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20 Jun Boundary Street Demolition

If all goes well this week, the three dead buildings on the South side of Boundary Street will be removed.  This includes the vacant Huddle House, the vacant Sea Eagle and the vacant old Burton Fire Station.  This is the first step to opening up the vista across Battery Creek giving out city the kind of gateway entrance it deserves. The city is considering several proposals for new construction along the Boundary Street Corridor.  More details forthcoming as developers solidify plans.  ...

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13 Jun Thank you Congressman Sanford

Aside from the 30 coastal SC mayors who have hammered the Obama Administration and now the new Administration to prevent seismic testing and drilling off our pristine coastline, Congressman Mark Sanford and State Senator Chip Campson (who represents part of Beaufort County) have consistently been at the forefront. Several Weeks again Governor McMaster told me that he agreed with us and would help. And now Congressman Sanford has presented a unique approach.  Thank you. Mark Sanford, environmental groups in race against clock to stop offshore drilling  ...

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13 Jun On Time and on Budget – Boundary Street

The redevelopment of the Boundary Street Gateway to our historic and beautiful city is progressing even though some days it is difficult to see what if anything is happening.  Neal Pugliese  is charged with overseeing this complicated, expensive and very important project. He watches over it like a hawk. To give a little insight in to the oversight, I attach the following which is a sample one of Neal's updates which is sent to property owners along the corridor and members of the redevelopment team working on the project. Boundary Street Update,...

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13 Jun Road Trip?

About two years ago I went as a very informal ambassador for the Santa Elena History Center and Foundation to Spain. Count Alvaro was our tour guide and we not only learned a lot but had a great time.  If you have the slightest interest, I can attest that this will be an educational, entertaining and memorable experience. But I would suggest flying as it is difficult to drive from Beaufort to Spain. Thanks to the Beuafort County Library, Santa Elena and OLLI for offering this opportunity. NEWS RELEASE June 8, 2017 Visit Spain with the...

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13 Jun We’re More And More Underwater Each Year

With all the back and forth about believing or not believing scientists and the reasons for climate change, one thing is for certain: between the king tides and increasing occurrence of rain events our region is flooded. Fortunately, there is a conceptual plan for mitigating potential flooding like that which hit the west bank of Mossy Oaks during Hurricane Matthew causing much damage and personal loss to property in flooded homes. Once the City is reimbursed by FEMA for Hurricane Mathew damage and clean-up, we will be seeking funding from FEMA for a...

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13 Jun NOTICE: Approaching the Finish Line!

City Council has a very busy month ahead of us: We must complete our budget by the end of June; we are working towards passage of the new Beaufort Code after years of engagement; and we are coming closer to adopting revisions to our Short Term Rental Ordinance. Based on what I have heard through emails, street conversations and telephone calls,  many have very strong opinions about one of more of these items. I would suggest you review documents about issues in which you have an interest and let us know during council...

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13 Jun Speak from the Heart, Tell the Truth and Admit if You Make a Mistake

Last week  when I wrote that I was joining mayors along with university and business leaders in opposition to the US dropping out of the Paris Climate Agreement, I stepped a little out of the box by writing about what some call a "national or international issue." Some have queried as to why I would get into a "hot issue" over which a small city mayor has no control.  Though I do not follow Facebook, primarily because I believe it brings out the worst in people lashing out in one-way conversation about elected...

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06 Jun The Not So Pretty Side of State Government

I would normally stay out of this territory and comment only on substantive issues where what happens in Columbia can  directly affect our city and cities like ours.  (Orchestrating local taxes without local control, threatening to adjust business licenses potentially cutting our revenue by as much as 20% without a way to make up for the revenue loss, limiting our ability to regulate solid waste are recent issues)  What we ALL pay for insurance, our individual and institutional utility rates, big oil money organizing an oil drilling caucus and other large...

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06 Jun If you never took notice of Cottageville, this story gives reason to look at what they are doing

Over the past several years, the City has explored potentials for bringing or encouraging the private sector to develop a source of solar power to protect the supplies for our military installations, our governments and family households. Until recently most utilities discouraged local initiatives like this because apparently it undercut the revenue uses for other purposes not the least of which was investing in nuclear generation and higher profits.  Fortunately the climate has changed. Through a contract with Johnson Controls the city of Beaufort now has a plan in place to reduce...

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