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14 Mar He may have left us but he will never be “gone”

Last week a reporter visited my house to talk about the legacy of Pat Conroy. She asked what it would be like now that he has gone.  I turned to my book case and pointed out a row of Conroy's works. I responded that of course the live interactions will no longer be possible but we are so fortunate that we can always pick up anyone of the books. We can always have a conversation with Pat.  Those who did not know him can read line by line and recapture his...

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Hunting ISland

14 Mar Second Summit by Webinar

Last fall I participated in a Rising Tides Conference, along with Mayors and Legislators from the west to east coasts.  You may noted that 24 Mayors from Florida asked CNN to ask candidates in the Florida primaries what they would do about rising sea levels. The week after next I have been asked to participate in a webinar with those who attended the initial conference along with others who have since become interested. This webinar will include presentations from high-level federal officials from NOAA, FEMA, and the USACE that cover updates based...

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City Of Beaufort SC

14 Mar Apply to serve on the Short Term Rentals Blue Ribbon Task Force

For those interested in Short Term Rentals, please note that the City Council will soon appoint a Blue Ribbon Task Force to develop recommendations for improvements to the ordinance. If you have a skill or experience related to such, you may want to apply to serve on the task force.  To do so, write a letter outlining your interest, experience and general views so that when considering applicants for appointment we can be certain to have a balanced approach. Send you letters of interest to City Council Clerk Ivette Burgess...

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14 Mar Councils and Community

One of the things that became most apparent during our two-day city council retreat (at BJWSA board room) is that the two city councils I have chaired over the past seven and a half years appreciate the importance of consensus building. Even though we may have healthy disagreements, the councils never challenge each other personally over who loves Beaufort more than the other.  This runs so counter to the way most elected officials are acting these days. I'm proud of our council and the staff who support our decision making...

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hatchlingsemerging

14 Mar Loggerheadlines – the latest issue

Hot off the press - the latest issue of Loggerheadlines, a publication of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Turtle Conservation Program. Read up for information on South Carolina statewide sea turtle nesting and stranding trends, regional updates, and more! Read the latest issue here: Loggerheadlines  ...

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Bill Prokop

09 Mar City Manager Report – March 8, 2016

The following is a summary of City Manager Bill Prokop's Report to City Council last week. Of particular importance is item #7 where he calls for your help.   City Manager Bill Prokop’s comments to City Council at the March 8 meeting: 1. We had our Moody’s & Standard and Poor’s interview for our Bond ratings and the Moody’s will stay the same at AA2, which is excellent for a community our size and the S&P stayed the same as last year at AA. Our bond sale is scheduled for next week. This...

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Live oak pruned Feb 2016 vf

07 Mar Save a Tree

Though the many on Ladys Island rightfully remained concern about the loss of trees fallen to development, the City of Beaufort remains committed to being a very special "Tree City."  If you look at the large oak adjacent to Starbucks, you will find an oak that the developer and city working together saved.  If you go to Southside Park, you will see some trees that were relocated from Boundary Street during demolition readying the redevelopment district for development. And if you read the following story, you will see continuing efforts.  Photo:The...

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City Of Beaufort SC

07 Mar Boundary Street public information sessions moved to last Thursday of each month

I have received a number of calls from people interested in keeping tabs on the Boundary Street Redevelopment.  Please note again that the city holds meetings to update citizens. The engineering drawings are posted on the basement wall at City Hall and staff hold regular briefing sessions for the public.  Boundary Street public information sessions moved to last Thursday of each month  Public information meetings about the Boundary Street construction work will be held the last Thursday of each month from 4-6 p.m. at City Hall, effective immediately.  “We are sharing as much information...

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07 Mar Improvements

Saturday was a beautiful day so I decided to ride around the city taking stock of what I saw - on going projects and our ambitious plans for the future. After several years of planning and cobbling together dollars to meet matches to federal and state grants, several of my stops were to look at projects that are finally underway. Along Boundary Street I saw: sidewalks taken up to make room for the duct banks that will carry all utilities underground; flags marking small parts of properties that have been acquired...

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