Archive for May, 2011

Daufuskie Island Barging

Thursday, May 26th, 2011


The barge operation has been in continuous operations since the mid 1980’s. The current core team has been operational since 1993. During this time, the company has built a reputation for providing customers a diverse slate of marine transportation services that have been both innovative and cost effective all the while continuing an unblemished safety record.

Island Barging Company represents the best in people, equipment and customers. We believe that tug service can be environmentally friendly, dependable and safe every time. We recognize that working on the water requires skillful judgment and leadership from management to the wheelhouse and right on down to deck operations.

Our experienced team includes Captains with  Coastguard experience and offshore gulf experience on oil drilling platform transportation needs. Each of the captains have at least thirty one years of marine experience.  Since the mid 1980’s the operation has been based and operated in the high traffic (container ships) Savannah River.

We are a culture grounded in safe and compliant barge operations and damage free on time performance. We pursue new technology, continued education, excellent maintenance procedures, and process improvements to enhance and improve our operation.

We welcome visitors to our operation in Savannah at their convenience to have a tour of our facility and see first hand the barge, tug and backup operating equipment we have to provide superior customer service. Should you desire a tour simply call our office at 912-232-1836 and ask for Doug Broome.

Advantages to Using Hutchinson Island Terminal
Large walled barge and tug with sizable ramp (40 feet) for transportation needs in an island setting

Potentially wide geographical area for customers (Jacksonville to Charleston)  Extensive supporting land based equipment to facilitate customer needs.

Long history of superior safety record dating from the mid 1980’s

Current seasoned personnel in place since 1993.

Large 3 acre staging area in Savannah (lighted and fenced) and on Daufuskie Island.

Specially designed barge to carry up to 900 tons of bulk cargo (sand, gravel, rock, etc) and have transported twelve fully loaded asphalt trucks per trip.

Utah company buys Daufuskie Island resort property

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

New Iron Fish Gift certificateA Utah company has bought much of the Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa from lenders who reclaimed the property from bankruptcy.

The Pelorus Group of Salt Lake City bought assets, including the resort’s core, from Denver private-investment group AFG, according to AFG’s chief operating officer, Don MacKenzie.

Pelorus and AFG officials declined to say what Pelorus paid for the property.

Pelorus, which specializes in acquiring and reviving distressed assets, is “very excited” about the resort’s future and equipped and committed to restoring its status as a destination, said Rob Reynard, an attorney representing the company.

The deal closed May 10, MacKenzie said Tuesday. It includes the Melrose golf course and clubhouse; the resort’s inn; its tennis, conference and equestrian centers; and four undeveloped parcels totaling about 16 acres, he said.

The resort, once a major employer on the sparsely developed island accessible only by boat, borrowed money from AFG before filing for bankruptcy in 2009.

AFG and other creditors took back the property securing their loans earlier this year, after the trustee overseeing the estate was unable to sell the property in its entirety.


Reynard declined to comment about news reports that raised questions about legal and financial woes of James Bramlette, Pelorus’ registered agent.

Bramlette, who lost a $5 million private jet and $450,000 Mercedes sports car to bankruptcy, “once claimed assets in the millions but financed his lavish pre-bankruptcy by borrowing heavily to buy cars, planes and property,” The Associated Press reported in August as Pelorus sought to buy a bankrupt Idaho ski resort.

Attempts Tuesday to reach Bramlette for comment were unsuccessful. He sought bankruptcy protection in 2008 and emerged from bankruptcy in February 2009, according to the reports.

Reynard said the company is focused on looking ahead.

“I can’t comment on the past,” he said.


Two pieces of the Daufuskie resort that remain in the bankruptcy estate are poised to change hands.

A court hearing is scheduled May 31 in Charleston to consider the sale of the Bloody Point golf course to George and Carmen Mullen of Hilton Head Island and the sale of a 7-acre maintenance area to Carolina Shores, LLC.

The Mullens have proposed to buy the golf course for $1.26 million.

George Mullen said he is considering how to best use the property if he succeeds in acquiring it.

“I don’t have plans right now,” he said. “We need to first see if we end up getting it.”

Carolina Shores is an investment group that loaned money to the resort’s previous owners, said Tobin Spirer, a spokesman for the resort’s trustee. The group is bidding $300,000 to take back the land, according to court records.

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Coastal Rooms-Vintage & Rustic

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Combine old house with vintage coastal decor for the walls.  You can’t strike out!  Perfect beach house decor.

Iron Fish hand crafted with vintage finish

Limited Hand Crafted Wall Sculpture

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Rustic and Simple-Beach Cottage Decor

Stingray Art – Coastal Sculptures

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

nautical decor

sting ray wall art sculpture

sting ray hand crafted wall sculpture

Have you checked out West Elm lately? They have a few contemporary coastal decor items in their spring collection. I really liked this room design set up for the chunky seagrass chair. I think a stingray sculpture would work perfectly in this room! Don’t you?

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5 Easy Coastal Decor Ideas

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Apartment Therapy recently posted about 5 easy ways to bring a beachy vibe in to your home without going overboard.

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1. Seashells – Easy and simple, seashells are the most ubiquitous coastal home accessory for a reason! Put them in a hurricane vase, frame them, or stand them alone.

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2. Seagrass – Available in rugs, baskets, and even furniture, seagrass adds a nice tropical touch to any room.

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3. Stripes – Instant nautical flair! Incorporate big bold stripes through pillows, rugs, curtains or even furniture.

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4. Beach Inspired Decor – Look no further than The Iron Fish! Any fish, stingray, or mermaid sculpture will be a unique piece of nautical wall art that is sure to be a show stopper!

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5. Palms – Palms, clippings, or any tropical plant will work to breathe a little life and freshness in to your home.

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Design Editor, Steele Marcoux gives tips on decorating with cool whites.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Design Editor, Steele Marcoux gives tips on decorating with cool whites in Coastal Living

coastal decor fish sculpture

coastal fish sculpture

1.  Paint walls, ceilings, trim, and doors the same shade of white to create a uniform backdrop. Surfaces painted one color blend seamlessly, allowing natural wood floors or furnishings to steal the show.

2.  Give monochromatic rooms interest and depth with texture. Go for the look of an old beach shack by coating wooden walls in white. Once dry, sand planks to reveal glimpses of the wood beneath.

3.  This simple, sun-bleached palette produces a clean, airy atmosphere, allowing dramatic views or artwork to take center stage.

4.  Don’t overlook what lies below. White floors do show scratches and dirt, but their brilliant sheen is unmatched. Porch and floor enamel can be tinted and will protect against heavy foot traffic.

5.  Build around one soothing white, then add colorful accents. Choose paints with tints of blue, gray, or pink to prevent rooms from looking washed out.

6.  Pair soft upholstery and white walls with dark wood floors for richness and warmth. You can achieve the same effect on a smaller scale with wood tables or even baskets.

7.  Install white beaded board and retro appliances to create classic cottage style in the kitchen. Oil-rubbed hardware provides dramatic contrast.–note lobster decor by sink

8.  Consider white walls your easel. Art assumes greater prominence when placed in a white interior. Gallery owners have long displayed artwork against white walls for maximum effect.

9.  A simple arrangement of greenery becomes sculptural when set against bright white interiors. Remember, less is more: A few carefully chosen accessories with large proportions will make an instant impression.

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Marshside Mama’s of Daufuskie Now on the Web

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

marshside mama's new website

Congrats to Beth Shipman for finally getting Marshide Mama’s a website.  This is long over due.  I encourage everyone to check out the new site and also check out the music she has booked for this spring/summer.  One man band Ben Prestage returns to the island after first playing here with blues legend Eddie Kirkland at least 2+ years ago.  Ben is high energy and a must see.

Coastal Colors: Citrus

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
beach home decor

citrus coastal decor ideas with current iron fish sculpture options

Decorating Tips From Coastal Living Online:

Tangy yellows and zesty oranges add fresh-squeezed style to any interior or exterior space.

Decorate Sparingly

These bright shades aren’t for the faint of heart. Bring sunny hues into your home and celebrate summer all year. Keep it simple. Walls painted a bold citrus color allow you to decorate with just a few understated pieces.

vintage Iron Fish Sculpture for Citrus Decor

Vintage Iron Fish Sculpture to Match Citrus Coastal Decor