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09 Jan A different view on infrastructure

The following article suggests that federal spending on infrastructure will cost counties and towns challenges in the long term because once the infrastructure is built the local governments are stuck with the high costs of maintaining. This is no different from the State of SC having built a farm to market road system that led to larger roads. Now the roads are wearing out and there are no dollars for maintenance so the city ends up paying to repair state sideways and maintain and repair state stormwater systems. It's time to get back to...

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09 Jan Beaufort is ahead of the curve once again

As a Board Member of the Municipal Association of SC, I have been defending the rights of local government to maintain business licenses while agreeing that there must be ways to make the process more transparent, easier to understand, less complicated to apply for licenses and equitable. For the past several years Legislators in Columbia have been looking at changing local business licenses. Some of the suggestions are terrible while others are good. On the negative side, at one point legislators wanted to cap business licenses at $100 which means that a mom...

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09 Jan Join for the Digital Corridor ribbon cutting ceremony!

Beaufort welcomes Digital Corridor as key effort to grow Lowcountry tech economy The Beaufort Digital Corridor project formally opens its doors Jan. 12 to start helping small technology-related companies take flight. The Beaufort Digital Corridor at 500 Carteret Street is an offshoot of the successful Charleston Digital Corridor. The ribbon cutting is set for Jan. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the renovated and upfitted offices at downtown’s 500 Carteret Street. “The Beaufort Digital Corridor is the right idea at the right time and certainly the right place,” said Beaufort City Councilman Stephen Murray,...

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09 Jan What Barbara Streisand had to say about our friend Pat Conroy

The Pat Conroy Literary Center is off to a very strong start with programs planned for 2017 and beyond. Under the leadership of Board Chair Dr. Jane Upshaw and Director Jonathan Haupt (who came to use from being Director the USC Press) and a burgeoning board and advisory board composed of family, friends, literary notables and many Beaufort volunteers, we continue be graced by the goodwill and notoriety that Pat Conroy brought to our home town.  While we are up and running, financial contributions and volunteer time will be required...

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09 Jan Beaufort says goodbye to Dottie McDaniel

Dottie McDaniel fit no-one else's mold. She was a special character who spoke her mind and it was a joy to see her do "her thing" in our special hometown which celebrates individuality, creativity, love of life and personal charm.  Whether it was brief encounters on the street corner, or at a party lasting many hours in her home or at City Council meetings where Dottie spoke passionately about her beliefs, she was colorful and informed. We will miss Dottie. Fortunately so many of us had such pleasant and entertaining experiences with Dottie...

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09 Jan Reconstruction Era Monument

Property owners participating in the process of trying to squeeze in a Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort before the end of the Administration worked long and hard alongside National Park Service and Department of Interior officials over the holidays examining documents, talking back and forth working out complicated issues that must meet the standards of the Antiquities Act. It is hard to believe that only a few months ago, we were not encouraged that it could be done in time. But after 1500 petition signers, 164 signatures on letters from scholars, preservationists...

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09 Jan Good move for Charleston but likely too big for Beaufort

Given the geographic size, bike friendly nature and the volume of people living and visiting on the City of Charleston Peninsula, Gotcha Bike or any other of the companies established to provide this service makes a lot of sense.  Over the past few months, several vendors approached me asking if it would work in Beaufort. My initial response is likely not appropriate since we have bike rentals for visitors, most serious cyclers who commute in Beaufort have their own bicycles and the point-to-point opportunities (get a bike at one place and...

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09 Jan A battle won against Seismic Testing

Last year all of the mayors along the SC Coast, along with about 300 other government entities and a huge number of business leaders and citizens from the South Atlantic Coast persuaded the Obama Administration to remove seismic testing from the five year plan to explore for oil and gas along the South Atlantic coast.  We prevailed. In recent weeks the Administration went a step further by establishing a permeant ban on testing and exploration in the North and Mid Atlantic. But the South Atlantic was left out of the permanent...

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09 Jan Antarctica Ice Break could have long term consequences?

The Washington Post January 6, 2017 The crack in this Antarctic ice shelf just grew by 11 miles. A dramatic break could be imminent. By Chris Mooney An enormous rift in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew dramatically over the past month, and a chunk nearly the size of Delaware could break away as soon as later this winter, British scientists reported this week. If this happens, it could accelerate a further breakup of the ice shelf, essentially removing a massive cork of ice that keeps some of Antarctica’s glaciers from flowing into the...

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09 Jan Trip to Italy!

My girlfriend Paola, a native Italian, and I spent five days with her daughter in Camogli, a small beautiful fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean.  It was fabulous being in such a gorgeous setting, with only a few calls back to the states for business (of course the Reconstruction Era Monument), and to be with special friends.   About Camogli: Camogli (Camuggi in Genoese dialect) is a fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino. It's located on the Golfo Paradiso at the Riviera di Levante,...

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