When it comes to protection, few features are as important as the roof above your head. Your roof is much more than just a hat for your house - it keeps outside elements like rain, sleet, snow, and wind outside so you and your family can stay comfortable and dry inside. A properly maintained roof also helps protect your home's structural integrity, keeps critters out, and insulates your home during cold months. With all that said, it's easy to see why your roof plays such a crucial role in your everyday life. That's why, when your roof needs maintenance or replacement, you need to work with experienced, trustworthy roofers in Sullivan's Island, SC.
Hixon's Roofing has been Sullivan's Island's go-to contractor for new roof installations and repairs for nearly three decades. As locals in the Sullivan's Island community, we pride ourselves on honesty, hard work, and being a business that you can count on consistently. There's no secret as to why our company is successful. The bottom line is that we do right by our customers and treat them the way we would like our own family to be treated. That's why, when you hire Hixon's Roofing, you'll be greeted with a warm smile and provided the highest quality roofing services in South Carolina.
When you work with Hixon's Roofing, you're not working with a mediocre roofing company in Sullivan's Island. You're working with a team of experts who are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for your peace of mind. If you're looking for the best service and the best products in the roofing industry, look no further than Hixon's Roofing.
There's a reason why Hixon's Roofing is considered the best roofing company in South Carolina. Instead of talking about why it would be our pleasure to show you in person. Whether your residential roof needs inspecting or your commercial structure needs a replacement, we're here to serve you.
Hixon's has seen and done it all when it comes to residential roofing services in South Carolina. Whether you own a small, secluded ranch-style home or a sprawling mansion in the suburbs, we have the expertise and tools to accommodate any job. Do you need a small leak fixed on your asphalt roof? No problem, we've got you covered. Are you in need of a brand-new roof built from scratch? We can help you with that, too. At Hixon' Roofing, we pride ourselves on combining top-notch roofing services with family values. Trust, honesty, and hard work mean a lot to us. We treat your home and yard just like we would treat our own. If we create trash or debris in your yard, we clean it up. It all goes back to treating our customers how we would like to be treated - something that Hixon's has been doing since 1984.
What types of residential roofing services do we offer in Sullivan's Island? Here are some of our most common job requests:
Our team specializes in all forms of roof repair, from minor leaks to major structural issues.
We will build you a new roof from scratch, using high-quality materials. If you have a vision, we can make it a reality.
Depending on your needs, we can remove your old roof and install a new roof on your home.
We will replace your old, worn-out shingles, metals, and other roofing materials.
We provide quality craftsmanship and products because we believe in what we do. We want happy customers who refer their friends and family. You may not see flashy internet ads everywhere for our company, but that's by design. Our word-of-mouth referrals are so frequent and far-reaching that we don't need to pay for ad spots. We would rather invest that money into the best tools and most knowledgeable roofing experts available. That way, we can better serve our customers.
Because, at the end of the day, your satisfaction is our #1 priority.
Your home's roof is exposed to the elements 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. As a homeowner, you probably do your best to keep your roof in good condition with regular maintenance and inspections. However, even properly maintained roofs can be damaged without notice. Mother Nature has her own set of rules, and when she chooses to unleash her power on your roof, there isn't too much you can do.
If your roof is leaking, growing moss, or your shingles are cracked, it's time to call the pros. You need contractors that are efficient, effective, and on-time. That's where Hixon's Roofing comes in.
Hixon's Roofing will provide quality roofing repairs for homes and businesses with all types of roofs. Whether you have a small, single-story home with a minor leak or a sprawling estate with multiple roofing issues, Hixon's will get your roof back to new in no time. It doesn't matter if we installed your roof or not, Hixon's will provide top-notch customer service and the highest quality roofing repairs in Sullivan's Island.
While some situations like downed trees require obvious roof repair, it's not always clear when your roof needs some TLC. Keep these common signs in mind the next time you do a visual inspection of your roof:
If the shingles on your roof are cracked or curling, you can safely assume that they are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you notice shingles missing, it's an obvious sign that your roof needs some repair.
Asphalt and composite shingles will shed granules over time, especially when they're starting to wear out. Often, these granules find their way into your gutter system. When you're cleaning your gutters this quarter, keep an eye out for this course, black grit. It's a telltale sign that your roof may need attention or repair.
It's a good idea for every homeowner to check their attics for signs of leaks and general disrepair. While you're up there, look at the ceiling in your attic. If you notice the rafters or decking is sagging towards the ground, you could have a serious problem on your hands caused by a leak. If your roof deck is sagging, call Hixon's as soon as possible for an inspection. If the damage is localized, you can often avoid a full roof replacement.
As a full-service roofing company, our team of expert roofers has installed hundreds of new roofs in South Carolina. Whether you need a metal roof for your secluded home in the woods or a new roof for your commercial business, we're here to make the installation process easy and streamlined.
It all starts when you call our office for a free estimate. We'll take all the time you need to go over your new roof installation options to customize the structure and style to your needs. Once we have defined the project's details, our roof installation professionals will get to work on your home or business. Unlike some roofing companies in Sullivan's Island, Hixon's is transparent about every step of the installation process. We keep our clients informed at all times and are happy to provide updates as we make progress on your new roof. While we are installing your new roof, we treat your home or business like our own. You can always count on friendly interactions and a clean and tidy work area. After your new roof is installed, we'll clean up behind ourselves so it's like we were never there.
When you hire Hixon's Roofing to install a roof on your home or business, know that we only use the highest-quality materials and the best construction techniques available. That way, you'll have a fantastic-looking roof that will last for decades. On top of our unmatched workmanship, clients also receive a 10-year labor warranty on architectural shingles and a 5-year labor warranty on three-tab and metal roofs.
Residential and commercial roofing are similar in that they both require experienced contractors to perform quality work. However, unlike residential roofing (a more straightforward process), commercial roofing projects can be complicated and lengthy. In our experience, there can be dozens of factors to be considered to complete the job correctly. Commercial roofing contractors in Sullivan's Island, SC, must account for rooftop HVAC systems, external piping, external utilities, and more. Because commercial roofing structures typically have many layers, it's more difficult to find and remediate leaks. As such, our commercial roofing contractors have different skillsets than residential roofing pros.
Like the residential side of our business, we have completed hundreds of commercial roofing projects in South Carolina. We know exactly what it takes to repair, install, or inspect a commercial roof. When businesses in South Carolina need roofing work, they come to Hixon's Roofing because they know that we will get the job done right the first time. They know that our team is dependable, friendly, and highly qualified to accomplish any commercial roofing project. We're talking roof repairs for small offices to new roof installations on huge, multi-building industrial complexes.
If you're starting a commercial roofing project, don't settle for mediocre roofing contractors. After all, a commercial roofing project can be a huge investment, and you need to get your money's worth. Hixon's is here to exceed your expectations and take on any commercial roofing needs you may have, whether they're minor fixes or major roofing replacements.
At Hixon's Roofing, we make it difficult for any other roofing company to compete with our helpful and professional services. For more information about our company and what we can do for your home or business, contact our office in Sullivan's Island. Our customer service reps have the knowledge and information to answer your questions and get the ball rolling on your roofing project in South Carolina today.Contact Us
Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets. Or the friendly locals. Or the incredible food, charming hotels, and endless water views. Whatever the reason, our readers continue to be utterly charmed by Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, it was just voted the best small city in the United States in our 2022 Readers’ Choice A...
Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets. Or the friendly locals. Or the incredible food, charming hotels, and endless water views. Whatever the reason, our readers continue to be utterly charmed by Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, it was just voted the best small city in the United States in our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Now in its 35th year, our annual Readers' Choice Awards continues to capture the travel experiences our readers love best, from hotels and airlines to cruises and islands. The numbers prove what we already knew: Enthusiasm for travel has never been higher, as demonstrated by the nearly quarter of a million of you who filled out this year’s survey. The best cities in the world (large and small) are a testament to the staying power of perennial favorites, through thick and thin—with some newcomers to consider.
Charleston is no stranger to accolades. Our readers named it the best small city for an incredible 10 consecutive years until it was edged out by Aspen in 2021—not surprising, with most travelers seeking out wide open spaces during the pandemic. But the Holy City took back its crown this year, and everything feels relatively normal once again.
While there are clearly many reasons to love this Southern city, you really can’t talk about the destination without immediately calling out its dining scene. “Excellent restaurants” and “delicious food” were mentioned in countless survey responses, with particular attention paid to seafood, sweet tea, and hearty breakfasts.
The city excels at Southern cuisine, of course, but don’t sleep on Charleston’s more diverse dining options. Be sure to try the escargot at Maison, the tender agnolotti and veal scallopini at Wild Olive, the gazpacho at Malagón Mercado y Tapería, and the fried smelt with garlic skordalia sauce at Stella’s. We wouldn’t dare tell you to skip the Southern classics, though: If you’re lucky enough to find an empty parking spot at The Glass Onion, break any mild traffic laws to get it. The shrimp po’boys, fried grouper cheeks, and lemon meringue pie are the stuff of legends.
Luckily for any calorie counters out there, Charleston also boasts an extremely walkable downtown area and a plethora of outdoor activities. You can hop onboard one of the famous horse-drawn carriages (“carriage rides both day and evening are a must,” writes one reader), or take a self-guided walking tour past Waterfront Park, the live oaks at White Point Gardens, Legare's gorgeous homes, and more.
There are many great beaches to choose from in the spring and summer, with “water as warm as a bath,” but we’re particular fans of the stretches of sand on Sullivan’s Island. These beaches are wide enough to fit the crowds, have gentle waves, and are surrounded by natural walking paths through lush vegetation. Get out on the water with a kayaking tour—one of Charleston’s trademark outdoor activities—and you might even spot a pair of surfacing dolphins or an elusive summer manatee.
After days spent exploring the water and sampling as much food as possible, retreat back to one of Charleston’s many excellent hotels and soak up that world-famous Southern hospitality. Our readers are big fans of both classic stays like French Quarter Inn and Wentworth Mansion, as well as newer openings like The Dewberry Charleston (“wonderful hotel with a beautiful view on rooftop bar”) and The Spectator Hotel.
Travelers have a major reason to visit Charleston in 2023, as well: In January, the city will open the highly anticipated International African American Museum (IAAM). The museum has been built upon a former slave trading port, and it will feature artifacts and exhibitions to educate visitors about the African diaspora and how it continues to affect culture, justice, and equality today.
While we could wax poetic about this picture-perfect destination all day, we think this reader quote sums it up quite nicely: “Charleston has a grace and civility like no other city. Come to eat, stay for the hospitality, and return for the beauty.”
View our full list of the 2022 Readers' Choice Award winners here.
Ever wonder how South Carolina came to be nicknamed the Palmetto State?While, yes, the state does have many palmetto trees scattered around the entirety of the state due to its large species population within the borders of South Carolina, this tree also has a historical significance to the state.The nickname is derived from South Carolina’s state tree, the sabal palmetto.Also called the cabbage palmetto, s...
Ever wonder how South Carolina came to be nicknamed the Palmetto State?
While, yes, the state does have many palmetto trees scattered around the entirety of the state due to its large species population within the borders of South Carolina, this tree also has a historical significance to the state.
The nickname is derived from South Carolina’s state tree, the sabal palmetto.
Also called the cabbage palmetto, sabal palm, inodes palmetto and the Carolina palmetto, the sabal palmetto was designated as the official state tree by Joint Resolution Number 63 all the way back on March 17, 1939.
This palmetto tree was symbolic toward the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. This was due to the fact that the fort was built from palmetto logs, which absorbed the impact of the cannon balls and would not shatter.
Hence, South Carolina earned its nickname: the Palmetto State.
The Battle of Sullivan’s Island was the first decisive American victory over the British Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War and took place on June 28, 1776.
“The ferocity of the British naval bombardment had no great effect on the fort. Sabal palmetto trunks embedded in deep sand proved pliable and sturdy enough, absorbing iron balls like a sponge,” wrote the National Park Service of the battle.
At the time, Charleston residents were unaware if the fort had been victorious against the British or if it had been captured following the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.
The fort’s commander, Colonel William Moultrie, had then sent a boat to inform the residents of the good news. Loud cheers were said to reverberate through the streets.
“The defense had been a major victory for the Americans in Charleston. General Lee wrote, ‘The behavior of the Garrison, both men and officers, with Colonel Moultrie at their head, I confess astonished me.’ Six days later the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. Afterwards, the South Carolina General Assembly renamed the fort, Fort Moultrie, in honor of the commander of Fort Sullivan,” wrote the American Battlefield Trust.
As for the palmetto trees themselves, sabal palms are native to the southeastern parts of the country.
“The cabbage palmetto is found in the coastal plain region from North Carolina to Florida. The palm inhabits maritime forests, “islands” within salt and brackish marshes, and the edges of ponds. It is also a commonly planted tree in urban areas throughout South Carolina,” states the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The palmetto tree can grow to a height of 33 feet tall and its leaves can grow to about 3 feet across. They are formed with a spongier, scattered tissue and more malleable cells than most other trees, which allow them to bend with the wind during major storms such as hurricanes and tropical storms.
In addition to their many other attributes, these trees flower during the month of July and can be quite fragrant, attracting many types of pollinators.
As for size, according to Plant Real Florida, the University of Florida conducted several age and growth rates of sabal palms, the preliminary results indicated that, under average conditions in the wild, these plants can require 10 to 15 years of growth or more from seed to the first sign of a trunk at ground level. After this initial growth spurt, the trunks will grow about 6 inches per year. Meaning, a standing sabal palm with 20 feet of trunk is at least 50 years old.
The palmetto tree can be seen as a figure of significance in nearly every aspect of the state’s inception. It has been adopted as the state’s nickname, is included in the state seal, is on the state flag, is in the Pledge to the Flag of South Carolina, and can be seen in everyday life while carrying on day-to-day activities within the state.
This story was originally published September 14, 2022 5:00 AM.
Charleston, South Carolina has been a mainstay on lists of America’s top destinations for nearly a decade, with its dramatic oaks and pastel-hued homes. Founded in 1660, the historic coastal city was the site of the first shots of the Civil War and has hosted the likes of Blackbeard and Edgar Allan Poe. Today, there are hundreds of incredible restaurants, with a high volume of James Beard Award winners.Visitors love snapping photos of Rainbow Row, a colorful section of some of the city’s oldest homes, and the historic mark...
Charleston, South Carolina has been a mainstay on lists of America’s top destinations for nearly a decade, with its dramatic oaks and pastel-hued homes. Founded in 1660, the historic coastal city was the site of the first shots of the Civil War and has hosted the likes of Blackbeard and Edgar Allan Poe. Today, there are hundreds of incredible restaurants, with a high volume of James Beard Award winners.
Visitors love snapping photos of Rainbow Row, a colorful section of some of the city’s oldest homes, and the historic market. Looking ahead to the future, the new International African American Museum will open in January 2023, honoring the legacy of the enslaved people forced to work on Charleston’s plantations.
I spent my twenties living in one of the country’s most beautiful places and have spent much of my career singing its praises. And while downtown has its charms, there’s more to the city than just the peninsula. To help you along should you be planning a visit, here’s how to plan the perfect Charleston weekend.
Charleston International Airport has a number of nonstop routes from major cities like Chicago, Seattle, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. Amtrak and Greyhound also have stops in North Charleston, an easy taxi ride from downtown. It’s a five-hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia and 3.5 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Since travel and hospitality is the biggest industry in the city, visitors have a wealth of options when it comes to hotels. It really depends on your budget and which area you want to be based in.
Emeline is a stylish boutique hotel steps away from the city market and its many restaurants. That said, should you stay here, don’t miss Frannie & The Fox, the hotel’s restaurant with playful Italian fare and “cocktail windows” where you ring a bell and receive your drink from behind the wall. Their rooms also have record players and a selection of LPs to spin.
Across the bridge in the charming Old Village of Mount Pleasant, Post House is a seven-room boutique hotel and restaurant, the latter of which features incredible dishes like fish curry paired with locally-grown rice. Borrow one of their bikes to explore the neighborhood.
For unrivaled beach access, Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms is your best bet. The resort has two distinct hotels featuring large rooms with balconies, several restaurants, and activities like golf, tennis and a spa. Don’t miss The Nest, the rooftop bar, for tropical beverages and sunset views.
On your way into the city, detour to the oft-overlooked area of North Charleston, which is known for being home to the airport, an outlet mall and performing arts venues. But go a bit further and you’ll find Park Circle, a charming planned neighborhood with excellent restaurants like EVO Pizzeria and Jackrabbit Filly. Firefly Distillery, creator of the original sweet tea vodka (among many other spirits), relocated to the area a few years ago and offers live music and food trucks.
The old Charleston Naval Base is also worth a drive through. Since it was decommissioned in 1996, the buildings have been used as locations for television shows and movies as well as a music festival site. When you’re ready for a drink, it’s an easy drive to the city’s brewery district in what’s called “The Neck,” the stretch between North Charleston and the Eastside. Don’t miss Edmund’s Oast, an excellent brewery and restaurant specializing in German-style beers.
Most visitors flock to downtown Charleston to roam the cobblestone streets and admire the iconic row houses. While you’re here, start at the Charleston Museum, the nation’s oldest, dating back to 1773, which covers the history of the city with artifacts from before America’s founding. There are about a dozen historic homes you can tour, depending on your interest level. But the best option is wandering around by foot.
The Gibbes Museum of Art has pieces like sweetgrass baskets and art from the Charleston Renaissance, a period of creativity that followed World War I. The City Market sells a range of souvenirs, but it’s the sweetgrass baskets woven by Gullah artisans that are the most notable.
Charleston is known for its award-winning restaurants, but if you want to get into the hottest tables in town, like Husk or The Ordinary, you’ll need to nab a reservation or go early. If you can’t get a table, look for alternatives away from downtown like Leon’s Oyster Shop or Rodney Scott’s BBQ.
Cross the iconic diamond-shaped Ravenel Bridge to the community of Mount Pleasant. The Old Village neighborhood is like a time capsule, appearing on screen in The Notebook and Netflix’s Outer Banks. Explore on foot or borrow a bike to navigate the streets.
Shem Creek is the seafood capital of the city, with shrimp boats lining the water to provide the freshest ingredients to restaurants. You can’t go wrong with just about any of them, but The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene is a local legend, and still family owned. Go early to enjoy the sunset views over a local beer and Lowcountry fare like fried oysters and deviled crab. Nico is another option, with French-inspired and wood-fired dishes, and plenty of rosé. If you visit during the day, kayak the creek with one of the local outfitters to spot dolphins and countless species of bird.
Further into Mount Pleasant is Town Center, a typical suburban outdoor mall. But there are some great restaurants to detour to on your way east. Malika Canteen is among them, the first Pakistani restaurant in South Carolina. Get the thali, which lets you try a number of small dishes.
After a bite to eat, stop by Palmetto Islands County Park, a nearly 1,000-acre space with boardwalks over the marsh and bicycle paths. Bring your binoculars to spot birds and a picnic for when you get peckish.
You can’t come to Charleston without going to the beach! There are a number of options, but locals love laid-back Sullivan’s Island, a 15-minute drive from downtown. You’ll find that Middle Street is lined with bars and restaurants: Poe’s Tavern is named for Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at the nearby fort, and offers burgers and fish tacos; The Obstinate Daughter pulls from French, Spanish and Italian influences; and you can settle in for tropical drinks and wood-grilled shrimp at The Longboard.
Find a spot on the beach near the odd black-and-white Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse (Station 18 ½ is my favorite) or learn about the island’s role in the Civil War at Fort Moultrie. During World War I, the fort was used to watch out for submarines.
Since Sullivan’s Island doesn’t have hotels, plan on basing yourself on neighboring Isle of Palms, which has various stores if you need any essentials. Drive past the grand beachfront McMansions on your way to Wild Dunes Resort or start with a meal at one of the isle’s eateries.
Catch the sunset at The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, which focuses on local seafood. Islander 71 is found at the recently remodeled marina, where you can grab a bite before heading out on the water on a kayaking tour or hop across the creek to Goat Island. Finally, at the end of the night, catch live music at The Windjammer, a legendary local venue.
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SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — Sullivan's Island banned short-term rentals more than two decades ago, except those that were grandfathered in.Residents are concerned with one company they say is bending the rules.Tim Emrich says the home, located at 3115 Ion Avenue, has fractional ownership and is overseen by Pacaso.Emrich said Sullivan's Island is for families and retirees, not people on vacation, and with three children, they don’t want to live next to a home with many different owners.According to...
SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — Sullivan's Island banned short-term rentals more than two decades ago, except those that were grandfathered in.
Residents are concerned with one company they say is bending the rules.
Tim Emrich says the home, located at 3115 Ion Avenue, has fractional ownership and is overseen by Pacaso.
Emrich said Sullivan's Island is for families and retirees, not people on vacation, and with three children, they don’t want to live next to a home with many different owners.
According to him, other residents on Sullivan's Island share his opinion and are not happy about it.
To try and stop it, he and his wife created a campaign to keep Sullivan's Island community oriented.
"We saw an advertisement where you could buy 1/8 of the house. After we dug a little deeper, it became apparent that this was, this is really a scheme to circumvent the rules that have been in place for over 20 years in a small town that limit short-term rentals; they prohibit them unless you were one of the properties prior 20 years ago," Emrich said.
Driving up and down streets on Sullivan's Island, you can't miss the signs that read "Stop timeshares on Sullivan's."
Emrich and his wife passed around the yard signs and have been attending town council meetings to try and stop Pacaso from selling homes on the barrier island.
"Our aim is to first of all raise awareness. We've obviously got over 200 signs out across the island. Any residents you speak to on Sullivan's Island adamantly oppose this game. Every member of the council is opposed to the scheme. And so, really, we're pushing the politicians to do something about it," Emrich said.
Emrich tells us the campaign's primary goal is to get town leaders to enforce the rules that are already on the books and push these types of companies and homes out.
He says communities across the country have successfully fought these types of companies.
"They're assuring us that they are on this. The government does not move this fast, and we would like them to, but they are giving us every assurance that they that they're going to do something about it," Emrich said.
Mayor Patrick O'Neil says residents feel short-term rentals destroy the sense of neighborhood.
He thinks no one wants to live next to a group of people on their first night of vacation.
“After a great deal of research and study, last week we issued a notice of zoning violation to the owners of the property in question here, and we are awaiting a response," Mayor O'Brien said.
Pacaso spokesperson Brian McGuigan stated: "Pacaso is not a timeshare. We help families co-own second homes, which is common practice and can help reduce competition for single-family homes on Sullivan's Island. Research shows that co-ownership contributes more to the local economy than the typical second home while redirecting second home buyers away from median-priced single-family homes in demand by locals and into high-end, luxury homes.”
Pacaso explains they aren’t a timeshare and retain no ownership interest in the home once sold, but they provide property management services.
Pacaso insists they will collaborate with Sullivan's Island leaders on any related public policy questions.
The company believes an ordinance addressing Pacaso’s model could broadly impact many houses.
SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Dominion Energy hopes to sell the Sand Dunes Club to a company owned by local billionaire Ben Navarro for $19 million, with plans in place to make it a club for island residents and property owners.The historic beachfront venue was created in the 1950s after South Carolina Electric & Gas bought the 3.5 acres from the federal government for $27,000 as properties associated with Fort Moultrie were being sold.With a large clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and direct beach access, it was us...
SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Dominion Energy hopes to sell the Sand Dunes Club to a company owned by local billionaire Ben Navarro for $19 million, with plans in place to make it a club for island residents and property owners.
The historic beachfront venue was created in the 1950s after South Carolina Electric & Gas bought the 3.5 acres from the federal government for $27,000 as properties associated with Fort Moultrie were being sold.
With a large clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and direct beach access, it was used for decades as a corporate retreat, by island residents and rented out for events and meetings. Dominion Energy acquired the property when it bought SCE&G.
The energy company sought the state Public Service Commission’s permission to sell the property for $19 million to a subsidiary of Navarro’s Beemok Capital called SDCC Island Resident Club. In February the commission instead required Dominion list the property for sale and solicit bids.
“This simply means that Dominion Energy will need to determine whether other potential buyers exist,” said Rhonda Maree O’Banion, Dominion’s media relations manager.
“After the competitive bidding process is complete, Dominion Energy will report back to the commission and if necessary, update its request for approval to sell the Sand Dunes property,” she added.
The sale to Navarro’s company has been anticipated on Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island with fewer than 2,000 residents where the average home sale price in 2021 was nearly $3.2 million according to the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.
One year ago the town signed an agreement with Navarro’s company that laid out plans to potentially renovate the club and operate it for island residents.
Beemok, the February 2021 agreement says, “desires to purchase the property from its current owner, renovate the clubhouse and operate the club.”
The agreement also says “the town believes a club with membership limited to town residents and property owners” would be desirable if the club were sold.
“That’s what we were expecting was going to happen,” Sullivan’s Island Mayor Patrick O’Neil said. “Mr. Navarro and his group have worked closely with the town.”
The agreement is non-exclusive and the same conditions apply to the property regardless of who were to buy it, he said.
The agreement says the price of membership in the club would not exceed the cost of operating the club, and the town would get to review confidential financial statements to ensure that provision.
Residents and town property owners could become members, and nonmembers could still use the pool for a fee comparable to what municipal recreation departments charge in Mount Pleasant or on Isle of Palms, the agreement says.
The address is considered a large property that’s most valuable as a potential site for new homes according to an appraisal submitted by Dominion, but the clubhouse is protected as an historic structure and could not be demolished without the town’s permission.
The property would not be the first iconic Charleston-area locale purchased by Navarro’s companies if his bid is successful. His companies own the Charleston Place hotel, purchased last year for $350 million, and the Credit One Bank Stadium on Daniel Island.
Efforts to reach representatives of Beemok Capital and the company’s public relations firm by phone and email were unsuccessful Friday.
The sale of the property would not change Dominion Energy’s utility rates or pricing according to the company’s Public Service Commission filing.
In 2021 Dominion turned over more than 2,900 acres of property as part of a $165 million tax settlement with the S.C. Department of Revenue, resolving a three-year dispute over taxes owed on parts and materials purchased to build the V.C. Summer nuclear plant, which was not completed. The Sand Dunes Club was not a part of that deal, but other former clubs and retreats in Aiken, Lexington and Georgetown counties were, and some of those will be added to the state’s park system.
Brian Symmes, spokesman for Gov. Henry McMaster’s office, said the state had been interested in the Sand Dunes Club property, but the cost was too high.
“There was interest in it being part of the settlement agreement, but at the end of the day it was just much too expensive,” he said.
The more than 2,900 acres South Carolina acquired, which included the Pine Island Club on Lake Murray, cost the state about $50 million — the amount Dominion’s tax debt was reduced in exchange for those properties. The Sand Dunes Club property, less than 4 acres, would presumably have cost at least the $19 million Beemok Capital has offered, and make for an unusually expensive park purchase.
The tax settlement was a part of the relief provided to ratepayers, shareholders and governments who sued after Dominion’s predecessor SCE&G abruptly ended construction at the V.C. Summer site in 2017.