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18 Nov Post Office to Lowcountry Produce

NEWS RELEASE Beaufort leaders agree to sell former Post Office to Lowcountry Produce Could be the first of several city-owned properties to be sold For immediate release Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 Contact: Bill Prokop, City Manager, 843-525-7000 As part of an effort to put public property back on the city tax rolls, Beaufort city leaders are preparing to sell several properties – starting with the former U.S. Post Office and City Hall on Carteret Street that now houses Lowcountry Produce Market & Deli. Lowcountry Produce owners Noel and Dwight Garrett and Seabury Thorp had leased the property...

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12 Nov Public Art

Though they were not necessarily "legal," I loved the homemade benches that were installed at the corner of Port Republic and West Streets.  Because the artist did not get permission and they encroached on the state right-of-way, they were removed. I also liked the sewer covers painted as sunflowers.  The state did not remove them and I hope they brought a little joy and happiness to those who saw them. Public Art is a good thing and, when managed properly, can add the character of a small city or a large one...

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12 Nov Right before our eyes, but not often seen and appreciated

  Thank you to the Island Packet for telling about two of Beaufort's hidden stories.   The Crucible: No Parris Island recruit can become a Marine without surviving this test [caption id="attachment_4537" align="alignnone" width="300"] Recruits with November Company, 4th Battalion, methodically make their way through a pine forest during the Crucible on Sept. 25, 2015, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Delayna Earley dearley@islandpacket.com[/caption]   Harter: Waddell Mariculture Center vital to economy, marine health [caption id="attachment_4538" align="alignnone" width="300"] In this file photo, a 1-year-old cobia raised at the Waddell Mariculture Center is shown before it was...

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12 Nov City Manager Reports to Council

City Manager's Report to Council                                                             11/10/15 Issued by Bill Prokop, City Manager: We have taken transparency very serious and have had all our financial information posted, and we hope people will take the time to look at the website to inform themselves. Go to OPENGOV  on our website is up-to-date and makes it possible for any citizens to review  our revenue or expenses....

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12 Nov Learn and About Rising Sea Levels

Would you like the Rising Sea Level Task Force to bring a presentation to your neighborhood?  (Flooded Point Residence during recent King Tide) The Beaufort/ Port Royal Sea Level Task Force will make a presentation to the residents of the Point and Old Commons neighborhoods.  Our Task Force has gathered scientific data from the SC Sea Grant Consortium, USC Integrated Sciences and Assessments program and other sources to help us understand the area’s vulnerability to sea level rise and identify adaption strategies to increase our resilience to future impacts caused by sea level rise. ...

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12 Nov How Long will This Last and What

 I am not a climatologist, but I do know that our community and state suffered severe damage from what some call nuisance flooding. It nothing else, it is a wake up call to better maintain and, as funds become available, improve our stormwater management systems.  Over the past few years the City has invested considerably more than we have received in storm water fees to fix our systems, most of which are owned by but not maintained by the state DOT. And they are old. We will soon start the projects on Southside Boulevard...

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12 Nov Ethics Reform

I just do not understand why our state legislature cannot pass ethics reform.  If you have been following the series of stories in the Post and Courier over the past month or so you may find it is amazing what some members of the general assembly do with the money they raise for their re-election campaigns. Some hire each other as political advisors; some buy gifts for constituents from family and friends; some pay their gas bills even though they are given mileage and per diem; some but tickets and pay for...

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12 Nov Is it time to explore solar energy?

The first time I went to Israel in 1963, I was amazed to see that every home, apartment building and commercial businesses had solar collectors on the roofs.  At the time, the collectors were attached to hot water heaters from which the heat came from the sun and not a power plant.   When I first became Mayor and the new City Hall was under construction, I asked the City Manager to explore putting solar panels on top of the flat roofed Law Enforcement / Court building.  I also asked that he...

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12 Nov Graduate Students from NYU Helping Us

While attending the Mayors Institute for City Design over the summer, I met the US Conference of Mayors Associate Director who is also a part-time faculty member at New York University. As we spoke about a number of things, he told me about a graduate program where candidates do a real time pro bono assignment for an outside institution as their final project.  I asked if Beaufort might be eligible and he put me in touch with the professor of tourism marketing. Robb Wells, Beaufort's Vice President of Tourism, and I submitted two proposals....

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