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21 Feb Cultural District Advisory Board Off and Running

Feb. 20, 2017 City of Beaufort Cultural District Advisory Board up to full strength, sets aggressive workplan toward goals Completing membership of Beaufort’s Cultural District Advisory Board, the City Council recently added Carol Lauvray, president of the Beaufort History Museum, and named Deborah Johnson as the city administration’s liaison to the board. Members of the Cultural District Advisory Board will collaboratively promote the city’s cultural assets found in the downtown area for residents and visitors. Working together the group will seek to foster more support for the arts, and celebrate and strengthen local...

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21 Feb This is NOT Reform- It’s Special Interest Intrusion

No matter which way you look at it, the business license proposal is not reform. If the General Assembly wanted to truly reform business license law they would leave it to those who know how to do it and not create a new bureaucracy costing taxpayers mopey.  If they were serious about helping small businesses, they would have the courage to revise Act 388 which put a huge burden on small businesses and owners of rental  properties and second homes.  If they really want to help local governments stretch our resources, they...

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21 Feb Last Week’s Highlights!

Last week was a big week in our special little city! One highlight was a site visit by representatives of the National Park Service - Southeastern Regional Office in Atlanta. The team reported they have started work on interim promotional materials. They presented to Penn Center and the Beaufort Visitors Center the official NPS Passport Stamp.  If you are NPS fan and have a "Passport to National Parks," you can get yours stamped today at either of the sites.  Furthermore, we talked about a celebration in the spring and community planning sessions perhaps as...

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15 Feb Learn about Ladys Island Traffic Study

The first draft of the report of the Ladys Island Traffic Study will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday February 16th, 6-7:30 at Ladys Island Middle School. Please take the time to come, see what they are proposing and let us know your thoughts. The Study is sponsored by the City of Beaufort with the support of Beaufort County Council. I personally believe that changes should not be made until after the County and City, in concert with the Ladys Island Committee, the Sea Island Coalition and the Coastal Conservation have...

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15 Feb Remembering Willie Scheper

Its difficult to describe,  without being sappy,  what a special human being Willie Scheper was to the many who knew him.  I was fortunate know him from my childhood as he was a friend of my parents.  As a kid I mowed his lawn and delivered his TV Guide. On the river sailing my sailfish he would whiz by on his Y-Flyer and ask me why I could not keep up with him. As a customer at The Peoples Bank he came out to say hello if he saw me in...

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15 Feb Public Meetings on The Beaufort Code

After months and months and meetings and meetings with neighborhood associations, developers, builders and many others, the Draft of the Beaufort Code has been revised and ready for more public review. The code is not completed, but now is the time to read it, attend one or more of the public meetings and weigh in.  The following meetings have been scheduled. Monday, February 13. Public Meeting re Draft Beaufort Code. 5:30 PM. Tuesday, February 14. Developer Meeting re Draft Beaufort Code. 10:0 AM Tuesday, February 14. City Council workshop (5:00 PM) and regular...

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15 Feb Added Content to Beaufort International Film Festival

Thanks to the new partnership between USCB and South Carolina Education Television (which in the process of reinventing WJWJ-TV in Beaufort), there will be added attractions to this year's Beaufort International Film Festival. Join the inaugural USCB-BIFF Film & Digital Media Symposium next Saturday in the USCB Center for the Arts 101, and also at an evening reception at SCETV. For more information    ...

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15 Feb Business Registration for Non-Profit Organizations?

Last year the City Council passed an ordinance that requires not for profit organizations to register with the business license administrator. Since letters went out within the past couple of weeks, I have received a few calls and been stopped on the street and asked "is my church going to have to pay a business license?" The answer is non profit organizations will not be asked to pay a business license on income that supports their core mission as stated in the Internal Revenue Service Code when they were granted the federal...

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15 Feb Neighborhood Improvement Meeting and Perhaps a Downtown Community Center

Please remember that each month the City of Beaufort planning staff, supported by all department heads, hosts a meeting when representatives from neighborhoods come together to talk about individual and collective neighborhood issues: public safety, public works, garbage and trash removal and other items of interest to the participants. One issue on my mind is whether there is sufficient interest with the Point, Old Commons, Northwest Quadrant, Pigeon Point and West End neighborhoods to help start and support a greater downtown Community Center with recreational and educations services for young and...

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