City of Beaufort | October 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@cityofbeaufort.org.
News from our Police Department
Proud officers and staff of Beaufort Police Department with their re-accreditation certificate. Back row: Capt. George Erdel, Lt. Richard Poole. Front row: Interim Chief Dale McDorman, accreditation coordinator Lindsey Edwards, office manager Carolyn Branson (and Missy), and Lt. Jason Day.
Department earns re-accreditation

A big congratulations to the City of Beaufort Police Department: It just recently received a Certificate of Re-Accreditation from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation program. State accreditation ensures that the department’s policies and procedures meet current professional standards and law enforcement best practices. Read more here

Website adds data

The Police Department has made a number of enhancements to its website to ensure more transparency and accountability with the public, as well to make it easier to request services.

“During the last few months, as the spotlight has shown on law enforcement practices throughout the country, we wanted to make sure our website better reflected our practices and our data,” said Interim Police Chief Dale McDorman. “In fact, we have always collected data, and made it available to members of the public when they requested it, but we wanted to make it easier for the public to access this information. We think we’ve made a good start here.” Read more here

Bolowrap provides another tool

The Beaufort Police Department has invested in the BolaWrap, a tool that makes taking people into custody safer for both officers and those they are arresting. The BolaWrap is a hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an 8-foot Kevlar tether that can entangle a subject at a range of 10-25 feet. Read more here

Chief Clancy endowment at TCL just short of goal

The Chief Matthew Clancy Criminal Justice Leadership Scholarship at the Technical College of the Lowcountry has almost reached its $25,000 endowment goal. The fund, established just after the death of Beaufort PD's Chief Clancy in late July, will be used to provide financial support to students enrolled in TCL's Criminal Justice Program who have demonstrated a commitment to community policing. Currently, the fund needs just $2,000 to reach the endowed amount. Please donate online here. You can also write a check to the TCL Foundation, POL Box 2614, Beaufort, SC 29901.

Candidate forum on Oct. 14
Are you familiar with the candidates running for City of Beaufort offices? The election is Nov. 3, and a candidate forum will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event will be streamed on the Beaufort County Channel and can be seen live on the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page. You can also watch an outdoor screening at USCB, 801 Carteret St. Read more about the candidates here, and make sure you VOTE on Nov. 3.
News from around the City
We need volunteers!
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in our community? The City is currently in need of volunteers to fill the following boards and commission vacancies:

Cultural District Advisory Board
This vacancy is for an at-large member who lives or works in the Cultural District.

Tourism Development Advisory Committee
This vacancy is specific to the hospitality industry.

Park & Tree Advisory Commission
This vacancy is specific to a skilled arborist.

Design Review Board
This vacancy is specific to the skill set of a landscape architect.

For more information on these boards, interested citizens go to this link. An application can easily be completed on this page as well.
Council actions in September
Mask up: City Council extended the City's mask ordinance through Nov. 1. Read more here

ATAX distributions: Council approved TDAC recommendations on the distribution of $166,724 in ATAX revenue to non-profits that promote tourism. Read more here

Panhandling, stormwater ordinances: Council had first readings of several significant ordinances. Read more here

Fire Dept. awarded grant
Congratulations to the City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal Fire Department, which recently learned that it has been awarded a $270,729 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to enhance firefighters’ training.

The grant will allow the Fire Department to send 24 firefighters to advanced emergency medical technician training.

Mossy Oaks project shows progress
The Mossy Oaks Stormwater Drainage Project is continuing to meet its budget and timeline objectives. Major work continues weekly in both Basin 1 (vicinity of the Duck Pond) and Basin 2 (vicinity of Southside Park.) Above, work is being done on the Spanish Moss Trail to drive steel sheet piles into the ground to provide stabilization. Updates are posted on the City's Facebook and Nextdoor pages, and can also be found here.
A new take
on Halloween

The City of Beaufort is reimagining Halloween this year, with virtual costume and pumpkin-carving contests and drive-through trick-or-treating.
Our “people’s choice” contests will have categories for different ages, from young kids to adults. (And yes, even your pets can be entered into the costume contest.)

Drive-through trick-or treating will take place 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Waterfront Park marina parking lot, Pigeon Point Park, Washington Street Park, and Southside Park. Halloween goodie bags (500 in each location) will be handed out at each park.

Check out the details, including a reading program for young children, on our Downtown Operations page.
This Friday is First Friday!
October’s First Friday event, hosted by the Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association, is the perfect way to jumpstart the weekend and usher in the fall season while spending an evening out with family and friends.

The event is from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 2. Businesses and restaurants along Bay street and the downtown business core will feature promotions, demonstrations, and specials throughout the evening. Music by DJ Mike Partain will add ambience for those strolling from shop to shop.

Enjoy a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt during First Friday. You can visit participating businesses to pick up a scavenger hunt shopper’s card, and, while browsing in each shop, look for the pumpkin that is hidden in the store. Get your card punched in at least 10 locations, and you'll be entered into a gift card drawing. Winners will be announced via Facebook Live at noon on Oct. 3.
 
For information about First Friday, participating businesses, and upcoming promotions, and scavenger hunt rules, visit the Downtown Merchants Association website.
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' own words.
Aspen Dental

194 Robert Smalls Parkway
Flexible hours during pandemic
843-473-3148

Owned by veteran dentist Jebediah Christy, DDS, and run by lead dentist Jackson Murphy, DMD, our brand new office is committed to providing patients in Beaufort, Burton, Laurel Bay, Port Royal, and the surrounding communities with comprehensive dental care.

Our personalized approach to treatments begins with scheduling and our flexible, convenient care hours, while our digital, contact-less check-in makes it easier for patients to share information and spend more quality time with the doctor discussing medical and treatment history. Our flexible payment and financing plans are designed to make treatment access simpler.

Aspen Dental’s Smile Wide, Smile Safe Promise is our commitment to your safety, in accordance with CDC and ADA guidelines. We want every patient to have confidence that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not compromising on well-being.

Hank’s Lowcountry Cafe

2139 Boundary St.
Suite 120
Mon-Tue: 11:30-3; Wed-Sat: 11:30-8

This farm-to-table restaurant is the home of award-winning she crab soup and delicious melt-in-your-mouth USDA prime steaks and seafood. A full menu and full-service catering are available.

Nail Bar on Bay

700 Bay St. 
Suite 103
Mon-Sat 9-8; Sun: 11-5

At Nail Bar on Bay, it is our pleasure to provide you with a comfortable and friendly place where you can truly relax and be pampered. We are committed to delivering services that promote health, well-being, comfort, and beauty. We use disposable liners in our pedicure baths that are replaced after every client. We use a disposable pedicure kit on each client for extreme cleanliness. Our pedicure/manicure implements are wrapped and sealed in self-sterilized pouch for maximum sanitation.

To excel in a new era of nail and beauty care, we encourage continuing education. We are selective in staffing and committed to continuously upgrading our services & facilities. 

Complimentary mimosas, red and white wines, sodas, and water are offered.

Dani’s Dance Studio

129 Burton Hill Road
Suite J
Mon-Fri: 3-8; Sat: 9-noon

Dani's Dance Dynamics, LLC was founded on July 27, under the direction of Danielle Smalls.

Our mission is to provide a dance education that promotes self-confidence, self-awareness, self-discipline, and high-quality technique training. We offer genres such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, acro and more! We want YOU to come dance with us!

New hours for county Convenience Centers
Meetings in October
City Council
Oct 13: 5 p.m. Work Session
7 p.m. Regular Meeting

Oct. 20: 5 p.m. Work Session
Oct. 27: 5 p.m. Work Session
7 p.m. Regular Meeting

Meetings will be held via Zoom and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.

City boards, task forces
Affordable Housing Task Force: 3 p.m. Oct. 7

Historic Review Board: 2 p.m. Oct. 14

Metropolitan Planning Commission: 5 p.m. Oct. 19

Cultural District Advisory Board: 2 p.m. Oct. 21

Zoning Board of Appeals: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26

Meetings will be held via Zoom and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.