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12 Nov An Opportunity to Help Others

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers for the Christmas season.  Please help them find volunteers. BKMessage from The Salvation Army: We have been blessed by being able to add more locations where we are able to have kettles and "ring our bells."  This poses a small problem as we need LOTS of volunteers!!! Contact Gail Lawton at (843) 524-3727 ...

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05 Nov Offshore Drilling At the Ballot Box

Beaufort stepped out front in opposition to offshore exploration and drilling. As i met with other Mayors, and got their support through resolutions,  I never believed the issue would be embraced so quickly and passionately as it seems to have in Georgetown.     Furthermore, watching municipal elections in Summerville, Mt Pleasant and Charleston, it appears that many South Carolinians are becoming more and more concerned about managing growth, something not new to Beaufort County or it's municipalities.  BK   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 CLEAN SWEEP FOR DRILLING OPPONENTS  IN GEORGETOWN CITY ELECTIONS   The anti-drilling candidates...

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05 Nov Many Thanks to those who worked hard on Conroy at 70 Festival

Thanks to the Many Who Made Conroy at 70 A Huge Success! Beaufort Film Society Beaufort History Museum Historic Beaufort Foundation Pat Conroy Archives at the University of South Carolina Libraries University of South Carolina Press University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts and particularly the host Bonnie Hargrove  And to the Chief Sponsors: Tumlin, Levin and Sumner Wealth Management of Raymond James Randy Akers and the Humanities Council of South Carolina South Carolina Arts Commission Friends of the University of South Carolina Press Harriet and Herbert Keyserling Endowment The City of Beaufort   The Pat Conroy at 70 Festival was planned by a...

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05 Nov Veteran Beaufort firefighter Reece Bertholf named new Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief

Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department Chief Sammy Negron has done a wonderful job managing our joint public safety effort.  I have no doubt that the new Fire Chief, Reese Bertoff,  will fill Chief Negron's shoes well and take us into the future as a strong manager.  BK   NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 Contact: Bill Prokop, City Manager, 843-525-7000 Veteran Beaufort firefighter Reece Bertholf named new Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Longtime Beaufort firefighter Capt. Reece Bertholf is the new Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief effective Jan. 15, 2016.   Beaufort City Manager Bill Prokop announced the...

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05 Nov What if Uber Comes to Beaufort Another Quality of Life Issue

While I am not aware that UBER has come to Beaufort, I find the following letter and the response by the City Manager to be something to think about. Should UBER come to Beaufort, which I would assume is likely as the company seems to be expanding exponentially, we are going to have to ensure the public is protected. BK     Message from local cab driver William: My name is William. I am a cab driver in Beaufort County , SC. I have a question concerning Uber. My question is how is Uber...

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05 Nov Beaufort Arts Council Announces ArtPop Beaufort Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2015 BEAUFORT ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ARTPOP BEAUFORT PROGRAM Calling all artists to submit artwork for billboards   BEAUFORT, SC, – The Beaufort Arts Council announces the inaugural ArtPop Beaufort competition. ArtPop Beaufort is a partnership between Adams Outdoor Advertising, Beaufort Arts Council and the local art community to provide an opportunity like no other!   The mission of ArtPop is to promote local artists work through available media space. Art + Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop, and it is a nationwide program made possible through the 501(c)3 ArtPop Organization and Adam’s Outdoor Advertising. For...

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05 Nov SC Arts Educators Return

I am very excited that the SC Arts Educators are returning to Beaufort this year.  They were here two years ago. Last year they presented awards to the City of Beaufort, USCB and Robb Wells of the Chamber for making the event so successful that they would be returning this year. Hopefully our guests will be shopping, eating and more generating great revenue baring activities as the 250+ teachers convene over next weekend. One of the most interesting activities will be the Saturday night iron pouring event which is open to the...

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05 Nov History of Beaufort

Beaufort is so fortunate to have Dr Lawrence Roland and Dr Steve Wise who have, through their steadfast commitment and tireless efforts, produced a complete history of Beaufort.  Any time you have an opportunity to hear them speak or read their writings you will find it well worth your while and you will have an even better understanding of our very special community.     First there was one volume, then there was volume two and finally volume three is available. I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to hear them...

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Air BNB

05 Nov Airbnb: Another quality of life issue

As our small city grows and we hopefully continue to do an exponentially good job attracting visitors, we are likely to face some of the growing pains that other cities seem to be struggling with.   When in Genoa Italy, I had the good fortune of staying in a spectacular Airbnb.  That said, we did not stay with a family as the gorgeous restored building from the 1700's was a rental apartment or what might in Beaufort be called a short term rental. We had no way of knowing if the space...

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05 Nov Hilton Head A-Tax: How Others Do It

Over the past several weeks the City and our TDAC (ATAX committee) have be discussing the appropriate and legal use of taxes collected from accommodations often referred to as the bed tax. The City has in past years used all the funds for marketing to tourists outside of the 50-mile radius and paying the costs  for services to our guests out of the City's general fund.In the 2015-16 budget, we signaled that some of the costs for making Beaufort a safer and better tourism destination would have to come out...

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