Kiawah Island Digest May eDigest - Page 3

KIAWAH ISLAND DIGEST | 3 Lights Out for Sea Turtles October Through May ISLAND WILDLIFE L oggerhead sea turtle nesting season is almost here. • Flashlights should not be used on the beach at night Nesting activity typically begins in mid-May, and during nesting season. Do not carry flashlights or play female turtles will continue coming ashore to nest flashlight tag on the beach. until August. Nests will begin hatching in July and finish • Fill in large holes dug on the beach at the end of the by October. day, as adults and hatchling sea turtles can become trapped in them. During nesting season, it’s important that we do all we • Observe sea turtles quietly from a distance - never can to protect this threatened species from any further disturb a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings. perils. To avoid unintentional harm to these beautiful • Do not shine lights on a sea turtle, including cell creatures, follow these tips during nesting season: phones and flash photography. • If your property is visible from the beach, turn out all exterior lights (flood and deck) from dusk to dawn. • If any interior lights are visible from the beach or cast light on the beach, close blinds or drapes at 9 p.m. or turn them off. Help keep Kiawah special and our turtles safe by following these guidelines or sharing them with family, friends and vacation rental guests. Learn more about Kiawah’s Loggerhead population at wildlifeatkiawah.com. New Member Service to Make Gate Access Easier for Members I ACCESS UPGRADE sland security is one of the most important services KICA performs for members. We aim to never stop improving our services to make them more responsive and relevant. As part of that push, members will soon have a new, easier way to request gate passes for guests. KICA is teaming up with Applications by Design, Inc. (ABDI) to introduce more options for members and their guests. Their system is already being used with success on Seabrook Island. at the gate and view your access history. Once the system is up and running, KICA will mail login, password and access instructions to all members. The program’s member portal will allow you to request guest passes, opt-in to get notifications when your guests arrive Keep an eye on KICA’s weekly email newsletter and upcoming issues of Digest for more information. If you don’t receive our weekly email newsletter, you can sign up at kica.us/signup or by texting KIAWAH to 22828. Your guests, who are authorized for access to the island when you request a pass, can use an electronic pass on their phone or have passes waiting for them at the Main Gate like they have in the past. If you prefer to call or email in a guest pass request to Security staff, you will still be able to do so. The new system offers an additional option but no options are being phased out.