Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From the House

Bluffton Today

I have really been enjoying the lovely fall weather, and how the folks are out and about in the Old Town. Things are really happening in the neighborhood with good retail and a ton of folks looking for property, and/or places to live. We recently sold an apartment to a couple from New York who are so impressed with Bluffton, they are considering moving down full time. The phenomenon may be centered in Bluffton but it is certainly a feature of the entire Lowcountry of South Carolina. I don’t have to tell any of you that we live in a very attractive place, with more folks finding us every day.

I have been keeping limited office hours at our new Moon Mi Pizza restaurant in the Promenade. It is pleasant and I like to be able to offer an iced tea to visitors, who usually stay for lunch or dinner. As I have mentioned before, Congressman Sanford also holds his office time in Bluffton at Moon Mi whenever possible, for pretty much the same reasons. It is always gratifying to have either new locals or visitors from the Northeast comment that we have the best pizza this side of New York.

Much of the credit for that goes to my friend Mat Stone, who consistently turns out a great product at Moon Mi. In addition, he also is great at training all the local students we like to hire. Whether they are washing dishes, making the pies, or serving the customers, they get a good education from an all-around pro. I’m willing to wager that some of those well-schooled students will be our competitors in a few years. As a believer in the free market, such an outcome makes us all better, not to mention makes the Old Town consumer have more and better choices. Forgive the analogy, but the economic pie just gets bigger and we all get a better slice.

All this food talk reminds me that this coming Sunday, November 10th, from 3 to 7 p.m., is the 6th Annual Taste of Waddell. It is sponsored by the Friends of Waddell, Hilton Head Sportfishing Club, Bluffton Marine Rescue Squad, and Glidden Professional Paint Stores. Because this is such a popular event, there are only a limited number of reservations available. I have mine, and I suggest you either call Dave Harter at 785-4106, or email and get yours today.

If you are new to the area and want to know more about this world-class research facility, this is your opportunity. If you are a fisherman and want to support the outfit that makes your home waters some of the most productive in the world, you want to attend. If you are interested in keeping our rivers and estuaries healthy, and protecting all the critters, great and small, that thrive in them, you want to be at this event. Also, if you are one of those folks like me, who love to eat well-prepared local seafood, then this is the Sunday afternoon you want to be at the Waddell Mariculture Center, near the end of Sawmill Creek Road, which is across from Tanger Outlet 1, off highway 278 in Greater Bluffton.

The afternoon will also feature a presentation by Dr. Michael Denson, one of the nation’s leading cobia experts. He will speak on the state of our local cobia fishery. Also featured will be Chef Michael Sigler’s famous shrimp dishes, along with Larry and Tina Toomer, of Bluffton Oyster Company, with buckets of succulent May River oysters.
Tickets are $30, which includes everything but wine, beer and oysters.