederate Heritage Trust conducted a memorial service at Breach Inlet commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sinking the USS Housatonic off Sullivan’s Island. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

FEB SIES Event-18

February 28 – The second annual Wig & Stache Bash raised over $106,000 for Sullivan’s Island Elementary School programs.


March 6 – Dewees Island birdwatchers spot two eaglets on the island’s nesting box. (photo by Barb Bergwerf)

MARCH PHOTO 1 Friends (SI St Pats)

March 16 – Local Irish dancers entertained the crowds during the Town sponsored Sullivan’s Island St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

MARCH Jonathan and Chef Jacques Exterior

March 19 – Sullivan’s Island welcomed its first new restaurant in a while as The Obstinate Daughter opens on Middle Street. The unique name is a reference to Col. Moultrie’s staunch defense of the island during the Revolutionary War. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

APRIL Mayor Perkis & Friends

April 5 – Sullivan’s councilmember Hartley Cooper, school board member Shannon Kennemur and Mayor Mike Perkis turned out to support the parks of the island at the annual Round on the Mound fundraising event. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

APRIL Charlotte Webster Making an Airplane

April 22 – Charlotte Webster made an airplane with recycled materials at the Poe Library on Sullivan’s Island in honor of Earth Day on April 22. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

April Mayor Cronin Cuts the Ribbon

April 30- The islands end a near 2 year grocery store drought with the opening of 25,000 square foot Harris Teeter in Palm Boulevard’s Island Center on Isle of Palms. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

MAY 05Barbie's Chili

April 24 – Barby Harington, Event Coordinator, shows off some of the entries to the IOP Exchange Club’s Second Annual Chili Cook Off.

MAY Home Team

May 17 – Home Team BBQ’s Sullivan’s Island location celebrated 5 years of business on the island.

MAY Donnie Pitts deploys IOPs recycling bins along front beach

Memorial Day Weekend – IOP implemented an experimental recycling program on the beaches, adding blue recycling bins to help beachgoers keep in clean. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

JUNE Young Adult Champs

June 2 – Sand lovers flocked to the 26th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest on Front Beach, Isle of Palms. These two lovely ladies took home the Young Adult Champs shovels for their sculpture memorializing Sept. 11. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

JUNE Young Standouts Ben McElveen and Colin Baker

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Winner Chris Bailey Pulls Ahead of the Field en route to winning the Floppin Flounder race

June 7 – The 23rd Floppin’ Flounder 5K took place on Sullivan’s Island. These young standouts Ben McElveen and Colin Baker dominated the youth division. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

JULY BRIAR photo 2

July 15 – Dr. Anne Cook helped release Briar, a loggerhead turtle, into the ocean at Isle of Palms’ County Park. Cook, a Sullivan’s resident and animal eye vet, spent 6 months treating the endangered turtle, removing cataracts so it could survive once returned to its salty home.


July 25 – Wild pigs swum up on to the beach on Sullivan’s Island surprising beachgoers, including Erin Schwartz who took this photo.

AUGUST 10k and 5k starting line 2

July 19 – IOP annual 10 k and 5 k beach runs saw hundreds of fun runners take to the beach. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

AUGUST A Peek Inside (SIES)

SI School Pre-Opening August 6 (SIES)


August 18 – Principal Susan King construction manager Bob Faust celebrates the opening of Sullivan’s Island Elementary School after its 4 year absence from the island. (photo by Barbara Begwerf)

AUGUST Beach Erosion at Station 18

August 30 – This extreme high tide on Sullivan’s Island almost washed away a turtle nest, but not before dozens of hatchlings made it out safely following two emergency relocations by the island’s intrepid turtle team. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

SEPT Proud Moment for Board Members

September 22 – Sullivan’s Island Town Council joined Charleston County School District officials and Principal Susan R. King to celebrate the dedication of the new Sullivan’s Island Elementary School.

SEPTEMBER Linda Tucker 4

September 30 – Linda Tucker celebrates 30 years of service in local government. The IOP City Administrator has spent 23 of those on two barrier islands, Sullivan’s Island (Town Administrator 1991 – 2000) and Isle of Palms (City Administrator 2000 – present).


October 7 – Mayor Mike Perkis passes away after a year-long battle with prostate cancer. Elected to council in 2005, Perkis became mayor in 2013. During his tenure the Town welcomed its new elementary school, the result of a massive effort by the Town Council, spearheaded by Perkis.


October 16 – Madison Seabrook performs as Cinderella during the Isle of Palms based Crabpot Players production at its new location in Mount Pleasant.

OCTOBER Trick or Treat on Sullivan's Island

October 31 – Children rushed island porches in mass numbers demanding candy. (photo by Steve Rosamilia)

November CHILI

November 2 – Sullivan’s Island Fire Department wins the battle of the Fire Departments at the annual East Cooper Meals on Wheels chili throwdown.

NOVEMBER Deanna Walter

November 9 – Artists such as Deanna Walter display their work at homes on Sullivan’s Island during the annual Art of the Beach fundraiser to raise money for the Creative Spark Center for the Arts.

NOVEMBER A Truck Transports

November 10 – Trucks started to move on to the beach outside Wild Dunes’ condos to begin a beach renourishment project which is projected to end in February, 2015.

DECEMBER Candidates

December 3 – Patrick O’Neil, Keith Blandford and Jerry Kaynard face off in a candidates forum for Mayor of Sullivan’s Island. The election will take place, Tuesday, Jan. 6.


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