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City Of Beaufort SC

15 Feb City Meetings

SPECIAL MEETING: February 16, 2016, 5:00 pm Planning Conference Room-1st Floor 1911 Boundary Street BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA 29902 I. Call to Order – Mayor Billy Keyserling 5:00 PM II. Old Business A. Ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds of 2016 – 2nd Reading III. New Business A. Amending part 8 chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances to address new area of paid parking and to amend enforcement times for loading zone parking – 1st Reading IV. Executive Session Pursuant to Title 30, Chapter 4, and Section 70 (a) (2) of the South...

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Dragonboat Beaufort

15 Feb Mary Ann Thomas and Clare Taylor gave Beaufort a huge gift

Moved by a film they previewed at the Beaufort International Film Festival, Mary Ann Thomas and Clare Taylor started a movement that keeps on keeping on. The two were quickly joined by many more and Dragon Boat Beaufort was created. This is a gift to Beaufort as it provides an opportunity for people to help each other which is a model for how a hometown is supposed to work. Thank you Mary Ann, Clare and the hundreds of others who have become engaged in this very important event. Also, thank...

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15 Feb Clean up and stop importing waste

As a Member of the SC House of Representatives, I served on the Environmental Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee whose jurisdiction included nuclear waste. The chair of the subcommittee was from Aiken - home to the former nuclear bomb plant known as The Savannah River Site. Because the site was in his district, Charlie Sharpe refused to hold subcommittee meetings to consider my resolution calling for safer storage of spent nuclear fuels. In 1996, after deciding to not seek re-election to the House, I took my case to the Federal...

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Beaufort International Film Festival

15 Feb Another proud moment for Beaufort

Thank you Rebecca and Ron Tucker for launching the Beaufort International Film Festival and growing it each of the past ten years. With over 700 entries and record visitors, it's clear the work done by you and volunteers behind the initiative is paying off. Every seat in the auditorium at USCB's Center for the Arts was filled Thursday afternoon for a screening of Interwoven - directed by local filmmaker V.W. Scheich. Even though I had to sit on the floor, I could not have been happier to see good art as...

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Why Historic Preservation Districts Are Crucial to Cities

15 Feb Setting the stage

While in Pittsburgh as a guest of Mayor Peduto last summer, I learned that millennials are flocking to his city. As our hometown will inevitably grow, we should listen to what the wants of millennials. We have the historic setting, relatively affordable properties (though we need to work on that), unmatched great natural beauty and a very special quality of life. As we try to maintain a balance between working people, active retirees and visitors, we must work harder at attracting the kinds of jobs necessary to bring more talented young...

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HARRISTEETER

15 Feb Development: let’s get ready

With the numbers of people coming to SC, Beaufort is likely to get our fair share. Are we ready? Recent developments have brought heartburn to many people, especially those who live on Ladys Island. As the number of residents increase, tract builders and large retail stores follow the people and their spending power. Between Walmart, Oyster Bluff and Harris Teeter, we've had our challenges. Split political jurisdictions made it difficult to determine where to point the finger. Rather than point fingers at the City or County planners, County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville...

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http://www.statehousereport.com/2016/02/12/state-needs-better-balance-on-economy/

15 Feb A healthy approach to economic development

State needs better balance in growing economy Statehouse Report February 12, 2016 By Andy Brack The traditional way states grow jobs is to lure new plants and investment from outside. But that strategy is being challenged by community developers who say it’s smarter to grow from within. A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says states should build strong economies by focusing on “producing more home-grown entrepreneurs and on helping startups and young, fast-growing firms already located in the state to survive and to grow, not on cutting taxes and trying...

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