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05 Sep Hurricane Harvey victims need our help and we are set to do all we can

As we look at the news about the path of Irma, our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We are still not sure of the needs and the timing of shipments many throughout  the county are reaching out to help. While the City of Beaufort is prepared to do all we can to help, we realize that it is still early to send goods to Texas and remain uncertain where our donated dollars would be most effectively sent.  According, we established a committee, Chaired by Mayor Pro Tem Mike McFee,...

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05 Sep New Deal smells like many Old Deals

My point is that unfortunately the state often abdicates responsibilities and commitments when dollars are tight and the legislature does not have the courage to raise revenues to pay for what is needed.  The seemingly knee jerk and arbitrary "no more taxes mantra" which continues to drive lawmakers in Columbia is costing us all.   They are quick to change the rules at the expense of counties, municipalities and even school districts. Two Examples: The Local Government Fund was established by the General Assembly to reimburse local governments for services mandated by the state.  Unfortunately,...

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05 Sep History is not like a blackboard – you cannot erase what is offensive

Since the idea for a Reconstruction Era Monument was proposed  twenty years it has been opposed, until last year, by the Sons of the Confederacy.  When the proposal was resurrected late last year, the Sons of the Confederacy did not oppose the measure and for that I commend them. There are parts of the story they dislike or disbelieve, but they quietly agreed to let the monument become a reality. History is not like a blackboard - you cannot erase what is offensive to some and replace it with something that better...

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05 Sep What “might” happen in Port Royal?

Reading the Post and Courier, I found the following which is likely the most complete information I have found in one place about the Port of Port Royal.  Granted, I have not gone to their council meetings or asked for briefings, but even with the little I know anecdotally, I think this helps though I am sure it will change as developers and town officials try to make it fit. Homes, marina, restaurants coming to South Carolina's Port Royal    ...

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05 Sep Hurricane Irma: Latest from CNN and Beaufort County EOC

Though weather reports change as quickly as the weather the following is the most comprehensive report yet from The New York Times  this morning. read more The following is the most recent memo from the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Director and has some good information. From: "Baxley, Neil" <neilb@bcgov.net> Date: September 3, 2017 at 5:50:13 PM Subject: FW: Latest on Hurricane Irma Good afternoon everyone, There has been increased public discussion about Irma this weekend. Below you will find the latest from the NWS Forecast Office in Charleston this afternoon. I have been talking with other...

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29 Aug Give it a shot – Beaufort SC Drum Circle 2nd Monday of month in Park

Starting on September 11th and on the second Monday of each month thereafter, the Beaufort Drum Circle will hold an event in the Contemplative Garden at the Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park.  (West end nearest marina) Note from the founders: We started our drum circle in May and once the weather cools off a bit, we will gather regularly (monthly) at the Chambers Waterfront Park in the “Contemplative Circle” between  5:30-7:00 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month. The sessions are free and open to the public. Walk or stroll-ins are encouraged. No...

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29 Aug Building Moratoriums?

While after reading this, I do not think it would be fair to suggest that the Sea Island Corridor Coalition is calling for a building moratorium, but I thank them for putting it out as an option for public discussion. I cannot off hand think of any "large tracts" in the City, like the ones on Ladys Island some of which are like enclaves.  Yes, White Hall is in the planning stages and will have to mitigate any traffic impacts. At the same time the White Hall type development is what...

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29 Aug Funding for Parks and Application for Drainage

Last week the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation approved partial funding for two important projects. The first is improvements to the recreational components of the duck pond at the corner of First Blvd and Battery Creek Road when the storm water challenge at the that intersection and beyond is addressed.  Toward that end, the City has applied for a FEMA mitigation grant to make necessary repairs to that system and to address water coming into the neighborhood from Battery Creek on high tides. The second is for the long overdue construction of bathrooms at...

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