Jamel and Mayor Keyserling

29 Feb Student of the month: Jamal Middleton

Congratulations Jamal Middleton - Student of the Month from Mossy Oaks Elementary School. You are an extraordinary young man and exemplary student. Letter from Mr. Anderson, Jamal's teacher: Every year as teachers on the first day of school we see many new fresh faces, eager to learn, and excited to be at school. And every year, as teachers, we are asked to help each student reach their full potential. By the time January hits, many of those fresh faces are no longer as fresh, and a lot of that eagerness and excitement...

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City Of Beaufort SC

29 Feb Code overview presentations Mar 3 & 7

From Libby Anderson, City Planning Director Neighbors: As you may be aware, the City of Beaufort is in the process of preparing a new development (zoning) code. This includes preparing and adopting a new zoning map. We have scheduled a series of public meetings (schedule attached) to discuss the new code and new zoning map. Our first public meeting, a general introduction to the code, is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 2:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This session will provide a history of the new code, an...

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29 Feb Celebrate the Inaugural ArtPop Reception

Contact The Beaufort Arts Council Telephone 843.379.2787 Email Website FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2016 come Celebrate THE INAUGURAL ARTPOP RECEPTION MARCH 15, 2016 AT 5:30PM BEAUFORT INN’S TABBY PLACE 913 Port Republic Street BEAUFORT, SC, – The Beaufort Arts Council (, will be hosting an ArtPop Reception to introduce the winners of this year’s inaugural ArtPop Program. Come celebrate this great work by local artists. Beaufort Arts Council, Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtPop founder Wendy Hickey partnered to launch the local program in our area. ArtPop is a public art program that allows for artists to submit their artwork for the...

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Verdier House

29 Feb Greeters needed at the Verdier House

The only historic house in Beaufort open to the public year-round is looking for more smiling faces at its front door. Greeters are needed to assist the regularly-scheduled docents who give guided tours.   Greeters welcome visitors and invite them to view the free "Bay Street in 1863" exhibit while they wait for the start of a docent-led tour.  Greeters also escort visitors who come to the house for the rotating exhibits.   If you enjoy meeting people and have a couple of mornings and/or afternoons available monthly, Historic Beaufort Foundation would love to have your help!...

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YLOB Feb 2016

29 Feb Young Leaders head to Court

This month the Young Leaders of Beaufort, a civic engagement group of 7th and 8th graders, met at the Court House to learn about law. Judge Tupper educated the students on the trial process. To put the lesson into practice, students participated in a mock trial. The group was divided into groups to represent the defendant, prosecutor,  jury and witnesses. Everyone was sworn in. Witnesses were interviewed and cross examined. What was the verdict? An engaging day with a unique mock trial experience!   ...

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29 Feb Keep up the heat!

With every municipality in SC (and most in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, along with a growing number of state legislators and members of Congress), it appears that Big Oil is feeling the heat. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Offshore Energy Management is feeling intense pressure from citizens and local government to not permit seismic testing and off shore drilling for oil and gas. By mailing the following to many residents along the Mid Atlantic coast, the  American Petroleum Institute (the lobbying arm of big oil)  is clearly concerned. Our...

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29 Feb Strong Neighborhoods

Though we have been working for more than seven years to write and implement the City of Beaufort's Civic Master Plan and Code to regulate it, many still do not understand.  I believe the following link submitted by City Council Member Stephen Murray sheds light on the direction the city is taking. The piece is short and worth a moment to read. Historic, Walkable Neighborhoods are a Scarce Commodity ...

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29 Feb Deja Vue…parking discussions continue

Few would challenge the assertion that since the 1930's downtown parking has dominated the public conversation. Nor could one doubt that the respective city councils over these many years have conducted studies and made adjustments with the principal objective of ensuring turnover so that shoppers could find a space to park. This year the City Council appointed a blue ribbon parking task force composed of downtown merchants and restaurateurs, leaders of neighborhoods that border downtown and even representatives of our valuable customers from outside of the city limits. Council gave them...

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29 Feb Raising the alarm over sea level rise

Over the last year, I've spoken about coastal concerns and helped to stand up a citizen driven sea level rise task force. The task force was established to explore ways to prepare for what has become in the minds of most inevitable - rising seas.  Our neighbors in Charleston have a much larger challenge which they are seeking to address.  I am hoping that while working together we will share strategies that can be mutually helpful.  The small movement that began in Beaufort - the first city to engage its...

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29 Feb Artist in Residence?

The article below offers a unique concept embraced by Boston where artists connect with city departments. I believe a program such as this may be too bold a move for a small city like Beaufort. However, we may learn something which we could apply to our small hometown city. John Trask III and Dick Stewart have proposed to the city the concept of small houses in the greater downtown that could provide affordable living and studio space to artists who see Beaufort as a destination to live and work. This is...

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