By Kevin O’Haire
Seabrook Town Council Agrees to Hold 25th Anniversary Celebration
At its regular meeting conducted this past Tuesday, the Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with the planning of an anniversary celebration marking 25 years since the town was officially incorporated in 1987. An ad hoc committee of a half dozen Seabrook residents has been formed and held (as of the issue date) its first organizational meeting on January 27.
Councilman Ron Ciancio, the Celebration Committee Chairman, provided the historical background of the incorporation and addressed some of the committee’s preliminary ideas for the event.
He explained that the incorporation documents were filed with the South Carolina Secretary of State in March of 1987. Owing to some unspecified litigation over the filing, there was apparently a delay in the formal issuance of the Certificate of Incorporation. The first Seabrook Town Council members were then sworn in in August of that year.
He further stated that the Town held a 10th Anniversary celebration in 1997. That event, he said, consisted of a one day outdoor event held at the Bohicket Marina, and featured a variety of programs and entertainment. The Marina was mentioned as a possible site for this year’s celebration, as were the Lakehouse and Seabrook Island Club grounds.
Mr. Ciancio stated that while no theme for the event had yet been decided, it may include the participation of local restaurants, the publication of a historical brochure with vintage pictures drawn from the Town’s archives detailing the history of the town, as well as a musical program. The Charleston Symphony was mentioned as one possible musical option. The brochure would likely seek local sponsorships in order to defray the cost of hosting the event. No dollar figure was discussed. He further added that he expected some 900 residents to attend the event and that a pre-registration formula would be utilized to facilitate logistics on the day.
Councilman Jerry Cummin suggested that the Committee steer away from the month of August as a possible date given that nearby Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will be hosting the P.G.A. Championship then. To do it earlier than August might not allow for enough time to properly prepare for the event, he said.
Mr. Cummin said that a September – October timeframe would work best. No date for the celebration was decided. Mayor William Holtz concluded the discussion by stating the full Council is enthusiastically behind the event and awaits the report and recommendations from Councilman Ciancio’s planning committee.
Council Votes To Fund Fourth Of July Firework Display
The Seabrook Town Council unanimously decided to once again underwrite the cost of a July 4 firework display. Mayor William Holtz said that approximately $12, 000 would be budgeted for the event commemorating the nation’s birthday. The event, he said, is hugely popular with local residents and would be held at the Seabrook Island Club facility rather than the beach. Mayor Holtz said that residents preferred the Club site last year as this allowed for easier parking. The date for the event is scheduled for July 2, with a backup date of July 3.
Council Acts On A Resolution Pertaining To I-526 Extension
In other action, the Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution endorsing the South Carolina Department of Transportation taking over the much-debated I-526 road extension. Mayor Holtz spoke to the regional importance of the project, stating that it was of a “critical” nature to the residents of Seabrook Island and nearby communities. He stressed that all Council members should personally sign the Resolution (2012-01) and that he would draft an accompanying letter to S.C. DOT indicating the Council’s enthusiastic support for the project. Councilman Terry Ahearn offered that a survey of Seabrook Island residents indicated that 83.5% supported completion of the extension. The Council approved the measure by a vote of 5-0.