Debbie Ott

My husband, Jim and I have been married for 47 years and have a daughter Jaclyn. Jaclyn graduated West Point Military Academy and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is now living in Denver with her husband Shawn.

We enjoyed successful careers in Northeast Pennsylvania, and purchased our first property on Seabrook Island in 2003. After experiencing the beauty, the people and activities on Seabrook Island, we knew this would be our permanent home after we retired.

I received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and served 33 years in the public school system. I taught Health and Physical Education, ran an intramural program, and coached the track and field team, as well as a successful high school gymnastic team utilizing my experience as a 4 year varsity college gymnast. This high school team produced several state champions.

My observation of many students living a sedentary lifestyle motivated me to work on developing a special and separate school program to educate students in nutrition and activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Although this program was set up for students, it also helped educate and benefit entire families.

My passion for a healthy and active lifestyle has continued into my retirement. Seabrook Island is a peaceful place that also offers a wealth of fun activities. I am very active in golf, tennis, biking, pickleball and walking our dog, Bridgette. Jim and I frequent the gym and pools as well as our beaches. I am currently serving on the Club’s membership committee and SILGA hospitality committee.

Jim is transitioning into retirement from a career managing recreational communities, clubs, utilities, and a real estate brokerage firm. Jim’s career has given us a unique insight and appreciation of the work and effort that goes into successfully maintaining and operating a gated community. Not only is the welfare of our owners important, but the maintenance of roads, beaches, drainage, community facilities, and the natural environment/habitat are essential. We also recognize the importance of community volunteerism.

The impact of growth on the island is a challenge that deserves high priority. Renew 50 has brought to our attention the needs at the Community Center and Lake House. How we go forward evaluating, justifying, and financing an end result that is acceptable to the community will not be an easy task. I am hopeful and optimistic that through focus groups, outside consultants, and Board decisions the challenges will be met.

There are so many areas of importance that make Seabrook Island the wonderful place that we love and enjoy. While our island is nearing buildout, it’s essential to find balance between the needs of our population while being mindful of our safety, security and privacy. Hopefully through this journey, some of the divisions in the community can diminish and neighborly friendliness restored.

Thank you for considering me to serve on the nominating committee.