It is a pleasure for my last DIYC Commodore’s Blog to come at a time when excitement is growing over the possibility of Dataw Island’s purchasing the Dataw Marina. What has been an eyesore and wasteland for two years since Matthew may again become a vibrant, marina-oriented center of activity for all of Dataw to enjoy. Imagine again enjoying one of the most beautiful parts of the Island and our gateway to the Low Country paradise surrounding us.
The proposal by the DIOA Board is for a marina with improvement, landscaping and beautification of the area. The marina will be limited to what can be efficiently used and what will most likely pay its way with the least financial impact to residents. Controlling the property will mean that any future additional development or expansion will be up to property owners.
All of this is conditioned entirely on the vote of Dataw property owners to purchase the property and proceed with the DIOA Board’s recommendation for improvements. Presentations at the recent Focus Groups and Town Halls have been thorough and convincing.
It is vitally important now for those who want to see this finally happen to talk to your friends and neighbors, share your excitement and persuade any doubters.
In the past year, I have had a number of inquiries as DIYC Commodore from potential property buyers who are boat owners. They loved what they saw at Dataw, but wanted to know if there is a future here for boaters. They were looking to the DIYC for some guidance, but it has been difficult to sound positive. The next Commodore we hope will be able to tell them what a wonderful opportunity they will have to bring their boat and enjoy some of the most beautiful waters in America.
The Annual Commodore’s Ball is this weekend. As always, it is going to be a great evening of glamour, fine dining and dancing into the late hours. The marina proposal will be the top of our conversations. It is also the occasion when the new Bridge officers are elected and installed. The proposed slate is perfect for leadership in the coming year. Each of them have been deeply involved in the marina issue and ready to move ahead. The proposed slate is: Keith Aspray, Commodore; Scott Johnson, Vice Commodore; and Bryan Tuttle, Rear Commodore. I could not be happier to pass leadership to such a group. Thank you to Mary Kay Noren, Karen McCue and Kathy Tuttle for the work they have done in putting the Ball together as well as all our other successful 2018 social events.
Our DIYC activities have continued as the fall season and cooler weather arrives. Our final cruise was up the ICW to the Edisto Island Yacht Club. We docked up and enjoyed a delicious lunch at their clubhouse. (It made us think of possibilities we may have with the purchase of the Dataw Marina building.)
Roy Crocker put together another successful Dataw Cup race on October 20. With fine winds for sailing, the race was held on the Beaufort River with the support of the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Ten boats participated. What a pleasure it will be if we can return this and our other sailing events to Dataw as in the grand past days.
Our kayakers recently boated at the Savannah River and will have another outing on November 14. This is a great one – it will be a kayak cruise from Port Royal to Beaufort, lunch at the Waterfront Park, and a bike ride down the Spanish Moss trail back to Port Royal. Nancy Schulte put together a terrific season in 2018.
Our Annual DIYC Christmas Sale is November 14 at the Community Center from 9:30 to 12:30. Chris Dedel and Beth Vance have put together even more new DIYC merchandise. The Sale is always a fun event and the perfect opportunity to stock up for Holiday gifts. Bring checks or cash.
Finally, thank you to all of our DIYC members for allowing me to serve as your Commodore in 2018. It was a pleasure to work with the wonderful people on the Board of Governors and the terrific members of DIYC!