"I am writing on behalf of Rosebank Farms and all the wonderful things they do for others," the email from Jill Levy begins. Patti Romano has launched a campaign to urge Kiawah Town Council to allow Sidi and Louise Limehouse's Rosebank Farms Stand to remain open for another full calendar year instead of closing on Dec. 31, 2014.
"Recently we asked Louise and Sidi what they would like to see happen at the Rosebank Farms stand," Levy writes. "Instead of moving out on Dec. 31, 2014, they would like to stay until Dec. 31, 2015. They would also like Kiawah to consider, for the future, having a farm stand remain on location where local farmers could sell their produce to Sea Island residents and visitors."
In order to promote the campaign, Levy has started a Facebook page: Save Rosebank Farms Stand
. Supporters are asked to "Like" the page.
"I have had conversations with candidates at Kiawah and want to show them just how strongly the community feels about having Rosebank Farms Stand remain where it is," Levy says.
In response, Kiawah's Town Administrator Tumiko Rucker writes:
"This is a laudable effort on behalf of those supporting this campaign for the Rosebank Farm Stand to remain through December 2015. The current owner has a lease agreement that runs through Dec. 31, 2014 that transferred with the property. The Town became the owner’s of the property on November 13. The Town of Kiawah Island values the contributions of the Rosebank Farm Stand to the community and the input of the public. To that end, additional consideration was given to the Farm’s business and sales through the holiday months. However, the relocation of the Rosebank Farm Stand is not a matter of merit or value to the community, but rather a legal one. At present, the Town is prepared to honor the legally binding lease agreement and anticipates the relocation of the Rosebank Farm Stand by year’s end."