EIPA’s Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, November 10th, at the beautiful Sunnyside Plantation (thanks to Sid Gautheaux, Jr, PHD, and Carroll Belser). The wonderful fall day brought out 75 people to celebrate the work of EIPA throughout 2018.
Our President, Barbara Gould, updated everyone on our efforts this year. We have worked to maintain the rural character of Edisto Island by monitoring zoning efforts and organizing groups to talk at County Council meetings on that and on the use of the 1/2 cent sales tax. We continue to support students attending Camp Green River through the Burly Lyons scholarship fund.
EIPA was also able to replace the National Scenic Byway sign at the Washington Bridge that had been taken out in a car accident. Board member Bob Newton was instrumental in getting this beautiful sign created again.
A new initiative during 2018 is the certification of Turtle Friendly Businesses on Edisto Beach and Edisto Island. 12 businesses have been certified as using eco-friendly practices to protect our coastal waters including not using plastic bags or straws, reusing and recycling shipping materials, and supporting vendors who also use eco-friendly practices in the creation of their products. (Watch the growing lists of these businesses on our Projects page!)