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31 Jan Young Leaders of Beaufort in Mock Trial

This month I hosted the Young Leaders of Beaufort with a tour of City Hall and a mock trial with Judge Tupper. Students explored the legal process through assuming the roles of the jury, defendant and prosecutor. Students then met with police officers including Captain Clancy. Exciting day for this group of 7th and 8th graders.   ...

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31 Jan Thomas Heyward – Lost and then Found

If you have been to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park lately you may have noticed that the plaque attached to the Thomas Heyward monument was missing.  Unfortunately someone took it down. Fortunately it was found in the bushes by City staff, is currently being cleaned up to be rehung in its place. I ask all to show respect for our forebears, for our grand park and for each other.  Thanks....

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31 Jan Reconstruction Era Monument – Update

While it took sixteen years and the work of many in our community to earn this important designation, the final product of a national park,  and not just granite monuments planted in the ground, will not happen overnight.  As discussed in  earlier posts, the Antiquities Act prevents the US Government from allocating financial resources at the time of the designation. This is to say that the costs associated with standing up the sites, and eventually adding more, will take more time. I understand the Designated Marketing Organization's Visitors' Center at the Arsenal...

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31 Jan Kudos to Beaufort’s City Loft and many others

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a team of knowledgeable and highly motivated retail and restaurant consultants who are frequenting Beaufort seeking opportunities for clients interested in moving their businesses, homes and new jobs to Beaufort.  We talked about what is missing such as late night dining, entertainment venues (jazz or blues club?) and retail opportunities. Clearly what public and private collaboration has accomplished in recent years has set the stage though we fail to miss some additional opportunities on Carteret Street, Charles and Bladen Streets along with near in...

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31 Jan A not so new kind of Economic Development for Beaufort County

Several weeks ago, Bloomberg Philanthropies - in concert with their partner "Nest" -  brought together the Mayors of Beaufort, Charleston, Jackson, Mississippi, Columbia, SC and Birmingham, Alabama to discuss economic development through engaging local artisans/crafts people, stay at home women (attending to children, elderly parents or physically handicapped) and businesses whose markets can be opened to new products produced  in homes or smalls buildings. Tested and successful in developing countries, "Nest" - supported by Bloomberg and other major funders  -  has helped artisans better organize their businesses, increase their production and find...

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31 Jan Boardwalk fence blocks the view?

To say I was aghast to see what appears to have been a mistake on the boardwalk along the rejuvenated Boundary Street corridor in an understatement.  The intent was for safety railing but it appears the carpenters overbuilt and created a fence with pickets that create a barrier to the intended view shed we planned. This was a mistake. The fence pickets will be replaced with cabling that will enable one to see through to the vista which is an important component of the finished product.  To make sure this works, the next section...

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31 Jan The Virus has not hit Beaufort County and I do not believe it will

As I watch and read snippets in the news, like many with whom I talk, I detect a virus of dissension that is spreading through our nation and the world.   Fortunately, I see evidence that the divisiveness is not catching on in Beaufort County. I will do all I am able to see that it does not. Last week when all four Mayors from Beaufort's principal municipalities presented to Senior Leadership Beaufort, many in the gathering expressed surprise that mayors get along so well. We actually like each other, seem to not...

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31 Jan Abandoned Boats? Who is going to take them away

Shortly after Hurricane Matthew, City officials met with the Coast Guard, Beaufort County and the Department of Natural Resources to determine who would move the seemingly abandoned boats that washed-up into the marshes of Factory Creek on Ladys Island. Following a meeting at which all were concerned, each indicated they did not have the funding. On behalf of City Council, City Manager Bill Prokop wrote to Governor Haley for relief.  It did not take long before we received a letter from the former Governor stating that the SC Department of Natural...

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