If you are a business owner, trying to handle your company’s IT issues on your own is like trying to find your way home on a boat without navigation tools. Sure, some folks on board might be able to figure out which way is north, but without a map, guidance, and a comprehensive plan, you will be floating along until something catastrophic happens.
That is where ITS comes in – we work as a life raft for businesses trying to navigate the waters of IT without any experience or tools at their disposal. We do this by working as a team to provide our clients with a wide range of customized IT computer services in Folly Beach, SC from hardware and software management to network maintenance and VOIP solutions.
At ITS, our commitment is to you and your business. We like to think of our client relationships as partnerships. You can rest easy knowing that you are partnering with a privately owned company that has been in business since 2003. We employ a well-versed team of highly-trained professionals holding many of the top certifications in the IT industry.
While we hold many national certifications, we are proud to say that we are locals. Unlike some companies, you will have one point of contact at ITS. We work onsite at your business, giving you the chance to meet us face-to-face, while we provide you with a full range of computer support in Folly Beach, SC.
And when we say “full range of computer support,” we mean it! Here is a quick glance at how ITS can help with all of your IT support needs:
Complete Cloud Computer Services in Folly Beach, SC
Suppose saving money and boosting productivity is what your business needs. In that case, ITS’ fully managed computer support in Folly Beach, SC provides your business with a full-time, outsourced IT department at a fixed price, so you don’t have to build an in-house solution. We’re talking support for ALL internet, backup, Cloud networking, security, hardware, and software. ITS here to support your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our technicians keep every aspect of your infrastructure in working order, so you can focus on running your day-to-day operations while we wipe away your IT capital expenses. With ITS’ CompleteCloud, your IT department scales based on your businesses’ growth.
IT Project Management
Peace of mind is paramount if you are a business owner who needs to build or relocate your IT setup. Fortunately, ITS’ Build and Design team can move your existing IT infrastructure or relocate new IT infrastructure deployments, so that you can concentrate on serving your customers. We’ll handle all the heavy lifting!
ITS helps with every aspect of your large-scale IT project, from the design and implementation of IT hardware to assistance with project budgeting. Here is a quick summary of our New Construction and Relocation computer services in Folly Beach, SC:
- Onsite meetings
- Single point of contact for all technology needs
- Liaison between owners and vendors
- Regular conference calls
Compliance, Security, and Audits
Companies that don’t plan for or that underfund their compliance assessments will often suffer as a result. If your company is facing severe delays, incorrect scope of cardholder data environment, or even non-compliance relating to HIPAA, HITECH, or PCI DSS, ITS can help.
Our Gap Analysis and readiness audits have helped many companies achieve compliance quickly. We help you meet compliance by:
- Uncovering all of your compliance needs
- Providing you with a timeframe for compliance
- Providing procedure templates and policy templates.
- Customizing your templates.
- Drafting your scope of assessed CDE correctly
Accurately interpreting compliance legislation is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be with ITS by your side.
Cloud Computer Services In Folly Beach, SC
You have probably heard of the Cloud, but did you know that moving your network, storage, and servers to a virtual platform can mean substantial cost savings, increased security, improved disaster recovery, and automatic updates?
ITS’ Cloud specialists will work closely with you to develop a migration strategy so that all of your on-premises data is safely and securely transitioned to the Cloud. With our ongoing support, your journey to the Cloud will be successful and seamless.
Data theft. Malicious viruses. Ransomware attacks. Whether you own a small business or a large enterprise, cyber attacks ruin hardworking entrepreneurs every day. Cybersecurity threats are serious, and ITS is serious about protecting your business from them. With ITS’ sophisticated network defense strategies, you can protect your organization, your employees, and your customers from any cybersecurity threat.
Our cybersecurity computer solutions in Folly Beach, SC give you:
- Comprehensive assessments of your network, to discover and correct vulnerabilities
- Filtering tools that restrict employees from visiting questionable websites
- Anti-malware software that finds and blocks harmful files before they breach your system
- Email filters to help prevent phishing attacks and spam
- Awareness and best practices training for your entire company
ITS also regularly updates your company’s antivirus software, firewalls, data breach tools, and more, so you can stress less and do what you do best – keeping your customers satisfied.
Additional Computer Services In Folly Beach, SC
If you are having IT issues but don’t see a solution to your problem on this page, don’t fret worry. Chances are, if you need IT assistance, we can help. We offer other services like Cabling & Racking, IT Vendor Management, vCIO Solutions, IT Backup and Disaster Recovery, Microsoft 365, IT Consulting and Strategy, and even Communication & Collaboration services for employees.
Have questions? It would be our pleasure to speak with you at your convenience so that we can learn more about your business, industry, and needs.
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S.C. DNR: Sea turtle nest disturbance will result in fines and community service
S.C. Department of Natural Resources
For Bluffton TodayThree people are facing fines and restitution in the form of community service work with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle program after they filmed themselves digging up a loggerhead nest on Folly Beach last summer.The incident occurred during the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season in July.In early September, DNR officers in Charleston County were provided with a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging ...
For Bluffton Today
Three people are facing fines and restitution in the form of community service work with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle program after they filmed themselves digging up a loggerhead nest on Folly Beach last summer.
The incident occurred during the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season in July.
In early September, DNR officers in Charleston County were provided with a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging up a sea turtle nest marked with the highly visible orange tape and signage used by members of DNR’s Marine Turtle Conservation program staff and volunteers.
Marine biologists with DNR’s Marine Resources Division oversee a well-established network of volunteer groups up and down the coast whose members spend countless hours each summer during nesting season walking the beach to identify and protect the vulnerable nests.
The video sent to DNR showed a nesting site marked with an orange DNR sign and two individuals digging up — and later attempting to replace — the eggs from the nest. One egg was smashed on the ground during the video, which was being filmed by a third individual.
Officer Freddie Earhart led the investigation into the source of the video. Earhart was able to identify and locate the three individuals involved. On Sept. 5, Earhart and officer Courtney Angotti-Smith made contact with the individuals, who were all under 21 and were vacationing with family at the time.
A meeting was set up with all three suspects and their parents, at which time the young men made voluntary statements confirming their involvement and that they were aware such actions were against the law.
The suspects admitted that some of the eggs were damaged and they tried to rebury the eggs, which resulted in additional damage. Marine Turtle Conservation program coordinator Michelle Pate, using data collected by the Folly Beach turtle watch team, was able to confirm that out of 90 eggs remaining in the nest, 71 did not hatch.
While they could have been charged for each egg disturbed, based on the cooperation of the suspects, five summons for unlawful taking of loggerhead turtle eggs were issued to the three suspects (two each for the individuals who dug up the eggs and one for the individual who filmed them). These charges can carry jail or fines of up to $2,000, as well as restitution.
DNR will recommend that all of the individuals be required to dedicate community service time to working with DNR’s Marine Turtle Conservation program so they can learn first-hand about how much work goes into protecting sea turtles in South Carolina.
DNR’s sea turtle program began in 1977 with beach management research and in-water tracking of post-nesting loggerheads. The program further developed in the early 1980s with the formation of the nest protection and stranding volunteer networks along the coast of South Carolina. Today, the program provides training and support to more than 1,300 volunteers across the coast who protect nests and document sea turtles that wash ashore.
“Educating residents and visitors about how they can provide a positive outcome for sea turtles on our beaches is a never-ending endeavor,” Pate said. “Volunteers involved with conservation work in South Carolina have contributed countless hours to this task.
“Our volunteers engage with the coastal community daily during the season to share their excitement about the natural world and our impact sharing the beach with wildlife that need these beaches to survive. Education provides a pathway to inform and foster stewardship, and combined with boots-on-the-ground work, ensures the continued protection and successful recovery of sea turtle populations.”
Those decades of research and hard work supported by Turtle Network volunteers in South Carolina’s coastal communities have paid off. Recent years have seen turtle nest numbers rebounding, though much remains to be done. It was a successful nesting year for South Carolina’s sea turtle population, with 5,649 nests laid in 2021.
Because nesting exacts a high energy toll on the large reptiles, female sea turtles do not come ashore to lay eggs every year. This pattern results in nesting fluctuations from year to year; 2019 broke all records with 8,795 nests, but 2018 saw just 2,767 nests. Overall, sea turtle nest numbers across the Southeast have trended up over the past decade, making biologists across the region optimistic that these threatened reptiles are beginning to recover after several decades of conservation efforts.
“I applaud the work of our officers in conducting this investigation in a thorough and prompt way,” said Col. Chisolm Frampton, deputy director for DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “Hopefully, giving these individuals a chance to make amends by working with the dedicated staff and volunteers who work with our turtle protection program as a part of the Community Service component of their punishment will make a lasting impression on them about the importance of this work and why all of us, as South Carolinians, need to support it.”
My Charleston Weekend: There’s music, food and birding in store this weekend
Who said fun is for the birds? Sometimes, it involves birds. Check out the bird walk on Folly Island. There’s also a look at history at the Charleston Museum, some music that’s not for the birds but for fish, a performance by Michael Bolton and a parade on Monday’s holiday.In other words, plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend.Lighthouse Inlet bird walkWhat: Participate in a bird walk that will focus on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast...
Who said fun is for the birds? Sometimes, it involves birds. Check out the bird walk on Folly Island. There’s also a look at history at the Charleston Museum, some music that’s not for the birds but for fish, a performance by Michael Bolton and a parade on Monday’s holiday.
In other words, plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend.
Lighthouse Inlet bird walk
What: Participate in a bird walk that will focus on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dunes and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site boasts one of the largest bird lists in South Carolina.
When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14
Where: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, 1750 E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach
More Info: 843-795-4386, bit.ly/3znJ50t
Conversations with a Curator: Early Days Gallery
What: Celebrate the Charleston Museum’s 249th birthday with a tour of the museum’s earliest collections.
The Early Days gallery reflects the Museum’s long history from its founding in 1773 to the late 20th century. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden in the Early Days gallery for the story of the museum’s institutional history and a closer look at some of its earliest antiquities.
When: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14
Where: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston
Price: Free with admission
Taste of Folly
What: Celebrate Folly Beach’s eclectic beachside cuisine this weekend. The annual event will feature a cocktail competition on Jan. 14 at the Tides and a family-friendly Center Street festival on Jan. 15 with live music, hot-dog-eating and oyster shucking contests, cooking demonstrations and more.
When: 7 p.m. Jan. 14 & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15
Where: Various venues, Folly Beach
More Info: visitfolly.com/taste-of-folly
What: Traverse scenic trails at Laurel Hill County Park in the Off-Road Duathlon. This beginner-friendly course consists of a 2-mile run, a 7-mile bike, then another 2-mile run.
When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15
Where: Laurel Hill County Park, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant
What: The Charleston Symphony joins the South Carolina Aquarium to present Saltwater Sounds, an engaging and educational musical performance for young people. Enjoy the beautiful oceanic sights and the sounds of great music in front of the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Great Ocean Tank.
When: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Jan. 15
Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston
Price: Free with admission
More Info: bit.ly/3zkTCK0
What: The Mex 1 team will fill the front parking lot with 40,000 pounds of snow for regional and national amateur snowboarders to showcase their best tricks and skills. There will be fun for everyone with live music from the Strawberry Squad, visual effects from Lazer Catcher and multiple outdoor bars and vendors.
When: 5 p.m. Jan. 15
Where: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina West Ashley, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston
Price: $15-$20, Free for ages 12 & under
More Info: bit.ly/3FTJH0o
What: Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., is where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and revealing verbal collisions, this play is a touching look at a cast of marvelously amiable characters.
When: 3 p.m. Jan. 16
Where: James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville
Price: $25, $20 military/senior/student
More Info: 843-875-9251, bit.ly/3ivaJS3
Michael Bolton in concert
What: Join Michael Bolton for an evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston
More Info: 843-242-3099, firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Sing your heart out at the Tin Roof karaoke night every Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, Charleston
More Info: 843-571-0775, charlestontinroof.com
What: Watch Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on WCBD, Channel 2. Because of COVID-19′s rapid spread, the event will be virtual.
The parade route, filmed in December, will start at the Citadel and travel around Hampton Park.
When: Noon Jan. 17
Where: Televised on WCBD, Channel 2, Charleston
More Info: 843-722-1644, ywcagc.org/mlk-celebration
Folly Beach to expand eParking services
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as an...
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.
The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.
Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as another option for payment.
City administrator Aaron Pope says they want to make it clear that through this program, they are not adding any additional paid parking, just adding an electronic option to existing pay-to-park spaces.
Pope says currently there are 2,881 right-of-way parking spaces on Folly Beach and 9% of those are paid spots. He says they plan to keep it that way for now.
All of the pay-to-park areas include public beach access, some areas of Arctic Avenue and the Washout on Ashley Avenue.
Folly Beach City Council will give a summary of their parking payment collection and traffic enforcement plan Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
After expenses, Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.3 million in parking fees in 2021. That figure is more than they expected to make, after budgeting for $833,376.02 this year.
Pope says after the companies running the paid parking and parking enforcement programs are paid, the city uses the remaining funds to pay for road shoulder improvements, beach access improvements and repairs, public safety calls, beach and litter patrol, and extra sanitation runs at the beach accesses during the summer.
Folly Beach also reports that over 11,000 parking citations were issued this year and 79% of those have been collected.
The city’s parking contractor, Jared Glass, says they collect unpaid citations by sending late notices to folks who have a citation that is 30 days delinquent. If not paid, they send a follow-up late notice at 60 days informing them of the fine and the intention to release the owed fine to a collection agency. At 90 days, the citation is eligible to be sent to a collections agency to attempt to collect the fine.
Glass says they also have a vehicle immobilization device for violators that they encounter.
Pope says all paid access spots on Folly except for three will still offer a physical pay station option. Those are the 10E access, 1587E access, and the 1670E access.
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Folly Beach to consider moratorium on short-term rentals
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — Renting a spot on the beach is more popular than ever. Folly Beach may soon put a moratorium on short-term rentals.City council will consider a six-month moratorium on short-term rentals at its council meeting on Tuesday.The number of short-term rentals on Folly Beach has grown significantly in the last couple years.In 2011, when the city first started collecting data, there were 438 licensed short-term rentals. That number grew to 779 in 2017 and by September 2020, there were 1,019 licen...
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — Renting a spot on the beach is more popular than ever. Folly Beach may soon put a moratorium on short-term rentals.
City council will consider a six-month moratorium on short-term rentals at its council meeting on Tuesday.
The number of short-term rentals on Folly Beach has grown significantly in the last couple years.
In 2011, when the city first started collecting data, there were 438 licensed short-term rentals. That number grew to 779 in 2017 and by September 2020, there were 1,019 licensed and approved short-term rentals.
The proposal would place a moratorium on new rental licenses. It would not apply to properties who were issued and approved in 2020.
City Administrator Aaron Pope said Folly’s short-term rental rules have not been amended since 2018 and do not reflect the current climate. He said the moratorium will put a pause on rentals and give the city time to study what changes need to be made.
Business is booming for those who rent. Gary Hart runs Folly’s Best Rentals.
“I know in our situation at Folly’s Best Rentals we often have more guests inquiring about properties than properties available and so that drives people to want to buy properties to rent them out and so Folly Beach is concerned about how that’s going to affect livability of the island and their ability to control it,” said Hart. “There are people here in town who own houses on Folly who rent them out as short term rentals but they still use their property a tremendous amount, so that’s just a battle Folly Beach is going to have to sort out, how are they going to handle it.”
The proposal allows homeowners to renew or transfer licenses to existing properties prior to the moratorium. Whatever decision council makes is still at least two weeks away. Council will hear the first reading of the proposal Tuesday. If it passes, council will hear the second and final reading the following Wednesday.
Hart said he sees both sides to the argument, the pros and the cons. He added rentals pay a 4% accommodation tax.
“The people who are going to have difficulty with it, they have in the past had people who had been renting their property in the past and didn’t follow the law and get a license. Those people will definitely be impacted,” Hart said. “There’s a lot of good in vacation rentals. There are some companies who do vacation rentals who don’t play by the rules and my personal opinion is those are the ones that they need to be addressing this with.”
Tourists accused of disturbing sea turtle nest on Folly Beach
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Three people are facing fines and possible community service for filming themselves digging up a loggerhead turtle nest on Folly Beach, the state’s Department of Natural Resources says.The incident happened this past July, the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season, according to a release from SCDNR.In early September, SCDNR officers in Charleston County said they received a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging up a sea turtle nest and late...
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Three people are facing fines and possible community service for filming themselves digging up a loggerhead turtle nest on Folly Beach, the state’s Department of Natural Resources says.
The incident happened this past July, the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season, according to a release from SCDNR.
In early September, SCDNR officers in Charleston County said they received a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging up a sea turtle nest and later attempting to replace the eggs from the nest.
One egg was smashed on the ground during the video, which was being filmed by a third person, the release states.
SCDNR Officer Freddie Earhart led the investigation into the source of the video. During the course of his investigation, Earhart was able to identify and locate the three people involved, the release states.
All three were under the age of 21 and were vacationing with family at the time of the incident, the release states.
“A meeting was set up with all three suspects and their parents, at which time the young men made voluntary statements confirming their involvement and that they were aware such actions were against the law,” SCDNR spokesman David Lucas said.
The suspects admitted that some of the eggs were damaged and that they tried to rebury the eggs, which ultimately resulted in additional damage, he said.
SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program coordinator Michelle Pate, using data collected by the Folly Beach Turtle Watch team, was able to confirm that out of ninety eggs remaining in the nest, seventy-one did not hatch.
“While they could have been charged for each egg disturbed, based on the cooperation of the suspects, five summons for unlawful taking of loggerhead turtle eggs were issued to the three suspects (two each for the individuals who dug up the eggs and one for the individual who filmed them),” Lucas said. “These charges can carry jail or fines of up to $2,000, as well as restitution.”
SCDNR will recommend that the restitution comes in the form of community service time to working with SCDNR’s Marine Turtle Conservation program so they can learn first-hand about how much work goes into protecting sea turtles in South Carolina.
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