City of Beaufort
January 2022
Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams,
A peek ahead to 2022
2022 promises to be a big year for the City of Beaufort as the City follows its strategic plan and its four key focus areas: A Safe & Vibrant City; Economic Development & Innovation; Growth & Natural Resources; and Organizational Excellence.

We have a number of projects that are in various stages of development. Among them are streetscape and drainage projects on Allison Road, Calhoun Street, Depot Road and Hay Street; a drainage project on West Royal Oaks Road; a major stormwater project at The Point and downtown; the construction of several buildings at Beaufort Commerce Park; a boardwalk at Whitehall Park, and the development of a master plan at Southside Park.

And that's just for starters! Buckle up for 2022! We have a lot to accomplish with planned and well managed growth that will ensure that our Beaufort is "Where History, Charm, and Business Thrive."
City names new
finance director

The City of Beaufort has selected Alan Eisenman as its next finance director. Eisenman, who has worked for the City’s Finance Department as a senior accountant since January 2016, will succeed Kathy Todd, who is retiring at the end of February.

Murray elected
to mayors association

Mayor Stephen Murray was elected earlier this year to the board of the Association of South Carolina Mayors. He will serve three years.

$750K grant for Calhoun Street

The City of Beaufort has received a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant that will be used for a streetscape and drainage project on Calhoun Street.

City Council allocates
funds to non-profits
At its meeting on Dec. 14, City Council approved allocating $22,068 from its hospitality tax revenues to the Beaufort Downtown Merchants Association, the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association, and Friends of the Spanish Trail.

Sales tax drops
beginning Jan. 1

Sales tax in Beaufort County drops from 7% to 6% beginning Jan. 1.

The 1% Transportation Tax became effective May 1, 2019, after Beaufort County voters approved the tax in 2018. The goal was to raise $120 million for improvements to Beaufort County roads and bridges. That was accomplished, so the extra 1% is coming off.

Beaufort Plaza announces new retailers
Beaufort Plaza has announced four new tenants as work continues on the Publix that will be opening there in 2022. Two restaurants are in the mix: Chipotle’s and Five Guys, which are expected to open in late fall of 2022.

Burkes HomeCentric, a discount home goods retailer, is expected to open in mid-February 2022. Lowcountry Urgent Care will be opening across from Walgreen’s. It is expected to open in the fall of 2022. Additional new retailers are expected to be announced soon

What's ahead in January for BJWSA projects
Work is progressing 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 was closed starting Jan. 3, to install the water main adjacent to the trail.

Meetings set to gather input on Historic District
The National Park Service is currently conducting a study of Beaufort's National Historic Landmark District to document the district's integrity and examine projects and trends that may affect preservation efforts.

"The Beaufort National Historic Landmark District is significant for its antebellum history and architecture, as well as its role in the Civil War and Reconstruction,” said Cynthia Walton, regional acting chief, cultural resources, partnerships and science. “As stewards of the NHL, the local community is central to the process and we are pleased to partner with the City of Beaufort to ensure the project’s success as a guidepost for those involved in preserving Beaufort’s historic character and integrity.”

Ethos Preservation, a consultant for this project, has scheduled virtual meetings to gather public input:

Tuesday, Jan. 18: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Zoom link: Each meeting is expected to last one hour.
Coming in January!
If you love oysters, this is the festival for you!
The festivals and festivities never stop in Beaufort!

The 2nd Annual Beaufort Oyster Festival will be held Jan 13-22. Conceived and hosted by the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association, the Beaufort Oyster Festival will celebrate all aspects of theLowcountry and Carolina Sea Islands oystering culture and agri-tourism economy from historical, to architectural, ecological, agricultural, culinary, artisan, and more.

Join scavenger hunt
on First Friday

Come celebrate January’s First Friday on Jan. 7 from 5-8 p.m. with an evening of shopping, dining, and fun!

Events take place on Bay Street, Scott Street and West Street. The theme for January is "Ring in the New" with a scavenger hunt. Participants will hunt for a bell, and the cash prizes will be $300, $150, $75. Customers will need to bring the scavenger hunt card to the clock tower. Winners will be announced via Facebook Live at 8:15 p.m. on Beaufort First Friday’s page.
5 centuries of history
Historic Beaufort Foundation and USCB Center for the Arts are collaborating on this 5-week series presented by Dr. Lawrence Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise on Beaufort's rich history.

Beaufort History Museum
annual meeting is Jan. 27

The Beaufort History Museum would like to thank everyone who helped make the Civil War Encampment on Dec. 4 an incredible success.

That includes the re-enactors who traveled here from throughout the country; the museum's board members and other volunteers; local and regional media that informed readers and listeners about the event; local businesses that informed their customers about the re-enactment, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and others. There were 425 people who came to the Arsenal throughout the day, which is a considerably larger number than previously.

The museum will hold its annual meeting for membership at 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at City Council Chambers, City Hall. Early seating will be available from 4:45 p.m.

Pre-registration for the meeting is required and will be open through Jan. 27:
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' own words.
Living Proof Nutrition

129 Burton Hill Road, Suite H
Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Living Proof Nutrition serves the wellness industry by distributing high-quality nutritional products. We provide a nutritious alternative to fast food, including healthy shakes, protein, energy and fitness drinks as well as baked goods.

Our mission is to impact the world, one human connection at a time. The people that come through our doors are more than just a customer, they become our family. We remember their names. Through our culture and customer care, we have created a “destination place.” We are excited to grow our roots and make a larger community impact.

And more business news!
Congratulations to these businesses celebrating anniversaries:

1 year: Emma’s Earth Shop Tours
2 years: Glowcountry Mini Golf
3 years: Caliber Collision Center, Planet Fitness
5 years: Savage Law
7 years: Massage Envy Spa
9 years: Yoyo's Frozen Yogurt
11 years: Thibault Gallery

And a very big congratulations to Bay Street Jewelers, which opened in 1941 and is celebrating 80 years in business!

New location:

Rustic Pup Biscuits & Boutiques, the destination for all of Beaufort's four-paw families, has moved to 724 Bay St.
Meetings in January
City Council
5 p.m. Jan. 11 Work Session
7 p.m. Jan. 11 Regular Session

5 p.m. Jan. 25 Work Session
7 p.m. Jan. 25 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
Neighborhood Association, 10 a.m. Jan. 4
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m. Jan. 12
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. Jan. 13
Historic Review Board Work Session, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 19
Design Review Board Work Session, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 19

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.