We want to give a special thanks to all of you who choose to stay in Shipyard and make you aware of important safety aspects while you are visiting. During 2017, Shipyard Security responded to many incidents regarding adults and children feeding alligators and/or throwing items in the water of our beautiful lagoons. Part of staying in Shipyard is being able to view and take pictures of the wildlife that you may not have an opportunity to see in your hometown. At the same time, you need to remember and respect that this is their habitat and they were here first. Also, please remember that feeding these animals can make them lose their natural fear of humans which may lead to the Department of Natural Resources recommending their removal and ultimate death.

Remember to use good judgment in where you stand on the banks of the lagoons, and always remember to keep your children in eyesight at all times. Entering the water is not recommended at any time and always maintain a healthy distance from the wildlife.

Finally, you should be aware that feeding or harassing these animals is against the law in the state of South Carolina in accordance with State Statue 50-11-0750 and that fines are instituted.

In an effort to protect these animals, we need your help. Please contact Shipyard Security immediately upon any observed violation or concerns you may have. We are available 24 hours a day at either (843) 785-4776 or (843) 785-3776.

Effective 2023, there is a fishing ban within the Shipyard community.

Enjoy your visit and respect the wildlife for a safe vacation.

Lawrence Alexander
Director of Safety and Security