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04 Apr Slowly but surely, the Code moves forward

Public Review Schedule Extended for Beaufort Code Thanks to all who attended one or more of the 14 public meetings in March to review and discuss the new Beaufort Code. We have extended the review schedule to give more time for input. A new draft of the code will come out on or before April 6, and the Planning Department will hold a series of meetings to review the changes and hear more input during the month of April. The first Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting will be held the week of...

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04 Apr Can smaller homes bring more vitality to Beaufort?

Can encouraging smaller homes and more predictable approvals bring vitality to Beaufort? I think the answer is yes. In Beaufort we refer to them as  cottages, but there are similarities to the bungalows mentioned in the story featured below. The story was shared by Beaufort architect Scott Sonic who worked on bungalows in Chicago. The cottages in Beaufort were built by former slaves who, upon achieving respective building trade skills, worked together to build family homes. This is now referred to as the Northwest Quadrant.  The neighborhood features fine examples of cottages...

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04 Apr Why are young families leaving Beaufort?

We are losing homegrown talent and must do something about it. Since I was a teenager growing up in Beaufort, City and County Fathers/Mothers have talked about better jobs closer to home.  Fifty plus years later, the only difference is that some leaders have lost sight of the need for better jobs to allow our young people to stay here or return after formal education elsewhere. Furthermore, as a county we pay a huge price for not investing what is necessary to address this longstanding challenge.  In the minds of some, an extraordinary...

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01 Apr South Carolina Humanities Festival Coming to Beaufort

For Immediate Release South Carolina Humanities Festival Coming to Beaufort Events and Activities Scheduled June 9 – 11 Beaufort, SC – March 22, 2016 - Inspire. Enrich. Engage. These are the stirring words summoning the promise of entertainment, learning and community interaction at the South Carolina Humanities Festival, due to unfold at many locations throughout Beaufort County June 9 – 11.   Arts, cultural and educational organizations from Beaufort to Bluffton and Hilton Head will participate, presenting a wide variety of special events including lectures, films, tours, art shows, exhibits, performances and much...

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28 Mar City extends public comment on ‘Beaufort Code’ to allow additional review of development code

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Monday, March 28, 2016 Contact: Bill Prokop, City Manager, 843-525-7000 City extends public comment on ‘Beaufort Code’ to allow additional review of development code   City of Beaufort leaders are pushing back the ‘Beaufort Code’ schedule by 30 days to allow additional time for community review of the proposed development code standards.  After four weeks and 15 public meetings on the draft development code this month, the Beaufort City Council and planning department received several comments from the public asking for more time to go through the updated 282-page document.  The Metropolitan Planning...

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28 Mar Penn Center history to highlight – Friends of Library annual meeting

Press Release Lolita Huckaby Watson – (843)812-6490   Penn Center history to highlight Friends of Library annual meeting    Beaufort - Penn Center on St. Helena Island and its involvement in the Civil Rights Movement as well as its importance in today’s community will be the topic of discussion at the April 23 annual meeting of the Friends of the Beaufort Library. Emory Campbell, former Executive Director of Penn Center, will be the guest speaker along with Thomas Barnwell Jr., and retired Magistrate Joe McDermott who will be participating on a discussion of Penn’s role in...

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28 Mar Award Winning Preservation Initiatives Announced by Historic Beaufort Foundation

Contact: Maxine Lutz 843-379-3331   Award Winning Preservation Initiatives Announced by Historic Beaufort Foundation   Twelve awards recognizing exemplary preservation work in the National Historic Landmark District were given by Historic Beaufort Foundation at its 50th Annual Meeting recently.   The Foundation’s top award, the Howard E. Danner Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation, went to master craftsman Beekman Webb for forty years of hands-on preservation both in Beaufort’s historic district and throughout Beaufort County. Danner was the founding president of HBF.   The Santa Elena Foundation was awarded the Maj. George Osterhout Archaeological Stewardship Award in recognition...

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28 Mar Short Term Rentals Task Force

I am delighted to see that we have already received dozens of resumes/letters of interest from individuals interested in serving on the Short Term Rentals Task Force. The larger the pool of applicants, the more well rounded the conversation will be. Broader collaboration is likely to bring stronger recommendations. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest to Ivette Burgess at iburgess@cityofbeaufort.org. This is very important to the future of our special hometown....

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28 Mar County to offer free shredding

I have been riding around with a trunk full of papers that need to be shredded and disposed of. Fortunately, Beaufort County comes to the rescue. The Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Division is holding a secure document shredding event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 9 at the Shanklin Convenience Center, 80 Shanklin Rd., Beaufort. Take advantage of this wonderful service! Beaufort County to offer free shredding...

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28 Mar Beaufort Port Royal Fire Department provides smoke detectors and extinguishers

We know that prevention is safer that fighting fires. Therefore, firefighters invest both time and other resources working to prevent potential fires. Accordingly, fire fighters from Beaufort Port Royal Fire Department normally provide smoke detectors and extinguishers to residents of the city and the town.  If they missed you, you may want to give them a call. Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department starts smoke-alarm campaign  ...

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