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Which SC beach is the safest with the least pollution? The most unsafe? Take a look
Sarah Claire McDonaldhttps://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article265207306.html
Last year, Environment America, a federation of environmental advocacy organizations, ranked the most unsafe beaches in the country based on tests run in 2020.That year, a total of 23 beaches were tested for fecal indicator bacteria in the state of South Carolina.Out of four tested counties in South Carolina, t...
That year, a total of 23 beaches were tested for fecal indicator bacteria in the state of South Carolina.
Out of four tested counties in South Carolina, the average percentage of potentially unsafe days in South Carolina by county in 2020 ranked Beaufort County as the second safest.
The four South Carolina counties that were tested were Horry, Charleston, Beaufort and Georgetown counties.
The scoring left Beaufort County with a 12% average number of days with potentially unsafe water for beaches in the county.
Comparatively, Horry County, which contains Myrtle Beach, scored a 34% average for potentially unsafe water for beach days.
Not a title to brag about, South Carolina’s own Myrtle Beach scored number one in the state for the most potentially unsafe swimming days in 2020. The testing conducted in Myrtle Beach resulted in potentially unsafe water 84% of the days tested. This average was a result of 70 potentially unsafe days out of 82 testing days.
Contrarily, North Myrtle Beach scored considerably better than its slightly southern counterpart, coming in at 34%, indicating 29 potentially unsafe days out of 87 testing days.
“While we were not able to pinpoint pollution sources for any particular beach, sewage overflows, stormwater runoff, and manure from factory farms, all contain fecal bacteria,” said John Rumpler, the clean water program director at Environment America.
Hilton Head Island tied for the safest number of days along with Isle of Palms and Seabrook Island, both in Charleston County, with a 20% indicator of potentially unsafe days. This comes from two potentially unsafe days out of 10 testing days.
This comes as no surprise as in 2019, Environment America ranked Beaufort County as a clean beach area yet again. In the study, 28 beaches in Beaufort County were tested, and only seven of those had even one “potentially unsafe” day, the report said.
Each beach in the county was tested for 10 or 11 days. Four of the seven beaches were on Hilton Head Island; two were on Harbor Island; one was on Hunting Island, according to a previous Island Packet report.
As for the 2020 report released last year, Myrtle Beach’s reported 84% of potentially unsafe days was one of the biggest percentages in the study, but not the highest overall in the U.S.
Cole Park in Nueces County, Texas scored a 91% average of potentially unsafe days, being broken down by 62 potentially unsafe days in 2020 out of 68 testing days.
Nye Beach in Lincoln County, Oregon scored a 90% average with nine potentially unsafe days out of 10 different testing days.
This story was originally published September 2, 2022 5:00 AM.
Marz to lead Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton
A new chef familiar with South Carolina will now lead The Technical College of the Lowcountry's Culinary Institute of the South.Chef Francine Marz will serve as dean of the Culinary Institute of the South, a news release said.The Culinary Institute of the South is a 30,000+-square-foot training facility in Bluffton that features six academic classrooms, two teaching kitchens, one show kitchen, a baking lab, lecture theater, teaching restaurant, and a café, TCL said.Students can choose from one of th...
A new chef familiar with South Carolina will now lead The Technical College of the Lowcountry's Culinary Institute of the South.
Chef Francine Marz will serve as dean of the Culinary Institute of the South, a news release said.
The Culinary Institute of the South is a 30,000+-square-foot training facility in Bluffton that features six academic classrooms, two teaching kitchens, one show kitchen, a baking lab, lecture theater, teaching restaurant, and a café, TCL said.
Students can choose from one of three program areas at the Institute: , baking and pastry, culinary, and hospitality, and can elect to earn an associate degree or certificate in these areas.
“I’m very excited about the building and all the potential opportunities that are here,” Marz said. “The team at the culinary school and the college itself were just the right fit.”
Marz, a South Carolina native, said she is excited to be relocating back to her home state and the Lowcountry.
“I love this area and the fact that it is a growing area, and just everything it has to offer,” she said.
Marz has more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as culinary director for Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, TCL said. While at Northampton, Marz oversaw renovation of the school’s student-run restaurant, culinary kitchen and related facilities. She also headed up the college’s culinary program, overseeing faculty, catering and students .
Prior to working for Northampton Community College, Marz worked for Montgomery County Community College in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for opening its Culinary Arts Institute and launching the school’s curriculum, a news release said..
Before moving into education, TCL said Marz worked in a number of restaurants, hotels and resorts across the country, such as Marriott Hotel and Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World, often serving in leadership roles or as executive chef.
TCL President Richard Gough said in the news release the college was very happy to have Marz join the team.
“Having worked in the industry and also having opened and worked at not one but two culinary schools similar to ours made her the ideal candidate for the dean’s position,” Gough said. “Her energy and enthusiasm will certainly have an impact.”
Marz earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, innovation and learning last year from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware.
She also holds a master’s in business administration with a concentration in international business and finance from Argosy University in Phoenix; a bachelor's in food service management from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston; and associate degrees in baking and pastry and in culinary arts, also from Johnson & Wales. While in college, Marz worked at the Mills House Hotel, Seabrook Island Resort and Peninsula Grill.
Marz replaces Chef Miles Huff, who retired in June. TCL said Huff was instrumental in launching the Culinary Institute of the South, which opened last November.
Camp ‘Can’ Do at MUSC for child burn victims back after 2-year COVID hiatus
At 6 years old Lucas Parra joined an unfortunately growing number of children in South Carolina.He and his mother, Ashlee Parra, were making dinner at their home in West Ashley. Placing his step stool inches away from the stovetop and within arm’s length of his mother, he climbed up to the kitchen counter to make his regular glass of chocolate milk.Parra was boiling a pot of water on the stove when suddenly, Lucas’s stool gave out underneath him.As he fell to the floor his right elbow tipped the pot of boilin...
At 6 years old Lucas Parra joined an unfortunately growing number of children in South Carolina.
He and his mother, Ashlee Parra, were making dinner at their home in West Ashley. Placing his step stool inches away from the stovetop and within arm’s length of his mother, he climbed up to the kitchen counter to make his regular glass of chocolate milk.
Parra was boiling a pot of water on the stove when suddenly, Lucas’s stool gave out underneath him.
As he fell to the floor his right elbow tipped the pot of boiling water over, scalding his face, shoulder and arm.
Drenched in boiling water, his Orange Grove Elementary School sweatshirt clung to his skin, causing second- and third-degree scald burns. He’d just started first grade.
“It was one of the scariest days of my life,” Parra said.
Over 1,000 people in South Carolina will need inpatient burn care each year. And since 2020, a growing number of kids in South Carolina have been hospitalized at the South Carolina Burn Center at MUSC Health, the only inpatient burn care center in the state.
Tiffany Smith is the pediatric burn program coordinator at the center. She said nationally, pediatric burn numbers rose during the pandemic as kids stayed home and cooked more often.
And in 2022 the number of children hospitalized for burn treatment at MUSC increased over 40 percent from 2020.
Smith also serves as the director for Camp ‘Can’ Do, a free five-day camp designed for children who’ve suffered burn injuries and hosted by MUSC Burned Children’s Fund and South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.
“What’s really great about the camp is they can be with other kids who have been through similar experiences,” Parra said. “They’re able to be with kids who understand what it’s like to be looked at because they have scars.”
This year marks the camp’s first year back in operation since taking a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kids ages 6-17 bunkered down at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island Aug. 6-11.
“It was amazing to watch these children just be kids and not worry about their burn injury or if they had a scar and live life to the fullest,” Smith told The Post and Courier.
A lasting impression
Days at Camp ‘Can’ Do start early, with campers rising at 6 a.m. to go fishing on the docks, followed by a group breakfast and activities based on the theme for that year.
This year’s theme was “Under the Sea,” so campers visited the Splash Zone water park on James Island and the South Carolina Aquarium, ending their evenings beachside.
For many camp volunteers like firefighters, pediatric burn team members and adult burn survivors, working with burn survivors every year leaves a lasting impression on both parties.
This was the case for Ross Vezin, deputy chief of operations for the Beaufort Port Royal Fire Department and camp counselor for more than 10 years.
He recalled years ago, watching one of his campers who’d been severely burned in a house fire as an infant catch his first fish at the docks at Camp St. Christopher.
The camper’s burns were so severe his hands, nose and ears were unsalvageable, and left him with a prosthetic nose and ears.
“To see him catch a fish for the first time with no fingers or hands, just using his arm to reel in the fish down at the fishing dock at 7 a.m. kind of changed my life,” Vezin said.
“All he had on his face the rest of the week was a smile,” Vezin added.
In the blink of an eye
Smith said most of the burns she sees at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital are scald burns, which occur when exposed to hot liquid or vapor.
She said many of these patients can heal within seven days depending on the depth and size of the burn. But there are instances where a patient needs surgery, like a skin substitute or autograph, the process of taking skin from a different part of the patient’s body and placing it over the burn to heal.
Lucas has had two surgeries since his incident nearly 10 years ago. One was a skin substitute. The other was to perfect the look of one the scars on his right arm.
“As a mom, you think something like this will never happen to you,” Parra said. “But it happened in the blink of an eye.”
Lucas was invited to the camp the summer of 2013 by his nurses at the Medical University of South Carolina, months after his accident. They helped care for him after his skin graph surgery and were instrumental in getting the program started.
Now 15 years old and a sophomore at West Ashley High School, Lucas has attended every camp since 2013.
He’s not afraid of the kitchen
According to a recent report from the National Library of Medicine, nearly 20 percent of school-aged children experienced significant traumatic stress reactions less than a month after sustaining a burn.
The reactions include avoidance, hyperarousal and flashbacks. The report also found that some kids feel a “reexperience” every time they mention their burn injury and many are worried about whether they will fully recover.
Parra said she is proud of the way Lucas has dealt with the hardships of having a burn injury. Whether it’s standing up to a middle school bully or volunteering and advocating for the Burned Children’s Fund, Lucas hasn’t let his injury hinder his progress.
“He’s still very outgoing and likes to tell jokes and laugh,” Parra said.
Lucas also works at the Early Bird Diner in Charleston as a dishwasher and busboy and hopes to graduate to line cook in the near future.
“Its funny,” Parra said proudly, “he’s really not afraid to be in the kitchen. Now, he’s big into culinary arts.”
Some Seabrook Island residents call for cap on short-term rentals
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - An ongoing battle over short-term rentals is brewing on Seabrook Island, where homeowners say uncontrolled growth of properties is affecting their quality of life.Homeowners Ted Flerlage and Paul McLaughlin said although they do not want to end short-term rentals on the island, the effects of recent growth have prompted them to call for a cap on short-term rentals.“If you come here in July, around July Fourth, as a resident walking out boardwalk one, let’s say, to north beach, there&rs...
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - An ongoing battle over short-term rentals is brewing on Seabrook Island, where homeowners say uncontrolled growth of properties is affecting their quality of life.
Homeowners Ted Flerlage and Paul McLaughlin said although they do not want to end short-term rentals on the island, the effects of recent growth have prompted them to call for a cap on short-term rentals.
“If you come here in July, around July Fourth, as a resident walking out boardwalk one, let’s say, to north beach, there’s no space, and that is a rental issue,” Flerlage, who has lived on the island since March 2020, said. “That is a noise issue. It is a parking issue because every spot on the limited parking area is taken.”
The two homeowners have spearheaded the Preserve Seabrook effort. A letter sent to residents as part of the effort says concerns “center on the uncontrolled growth of short-term rentals, especially on streets where there are many full-time and private residential properties.”
“We aim to retain a reasonable offering of properties that can be rented by guests who love to visit and vacation on our beautiful island, while ensuring Seabrook does not gradually morph into a resort community,” the letter states. “We believe adding a cap on the number of resort properties on Seabrook would protect the unique qualities of our island while allowing revenue generated through rental properties to continue to flow back to the town through state and county accommodation taxes that the renters pay.”
Over 300 residents have signed a petition to cap the number of short-term rentals on the island, according to McLaughlin.
The petition seeks a single question on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot that asks if voters support:
“Seabrook, when I bought here in 2002 and built our house here in 2009, it was more like ‘Cheers,’” McLaughlin said. “Everybody knew your name. Now, with the influx of 500 rental properties and growing, it’s changed a lot, and the quality of life on the island has changed a lot.”
Seabrook Island Mayor John Gregg said a petition from those calling for a cap has been sent to a committee, which will conduct a factual inquiry and then report to town council with recommendations.
“The object for the ad hoc committee was to identify inquiries of factual matters that could inform council as it considers whether or not it is warranted to do further regulation,” Gregg said.
The mayor added that to operate a short-term rental on the island, homeowners need to have a business license and a permit from the town.
McLaughlin and Flerlage said they welcome the data-driven effort but want more communication from the town and to work with them on a solution.
“Our question to them: What is the tipping point? If 500 isn’t the tipping point, is it 600? Is it 700? Is it 800? So, in the meantime, we need to figure it out,” McLaughlin said. “We need to halt what’s going on. Everybody keeps what they currently have, and we study the problem, and we figure out what the solution would be. We don’t make the problem worse while continuing to study it.”
“These are people who live in South Carolina and vote in South Carolina who live on the island and vote on the island,” Flerlage said. “These are the people who are their direct constituents – the people who vote for the mayor and the town council. It’s more than 300 of those people who signed up, which is nearly as many as who voted for them in the last election on Nov. 2, and in our opinion, there has been no communication and we’ve been getting fairly short-tripped on the issue.”
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South Carolina's Best Beaches, Ranked By Popularity
South Carolina is a stunning place to visit not just for its rich history and mesmerizing landscapes but also for its magnificent beaches. The state's coastline, which stretches for 187 miles along the Atlantic, is home to some of the most splendid and p...
South Carolina is a stunning place to visit not just for its rich history and mesmerizing landscapes but also for its magnificent beaches. The state's coastline, which stretches for 187 miles along the Atlantic, is home to some of the most splendid and pristine beaches in the United States. The Grand Strand includes some of the most dazzling and popular beaches for summer tourists. In addition to all this clear blue wealth, South Carolina also possesses enchanting islands. Here are the 10 most popular beaches in the state.
Kiawah Island is characterized by its 10 miles (16 kilometers) of wonderful beaches harmonized by splendid lush marshes, breathtaking white sand, and exceptional maritime forestry. Tourists will enjoy the beautiful water beaches of South Carolina by visiting Kiawah Island, which offers them exciting aquatic activities such as kayaks and SUP rentals. They can also play golf at the resort and satisfy their food cravings at the Bohicket Marina Market.
Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head Island
The enchanting sea breeze in Coligny Beach will carry all tourists' worries and allow them to explore one of the most popular and astonishing beaches in South Carolina. Visitors can spend time in the spectacular public garden equipped with amazing amenities. It is important to note that the location is the safest beach for children due to the presence of active lifeguards. Around Coligny Plaza, visitors can enjoy tasty food and buy beach accessories and clothing as well as unique souvenirs.
Tourists will explore the quiet beaches and spectacular wetlands of Seabrook Island, known for its marvelous and greatest swimming beach in South Carolina. Incredible coastline and beautiful trail rides, a health center with aquatics and fitness, mesmerizing beachfront pools, and a hypnotic deep-water marina are all available on the lovely island. Vacationers do not want to miss the most wonderful sunset seen from Pelican Beach. Moreover, friends and families can gather around mouth-drooling food in award-winning eateries.
In terms of the number of visitors, Myrtle Beach is, without a doubt, the most popular aquatic destination in South Carolina. People from all over the world and the country are attracted by this dazzling beach due to its amazing tourist attractions, various exciting entertainment activities, fancy beachfront resorts, and family-friendliness. Moreover, the emerald blue beach's superb white sand keeps tourists coming back. Those looking for a calmer destination should head toward the North Myrtle Beach coast.
Folly Beach, Charleston
Folly Beach is another beautiful sun location that is easily accessible from Charleston. It has a great fishing pier (fishers shall bring their rod), serving as the ideal scenery for a romantic selfie. The beach is also popular for thrilling outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, surfing, sea kayaking, and dolphin spotting excursions. It's also a wonderful beach to simply wander along while admiring the sights of the splendid ocean.
Front Beach, Isle of Palms
A nice 40-minute journey east of Charleston will take tourists to the Isle of Palms, a lovely coastal spot popular with both locals and visitors of the area. The majority of visitors flock to Front Beach, which is known for its ample public parking and quick beach access. Aside from kayaking, surfing, fishing, paddle boarding, and other aquatic activities, the beach serves as a vital stopover for sea turtles. Therefore, visitors shall watch the warning signs because turtles nest and lay their eggs in the dunes.
Travelers looking for the finest place with magnificent sculptures, splendid local plant gardens, and astonishing zoos should visit Pawleys Island's white powdery sand beach. This beach has the most pristine shoreline and is well-known for its calm waves, which are ideal for bicycling, shelling, kayaking, and canoeing with family, friends, and loved ones. Pawleys Island offers a gorgeous view of the area's famed waterway, so tourists shall not miss it!
Huntington Beach State Park — Murrells Inlet
The impressive Huntington Beach State Park is one of South Carolina's most well-known sites. With over 2500 acres of outstanding open area to explore, tourists will enjoy the delightful sea-breeze camping with magical sea waves, charming exotic birds, and bewitching sunsets on the East Coast. Art and environment enthusiasts may see endangered creatures such as loggerhead turtles and flora, as well as visit the neighboring Atalaya Arts and Crafts.
The distinctive Litchfield Beach is another excellent option south of Myrtle Beach. The beach is known to be a quiet destination and is full of charming cottages and a nice 1.5-mile stretch to enjoy. Aside from excellent sunbathing and swimming, people looking for water sports can choose various activities from Jet Skis to sea kayaking, as well as fishing. While parking is limited and it is recommended to arrive early, the fact that only two beach access points are available almost assures a peaceful experience.
Family Beach, Surfside
On Family beach, tourists can stroll with their families down the famed 1.2-mile boardwalk that runs along the magnificent coastline of Surfside Beach and immerse themselves in the awesome landscape while dining, shopping, and participating in exciting festivals. The town provides a variety of coastal activities for people of all ages, including music performances and a water park, as well as excellent dining and shopping. Surfboard rentals and lessons are also available for thrill-seekers. Next: