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08 Feb This week’s City Meetings

Tuesday, February 9. City Council workshop (5:00 PM) and regular meeting (7:00 PM) Wednesday, February 10. Beaufort Code Technical Review Committee. 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 10. Historic District Review Board. 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 10. Contractor’s Forum. 6:00 PM Thursday, February 11. Design Review Board. 2:00 PM   CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION AND REGULAR MEETING AGENDA February 9, 2016 NOTE: IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS DUE TO A PHYSICAL CHALLENGE, PLEASE CALL IVETTE BURGESS 525-7070 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WORKSESSION – COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2ND FLOOR I. CALL TO ORDER 5:00P.M. Mayor Billy Keyserling II. EMPLOYEE NEW HIRE RECOGNITION III. DISCUSSION ITEMS A. Use of Depot...

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02 Feb Kocsis performs Paganini in Beaufort Symphony Orchestra’s “Romantic Virtuosi”

Kocsis performs Paganini in Beaufort Symphony Orchestra's "Romantic Virtuosi" on Feb. 25 and 28 The legendary Niccolo Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of the late 18th and early 19th century and his Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major is the ultimate tour de force for a soloist. World-class Hungarian violinist Tamas Kocsis will perform Paganini's work with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra in concert on Feb. 25 and 28. Paganini's technical proficiency and dramatic flair provoked admiration from the most famous musicians of his day and he wrote his Concerto...

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01 Feb Historic Downtown Beaufort earns SC ‘Cultural District’ honor

"If you make Beaufort the best place to live, it will be an extremely desirable place for people to want to visit," he added. "So let's build the most authentic place not just for visitors but for people who want to live here as well."   CITY OF BEAUFORT NEWS RELEASE Historic Downtown Beaufort earns SC ‘Cultural District’ honor Historic downtown Beaufort’s growing mix of artists, galleries and thriving and varied restaurants earned the “Cultural District” designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission. City leaders hope to market the designation to help attract visitors and...

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01 Feb The phone is ringing and the inbox is full

I've received many emails and telephone calls from residents of Ladys Island angry about tree cutting, traffic congestion and safety, environmental challenges and the physical beauty of the area in regards to the new Walmart. However, there's a constituency very much looking forward to the new shopping opportunity closer to home and at prices our demographics can afford. They range from the senior citizens I met with earlier this week on Saint Helena Island to some who live on the outer edges of northern Lady island and newer neighborhoods in between. Walmart uses...

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01 Feb Another milestone for the Spanish Moss Trail

I cross the Spanish Moss Trail several times a day. I cannot remember a time when I did not see a diverse group of residents and visitors enjoying its grace, beauty and functionality. As the hole between the Depot and Broad River Road is closed with the completion of the traffic signal at Highway 170, we meet another milestone enhancing more  opportunities for the community. The Spanish Moss Trail meanders from Port Royal through the City of Beaufort and Burton. Section by section the trail grows through collaboration among the Friends of the Spanish Moss...

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01 Feb Making sausage or beautiful pictures?

It is often said that making laws is likened to making sausage. You may not like looking at the process and what goes into it though the end product may taste very good. The process of community problem solving, or even a city council deliberation, could also be described as such. Rather than sausage making, I prefer to think of the process as more like mixing paint colors on a pallet to create a picture the community will like or at least accept. Let's say one element of the group believes “the answer”...

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01 Feb Dee Hryharrow: She taught me Art History and more

Several weeks ago while going through a stash of "family stuff," I uncovered childhood portraits of my siblings and I.  Viewing them took me down memory lane. Growing up in a small community, we were fortunate to know many of the grown ups who made Beaufort work. Dee Hryharrow and her husband John were two of those people. John and Dee's dad Mr. Danner operated Wallace and Danner, one of  the larger retail shops on Bay Street.  Dee was a close friend of mother's with whom she worked at the pursuit of art and a...

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01 Feb Young Leaders learn outside the History books

Young Leaders of Beaufort is a group of 7th and 8th graders founded by Mayor Billy and organized with the help of area educators.  Each month the students meet for a civic engagement field trip. January's theme was Preserving Local Culture. To take the history lesson beyond the text books, YLOB met at Penn Center last week. The classroom for the day was Frissell Hall (formerly used as a library, kitchen and dining room for Penn School day students), The York W. Bailey Museum and the campus grounds shaded by the trees where students sat for lessons over 100 years...

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