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Main Street Beaufort, USA receives 2014 accreditation

Main Street Beaufort, USA, has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street South Carolina, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street Beaufort, USA, celebrates 29 years of downtown revitalization this month.

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News briefs

Make your voice heard by completing survey

As the Joint Land Use Studies, which are evaluating current and future land uses on and in proximity to each of the Marine Corps bases, continue, the consultants need to obtain as much information as possible from area residents.

There will be additional meetings in late August, as well as Technical and Policy Committee meetings which are open to the public, but the study team has also developed a short survey to determine how people perceive and feel about Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the impact of those facilities on the community.

The survey is available online, and can be completed in a short time.  The link to it is:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LowcountryJLUS

There will also be paper copies of it available in the Beaufort County Library downtown and at the Lobeco Branch. The deadline is July 31.

Sheriff’s Office investigates robbery 

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Saturday, June 14 armed robbery of a St. Helena Island store.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Tienda Mexicana La Moreliana (802 Sea Island Parkway) at 9 a.m. last Saturday morning in reference to an armed robbery occurring moments earlier. Upon arrival, deputies met with an employee who advised that the store had been robbed by two unknown black males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.

The men entered the store and demanded cash. One suspect grabbed the cash drawer from the register, and the other took a purse from a customer in the store. Both suspects then fled the store and were seen leaving the area in a gray or tan sedan, possibly an older model Lincoln or Cadillac.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information to contact either Investigator S.Sgt.. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crimestoppers.

COSY conducts free monthly training 

Thursday, June 19, the Collaborative Organization for Services for Youth (COSY) will conduct its monthly training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the USCB Center for the Arts on Carteret Street, Beaufort. June’s training will focus on trauma-informed care. Two Social Work continuing education units are approved for this training. All COSY trainings are free, but you must register. Call 843-521-3150 or email psettles@uscb.edu to reserve a seat.

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Burton firefighters take top honors at state event

Burton firefighters fielded three-two man teams at the South Carolina State Firefighter Association’s first Emergency Medical Technician competition held on June 12 in Myrtle Beach. During the association’s annual conference, Burton took home both first and second place in the inaugural event.

Burton Firefighter/EMT Alex Murray (background) and Firefighter/EMT Jed Huth (foreground) work through their simulation in which they had to assess, triage and treat two victims involved in a chlorine explosion. Alex and Jed took first place in the inaugural competition.

Burton Firefighter/EMT Alex Murray (background) and Firefighter/EMT Jed Huth (foreground) work through their simulation in which they had to assess, triage and treat two victims involved in a chlorine explosion. Alex and Jed took first place in the inaugural competition.

More than 30 teams from around the state applied to compete for the five available slots in the competition. Burton Firefighter/EMTs Alex Murray and Jed Huth won the competition by taking first place, and second place was awarded to Burton Firefighter/EMTs Nick D’Angelo and Ricky Rankin.

Teams were given 12 minutes to complete a scenario that simulated a chlorine explosion involving two patients. Competitors had to assess, triage and treat both patients and received points for successful decisions and correct treatments.

The Burton Fire District provides both basic and advanced life support medical services to its citizens, and Burton firefighters receive over 2,400 man hours of medical training every year. The Burton Fire District responds to over 1,600 medical emergencies annually.

“This state level competition highlights the expanding role and importance of the fire service in providing emergency medical services,” stated Assistant Fire Chief Randy Wells, who oversees the Burton Fire District’s medical programs. “Our firefighters train hard and taking both first and second place in this inaugural competition is testament to the commitment we have to our citizens and to the services we provide.”

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Public advisory: Beware of phone scam

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware of several phone scams being used in the area. The callers will portray themselves as law enforcement officials, then ask the victim to obtain a Green Dot card to pay a fine for various reasons. The victim may be told they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant for their arrest that will be served unless they can obtain a Green Dot card. Once they have obtained the card they are told to call back with the pin number.

Another scam is to ask victims to cover the jail bond for a family member that has been arrested in another county or state. Most recently some victims have been told a family member did not pay all the taxes they owed and again would go to jail if a fee was not paid to the caller.

These types of scams are occurring throughout the country and the FBI has additional information listed on their web site at www.fbi.gov/scams-safety. If you receive a call of this nature, where you are asked to obtain a Green Dot card for a large amount of money, please contact Law Enforcement within your jurisdiction.

Call Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372) or text: TIPSC to CRIMES (274637) or visit www.sccrimestoppers.com.

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Port Royal to host port-related events

The Town of Port Royal in conjunction with Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association and the Historic Port Royal Foundation will be hosting three back-to-back events related to the port property on Thursday, June 19.

These events will provide opportunities to learn more about the port property’s history, current status, and future plans. All three events are free and open to the public.

The first event will be a tour of the port property led by Town Councilman Joe Lee, which will depart from Union Church, 1004 11th Street, at 4:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to access the property and get a behind-the-scenes look at the lay of the land and its relation to the water and the Old Village.

The second event will be a meet-and-greet reception at Union Church starting at 5:15 p.m. The Historic Port Royal Foundation has recently made updates and improvements to the Union Church’s historic collections. Attendees will be given a chance to view the artifacts and discuss them with foundation members. Light refreshments will be provided.

The third event will be a moderated panel discussion hosted by Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association at Union Church at 6 p.m. The four confirmed panelists include:

• Ogden Lazenby, discussing the site before port operations

• Scott Graber, discussing the relationship between the port and the Old Village

• Joe Lee, discussing the period since the port closure

• Pete Cotter, former port manager

• Judy Alling, representing the Sell It Now campaign.

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News briefs

Sales tax commission decides list of projects

Beaufort County’s Capital Project Sales Tax Commission has chosen the projects that could appear on November’s ballot.

During the commission’s June 4 meeting, the six members voted for 21 projects that will cost a little more than $221M. The commissioners also decided the 1 percent sales tax, if passed, will last eight years or until all $221M is collected, whichever occurs first.

“This was a good process and one which all the commissioners took very seriously. I believe we chose a list of projects that take into account the health, wellness and safety of those living in and visiting Beaufort County,” said Commission Chairman Craig Forrest.

Beaufort County Council must now vote for or against the list and language. If they agree, the final list of projects and ballot language must be sent to the Beaufort County Board of Elections by August 15 to be placed on the November ballot.

The final list of projects can be viewed at the Beaufort County’s website www.bcgov.net under the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission slider.

 

Property tax exemption available for military

Active military given orders outside of Beaufort County are now able to receive the 4 percent property tax rate while renting out their homes due to a bill Gov. Nikki Haley recently signed.

In the past, when members of the military moved outside Beaufort County and rented their home, they were taxed at the non-primary residence rate of 6 percent. However, due to this recent legislation, active military whose home was assessed at 4 percent and are given orders outside the county for a period of one year or longer are now eligible for the primary residence rate of 4 percent.

This new exemption will be in effect for the tax year 2014, but since it is a mid-tax year enactment, the Beaufort County Assessor’s office will accept applications on or before Jan. 15, 2015.

Executive director of Penn Center resigns

On Friday, June 6 the Penn Center Board of Trustees voted to accept the resignation of Michael A. Campi as Penn Center’s Executive Director. Mr. Campi served in that capacity since June 2013 at the center on St. Helena Island; he tendered his resignation citing personal obligations.

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Beaufort garbage service running late Tuesday due to high heat, mechanical breakdowns

wastepro-logoHeat indexes close to 100 degrees coupled with mechanical breakdowns slowed Tuesday’s Waste Pro trash collection in parts of Beaufort, but routes were expected to be completed later in the evening, city leaders saidTuesday afternoon.

Any garbage that was supposed to have been picked up on a Tuesday route – and still on the curbside — will be collected first thing Wednesday morning, according to Isiah Smalls, director of public works and facilities management for Beaufort.

“The Waste Pro crews are going to work late into tonight trying to catch up,” Smalls said. “They had some mechanical breakdowns and the crews had to take precautions because of the high heat index. We are all working together, as quickly as possible, to catch up with the scheduled routes for today and Wednesday.”

Any Beaufort resident whose trash was scheduled for collection Tuesday but wasn’t picked up should contact Waste Pro at 645-4100 or the City of Beaufort Public Works at 525-7054 ext #1.

Another option is to go online at www.cityofbeaufort.org, click on Departments, go to Public Works/Sanitation and then click on Request Service.

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Study aims to analyze Beaufort retail market

Main Street Beaufort, USA, is initiating a two-phased study to analyze the retail market for Downtown Beaufort. The goal of the project is to complement ongoing planning and economic development initiatives and to create an action plan for future retail development in Beaufort.

On May 16, Main Street Beaufort, USA, began the first phase of the project, a market analysis to identify the current retail climate in Beaufort. Recorded consumer data from 50 Beaufort businesses will be used in conjunction with market demographics to assess the size and characteristics of the current retail market.

The first phase will also include a series of individual interviews and roundtable meetings to be held June 10-12. These meetings will engage downtown merchants, tourism related businesses, art galleries, Historic Beaufort Foundation, stakeholders, and community leaders, including a public input session that will include preliminary results from the current online survey.

The second phase of the project will focus on the creation of a retail strategy based on the findings from the market analysis.

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 tee@arnettmuldrow.com. LaNelle Fabian is managing the project for Main Street Beaufort, USA, and can be contacted at director@downtownbeaufort.com.

 

Downtown Beaufort Market Analysis

Please take part in one of these roundtable sessions. Your feedback is important! Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held at the Beaufort library first floor meeting room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort.

Tuesday, June 10

• 10:30 a.m.: Historic Beaufort Foundation

• 1:30 p.m.: Media

• 3 p.m: Tourism

• 5:15 p.m.: Downtown Merchants Wednesday, June 11

• 9 a.m.: Arts, Chamber Meeting Room, The Carnegie Building, 701 Craven Street, Beaufort.

• 5:15 p.m.: Public Input Session (preliminary results from online survey).

 

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Sheriff’s Office promotions

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Tuesday, June 3, 2014, ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted: Michael Jackson, Lance Corporal;  Salvador Madrid, Patrolman First Class; Sharon Chavis, Sheriff’s Tech III, and Paul Bailey, TMC Tech II.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Tuesday, June 3, 2014, ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted: Michael Jackson, Lance Corporal; Salvador Madrid, Patrolman First Class; Sharon Chavis, Sheriff’s Tech III, and Paul Bailey, TMC Tech II.

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Beaufort cleaning up yard debris challenges

A long winter followed by falling leaves from live oaks and a few windy thunderstorms created an abundance of yard debris around Beaufort this spring. The next weekends were good yard-working weather, which created huge amounts of debris for Beaufort’s waste-haulers to collect.

As the haulers were trying to clean up the city, the heavy thunderstorms soaked the local landfill, halting dumping for a short while. Coupled with last Monday’s Memorial Day holiday when the landfill was closed, a few mechanical breakdowns and employee illnesses, and Beaufort City leaders aren’t happy with the way Beaufort looks.

“We’ve been caught in a perfect storm that created more yard debris than usual, plus the landfill problems, and plus some people aren’t following the guidelines for disposing yard debris, household garbage and recyclables,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said.

“We are catching up now, but we need to work together to prevent this from happening again,” he said. “We all take great pride in how Beaufort looks, to our residents and to our visitors.”

Following the city’s guidelines for pick-up of garbage, yard debris and recyclables is required by city ordinance.

“Our public works team and Waste Pro have been putting in extra time to catch up with the Beaufort clean-up, but some of that time has been spent explaining why yard debris has to be bagged or bundled, or why someone can’t use their own garbage can on the side of their street,” said Isiah Smalls, Beaufort’s director of public works and facilities management.

Highlights of the guidelines include:

Normal Household Yard Debris:  Should be bagged or bundled, in 50 lbs maximum weight and 4-foot length maximums. If you have items that do not comfortably fit in a bag you may “tie” into bundles with the same weight and length limits. This means shrubbery clippings that residents don’t wish to bag should be “tied” into bundles.

You can have as many bags or bundles as you wish, as long as they meet the weight and length requirements, and also the bundles are tied and meet weight and length requirements.

For items that do not meet these requirements (such as large tree limbs) or any loose debris, residents should contact Waste Pro directly at 645-4100 and request a “special trash service” quote.  There is a possible charge for non-normal yard debris. A Waste Pro supervisor will come out and let resident know of cost for removal.

Recycling:  All items should be placed inside the recycling bin, and if there are extras place items inside a clear plastic bag and place on top of recycling bin, or beside. Residents should be clear to use the correct container — use the recycling bin and not the roll cart for garbage.

Roll Carts: All household garbage should be placed inside plastic bags that are secured and placed inside the roll cart.

Roadside placement: The roll cart and/or recycling bin should be out by 7 a.m. on the designated day of service.

Household garbage pick-up: All household garbage to be collected by Waste Pro personnel must be placed in disposable plastic garbage bags or some other disposable container and placed in the roll cart provided by the city. The roll cart is to be placed inside the curb, outside the drainage ditch line of the street, near the front line of your premises, no earlier than 5:30 a.m. and no later than 7 a.m. on the designated day of pick-up.

No containers of any shape, size or form other than the roll carts provided by the City of Beaufort will be emptied and returned to the curb.

To find out your day for Waste Pro pick-up, visit www.cityofbeaufort.org, go to Departments/Public Works and click on Sanitation. Residents also can call 645-4100.

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