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Mikel Swinton

09 May Remembering Mikel Swinton: A man of small stature who played a big role in Beaufort and Port Royal

Last week we lost Mikel Swinton: a friend, and more importantly a very important role model in our community. Just after I was elected to the SC Legislature, Mikel Swinton approached me. He asked me to help him convince school officials to teach him how to read. He said he had knocked on every educational door he could find asking for help, but was turned away each time he tried. I was so moved that I made some calls to the School District. I was surprised that everyone to whom I went knew Mikel....

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Mikel Swinton

09 May Remembering Mikel Swinton by Mike Yoakum

Remarks by Mike Yoakum, former Water Festival Commodore, at Mikel Swinton's funeral Thursday, May 5, 2016: Good Morning everyone. I have been asked by Mikel’s family to speak about his relationship with WATER FESTIVAL. You all should be very happy that I was not asked to speak about him on a more personal level or we could be in for a very long day. I hope that my remarks will help those outside of the WATER FESTIVAL family to better understand why Mikel was important to us. Even more importantly, I hope...

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police chiefs

09 May Beaufort’s Police Chiefs recognized

Police Chief Matt Clancy received the "Making a Difference" Criminal Justice Award and Force Chief Reece Bertholf received the "Outstanding Alumni Award" at a recent Technical College of the Lowcountry Awards Ceremony. We are very proud of the very special public servants. ...

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City Of Beaufort SC

09 May Crime statistics can be misleading

In recent years I have received calls and notes from realtors and people considering moving to the City.  They were alarmed by certain websites constructed in a way that presented misleading statistics about the volume and nature of criminal activity in and around Beaufort. Three years ago, the Police Department created a document about crime statistics in Beaufort.  Recent calls lead me to republish it for those who may have forgotten or missed the post. As a reminder, these websites do not paint an accurate picture of our city.   Dec. 16, 2013   Frequently...

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09 May OLF petition is not a negative statement about MCAS of the F-35B

Signing the petition for an outlying landing field (OLF), as I have done, is NOT a negative statement about MCAS, the F-35B, or the many who through service to our country support its mission.  Rather, it is about completing the infrastructure necessary to make expanded operations more in sync with the quality of life we enjoy in the lowcountry. The following is the link I would urge you to not only sign but forward to family, friends and associates. The more signatures, like we did when we petitioned against offshore testing/drilling...

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09 May Use of Accommodations Tax Dollars?

Last year the city elected to use a portion of our Accommodations Tax (bed tax) for security lights in the waterfront park and maintenance of the Spanish Moss Trail. Some were concerned the use was not appropriate given the requirement that the A-TAX dollars are to be used for tourism. I know Beaufort County has graciously invested A-TAX dollars in the Spanish Moss Trail and other tourism and community building activities.  I also believe the city will again use some A-TAX dollars for improvements for tourism.  Accordingly,  I thought it appropriate to...

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09 May Work to be done to stop seismic testing for oil and gas

Right now, President Obama faces a choice that will affect our oceans for years to come. Will you encourage him to do the right thing before it’s too late? Dangerous new offshore oil and gas expansion threatens our nation’s oceans and marine wildlife – from endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Atlantic Ocean to endangered beluga whales in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Our oceans and all who depend on them are at risk. If you don’t speak up on behalf of our oceans right now, no one will. Add your name to...

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City Of Beaufort SC

09 May Proposed changes to the Business License Ordinance

Two weeks ago City Council passed on first reading of two changes to the Business License Ordinance that will be considered for second and final reading at this Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting that begins at 7 PM. Over the past week, I have heard some concerns,  many of which are based on erroneous facts. Accordingly, I want to make it clear and transparent what the proposed ordinances are intended to do. The first ordinance change is a requirement that ALL businesses, including those classified as non-profit and charitable, will be required...

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