KICA Annual Reports 2015 - Page 11

10 Year in Review - The Big Picture Meeting Member Needs with New Services Shuttle, Backflow Inspections Have Successful Debuts in 2014 KICA continues to seek out new and innovative ways to meet your needs. As a result of this continuing goal, two new services emerged in 2014 - the Kiawah Shuttle Service by KICA and backflow inspections/certifications. Kiawah Shuttle Service The Kiawah Shuttle Service was officially launched in April 2014 and offers premier and convenient luxury transportation to a myriad of destinations inside and outside of Charleston County, at competitive rates. The custom designed, 10-passenger Mercedes-Benz Sprinter features leather interior, a variety of entertainment options, complimentary water and coffee, a mini fridge and other amenities. The service is available for booking as needed by KICA members, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Contact KICA’s reservationist about specialized concierge services, such as champagne or flowers, to make your celebrations even more memorable. Since its launch, the shuttle has been booked for over 550 trips and accrued approximately $50,000 in revenue for KICA. The most popular destination, accounting for over 74% of the bookings to date, has been to the Charleston International Airport; however, the shuttle has been all over Charleston County and surrounding areas. A recent group even took the shuttle for a day trip to Camden, SC for some site seeing and shopping. “A way for our members to conveniently and affordably travel to and from downtown Charleston and the surrounding area has always been an interest of ours,” said KICA COO Jimmy Bailey. “So whether you are headed to the airport, want to go to a Riverdogs game, need to transport a wedding party, or simply want to visit one of downtown Charleston’s amazing restaurants, give KICA a call and they will take care of the rest.” To book the shuttle, call 843-768-5566 or email shuttle@kica.us for more information. Backflow Inspections/Certifications Also this past spring KICA began offering backflow services through its Land and Lakes Management Department. Backflow prevention devices are designed to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow. On Kiawah, these devices are often found in residential irrigation systems. Kiawah Island Utility (KIU) requires residential water systems be tested every two years to ensure that they are working properly. For a competitive fee, KICA’s licensed irrigation technicians are available to perform these inspections for members. By end of 2014, KICA had performed 116 backflow inspections, totaling $9,719 in additional revenue for the association. To request backflow services from KICA, contact member services at 843-768-9194. *Shuttle service and backflow inspection figures listed above are as of December 2014