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Antiquing and Collecting Since 1981

story by cindy burbage    photography by miranda osborn-sutphe

Located in heart of historic Savannah, Cobb’s Galleries is poised on the corner of Abercorn and E 37th Street at the historic Krouskoff House. Upon entering the gallery, you are taken back in time with the atmosphere of the 1895 house that furnishes more than 250,000 antiques and collectibles.

      Al Cobb, Sr., owner of Cobb’s Galleries, began his love and appreciation for heirlooms with gold and silver. His debut store was called Cobb’s Gold and Silver Galleries; over the years, he expanded to handle a wider array of collectibles. The polished antique dealer expanded his business to include art, antiques, jewelry, pocket and wristwatches, coins and currency, Civil War relics, post cards, stamps, antique dolls, toys, games and not to mention thousands of other collectibles which include 6,000 vintage vinyl record  albums , and the largest collection of cookbooks in Georgia (approximately 6,000). There are 6,000 each of vintage comic books, magazines, figurines and art pottery in stock. Also included in the collections are leather bound classic novels published by Easton Press along with Hamilton Mint.

With the wide variety of treasures, Al Cobb shared, “We still buy all kinds of sterling silver and gold items. We buy and sell singles, rolls and bags of 90% silver coins to ½ dimes to silver dollars.” Gold coins and international coins and paper money can also be bought and sold; this includes entire coin and currency collections. Cobb Galleries is also in the market to purchase stamps, Civil War memorabilia, post cards and token and medal collections as well.  “I really need to emphasize that we need to buy / trade out or barter for broken, dented, scratched and unwanted sterling silver jewelry and sterling flatware and hollow ware.  Gold jewelry and gold or platinum scrap can be repurposed into jewelry/ coins/ medals and more flatware for the future generations is also a need,” the antique dealer shared. “Rare coins and paper money from the USA and around the world needs special attention too.  Also, Grandpa’s and Granny’s old yellow gold dentures , bridgework and teeth get a good laugh out of many people who have no use for them other than melt down for the Gold.”  With the banks only five blocks away, Cobb Galleries offers one hour or less service in most buying transactions; customers can get their cash today.

     Buying and selling of item of yesterday is not the only flair of Cobb’s Galleries. Al Cobb, Sr. has been an estate and insurance appraiser since the 1970’s. His numerous years of experience allow him to appraise any ancient, antique or modern day collectible. In fact, his services are trusted by many local companies. Prices are competitive: a verbal appraisal for up to ten items is $100 and written ones for insurance and estate purposes are $250 plus 10% per thousand, based on the total evaluation.

Cobb’s Galleries has been a familiar name in Savannah and the surrounding areas for more than 36 years; their memorable reputation is based on their honesty and their five star ratings on all fronts. This includes their Better Business Bureau listing and a 100% on EBay. Please visit savannahantique.com for more information on the gallery and their collections. The shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am-2:30; later appointments can be made by calling the gallery at 912-234-1582. . Each room of the gallery is bursting with riches of yesterday and today; waiting for you to come explore and claim.

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Is the fall weather sets in and the leaves start to change color, you have probably noticed the United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) campaign thermometer signs popping up throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  With the rising needs in our community from the impacts of Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Matthew, UWLC has increased this year’s campaign goal to $2,530,000 to help respond to the increased needs.

     “While it is critically important we reach the campaign goal, the United Way of the Lowcountry annual campaign is not about the money,” said Tina Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO.  “It’s about what those dollars can do in our community to help meet the needs of our neighbors and create positive, lasting change in our community.”

     United Way of the Lowcountry depends on the generosity of this community to reach the annual goal. This time of year many local businesses and employers as well as many residential communities are running United Way campaigns to help raise dollars to fund important programs.  These programs include United Way internal programs like the HELPLINE and the Early Grade Reading Initiative, Read Indeed, as well as many others at local agencies throughout both counties.

     “The 2017-2018 campaign is off to a great start,” says Charlie Francis, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair.  “However, the needs are greater than ever before this year.  My wife, Becky, and I are major supporters of United Way of the Lowcountry and their efforts because we know the dollars we invest in UWLC funds programs like the HELPLINE and Read Indeed that make a measurable difference in our community.”

     United Way of the Lowcountry is not only working to help meet basic needs, but they are also working to address the root causes of key issues through Community Impact by focusing on Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income/Family Stability.

“In my many years of service as a volunteer with United Way of the Lowcountry, I have found this organization has their finger on the pulse of the needs in this community and they vet the charities they fund in a serious and meaningful way,” says Peter Post, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair.

     As of the end of October, United Way of the Lowcountry had reached nearly 46% of their campaign goal.  The 2017-2018 annual campaign runs through March 31, 2018 and takes the generosity of this community and many volunteers to help make it successful.

     “I’m proud to do my part to help this year’s campaign, whether it is presenting to a business or knocking on a door” says Stephanie Greene, Beaufort Cabinet Campaign Chair.  “Giving to United Way with my time and money is important to me.  The money stays in our community and helps those who need a hand. Small towns have that “family feel” where everyone knows everyone and just like family United Way is here to help, give a hug or lift you up. It is an honor to be a part of something that makes our community so great.”

     Donations to United Way of the Lowcountry can be made online at www.uwlowcountry.org, by texting ”LOWCOUNTRY” to 30306 or by sending a check to United Way of the Lowcountry at P.O. Box 202 Beaufort, SC 29901 (Checks should be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry).

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Paul Nurnberg, renowned Beaufort photographer, specializes in commercial and advertising photography. The former upstate New York native made his way to the South Carolina coastal region in 1996, along with his wife, Libby. He has been hard at work on a multitude of assignments and projects over the years both in the studio and on location. Some of his local clients include Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Miller Advertising and Design, South University, Allison Ramsey Architects, Kinghorn Insurance, and Clark Troutman and Associates.

     Producing the perfect advertising images for large international corporations is generally where Paul Nurnberg can be found. Over the years, he has been on assignment for companies that include JCB, Inc., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Great Dane Trailers.

     The veteran photographer has also been featured in popular magazines like Coastal Living, Savannah Magazine, People, and Food Arts. His creative abilities and talents have also been significant in the production of HGTV and Food Network television projects.

     Paul recently obtained his FAA UAV’s (Drone) commercial license/certification.   He has been using the drone in various architectural and other commercial assignments.

     Involvement in the local community is important to Paul, and he volunteers his time to serve on civic and community art organizations.

     He has served as a past president of the Photography Club of Beaufort and is the current president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Teaching photography classes to individuals interested in the subject through ARTworks and the Technical College of the Lowcountry has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience for the skilled photographer.

     Paul is excited about his newly, redesigned website, www.nurnbergphotography.com. His goal is to keep the site and his blog up to date with current photos and information about his personal and professional projects.  Nurnberg Photography also has an Instagram account (instagram.com/nurnberg) and a Facebook page. Take a look at any of these and you will find a wonderful sampling of Paul’s beautiful photographs.

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Wollwerth Imagery offers edgy and original photography for the client that desires a fresh look for their wedding or journalism work.

      John Wollwerth, owner of Wollwerth Imagery,  has not only the imagination, but also the aptitude and attitude to get that one shot which will be remembered long after the others are forgotten. He has, among other things, climbed to the top of a bridge, and jumped in the water alongside his subject to capture what is out of the ordinary.

     When asked about his unique style of photography, John replies, “When people describe me, they might say I’m a little odd. I have strange tastes in music and movies, and just generally walk against the grain in most things. I can be a bit A.D.D. as well. But I think people would also agree that I’m an independent thinker, and I see things differently. The combination of these things with an artistic eye is part of what defines my work.

     Whether it is setting a fruit covered hat on fire with someone wearing it, or shooting wedding pictures from the back of a moving vehicle, expect something different and original from me. I expect excellence from myself, and I strive to make each job I do better than the one before.”

         As a photographer, John explains, “I especially enjoy taking environmental portraits of a single person because of the creative latitude I have when shooting one person. Of course I love photographing weddings. I also really like the challenge of journalism photography because of all the opportunities of finding and creating something different.”

     John says, “Weddings are exciting because you only have one chance to get it right!” And many brides and grooms attest to the fact John has indeed gotten their photographs right. On his website you can see numerous photos that capture the moments and the memories that are fleeting but yet make up the best part of ‘the big day.’

     John has been on several mission trips to South Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. “Each trip has been a life changing experience. It has given me a very different perspective on how much we have here and how much we take for granted. Going overseas has also taught me a lot about our own culture. It has also brought certain aspects of my photography to a new level, being able to capture things as they are.”

     John came to Beaufort twelve years ago from South Dakota because, “I needed a change in life and wanted to pursue my career in professional photography here. I’m really blessed to be in Beaufort.

     It’s a beautiful place to live. It’s good to be near family, and I’ve made some great friends here.” It has also been a great place for John and his wife, Lynn,  to raise their three children, Gamaliel, 16, Abigail, 15 and Annabelle, 8.

     Besides being a featured in Beaufort Lifestyle, Wollwerth Imagery’s photographs have been published in The Washington Post, South Carolina Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, and Hilton Head Monthly to name a few.

     John Wollwerth is an award winning photographer. He has won several photography awards including PPSC in 2011 and has been a finalist in national wedding photography contests.

      Whatever your occasion is, Wollwerth Imagery can capture your moment, or your wildest dream.

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Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort offers spectacular settings, exceptional accommodations, a variety of amenities and top notch catering services to meet every need, from an intimate gathering to a lavish event.

      Picture a beautiful new bride, laughing with delight as she drives a golf cart around a spectacularly scenic island, her proud groom in the seat next to her. Behind them are several other carts filled with their joyous family and friends.

Now imagine a low country boil by the pool framed by a glorious sunset. People of all ages reminisce, laugh and hug at the long-awaited family reunion. Maybe the scene is dozens of co-workers celebrating the holidays at their boss’ home, enjoying delicious food and toasting to a successful year.

      According to Alissa Murrie, Marketing Director at the resort, Fripp Island is the perfect destination for all types of events. “In many cases, we have families where generations have spent summers playing on the beach, watching the deer and exploring the island, “ she said. “To then choose to have their special event here, and share this place with friends and family who are experiencing it for the first time, is magical.”

      A 2016 pick in The Knot’s best of Weddings, Fripp resort boasts many amenities throughout their 3,500 acres. In additional to three and a half miles of beach, guest can enjoy golf, tennis, boating, nature programs and even cruising around the island in four-seater golf carts.

      “What’s nice about having an event here is that everyone is at one resort, “ said Kathy Kluttz, Director of Sales and Catering. “At a typical wedding, family and friends might be staying at various hotels and might not have many chances to see each other. At Fripp Island Resort, however, guests are surrounded by their friends and family from the moment they arrive and they are able to relax and enjoy activities together throughout their stay.”

Fripp Island’s meeting spaces are designed for comfort and pleasure. Whether you’re planning a luncheon for 25 or a party for hundreds of guests, a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces are available at the resort. Experienced staff is also able to recommend local vendors and help coordinate setup of the event. Of course, one of the most important components of any successful event is the food. Guests have long raved about the resort’s scrumptious food, which is provided by Allie Award Winning Atlanta food service management company Proof of the Pudding and directed at Fripp by Executive Chef Scott Barham-Morgan.

     In an effort to offer their catering to an even broader group, Fripp Island Resort offers off-site catering. According to Kathy, they offer an array of catering options to individuals, groups and businesses in the Beaufort area. “While we certainly still welcome groups to the resort, we’re very excited to to be able to offer our catering for off-island events such as holiday parties and corporate events.”

     For more information on planning your special event at Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort, or to get details on the resort’s new off-island catering services, contact the Group Sales Department at 800-334-3022.

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A great photographer is more than just an individual with a fancy camera and a repertoire of technical photography skills.  To succeed in the artistic field, a photographer must have a very creative eye as well as great people skills.  Beaufort native, Susan DeLoach, possesses all of these skills that make her an outstanding photographer.

     Susan has the ability to capture the personality and soul of her subjects whether on location or in the studio.  Her artistic talents are at their finest when it comes to capturing the memories and moments of weddings and other once in a lifetime events.  The sensitive, skilled and thoughtful approach of the artist behind the camera comes through in the portraits of her subjects.

     Susan was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She and her husband Larry are delighted to be raising their two sons, Hudson and Tucker, in the area they love and where they grew up.  Thanks to the support of her faithful clients she has been able to establish a business she loves in her hometown.  “I am a local girl and I am staying in Beaufort,”  she says.

     “I have a passion for photography,” says Susan.  The local photographer wants the public and her customers to be able to see this passion in the quality of her pieces.

     “To me, capturing a client or an event on film is only half of it, the other half is making it a memorable experience for all involved.  The experience should be one you relish, not just a ‘cattle call’ moment,” she says.

     Susan’s studio is a full service photography studio with an emphasis on weddings and portrait photography.  She is available for and experienced with family portraits, high school senior photos, engagement photos and any other photographic need a client desires.

     A wedding is one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, so of course their wedding photos should be just as special.  Choosing the right photographer for that occasion can be daunting, but Susan DeLoach works hard to make the entire wedding party feel comfortable that day.  “I work hard to not be too intrusive when shooting a wedding,” she says.  “A couple should experience this precious day without feeling they have been invaded by their photographer.”  Susan’s ability to make the entire party feel comfortable enables her to capture some amazing moments for her clients.

      An extraordinary collection  of Susan’s work can be found on her website, www.susandeloachphotography.com, and her Facebook page as well.  If you are in need of a photographer that can capture your images in a beautiful and creative manner, while making you feel at ease the entire time, then Susan DeLoach Photography is the answer for you.  Give her a call today!

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If you are riding down Paris Avenue in Port Royal, it’s hard to miss the little yellow building that sits on the right side of the street.  This building has some bright yellow signs around it, which makes it even harder to miss.

     But, next time you ride by, you will notice something different. The bright yellow signs are still there…they just don’t say the same thing. This building formally housed the Weichert Realtors office.  Not anymore, this real estate firm has made a huge change…they are now Apex Team Real Estate.

     Same great people….Same great service…Just a new name.

     Who needs a fancy franchise name these days? Apex Team Real Estate has the experience and expertise…those two ingredients make any business successful. Another key ingredient is exposure. And, with the internet, Apex Team Real Estate has unlimited exposure for both listing and selling your home.

     Sitting at the helm of Apex Team Real Estate is Carl Joye and Sing Pappas, both owners in this new venture.  It’s very hard to fathom the word “new” when talking about these two icons in the local real estate market.

     Sing has over 60 years of experience in local business, 32 of those years as a top producing real estate agent in Beaufort and Port Royal. Carl, who is a Beaufort native, serves as the Broker. He is a former homebuilder in the area, building over 100 custom homes in and around Beaufort. He has been a licensed Realtor for over 12 years.

     Carl and Sing, and their team of agents, are always available to you. Availability is the first thing you need in a Realtor. If they’re not available, nothing else really matters. Apex Team Real Estate is fully staffed and open seven days a week.

     Carl says,” Three things sell properties; Price, Condition and Exposure. We work with our sellers to review a pricing strategy that will attract buyers to look at your property and make an offer.”

      The Apex Team services all local areas, from Fripp Island to Whale Branch to Broad River. They specialize in all types of properties, from a $10,000 lot to a $1,000,000 home.

     Not only is the Apex Team the first call you should make when needing to list or sell your home, they also offer property management and vacation rentals.

     Apex Team Real Estate is the source to rely on with all things you need to know about real estate. They will make sure you are educated in the process, enabling you to make the smartest choice in buying, selling or renting.

   Sing is very proud of Carl, and very happy and excited for this new chapter. She is proud of the agent and broker Carl has become. “He has proven his all-around knowledge of the trade.. Now, as a Broker/Owner, he continues to work hard and make Apex Team Real Estate the number one agency in the area,” she says.

     Carl shares, “Sing was an immediate success in real estate.  It’s a perfect fit for her. She loves people, and loves to help them.  She is just good at what she does.”

     “We offer both knowledge and experience of the local market. We believe this is the greatest value we can give to our clients,” adds Carl.

     It’s obvious that this dynamic duo have a passion for real estate, and helping their clients in all their real estate needs.  Give them a call, or stop by the little yellow building on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. They will make you feel at home.

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Celadon, located on Lady’s Island,  is a thriving, wellness-based community. With its serene setting, moss-draped live oaks, wide array of club and spa amenities, and an emphasis on wellness for mind, body and soul, Celadon is more than a new home. It is an inspiring and thoroughly fulfilling lifestyle.

     At Celadon, it’s easy for residents to enjoy nature, relax with friends and family and focus on their wellness needs. Conveniently located just five minutes from downtown, Celadon offers an upscale, walkable neighborhood composed of newly built, single family homes nestled among beautiful parks, ponds, trails and other master-planned amenities.

     The community’s focal points include Celadon Square, a school and the dynamic Celadon Club, which plays host to a variety of community social events throughout the year.

     Celadon families love to be involved. They love to be outside and interact with each other. Happiness and personal health go hand in hand, and the path to wellness takes many forms.

     Celadon was designed on a walkable scale to encourage healthy living and connect neighbors. Dedicated green spaces and manicured walking trails are located throughout the neighborhood’s real estate offerings to foster community engagement and give residents of all ages space to enjoy the natural surroundings and the warm Lowcountry weather. The freshwater ponds provide a wonderful setting for fishing or birdwatching, as they create a sanctuary for native wildlife.

     Ethan James, is an on-site real estate agent for Celadon. He states, “Our community revolves around a culture of wellness, and its heart is the Celadon Club and its multi-million dollar Wellness Center. There, the professionally trained staff create unique health and fitness plans for each member including yoga and pilates. We also have steam rooms and trained massage therapists to help with post-workout fatigue.  The Jr. Olympic size swimming pool is a favorite of members, even offering water aerobics during warm months. The Club staff know all of the members personally and they offer personalized programs depending on each person’s needs. There really is nothing else like this on Lady’s Island.”

     The amenities offered at Celadon are the Wellness Center, walking trails, fishing ponds, boat storage, a dog park and community garden.

     “Dawn Pemberton, Realtor and Sales and Marketing Coordionator for Celadon, and myself, are both here every day to serve our customers. We are both locals and there’s not much you can ask us that we can’t answer about this great place we are so fortunate to call home,” shares James.

     He adds, ” I’m at Celadon because I know, of all the communities I’ve shown my clients, this is by far the best value with the best master-plan in the Beaufort area. I immediately realized that Celadon offers the kind of amenities and value that my clients look for. Celadon’s location is really something special and when you combine that with the state-of-the-art wellness facility, the numerous green spaces and the overall value of homesite and build prices, it’s a total homerun. We welcome you to come by and visit Dawn and myself, we would love to show you the Celadon community.”

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Story By: Mary Ellen Thompson

Photos By: Paul Nurnberg

The Friday that Hurricane Matthew was heading in this direction, Daniel Gambrell, Park Manager for Hunting Island State Park, left Hunting Island under the evacuation order. He was allowed back on the island on Monday to assess the damage that had occurred to the park. “I thought I was kind of prepared from the news reports, and then seeing all the sailboats on the runway at the airport. The access to the Harbor Island Bridge had washed out so it was difficult even getting to the island, but when I got here…” He just let that sentence hang, because there probably were just not any words to describe what he felt. Daniel was accompanied by Park Director, Phil Gaines, and Coastal Regional Chief, Ray Stevens. They couldn’t get into the park with vehicles so they walked from the road through the water, under and around the fallen trees, to the campground. Trees had toppled onto the camp store; the restroom buildings, even the toilets, were filled with sand from the storm surge.

Daniel remembers, “We saw one of the largest bucks I’ve ever seen in the park, standing on a small elevated piece of ground. He looked like he was saying, ‘Hey, you guys, you have no idea what just happened here!’ It took us four hours to get to the lighthouse from the park entrance; we were wearing hip waders because the water was so deep. We tried to walk to South Beach and turn left to get our bearings because even Ray, who lived in this area for a long time and was Park Manager for sixteen years, couldn’t recognize where we were. When we got to the beach, the tide was high and there was a washout that we couldn’t get through so we walked back inland and around until we found the lighthouse. When we finally saw it  – it was perfect! That was a special moment for us to see it standing so proud; it gave us hope.

“After Phil and Ray left, I was there with just one other person for the next three days trying to cut through the debris. On Tuesday, I was walking down the road to the campground; so much water was going across it that it sounded like a waterfall, I looked ahead and saw two alligators swim across right in front of me! They didn’t even give me a second glance; the storm didn’t seem to affect the animal population.

“All six of the ranger residences were in reasonable shape. My family came back on Friday; we didn’t have power or water until then although I had a generator. You realize that you can do without electricity but not having water is another issue; we were able to get out and get water and bring it back in gallon jugs. Everything seemed so quiet – no noise from traffic on the road and even the wildlife seemed to be especially quiet at first. I would sleep for awhile and then get up and go back to work.

“My wife, Jana, and daughter, June, had left on Tuesday so by the following Friday it was exciting to have them back, and they were happy to be back. At four and a half, June was too young to understand what had happened but it was hard for my wife to see the damage and devastation because she loves the park so much. Born right before we came here, June grew up in this park. She loves the Nature Center; it is by far her favorite place on the island, not just because of the animals and the programs, but she loves the staff.”

The Visitor Center and Nature Center buildings didn’t suffer damage but the walkway to the Visitor Center had to be rebuilt and the pier at the Nature Center was pretty much destroyed. Now it only extends to the edge of the marsh and can’t even be used for fishing. The Nature Center became the hub of the park as they used it for offices, and it was the first area to re-open to the public.

The campground is still closed and it is hoped can re-open mid to late July. The camp store was saved; it had been flooded with six inches of standing water, but was able to be renovated. The two restrooms in the front were demolished, the four in the back were renovated, and the dune system was washed out. Of all the camping spaces, 88 were lost, with only 100 remaining. Prior to the hurricane, the campground generated about $1.5 million in revenue for the park, and the gate about $900,000.00, so close to half of the campgrounds revenue will be lost. For reservations that had been made, efforts are being taken to transfer them to another park if so desired, refunded, or changed to a different date.

The immediate focus is now on the North and South Beaches. The restroom building on the beach at South Beach had to be demolished, but the newer restroom on the back side of the parking lot, at the north end of South Beach is still there. The changing rooms and shower towers are still in the parking lot, but the access to South Beach is temporarily different as you have to turn right before you get to the beach and go along the back side to the far end of the parking lot and then loop back around. Cabin Road is gone, and the dunes are gone here also.

There is about a 150 foot breach where the ocean now comes into the lagoon about halfway between South Beach and the southern end of the island, at low to mid-tide you can still walk across it but not if the tide is any higher. It has, in effect, created a separate island at the southern end. There is some interesting history here as the origin of the lagoon is generally misunderstood. In his book, The Road To Hunting Island South Carolina, Nathan Cole relates the history of the island being turned into a county park with the assistance of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) back in the 1930’s. He says, “The CCC also changed the landscape of the island. A saltwater lagoon was dredged at the southern end of the island. The lagoon was opened to the sea so that it could be affected by the tide movement and allowed a large variety of ocean fish to find shelter in the gentled water.” A different source of information says that the lagoon was created by sand dredging in 1968 as the first in a series of attempts at beach renewal programs. In 1997, Mr. Cole made this prediction: “If a category three or four hurricane hits the island, the conditions are right for a new inlet to be cut from South Beach to the lagoon, thus creating a new, smaller island.”

At North Beach the dunes are also gone but the picnic shelter, the lighthouse gift shop and the lighthouse compound are all in good order. Daniel says the largest oak tree in the park fell on the one remaining cabin for rent behind the lighthouse. It has been totally renovated and is as bright and shiny now as a brand new copper penny, and has reservations for the next thirteen months. North Beach is a guarded beach with three lifeguards on duty at a time and sometimes people on foot; The Beaufort County Sheriffs Department also helps to patrol on busy weekends. There are no lifeguards on South Beach where you can surf or fish.

When asked what we can expect in terms of going forward, Daniel explains, “We are concentrating on the day use beaches first, then the campground. The use of a shuttle is still being explored. We have parking issues – we can get to maximum capacity and have to close the park when we still have room for people but not any more cars. The trails are all clear; flooded from the rains right now but all good. There isn’t any timeframe yet for repairing the pier or the marsh boardwalk. Programs at the Nature Center are being held including the Junior Ranger program, and the Ultimate Outsider Program where participants get stamps from the 47 state parks and get to experience all the differences of the parks. The loss of the dunes is of great concern and we’re hoping for a beach renewal this coming winter.”

On another note, Daniel explains that Little Blue (the last cabin on stilts that was standing out in the ocean) had been scheduled to be taken down before the hurricane because it was a safety and environmental hazard; the storm made its condition worse. The State Park Service paid for its excavation which was done at low tide while the park was closed for repairs.

“Recovery has been amazing,” Daniel explains. “The park staff, Friends of Hunting Island, local legislators, state park staff working in Columbia; it’s been a group effort. We’re working with FEMA and our insurance companies trying to get the reimbursements.

“Through the process of getting the park ready, we realized we were missing

something: visitors. Hearing voices and children playing, that was what was missing. People who haven’t been here before think it is beautiful; people who know the park see all the changes.”

Finally, after months of intense work, Daniel and his family can enjoy the park that is their backyard, again. Daniel smiles as he says, “I’m a full time daddy. We love fishing, being outdoors, cooking on the grill, and spending time with friends and family.”

You can still see the effects of the storm – fallen trees, leaning trees, trees propped up against others, cut tree stumps, yellow caution tape in some areas, backhoes and other equipment moving through the park, dark standing water along the roadside and on parts of the trails. But no one seems to mind as they head toward the beach with their towels, coolers and chairs in hand. Hunting Island State Park has opened its gates and we again have access to one of the most beautiful places we know, with many thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers, park staff and Daniel Gambrell.

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Story By: Cindy Reid

Photos By: Paul Nurnberg

Take a trip, a trip back in time to when the neighborhood restaurant was truly a family run restaurant, a restaurant that served authentic local food at a great price.

Welcome to Sea Eagle Market & Good Eats, where old fashion value meets tidal rivers  and salt marshes, a place where fresh Atlantic seafood and local sourced food are served six days a week .

Sea Eagle Market & Good Eats is actually two businesses under the same roof, on one side is the fish market where you can purchase fresh caught fish and seafood to bring home and on the other is the restaurant where fresh seafood is cooked six days a week. The entire business is owned and operated by the Reaves family, who have been providing South Carolinians with fresh caught seafood for twenty-five years. This is Craig and Jana Reaves second restaurant, and as owner Craig Reaves says, “It is pretty crazy!” Craig laughs, and says “Seriously we are passionate about fresh, locally caught seafood and we wanted to open a spot where you can get a good meal at a reasonable price. A place that was like the restaurants of the past in all the best ways.”

Located at 2149 Boundary Street in Beaufort, Craig says, “The building sat empty for six years. When we first visited the space, it seemed too big for us at 5,200 square feet; but, as we drew the floor plans for the renovations, we quickly utilized all the space. We’re glad we were able to renovate a building that sat vacant for so long, which was good for us and good for the town.” Recently, honored by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce with the Civitas Award for Community Stewardship; Craig said serving the Beaufort community “Is an honor and it is humbling.”

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Craig says his current favorite dish on the menu is “The Caesar Salad topped with blackened tuna. You can also get it topped with shrimp, salmon or chicken. My Dad, Laten Reaves, loves the Deviled Crabs.” He continues, “Although shrimp baskets are king around here; we also have a great flounder sandwich; the Palmetto Pride, named after my brother’s shrimp boat. It is a fresh flounder fillet topped with coleslaw. It started as a special and was such a hit, it has now been added to the menu.”

Craig said he recently found a local sustainable source for the popular delicacy, Soft Shell Crabs, so customers can enjoy them beyond their traditional short spring and fall seasons.

Of course, you will find all the favorite seafood dishes on the menu that make Beaufort different from other coastal towns; like the famous Lowcountry Boil, also known as “Frogmore Stew” (shrimp, sausage, corn and red potatoes), fried blue crabs bathed in a garlic butter sauce, a Shrimp Burger topped with Captain Craig sauce, a crab cake made in house with fresh picked lump crab meat, and a whole whiting fish split down the back and fried to perfection.

The menu has something for everyone. It includes some traditional offerings like BLT, Grilled Chicken, Wings, Burger, Soups, Salads and a few items just for the kiddos like mini corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwich, chicken fingers and popcorn shrimp.

Seafood Choices

Probably the most popular choice for customers are the seafood baskets. You can order them in a variety of ways, so it is just the way you like it. You can choose from one to three seafood items, and they will be cooked to order (fried, grilled, or blackened) and accompanied with your choice of two homemade sides and hushpuppies. The sides alone are worth coming in for, especially the mac n cheese which is simply the best in town.

Another unique aspect to this seafood restaurant is the open steam kitchen in the front dining room. You can watch steamed items like shrimp, snow crab legs, little neck clams and blue crabs cooked right before your eyes. Just smelling the seasonings from the pots makes your mouth water.

The restaurant is doing well in spite of the Boundary Street construction happening all around it. Easier access to Sea Eagle Market and Good Eats is coming soon with the nearby traffic signal at Carolina Cove.

Craig says, “The shrimping season has been real good this year, the best I have ever seen, so come down and pay us a visit!”