When it comes to the latest trends in women's apparel, there's no better place to shop till you drop than Downtown Chucktown. And if you're searching for the finest threads in Hilton Head Island, look no further than Copper Penny - the Lowcountry's go-to shop for anyone that has a passion for fashion.

We have been dressing women in Hilton Head Island for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Hilton Head Island's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Hilton Head Island. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Find the Perfect Dress to Impress

Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Hilton Head Island, SC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Hilton Head Island

Any clothing store for women in Hilton Head Island, SC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Hilton Head Island

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Hilton Head Island

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Hilton Head Island, SC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Hilton Head Island

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Hilton Head Island

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Hilton Head Island

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Hilton Head Island

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Hilton Head Island, SC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Hilton Head Island:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Hilton Head Island. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

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Which SC beach is the safest with the least pollution? The most unsafe? Take a look

Last year, Environment America, a federation of environmental advocacy organizations, ranked the most unsafe beaches in the country based on tests run in 2020.That year, a total of 23 beaches were tested for fecal indicator bacteria in the state of South Carolina.Out of four tested counties in South Carolina, t...

Last year, Environment America, a federation of environmental advocacy organizations, ranked the most unsafe beaches in the country based on tests run in 2020.

That year, a total of 23 beaches were tested for fecal indicator bacteria in the state of South Carolina.

Out of four tested counties in South Carolina, the average percentage of potentially unsafe days in South Carolina by county in 2020 ranked Beaufort County as the second safest.

The four South Carolina counties that were tested were Horry, Charleston, Beaufort and Georgetown counties.

The scoring left Beaufort County with a 12% average number of days with potentially unsafe water for beaches in the county.

Comparatively, Horry County, which contains Myrtle Beach, scored a 34% average for potentially unsafe water for beach days.

Not a title to brag about, South Carolina’s own Myrtle Beach scored number one in the state for the most potentially unsafe swimming days in 2020. The testing conducted in Myrtle Beach resulted in potentially unsafe water 84% of the days tested. This average was a result of 70 potentially unsafe days out of 82 testing days.

Contrarily, North Myrtle Beach scored considerably better than its slightly southern counterpart, coming in at 34%, indicating 29 potentially unsafe days out of 87 testing days.

“While we were not able to pinpoint pollution sources for any particular beach, sewage overflows, stormwater runoff, and manure from factory farms, all contain fecal bacteria,” said John Rumpler, the clean water program director at Environment America.

Hilton Head Island tied for the safest number of days along with Isle of Palms and Seabrook Island, both in Charleston County, with a 20% indicator of potentially unsafe days. This comes from two potentially unsafe days out of 10 testing days.

This comes as no surprise as in 2019, Environment America ranked Beaufort County as a clean beach area yet again. In the study, 28 beaches in Beaufort County were tested, and only seven of those had even one “potentially unsafe” day, the report said.

Each beach in the county was tested for 10 or 11 days. Four of the seven beaches were on Hilton Head Island; two were on Harbor Island; one was on Hunting Island, according to a previous Island Packet report.

As for the 2020 report released last year, Myrtle Beach’s reported 84% of potentially unsafe days was one of the biggest percentages in the study, but not the highest overall in the U.S.

Cole Park in Nueces County, Texas scored a 91% average of potentially unsafe days, being broken down by 62 potentially unsafe days in 2020 out of 68 testing days.

Nye Beach in Lincoln County, Oregon scored a 90% average with nine potentially unsafe days out of 10 different testing days.

This story was originally published September 2, 2022 5:00 AM.

Labor Day weekend has arrived. Here are 5 ways to spend your holiday weekend in the Lowcountry

Labor Day weekend has arrived and many may be looking for things to do this weekend.While there aren’t many Labor Day-specific activities on the local calendar, there are no shortage of nearby things to do with your family.Here are five activities perfect for Labor Day weekend in the Lowcountry.Parrot Palooza Caribbean ConcertAlthough not Labor Day-specific, the Parrot Palooza Caribbea...

Labor Day weekend has arrived and many may be looking for things to do this weekend.

While there aren’t many Labor Day-specific activities on the local calendar, there are no shortage of nearby things to do with your family.

Here are five activities perfect for Labor Day weekend in the Lowcountry.

Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert

Although not Labor Day-specific, the Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert is a fun event for the family to enjoy this holiday weekend. Parrot Palooza offers an opportunity for attendees to dance and enjoy their evening on Sunday, from 7-9:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature Shannon Tanner & The Oyster Reefers. Children’s entertainment will also be present, featuring Cappy the Clown at the harbour, with further children’s activities from 6-9 p.m. The events are subject to change and are reliant on weather conditions. Any updates can be found at the Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina’s Facebook page. All activities for the event can be found at 17 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Charleston Labor Day celebration

The city of Charleston is presenting a Labor Day celebration this weekend. This event features the Charleston Symphony. This Labor Day celebration will begin at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. The event is free, but seating should be reserved in advance on the city’s website. Following the concert, a fireworks show will be provided by The Charleston Place. The concert will be held at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

Head to the beach

Not able to make an event? Heading to the beach and relaxing for your Labor Day weekend can be fun for the whole family. Hilton Head Island has 12 miles of white-sand beaches, and the Lowcountry as a whole has a large quantity of beautiful, unique beaches to choose from.

Outdoor sporting activities

Favor some healthy, family competition? The Lowcountry is known for its award-winning golf courses. Set up a tee time, and play one of the many courses available to choose from. Not a golfer? Mini golf, tennis or pickleball are also popular choices that are sure to bring a fun time and memories that will last.

Find a nearby happy hour location

For an adult group, find a local happy hour spot. Many local establishments offer happy hour specials and live music for over-21s to spend those end-of-summer Lowcountry evenings. Hilton Head Distillery, Poseidon, Aunt Chiladas and The Sandbar are just a few of the many places to enjoy an evening beverage in the surrounding area for this Labor Day weekend.

This story was originally published September 3, 2022 3:27 PM.

Flying car company from Japan sets up Beaufort office. Will others ‘land’ in the Lowcountry?

A Japan-based company that’s developing flying cars — yes, flying cars — has set up a temporary office in Beaufort as it explores entry into the U.S. market.SkyDrive, backed by venture capital from some of Japan’s largest brands, is just one of several international companies checking out Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea, as it’s known, thanks to a new office hub called the Landing Pad...

A Japan-based company that’s developing flying cars — yes, flying cars — has set up a temporary office in Beaufort as it explores entry into the U.S. market.

SkyDrive, backed by venture capital from some of Japan’s largest brands, is just one of several international companies checking out Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea, as it’s known, thanks to a new office hub called the Landing Pad that companies can use for free while they develop their sea legs in unfamiliar waters and consider dropping anchor in U.S. markets.

But SkyDrive, a Tokyo-based aero-tech start-up, might offer the most intriguing product of the bunch.

Since 2018, in Japan, SkyDrive has been developing electric vehicle take-off and landing vehicles, or EVTOLs, along with cargo-carrying drones, William Fugate, SkyDrive’s U.S. business development manager, told the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet from his Beaufort office.

It all may sound like something out of the 1982 science fiction movie “Blade Runner,” which featured fictional flying cars.

But SkyDrive has already developed a zero-emission, two-seat flying car for real, with vertical take-off and landing capability. It’s the only company in Japan, it says, that’s successfully conducted manned test flights. It’s now in the process of getting its latest model certified by Japan regulators. It plans to unveil that model in the World Expo 2025 in Osaka. Commercial sales could follow in 2026.

“People,” Fugate says, “don’t realize how fast it’s coming.”

SkyDrive is one of about 100 firms involved in the research and development of EVTOLs worldwide, says Fugate, and “we’re kind of Japan’s foothold in that market.”

How quickly the flying vehicles enter the air space will depend on infrastructure such as landing areas, electric charging stations, air traffic management, FAA approval and other aspects, says Fugate, and those are the types of issues it’s investigating from its new office in Beaufort.

One of the biggest drivers of the flying vehicles, Fugate says, is the Biden administration’s goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

“It will create a lot of jobs,” Fugate says, “once these ecosystems are in place.”

Future models eventually could be manufactured in the United States, he says.

For now, SkyDrive hasn’t committed to setting up operations in Beaufort.

But the hope is that once companies like it experience the services offered through the Landing Pad program, and get a taste of life in the Lowcountry, it will position Beaufort County well when future decisions are made on investments, such as where to locate headquarters and research and development or manufacturing facilities, creating new jobs and tax bases.

“We think if we treat people well,” says John O’Toole, executive director of Beaufort County Economic Development Corp., “they will fall in love with Beaufort.”

The Landing Pad is a collaboration between Beaufort County Economic Development, the city of Beaufort, the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance and others.

The mission of the program is to assist companies from around the world that are considering investing in the region for the first time.

First, a free physical location is provided where companies can “land” — the second-floor offices at 500 Carteret St. for up to 90 days — as they explore local markets or transition into them.

Through the program, local economic development and city officials also work with the companies on a host of issues that can be overwhelming in a new market. They include connecting them with experts who can discuss legal, tax, accounting, human resources and other issues.

“Any question they will want answers to,” O’Toole says, “we’ve got firms to step up and offer pro bono services.”

SkyDrive is the first company to take advantage of the Landing Pad, which Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray calls “pretty darn exciting.”

“It’s a very cool company,” Murray says.

The Landing Pad is a place where international firms can establish a presence and build confidence in the region before making significant investments, says Murray. The coastal city of 13,400, he says, is working to attract “advanced manufacturing” companies that create “primary jobs,” and the Landing Pad is an important tool in the effort to diversify the economy.

“It sets us apart from a lot of other areas,” he says.

Up until now, SkyDrive has focused on the domestic market in Japan. It’s already selling drones that can transport cargo. The company is in the research and development phase of EVTOL aircraft. Now that it has what it considers to be a globally viable product, Fugate says, it’s broadening its focus to international markets with its initial focus on the United States.

Today, most of the EVTOL market is developing what Fugate describes as larger aircraft vehicles that could travel between cities. He compares them to buses. SkyDrive is taking a more conservative approach and developing smaller vehicles — he likens them to taxis — that could be used within a city. Pilots would taxi passengers with the means to pay for the convenience and speed. It would be kind of like booking an Uber driver, he says, possibly even using a phone app.

When he first learned of the flying cars, Charlie Stone, a BCED project manager, says he immediately thought of the “Jetsons,” the 1960s animated cartoon in which the family’s mode of transportation was a flying sports car.

But SkyDrive isn’t the only international company producing interesting products that is interested in landing in Beaufort.

BCED officials have also had conversations with representatives of a company from Sweden that makes electric trucks, an autonomous delivery car manufacturer based in Estonia, and a Great Britain battery manufacturer with offices in Toronto, about using the Land Pad services.

BCED officials also are talking to a Finnish electric vehicle automotive supplier. “I think it’s a pretty dang good lead for us,” Stone says of the company, “and they seem interested.”

Skydrive’s Fugate connected with the BCED officials through the Japan External Trade Organization, a Japanese government-related organization that promotes trade and investment relations.

Fugate came over from Japan to Beaufort and met with local officials on a scouting mission. Fugate is originally from the U.S. but has lived in Japan for 30 years.

“They exceeded all of our expectations in almost every way,” he said of the Landing Pad.

He returned to Japan and presented the idea to the board of directors, which includes investors such as Suzuki Motor Corporation, the Japanese multinational corporation.

“I’ve been given the green light to start building our office here and that’s why I’m here now,” Fugate says.

The firm’s entrance into the U.S. market will be through Beaufort or the surrounding area, he says.

When Fugate arrived, he found the flag of Japan, with its distinctive red circle on a white backdrop, hanging on the wall, along with the stars and stripes.

“It’s a great town,” Fugate says.

Here’s how long the CDC expects some people in SC to live now that US life expectancy has dropped

The average life expectancy in South Carolina fell by two years in 2020, new federal health data shows.The average South Carolina resident could expect to live until the age of 74.8 in 2020, down from 76.8 in 2019, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states. The report came just a week before the CDC released preliminary data t...

The average life expectancy in South Carolina fell by two years in 2020, new federal health data shows.

The average South Carolina resident could expect to live until the age of 74.8 in 2020, down from 76.8 in 2019, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states. The report came just a week before the CDC released preliminary data that the overall average U.S. life expectancy had dropped in 2021 for the second year in a row — a decline fueled mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wednesday report with 2021 data did not include a breakdown by states. What it did show was that the life expectancy drop for 2020 and 2021 was the sharpest two-year decline in nearly a century.

The other CDC data shows South Carolina had the 10th lowest average life expectancy among the states in 2020. Mississippi had the lowest average life expectancy at 71.9 years, while Hawaii had the highest at 80 years.

The CDC states that deaths from COVID-19 contributed to half of the decline in U.S. life expectancy the last two years. That was followed by unintentional injuries caused mainly by drug overdoses.

The COVID-19 pandemic causing a big drop in life expectancy wasn’t a huge surprise, given something similar happened after the infamous 1918 influenza pandemic, said Dr. Anthony Alberg, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

“There was a huge decrease in life expectancy, a drop of about 10 years,” Alberg said. “There might be some evidence that the COVID vaccine helped, so the decrease in life expectancy was not nearly as big as for the influenza pandemic.”

Alberg noted that the hope would be that life expectancy would start to rise as COVID rates level out, much like what happened after the influenza pandemic ended.

“The coronavirus is not going away, but will be similar to the influenza and level off and people will get vaccinated to the latest strains,” Alberg said.

Alberg said apart from COVID waning, further increasing life expectancy in the U.S. would come in part by reducing common health problems like rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

“And the U.S. has the top level of health care technology and expertise in the world … but the best health care is not accessible to a lot of the population,” he said. “So, the closer we get to that level of access would help with life expectancy.”

Here is a list of the average life expectancy for all states and the District of Columbia, according to the CDC.

Chimney Cove residents on Hilton Head who got eviction notices told they can stay — for now

Residents of Chimney Cove Village, a low-income apartment complex on Hilton Head Island, will not be evicted this month as planned, according to a letter they received from management.The eviction notices they received Aug. 12 have been rescinded and their leases will continue, at least for now. Most resident were given 30 days notice, meaning they had until Sept. 12 to move.Sandy Gillis of the Deep Well Project, a nonprofit group that provides food and housing aid to islanders in need, said residents informed her of new notice...

Residents of Chimney Cove Village, a low-income apartment complex on Hilton Head Island, will not be evicted this month as planned, according to a letter they received from management.

The eviction notices they received Aug. 12 have been rescinded and their leases will continue, at least for now. Most resident were given 30 days notice, meaning they had until Sept. 12 to move.

Sandy Gillis of the Deep Well Project, a nonprofit group that provides food and housing aid to islanders in need, said residents informed her of new notices from property manager John Sinadinos taped to their doors around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Please be advised that the notices of termination you received earlier this month are hereby rescinded,” the notices read. “Your leases continue in full force and effect.”

“We are currently working out the details, I can provide a better update soon,” Sandy Johal, who owns Chimney Cove along with her husband Sam, told The Island Packet. She had no further comment.

The letters distributed to residents were printed in English and Spanish. The Aug. 12 eviction notices were printed only in English, despite many of Chimney Cove’s roughly 300 tenants being native Spanish speakers. Many complained that they were not given enough notice to move out and had no where else to go.

Residents are still required to pay September rent, despite previously being told they wouldn’t have to pay for the month, Gillis said.

The Rev. June Wilkins, pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church neighboring Chimney Cove, said she doesn’t want to see tenants “jerked around” by management.

Residents have received no information on whether the sale of the property that prompted the original eviction notices has been postponed or scrapped entirely, Wilkins said. Questions remain on whether the reprieve is temporary or if residents should continue looking for other housing.

After the original eviction notices were posted, Gillis and Wilkins created a fund to help tenants of Chimney Cove find housing. The Town of Hilton Head have called a special town council meeting on Sept. 6 to address the sudden evictions and brainstorm solutions with organizations and community leaders.

The town has been “monitoring the situation” and acknowledged the impact displacing Chimney Cove’s tenants would have on affordable housing across the island. Chimney Cove has served as a low-income housing complex since 1973, and losing any housing for working islanders would further strain their already limited options.

When the Johals originally purchased the property in 2016, they evicted the tenants to make room for seasonal workers from Jamaica who traveled with H-2B visas, permitting them to work temporary, non-agricultural jobs in the U.S.

Losing Chimney Cove would be especially challenging since the town’s North End workforce housing development won’t begin construction until 2023.

Lower home prices were identified as a critical need as early as 2018, when the town completed an assessment of housing options on Hilton Head. At the time, the two fastest-growing income brackets on the island were those who made more than $150,000 a year and those who made less than $25,000.

“Higher-income households can put upward pressure on prices and rents, putting housing further out of reach for those with more modest incomes,” the report read.

This story was originally published September 1, 2022 11:41 AM.

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