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28 Mar Megan Feight stood tall and led

The not so often mentioned  characterization of our efforts were initially driven by a twenty-something year old surfer, nature lover and massage therapist named Megan Feight. Through a massive petition, Megan inspired us to take action. She is a hero for waking us up to the challenges that stood before our eyes. Our view: Why the offshore drilling decision matters  ...

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28 Mar Economic Development starts with a plan, not magic

Economic Development starts with a plan, not an expectation that someone else will magically do the work. County Council passed a resolution to stand up a working committee composed of four mayors and three representatives appointed by Beaufort County.  Months lapsed with no action. Though unanimously opposed by the four Mayors, four members of County Council ignored a proposed resolution. The Council passed a resolution and continue to negotiate an arrangement with a Regional Alliance. This would be throwing about $200,000 at a problem without a plan. What the Mayors continue to...

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28 Mar Beaufort Code process extended

  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 Commission now is scheduled to review the Beaufort Code changes at...

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28 Mar We must remain authentic at any price

Recent reports indicate we are facing the opportunity of exponential in-migration of residents. This is not bad, but it is something for which we should be prepared. If there is one thing that clearly distinguishes the special place we call home from other places along the pressured and fast growing coastal seaboard, it is our unique sense of place. The collaboration among many continues to preserve and treasure Beaufort's authenticity. Yes, we are the real thing and must stay rooted while growing the right direction to become even more environmentally and...

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28 Mar Leadership

The following blog post from a Charleston Firefighter,  shared by City Councilman Stephen Murray, is an interesting and perhaps sobering read about public servants.   The Loneliness of Leadership "Statistically, there are fewer leaders today due to many reasons but what those who choose not to lead often fail to realize is this: Those who step up and lead are not perfect."  ...

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21 Mar We spoke and they listened

Many may not know that in an earlier life,  as a public affairs consultant in Washington, DC and Columbia, SC, one of my specialties was teaching small businesses, non-profits and others how to influence governmental decisions through grassroots lobbying. Sometimes when we don't influence governmental decisions to be what we may want, we get frustrated. It may be because those in government are swayed to a decision by the other side or the special interests have more fire power than most citizens. That said, my experience over the past year,  working with...

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21 Mar Another lesson about rising sea levels

Last fall I attended the rising sea levels summit in New Hampshire. I met a scientist from South Florida who warned me to expect bad news about the horrific impact the region was facing from rising sea levels.  I've always believed rising sea levels was something to prepare for in the future and creating resiliency would be the largest infrastructure issue faced by the next generation.  Little did I know we would be reading this so soon. The good news is that we are ahead of the curve, identified problem spots and are...

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21 Mar Short Term Rentals are not just about a City Council vote

Historically significant structures are being saved because investors restore them and cover the financing through renting them for days, not years.  I like this and believe it is good for the city. On the other hand, a growing number of citizens fear the city could be over taken by short term rentals. Citizens want short term rentals to be more regulated. They make a good point about maintaining the authenticity of our small, very special city. Preserving our special city includes preserving the distinctive character of neighborhoods and the authenticity that it brings to...

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