06 Jun A new fee or no fee with cuts in services? That is the question!

New fee or no new fee? That is the question. Throughout the year, City Council considers many policy issues. There is none more important than the annual budget which drives what the city does over the course of the year. City Council will hold a public hearing and first reading on the Fiscal Year 2016-17 proposed budget next Tuesday June 14th at 7 PM. After about $1 million in cuts to departmental requests, we are just under $350,000 short of the required balanced budget. There are two ways to make up the difference. One...

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06 Jun 60 to 80 hours a week as a part-time Mayor

Though being Mayor -- compensated at $6,000 a year --  is not technically a full time job, I manage to spend about sixty to eighty hours a week being your mayor.  Thank goodness I love what I am doing.  The following highlights a typical weekend in the life of your Mayor: Friday Met City Manager and Planning Staff to discussion new Beaufort Code Lunch with Councilman Murry and Director of YMCA to discuss potential for community center downtown Attended Chamber of Commerce Civitas Dinner Saturday Attended Hurricane Preparedness Event                 Attended "graduation" for youth golfers hosted by Beaufort Charities               Sunday Met Humanities...

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06 Jun Controversial Yes! An American Legend Yes!

While I am no regular fan of boxing, Joe Frazier and Cassius Clay caught my attention. Beaufort native Joe Frazier's words, "never stay down, always get back up" have stuck with me for years. Cassius Clay, as I have always thought of him though he changed his name to Mohamed Ali, was indeed controversial during his early years. But wow, he was a fighter who became know world round for his tenacity in going after the gold. The life of ‘The Greatest,’ Muhammad Ali  ...

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06 Jun Persistance Pays: “Penn School – Reconstruction Era National Monument Act”

More than twenty years ago, a small group of scholars and community leaders including Dr. Page Miller, Dr. Lawrence Rowland, Chancellor Jane Upshaw, Emory Campbell and others met with visiting Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to talk about a national monument in Beaufort to shine a light on the story of the Reconstruction Area. They proposed a legislative initiative to make this happen, but for a number of reasons the measure died. In late 2014 or early 2015, my childhood friend John Siceloff, whose parents directed Penn Community Services for...

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06 Jun Join the Fun and Help Save Sea Turtles!

For Immediate Release:   Join the Fun and Help Save Sea Turtles!   Hunting Island’s Annual Sand Sculpture Contest is being held Saturday, June 18, at the lighthouse beach. Free registration starts at 10 AM and prizes will be awarded at 2 PM. This year a new award category has been included—the “People’s Choice Award.” Everyone can vote for their favorite sculpture—$1/vote. Every vote benefits sea turtles. A silent art auction will be held that includes original works of art—paintings, prints, photographs, wreaths, and many other donated collectibles. Children will enjoy the face painting and tie dying...

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06 Jun Special Weather Update From Beaufort County Emergency Management

Subject: Tropical Storm Colin Briefing 1000 6.6.16 Good morning everyone, Beaufort County is currently under a Tropical Storm Watch.  A Watch means that Tropical Storm conditions may occur within the watch area within 36 to 48 hours.   The coastal waters out to 20 miles are under a Tropical Storm Warning.  A Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions are may occur within 24 hours. Tropical Storm Colin is in the Gulf of Mexico and headed towards the Big Bend area of Florida.  Heavy rains are expected for Beaufort County beginning this afternoon and continuing...

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01 Jun A method to the madness

For a Mayor of a small city, I know I step out in front of issues that may not pose  a present threat or new opportunity. I suspect some believe I am a bit wacky; I believe part of my job is to look to the future and sometimes that includes some seemingly wacky ideas. As I tell students when I visit schools, I am a bridge between my parent's generation and theirs.  My parents and my friends' parents worked hard to create this special hometown. City Council and I work to make...

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01 Jun One step at a time for joint seaport

After several years the States of SC and GA finally see a win-win on collaboration for a joint port in SC.  There are still many years and many millions of dollars needed. As I understand it, this port will be a winner for Coastal Georgia and South Carolina as well as inland customers. Georgia Approves $7.5M for Joint Seaport With South Carolina...

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01 Jun Spoleto Festival: World Class is well worth the drive to Charleston

A quick trip to Charleston in the coming weeks can be well worth the drive. Spoleto Festival USA promises to be the best ever.  If you have been before, you will not be disappointed. If you have never been to Spoleto, you'll be surprised by this world class event and the many associated through Piccolo Spoleto's many, and I mean many, offerings.  See the schedule here. 5 things to know about Spoleto...

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