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News Brief

Corridor Beautification Board Meeting cancelled

The Southern Beaufort County Corridor Beautification Board Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 has been CANCELLED. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Hilton Head Library small conference room at 2:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Contract approved to build new fire station

After months of review and negotiation, the Beaufort City Council this week agreed to move forward with construction of a new Beaufort Fire Station at 1120 Ribaut Road.

The City Council approved a contract with the lowest responsible bidder, Frasier Construction, to build the new fire station. The total cost of the project, including land, furnishings and technology, is $3,299,837.

Firefighting equipment will be moved from the current station on Mossy Oaks Road to the new site when it is completed, Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said. Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson and his staff, working with architects from Hussey Gay Bell & DeYoung and Frasier Construction, met in November and December to review construction costs. Those value-engineering sessions trimmed the overall construction costs by $243,130, according to Kathy Todd, finance director for the City of Beaufort. The revised construction bid by Frasier is $2.545 million.

Additional costs to the project included buying a small adjacent parcel and soil inspections and site improvements. Also, the initial construction bids exceeded the budget. All told, the project is about $554,159 more than anticipated two years ago. Tuesday, Council authorized use of capital fund balance reserves to cover the added costs.

At the time the project concept originally was approved, land hadn’t been acquired and the effects of the geotechnical report about soil conditions and drainage wasn’t complete. Once both of those became known, staff advised City Council that there would be additional site costs.

Further, it was determined that land adjacent to the main property would need to be purchased to gain access to the alley behind the fire station, which would improve both safety and efficiency and was part of the City’s long-range plan. The new fire house site is ideally situated for fire protection, Fire Chief Negron said. The site is geographically positioned between Port Royal’s main station and Beaufort’s current Fire Headquarters near the intersection of Ribaut and Boundary Street.

The new facility will replace the outdated one beside Beaufort Middle School and across from Mossy Oaks Elementary on residential Mossy Oaks Road. City Council hasn’t decided what to do with that property after the new facility opens. With City Council’s approval of the contract, the new fire station is expected to be completed by Fall 2015. Since the city bought the original property 1120 Ribaut Road property in September 2013, it also acquired a smaller parcel adjacent the Love House Ministries’ bowling alley. The additional land addresses access, stormwater management and other site conditions. The fire station will be accessible from Bowling Alley Lane, a street to the rear of the property.

Negron said the Ribaut Road location offers:
•  Direct access to the main artery between Beaufort and Port Royal
•  Easy and efficient travel times to the entire coverage area for this fire station
•  Excellent geographical positioning to reinforce and enhance the ISO 2 rating that helps reduce commercial fire insurance premiums
•  Limited impact on neighborhoods
•  Greater distance from large schools than the current Mossy Oaks station
•  Smooth traffic flow for fire vehicles, including direct access to the rear of the facility (eliminating fire trucks having to back into the bays).

“We are very excited to have this project ready to move forward,” Negron said. “The attention to detail will help make this a safe and efficient fire station for many years to come.”

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Beaufort History Museum announces Annual Meeting

Community-Beaufort History Museum

Museum members and the public are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Beaufort History Museum (BHM). The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the museum’s main hall, on the second floor of The Arsenal, located at 713 Craven St.

Current museum members will vote on a slate of new Board of Directors candidates. Individuals proposed by the Board of Directors are Donnie Ann Beer, Lorrie Burleyknowles, Carol Lauvray and Carla Marsh. BHM Members will also be able to suggest additional nominees.

Following the meeting, a dinner will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Southern Graces Bistro in the Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St. The dinner will cost $25.00 per person. (Wine is not provided but guests may bring their own.) Reservations can be made by contacting BHM Board Member, Libby Holloway via email:, or by phone at: 843-379-0130.

The first 50 dinner reservations submitted will be accommodated. The deadline for making reservations for the dinner is Tuesday, February 3.

The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times. The Beaufort History Museum maintains a website at

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Beaufort women attend inauguration


From left: Sandra Gaulding, President Beverly Brady, Governor Haley, First Husband Michael Haley.

Beaufort Republican Women’s Club President Beverly Brady & Board of Directors Member Sandra Gaulding attended Governor Nikki Haley’s Inauguration last Wednesday. Governor Haley was re-elected to a second term in November. Beaufort Republican Women’s Club hosted Governor Haley at a campaign event on Beaufort’s Old Bay Marketplace rooftop in October.

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Holiday closing for Beaufort County Convenience Centers

All Beaufort County Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  All centers will reopen on their regular schedules Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Residents are encouraged to check their local center for operating hours and plan accordingly.

If you have questions concerning the change in center operating hours, please call the Solid Waste and Recycling Office for more information at 843-255-2736or visit their website at .

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LowCountry Habitat for Humanity annouces Resolution Run


Photos courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Resolution Run 5K Race on January 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. on Dataw Island.

Come to beautiful Dataw Island to kick-off the New Year with a great start on that New Year’s Resolution to be active and healthy by participating in the 4th Annual 5K Race to benefit LowCountry Habitat for Humanity.  Participants will have a fast, flat course and may enter the 5K race or simply walk or stroll the beautiful scenery at your own pace.  Awards will be given to first place race finishers in eight categories.

Early bird registration is only $25 with discounts available for active duty military and participants under 18 years of age. Registration after January 11th will be $30. Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Online registration is available at  Links to this site are posted on our website and Facebook page (simply click the Sign-up Tab on our Facebook page to register).

Stop by our office to pick up a registration form and learn more about how you may help LowCountry Habitat create a world where everyone has a decent place to live!

About LowCountry Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat ReStores were developed to provide Habitat affiliates with another income stream for building houses while providing a place where still useful building materials and supplies can be recycled and gently-used home furnishings can be resold to new owners reducing the burden on local landfills. For more information about LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, please call the Habitat office at (843) 522-3500.

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Get your Valentine Ball Tickets this week

For 25 years now, on one magical evening in February, many of Beaufort’s most gracious hosts and hostesses have come together in support of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation. This year on Saturday February 7th these homeowners will once again open their homes, hosting dinner parties for guests on their way to attend the hospital’s 26th annual Valentine Ball.

“The dinner parties are our favorite part of the Ball,” according to co-chairs and former dinner party hostesses Laura Beall and Ryan Christian. “We love how they bring together the most interesting people of all ages, people we might not have known otherwise but can now count among our dearest friends.”
Over 500 people are expected to attend this year’s black tie fundraising event, and each guest will be

The private pre-ball dinner parties are what make the Valentine Ball special.

The private pre-ball dinner parties are what make the Valentine Ball special.

invited to attend a small pre-ball dinner party held at some of Beaufort’s finest homes.  After dinner, guests will progress to the Ball for an evening of dancing, silent auctions, and elaborate desserts.   Because each dinner party is unique and carefully orchestrated, they are always the most popular topic of conversation at the ball.

Since its inception in 1990, the Valentine Ball has raised nearly $4.2 million for the not-for-profit hospital.  Proceeds from the 2015 event will help finance the renovation and much-needed expansion of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor of the hospital.  The new unit will be able to accommodate 50% more patients, equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac monitors, lift equipment, and special ICU beds.  It will also include thoughtfully designed family consultation and waiting rooms. Tickets to the 26th Annual Valentine Ball start at $150 per person, which includes the pre-ball dinner party.  For more information or to purchase tickets before the January 15th deadline, call (843) 522-5774 or visit

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County Council members sworn in

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Brien Photography,

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Brien Photography,

Beaufort County saw its newly elected Councilwoman and re-elected Councilmen sworn in this past week. Running for her first term, County Councilwoman Alice Howard (Beaufort/Shell Point/Port Royal/Parris Island) was joined by her husband, daughter and other family members. Councilman Paul Sommerville (MCAS/Beaufort/Ladys Island/Fripp Island), also re-elected Council Chairman, was surrounded by family as well. Other County Councilmen sworn in included Councilman Rodman (Hilton Head), Councilman Stewart (Sun City/Okatie/Pinckney Colony), Councilman Fobes (Hilton Head), Councilman Vaux (Bluffton/Pritchardville/Daufuskie Island) and Councilman Caporale (Bluffton/Hilton Head).

County Council members were sworn in my Beaufort County Master-In-Equity Marvin H. Dukes, III.

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News Briefs

County Planning Director to speak

Mr. Tony Criscitiello, Director of Planning for Beaufort County will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, January 13 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association meeting to be held at 8 AM 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. Mr. Criscitiello assumed his present position as Director of Planning for Beaufort County in 2000.  Since his arrival in Beaufort County, he has guided the initial implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, the development of the Southern Beaufort County Regional Plan, the Northern Regional Plan, the rewriting of the entire County Comprehensive Plan and after 3 years of effort the recently adopted Community Development Code.

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CODA announces winner of tee shirt contest

Island News Editor Submits Winning Entry

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) is pleased to announce that Pamela Brownstein, Editor of the Island News, has won the Race4Love 5K Run/Walk Tee Shirt Design Contest.  This is the second time Brownstein has won this contest, which attracted a number of impressive entries. This winning entry will be represented on race t-shirts, as well as on promotional materials for the race, which is scheduled Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Cat Island.

“We had a number of wonderfully creative design entries this year, which made the decision difficult for the committee,” stated Kristin Dubrowski, CODA’s Executive Director. As the contest winner, Brownstein will receive a $100 prize, a t-shirt featuring her design, and one free entry into the 2015 Race4Love. The contest was promoted through the Race4Love website, Facebook and local newspapers.

For details on the race and to register, please visit:

Since 1986, CODA has been helping survivors of domestic abuse break the cycle and build new lives for themselves and their families. Over the years, CODA has grown from a hotline and emergency shelter to offer a continuum of free services available in shelter and in the community including counseling, case management, legal services, transitional housing and community education.

For more information on Race4Love, contact: or call (843) 770-1074 ext.221.  Please visit  to learn more about domestic abuse and CODA’s services.

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