A New Day for Dewees Rentals

Emily showing her son the Dewees beach

It’s a new day for Dewees Rentals! We ushered in a new era on August 1, as Judy Fairchild stepped down and sold the rental business to Emily Watson. Emily has worked with Judy and Dewees Rentals since just after it started six years ago, and is really excited about building on the framework that she and Judy created together. “We started the company [...] Continue Reading…

Spider Magic

It was one of those wild Dewees moments: coming out of coffee Wednesday, Anne and I were transfixed watching a cicada trapped in the web of a Golden Silk Orbweaver.  More commonly known as a banana spider (for the large yellow abdomen), the spider’s web was right outside the Huyler House door. I had noticed it on Tuesday, when I was wondering if a Carolina anole might get caught in it, along with a [...] Continue Reading…

Cool new way to Transport Flowers to the Island

Props to Captain Rick, who came up with a solution to the challenges of flower transport. When you bring a bouquet of flowers or potted orchid over to the island, it can be a challenge to move them without the wind tearing them apart. So Rick bought a tall trash can and labeled it for flower storage. We found it worked really well to get the flowers from the car to the house without [...] Continue Reading…

Explore Tidepools on the Beach

tidepool magic: Dewees IslandBecause of the current erosion/accretion cycle, there are some great “runnels” along the beach, especially near Osprey Walk. We gathered some friends one evening last week and went to explore tidepools on the beach. You want to check for a very low tide, and it’s a bonus if that comes at the end of the day. We like it when it’s low tide in the [...] Continue Reading…

July 4 Celebrations

July 4 is always an exciting time to be on Dewees.  The annual beach run and party is always a hit.  It was followed by the golf cart parade, which had a record number of spectators.  (I think I counted 11, but there were another hundred people in 35 carts in the parade.) And then the ice cream social, followed by the Salute from the Shore Flyover, followed by fireworks from the docks. (We [...] Continue Reading…

Arthur Moving in

12 noon: Dewees Island has been feeling effects of Arthur since about 3:00 am, when the wind slammed in. The biggest gust I have measured thus far is 35 mph. The ferry is still running, and some folks are gathering over at Huyler House to play ping pong and watch movies. Storm Team Dewees (Liz, Judy, and Kate) have been out taking photos and checking out puddles and waves. We’ll be on the job [...] Continue Reading…

July 4 Week Activities Planned

It’s that magical time of year!  There is a host of activities planned for island residents and guests this week.  If you would like reminders of things a half an hour ahead, text the word programs to this number: 843-536-0020.  You’ll say “yes” when you enroll, and we promise we won’t send you additional marketing information.   Here is what we know of at this point:
Dewees Island Activities: July 1-6
Tuesday, July 1:

8:30 am.  Turtle [...] Continue Reading…

Wood Storks Down-Listed from Endangered to Threatened

There is some good news on the conservation front this morning.  Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that Wood Storks, Mycteria americana, listed as “endangered” since 1984, have improved to “threatened,” largely due to three decades of conservation efforts.
The down-listing of the wood stork from endangered to threatened demonstrates how the Endangered Species Act can be an effective tool to protect and recover imperiled wildlife from the brink of extinction, especially when [...] Continue Reading…

Washed up sandbags make the news

We are fortunate on the island to have such a pristine beach, so when flotsam and jetsam washes up, it’s very noticeable.  Turtle team members have been finding them on the beach, and started to investigate the source.  To our south, Wild Dunes has been searching for a way to protect the golf course, and they are currently using very large sandbags to try to keep the ocean away from the golf course.  While [...] Continue Reading…