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 Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, SC
Suppose saving money and boosting productivity is what your business needs. In that case, ITS’ fully managed computer support in Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, 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 Seabrook Island, 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.
When you call, you won’t be talking to someone at a call center. You won’t be talking to someone only interested in selling you a new product. You will speak to an actual ITS employee who will treat you with respect and honesty. We don’t see you as a dollar sign; we see you as a person. And people always come before profits at ITS.
Latest News in Seabrook Island
Seabrook Island Birding Activities To Make For Jubilant January
By Jackie Brooks for The Island ConnectionJanuary is a busy month for area birders. Lots of opportunities to improve your birding skills as you participate in the many activities available.You do not have to be a Seabrook Island resident.We welcome all levels of interest and ability. To see all programs being offered in January as well as to register for any that you would like to join, go to our website, SeabrookIslandBirders.org under Birding Activities.If you are not yet a 2022 SIB member, you may first become ...
By Jackie Brooks for The Island Connection
January is a busy month for area birders. Lots of opportunities to improve your birding skills as you participate in the many activities available.
You do not have to be a Seabrook Island resident.
We welcome all levels of interest and ability. To see all programs being offered in January as well as to register for any that you would like to join, go to our website, SeabrookIslandBirders.org under Birding Activities.
If you are not yet a 2022 SIB member, you may first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website, visit seabrookislandbirders.org/ contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.
Learning Together at North Beach
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at Boardwalk # 1 Parking lot
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests
Join SIB to bird at Seabrook Island’s North Beach. This three-mile round trip walk travels from Board Walk #1 to the tip of North Beach along Captain Sams Inlet as high tide approaches.
Birders from beginners to advanced birders will enjoy the variety of birds found on North Beach.
At this time, many different species of shorebirds rest and feed near the point or along the beach ridge near the beach’s pond. Along the way, we will explore the many different species that can be found in this unique area. As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen.
Bring a spotting scope if you have one. There should be spotting scopes available for viewing.
Bring plenty to drink and a snack if desired. There are no facilities. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.
January Movie Bird Brain
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 from 4-5 p.m.
Watch astonishing tests of avian aptitude: parrots that can plan for the future, jackdaws that can “read” human faces, and crows that can solve multi-step puzzles with tools like pebbles, sticks, and hooks. Could these just be clever tricks, based on instinct or triggered by subtle cues from their human handlers? Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies! Sign Up by Jan. 10 and you will receive an automatic confirmation with your link for Zoom. It will be resent to you on the day of the program.
Learning Together-Palmetto Lake
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 4 p.m. – sunset
Location: Meet at Equestrian end of Lake House parking lot
Cost: Free for 2022 members, $5 for guests
Description: Join the Seabrook Island Birders for a leisurely walk around Palmetto Lake.
We plan to walk part way along the path towards the Equestrian Center then hopefully see the “white birds” come in to roost for the evening. The path around Palmetto Lake is wheelchair navigable and for those walking it will be probably only a quarter of a mile. As we walk along Seabrook Island Road, we hope to see some of our resident winter warblers such as Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers and my favorite Black and White Warbler. We also expect to see a large variety of birds including Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Herons and birds of prey. If the “white birds” get the invitation, we hope to see Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and White Ibis roosting for the evening. Hooded Mergansers, Pie-billed Grebes and Buffleheads may be seen swimming in the lake. Dress in layers and bring your binoculars, hats, and a beverage of choice. You may also wish to bring a chair to sit and enjoy your beverage while watching the birds coming in for their evening roost.
Beyond Our Backyard at Kiawah River Development
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 8-11 a.m.
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests
Another chance to check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course ,this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development. As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.
Center for Birds of Prey
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
Registration starts 7 p.m. Program starts 7:30 p.m.
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Program Fee: Members $5.00
Attendance: Limited to 100 members
If you are not a 2022 SIB Member, you can join/renew for $10/year
Stephen Schabel, Center for Birds of Prey Director of Education, once again brings the Center’s amazing raptors to the Lake House.
We’ll witness the interesting and important world of raptors through this unique indoor program.
Stephen’s engaging discussion, along with watching the birds in action, will give us a wonderful education of these majestic creatures and the significant role they play as apex avian predators. The program is limited to 100 SIB members. SIPOA COVID protocol will be followed – masks required in Live Oak Hall, masks and physical distancing recommended while traversing other indoor space. No refreshments will be served. If COVID conditions change prior to Jan. 19 the program could be canceled.
For registration, visit seabrookislandbirders.org/.
Record year for annual MUSC fundraising event
The pandemic might be testing this country’s patience, but it certainly isn’t affecting its philanthropy. Over the holidays, a record $1,863,144 was raised for the Medical University of South Carolina as a part of Giving Tuesday.Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday started with a modest goal: do something good in the world. Since then, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has grown into a global giving movement and the biggest giving day of the year in th...
The pandemic might be testing this country’s patience, but it certainly isn’t affecting its philanthropy. Over the holidays, a record $1,863,144 was raised for the Medical University of South Carolina as a part of Giving Tuesday.
Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday started with a modest goal: do something good in the world. Since then, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has grown into a global giving movement and the biggest giving day of the year in the world. In 2017, MUSC got in on the action, and in that year and the subsequent four years, raised nearly $800,000. This year alone exceeded that cumulative total by more than $1 million.
“We are humbled by the generosity of this community,” said Kate Azizi, vice president for Institutional Advancement.
Even though MUSC is considered a state-funded organization, in reality, less than 4% of its annual budget comes from the government. That’s why donations are so critical. All the money raised on Giving Tuesday goes to the MUSC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has supported MUSC in its lifesaving mission since 1966. This time around, gifts ranged from $5 up to nearly $500,000.
More than half a million dollars of the donated money will go to scholarships for MUSC students. The MUSC Alumni Association donated $450,000, with a portion dedicated to enhancing diversity across MUSC’s entire student body. Donors inspired by the generosity of MUSC’s alumni gave an additional $80,000 to a variety of scholarships at MUSC’s six colleges.
“Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission and pursuit of excellence,” said MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, “and increasing scholarship support is critical to reaching this goal. We are grateful to the Alumni Association, our alumni and the community for making scholarships a priority on Giving Tuesday.”
In addition to scholarships, money raised on Giving Tuesday will advance research, enhance patient care and help to meet MUSC’s other greatest needs across the enterprise.
The single largest gift from an individual came from Pam Harrington. The nearly $500,000 she gave will help to provide emergency care and other medical services to residents of Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands. More specifically, it will support the building of the new Sea Islands Medical Pavilion, which will serve those island communities.
Hank and Laurel Greer, who made the largest single gift on Giving Tuesday last year, generously gave again to the MUSC Health Heart and Vascular Center. Their gift of $250,000 will support the Hank and Laurel Greer Endowed Chair in Electrophysiology. An endowed chair is a prestigious honor and a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining world-renowned leaders in patient care, education and research.
Gifts of all sizes have the power to change what’s possible at MUSC. Of the more than 300 gifts the MUSC Foundation received on Giving Tuesday, approximately 95% were less than $10,000, and 86% were less than $1,000.
Dozens shared why they gave, on the MUSC Foundation’s Giving Tuesday activity page. Here are a few of the highlights:
Azizi wants donors to know just how meaningful their gifts are. “Your incredible support of MUSC’s mission will make a profound impact on countless lives,” she said . “We can’t thank you enough.”
Some Seabrook Island residents call for cap on short-term rentals
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - An ongoing battle over short-term rentals is brewing on Seabrook Island, where homeowners say uncontrolled growth of properties is affecting their quality of life.Homeowners Ted Flerlage and Paul McLaughlin said although they do not want to end short-term rentals on the island, the effects of recent growth have prompted them to call for a cap on short-term rentals.“If you come here in July, around July Fourth, as a resident walking out boardwalk one, let’s say, to north beach, there&rs...
SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - An ongoing battle over short-term rentals is brewing on Seabrook Island, where homeowners say uncontrolled growth of properties is affecting their quality of life.
Homeowners Ted Flerlage and Paul McLaughlin said although they do not want to end short-term rentals on the island, the effects of recent growth have prompted them to call for a cap on short-term rentals.
“If you come here in July, around July Fourth, as a resident walking out boardwalk one, let’s say, to north beach, there’s no space, and that is a rental issue,” Flerlage, who has lived on the island since March 2020, said. “That is a noise issue. It is a parking issue because every spot on the limited parking area is taken.”
The two homeowners have spearheaded the Preserve Seabrook effort. A letter sent to residents as part of the effort says concerns “center on the uncontrolled growth of short-term rentals, especially on streets where there are many full-time and private residential properties.”
“We aim to retain a reasonable offering of properties that can be rented by guests who love to visit and vacation on our beautiful island, while ensuring Seabrook does not gradually morph into a resort community,” the letter states. “We believe adding a cap on the number of resort properties on Seabrook would protect the unique qualities of our island while allowing revenue generated through rental properties to continue to flow back to the town through state and county accommodation taxes that the renters pay.”
Over 300 residents have signed a petition to cap the number of short-term rentals on the island, according to McLaughlin.
The petition seeks a single question on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot that asks if voters support:
“Seabrook, when I bought here in 2002 and built our house here in 2009, it was more like ‘Cheers,’” McLaughlin said. “Everybody knew your name. Now, with the influx of 500 rental properties and growing, it’s changed a lot, and the quality of life on the island has changed a lot.”
Seabrook Island Mayor John Gregg said a petition from those calling for a cap has been sent to a committee, which will conduct a factual inquiry and then report to town council with recommendations.
“The object for the ad hoc committee was to identify inquiries of factual matters that could inform council as it considers whether or not it is warranted to do further regulation,” Gregg said.
The mayor added that to operate a short-term rental on the island, homeowners need to have a business license and a permit from the town.
McLaughlin and Flerlage said they welcome the data-driven effort but want more communication from the town and to work with them on a solution.
“Our question to them: What is the tipping point? If 500 isn’t the tipping point, is it 600? Is it 700? Is it 800? So, in the meantime, we need to figure it out,” McLaughlin said. “We need to halt what’s going on. Everybody keeps what they currently have, and we study the problem, and we figure out what the solution would be. We don’t make the problem worse while continuing to study it.”
“These are people who live in South Carolina and vote in South Carolina who live on the island and vote on the island,” Flerlage said. “These are the people who are their direct constituents – the people who vote for the mayor and the town council. It’s more than 300 of those people who signed up, which is nearly as many as who voted for them in the last election on Nov. 2, and in our opinion, there has been no communication and we’ve been getting fairly short-tripped on the issue.”
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Business License Regulation Revamp
By John Gregg for The Island ConnectionApproximately 46% of total unrestricted revenue for the Town of Seabrook Island is derived from license fees that businesses pay to the Town, a mix of direct payments and distributions of receipts administered for select businesses (telecommunications and insurance businesses) by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The South Carolina Business License Standardization Act, enacted in 2020, mandates that taxing jurisdictions that levy business license taxes comply with the provisions of the...
By John Gregg for The Island Connection
Approximately 46% of total unrestricted revenue for the Town of Seabrook Island is derived from license fees that businesses pay to the Town, a mix of direct payments and distributions of receipts administered for select businesses (telecommunications and insurance businesses) by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The South Carolina Business License Standardization Act, enacted in 2020, mandates that taxing jurisdictions that levy business license taxes comply with the provisions of the Standardization Act. Town Council approved Ordinance 2021-15 at the December 2021 Council meeting, ensuring compliance with the Standardization Act beginning with business license terms commencing May 1, 2022. The Town’s imposition of business license taxes derives from enabling the privilege of doing business within the jurisdiction of the Town; “business” is defined as “a calling, occupation, profession or activity engaged in with the object of gain, benefit or advantage”. Charitable organizations are exempt except for any for-profit revenue reported for federal income tax purposes (all as consistent with the Town’s Code of Ordinances prior to conforming to the Standardization Act). The Standardization Act brought required changes to timing of the year for a business license and to classifications of businesses for purposes of determining applicable license rates. The former required the Town to start a business license year on May 1 rather than January 1, a change that necessitated temporary extension of existing business licenses to the end of the first quarter of 2022. The latter necessitated the Town to adopt the North American Industry Classification System, a change from the Standard Industrial Classification System the Town was using when the Standardization Act was enacted. In addition to changes required by the Standardization Act, Town Council took the opportunity of revising business license regulations to amend its license tax rate schedule to align more closely with business license rates of other jurisdictions. In particular, Council chose to include differentiation of rates between businesses located within the Town and those located outside the Town, effectively increasing business license tax rates for business located outside the Town. The resulting business license tax rates are reflected in Figure A. Council expressly addressed Class 9.1 to accommodate sales of arts, crafts and the like at events and activities within the Town and Class 9.2 to accommodate Short-Term Rentals.
Unless otherwise specifically provided elsewhere in the ordinance, all taxes and rates specified in the foregoing table are doubled for nonresidents and itinerants having no fixed principal place of business within the Town.
To comply with the Standardization Act, Council approved a transition period of three years (commencing with business licenses for 2022-23) to reach application of the new rates in the third business license taxing year, the first two business licenses years having discounts applied to tax rates to ensure that business license revenue to the Town is substantially “neutral” for the license tax year 2022-23.
The Town provides on-line facilities (townofseabrookisland.org/businesslicenses.html) for accessing forms and worksheets for business license applications. Those facilities will be updated as appropriate to the changes necessitated by compliance with the Standardization Act.
September 28, 2018
Sea turtle nesting season begins in SC; first nest spotted on Seabrook Island
SEABROOK ISLAND — A few days into sea turtle nesting season and volunteers on Seabrook Island have spotted the state’s first loggerhead nest.The season began May 1 and runs through the end of October.Beachgoers can help sea turtles in the Palmetto State this season by keeping the beaches clean, giving the animals space and turning off beachfront lights to avoid disorientation.Sea turtle volunteers Sandy MacCoss and Lucy Hoover found the state’s first nest of the season May 5 on Seabrook, about 20 miles ...
SEABROOK ISLAND — A few days into sea turtle nesting season and volunteers on Seabrook Island have spotted the state’s first loggerhead nest.
The season began May 1 and runs through the end of October.
Beachgoers can help sea turtles in the Palmetto State this season by keeping the beaches clean, giving the animals space and turning off beachfront lights to avoid disorientation.
Sea turtle volunteers Sandy MacCoss and Lucy Hoover found the state’s first nest of the season May 5 on Seabrook, about 20 miles south of Charleston. The nest was between two boardwalks and had 117 eggs.
“We’re thrilled to be the first in the state, and we’re very excited about the upcoming season,” said Jane Magioncalda, a co-leader of the turtle patrol.
More than 100 volunteers are on the patrol. They walk the beach each morning to see whether a mother turtle came up overnight to lay a nest. If there is evidence of a crawl, a team will probe the area to try and locate the nest.
Magioncalda said that volunteers will sometimes have to relocate the nest if it is below the high tide line and move it up to protect it.
“Then we mark it so that people don’t walk over it,” Magioncalda said. “And we also check those nests every single day during the season until they finally hatch, which is about 60 days after it’s been laid.”
Turtle patrol groups, like the ones on Seabrook and Kiawah islands, are instrumental in helping the state keep records of nests each season.
South Carolina wrapped up the 2020 sea turtle nesting season with about two-thirds more nests than the 10-year average.
Charlotte Hope, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said the average nests for the past 10 years was 3,324. DNR counted 5,560 nests in 2020.
There are four sea turtle species that nest on beaches in the Palmetto State: loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley and leatherback. All four are classified as endangered or threatened and are protected by the Endangered Species Act, plus local and state ordinances.
To further protect these animals, beachgoers are asked to observe them from a distance. People who harm or interfere with the turtles or their nests are subject to civil penalties of up to $25,000 and up to a year in prison, DNR said.
Single-use plastics, such as plastic bags and balloons, are common trash found on the beach and can cause harm or death if sea turtles mistake them for food. DNR recommends people avoid use of these items on the beach.
Many coastal cities and towns in the state have already banned packaging products considered environmentally harmful, like plastic bags.
Folks are also encouraged to boat cautiously, especially in small tidal creeks where sea turtles like to feed. And keep artificial lights off the beach at night during nesting season. This prevents nesting mothers and hatchlings from becoming disoriented.
Sea turtles depend on the brightest light at night to lead them to the water. That light is often the moon. But other lights, such as those coming from within and outside homes, can cause confusion.
Sick, injured or dead sea turtles and nest disturbances should be reported to DNR at 800-922-5431.