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06 Sep Recovery

With school started and Labor Day over we move into the Fall season which is very busy with important fundraising events, cultural activities and more. But before we get that far, I just wanted to share a few words that best describe this past weekend.  If there was ever a “theme” to a weekend in Beaufort, I would refer the past week end as a best act of “recovery.” HERMINE Recovery . . . . In the sense that our city staff, along with county officials, utilities and Beaufort County officials were prepared likely better...

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06 Sep “My wound is geography” reads Pat Conroy’s Grave Stone

DAVID LAUDERDALE dlauderdale@islandpacket.com Shared from Packet/Gazette   Pat Conroy’s love affair with Beaufort has been lavishly documented. But Beaufort’s love affair with Conroy is in its early chapters. This should be a true love story — as good for business as it is for the soul of a town that took in a Marine Corps brat, gave him a place to teach school and ended up as the palette for his world-famous novels. CONROY HELPED US SEE THAT OUR CHARACTER IS A PLACE CALLED HOME. Conroy died March 4 in a mad rush, just weeks after we heard...

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05 Sep Loggerhead Turtle: State Reptile

  Photo provided by S.C. Aquarium Story Shared from SC Currents Loggerhead Turtle: State Reptile S.C. Encyclopedia | The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), a threatened species, was named the state reptile in an act signed by Gov. Carroll Campbell on June 1, 1988. Recognizing the loggerhead as “an important part of the marine ecosystem” and that South Carolina’s coastline provides “some of the most pristine nesting areas” for the turtle on the East Coast, the General Assembly declared that the state’s responsibility is “to preserve and protect our wildlife and natural resources.” The loggerhead is one...

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05 Sep An irate tourist tested my commitment to civility. And guess who won?

An irate tourist tested my commitment to civility. And guess who won? Rarely am I pushed to my limit as I was by an irate tourist who called my mobile phone Thursday screaming at me because he received a parking ticket. Assuming the purpose of the call was to rant, I let him do so for about five minutes never giving me a chance to respond. He told me that he had been visiting one of the Beaufort area’s ocean front islands, from his home in Greenville, for the past thirty years...

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29 Aug CAPA BBQ Butt Fundraiser Sept 2

Child Abuse Prevention Association BBQ BUTT Fundraiser Be prepared for family and friends this Labor Day with a fully cooked and seasoned BBQ Butt PICK UP SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2016 9AM-3PM $30 EACH PIGGLY WIGGLY PARKING LOT, 1347 RIBAUT ROAD, PORT ROYAL SC Call 843-524-4350 for more information IF NOT PICKED UP BY 3PM, WILL BE CONSIDERED A DONATION...

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29 Aug Elected officials working together on traffic study

It's refreshing when elected officials can sit down, be civil, exchange information and do what is right for the citizens Two weeks ago,  the County Council Finance Committee tabled a motion to fund a study of traffic issues on Ladys Island. Over the ensuing week, hundreds of Ladys Island residents reached out through emails seeking support from the committee. Furthermore the City staff took the time to explain how little of the incorporated City is on the Island, while realizing that new retail could have make a current problem worse. Fortunately, when the...

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29 Aug Vote for “Big D” today, tomorrow and the next day and more

When in the Legislature, on City Council and Mayor, I have attended the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department's annual holiday event and awards ceremony.  I cannot remember a time when Derrick Washington was not recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Today, Derrick  is a runner up in a national context competing with volunteers from large cities where thousands of people will go on line. Liken this situation to Candice Glover, vote often and encourage others to do the same.  Let's show our city's long standing volunteer of the year how we appreciate him for...

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29 Aug Two weeks ago we created the Cultural District Advisory Board. This week we appointed its members.

Beaufort fills Cultural District Advisory Board to promote downtown arts, celebrate local culture Members of Beaufort’s new Cultural District Advisory Board will work to promote the downtown arts district to increase tourism, foster more support for the arts, and celebrate and strengthen local culture. The Beaufort City Council named members to the Advisory Board this week. The group will be led by Chairperson Bonnie Hargrove, director of the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have an exceptional opportunity in...

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29 Aug I have frequently mentioned “civic engagement”. What do I mean?

I frequently encourage  citizens to be more engaged in our community. I also started the Young Leaders of Beaufort to teach civic engagement to seventh and eighth graders. And I speak in schools, at civic association meetings and in surrounding communities inviting all to participate. From the bottom of my heart I believe we can make a difference in bettering our community. I am not sure I have ever really defined what I mean by civic engagement. The following blog from Iowa State University explains what I am talking about. A university, like a...

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