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27 Jun Solar making more cents with new incentives

Several years ago then City Manager Scott Dadson and I met with several Solar vendors about supplementing conventional electric power for part or all of the city government complex and possibly the lighting the Henry C Chambers Waterfront with solar energy.  After several months and due diligence we concluded that because the equipment was costly, the electric utility was not paying enough for surplus power that solar citizens would be putting on the grid and the tax encouragements for solar were not ample to pay the bills. It was just...

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27 Jun A Digital what? New and better jobs for whom?

As noted in my opening note, the City of Beaufort will partner with the Charleston Digital Corridor and a yet to be created non-profit entity to open a technology center in Beaufort.  This is exciting and I must profusely thank Council Murray and City Manager Bill Prokop and Charleston Digital Corridor founder and director Ernest Andrade for their tireless work and creativity for seeking a job diversification program for Beaufort area residents. WHY would we do this? During the last census period, Beaufort lost about 1 out of 4 residents between the...

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27 Jun Historic site being cleared of debris

It was brought to the attention of the City that, even though outside of the archeological boundary surveyed area which was taped off, equipment and rubble from Boundary Street redevelopment could have an adverse impact on the surrounding area. The city quickly found a solution. The former Huddle House paved parking lot will be used rather than the area around Battery Saxon Historic Site to store heavy equipment and rubble. Thanks to the Beaufort County Historical Society and the SC Battleground Preservation Trust for bringing to our attention the areas adjacent to surveyed...

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27 Jun Pat Conroy Literary Center needs your help

Few would doubt that services delivered to students and aspiring writers in Beaufort and throughout the region,  if not the nation,  would benefit Beaufort.  Even fewer would doubt that this could be a destination for visitors and attractive for others to move here. The Pat Conroy Literary Center's plan is not to reinvent the wheel, but to collaborate with existing organizations to help them be stronger, more substantive,  if necessary,  and then to complement their work in Beaufort and beyond. To make the Pat Conroy Literary Center be what it can be,...

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27 Jun Boundary Street, slowly but surely

While I know some are inconvenienced and I am  particularly concerned about potential loss of business along Boundary Street, I see progress. To date we are on schedule and on budget. Most exciting is that the new intersection of Robert Smalls Parkway and Highway 21, which is currently very confusing despite efforts to make it not so, is currently scheduled to be completed ahead of schedule most likely within the next 45 days. Land acquisition to expand Battery Saxton Park on the south side of Highway 21 continues as the City, the...

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20 Jun Beaufort History Museum Announces Summer Docent Classes

BEAUFORT HISTORY MUSEUM     CONTACT: Carla Marsh                                                                           Carol Lauvray cmarsh@beauforthistorymuseum.com      clauvray@beauforthistorymuseum.com 561-376-7651                                                          614-975-4806   For Immediate Release                                                June 15, 2016       Beaufort History Museum Announces Summer Docent Classes     Beaufort, SC – June 15, 2016 – Do you love history? Come learn about and share the incredible 500-year history of this area at the Beaufort History Museum (BHM). We are recruiting the Summer 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours and serve as community liaisons. The museum displays artifacts, photos and special exhibits to help our volunteers bring Beaufort’s history to life for visitors. Learn how...

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20 Jun Have You Heard about “Beaufort Pride of Place”

Back when an organization called Civic Green opposed the redevelopment of the Marina parking lot, which the city council agreed to abandon, members of Civic Green pledged to help fund beautification of the Waterfront Park by collecting donations especially from citizens who live outside of the city but who love and take pride in the park used by so many. While this never materialized, City Manager Bill Prokop opened a restricted account through which people could donate for specific improvements for the City. A group on Pigeon Point started an account for...

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20 Jun An Old Jail

An Old Jail Since word is on the street is that the old Beaufort County Jail on King Street will be purchased and redeveloped, I thought you might be interested in the story of another old jail. New Look for the Old, Old Jail ...

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