Review Category : Beaufort News

Santa Elena Foundation names Dr. Beall as executive director

The Santa Elena Foundation Board of Directors named Andrew J. Beall as executive director. Beall assumes responsibility for operational leadership and administration of the foundation.

Organized by local business leaders, civic leaders, and scholars, the Santa Elena Foundation promotes the history of

Andy Beall

Andy Beall

European arrival on the North American coast. French construction of Charlesfort on Parris Island by Jean Ribault in 1562 drew a Spanish response. Spanish settlers established the community of Santa Elena in 1569, the first colonial capital in America. The story of European rivals struggling for dominance in North America involved French, Spanish, and English explorers and their interactions with nations of Native American peoples. The Santa Elena Foundation is dedicated to sharing the little known history of this “lost century” through archaeological research, a cultural interpretive center, and a living history museum.

Beall brings to this role extensive executive experience as a global corporate leader. His 30 years in the industrial equipment industry included responsibility for facilities in numerous countries. Living and working internationally, he led teams that established service and manufacturing operations to serve global customers.  Beall received his doctorate in business administration from the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix.  Since settling in the Lowcountry in 2010, he has volunteered his time with a number of community organizations.

In accepting this position, Dr. Beall observed, “I am so very pleased with the support the Santa Elena Foundation has received from the community and the immediate interest people show when they hear European settlers first arrived here 450 years ago.  For me this role is an opportunity to work with a remarkable team of people on a historic project significant for our community.”

The Santa Elena Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Beaufort County. The mission of the foundation is to expand the story of European colonization of North America through discovery, preservation, and promotion of Santa Elena, the first colonial capital in the present-day United States.

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Beaufort County temporarily suspends Accommodation Tax application process

The Beaufort County 2% Accommodation Tax Grant Program application process has been temporarily suspended due to lower than anticipated collections.

Each year, the Beaufort County 2% Accommodation Tax Grant Program distributes funds to qualified groups, organizations and government entities for tourism and marketing promotions. The funds assist and support the programs of qualified groups who attract visitors from 50 miles or more to Beaufort County. The funds for distribution are derived from a tax imposed on tourist lodging facilities. Last year, $500,000 was distributed to qualified groups.

Due to a reallocation of funding by the S.C. Department of Revenue, Beaufort County has sustained a lower balance than is traditionally held at this time of the year. To efficiently utilize the county’s resources, the grant program will be temporarily suspended until the receipt of its fourth quarter distributions. As soon as the application process is opened, the public will be notified.

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Candidates can still file for City Council seats

There will be a Municipal General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the purpose of electing two Beaufort City Council members.

Citizens who would like to be a candidate may file with the city of Beaufort at 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, at the city manager’s office. Filing for candidacy is open now and will close at noon August 15, 2014. The filing fee for City Council seat is $150.

This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation will be placed on the ballot.

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BJWSA receives award for financial reporting

Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada in honor of its Fiscal Year 2013 comprehensive annual financial report. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. BJWSA has prepared an annual financial report for the past 10 years, and this is the tenth consecutive year that BJWSA received the award.

Information about BJWSA’s annual report, including an electronic version, can be found online at

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Sheriff’s Office hosting ‘Storm Spotter’ class

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division will be hosting a “Storm Spotter” class on Wednesday, July 23. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center on the second floor of the Sheriff’s Office. A representative from the National Weather Service Charleston will be present to give different aspects of impending severe weather. This session is free and open to the public.

Training will cover: Basics of thunderstorm development; Fundamentals of storm structure; Identifying potential severe weather features; Information to report; How to report information; and Basic severe weather safety.

For questions or registration, please contact Pamela Cobb at 843-255-4007. Seating is limited, so reserve your space now to join us for this important opportunity.

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Residents can sign up for free CERT training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program provides training to Beaufort County residents to increase self-sufficiency in a disaster. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors.

CERT classes are free of charge and are held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (Building 23), 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.

The course is taught in five class sessions, 6 to 9 p.m.:

• Monday, August 4: Personal Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation

• Wednesday, August 6: Disaster Medical I

• Monday, August 11: Fire Suppression/Disaster Search Techniques

• Wednesday, August 13: Disaster Medical II/CERT Organization

• Saturday, August 16: Disaster Psychology/Terrorism Response and Completion Exercise.

For more information or to register, contact Julie Dimitrov at 843-812-2189 or email

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Downtown construction updates

Charles Street traffic signal improvements: The installation of new traffic signal arms along Charles Street is nearing completion — the work is 85 percent done at Charles and Craven streets; 75 percent complete at Charles and Boundary; and 60 percent complete at Charles and Bay streets.

The contractor, Walker Brothers, returned Monday to finalize installation of the traffic lights on the new arms and to clean up the work site. Their subcontractor, Site Source, will return to the project to finish the remaining concrete work at Bay and Charles streets on July 28 after the Water Festival.

Downtown streetlight upgrade: As of Monday, July 3, 55 of the total planned 65 new streetlights have been installed and working in downtown Beaufort. The new, brighter lamps are located at Bay, Charles, West, Scotts and Craven streets. The contractor will attempt to install five more streetlights along Carteret Street, between Bay and Port Republic streets, by July 11.

With major downtown events scheduled this month, including the July 11 F-35B new squadron celebration in the Waterfront Park and the Water Festival July 18-27, work on the remaining five Carteret Street streetlights and landscape irrigation will resume after July 28.

It is anticipated that all work on the downtown lighting, traffic arm installations on Charles Street, final intersection striping, concrete work at handicap ramps and associated irrigation work will be completed by the end of August.

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Beaufort installs new, old-look street signs

New and more appropriate street signs are being erected in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District this summer, completing an effort that began more than a decade ago.

New old-style street signs to be installed in the city of Beaufort historic district.

New old-style street signs to be installed in the city of Beaufort historic district.

“This has been a long time coming, but the effect is impressive,” said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling. “The new street signs are easy to read, they will be used only on streets in the Historic District, and they also have a ‘1711’ to showcase when Beaufort was founded.”

In 1954, the Beaufort City Council approved the first street name signs for the city. The signs were white with black letters, with a black border. Over time, those signs deteriorated and were replaced with state-issued street name signs with white lettering on a green background.

Hoping to emphasize the unique nature of Beaufort’s Historic District, the city’s Historic District Review Board in 2002 approved a design reminiscent of the original signs. Those designs sat untouched until 2009, when the city planning staff resurrected the effort.

“We worked hard to make the new signs easy to read and historically appropriate to our National Historic Landmark District,” said Lauren Kelly, Beaufort city planner. “We wanted to help our visitors identify and appreciate the streets and homes in the Historic District.”

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DNR holds courtesy boating inspections for 4th weekend

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.

Also note, the South Carolina General Assembly has designated July 4th as Free Fishing Day. All South Carolina residents may fish free in freshwater on July 4 without a recreational license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits and gear restrictions remain in place

Here are the places and times that the inspections will be held locally:

Friday, July 4

• Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island): Battery Creek, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, July 6

• Lemon Island Landing (Edgar Glenn): Chechessee River, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, July 19

• Sands Landing (Port Royal): Port Royal Sound, Beaufort County, 10 a.m. to noon.

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News Briefs

Meeting will present market analysis results  

On Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. in the Dolphin Room at The Best Western Sea Island Inn on Bay Street, a consultant team will present initial findings on the retail market in downtown Beaufort.  The presentation is part of a larger initiative to understand the current state of retail in downtown and to devise strategies to encourage future economic growth in the district.

The presentation follows an initial round of community input involving dozens of stakeholder interviews, an online survey that gathered nearly 900 local responses, and around 5,000 customer visits recorded by 51 downtown merchants in a weeklong zip code survey of customers conducted in May.

Arnett Muldrow & Associates, Ltd. of Greenville, SC, is the consultant team leading the project along with Main Street Beaufort, USA. Tee Coker is serving as project manager.  He can be reached at: LaNelle Fabian is managing the project for Main Street Beaufort, USA and can be contacted at


Mayor Keyserling to be LIBPA July speaker

Mayor Billy Keyserling, who was elected mayor of the city of Beaufort in 2008 and re-elected for a second term in 2012, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, July 8 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtor’s Association headquarters in the Palmetto Business Park (behind BB&T Bank) on Lady’s Island Drive. The meeting is open to the public.

Mayor Keyserling has been requested to include, in his discussion with the LIBPA members, the following subjects:

• Has the Redevelopment Commission met the objectives for which it was established?

• Are traffic problems anticipated following the narrowing of the street as part of the Boundary Street Redevelopment?

• Status of future plans for the marina parking lot.

• What will it take to make the city of Beaufort more economically self-sufficient?

• What is needed to improve the general appearance of the commercial portion of Lady’s Island which is governed by a blend of the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County?

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