MAY 2011: Mayor - Hilton Head and Bluffton
Author: Drew Laughlin and Lisa Sulka | Photographer: Photography by Anne
HILTON HEAD ISLAND COMES ALIVE!
As you will see from the list below, Hilton Head Island really comes alive this time of year. It was once written that “no winter lasts forever, and no spring skips its turn.” Well, winter is gone and we are about to enter three seasons of activity.
Many of our non-profits sponsor events that are fun for all who participate but raise needed money as well.
Here’s a look at some of the events on Hilton Head Island this spring, summer, and fall:
• American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Honey Horn: May 6
• Kiwanis Club’s Rib Burnoff at Honey Horn: May 14
• Shakespeare in the Park at Shelter Cove Community Park: May 21-23; May 27-29
• 3rd Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour: May 28-29
• Hilton Head Choral Society; “America Sings” Concert at First Presbyterian Church: May 29-30
• Memorial Day Observance at Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park: May 30
• Summer Jam Concert Series, sponsored by the Island Rec at Shelter Cove Community Park: Tuesday evenings, beginning June 21
• Water Fun Day, sponsored by the Island Rec, at Shelter Cove Community Park: Thursday evenings, beginning June 23
• HarbourFest 2011 kicks off with family entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour: Tues.-Sat. evenings with fireworks on Tuesday evenings June 14, 21 & 28
• Summer Jam Concert Series continues at Shelter Cove Community Park: Tuesday evenings.
• Independence Day events with firework displays: July 4
• Water Fun Day continues at Shelter Cove Community Park: Thursday evenings
• HarbourFest continues with family entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour: Tuesday-Sat. evenings with fireworks on Monday, July 4, Tuesday 12, 19 & 26
• Summer Jam Concert Series continues at Shelter Cove Community Park: Tuesday evenings, concluding August 9
• Water Fun Day continues at Shelter Cove Community Park: Thursday evenings, concluding, August 11
• HarbourFest 2011 continues with family entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour: Tues.-Sat. evenings with fireworks on Tuesday, Aug. 2 & 9
• Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament: September 2-4
• Pedal4Kids Charity Cycling Event: September 24
• Italian Heritage Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park: September 24
• Kiwanis Chili Cookoff at Honey Horn: October 8
• Cajun Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park: October 15
• NAMI Walk at Coligny Beach: October 22
• Pumpkin Patch at Shelter Cove Community Park: October 28
Let’s see you out there this spring, summer and fall!
This past month we completed our update to our strategic plan and also attended a goal-setting retreat. Over the next few months, I will share details of each of our five main goals and the accomplishments and objectives for the coming year.
One important topic up for discussion by our council, staff and the public is community involvement. Getting our citizens involved has been a personal goal of mine since being on council, and while we have made some headway in this area, we could do much better.
The Town of Bluffton offers many avenues for your involvement, from being on a commission or board to just being active on our website, and educating yourself on the many Town projects that are currently underway. I urge you to become involved in our local government processes that inevitably shape the future of the Town.
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:
• Historical Preservation Commission (HPC)
• Planning Commission
• Accommodations Tax Committee
• Tree Committee
• Negotiating Committee
• Zoning Board of Appeals
• Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals
These Town Council-appointed boards and commissions have been established for the purpose of acquiring and studying information in specific areas and to make recommendations on issues within the board’s area of expertise. Some boards are quasi-judicial and have decision-making powers within their purview, and some are advisory boards to both staff and Town Council. These groups are the community’s voice that influences public policy and decisions that impact the entire Town.
We are currently accepting applications for all boards and commissions, creating a “talent bank” from which to draw when a position is open. Information and applications can be found at the top of our home page on the website.
If your time is limited, you can always stay on top of Town issues by being a frequent visitor to our website, townofbluffton.com or “friending” us on Facebook (search Town of Bluffton). We update each page on a regular basis so that you can be aware of projects and policies that affect each and every one of you.