Off to Work

Lori Bee captures local crabbers in Bluffton, SC headed off to work.

Thought I’d run down to Alljoy Landing to catch a sunrise this morning.  It was more than a bit cloudy but there was a bit of color.   And I caught these gentlemen heading off to work, crabbing.   A part of me was envious, but then I realized it may storm today. Then I was simply thankful for the food they provide, and prayerful, for their safe return.

Off to Work by ©Lori Bee




Colleton River Homes for Sale

Lori Bee shares a sunrise view and a list of homes for sale, in beautiful Colleton River, located in Bluffton, SC.

Have you ever seen the Will Smith/Matt Damon/Charlize Theron movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance?”  Well, even if you are not a golfer, I do highly recommend it. Did you know much of it was filmed right here in Bluffton?  Actually, quite a bit of it was filmed in the gated golf community of Colleton River.   The clubhouse is adorned with pictures of the filming and memorabilia.

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them it was filmed here.  It really does showcase just how gorgeous this area truly is.  It’s also a fabulous place to live.   Here is a list of homes currently for sale in Colleton River.  If I can help you make your dreams come true, just let me know. It would be my pleasure.  My phone is 843-505-3132.

And just to give you a bit of a preview, yesterday I ventured out to the HE Trask Boat Landing in Bluffton and captured this sunrise view of the Clubhouse.   Thought you might enjoy it.  It’s even more spectacular in person.  Wouldn’t it be just fabulous to wake up to every day.   Let’s make that happen….

Colorful Colleton River Sunrise by Lori Bee

Soaring Sunrise

Lori Bee captures a Seagull Soaring in the Sunrise over the oyster beds between Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC.

So “my Joe,” recently switched shifts at Gulfstream.  He used to have to be at work at 3 pm and now he has to be there at 5am.  He hates it.  LOL.

I on the other hand, being a former farm girl, like being back to a morning routine.  I am much more productive.  And as much as I love sunsets, now I get to enjoy sunrises again too.

Here is this morning’s view.  Let me know if I can help you have a view like this.  It would be my pleasure.

Soaring Sunrise by Lori Bee

Chechessee River Sunrise

Chechessee River Sunrise photo by Lori Bee

The rivers, marsh grass, docks and yes… even the pluff mud, call to my soul.  Are they calling yours?

Chechessee River Sunrise by Lori Bee

Good Morning from Sea Pines

Chilly but beautiful December beach sunrise at Sea Pines Beach Club, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Had a busy morning work wise and also with taking a continuing education course.   But I find there is nothing better to focus and energize me for the day, than taking a moment to breathe and enjoy the view.   That’s especially important here in the lowcountry, as I realize that is why people want to mover here and buy real estate.

What do you think helps you to focus?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Having grown up in the mountains of North Central West Virginia, I know what a hard winter is like. It’s not just the extra cold weather and the snow, it’s also all the grey, sunless days that can wreak havoc on your soul.

So while it can get a bit chilly here in the Lowcountry during the winter, the days are full of sun and vivid colors. I love the gold Marsh Grass, the brilliant Carolina blue skies, the absolutely spectacular subsets, and the flowers that even bloom in the winter months. I hope you enjoy this photo of a couple of those flowers (hydrangea and camellia) from my own yard. They brighten my chilly days.

Coastal Setback Lines , setback

SC Coastal property owners have chance to request review of new coastal setback lines. But the deadline is coming up quick!

Heard great news from Nick Kremydas, CEO of the South Carolina Association of Realtors, today regarding the setback lines for rebuilding on the coast.  Nick was the keynote speaker at the Beaufort County Association of Realtors luncheon and gave us several updates on new legislation, on the national and state levels.

I asked a question about the recent developments on the coastal rebuilding setback lines.   He gave us all and update and sent me the following press release. I’m sure many of you will appreciate this update to this important issue affecting many homes here in Coastal South Carolina.

Please note the important DECEMBER 4th date for property owners to contact the DHEC to receive information on requesting a board review.  But at least now you have a little time to be proactive and request a review.   


Please see DHEC’s recent news release, below. 

DHEC Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines Until April 6, 2018

[COLUMBIA, SC] Coastal property owners will have until April 6, 2018 to comment on revised beachfront jurisdictional lines proposed by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Because of this extension, the department will begin to adopt final revised beachfront jurisdictional lines in May 2018 with all lines published by December 31, 2018. A tentative adoption schedule for each beach will be available on DHEC’s website on November 13, 2017.

Existing jurisdictional lines will remain in place until final revised lines are adopted. A 2016 amendment of the Beachfront Management Act prohibits the baseline from moving seaward from its position on December 31, 2017.

Based on feedback received during the original 30-day comment period, DHEC feels it is appropriate to give property owners and other interested parties more time to meet with department staff, understand the methodology used to set the jurisdictional lines and bring the department any additional information for consideration.

The decision to adopt revised lines after December 31, 2017 affects landowners who own property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline under the department’s current proposal.

DHEC is asking these property owners to contact the department prior to December 4, 2017 by email at or phone at 843-953-0200 to receive information on requesting a board review. DHEC will also attempt to proactively reach out to these property owners.

The department is required to establish and review beachfront jurisdictional lines every seven to ten years to implement laws and regulations that support the state’s beachfront management goals and to guide development away from vulnerable shorelines. The lines were last reviewed in 2008-10.

DHEC establishes two lines of beachfront jurisdiction – the baseline and the setback line. The baseline is the more seaward of the two jurisdictional lines, while the setback line is the landward line. To locate and establish the lines, DHEC utilizes the best available scientific and historical data, including state-of-the art LIDAR, GPS and aerial photography.

The lines do not create a “no-build” area. Repairs, reconstruction and new construction are allowed under certain conditions and with authorization by the department.

DHEC staff is available to assist citizens in understanding the lines and the process. Three public hearings were held in October, and additional meetings and opportunities to gather and present information will continue to be held.

The department has developed an online tool that shows the proposed new lines in detail at Additional information about the proposed beachfront jurisdictional lines, including a video on how the lines are developed, are available at

Public comments may be submitted to DHEC through a link provided in the viewing application or in writing to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405. Comments can also be submitted to

Katie Phillips
Legislative Affairs
S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
Office: (803) 898-9119
Mobile: (803) 530-5679


Blessed to live in Bluffton…

I love fall. But especially here in Bluffton. It’s magical. Hard to describe but I try via my photos and video. They speak for our quaint little community, better than I ever could.

Hope you enjoy this little video I made from our Bluffton Arts & Seafood celebration yesterday.

And if you or someone you know would like to live in such a wonderful place, please let me know. Happy to share this magical place with you!

Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Time !

Fall is the best time of the year in the lowcountry featuring the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival !

October is the beginning of my favorite time of year here in the lowcountry.    The air literally changed last night from the end of summer to fall.  Time for less crowds, spacious beaches, beautiful sunsets and the best seafood and oysters in the world!

In celebration of that, the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is happening all week long.  Check out all the events at culminating this weekend with the Street Festival on Calhoun St this Saturday and Sunday, showcasing our love for the lowcountry!  Hope to see y’all there!

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