Federal Express Services for Island Residents
Daufuskie Island residents now have the option to use Federal Express services to receive FedEx, FedEx Home, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight packages. The Daufuskie Island Ferry Visitor Center is a Federal Express clearing station for all FedEx packages addressed to Daufuskie Island recipients.
Island residents will be notified when a FedEx package addressed to them arrives at the Visitors Center. Residents may choose to pick up the package there between the hours of 9 and 4, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, or they can arrange to have the package delivered by the Captain to the Melrose Landing luggage transfer area at a specific time any weekday.
The fee payable to DIFS by credit card is $10 for pick up at the Visitors Center or $20 if delivered to Melrose Landing. If you are going to have the package sent over to Melrose Landing, call the ferry office (843 940 7704) to make payment and set up ferry delivery details. Unclaimed packages will be returned to FedEx. Please be sure to add the Visitor Center address, (1536 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29926) to the delivery information for any of your Daufuskie-bound FedEx orders.
Daufuskie Island Non-emergency COVID-19 Medical Transport
The following non-emergency COVID-19 medical transport procedures are effective immediately and will be followed until further notice. The purpose of this policy is to transport individuals who are feeling sick to the mainland in a vessel other than the regular ferries.
Individuals who require non-emergency medical transportation will be transported on a water taxi from Melrose Landing to Buckingham Landing during normal business hours.
Individuals who think they are symptomatic will be transported from Melrose Landing to Buckingham in accordance with the following procedures:
• Transportation shall be provided on a separate vessel.
• The crew and vessel will be assigned by Haig Point marine management.
• The captain will determine who will be allowed to accompany the patient.
• The patient will wear a mask.
• The crew will wear a N-95 mask and gloves.
• All present on the boat will maintain a distance of six feet from the patient, if possible.
• The crew will de-contaminate the boat after the patient has left.
• The boat will not be used for passengers until it has been completely de- contaminated.
• A written record of each transport will be submitted to the Director of Transportation.
If an individual on Daufuskie Island requires non-emergency medical transport, they should call the Daufuskie Island Ferry office at 843-940-7704. That individual will provide the office staff with a credit card to be used to cover the $250 taxi fee unless it is waived by confirmation of a doctor visit.
Parking at Buckingham Landing for Island Residents
The Daufuskie Island Ferry operates 4 parking areas at the visitor center, the fruit stand, the service station and Buckingham Landing.
1. Decal Parking for Island Residents
At Buckingham Landing, the Resident Decal Parking area is reserved for cars that have Parking Decals on their bumpers. (Currently all parking decals have been assigned and no new decals will be issued.) Cars with decals are not assigned a specific parking space. There are enough spaces in the reserved area to accommodate these cars. Cars without decals are NOT to park in this area even it appears that there is available space. If you have a question, the ferry staff will direct you to an appropriate parking location.
2. General Parking for Island Residents
General parking is all the spaces at Buckingham Landing, except for those marked handicapped, those within the Decal Parking area and the specific spots marked RESERVED. Should a resident have difficulty finding a space in General Parking, the ferry staff will direct that resident to an appropriate parking location. Occasionally, residents may be told to park at an alternative ferry parking area such as the ferry visitor center, service station or fruit stand. Parking locations are assigned at the crew’s discretion based on availability. Residents are assured that they will always have a parking place, however, there are no specific spots assigned to anyone unless they are paying the annual $100/month fee for a RESERVED parking spot.
Resident’s cars parked over-night for a period of time must have a dated parking permit displayed on their mirrors or on their dashboards. General parking for Island Residents is $100 per month or $10/night if less than 10 days. Dated parking permits can be obtained and/or updated from the crew or by calling the office at 843 940 7704.
3. Free remote parking
Located at the Beaufort County Government Offices, 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton 29910. This area can be used by any cars which have a valid dated parking pass displayed on their dashboard. Valid parking passes for overnight parking can be obtained from the ferry staff. There is no shuttle service between this area and the Landing.
Securing a Parking Decal
While decal parking is an alternative for island residents with Palmetto Breeze ID cards, all available Parking Decals have been assigned and no new passes will be issued.
Paying for Resident Parking
Decal Parking is $50 per month. Payment is due and payable on the 1st of the month and if not paid by the 15th of the month, a $15 late fee will be applied. Parking can be paid monthly or for any number of months. You can make a payment by credit card by calling the Daufuskie Island Ferry office at 843 940 7704. Payment can also be made by check made out to HPCCA. Call the office for details – 843 950 7704.
General parking areas include the visitor center, service station, fruit stand and the landing with the exception of the area designated for Decal Parking and the specific spots marked RESERVED. General parking is $100 per month or $10 per day whichever is cheaper. Dated parking permits can be purchased by credit card from the crew. Should you need to extend your parking and are on Daufuskie, please call the office to arrange an extended date so that there is no risk of being towed due to an expired permit.
Finding a Place to Park
A parking permit or a parking decal is required for over-night parking. Any car which does not have a Resident Parking Decal on the bumper must have a parking permit on its dashboard or mirror.
Arriving vehicles will drive to the designated cargo drop-off area located under the small building where the crew will issue parking permits and assist with luggage. Overnight parking permits must be displayed on the dashboard or mirror of every car being parked overnight unless there is a Resident Parking Decal on the car’s bumper.
There is an area reserved for decal parking at the landing. If you do not have a decal, the ferry staff will tell you where to park. Depending on space available, general parking could be in any of the four ferry parking areas (the fruit stand, service station, ferry visitor center or the landing). Parking locations are assigned at the staff’s discretion based on availability.
Passengers going to Daufuskie are encouraged to wait patiently until passengers from Daufuskie have de-boarded and have left the parking area.
Decal Parking Policies
Individuals with a parking decal on the bumper of their automobile should be aware of the following:
- That the decal is not transferrable (parking privileges apply ONLY to the car to which the decal is attached).
- That decal parking payments of $50.00 per month are due regardless of whether or not the car is parked in the lot.
- That decal parking payments must be made on time whether paying monthly, quarterly, annually or otherwise.
- That cars with decals must park in the area reserved for them unless directed by the crew to park elsewhere.
- That non-adherence to these policies could result in a late charge or revocation of decal parking privileges
To void this decal and terminate the associated parking agreement, a cancellation notice should be presented in writing to the ferry office (843 940 7703).
Parking at Melrose Landing
Notices have been placed on all the cars parked at Melrose Landing advising the owners to call 843-341-8106 to register their vehicles if they wanted to continue parking at the landing. We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, call Captain Richard at 843-341-8106.
If you are a newcomer or an old-timer, and if you may need help with plumbing, painting, heating repairs, landscaping, the list below gives you some valuable resources for quick help. If you provide services to the island and are not on the list, just call the Daufuskie Island Ferry. Any updates will also be appreciated.