We are aware of the damage that occurred to a large percentage of plant material during this past winter storm and freeze. This unattractive dead growth that you see will not be removed until we do our spring pruning as it will help protect the plants from any more freezes that we may experience before spring. While it may have hit the 80’s already in February, March has experienced several freezing events. Once we begin our annual spring pruning, (which will happen when we are fairly certain there won’t be any more freezes and it is safe to trim the plants), we will be removing all dead plant material. Any plants that are in bloom at this time will be pruned within a 6-week period after they are done blooming. A few examples of the plants that will be in bloom during the spring are as follows: Azaleas, gardenias, camellias, etc. There are a few plants that will be pruned in the fall instead of the spring such as Hydrangeas
Judging will take place on Saturday, December 23rd. Please make sure that your lights are on by dusk so that the judges can make their decision on who does the most creative decorating.
Thank you, Woodlake Volunteers
Woodlake Villas now has a Christmas tree in the community room next to the pool. If you would like to help decorate the tree, you can do so by adding an ornament of your own and placing it on the tree. The ornament may be homemade or purchased, we just ask that it not be breakable and in good taste. The plan is to continue putting the tree up in coming years and add to the community decorations over time.
It’s time to head back home.
Effective at 9:15 a.m. today, the Governor lifted the evacuation order for our community and I simultaneously granted re-entry to the Island. Please take care to travel safely and keep these things in mind:
With the evacuation order lifted and the re-entry order established, you will be able to travel over the bridge and onto the Island.
The Emergency Room operations at Hilton Head Hospital will be operational at 10:00 a.m. These are EMERGENCY ROOM OPERATIONS ONLY. It will take time to re-establish full operations at the Hospital.
Power may not be available in a few spots. Palmetto Electric is diligently working to restore power to the approximately 1,500 customers currently without power on Hilton Head Island.
Thank you to everyone on the Town team, including the Emergency Operations Center and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, whose efforts were excellent.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We are most certainly an incredible community.
Mayor David Bennett
The weather overnight had no significant additional impact on Beaufort County. The South Carolina Department of Transportation is currently inspected roadways, bridges and causeways to ensure they are safe for the volume of traffic expected during reentry. Governor McMaster is expected to hold a press conference at 10:00 AM to address reentry to the barrier islands of Beaufort County. Sheriff P.J. Tanner will address the public immediately after the Governor. Sheriff Tanner’s press conference will be held at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office headquarters building, 2001 Duke Street, Beaufort in the second floor training room. The media, as well as municipal and elected officials are invited and encouraged to attend. Thank you for your patience throughout this major storm event. Sheriff Tanner’s press conference will broadcast live of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and the County Channel YouTube site.
We are still awaiting the announcement from the governor lifting the evacuation notice, but in the meantime everything on the property appears to be okay. All the water has receded and there is no major damage visible, just a fair amount of debris. It is unknown if any units took on any water. Once everyone returns and gets into their villas we will know for sure. We will be conducting inspections once everyone is allowed back on the island and we get back up to full strength regular operations.