November 2021
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Drainage study begins for The Point neighborhood
The City of Beaufort has begun a drainage study in The Point neighborhood, marking the start of its next major stormwater infrastructure project since completing the Mossy Oaks project earlier this year.

The City has contracted with Davis & Floyd, an engineering firm with several locations in South Carolina, to conduct the study.

Election is Nov. 2

Just a reminder to everyone that Tuesday, Nov. 2, is Election Day. Find out more here about the local option sales tax and how it would benefit property owners (through a property tax credit), as well as municipalities in Beaufort County. Go the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections for more information.
City presents initial plan
on ARP funds

The City of Beaufort has received approximately half of the $6.54 million it has been designated through the American Rescue Plan. In a presentation to City Council during Work Session on Oct. 26, City Manager Bill Prokop unveiled a preliminary plan for the funds.

City awards ATAX grants
City Council approved the awarding of $183,135 in ATAX grants to seven non-profit local organizations at its Oct. 12 Regular Meeting. The grants are used to promote tourism.

Mossy Oaks' Duck Pond has been spruced up!

Many thanks to our Parks/Public Works staff for the makeover they've given the Duck Pond!

They added two 4-foot benches, concrete pads to anchor the benches, and two picnic tables – allowing neighbors and visitors to better enjoy the bucolic setting.
Our new firetruck is in service!
Beaufort/Port Royal firefighters, led by Chief Tim Ogden, left, were proud to show off their newest firetruck behind City Hall on Oct. 12. This state-of-the-art beauty was designed with firefighter input, Lt. Clint Holmes said, and is “firefighter friendly,” meaning it offers more storage and more safety features.

The truck has the capacity to carry five firefighters. It has storage capacity for 1,000 gallons of water, and offers more than 200 square feet of new space for gear storage.

The truck is now in service at Station 4 on Robert Smalls Parkway.
News from our partners
BJWSA's update on North Street project
Work has started on the BJWSA North Street Transmission main project. This design-build project includes a large-diameter water transmission main that will be constructed from Robert Smalls Parkway to Duke Street. The portion of the Spanish Moss Trail over Battery Creek that was closed to install two pipes is being reopened temporarily so that permitting and supply chain issues can be addressed.

Beaufort Memorial collecting crutches

A global aluminum shortage has left hospitals like Beaufort Memorial without much-needed supplies of crutches for patients, prompting officials to ask for community donations of gently used adult crutches.

Donations can be made Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in two locations:

LifeFit Wellness Center
Beaufort Memorial Medical & Administrative Center
990 Ribaut Road, 1st floor
Beaufort, SC 29902

Beaufort Memorial Okatie Medical Pavilion
122 Okatie Center Boulevard, North, 1st Floor (Security Desk)
Okatie, SC 29909

All donated crutches will be thoroughly sanitized and inspected for safety before being given to patients at no cost.

Get vaccinated before holidays!

There’s still time to get vaccinated before the Christmas holiday. Simply schedule an appointment by Nov. 10 at Beaufort Memorial’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic by visiting to complete your regimen before Christmas. The clinic is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is given approximately 21 days apart. 
Decals mandatory
at county centers
Beginning Monday, Nov. 1, all Beaufort County Convenience Centers will require county residents to show their decal.

Since its soft implementation in March, the decal program has saved residents nearly $400,000.

The county has two convenience centers: 80 Shanklin Road and 104 Simmonsville Road.

Beaufort History Museum
awarded grant

Congratulations to the Beaufort History Museum, which has received a $15,000 grant from South Carolina Humanities. The grant will allow the museum to continue expansion of its exhibit hall. Planned new exhibits will display the geology, geography and historical timeline of the city and region.
Annual book sale at Waterfront Park
The Friends of the Beaufort Library will hold its annual book sale on Nov. 5-7 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The sale will include about 900 boxes of books separated into 45 genres. The rare and collectible section includes books that are signed, scarce, local and oldies.

This year will feature a Meet the Authors event, highlighting the talented writers in the community. Authors will be on hand all three days to ask questions, talk about writing and inspiration, sell and sign their books.

Proceeds go to support the Beaufort Public Library.

Concert celebrates veterans

After an 18-month hiatus, the Lowcountry Wind Symphony returns with a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive in Beaufort. The concert is free but donations are always gratefully received. All are welcome to attend.

This will mark the sixth year the entire concert will be devoted to honoring all our men and women in the military, past and present. What better way to honor veterans than with an afternoon of wonderful patriotic music!

LWS is a concert band made up of talented amateur and professional brass, wind, and percussion players from the greater Beaufort area.

Veterans Day Parade is on!

The annual Veterans Day Parade is back! It’s set for Thursday, Nov. 11. It will begin at 10 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery on Boundary Street, go down Carteret Street and up Bay Street. Come and cheer for our veterans and their contributions to our country and our community!
November is bustling!
Fort Fremont
grand opening!

Beaufort County and the Friends of Fort Fremont are hosting a grand opening celebration for the Fort Fremont History Center from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9. This will be live-streamed on The County Channel.

Limited parking is available at the preserve parking area. A shuttle service will be provided from The Woodlands, located at 100 Lands End Woodland Road, St. Helena Island to the preserve during the event.

Check out the Stutz parade

Once a year the owners of Stutz motorcars gather from across the globe to celebrate these pieces of history. This year, a record number of these cars will be attending the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and as part of this, will drive through and around Beaufort from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. They will gather at 1002 Bay St. at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. 

Stutz automobiles were produced in Indianapolis from 1911 to 1934 and were synonymous with flare and performance. Only about 300 exist today, so be sure to check them out as they drive through our fair city.
Small Business Saturday

Nov. 27 is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and, more importantly, Small Business Saturday! Come support our local merchants in beautiful Beaufort!

Your purchases keep our merchants in business, and help to keep our city as special as it is.
Noted preservation
economist to speak

Leading preservationist economist Donovan Rypkema will speak on the economic impact of historic preservation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at USCB’s Center for the Arts.

The talk is open to the public and will include a Q&A at the end. Masks are required. The event is being sponsored by the City of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and Center for the Arts.
5Ks this month

Helping Heroes: The Helping Heroes 5K will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, beginning at 8 a.m. on Bay Street. This race follows the certified 5K course over the Woods Memorial Bridge. Sign up at Helping Heroes 5K. Same day registration will be available. Proceeds go to the Gary Sinise Foundation. For more information, contact Benjamin Whitmore at

Turkey Trot: Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity is hosting its Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m. This 5K follows the certified 5K course over the Woods Memorial Bridge. Register at Lowcountry Habitat Turkey Trot 5K; same day registration also available.
St. Peter's hosts
holiday home tour

St. Peter Catholic Church is hosting the 20th annual Homes for the Holidays Tour of Homes on Nov. 19-20. Visitors will tour six private homes in the Historic District, and the church itself, which dates to 1846.
Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. More information here.
'Fall in Love' on First Friday!
Come celebrate November’s First Friday from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 5 with an evening of shopping, dining, and fun. Events take place on Bay Street, Scott Street and West Street, which will be closed to traffic. Downtown merchants will raffle off six gift cards throughout the night. To enter, you must make a purchase from one of the participating stores and bring your entry to the Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association table on Bay Street close to Carteret.
Every third Thursday is Live After 5

LIVE After 5 every third Thursday of the month is downtown Beaufort's newest recurring monthly party with live music, local artists, late night shopping, and drink and food specials.
A big thank you to first responders!

Jubilee Outreach Ministry invites Beaufort Memorial Hospital staff, local police and sheriff department officers and staff, and fire and EMS officers and staff -- as well as their families -- to a Friendsgiving on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 4-7 p.m. Details are in the poster. Thank you, Jubilee Ministry!
Sneak peek at December events ...
We'll have more details in next month's newsletter (and follow us on Facebook and Nextdoor, where we will keep everyone up to date) but just to let you know, December events are in full planning mode right now!

Night on the Town
It all starts with Night on the Town on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6-9 p.m. Downtown streets will be closed, merchants and restaurants will be open, and the festivities will be on! We'll also be hosting the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Saturday, Dec. 4

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: The Beaufort History Museum will be holding a reenactment at the Arsenal to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the New York Highlanders’ entry into Beaufort.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A Christmas Taste of Gullah will feature authentic Gullah cuisine and live holiday entertainment at Waterfront Park. This event is free and open to the public . As rice is a direct link between the Gullah culture, Africa and the African diaspora, a rice cook-off will also be held with attendees choosing their favorite dish.

5:30-8:30 p.m.: Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade

Sunday, Dec. 5

3 p.m.: Christmas Parade. Want to be in it? Fill out this application.

Free parking: Free parking at the Marina parking lot from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day!
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' words.
Evolve Furniture Studio

1010 Middleton St.
By appointment: 717-293-1504

David Lunin's background in 18th-century American antiques has deeply influenced his furniture design work.

"I have a strong background in producing strict reproductions of important antiques," he says. "I eventually added my personal sensibility to timeless pieces by beginning with traditional designs and giving them a contemporary twist. Whatever I create, it is done with the same level of care and craftsmanship employed by Colonial furniture craftsmen. All my pieces are built with traditional joinery like hand-cut dovetails, and mortise and tenon joints."


707 Bay St.
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: Noon- 5 p.m.

Serendipity is a new boutique bringing fresh options for gifts and apparel to Bay Street in Beaufort. Serendipity was created by three teachers who, after collectively spending 35 years in the profession, decided to take a leap and make their dream a reality. Each member of the Serendipity team fell in love with Beaufort’s quiet waterfront beauty and ended up moving here permanently. Our goal is for everyone, regardless of age, income or size, to “accidentally stumble upon something beautiful” in our shop.


719 Bay St.
Wed-Sat:10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Nostalgia. That's what Duffy's is selling. We want you to walk into our store and remember your childhood, your mother's keepsakes, or your grandmother's kitchen.

Our collection is made of mid-century Modern furniture, '70s kitsch, Asian decorations, and collectibles including vintage tools and books, comic books, coins, stamps, baseball cards, and campaign pins.

Our inventory will change every week, so you never know what you'll find.

And more business news ...

These businesses have moved to a new location in Beaufort:

Kazoobie Kazoo Factory
12 John Galt Road

Balance Barre and Fitness
2127 Boundary St .STE. 16

Success Staffing
2015 Boundary St.

Ribbon-cuttings in November:

Evolve into Fitness, 907 Boundary St., 4 p.m. Nov. 5
Meetings in November
City Council
5 p.m. Nov. 9 Work Session
7 p.m. Nov. 9 Regular Meeting

5 p.m. Nov. 30 Work Session
7 p.m. Nov. 30 Regular Meeting

Meetings will be held at City Hall, and also accessible 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
Neighborhood Association, 10 a.m., Nov. 2
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m., Nov. 10
Metropolitan Planning Commission, 5 p.m. Nov. 15
Cultural District Advisory Board, 2 p.m.
Nov. 17
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. Nov. 18
Zoning Board of Appeals, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22

Meetings will be held at City Hall, and also accessible 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.