June Newsletter

Friends of Huntington Beach Newsletter

June 2021

  • President’s Corner

We are so excited to hold our annual all Friends members picnic and general meeting on Wednesday, June 16th.  We will be in the courtyard of Atalaya at 5:00 pm.  This is a change from our usual location and so will be the food, etc.  In keeping with COVID health protocols all the food will be professionally prepared and as a treat for all of us the Park staff will serve the food and beverages.  Thank you Park staff! 

If you haven’t already RSVP please do so by Wednesday, June 9, 2021 to Karen Korszeniewski at zsrokk@sccoast.net or via telephone at 843-650-6666.  We hope you can join us.  It has been so long that we have all been together!

Also if you haven’t already returned your completed board of director ballot please do so via US mail to us or bring it to the all Friends members picnic and general meeting.  

Your President

Carol Dankosky

  • New Members / Friends’ Membership Renewals

No new members again this month but we have received membership renewals from many of you.  Don’t forget to renewal as soon as possible (if your membership is due for renewal) so that we may mail out your 2021-2022 Park decal quickly.  Your current car decal will no longer be accepted to enter the Park on July 1, 2021.

Also as a reminder all Friends members entering the Park will need to have the new (2021-2022) car decal affixed to your car.  It cannot be handed to the Admissions attendant.

  • In The Park

Turtle Nests

Interpretive Ranger Mike Walker reported this past week that we have 3 turtle nests in the Park.  It takes about 45-55 days for the eggs to hatch so stay tuned throughout the summer for more information about the number of nests and when the baby turtles begin to hatch.  Don’t forget please don’t disturb nests of the protective barriers.  If you see a nest that has not been marked yet take pictures of the location and report it immediately to a ranger. 


Watch out!  Alligators are out there again!  According to SCDNR alligator courtship begins in early April and mating occurs in May or June.  Sightings of alligators in the Park are always seen but during this time period be extra careful.  Remember don’t feed the alligators.  It is illegal and also dangerous to the alligator.  If you see an alligator in a place it shouldn’t be don’t try to approach it and by all means protects yourself, your family and pets.  Report the alligator sighting immediately to a ranger. 

  • HBSP Volunteers Needed – Verify Passports

Help is still needed on weekends and holidays to assist the admissions staff with the operation of the second admission lane and verifying passports during the busiest hours.  Thanks to those who have contacted Ranger Adrienne Bagwell and volunteered the weekend before Memorial Day and subsequently the holiday weekend.  Guests were more quickly expedited through the entrance to the Park with their assistance.  If you can help throughout the summer weekends, etc. please contact Adrienne Bagwell at abagwell@scprt.com.  

  • Volunteers Needed to Support the Shorebird Program

Interpretive Ranger Mike Walker reported to the board this past week that there are about 28 bird nests in far North end of the beach.  Working with the Audubon Society volunteers are monitoring the area on a daily basis to protect the area for the birds.  As we all know pets are never allowed in the North end but sometimes activities we may not think about can disturb the birds.  Recently, our Friends’ President Carol Dankosky volunteered to monitor the area and she reports that the work is not hard, the Park staff takes you to and brings you back from the monitoring location, you just bring your beach chair, suntan lotion, hat, sunglasses, etc.  If you can help please contact Mike Walker at mwalker@scprt.com and he will get you trained and signed up.

  • Use Amazon Smile for Donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

Thanks everyone for continuing to use Amazon Smile app for your Amazon purchases. Recently we received $17.32 from the program.  If you have forgotten about Amazon Smile here is the information again.  Amazon allows purchasers to support causes they care about.  With qualifying purchases via smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organization you designate.  Our organization is listed as Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon however; you must sign into smile.amazon.com in order for charitable donations to be made on qualifying purchases.  If you have already designated a charitable organization on Amazon Smile you can change it.  Please choose us!  We need your monetary support now more ever.

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website www.friendshbsp.com

If you would like to make a monetary online donation to the Friends organization or a donation specifically to the Playground fund click on the Donation Tab on the far right at the top of any of our website pages or you can click on the underlined Heading (that will take you to the page for the Friends PayPal account).

If you wish to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 137
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Our Facebook Page

Please join our Facebook page: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.