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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Folly Beach, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren't 100% satisfied with our work, we'll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 - before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in Folly Beach, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in Folly Beach, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

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Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
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Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.

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Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

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Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

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Burning Odors

It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

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Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.

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One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in Folly Beach, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Folly Beach.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

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Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in Folly Beach, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

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Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner's time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won't dissipate over time, it's crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

Folly Beach AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the "$5,000 rule" if you're considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner's cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it's best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn't have the "pizzaz" that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

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Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in Folly Beach, SC, give our office a call today.

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Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Folly Beach, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn't grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

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If you're having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren't caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you're thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home's value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

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Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher to cut down trees

FOLLY BEACH — A recent change to a Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher for property owners to remove trees from their lots.Changes to an existing ordinance approved by City Council last year would require residents to pay a fee or submit replacement plans for most trees that would be cut within city limits. The goal is to help with stormwater management in the city.In the past, property owners were required to pay a fee only if they wanted to remove protected trees from their lots, according to Katie Gerling, the c...

FOLLY BEACH — A recent change to a Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher for property owners to remove trees from their lots.

Changes to an existing ordinance approved by City Council last year would require residents to pay a fee or submit replacement plans for most trees that would be cut within city limits. The goal is to help with stormwater management in the city.

In the past, property owners were required to pay a fee only if they wanted to remove protected trees from their lots, according to Katie Gerling, the city’s former environmental and land use planner. Ten species are considered protected, including maples, magnolias and oaks that are indigenous to Folly Beach.

But the rules have changed now that the city is mostly built out and only a handful of completely wooded lots remain. Historically, wooded lots provided drainage capacity for stormwater, Gerling said in an interview before her recent departure from her position with Folly Beach.

“With the development of our lots, people were going in and just clear-cutting pines and any non-protected trees,” Gerling said.

With the rule change, the city wanted to ensure homeowners and developers give more thought to tree removals.

“We need all the help we can get for stormwater drainage, being a marsh island beach community,” Gerling said. “So the more trees that we can preserve on the lot, that’s what our goal is.”

Land owners now have to apply for a tree alteration permit to remove both protected and non-protected trees. The application must be accompanied by a landscape plan that includes the location and size of the trees.

If an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture determines a tree is diseased, dying or hazardous, the removal fee would be waived.

Van’s Tree Service is just one company that has already been called to Folly Beach to identify hazardous trees and write reports to support the removal. The company’s owner, Van Atkins, said a resident called him last year because he had a dead tree in his yard. He needed an arborist to actually say it was dead before it could be removed.

While in the yard, Atkins discovered at least two other trees that were hazardous. He said the average homeowner won’t always recognize dying or hazardous trees.

“If it’s got a root rot where the roots around it are rotten and there’s rot down at the base of the tree, there’s some potential for falling over or getting blown over,” Atkins said. “So that’s when I’d write a letter asking for permission to remove the tree.”

The amended ordinance said non-protected trees may be removed from a lot without cause. But customers who want to remove a healthy one that is at least 12 inches in diameter at chest height will now be responsible for mitigation.

Healthy trees that are removed or destroyed must be replaced with an equivalent amount of trunk diameter, so one 12-inch tree could be replaced with a tree of the same size or two 6-inch trees, for example. Protected trees must be replaced with the same species or an accepted shade species identified by the S.C. Forestry Commission. Non-protected trees have to be replaced with species listed on the city’s protected tree list.

Property owners can also mitigate their tree removals by paying a fee equaling the average of two written quotes for the cost of replacement trees.

“So if they went and said ‘I want to mitigate these trees and replant them,’ they can either physically do that or they can get quotes from the nursery,” Gerling said. “And that’s what we base the fee on.”

Gerling said many people tend to mitigate with palm trees, as they are usually the cheapest option. She said a 14-inch palm tree costs about $200.

Mitigation fees pay into the city’s tree fund. This year, the city used mitigation funds generated over time for protected trees to start a $10,000 grant for people to replace palmettos cut down by Dominion Energy.

If the utility removed a palmetto tree from in front of a resident’s home, in the public right of way, the city will pay up to $100 or one-third of the cost of a replacement, said Aaron Pope, Folly Beach’s city administrator. The replacement tree can be planted anywhere on the property as long as it is visible from the public right-of-way.

“So that was kind of our attempt to help private folks come and mitigate the loss of all these public palmetto trees they cut down out here,” Pope said.

Across Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island has a similar ordinance in place to protect trees and preserve the natural landscape.

Landowners on the island must pay $25 to apply for a permit to remove trees. The money goes to a Tree Fund and a Tree Commission determines if the plants can be removed. If approved, owners would have to submit a replacement plan or make an unspecified payment in lieu, according to the ordinance.

Owners can remove diseased, dying or hazardous trees if the commission agrees with the findings. No replacement would be required, and the application fee won’t be charged.

Palmettos can be relocated intact to another site on the same lot or to a public site in town, with the permission of the zoning administrator.

The Sullivan’s Island ordinance said these regulations are intended to preserve the natural beauty of the island, prevent erosion, minimize flooding, and improve surface drainage and air quality.

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Folly Beach, South Carolina

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting be...

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting beach community with plenty of memories ready to be made.

Climate Of Folly Beach

Winters in Folly Beach are short and cool, while summers are often oppressively hot; from May to September, the average daily temperatures reach 29°C, with July as the hottest month and highs of 32°C. Winters typically lasts from December to March, and the temperature climbs no higher than 17°C on average. January is considered the coldest month, with lows of 6°C. The wet season typically lasts from June to September, with a 35% chance of rainfall on any given day. Statistically, August is the wettest month, with an average of 15 days out of 31 with at least 1mm of precipitation, while November is the driest, with only six days on average recording any rain. Due to its coastal location on the Atlantic Ocean, Folly Beach and Island often face the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes; amongst the notable storms to hit the area was Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which destroyed up to 80% of the settlement.

History Of Folly Beach And Island

From the Old English word "Folly," an area with undergrowth and densely packed forestation, the history of Folly Island date back to the 17th century. In 1696, the British Monarch William III endowed the area to a settler named William Rivers. Throughout the years, ownership of the Island and its eventual largest settlement, Folly Beach, passed to several different proprietors. While it was officially a British and later American possession following the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the indigenous Bohicket Tribe continued to populate the area, often with an uneasy relationship with the European colonizers. Because of its location on South Carolina's Atlantic coast, in the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous shipwreck survivors found themselves temporarily lodged in the town and Island. Among these were passengers of the Amelia in 1832. But Folly Beach and Island began its actual industrialization during the American Civil War when Federal Troops were stationed there. Supply depots, forts, roads, and other strategic posts were constructed during this period, and the beach city and its surrounding foliage served as an essential site in the battle to retake Fort Sumter. Following the Civil War, and as part of the Federal Government's social and economic program of Reconstruction, Folly Beach and Island grew as a seaside retreat area; through the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th century. Several cottages, boardwalks, piers, small businesses, and even amusement park rides began to fill the area. Music-halls and clubs grew rapidly, particularly in the immediate post World War II period, and big bands like Glenn Miller's entertained residents and tourists alike. Folly Beach is furthermore forever tied to a classic of modern American music and composer, George Gershwin. While vacationing on the Island and Beach in the summer of 1934, the composer and pianist completed his famed opera Porgy and Bess, which is set in the South Carolina town of Charleston.

Attractions In Folly Beach

Referred by locals as "The Edge of America," Folly Beach houses numerous surfing spots, which see hundreds of enthusiasts descend into town; amongst the most popular of these spots are Washout, Folly Beach Pier, and 10th Street. Along with these sites, tourists and surfers can find great waves on the water and even better hospitality on land. An eclectic range of restaurants, gift shops, bars, and offices color the town's scenery, while such landmarks as the Atlantic Pavilion and Oceanfront Hotel provide comfortable lodging and entertainment. A glimpse of the North Atlantic right whales can occasionally be seen during their respective migration seasons. These enormous creatures migrate along the coast of Folly Island, often leaving whale watchers with a spectacular exhibition of nature in all its wonder.

Just off the coast of Folly Beach, visitors can also marvel at a human wonder and the famed Morris Island Lighthouse. First constructed in 1872, the Lighthouse is noted for its slight lean, directly resulting from an earthquake in 1886.

The historically-minded tourist will surely love to take a 30-minute drive and visit Fort Sumter, the site of the attack that began the Civil War in 1861. This living museum is an eternal reminder of the tremendous toll the Civil War took on American society and its enduring presence in political and popular culture.

These and a plethora of other local museums and parks round out any visit to Folly Beach and Island; whether it is to enjoy the beach life and surfing, take in some great live music performances, or step into a bit of American history, any stopover at this unique Island and City will be one to surely write about.

10 South Carolina Beaches You Should Visit This Summer

Breathtaking beaches may be found all along the beautiful South Carolina coast. Tourists shall try one of the secret beaches on seldom frequented barrier islands if they want to escape away to their own quiet stretch of heaven. These sandy sanctuaries may be found all along the state's coastline, from SC's southernmost point to North Myrtle Beach, and offer a peaceful location to wander down the beach, look for shells, or...

Breathtaking beaches may be found all along the beautiful South Carolina coast. Tourists shall try one of the secret beaches on seldom frequented barrier islands if they want to escape away to their own quiet stretch of heaven. These sandy sanctuaries may be found all along the state's coastline, from SC's southernmost point to North Myrtle Beach, and offer a peaceful location to wander down the beach, look for shells, or simply soak up the sun. Only accessible by boat, most of the mesmerizing islands have remained undeveloped, preserving the beach in its natural state. Here are the best 10 underrated South Carolina beaches.

Charleston's Barrier Islands

Charleston has evolved to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, garnering several honors from travel journals. The interesting history, enchanting charm, and tasty gastronomy are all appealing, but tourists can also extend their vacation by a few days to visit some of the greatest beaches in the South. Only 45 minutes to an hour from downtown, the splendid peninsula of Charleston is encircled by barrier islands. There are several beautiful beaches to visit in the area!

Bulls Island

Bulls Island is the biggest of four barrier islands in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, and it stands along with one of the most pristine stretches of shoreline on the east coast. The famous and unique Boneyard Beach, where the remnants of surf-battered trees are sprawled over the sand, is one of its seven miles of beaches. A ferry to the island is available for tourists, as well as a variety of guided excursions such as a Bulls Island sunrise tour, beach drop, kayak trip, and multiday adventure.

Capers Island

Travelers shall visit this state history preserve, located 15 miles (24km) north of Charleston at the southwestern edge of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, on a picturesque kayak or boat tour. Along with a beautiful beach, they will be able to see a variety of dazzling birds, including endangered brown pelicans and ruddy turnstones. On the island, 294 different kinds of migrating birds have been sighted. Capers Island, like Bulls Island, features a "Boneyard Beach" formed by years of erosion.

Daufuskie Island

The splendid Daufuskie Island, located directly over Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island, will make its visitors feel a million miles away from society. It's not uncommon to observe no one when walking along the bewitching white sand beaches. To get to Daufuskie, travelers have to take a boat or water taxi from Hilton Head to Freeport Marina's public pier, then hire a golf cart and drive all the way across the island to the beach. They should not miss out on seeing the astonishing remainder of this remote South Carolina sea island and its numerous wonderful historical monuments while they're there.

Morris Island

This amazing 840-acre deserted island is located at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, across Lighthouse Inlet from Folly Beach, and is known for its historic 19th-century lighthouse. The incredible 150-foot brick structure now remains in the ocean just offshore after years of degradation. The stunning beach, on the other hand, is as lovely as ever, and it's an awesome place to hunt for seashells, especially sand dollars. Morris Island may be visited on a boat or kayak excursion organized by local outfitters.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach, South Carolina, is renowned as the "Edge of America" and is one of Charleston's most beautiful, well-known, and famous beaches. The Washout is a notable surfing area on the island's awesome eastern edge. If tourists continue walking until they reach a cul-de-sac, they may stroll to an abandoned road with hurricane-damaged foundations covered in colorful graffiti. A rookery of pelicans may also be seen where the Atlantic Ocean meets the clear water of Folly River.

Seabrook Island

The magnificent Seabrook Island has been home to soldiers, pirates, and well-to-do Charleston families over the years. The Seabrook Island Club is now a private community with beach access and vacation rentals. The splendid beaches are exclusively available to members and visitors due to the island's setup. The bewitching untouched sand is unlike any other beach in South Carolina. Aside from the beaches, Seabrook Island's tourists may ride their bikes throughout the land. Marsh rabbits, sea turtles, whitetail deer, and alligators are just a few of the fauna worth seeing.

Isle of Palms

The unique Isle of Palms is a high-end destination. Although the beautiful beach is still available to the public, there are several places that are only accessible if visitors stay at a resort or rent a unit. Beach access is available at Isle of Palms County Park, along with expert seasonal lifeguards and a dedicated swimming area for children. An exciting playground and marvelous picnic areas are also available.

The Grand Strand

The astonishing "Grand Strand," which runs between the Little River and Georgetown on the northern coast of South Carolina, is the state's greatest stretch of beautiful beach. The Waccamaw tribe used to live here until Europeans arrived after the American Revolution. Every year, millions of people visit this area, particularly the impressive Myrtle Beach. Unlike several other regions of the state, the Grand Strand has public access to all of its marvelous beaches. Family-friendly attractions are well-known in the area.

Pawleys Island

The tranquil and magical area of Pawleys Island, one of the region's oldest resort areas, is the first stop on the tourist's route north on King's Highway. There are a few fancy golf clubs and resorts on the "mainland" side of town, but visitors cannot access the beach from there. However, if they cross a beautiful little inlet, they will be on the wonderful island itself. They can also visit Otis Beach, which is a popular public beach.

It takes two: Meet the winners of our Mom & Me look-alike contest

Sometimes there is an undeniable connection between moms and their kids. It can be personalities that are in sync, it can be mannerisms that mimic each other, or it can be straight-up appearances. In our popular annual contest we recognize these mirror images and celebrate Mother’s Day with their stories. More than 200 families entered, and these were our favorites.Staff vote winners: Colleen (left) and MelissaMom: Colleen Hastings, 60, of St CharlesDaughter: Melissa Hast...

Sometimes there is an undeniable connection between moms and their kids. It can be personalities that are in sync, it can be mannerisms that mimic each other, or it can be straight-up appearances. In our popular annual contest we recognize these mirror images and celebrate Mother’s Day with their stories. More than 200 families entered, and these were our favorites.

Staff vote winners: Colleen (left) and MelissaMom: Colleen Hastings, 60, of St Charles

Daughter: Melissa Hastings, 35, of Maryland Heights

What do you love most about your mom? From Melissa: “The thing I love most about my mom is that she is the glue of our family. She keeps everyone in check and on their toes at the same time. She is also the best shopping buddy and friend!”

Mom: Cleola Butler, 55, of Florissant

Daughter: Whitney Butler, 29, of Spanish Lake

Do people often tell you you look alike? From Cleola:” Yes. We are very much family oriented (including her other children and grandchildren) and love to do things together. That picture was a mother-daughter cruise we took. I always hear that she’s my twin, and everybody just assumes that she’s my sister.”

Mom: Ashley Sitze, 32, of Wright City

Daughter: Kinley Sitze, 9, of Wright City

How do you plan to spend Mother’s Day? From Ashley: “We are spending Mother’s Day together at church, then yummy food and hopefully some time outside.”

Popular vote winner: Angie (left) and Sydney

Mom: Angie Miller, 47, of Shipman, Illinois

Daughter: Sydney Miller, 21, of Alton

What’s the best part about being a mom? From Angie: “The best part about being a mom is watching my children become young adults who are responsible, integral and kind. I have a 19-year-old son, as well. Both of my kids make me incredibly proud, more and more each day as I see them growing.”

Staff vote runners-up: Tamirra and Tori

Mom: Tamirra, 45, of Florissant

Daughter: Tori, 25, of Florissant

What’s the best thing about being a mom? From Tamirra: “The best part about being a mom is watching my children grow up right before my eyes. No matter how old they are, they know they can always come to me for anything.”

Staff vote runners-up: Patty and Anthony

Mom: Patty Girse, 59, of Oakville

Son: Anthony Milson, 30, of Richmond Heights

What do you love most about being a mom: From Patty: “I have two sons and watching them grow up to be such wonderful, educated, respectful young men has been the best part of being a mom. I couldn’t ask for better kids.”

Mom: LaTisha, 37, of Sparta, Illinois

Daughter: Aylah, 16 of Sparta

Why do you love your mom? From Aylah: “I love my mom for giving me life, for loving me, for sacrificing so much so that I can live a great life. She’s not only my mom but my role model and my best friend. She listens to me complain, when I cry, when I laugh, or even scream and yell. ... Out of everything I love about my mom, her determination is what I love most. She proves to me everyday that a hard worker can achieve anything. Even from a simple A on a test, to being a full time NICU nurse, she shows me how to reach your goals. And I know that every goal I try to reach, she will be one step ahead of me pushing me to do better. I can only hope to grow up to be half as an incredible person as she.”

Giving Heart Lake a runoff lifeline, a neighbor's petition to North Myrtle Beach leaders

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — If you are cutting through 11th Avenue North, you'd probably miss it after you pass Ocean Drive Elementary School and round the curve from the golf course. However, nestled behind several homes sits a lake and one homeowner said its days are numbered."This lake's drying up," said David Serrell, who owns three parcels of land that include portions of what locals call Heart Lake.It's been a dry year no doubt, but Serrell said that's not the problem. He's pointing the finger at cit...

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — If you are cutting through 11th Avenue North, you'd probably miss it after you pass Ocean Drive Elementary School and round the curve from the golf course. However, nestled behind several homes sits a lake and one homeowner said its days are numbered.

"This lake's drying up," said David Serrell, who owns three parcels of land that include portions of what locals call Heart Lake.

It's been a dry year no doubt, but Serrell said that's not the problem. He's pointing the finger at city hall.

"It's a man-made problem that can be fixed," Serrell said. "They should have never put this storm drainage project in."

He's referring to a stormwater drainage project that takes runoff from Jordan Road down to Tillson and into another nearby lake. However, for the decades before that project was in place, he said Heart Lake was a natural retention site for rainwater.

"It's slowly going down down down and now it's at a point whereby the first of June, but no later than the first of September that will be a mud hole," he said.

He blames the city engineer's office and DOT engineers. He claims they wrongfully put in a drainage pipe above another that in the end takes most of the rainwater down the road, only in large storm events will Heart Lake see any of the runoff. The city claims it was all an effort to reduce flooding concerns in the area, specifically at the golf course.

ABC 15 News also spoke off-camera with neighbors on the other side of the lake. They disputed Mr. Serrell's claims. They said the lake has been the same height for years and has not really been impacted by the drainage system.

"The project was installed to alleviate flooding in the road and on the church/school properties across the street," wrote city spokesperson Donald Graham. "The new drainage system discharges to Mallard Pond (between 8th and 11th) because the City has public drainage easements and downstream outlet capacity at that pond."

Serrell said Hurricane Matthew inundated the area and cause Heart Lake to rise but not flood the golf course. He said the lake is only a couple of acres and in no way stopped the golf course from operating after the storm.

He said he's gone to the city several times as well as the state to ask for a do-over or adjustment to the drainage showing us along 11th Avenue how the piping allows hardly any runoff into his properties.

"There's no way water that's been going across the street to Heart Lake, can go to Heart Lake anymore," Serrell said. "This is a catastrophe."

Graham with the city said it comes down to the fact that the lake, which Serrell and several others have parceled within their lots, is private property.

"Heart Lake is on private property and does not have a natural outlet beyond overflow/flooding onto the golf course. The City does not plan to make any changes to the public drainage in the area."

Serrell doesn't see it that way. He says the city's project has led to the lake level depleting.

"It's down at least five feet," Serrell said. "It's slowly going down down down and now it's at a point where by the first of June, but no later than the first of September that will be a mud hole."

He said his efforts to find an attorney to get involved are slow-moving, so he plans to mobilize neighbors. This weekend he will hold his second rally to get those in the area to sign a petition to help restore runoff flows into the lake before it becomes a hazard more than a habitat.

"I'm really more concerned about the aquatic animals than the loss of property value," Serrell said.

That goes back to the beginning of this story. You may miss the lake, but what you won't miss are the multiple signs in his front yard. There are crosses as well, symbolizing the fish and wildlife that could die if the lake dries up. He also has a sign calling out the governor and the city's mayor. We gave Mayor Marilyn Hatley a phone call, and we're waiting to hear back.

"If this dries up, the state of South Carolina and the City of North Myrtle Beach are going to have to cough up and it's not the public officials it's the taxpayers, because I'm going to have damages for this nice home and those lots that I can't do much with if they're on a mud hole," Serrell said.

Those interested in this issue can attend his meeting Saturday around noon at his home on 11th Avenue North.

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