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March 16 - Jekyll Island State Park Remains Open

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

[UPDATED on March 17 to reflect facility closures]

March 16, 2020 - Jekyll Island, along with other Georgia state park systems, remains open to visitors seeking lodging with minimal crowding amid an increase in closures and travel concerns from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum and Historic District facilities
  • Faith Chapel
  • Jekyll Island Convention Center
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gallery and Viewing Pavilion

Injured sea turtles can still be reported by calling: 912-264-7218 or 1-800-2SAVEME (800-272-8363)

All other public facilities and amenities will continue to operate under normal business hours.

Enhanced safety precautions, such as additional hand-sanitizing stations and pumps at all JIA-owned facilities and increased sanitation services of public facilities, have been deployed.

“Jekyll Island has been a refuge for generations of Georgians, and we recognize serving in this role is particularly important during difficult times,” said JIA Executive Director Jones Hooks. “We are closely and continually monitoring guidance from national, state, and local authorities and taking necessary steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents, visitors and island employees. If additional protocols or changes in operations become necessary, we will implement them immediately.”

There are currently no restrictions or advisories for travel or vacationing to the area or within the state of Georgia. State parks, including Jekyll Island, can provide visitors looking to avoid canceling travel plans an opportunity for lodging with minimal crowding.

Visitors can make accommodations by contacting any of the island’s lodging properties directly:

The Westin

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Days Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites

Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center

Seafarer Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Resort

Beachview Club Hotel

Home2Suites by Hilton

Jekyll Island Campground

For the latest updates related to COVID-19 and any travel impact to the island or island events, please visit: http://www.jekyllisland.com/jekyll-island-authority/covid-19/

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Feb. 19 - SCORE South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter Annual Awards Winners

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 19, 2020 - SCORE, the nation's largest provider of free business mentoring services to aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and not-for-profit organizations recently held its annual celebration and awards ceremony at Poseidon’s Rooftop Bar on Hilton Head Island. The event included business mentors, clients, sponsors, and SCORE leaders. 

During the event, the following awards were presented by the SC South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter:

  • Client Business of the Year – Art League of Hilton Head Island

  • Start Up Client Businesses of the Year – Pawmetto Pet Services and Appliance Solutions

  • Mentor of the Year – John Ferrara 

These award recipients join the other SCORE client business winners from prior years in helping build a vibrant local, entrepreneurial economy. Past SCORE client business of the year include: Aunt Laurie’s, Downtown Deli, Little Fish Boatek, Hope Life, Palmetto Cabinet Studio, and StoneWorks.   

Also announced was that the SC Lowcountry SCORE’s chapter, with 30 years of service to the area, received the 2019 South Carolina Chapter of the year award. This award follows the chapter’s similar recognition from 2018. The chapter is also designated as a “Platinum” Chapter from SCORE National for three consecutive years (2017-2019). The Southern Lowcountry South Carolina Association of Volunteer Administrators also recognized the Chapter as the 2019 Workplace/Agency of the Year.

Gordon Magee, SCORE South Carolina’s District Director stated at a recent event, “These deserving organizations and John Ferrara, as our recognized SCORE volunteer, represent the best in continual learning and growth. We are proud of these businesses – and of the volunteer mentors who give their time and talents to support them.”

Rod Casavant, SCORE South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter Chairman, shares “We are very appreciative of our SCORE business mentors that volunteer their time, as well all the sponsors that partner with us. We feel privileged to support and contribute to the success of many outstanding small businesses and organizations in the Lowcountry.”

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Dec. 13 - Donation Drive Benefited Renegade Paws Rescue and Marine Toys For Tots Foundation at Yappy Hour “Holiday Edition”

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 13, 2019 - Peacock Subaru Hilton Head hosted a “Yappy Hour Holiday Edition” on Thursday, Dec. 12, for local families to enjoy an evening with furry friends. Guests were invited to bring their pets to take pictures with Santa Claus. The event also featured Christmas music and some special Christmas treats.

Dogs were available for adoption at the event through Renegade Paws Rescue and guests were encouraged to bring a new member of the family home in time for the holidays.

Renegade Paws Rescue is a 501©(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care for unwanted, abused or injured dogs in the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas. In support of the organization, guests were encouraged to bring a donation, such as blankets, towels, dog food and any other pet necessities.

During the Yappy Hour Holiday Edition, Peacock Subaru Hilton Head also collected toys for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation’s program. Members of the community were invited to drop off new toys at Peacock Subaru Hilton Head any time before or during the Yappy Hour event.

“The Peacock Automotive family always strives to express our family-first values, and this is especially important during the holidays,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We partnered with Renegade Paws Rescue and the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation because both of these organizations provide a great service."

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Dec. 16 - Tanger Outlets Hilton Head Donates Combined $17,650 to Non-Profit and Local Agencies

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 16, 2019 - Tanger Outlet Centers in Hilton Head presented three Beaufort County agencies with an annual holiday gift in December. During a series of brief ceremonies, Tanger made separate $500 holiday donations to the Bluffton Township Fire District, Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services Unit and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Tanger shopping centers also presented a donation of funds raised through the annual PinkStyle campaign to local non-profit, DragonBoat Beaufort. This organization is focused on providing cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological strength through the camaraderie of DragonBoat paddling and racing. The organization also provides outreach through grants to local cancer patients with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage. DragonBoat Beaufort provides support and counseling for cancer patients in treatment and in remission, including support for their caregivers, right here in our community.

This year’s campaign raised over $16,149, exceeding last year’s donation of over $13,000, to donate locally to support Beaufort County area patients in their fight against breast cancer. The funds were raised throughout the month of October as part of the 26th annual Tanger PINK campaign. 

"Tanger greatly appreciates our local agencies and non-profit organizations for the support they provide our community and shopping centers throughout the year,” stated Ashley Doepp, General Manager of the Tanger Outlets, Hilton Head.  “These groups are a pivotal reason why Beaufort County is such a great place to live and do business!”

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Dec. 10 - Palmetto Animal League Donation Drive Being Held Through “Santa Paws at Pinnacle” Program

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 10, 2019 - Santa Paws at Pinnacle, a holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), launched for the month of December with a kick-off party hosted at Pinnacle Medical Group’s Sheridan Park office.

The kick-off event featured door prizes, refreshments and a visit from PAL’s furry friends. This marks the fourth year Pinnacle Medical Group has partnered with PAL to collect supplies for rescue pets. Previously called “Blankets for Botox,” Santa Paws at Pinnacle will continue collecting donations throughout the entire month of December at the Pinnacle’s Bluffton and Beaufort offices during normal business hours.

Those who wish to give to PAL this month are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted.

All donations will be given to PAL and distributed among rural shelters with limited resources. Community members who donate will receive a $50 gift card toward an injectable treatment at Pinnacle Medical Group.

“The holiday season is a time to give back,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “With Santa Paws at Pinnacle, we’re able to give much-needed resources to our local shelters, while also providing a fun celebration for the community as a ‘thank you’ for their generosity."

PAL is a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Okatie that houses dogs and cats in need of a good home. Currently in its fifth year of operation, PAL offers fostering and volunteer opportunities in both its shelter and free-standing thrift store.

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