Our low-speed vehicles in Wild Dunes Resort come with many standard features and advantages, including:
- Street Legal with No Driving Restrictions
- Four and Six Passenger Golf Cart Rental Options
- Premium Seating with Front-Facing and Rear-Facing Seats
- Long-Range Battery Options Available
- Safety Features Include Headlights, Taillights, Seatbelts, Turn Signals, and More
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Wild Dunes Resort
Utilizing a golf cart or LSV to travel around Wild Dunes Resort isn't just fun - it also benefits your trip. Using a golf cart or LSV makes it much easier to access parking. That's especially true in our downtown district, where many parking spaces are metered. When it's time to enjoy one of the many restaurants on Wild Dunes Resort, be sure to use the designated golf cart parking at Ocean Blvd and JC Long Blvd to avoid the hassles, headaches, and costs of traditional parking.
Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals Pro Tip:
The Dinghy beach pub has a couple of designated golf cart spots within their parking area. If you decide to rent an LSV, you can also take it to Sullivans Island, which makes parking much easier.
When traveling North and South on the Wild Dunes Resort, try to drive on Cameron Blvd and Hartnett Blvd when possible. Both options are less traveled than Palm or Waterway Blvd. and have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Waterway is a great option for traveling North and South, but you may run into more vehicular traffic. South of the Connector, try driving on Carolina Blvd or Ocean Blvd. Regardless of how you utilize them, an LSV or golf cart in Wild Dunes Resort, SC, is super convenient and loads of fun during your stay.
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Sullivans Island
As is the case with Wild Dunes Resort, choosing to rent a golf cart or LSV during your stay in Sullivans Island comes with many benefits. Like other areas, parking and getting around, in general, is just more manageable with a golf cart instead of a large car or SUV. If you rent a cart or LSV from Just Beachy but you're staying on Sullivans Island, you can bring your rental to the Wild Dunes Resort and enjoy many of the same benefits.
Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals Pro Tip:
If you plan on exploring the length of Sullivans Island, be sure to use Ion Ave and Atlantic Ave when possible. Both options are less traveled than Middle Street. They also have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Conversely, on Middle Street, the speed limit is 35 MPH. If you travel this road, you'll have to pull over so that faster cars can pass you. This can happen often and can ruin your otherwise enthralling drive. Regardless of how you use them or wear you take them, renting an LSV or golf cart on Sullivans Island is a great choice for everyone involved.
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Sullivans Island
At Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals, we want our guests to have the most fun, memorable experience possible when they visit. For that reason, it's important you keep these overall rental guidelines in mind.
- If you're the primary renter of one of our golf carts, you must be 25 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license to operate our carts.
- If any else will be driving a golf cart rental, they must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license.
- You must uphold and be compliant with all government regulations and laws when using a golf cart rental or LSV rental.
- You cannot have more people on your golf cart rental than the installed and designed seating capacity.
- Alcoholic drinks are not permitted in our LSVs or golf cart rentals. You may not operate any cart while under the influence.
- We only rent carts to single-family homes or townhomes. We do not rent to multi-story condos or hotels. Other locations inside Wild Dunes do not allow cart rentals. Additionally, regular golf cart rentals are not allowed in the Wild Dunes community. This area only permits street-legal LSV rentals.
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If you're searching for an unforgettable vacation in the prettiest of locations, thousands of visitors agree each year that the Wild Dunes Resort is the place to go. From sun-filled days lounging by the beach to fine dining and everything in between, there's no shortage of new adventures to discover. And when it's time for new discoveries and unforgettable memories, renting an LSV or golf cart is the best way to get there.
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IARc students venture to Wild Dunes
“I’m usually the faculty member who has my students out in the community, doing projects that are meaningful to citizens in this area,” Interior Architecture (IARc) professor Travis Hicks admitted. “This group of students is taking me on a journey that I would not normally take.”The journey was a 3-day trip to Charleston to meet with executives at Wild...
“I’m usually the faculty member who has my students out in the community, doing projects that are meaningful to citizens in this area,” Interior Architecture (IARc) professor Travis Hicks admitted. “This group of students is taking me on a journey that I would not normally take.”
The journey was a 3-day trip to Charleston to meet with executives at Wild Dunes Resort. The class would present ideas for redesign of a sports pub at one of the resort’s golf courses; complete site visits for another Wild Dunes restaurant they would redesign this semester; and tour a construction site for a hotel in Charleston’s historic district.
The IARc students were preparing for a 5-hour drive to the beach, but this journey would have far greater impact than a typical getaway.
Business or Pleasure?
The class of 16 designers left winter in Greensboro and arrived in Isle of Palms to breezy, unseasonably warm, salt air. It felt like a vacation. A valet parked the students’ cars as each group walked through the lobby to check in.
Opposite of the check-in area was the Oystercatcher restaurant, which overlooked a massive pool surrounded by comfortable seating groups and anchored by a poolside bar. Palmetto trees were artfully planted along brick pathways.
How could any part of this resort need redesigning? It was upscale yet comfortable, just like members of the Wild Dunes management team had described the brand in virtual meetings the class attended since the semester began.
The students took in their surroundings and eyes began to twinkle as they considered their own designs in the spaces of this beautiful hotel. A realization settled among the group: this was a business trip. Expenses were being paid by the client, Wild Dunes Resort, in exchange for the class’ professional design services.
“When we learned that the project was at Wild Dunes, we went crazy. We were all excited to go to Charleston together and stay at a resort on the beach,” senior IARc major Madeline Gilliam explained. “And then learning more about the deliverables of the project, we got even more excited because we’re designers. When we hear about the opportunities we’re going to have, our brains start thinking and our creative juices get flowing.”
Assignment 1: Huey’s on the Links
The first event on the itinerary was a shuttle ride to one of the resort’s golf courses to see Huey’s, the sports pub and restaurant for which the class had been developing designs over the past month.
“They did a walk-thru video for us, but being here is different,” Gilliam stated. “Huey’s bank of windows has amazing views of the golf course outside, which I hadn’t pictured before. It felt more real, and I could visualize what I designed in the space.”
The students looked around the dated dining room and commented on the impact of seeing it in person. It was evident that each student was confident in the designs they would present the next day. UNC Greensboro’s (UNCG) IARc program had prepared them for this experience, and they were ready to test their skills!
After a stroll back to the hotel veranda where s’more kits were waiting for them around a firepit, the students disappeared for free time and agreed to meet back the next morning for the short drive into Charleston.
When Hicks contacted UNCG IARc alumna Anna Will Maginn, ‘11, ‘13 for guidance on hospitality design projects for this class, he wasn’t surprised that her position with Wild Dunes’ marketing department would yield some interesting interior design assignments. On day two of the trip, the class learned that Maginn’s connections in Charleston extended beyond the resort.
“UNCG’s interior architecture department does a great job of giving students the tools they need to figure out their own path,” Maginn explained as she reflected on her college experience. “IARc gave us exposure in a ton of areas, so we could walk away with the skills to do a lot of different things in the world of careers.”
Considering those students whose professional interests leaned more toward the architecture and commercial building side of the major, Anna reached out to Lowe, the real estate investment and development firm that built Wild Dunes Resort.
“Lowe is a perfect example of a development group that works on a host of different projects all over the country. If one of these students wanted to go that path, I was excited to give them that insight.”
At Lowe’s regional office in Charleston, the class learned how resorts like Wild Dunes are built, funded and managed. Dan Battista, Executive Vice President, and Sam Parris, Assistant Vice President, then shared plans for their current construction project, the Cooper Hotel.
The Cooper Hotel is a 200+ room, waterfront hotel under construction in Charleston’s historic district. Framing was complete, leaving the six-story building in the perfect state for a hard hat tour. The students spent the morning exploring the skeleton of the hotel and its guest suites, ballrooms, restaurant spaces, and pool deck. It was easy to imagine the fine finishes that would one day frame the Cooper Hotel’s sweeping views of the river and city.
Renee Nubel was inspired by the tour: “I’ve never been on an active construction site, especially for a big commercial project like that. It was really cool to see the process from the concept and design plans they showed us, to the actual building being built.”
Presenting to the Client
After the hard hat tour in Charleston, the group returned to Wild Dunes in time for their presentations of the Huey’s redesign assignment. Resort executives were gathered in the Indigo Room, a vast, top floor ballroom, to hear 16 student presentations.
“We walked into this big banquet room with the directors of all these different departments. Not what I was expecting!” Gilliam laughed. “But it was great to finally participate in an in-person presentation. Everything else has been virtual.”
The student designs and the young designers’ ability to sell their ideas impressed all in attendance.
“Our leadership was blown away!” Maginn exclaimed. “Some managers canceled meetings to stay for the entire presentation, because they were so compelling. We are really excited to take the next step and share the students’ designs with our ownership group.”
Hicks was also proud of his class’ work. “It is possible to take any one of the students’ designs and implement them with the right team of people at Wild Dunes.”
As the second day of the trip came to a close, the group basked in the glow of complimentary feedback on their designs. Their first “business trip” was already a great success. The presentations energized them for their next Wild Dunes assignment and the careers that awaited them after graduation.
ASSIGNMENT 2: OYSTERCATCHER RESTAURANT
Before departing the resort, the class met back in the lobby of the resort for a briefing on their final project, redesign of the Oystercatcher restaurant. Although the tapas restaurant was beautiful, its chef’s talents are in high demand, so the space must change to accommodate more customers and an expanded menu.
“We’re in a design evaluation mode,” Maginn explained. “The Oystercatcher project is a perfect example. We designed the concept years ago and today, it must change to suit what our audience is looking for.”
The class was learning that businesses didn’t request fresh designs simply because the current ones were old and outdated. Sales and customer demand would always influence their work.
They took notes and began to ponder how to reconfigure tables and rearrange the space without dismantling the current design elements that were effectively attracting customers. It was a challenge that would keep them busy for the next month as the class prepared to present their ideas via Zoom in April.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
As the students prepared to return to UNCG, the impact of the trip and the career-building experience they acquired wasn’t lost on anyone.
“I have never stayed at a resort like this before. This was really cool,” Nubel said. “If I could do this for my entire career – just come to different upscale resorts and redesign their restaurants and hotel lobbies and rooms – I absolutely would, because this is amazing.”
This particular journey had come to a close for the 16 students in Travis Hicks’ studio class. Soon they would graduate and begin their own job searches. Maybe one of them will follow in Anna Maginn’s footsteps.
“I hope they won’t be off and running into the world and forget about us,” Maginn hopes. “If these designs take shape, I would definitely invite the students to be part of the process. If that had happened to me when I was in school, I would be honored beyond words to know that I had a real stamp in a commercial space of this magnitude.
Photography by Sean Norona, University Communications.Video by Grant Evan Gilliard, University Communications.
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Isle of Palms Is The Coastal Getaway Of The Summer
Tara Massouleh McCayhttps://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-carolina/isle-of-palms-south-carolina
Isle of Palms is just 30 minutes from Charleston and may just be the area’s best kept secret.Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier island...
Isle of Palms is just 30 minutes from Charleston and may just be the area’s best kept secret.
Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier island packs a lot of relaxation and big fun into a vacation destination that's just seven miles long and one mile wide. The island's proximity to Charleston (just 18 miles by car), make it a preferred summer hideout for locals. An abundance of vacation rentals and the iconic Wild Dunes resort have been drawing visitors from across the country since the early 1970s.
With the deep blue Atlantic on one side and marshy creeks of the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, Isle of Palms offers the best of the Lowcountry and the beach in one stunning setting that's begging to be added to your vacation calendar.
Six of Isle of Palms' seven total miles are occupied by public beaches, which means you'll have your pick of the litter when looking for a sandy spot where you can post up for the day—or the week. Once you've staked your claim, all the normal beach activities are yours for the choosing, from splashing around in the surprisingly calm seas to building the ultimate sandcastle or playing a game of beach volleyball.
For families, the Isle of Palms County Park, located in the middle of the island's coastline, is ideal. The public beach has lifeguards, outdoor showers, chair and umbrella rentals, restrooms, and even a playground for little ones retreat to once they tire of the sun and surf.
On The Water
Make the most of a visit to Isle of Palms by scheduling a charter to take you offshore. Get your sea legs at the Isle of Palms Marina, where you can easily rent a boat and spend a day exploring the island's bays and waterways. Fishing charters are plentiful and offer both reef fishing and Gulf Stream fishing.
Consider a twilight fishing charter for the family, when sea life such as sharks are more active. Create indelible memories as your party witnesses the sunset over the Atlantic while casting a line for those fish that inhabit the bottom of the depths. Try booking through Barrier Island Fishing Charters for just the right adventure.
For adventure enthusiasts or wildlife lovers, Barrier Island Eco Tours hosts a range of naturalist-guided tours that take visitors through winding salt marshes, tidal creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the way to uninhabited Capers Island. Animals you might see along the way include loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and every shape and size of coastal birds.
Nets and traps are employed as your excursion unfolds for close-up viewing of some of the marine life that thrives just below the surface. When you arrive on the island, exploring the astonishing natural landscape is top priority. Take a slow walk along “Boneyard Beach,”and wander on the interior trails that provide excellent viewing of untouched ponds, vibrant with the wildlife that call this sanctuary home.
A Culinary Sweet Spot
Breakfast is noteworthy at Sea Biscuit Café. The tiny beachside shack has been dishing out delicious morning meals since 1968. While they offer all the classics, the daily specials are where the magic happens. Past offerings have included chocolate banana challah French toast, lemon lavender pancakes, and tomato pie.
When you need a mid-day refuel for the whole family, Coconut Joe's is the obvious choice. Located on Isle of Palms' main drag, you won't have to venture far to get fresh seafood and impeccable vibes. The open-air covered deck is the ideal spot for munching on the restaurant's namesake shrimp, while rocking sandy toes and sun-bleached hair. When happy hour hits, venture to the rooftop bar for a frozen cocktail or painkiller. Nothing will put you on island time faster.
By the time you're finally ready to come in from the sun and go out to dinner, Isle of Palms will be waiting with plenty of options. The Boathouse and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen are island staples that have stood the test of time thanks to excellent quality food and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. For a special night out, try Coda del Pesce, a fine dining restaurant that specializes in Italian with lots of influence (and fresh catch) from the nearby seas.
All trips to Isle of Palms must include at least one visit to The Windjammer at Front Beach. The legendary local music venue is known for its incredible live shows, stellar views of the water, cold drinks, and unbeatable fried pickles.
Your Dream Accommodations
The obvious choice for places to stay in Isle of Palms is Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre family-friendly resort that offers everything from rooms and suites at two inns, to private beach condos and home rentals. In addition to a more-than-comfortable stay, the resort also features several resort-style pools, a spa, and two championship golf courses.
If you're hoping for a cozier stay, the newly renovated Palms Oceanfront Hotel consists of 68 modern rooms with gorgeous views of the sparkling Atlantic. There are also plenty of rentals through Airbnb and VRBO for everything from multifamily waterfront homes to one-bedroom condos.
Whether you book for a long weekend or stay for an entire week, the memories and magic of Isle of Palms will stay with you for months and years to come—maybe even until you have a chance to make another trip back!
Operation Gratitude and the Charleston Community to Assemble Veteran Care Packages at Wild Dunes Resort
Operation Gratitude joins Volunteers from the greater Charleston area to thank our nation's veterans and build and deliver Battalion Buddy bears for children of deployed military service members. The organization and its local Volunteers will stuff 250 Battalion Buddies and assemble 200 Veteran Care Packages on December 9th, 2023 at Wild Dunes Resort, Tides Ballroom – Isle of Palms, SC from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET. A letter writing station will be set up for Volunteers to jot a note of appreciation to be included in the organizat...
Operation Gratitude joins Volunteers from the greater Charleston area to thank our nation's veterans and build and deliver Battalion Buddy bears for children of deployed military service members. The organization and its local Volunteers will stuff 250 Battalion Buddies and assemble 200 Veteran Care Packages on December 9th, 2023 at Wild Dunes Resort, Tides Ballroom – Isle of Palms, SC from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET. A letter writing station will be set up for Volunteers to jot a note of appreciation to be included in the organization’s Care Packages. The Care Packages and Battalion Buddies will be delivered in time for Christmas to local Veterans and Military Children with a Deployed Parent. Operation Gratitude thanks Wild Dunes Resort for hosting this event.
Operation Gratitude Battalion Buddy bears are lovingly hand-stuffed by Volunteers nationwide and provided to deploying service members to gift to their children. The cuddly Battalion Buddies wear tags that say “I’m your Battalion Buddy and I’m here to keep you company while your mom or dad is away. I’m so excited to join your family!” These special bears are a reminder to our country’s tiniest heroes that a grateful nation stands with them as they experience the challenges of having a parent deployed or absent for an extended period.
Millions of Americans are Veterans of the Armed Forces. Making up just 7% of our country’s population, these brave men and women know what it is to sacrifice the comforts of home and years of their lives in service to our nation. Sadly, many rarely, or sometimes never hear thank you. An Operation Gratitude Care Package is an opportunity to thank these individuals for their service and remind them that a grateful nation remembers and appreciates them.
Operation Gratitude Care Packages contain snacks, personal care and hygiene products, and handmade items, but the most cherished item in the organization’s Care Package are the handwritten letters from grateful Americans nationwide. It's part of Operation Gratitude's overarching mission to express deep appreciation for those who have stepped forward to serve and sacrificed on our behalf.
How to get involved. The shift is December 9th, 2023 1:00pm-4:00pm ET. The assembly will kick off with the national anthem and then the work begins!
Date: December 9th,2023
Volunteer Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm ET
Location: Wild Dunes Resort, Tides Ballroom – Isle of Palms, SC
About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is a nationwide nonprofit whose mission is to lift spirits, say Thank You to our Military and First Responder communities, and honor their service by creating opportunities for all Americans to express their gratitude through hands-on volunteerism. In March 2003, Operation Gratitude sent its first four care packages to deployed service members in Iraq. Since its inception, the organization has delivered nearly 4 million Care Packages to Deployed Troops, Recruit Graduates, Veterans, Military Families, and First Responders. The Volunteers of Operation Gratitude are a generous and spirited grassroots network of Americans joined in common cause to say “Thank You” to all who serve our great nation. For more information, visit OperationGratitude.com or follow us on social media.
SC resorts and hotels are picking up pickleball as new business priority
Some visitors choose resorts for the spa, pool, restaurant or view.And there are others who are drawn to the court — the pickleball court, that is.The fast-growing paddle game was first recognized as a sport in the 1970s, but its resurgence, especially among visitors, has prompted hoteliers to add playing surfaces as a must-have amenity in recent years.Pickleball combines different elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net, paddle and a plastic b...
Some visitors choose resorts for the spa, pool, restaurant or view.
And there are others who are drawn to the court — the pickleball court, that is.
The fast-growing paddle game was first recognized as a sport in the 1970s, but its resurgence, especially among visitors, has prompted hoteliers to add playing surfaces as a must-have amenity in recent years.
Pickleball combines different elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net, paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
The game is now reshaping how hotels and resorts approach their activity programming, with new investments in courts and the hiring of professional “picklers.”
Wild Dunes Resort, the oceanfront getaway on the Isle of Palms long known as a golf and tennis mecca, is one example of how the hospitality industry is looking to tap into and meet the demand. It recently hired Damien Spizzo as “director of pickleball” to lead the effort and grow its paddle-wielding customer base.
Spizzo joined Wild Dunes in April, using his expertise in professional tennis and pickleball to coach guests and help the seaside resort “become nationally ranked” in the sport. While most of his day is spent as an instructor, the other side to his job is attracting tournaments and other events.
“My goal is to advance the programming to attract more players to the court,” Spizzo said. “What attracts a lot of people to play pickleball is how inclusive the sport is. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 70, it’s an easy learning curve. You could do one clinic, and within that hour you now know how to keep score and the basics of the game.”
Wild Dunes officials said that interest in the sport has “grown tremendously,” prompting the expansion of its pickleball courts, clinics for beginner and advanced levels, private and group lessons and its on-site pro shop.
The resort expects to book 7,500 players in 2023, which is double the number of players on their court last year, according to Jeffrey Payne, director of sales and events.
He said that a “groundswell of interest” arose in 2021 in the resort’s golf, tennis and pickleball side of the business, primarily driven by Covid-19 pandemic trends. That was when Wild Dunes management realized the growing appetite for pickleball called for more focus on the sport. Five permanent hard courts were installed later that year.
“We don’t believe its just a fad, it’s a long-term change in behavior,” Payne said. “It’s evident by the continued traffic on the pickleball section of our website and the inquiries our pre-arrival reservations teams get on pickleball packages. The interest is there, and now that we have a pickleball pro on the team, we hope that it can continue to build on itself as we introduce more tournaments and events.”
Court is in session
Pickleball isn’t just picking up in the Palmetto State. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association named pickleball the fastest-growing sport in America for the second consecutive year in its annual 2022 report.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort may emphasize its plentiful fairways in its name, but it’s now investing in pickleball, too.
The property retrofitted eight of its tennis courts to double as pickleball courts several years ago as part of a consolidation project. The interest grew enough to add a full-time head of pickleball position and instructors, said tennis director Jonathan Barth.
Construction is now underway for six dedicated pickleball courts and four blended courts as an effort to expand the game while also supporting the resort’s legacy tennis program.
Barth said convenience is a big factor in the recent growth among vacationers.
“At the time we were getting a lot of interest in guests who ask about pickleball, and that drove our decision to fully commit to it,” Barth said. “Unlike golf, which is an all-day commitment, someone can pick up a paddle and spend as much or as little time playing as they’d like. That appeals to a lot of people.”
He said that pickleball has been most popular with families and corporate groups staying on property, which includes groups of up to 50 people. The cross-section of players varies from first-timers and tennis crossover players to the more seasoned “picklers.” Interest has grown in the past year, when the resort’s group and business travel rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
“Adding pickleball as an activity at the facility has established a sense of community,” Barth said. “We see more businesses interested in using it as a team-building activity. Once our courts are completed, we plan to create more packages, events and tournaments around pickleball.”
In another sign of the game’s popularity, some hotels that can’t accommodate a permanent venue are getting creative.
The Loutrel in downtown Charleston is among them. The boutique French Quarter property held its first pop-up pickleball tournament earlier this year and is planning another for the fall, in partnership with Short Court Sports and Addison Bay.
The partnership converted the hotel’s rooftop at 61 State St. into temporary, regulation-size court for locals and visitors to play with Charleston’s historic cityscape as the backdrop.
“We’re always looking to do something a little bit unique,” said Robin Boozer, the Loutrel’s sales director. “It quickly sold out and led to a continued partnership with Short Court to connect our guests with access to pickleball courts and coaches during the rest of the year.”
At first, she thought pickleball was just another fleeting industry trend. Then, she recalled seeing “tennis-towns like Atlanta becoming pickleball towns,” and changed her mind.
Boozer said some guests are now planning their trips around the sport and will choose their lodging based on court availability or the accessibility of a nearby playing venue.
“There is a lot of interest in bringing it to downtown,” she said. “People come to our quaint city for a unique experience. The idea of going to a hotel to stay for the night is becoming a thing of the past. People stay downtown because their stay becomes part of their travel experience.”
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Council at an impasse on IOP noise
A sound summary submitted earlier this month by an acoustics firm failed to provide the data required by the Isle of Palms City Council to draw up a new noise ordinance to address numerous complaints of general loudness voiced by local homeowners.The Council’s Aug. 22 public meeting at City Hall featured Terri Haack — the vice president of a company that partially owns Wild Dunes Resort — who informed elected officials that she would field questions on sound readings performed by RML Acoustics.The documentatio...
A sound summary submitted earlier this month by an acoustics firm failed to provide the data required by the Isle of Palms City Council to draw up a new noise ordinance to address numerous complaints of general loudness voiced by local homeowners.
The Council’s Aug. 22 public meeting at City Hall featured Terri Haack — the vice president of a company that partially owns Wild Dunes Resort — who informed elected officials that she would field questions on sound readings performed by RML Acoustics.
The documentation reflected sound recordings completed over a two-day period at residences near resorts throughout IOP, including a residential property adjacent to a Wild Dunes resort site (i.e. Sweetgrass Inn at 5757 Palm Blvd.).
Councilmember John Bogosian conceded that he had more questions than answers after viewing the information produced by the acoustics consultant. He informed Haack that the Council’s definition of decibels didn’t line up with the one provided by RML.
Moreover, Bogosian questioned the accuracy and/or clarity of the timing of sound “exceedances” in terms of their duration (i.e. one second versus 20 seconds, etc.)
“I don’t know what to take from this. It’s a lot of red exceedances that get fairly high I see,” he offered.
Similarly, Haack noted that the consultant had a difficult time interpreting the City’s noise ordinance as it’s currently written.
Councilman Scott Pierce voiced his dismay with the governing body being furnished only with an executive summary of sound readings and not the actual report containing underlying data.
“I think that should be made public information,” he suggested.
Haack replied that Wild Dunes would have no issues making their report publicly accessible.
After additional comments by Councilmember Rusty Streetman indicating confusion about sound sources inside and outside Wild Dunes, Pierce advised that more research remains before he and his colleagues can hope to draft a new noise-mitigating ordinance.
“This foray that we’ve had on trying to create a noise ordinance has been completely unsuccessful. I think we’ve got some work to do to find out what it is, what are going to be acceptable levels with the residential areas,” stated Pierce.
Haack agreed to accept any sound level modifications imposed by local government.
“We voluntarily did this study to try to help all of you understand what decibel levels you may want to employ throughout the city. So, we don’t even need this report. Just tell us what the decibels are that make sense,” affirmed the Wild Dunes Resort spokesperson.
“I don’t see any data that tells me why 85 is good for Front Beach and 75 is good for us and 65 is good for the residents. If you can tell me your base, then I can take this back.”
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