Dataw Island Marina Celebrates Opening of the Marina Kayak Launch

Marine Tech principals and their Dataw Staff joined representatives from the DIOA, the Marina Committee, and the Dataw Island Yacht Club yesterday in a symbolic ribbon cutting to officially open the Dataw Island Marina Kayak Launch. DIOA Board President Bob Sadler welcomed and thanked the group, whose cooperative efforts help realize the addition of Dataw’s newest amenity.

Sadler said “Thank you all, sincerely. Your efforts have been a huge help and truly, the Marina wouldn’t be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who have contributed.”

“I’m happy to say that we have the kayak launch installed now,” said Scott Johnson, Dataw Island Yacht Club Commodore. “One of the promises and commitments we made when buying the marina was that one of the build-out functions was to install a kayak launch. We are glad to have satisfied that. It brings the Marina one step closer to being fully restored and functional. It’s really good to see.”

Also in attendance were Bryan Tuttle and Jim Flanagan, representing the Marina Committee and the DIOA Board; John Torrens and Kristy Carr, Marine Tech owners; and Dataw Marina/Marine Tech Staff Chad Langford, Whitney Roper, and Darcy Burnett. 

The Dataw Island Marina Launch is available to members from dawn to dusk. Members are reminded that the current can be strong and are advised to exercise due diligence. A set of “best practices” to follow when kayaking from the Marina can be found below the photos.

Not sure what excursion or route to take? While you can watch the DatawNet to learn about upcoming group outings coordinated by the DIYC kayaking contingent, we have also shared some ideas they provided us for “self guided” trips from the Dataw Island Marina Launch. 


Safety Tips:

Kayaking Safety

  • Wear life jacket and whistle,  per Coast Guard requirement
  • Hang cell phone in waterproof pouch around neck and phone 911 in emergency
  • Paddle with a buddy or give your paddle plan to one
  • Check tide and paddle with it when possible
  • Don’t kayak if risk of lightning or more than gentle breeze

Kayaking at the Marina

  • Notify Harbormaster if hauling kayak on pier used by boatlift
  • Don’t leave kayaks or gear blocking piers and dock
  • Don’t paddle into bullpen
  • Stay away from power and sailboats arriving or departing
  • Watch for powerboat traffic and cross wakes at right angle

Kayaking Excursions:

The kayak launch at the Dataw Island Marina opens up new opportunities for paddling around our beautiful island: 

  • Head “up” Morgan River an hour before high tide and explore the Sparrow Nest Marsh. It’s best to paddle through the narrow, winding paths on a rising tide, just in case you make a wrong turn or two. Come back with the tide on Morgan River.
  • Cross Morgan River an hour before high tide to explore the Coosaw Marsh. There, if you know the route and use your smartphone’s GPS map, you can explore the prehistoric Indian shell rings on the far shore.
  • Head “down” Morgan River an hour and a half before low tide to get out at the sandbar across from Morgan (aka “Monkey”) Island. Come back with the rising tide. This is a longer trip into more open water so best for stronger, more experienced kayakers. 

Morgan River can be more challenging than Jenkins Creek, the site of our first kayak launch, so checking the tide and wind is imperative. Wind and tide in opposite directions can create swells or even whitecaps that all but the most experienced kayakers will want to avoid. Yet on a calm day, Morgan River can be as smooth as a lake.

If you’d prefer to join a guided group trip, watch DatawNet for periodic kayaking meetups that will now depart from both of Dataw’s kayak launches.

For more information on kayaking around Dataw, please see the spring edition of Lasting Impressions. 

Kayaking Excursion Routes


Download a PDF of this Map

Welcoming Marine Tech & Celebrating a Successful Storm Haul-Out


Thank you to staff and members for a well-coordinated storm assurance haul-out of 19 boats ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. It was truly a community effort with, boat owners and Marina Committee members helping one another and assisting staff for a smooth haul-out event. We are grateful that the storm stayed off the coast and passed us by; many communities to the north were not as lucky.

The Dataw Island Marina staff is now employed by our management partner, Marine Tech Services. Much like the management of the Community Center (for which we partner with Carolina Sportscare), we are in the process of transferring Marina operations to the professional team at Marine Tech.

Based in Hilton Head for 18 years now, Marine Tech Services is a family owned boat repair and maintenance outfit that is considered one of the best in the region. They are continuing operations in Hilton Head concurrent to Dataw Island now while planning a full transfer of all service yard operations towards the end of the year, when their lease and current obligations in Hilton Head are satisfied. In making the Dataw Island Marina their home base, Marine Tech will be bringing with them a loyal following of boaters and will provide expertise in both marina and boatyard operations.

Upon first acquiring the Dataw Island Marina, the DIOA managed the much-needed renovations and repairs to the property, drawing on existing resources and talent to keep expenses at a minimum. General Manager Ted Bartlett explains that now that we have a fully functioning marina, the time was right to seek management and operations partners.

“I am thrilled to officially announce and welcome Marine Tech Services,” Bartlett says. “They are an excellent fit for our operation, and the energy and expertise that they have already displayed has been impressive. I look forward to them being here full time and for the plans both organizations have for expanding their involvement.”

In addition to operating the boatyard, Marine Tech Services will be managing the full Dataw Island Marina operation. The arrangement between the two entities, DIOA and Marine Tech, is negotiated to benefit both parties and includes a profit share on services such as new dry stack and slip holders.

“All of us here on the Marine Tech team are very enthusiastic about the new opportunities that our partnership with Dataw Island brings,” said John Torrens, President of Marine Tech. “We are very excited to be offering services from our Dataw Island location as it is more convenient to all of our Northern Beaufort County customers. We expect the full service marina/boatyard amenity to play a significant role in making Dataw Island a major boating destination.”

Marine Tech Services is certified by many major brands, including Yanmar, Volvo, Kohler, Westerbeke, Dometic, Vacuflush, and more. Marine Tech is well-known in the boating world and services many boats doing the “Great Loop,” and also has a number of customers right here in the Beaufort and Hilton Head area.

“Basically, we do everything except canvas and upholstery, and we work with well qualified contractors to provide that service for you!” said Marine Tech General Manager Kristy Carr. “We are currently the on-site service yard provider at Skull Creek Marina in Hilton Head, and we are also a mobile operation, traveling as far as Charleston several times a year. We have worked on boats here on Dataw, at the Beaufort City Marina, Port Royal Landing Marina, Lady’s Island Marina as well as have many regular customers with private docks… ”

And, Dataw member/Marine Tech client Skip Hoyt agrees. “It is so nice to hear ‘yes we can do that’ from the team at Marine Tech. And Chad Langford, Harbormaster, is always willing to lend a helping hand. We have a great team in place at the Dataw Island Marina!”

Mike McMahon, also a Dataw member and Marine Tech client noted, “I am impressed with your company and the customer service you provide – something that is getting to be difficult to find today. Gary Carr did an excellent job in repairing my stern thruster – his people and mechanical skills are outstanding. And Carol has been very helpful in scheduling future work on my vessel, following up on my requests. I will continue to use your services recommending them highly.”

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias gave the Dataw Island Marina team a great heat test last week. Still operating their yard in Hilton Head, Marine Tech oversaw haul-outs for a boats at both ends of the county for Isaias: The Dataw-based staff (now Marine Tech employees) showed great dedication and excellence in executing the operation locally, while the Hilton Head based Marine Tech team successfully fulfilled their previously made commitments South of the Broad.

Carr noted that they were impressed with the Dataw operation, saying “When we asked if the Dataw team needed us to send up extra help, Ted (Bartlett) said, ‘Yes, please on Sunday,’ but by the time Sunday rolled around, they were already just about done! This is testament to their abilities as well to the support they received from the community.”

“I have heard from a number of folks who have taken day trips to the Dataw Island Marina from Hilton Head, and everyone just loves the location” said Carr. “They love how quiet it is and are impressed with the Morgan River Grill. In fact, we’ve had several boat owners who have indicated their interest in moving their boats if there was space.”

When it is safe to once again to hold gatherings, we look forward to hosting a meet & greet with Marine Tech!

Following are some photos of the recent storm haul-out that we thought you may like to see. Thank you again for your cooperation in refraining from entering the boatyard without first checking into the Harbormaster’s Office for permission, as the yard will remain quite busy while we are relaunching the boats.


Questions or comments? Please contact:

Laura McCarthy
Marketing & Communications Director

Comet NEOWISE Dances Across the Night Sky Over the Dataw Island Marina

Barreling through the sky at an astounding 4.7 miles per second, comet NEOWISE is a rare spectacle not to be missed. For the best views, experts recommend getting away from the “city lights” and that’s just what Dataw Island member Bill Riski did to capture this mesmerizing image of NEOWISE dancing across the night sky over the Dataw Island Marina, just outside of Beaufort, SC:

Seen by some as “omens,” comets have long fascinated us and remain still somewhat elusive. NEOWISE, named such when discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission this spring, can be seen in the night sky shortly after nightfall. Here are some resources to learn more, as well as tips on photographing the night sky and a nifty comet tracker. Enjoy!

10 Big Questions (and Answers) About the Icy Wanderer (

How to see Comet c2020-f3 AKA: NeoWise (EarthSky)

How to See Comet NEOWISE (NASA)

How to Photograph a Meteor Shower (NASA)


From where will you be watching NEOWISE? We’d love to see your photos and hear about your experience! Please comment below.

Now Accepting Storm Haul-Out Reservations

A wise man once said “Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

We at the Dataw Island Marina take this to heart. Our Storm Haul-Out Reservation Program assures that in the event of an impending named storm, that we will have an organized plan already in place and ready to execute; that we will be able to provide the necessary equipment to store boats; and that our members and clients will receive priority service.

Details of the plan may be reviewed in the contract and include:

– Priority haul-out in case of a named storm, performed on a schedule to be determined by Marina staff
– Land-based storage during the storm event
– Haul-in service after the storm event

  • Priority haul-out in case of a named storm, performed on a schedule to be determined by Marina staff
  • Land-based storage during the storm event
  • Haul-in service after the storm event
  • Should a named storm not necessitate haul-out during the contract period, each boat will receive one complimentary haul-out in December, January, or February
  • (Additional storage time will be sold on an as-available, as-requested basis)

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the program, and to reserve your space now.

Sailing Race June 1st

The Dataw Island Yacht Club (DIYC) Sailing Fleet held a race yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The race started at the Dataw Island Marina, sailed down the Morgan River to the entrance of Village Creek then returned to the marina for the finish. Six boats raced in 15 knot winds with gusts up 20 knots, and waves that approached 4 feet.

All boats sailed very well. These pictures show the Race Committee, Jerry Hubbard, David Hubbard, and Skip Hoyt, as they are going through the starting sequence; and the boats tightly bunched at the start.

In a closely contested race the order of finish was:

1st – Scott Johnson 107.01 min
2nd – Jack Shaughnessy 107.84 min
3rd – Greg Shymske & John McShane 110.88 min
4th Rick Brown 113.70 min
5th Russ Gore 122.38 min
6th Kelly Duncan 122.63 minutes.

It’s great to be having our sailing races at the marina again!

Roy Crocker, Sailing Fleet Captain

Join us! 2020 Offerings at the Dataw Island Marina

For those who are called by the water, Dataw Island keeps you close to the sea.

*The Dataw Island Marina now has fuel as well as dry stack storage, VIP service, and wet slips. Due to the current travel restrictions, the Marina is not serving transient boaters at this time.

*2020 Storm Haul-Out Assurance priority sign-ups now available to existing customers (Opens to public on June 1st)

*2020 Rate Sheets are now available

*The Morgan River Grill is open for Lunch and Dinner for Dataw Island residents only during the Covid-19 service restrictions. View their menu online and call ahead to order your food for pick-up (843)838-8474.  LUNCH: 11 am – 5 pm  |  DINNER: 5pm – 9 pm

Just three miles from the Intracoastal Waterway, boating to the Atlantic Ocean from Dataw is an enjoyable and scenic 30 minute ride – although many fishermen are content to cast a line or to fly fish right here in the coastal waters of Dataw. Several community docks are available from which to drop a crab trap, launch a kayak or catch a sunset.

Dataw Marina is now owned and managed by the Dataw Island Owners Association.  The facility offers wet slips, dry storage, fuel, air-conditioned showers and laundry, marine surveyor, an on-call diver, and a full-service boatyard.The Dataw Island Marina is also pleased to offer a Storm Haul-Out Reservation Program, in which boaters may pre-pay for haul-out and storage during named storms.   

Sailors delight (as do all boaters!) in the activities offered through the Dataw Island Yacht Club, a member-based social boating organization. Offering regattas, kayak tours, sailing adventures and the much-anticipated Commodore’s Ball, the Yacht Club is a local favorite. For more information on joining, please visit the DIYC website.

You are invited to subscribe to our Dataw Island Marina blog and follow us on Facebook. We love to see your photos!

Welcoming our new Harbormaster, Chad Langford

The Dataw Island Owners Association is pleased to welcome our new Harbormaster, Chad Langford.

Chad brings great skill and experience to the Dataw Island Marina, including a five-year tenure as a hands-on General Manager of the Hilton Head Boathouse. “I like to know how to do every job in the yard. For one, I don’t like to ask anybody to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. And, if you know something that I haven’t learned yet, I want to learn.”

And, Chad lives this mantra. While at the Boathouse, he became five-star Yamaha certified to work on boat engines, “just so I knew how to do it.” He says that the team at Dataw Island has been very receptive and supportive. “Some places, coworkers try to ‘protect’ knowledge and hold it close to the chest. I really appreciate that the team at Dataw Island, from Whitney to the GM, and everyone else for that matter, shares knowledge and seems to want to work for the betterment of the whole operation.”

Dataw Island General Manager Ted Bartlett seems to share the sentiment. “Chad is doing fantastic. I am just thrilled to have him here!”

Bartlett also said that although the Dataw Marina continues its talks with a third-party management company, that Chad’s background and skills would be a great benefit to them as well.

Growing up in the Lowcountry (in Ridgeland, Beaufort, and Savannah) Chad has always loved the outdoors, especially fishing, golf, and boating. In fact, he spent several years in the earlier part of his career in the 1990s working in the golf industry, including as Assistant Golf Professional at Bray’s Island and running a golf store on Lady’s Island called Stic’s. From there, his career has meandered through video poker (back when it was legal!) to the boating industry, and working for a beer distributor.

It may sound like a wide set of experiences, but when speaking with Chad, it quickly becomes apparent that each position he has held has a common thread: working with, and helping, people.

And, connecting with people is important in any role in a club. “Chad is off to a great start and is already connecting with members,” Bartlett said.

Chad added, “I love the salt air and being out in the sun, but mostly I love working around people. And, most boaters are really passionate and form a ‘family’ around their passion. They’re good people. And their boats are their babies, and I get that. Being able to support them is a privilege.”

Morgan River Grill: NOW OPEN for Lunch & Dinner

 Now open for Lunch & Dinner

LUNCH: 11 am – 5 pm
DINNER: 5pm – 9 pm

(Reservations for dinner recommended. Reservation requests made via voicemail will receive a callback to confirm or reschedule if your requested seating is already full.)


Dataw Island is pleased to welcome the owners and staff of the Morgan River Grill to the Dataw Island Marina complex. Evan Hallinan and his family two years ago opened the very successful Madison’s restaurant in Port Royal.

“The Dataw waterfront is definitely ready to come alive again!” said owner Evan Hallinan. “There is an energy since the Dataw Island Owners Association took over that we are really excited about. It definitely feels right!” 

Hallinan’s partner, Amy Schmitt (in life and business – Hallinan is the Owner/Executive Chef and Schmitt is the General Manager), was quick to add, “To say we’re excited is really an understatement, we’re ecstatic!”

The restaurant concept reflects the environment: seafood-heavy and “upscale casual” with a decidedly southern influence.

The owners explained they want boaters to feel comfortable coming straight in from boating, so flipflops and pups are welcome! The porch has been outfitted with all new heaters and custom-fit weather panels to assure year-round comfort, and indoor and bar seating will also be available.

Morgan River Grill’s partnerships with local purveyors such as Sea Eagle Seafood and Lowcountry Shellfish support other small businesses and assure use of fresh, quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible. In addition to seafood, they are offering a number of small plates, signature burgers (check out the Bartlett!) created from a hand-picked blend of brisket, chuck, and short rib (designed by Hallinan and crafted by a local butcher), and also a number of hand-cut steaks and pork chops.

In their first year of operation, Madison’s earned a “Best of Beaufort Reader’s Choice Award” for the Best Restaurant. Not to be outdone, in their second year of operation they again earned Best Restaurant and added to their honors Best Server and Best Chef.

“It’s already been so great meeting members and working with the team here on Dataw Island; it truly feels like the community is a team on Dataw,” Schmitt said.

“Definitely,” agrees Hallinan. “It feels like everyone on Dataw is on Team Morgan River Grill and we are on Team Dataw!”

Stop by and welcome our new neighbors!

LUNCH: 11 am – 5 pm
DINNER: 5pm – 9 pm

(Reservations for dinner recommended.) 

(843) 838-FISH (3474)

Website coming soon – patrons will soon be able to review menus in advance and call ahead for pick up orders:
Dataw Island GM Ted Bartlett and Culinary/Operations Director Matt Felix dine with Jennifer and Jim Flanagan at the new Morgan River Grill.

Harbormaster Update 1/23/20

Many of you are aware that there is a beach re-nourishment project going on at Hunting Island State Park.  They have 2 crews and 3 vessels working on that project.  The dredge boat stays out near the park taking on sand from the bottom of the ocean and depositing it onto the beach where it is shaped by bulldozers. 

The other 2 vessels are leasing dock space at the Dataw Island Marina for the duration of the project.  The company name is Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, Inc.  They do these projects all over the country.  Below is a photo of their 55 foot crew boat, the Saginaw River.  The crew arrives at 7am, parks their vehicles in the lot and boards the vessel for the trip out to Hunting Island.  They return at 5 pm and go home.  No one stays on Dataw overnight. 

Soon, the rest of the crew will arrive with the second and smaller scout vessel. They will also be leasing vehicular parking space at the Marina while they work a straight 2 week shift living on the dredge at Hunting Island before being replaced by another crew.  Again, they park their vehicles here but do not stay on island. 

Both vessels will also soon be fueling up with our new dispenser.  We are pleased to be able to provide a convenient staging location for Great Lakes Dock and Dredge while they work on a much needed project that will benefit the Beaufort community and beyond. 

The electrical system is complete and inspected.  Our electrical system is in compliance with the newer 2017 electrical codes for marinas and the pedestals are more sensitive to vessel electrical current leakage than they used to be.  This results in some vessels tripping the ground fault circuit interrupters when they connect to shore power.  We have ordered a meter that will read this leakage so that it may be remedied by a certified electrical technician. 

The forklift has been repaired and has been hauling boats this week in spite of the cold weather. 

The travel lift concrete runway work has been completed and travel lift haulouts are reconvening.  We waited until the slower season to repair the deteriorated runway surface and it should now be in good condition for decades.

Beer, wine, snacks, drinks, pizzas and basic household and boating items are competitively priced and available at the Marina Store between 9 and 5 daily.

The latest prediction from the restaurant owner for Morgan River Grill is that they will be opening in 4 weeks.

We have had a side scan sonar done to examine the marina footprint for underwater hazards.  This week, divers and a barge removed all hazards except one that still needs to be removed.  There are buoys marking this remaining hazard.  

Harbormaster Update 1/3/20

The electrical difficulty has been resolved and the electric to the wet slips is fully functional.  There was a factory wiring defect that has been corrected in the field.  The dock will once again be lighted at night and slip holders should have power. 

Work continues on the forklift, repairing the damaged wheel.  It is getting worked on this week at a machine shop and we are hopeful to have it back working soon.   

The travel lift concrete runway work has been slowed due to holiday plant shutdowns and rain.  We cannot achieve the desired compaction with the material being so wet.  When we get a few dry days in a row we will be able to compact it tightly with a vibratory roller.  To compensate for the project running over schedule, we are ordering a concrete product that will set up and harden more quickly to offset the down time during curing.  This will get the travel lift back in operations sooner than the alternative.

We expect to resume fueling operations very soon after final approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Ethanol free gas and diesel will be available.

We have had a side scan sonar done to examine the marina footprint for underwater hazards.  That has been accomplished.  Next week we will be marking these with buoys tied directly to the hazard.  Avoid the buoys with your vessel until we get them removed by barge and crane in mid January.

Harbormaster Update 12/20/19

Today we received our Certificate of Occupancy for the wet slips.  Slip holders will be putting their vessels on the dock in the coming days and weeks.  There is a docking diagram in the Harbormaster’s office.

The Morgan River Outpost restaurant is doing some décor work and equipment modifications.  Their licensing should arrive by the beginning of February which is when they plan to open for dinner service.

We had a major wheel failure on the forklift making it inoperable.  Parts are needed as is work at a machine shop.  We apologize for the inconvenience and project that the repair will take between  7 and 10 days.

We expect to resume fueling operations in two weeks after some final approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Ethanol free gas and diesel will be available.

Marina Store Opens

The Marina Store now has beer and wine in addition to lunch items, snacks, household convenience items, boating and fishing supplies, coffee, take and bake pizzas and more. 

We are also accepting debit and credit cards and will now be open from 9 – 5 daily. 

Looking for holiday gift ideas? The Marina Store and Harbormaster’s office have Dataw Marina logoed clothing and other gifts and supplies to help get you ready for the season. 

Harbormaster Update 12/3/19

Marina Progress Update

It is hard to predict with so many interwined projects and inspecting authorities but it appears that next week we will enter the last week of critical path construction.  Another week or more should be anticipated to get final inspections completed and a Certificate of Occupancy permit.  We are hoping to be putting boats on the new shoreline dock around the end of the year or beginning of next.

Fuel – The last steps with the fuel are to hook up the low voltage wires to run the dispenser, purge the lines of any old fuel and calibrate the dispenser to be sure that a gallon is exactly a gallon.     

Pilings – All of the excess pilings have now been removed and all new piles installed.  The 10 remaining piles perpendicular to the shore are planned to be reused for a new attenuator in that location at a later date. 

Fire System – The 4 inch galvanized pipe and flex piping are completely installed.  There is one last hydrostatic test to be performed later this week on the piping system.

Electrical – There are only a couple of items remaining to complete.  A part is shipping in from out of state that will complete the work.  That part has been tracked to be here tomorrow and the work should be completed by weeks end.  We will then call for an inspection from the County Building Codes Department. 

Marina Restaurant – The new name of the restaurant will be the Morgan River Outpost.  They are installing equipment and décor currently.  They plan to open operations in January as soon as they have all of their licensing. 

Marina Store – The Marina Store now has beer and wine!  We are also accepting debit and credit cards now.  We will now be open from 9 – 5 daily.  Looking for holiday gift ideas? The Marina Store and Harbormaster’s office have Dataw Marina logoed clothing and other gifts to help get you ready for the season. 

Financial Status – The 2019 Marina operating budget will finish on plan and as communicated.  The construction project will also be on budget, spending the amount of money on project work that we had intended. 

The couple of unknown projects that arose throughout the year (water damaged sub floor, extensive fire system upgrades) are being funded from reserves as discovery items typically are. 

Dry Stack – LAST CALL!  We still have available berths in the dry stack area.  If you sign an annual contract by the end of December, you will receive a free month of storage.  This promotion ends on December 31st so if you are thinking about it, act now. 

Groundbreaking: The renovation begins

Beaufort, SC — The Dataw Island Owners Association is pleased to announce the completion of the purchase of the Marina property located at the north end of Dataw Island.

Today, a group of employees and members gathered to officially break ground and begin the clean up and restoration process. After some basic clean-up and removing trimming palm trees, shrubs, and other overgrown foliage, the team will immediately power wash and paint the building, and in the coming weeks, the forklift runway will be repaired.

This summer, we will begin construction of the 420’ shoreline dock, to include shore power, water, and a gasoline fuel dispenser, to be placed in the “bull pen” area. The new docks will support approximately 20 boats, which will be side tied, and we will also be able to once again welcome transient boaters.

“Today marks a moment that we have anxiously looked forward to for some time,” said Dataw Island General Manager Ted Bartlett. “Creekstone has been wonderful to with throughout the transition process, and now, under the ownership of the DIOA, we look forward to a bright new future for the Dataw Marina.”

The Marina will be managed by Bartlett and as a department of the DIOA, with a Harbormaster at the helm. Bartlett said, “We have narrowed our search to three very strong candidates, and look forward to bringing on the new Harbormaster in March.”

He added, “We have great partners at the Marina in our lessees; I hope that members and the community will take the time to get to know the businesses at the Marina complex, and show our support for their dedication to helping make the Dataw Marina a fantastic destination.”

Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently-renovated golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a community center with workout and massage facilities, three restaurants, world class croquet lawns, bocce, kayaking, and more. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the 2017 Bliss Award for “Happiest South Carolina Community” as well as the “2018 Club of the Year” (South Carolina Golf Association) and one of four USTA private clubs named “Outstanding Tennis Facility.”