21 Jan News Release: Vehicle crashes into Port Royal fire station Sunday

For immediate release Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 Contact: Fire Chief Reece Bertholf, 843-525-7055 Vehicle crashes into Port Royal fire station Sunday, injuring driver and damaging firehouse Port Royal firefighters narrowly escaped injury Sunday when a sport utility vehicle crashed through the front of the town’s main fire station at Paris Avenue. The driver was hurt and, after being removed from the Ford Escape SUV by firefighters using the Jaws of Life, was taken by ambulance to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for potentially serious injuries, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Reece Bertholf said. “This incident remains under investigation...

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Bill Prokop

18 Jan City Manager’s Report

City Manager's Comments                                     1/12/2016   Good evening: As you know one of the major goals that we as a staff had set for ourselves over this past year is to improve our communications with our residents. We feel that we have made a great deal of progress in this area and we know there is still room for improvement.   To be real successful communications has to be both relayed and received and most importantly be factual. Recently, there seems to be a great deal of misinformation being communicated by individuals or groups...

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City Of Beaufort SC

18 Jan City Council Work Session and Redevelopment Commission Agenda

Tuesday January 19, 2015, The Beaufort City Council will hold our regular work session, which will be followed by the monthly Redevelopment Commission.   Work Session 5 PM, City Hall Main Floor Conference Room Discussion Items Business License Ordinance - Taking a look at ordinance revisions relative to business activities of non-profit organizations General Obligation Refunding Bond Options - Refinancing Debt on City Hall, Law Enforcement Center and Firehouse can save money CDBG Priority Needs - Setting priorities for Federal Grant Work Sessions take place on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Sessions are round...

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18 Jan Celebrate Dr. King Everyday

It's Martin Luther King's birthday week.  I've had the opportunity to join many  assembled to honor the late Dr. King.  While it is not unusual for me to attend these community events, this year has been unusual.  Instead of a simple remembrance, the primary focus of speakers has been on youth violence and how this is a community problem that only the community can solve.  The events have been a rallying point for introspection and  suggest we are not doing Dr. King  justice as bystanders during some of the most violent...

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18 Jan Firefighters On It!

NEWS RELEASE Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 Restaurant fire prompts Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters to offer special safety training A recent early-morning fire at a Shell Point fast food restaurant is prompting Beaufort-Port Royal fire officials to offer special safety training for restaurants and commercial kitchens. On Jan. 2 around 5 a.m., firefighters arrived at the McDonald’s restaurant at 850 Parris Island Gateway. Employees apparently had just turned on the restaurant's deep fryer cooking system when the fire started. Firefighters from Beaufort-Port Royal, Parris Island Fire Department and the Burton Fire District found smoke coming from...

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YMCA Boating Program

18 Jan Out Front Again: Boating Education

The Post and Courier ran a story over the weekend which suggests that the people of SC are tired of  unnecessary boating accidents.  There is a public call for boating education and some believe it should be mandatory. Thanks to the partnership between the Spirit of America (a safe boating foundation) and The YMCA, Beaufort is ahead of the game. Over the past several years we have a safe boating education program in Northern Beaufort County. Like other YMCA programs,  scholarships are available to those who could not otherwise attend. If you...

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18 Jan Where’s the Balance – A Letter from Gordon Fritz and My Reply

Fortunately, I frequently receive letters and emails from constituents and others who do not live in the City but love Beaufort as many of us do.  I normally read and respond. When Gordon Fritz wrote a couple of weeks ago, I knew I would share his thoughtful and important message.  However, it took me longer than I anticipated to publish his letter and my response. Because I knew he was right, I did not want to write a quick "politically correct" response and regrettably not have all of the answers.  His message...

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15 Jan Economic Mobility and the Argument for Economic Development

If you challenge the proposition that Beaufort County suffers from income mobility and  the dire need for economic development, you might find the following of interest.  I can assure you it drives my continued passion for our county coming together to create better jobs for those who grow up in Beaufort.   From The Upshot: The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares    ...

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