City Of Beaufort SC

29 Feb Beaufort Code: back on track

Code Back on Track Last year the Beaufort Code drafting process came to a temporary halt. Port Royal and Beaufort County were working on a more coordinated zoning and development code. It is back on track and we hope to have it completed in July. The Beaufort Code is very important to future growth that will ensure Beaufort can become even more environmentally, culturally and fiscally sustainable. There will be a number of opportunities for public input, so don’t get left out of the conversation as for the code to work will...

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22 Feb Initiatives in Progress in the City

Initiatives in Progress in the City Since September 2015, effective 2.15.16 italicized items added/amended since 1/15/16 update   DOWNTOWN -Bay Street (700): commercial renovation permit issued for upfit for Merrill Lynch office -Carteret Street (500): former Bank of America building—1.14 acres; +75 parking spaces; 18,000 SF building; City of Beaufort has purchased land/parking and leased the building -Carteret Street (509): J.H. Hiers Construction Company, 1600 SF office, renovation of vacant and threatened historic structure (Von Harten bldg.)—under construction -Carteret Street (805): USCB Center for the Art, funding recommended/renovations on PAC started -West Street (209): 209-West Street Farms, 3...

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22 Feb Vote Lee Jean – American Idol Wednesday

Beaufort County is honored to have a second "hot" candidate in the running to become The American Idol. When Candice Glover was in the running, our community invested a lot of time and energy by voting as often as possible to catapult her to the top. Let's do the same for 16-year old Lee Jean from Bluffton as he moves forward on Wednesday night. Remember, it's FOX TV on Wednesday at 8 pm.  VOTE, VOTE and VOTE for Lee Jean! Good luck Lee, Beaufort is behind you. Idol down to 19; Bluffton teen still...

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22 Feb Perspective

The following was forwarded by a constituent.  While the tone is a bit sharp for my taste, it takes some of us down memory lane and it provides an interesting perspective. Of course, they are both correct. (Forwarded from Facebook) Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded,...

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22 Feb It’s not just bricks and mortar

For quite some time, past and current city councils have struggled with the  importance of maintaining the demographic diversity of the City's historic neighborhood known as the Northwest Quadrant.  The city, along with the Historic Beaufort Foundation, Habitat for Humanity,  the Beaufort Housing Authority, local churches, individuals and businesses have invested dollars in buildings and infrastructure to incentivize development.  To some extent it is working for those who seek to retire in Beaufort but not for those who grew up and live in the neighborhood. I believe the following report from WIS TV in...

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22 Feb Why not knock on our door?

South Carolina has been very fortunate to recruit a significant number of industries that require skilled workers.  South Carolina is unfortunate in that we are finding it difficult to find workers that have the skills. New educational initiatives are proliferating throughout the state but that takes more time than some of the companies can wait. While the new industries are, for a number of reasons, not knocking on our doors Beaufort has assets that must not be overlooked.  I am talking about the 1,000+ young men and women exiting the military...

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Hunting ISland

22 Feb Vote Hunting Island Best East Coast Beach!

Over the years we've united our voting power: we supported Candice Glover as she ascended to become American Idol; declared Beaufort the Happiest Seaside City; and now we can win Best East Coast Beach! Thanks to Eat, Sleep, Play Beaufort's post, we have an opportunity to vote and vote and vote for Hunting Island as the Best East Coast Beach in USA Today's contest.  Please take the time to vote.  This provides not only recognition for the beach but also for the many Friends of Hunting Island who work so...

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Vanna White

18 Feb It’s A Wrap: 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival

It's A Wrap: 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival Names Winners The Little Film Festival That Could: Small Town, Big Crowds. Year 10 proves to be one for the record books. Described by many as EPIC. BEAUFORT, S.C. - Feb. 15, 2016 - PRLog -- The 10th  Annual Beaufort International Film Festival faded to black in  superstar fashion on Saturday evening (Feb 13) beginning with a champagne reception replete with beautifully presented Lowcountry culinary delights and chocolate truffles. Filmmakers, film lovers and fans of the beautiful and gracious Vanna White, the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award recipient, were...

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15 Feb Boundary Street speed limit drops to 35 mph, speeding fines increased in construction zone

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 Contact: Bill Prokop, City Manager, 843-525-7000 Boundary Street speed limit drops to 35 mph, speeding fines increased in construction zone For the safety of workers who will be involved in the two-year improvements on a 1.2-mile stretch of Boundary Street, the speed limit is being reduced from 40 miles per hour to 35 mph effective Feb. 19. As part of its efforts to improve safety during such projects, the S.C. Department of Transportation increases speeding fines to $200 and 30 days imprisonment in work zones. For the...

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