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29 Aug Challenges posed by SC’s Act 388

While this is about Lexington county and not Beaufort county, we share the same challenges posed by SC's Act 388 All local governments are pressed by demands as school taxes are put solely on businesses, commercial and residential renters and property taxes are capped artificially by the State. As it relates to Beaufort it also points to the imbalance since we have so few new non retail and non hospitality jobs which makes home ownership less affordable in Beaufort than elsewhere. By putting as much, not necessarily more, emphasis on growing existing businesses...

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29 Aug I like food trucks and the diversity they bring to our wonderful small city

At a recent City Council Work Session, we discussed food trucks and how they can better fit into Beaufort.  I like them and would like to see less burdensome regulations while at the same time not infringing on what the industry calls bricks and mortar dining establishments. The health and safety of food trucks is heavily regulated by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. At the local level they pay business licenses, collect hospitality taxes and must be located where they do not interrupt traffic and create safety hazards....

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Bill Prokop

29 Aug City Manager’s Report – August 23, 2016

The following is a summary of City Manager Bill Prokop’s Report to City Council on August 23:   The County Finance Committee approved a cost sharing with the City yesterday at their meeting of 90/10% with the County allowing the use of Walmart impact fees $78,860 to be used and the City will pick up the balance of $8780.00. We hope to have the preliminary report by the end of November and the final by the end of the year. We very much appreciate the County assisting us with this study.   Our Police Department had...

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26 Aug Ice skating coming to Beaufort?

Artificial ice for serious skaters is not the real thing. Ice skating in Beaufort is not Beaufort and therefore artificial. The city tying up part of the park for roughly a month by partnering with a for profit company for a period of years, so the contractor can amortize the cost, while understandable, is a risk for city and contractor is a new challenge. At the same time I know there are young people looking for new and interesting things to do is important.  In my mind the jury is out until we...

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26 Aug Entrepreneurs make Beaufort proud

Entrepreneurs make Beaufort proud. Thank you Harris family. Congratulations on your growth and new job creation. Family pillow business a Beaufort County success story...

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Beaufort County Library

26 Aug Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Heart Health Drop-In, Team Trivia, and More at the Beaufort Branch Library

NEWS RELEASE   August 22, 2016   Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Heart Health Drop-In, Team Trivia, and More at the Beaufort Branch Library   Event Name: Stuffed Animal Sleepover Short Description of Event: Bring your stuffed animal to sleep over at the library. Join us for brunch and a special slide show to see what your animal did at the library! All ages. Time and Date of Event: Drop off Wednesday, September 7, anytime from 9:00am-5:00pm Pick up Thursday, September 8 at 9:30am Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 Price of Event: Free Contact Info: Cat Williams, 843-255-6435,...

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Beaufort County Library

26 Aug A Revolutionary Talk, Flute Performance, and Investment Program at the Bluffton Branch Library

NEWS RELEASE   August 26, 2016   A Revolutionary Talk, Flute Performance, and Investment Program at the Bluffton Branch Library   Event Name: Saving the Revolution – The Origin of Our Constitution Short Description of Event: With the end of the American Revolution, the United States were hardly united and the benefits of the war began to be lost. In the summer of 1787, a remarkable assembly of great minds met in Philadelphia to draft a document saving the revolution’s achievements for posterity. Come hear this compelling segment of our nation’s history. Time and Date of Event: Friday,...

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Beaufort County Library

26 Aug A Gullah/Geechee Literacy Celebration, Teen Film Fest, Roald Dahl Celebration, and More at the St. Helena Branch Library

NEWS RELEASE   August 23, 2016   A Gullah/Geechee Literacy Celebration, Teen Film Fest, Roald Dahl Celebration, and More at the St. Helena Branch Library   Event Name:  Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration, “Reading the Past, Writing the Future” Short Description of Event: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day! St. Helena Branch Library will host Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as local authors David Grimm, Lynn Bryant, Shiela Martina, JD Horn, and special guest readings from the works of Heyward Inabinett and Mary Alice Monroe. Enjoy the history, biographies, and the novels...

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22 Aug Bigger can sometimes be better, but local fills an unmet niche

I was delighted to be able to help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Beaufort Pharmacy and Compounding a few weeks back. The expansion of this successful Hampton Pharmacy  business into the location of Beaufort's past celebrated Airmar's Pharmacy (of which there were four before Charles Aimar found his niche) is a huge opportunity. Big boxes meet a community need. Small boxes can fill a need for more personalized service and patient attention. We are fortunate to have Beaufort Pharmacy and Compounding right here in Ribaut Road access from Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Grays...

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22 Aug It’s time to take a new look at library impact fees

Support our Blossoming County Library System If you have not had opportunity to meet the new Director of the Beaufort County Library System, Ray McBride, I would highly recommend it. He is a very approachable  breath of fresh air with an understanding of how libraries are not just a place to read magazines or check out books. Rather it is place of civets, the center of a community, from which much can come to make our hometown and our county  a better place to live. A  number of years ago, when asked by...

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