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05 Nov ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’

'The Great American Trailer Park Musical' comes to Port Royal this week as relatively new traveling theater company aspires to make theater accessible Whenever Rodney Vaughn goes into a community to pass out flyers for "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a funny thing happens. Merchants he meets want to know if the musical is about their town. "There is a certain kinship there," he says, laughing about the reaction. "It's not above anyone and it's super relatable to all of us." And that is exactly what he and theater company partner Luke Cleveland...

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05 Nov Explore Fort Freemont Through Dennis Cannady’s Fabulous 3-D Diorama

This is a wonderful gift to the people of Beaufort and our visitors.  Thank you Friends of Fort Fremont.  BK The Unveiling of the awe-inspiring 3-D Diorama created by Dennis Cannady at the St. Helena Library on Wednesday, October 28th was a huge success! If you were there, you know what an amazing replica in miniature of the Spanish American fort that was at one time over 100 acres.  When you visit Fort Fremont now you see 15 acres, so when you view it in its entirety you realize what an...

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05 Nov Our Future

Thinking about the future. Over the past year, I have been spending more time than usual in Charleston helping my friend of forty years, John Tecklenburg, who is running for Mayor. Over the course of this period I have seen much of the city I did not even realize is part of the City. We think of Charleston as the peninsula and do not think about other areas, such as vast areas west of the Ashely River and Daniel Island that make up about 75 percent of Charleston’s population. John and I,...

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04 Nov Nuisance flooding due to high tides likely to persist Another Quality of Life Issue

One can argue about the causes, whether we are talking about 1, 000 year storms, 500 or even 10 year storms. The reality is that our state has been hit hard and it will not be the last time.  As the lowcountry experiences more rain, flooding and when they coincide with unusually high tides, low lying areas like ours have challenges.  This is not something we can fix today, but it is worth talking about. And thankfully the Beaufort Port Royal Rising Sea Level Task Force has some answers they...

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29 Oct News Clips from Rising Seas Conference

RISING TIDES – ALL MEDIA CLIPS   Manchester Union Leader 'Rising Tides' summit in Hampton is the first to focus exclusively on the dangers of coastal flooding and sea level rise By Jason Schreiber / October 25, 2015   WMUR-TV Conference in Hampton focused on rising sea levels & flooding By Mike Cronin  / October 25, 2015   Seacoast Online / Foster’s Daily Democrat / Portsmouth Herald / Hampton Union Rising Tides summit presses for federal change By Max Sullivan / October 25, 2015   NPR’s Here and Now (WBUR) Rising Seas Are a Problem Across Party Lines By Sam Evans-Brown / October 26, 2015   Newsday Flooding is an election issue for...

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29 Oct Along with Mayors and State Legislators, Mayor Keyserling called for improved federal programs to plan and prepare for increasing floods as sea levels rise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Billy Keyserling, billyk@islc.net,843-592-0400   RELEASE: Mayor Billy Keyserling Met with Federal Officials, Joined Bipartisan Group of Local Leaders from Across the U.S. to Address the Increasing Threat of Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise   Along with Mayors and State Legislators, Keyserling called for improved federal programs to plan and prepare for increasing floods as sea levels rise   Hampton, NH–Along with other coastal mayors, Mayor Billy Keyserling met with federal decision-makers including NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and senior officials from FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to raise the challenges Beaufort faces with increasingly severe impacts of coastal...

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29 Oct Beaufort County Character Education Program

The Beaufort County School District created the Beaufort County Character Education and Student of the Month programs.   The purpose of the Character Education program is to integrate good character traits into the total school environment, as well as into the community. Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students.   The school counselors of Beaufort County School District selected this year’s character education words: Friendship/Kindness (August), Acceptance (September), Courage/Tolerance (October), Respect/Gratitude (November), Compassion (December), Perseverance (January), Honesty/Integrity (February), Self-Control (March), Forgiveness (April), Responsibility/Cooperation (May).   Each month,...

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28 Oct Security Cameras Will be Installed Downtown

The ATAX Chair serves the city well but did not get everything his committee recommended. While the chair of the City's Committee recommends distribution and appropriate investment  of bed tax dollars has done a magnificent job of sorting through annual requests, stretching  the dollars as requested by the city and helping to make the system more accountable and transparent throughout his extensive tenure as committee chair,  I am sad to say Chip Dinkins' last presentation was not likely  his happiest. As noted in last week's post, during budget discussions and debate last...

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28 Oct I ask skeptics to at least listen.

The day I left Beaufort for the National Rising Sea Levels Conference, I received the following from a Beaufort businessman:   Hello Mayor:  As I read your comments about Sea Level rise, I’m discouraged about investing in Beaufort.  Do you recommend we should stop?  I have been operating on the belief that there are a number of manes by which this matter can and will be addressed.  Is there any cause for optimism that might encourage investment?      Tks   My response followed:   Dear Beaufort Businessman, Thanks for your note. As I recall, you sent this same note...

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