Becky’s Grocery Delivery

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Don’t you just wish you could arrive on the island and, by some magic, arrive to a house stocked with the first night’s meal, breakfast, and lunch?  That way, you could settle in to the island, arriving on the first ferry you could catch?

Well, NOW YOU CAN!!!

Call Becky at 843-628-9755

Introducing Becky’s grocery delivery.  Becky, a long-time member of our island community, is willing to stock your kitchen with some basics for you.  The prices include delivery, and you can arrange for things you don’t see listed– just ask her!

Dewees Island Food Delivery for Weekly Rentals –

Package A:  Conventional Option:  $80 Organic Option:  $90

1 dozen Eggland’s Best eggs

1 loaf Pepperidge Farm bread*

12 oz HT Traders Ground Coffee

Land O Lakes Butter – Spreadable w/ Canola Oil**

1 qt Land O Lakes Half & Half

16 oz container Assorted Precut Fruit (Add $3 for 32oz container) ***

½ Gallon Milk (add $1.50 for 1 gal and 2.50 for 1 gal Organic)

½ Gallon Simply Orange Original, Pulp Free Orange Juice****

Package B:  Conventional Option:  $140 

Same as above with the addition of:

6 ct Lender’s Pre-sliced “Bagel Shop” Bagels:  Plain or Blueberry   

Philadelphia Plain or Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread (Reduced Fat Options Available)

1 lb Boars Head Deli Sliced choice of Honey Maple Turkey, Black Forest Ham or Roast Beef (add $3)

½ lb Boars Head Deli Sliced choice of Vermont Yellow Cheddar, Baby Swiss or White American

16 oz pkg Cape Cod Potato Chips of Choice or Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels

10oz Sabra Classic or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Stacy’s Multigrain or Simply Naked Pita Chips

Peter Pan Peanut Butter

5 lb bag Red Delicious or Gala Apples

Smucker’s Grape or Strawberry Jelly

12 pack Coke or Diet Coke

Package B:  Natural / Organic Option:  $150

Same as Package A “Organic Option” with the addition of:

Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Plain or Ancient Grain Bagels

Organic Valley Plain Cream Cheese

7 oz Applegate Farms Pre-sliced Organic Roasted Turkey Breast or Organic Uncured Ham (add $7 per addl pkg)

14 oz pkg Harris Teeter Organic Blue or White Tortilla Chips

5 lb Organic Red Delicious or Gala Apples

Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Peanut Butter

Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Grape or Strawberry Jelly

The following items are all natural but not organic:

Mrs. Renfro’s All Natural Mango Habanero Med. Salsa or Wholly Guacamole All Natural Guacamole

12 Pack La Croix Natural Lime, Cran-Raspberry or Original

Package C:  $195

Same as Conventional Package “B” with the addition of:

Small Vegetable Tray (Large Tray add $7)

6 oz can Planters Mixed Nuts

1 DiGiorno Rising Crust Four Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

2 Bottles Rayun (Rapel Valley, Chile) Choice of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet or Merlot

12 pack Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Heineken or Yeungling Bottled Beer

*Sourdough, Whole Wheat or Multigrain.  Organic Option:  20oz La Brea Organic Wheat Loaf or 16oz Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Wholegrain Bread.

**Organic Option:  16 oz Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Salted or Unsalted

** *Pre-sliced organic fruit not available.  Organic whole fruit options vary in price and by season. Please inquire.

*** *Organic orange juice not available.

Special Requests / Additional Items priced accordingly.   

Island Living

Good Sheepshead fishing at the Ferry Dock

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The Perry’s had some pretty good luck fishing this weekend at the ferry dock.  I think they said they caught 20 fish in 90 minutes.  In keeping with Dewees tradition, they only kept what they could eat in one meal.  And what a good meal it must have been!  This week’s DNR salt water fishing report describes the sheepshead fishing as

Good. Haddrell’s says the better reports are coming from the jetties and from around heavy rock piles.


Rethink What you Drink: No more single use bottled water

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Resident Ginny Moser gathers some facts about bottled water

If you were at POA weekend this year, you may have seen all of the Environmental Program Board’s fantastic displays about rethinking our use of single use bottles, particularly those which contain bottled water.  We concur, and we would like to thank Ginny Moser for bringing this to everyone’s attention!

these bottles took a lot of effort to get to the island... and they have to go back off as recycling!

There are a lot of reasons bringing bottled water to Dewees is unnecessary… we have safe drinking water, there is a HUGE amount of embedded energy in the bottle and the water, and it takes up space on the ferry.  In addition, bottles make their way into the most unfortunate places.

At our house, we’ll admit to not always loving the taste of the water, which is perfectly safe to drink.  Rather than bring bottled water, we keep a large dispenser with refillable 3 gallon bottle on the counter, and head over to the Landings Building when we need a refill from the R-O filter dispenser there.  We even put these in our rental houses… nothing is more discouraging than having to hand carry your luggage onto the ferry because somebody uses a whole cart for 12 oz. bottles of water.  

When I was doing our turtle walk last week, we found lots of old water bottles in the rack line, and I remember a dreadful post about the albatross who collect bottle tops and feed them to chicks, who starve because all they eat is garbage.


plastic bottles can blow out and pollute the beach


Taking only 3 Treasures from the Beach

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We have a guideline here on Dewees which is part of our community ethos to keep our beaches pristine.  The guideline (it is part of our community constitution) is that beachcombers should only take three shells home with them.  There are three reasons for this:

  • shells eventually replenish and renourish our sand
  • limiting our shell collection leaves more for the next beachcomber
  • a wide variety of animals make their home in and on shells.

The first two reasons are pretty self explanatory, but this week we found several shells demonstrating just how significant a role they serve as habitat for other animals. Hermit crabs are the most common live inhabitant of univalve shells, trading up in size as they grow and outgrow their shells.  In addition, a variety of other creatures may build homes on shells– anemones, barnacles, limpets, even corals.  In the first photo, an old whelk shell provides a home for a flat-clawed hermit crab, limpets, barnacles, coral, and an anemone on the back.  Sponges have bored into the shell, leaving those characteristic honeycomb holes.

There are several types of coral in our waters–including sea whip, star coral, and sea pansies.  The first two will grow on abandoned shells, and you can often find very old shells which have supported a variety of sea life.  This shell has been engulfed in coral and sea whip, which has also eventually died off.

shell with sea whip and coral

It’s hard sometimes, to have to leave treasures on the beach… but it is part of our community ethic, in order for there to be enough habitat (and treasures) for everyone.

Island Living

Good Neighbors Make Good Fences

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building fences

With all due respect to Robert Frost, good neighbors DID make good fences this weekend.  Sand fences, that is.  For years, one strategy for building better dunes on barrier islands during an accretion cycle is the addition of sand fences.  According to Orrin Pilkey, in How to Read a North Carolina Beach,

the fences reduce wind velocities and cause sand to drop and accumulate in their shadows.

When decaying marsh grass serves this function in the wrack line or are caught in fences on the beach, the sand builds up and the decaying grasses nourish the dune plants which take root, further stabilizing the beach.  Barrier islands can only get permission to install sand fences in areas of the beach that are currently accreting sand, which for us is north of Osprey Walk.

plants stabilize the dunes
pieces of sand fence collected with other garbage at a beach sweep

The only problem we have had with those sand fences is that years later, when we are in an erosion cycle again, the metal wires that connect the stakes of the fence have deteriorated. Rusty pieces litter the beaches and are rather uncomfortable and dangerous to step on.  For years, members of the island’s Environmental Board researched sand fences made of compostable material– could they be made from corn starch, or hemp, or something else designed to deteriorate or totally biodegrade within a few years? After years of searching, we determined that there wasn’t a commercial product available that met our needs.  So island Ecologist, Lori, worked with the EPB, and Gray McGraw, and David Smith to create a sand fence-building workshop that island residents and families could stop by and participate in.

everyone helped

It was great fun… we had to drag our kids away from the action because they had such fun building the fences.  Kudos to all who set this up for creating a fun family activity as well as a safer, better option for dune stabilization.  And thanks to Van Kinnett for the use of the drill press!

Click here for a one minute video about building the fences: start to finish.


What happens when old sand fences erode

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Extreme Cold Hits Charleston Area…Double Check Winterization

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Weather Underground is reporting that it got down to 26 degrees overnight in Mount Pleasant, SC, slightly warmer but still below freezing at the beaches. The overnight temperature is expected to fall below freezing for the the next couple nights.

It might be a good idea to double check your winterization plans or have a contractor do it for you.