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update icon Latest Updates - August 7, 2020

An Update from Town Manager Steve Riley- 8/7/2020

Good afternoon Hilton Head Islanders and Guests,

Here's an update of what's happening around Town with our projects and COVID-19 assistance.

Work on Yacht Cove Light Project Set to Start Tuesday, August 11
Light will soon be shining on the intersection of Yacht Cove Drive and William Hilton Parkway (Bus.) as a result of a pilot project that will enhance the safety of the area. This is also near the location where Charli J. Bobinchuck, an 11-year-old Hilton Head Islander who was known for her love of animals and her fascination for the Island's wildlife and environment, lost her life more than two years ago.

We awarded a contract to J. Moore Electrical. The company will begin the groundwork to install overhead street lights at the intersection on Tuesday, August 11, and has 60 days to complete the project. Plans for the project were approved in October 2019, but construction was delayed due to the protracted acquisitions of easements to install the lights.

The $105,000 project includes the installation of seven poles that will support nine overhead light fixtures. Both the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town's Design Review Board approved the design. The initial work involves drilling for underground conduits for electrical wiring. This will be followed by setting the new light poles and fixtures.

Town staff plans to seek public feedback on the aesthetics and effectiveness of the lights. The work should not impact traffic flow, but motorists are urged to please use caution when travelling through the work zone. For more information, contact Jeff Buckalew, Town Engineer, at or 843-341-4772.

Distribution of Grant Funds
Earlier this week, we announced news about the $378,000 grant we received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We have since received numerous calls about how those funds can be accessed. The funds are earmarked to provide help to our low and moderate income residents affected by COVID-19. We are working with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry on application guidelines for local non-profit organizations. Once those guidelines are finalized, organizations will be able to apply for grants and use them to assist our residents with rent, utilities, mortgage, food, transportation, childcare and other needs. So if you as an individual need help, please reach out to nonprofit agencies in our community that offer assistance. There are guidelines you may need to meet.

Lowcountry Food Bank's New Interactive Map Helps People Find Free Food
The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB), in partnership with the College of Charleston's Riley Center for Livable Communities, announced a new online, interactive Lowcountry Food Finder Map. The new map helps people in need find free food in the 10 coastal South Carolina counties served by the LCFB, including Beaufort County.

People trying to find nearby food pantries can go to and type in their location. A list of food resources with available times and days for sites closest to them will be provided. Designed to work either from a mobile device or computer, the website includes three types of food distribution sites: Lowcountry Food Bank partner agency sites, coastal South Carolina school district sites, and additional food resource sites. Several agencies and food distribution sites for Hilton Head Island are listed on this map and on the COVID19 hub page on our website.

SC DHEC: SC COVID-19 Cases by County & ZIP Code
The latest confirmed and estimated COVID-19 cases by ZIP code are available as an interactive display on website for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control at For Hilton Head Island, those zip codes would be 29928 and 29926. You can also find DHEC COVID-19 data on our COVID-19 hub page at With the number of positive cases, officials continue to urge people to take basic precautions: wash your hands regularly, social distance, wear a face mask, avoid group gatherings and stay home when you are sick.

Upcoming Meetings on Workforce Housing, Our Plan and Accommodations Tax
Headed into next week, we have three important meetings that you may want to add to your calendar. These meetings are being held virtually. The meeting agendas posted to our website provide information on how you can participate in and watch the meetings.

The Planning Commission's LMO Committee meets at 9 am, August 11 to discuss workforce housing LMO amendments. The Our Plan Development Team meets at 2 pm, August 12 for a review and recommendation of Our Plan, which will be our roadmap over the next two decades. A virtual workshop for 2021 accommodations tax (ATAX) grant applications is 9 am, Thursday, August 13, 2020. During the workshop, staff will be sharing information about the application process so you can thoroughly prepare your application and will answer questions you have about the application.

Give to Help Others
Please continue to support organizations in our community that working to support those in need.

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