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10 Apr Impact Fees – Serious Discussion with Unintended Consequences

As the positive conversation about managing traffic and future growth on Ladys Island moves forward, some are quick to say "charge the new residential and commercial arrivals significant impact fees like they are doing in Mt Pleasant."  I recommend care in throwing around such terms and threats until we all understand some of the intended and unintended consequences.   I would also remind you that over the years in response to the sprawl of Mt Pleasant from Charleston, Mt Pleasant has tried building moratoriums and other measures to control growth that apparently have...

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10 Apr National Park Service Jr Ranger Visits Beaufort, gets NPS Passport Stamped

  National Park Service Junior Ranger Visits Beaufort and gets NPS Passport Stamped Tuesday March 28, 2017 a very special Junior Ranger visited the Reconstruction Era National Monument. Miss Aida Frey and her family visited the Penn Center and the Beaufort Visitors Center where she completed the Reconstruction Era's first Junior Ranger program certificate. She has visited 265 National Parks in 6 years and many other beautiful places in that time. Her goal is to reach 300 parks in 2017. Aida is an accomplished National Park Junior Ranger, and has been featured in...

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10 Apr Time to Start All Over Again

Like the story of Sisyphus,  who when he reached the top of the mountain fell over the other side and had to start climbing again, it appears that coastal communities along the Atlantic are going to have to go back to work to prevent environmentally threatening seismic testing and exploration of oil and gas.  We are told that the new administration will, perhaps as soon as this week, restructure the five year plan to include the South Atlantic and to approve formerly denied permits for testing off the SC Coast. We were told...

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10 Apr One Citizen’s Comment about Short Term Rentals and City Planning Director’s Response

This week the City Council in our Work Session will again discuss recommendations of the Short Term Rental Task Force before we develop potential ordinance changes. We have heard from a lot of individuals, some for and others against stricter management or control of Short Term Rentals.   Let us know you thoughts if you have not already done so.  If during the meeting we do not respond to each comment, please do not take it personally.  Just know that we are listening and over the course of several meetings...

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04 Apr Community Garden is back – Thanks to John, Steve and others!

Before the development of Midtown on Bladen Street, John Trask III and Steve Tully who owned the vacant land were generous to let part of the parcel be used as a community garden to be shared by neighbor's and others.  My sense was that it was a success, but when the development commenced the garden was to be relocated. Unfortunately, a new home was never found and we went without the community garden. Watch the video from Island Packet and then join me and many others in thanking John for...

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04 Apr Beauty is more than skin deep

We are always excited to hear good things about our home town. Magazines, daily newspapers and travel writers frequently give Beaufort a "best" rating.  And that is a good thing.  They recognize our physical charm and beauty which I am sure attracts many visitors and new residents. But when I read one of the stories I wonder if the writers, and therefore the readers, understand how special we are below the skin.  How strong our core is? How the community celebrates diversity of the past and present? How deep and broad...

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04 Apr Plastic and the Environment

While there is a petition circulating and discussion about the environmental "costs" of plastics, no one has yet come to council with a solution.  I know a lot of you are thinking about it and fortunately the state legislature decided this is a local issue.  Within the not too distant future, the Coastal Mayors will be meeting to discuss threatened changes in plans for oil and gas exploration off our coast and how we can collectively fight it.  Also on the agenda will be rising sea levels and I am...

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04 Apr Energy Savings by the City

Concluding an extended study, the City has determined that by investing in better equipment,  that more than pays for itself in savings financially, we can reduce our energy costs by more than 30%. It will not happen overnight but incremental changes to computers that adjust temperature when buildings are empty at night and over the weekends, replacing lighting with LED, changing the cooling tower at the city complex, installing solar in some places, replacing lighting in the Water Front Park will -- among other adjustments throughout all city properties -- save taxpayer dollars. This is...

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04 Apr Document Shredding – Thank you Beaufort County

Shredding Secure Document Events Shredding dates have been scheduled and will be held between the hours of 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. [or until trucks are filled]. The locations are as follows: Shanklin Convenience Center, 80 Shanklin Road, Beaufort, SC 29906 April 8, 2017 Beaufort County Public Works Site South, 9 Benton Field Road, Bluffton, SC 29910 June 10, 2017 Any types of colors of paper, file folders, envelopes etc. are acceptable. Staples and clips do not need to be removed. Materials can be brought in any containers or bag and will be emptied into...

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