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 ocrm-comments@dhec.sc.gov 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 https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/shoreline/. Additional information about the proposed beachfront jurisdictional lines, including a video on how the lines are developed, are available at http://www.scdhec.gov/beachfrontlines.

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 ocrm-comments@dhec.sc.gov.

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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Butterfly

Delicate butterfly photo by Lori Bee after Hurricane Irma

It’s obvious this butterfly had a rough week. But I totally looked at it in amazement, thinking how strong that delicate creature really is, to have survived Irma.

We are all stronger than we think. Congrats on making it thru a rough week everyone and Happy Friday!

Butterfly after Irma

Put Your Love into Action

How are you going to put your love in action for Hurricane Harvey victims?

We saw love in action, here last fall in the lowcountry after Hurricane Matthew.  My headline photo for this blog post is from my beloved Bluffton.  We went thru quite a lot together last October and in the following months. And this graphic on the side of an old building in our historic sea village,  still remains a symbol of us coming together and being strong for one another. Loving one another.

And I just knew I had to be strong and be involved with helping however I could when I saw Hurricane Harvey looming off the Texas shoreline.  I don’t want anyone to feel alone.  I want them to feel loved and know that we will take care of each other.

So I’ve been busy.  I volunteered to help eXp agents affected by Hurricane Harvey.  I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am, for an awesome team of colleagues and staff who are doing such an amazing job.  I am proud to be a part of such an amazing group of people.

Especially seeing some of our agents, like George Huntoon and Sondra Richard, amongst others, going out and coordinating/conducting rescues…..

     

Just wow! The whole “Cajun Navy” has been doing remarkable things, and George and Sondra are love in action!  eXp will do whatever we can with the amazing resources our staff and fellow agents have, to help them show this amazing love across Texas and Louisiana.

And then tonight,  I saw this:

I sobbed. Didn’t you?  We’ve been so divided as a country in the last year or so.  Some would argue a hundred  years or more.

But it is so true.  We need to see love.  We need to recognize love.  And that comes in all colors.  Our country is amazing.  We need to see that too.  Let’s join together to do great things to help one another.

If you care to help eXp agents; some of whom have lost a little, some who have lost everything, and all will lose a lot of business over the coming months to years due to their commission based income, please consider giving to our corporate eXp Go Fund Me Hurricane Harvey account.    Or give to the charity of your choice doing good things and showing love.

Put your love into action.  Thank you.

Monday Morning on the Sea Islands

Brief video and photos of Hunting Island and St. Helena Island, just outside of Beaufort, SC by Lori Bee.

I had an appointment out on St. Helena Island this morning.   I love visiting the Sea Islands of St. Helena, Harbor, Fripp and especially Hunting Island.   It’s like something lures my soul out there to recharge.    And that is what I did today, just soaking all that beauty and peacefulness in.

Here is a link to just a little bit of history in a recent article by Travel+Leisure Magazine,  and below is a short video of my stops today.  But I’d love to personally show you a life you would love on the Sea Islands of South Carolina.  Just let me know where your soul is calling you to Bee at the Beach.