City of Beaufort
March 2022
Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams,
Have ideas on county parks?
Here's your chance to be heard
Beaufort County Parks & Recreation wants to improve county parks, and is asking residents for their input.

The county will hold a series of meetings, beginning this week.

It will be held at the Charles Lind Brown Center at 6 p.m. on March 10. 

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Beaufort
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Dale Community Center, 15 Community Center Road, Seabrook.
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, Scott Recreation Complex, 242 Scott Hill Road, St. Helena
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, Charles Lind Brown Center, 1001 Hamar St., Beaufort

The public can begin commenting and providing feedback via the website Go to the bottom of the page and look for the Your Comments box.
The latest on
Downtown Drainage Project

Neal Pugliese, project manager for the Downtown Drainage Project, held a public meeting at City Hall on Feb. 18 to bring residents, businesses and various stakeholders up to date on where we stand.

The Downtown/Point neighborhoods, from Congress Street to Waterfront Park and from The Point to Church Street, will be the site of the City’s next major stormwater drainage project.

The City retained engineering firm Davis & Floyd to conduct a drainage study of the area, which it did by installing water gauges and sensors at various points to collect data.

Arts District seeking
sponsors for benches

The Beaufort Cultural Arts District is seeking sponsors for Phase III of its Bench Project, an artistic celebration of the Beaufort area’s history, culture and arts. The deadline is March 4.

Finance director
retires from City

After an illustrious career as finance director at the City of Beaufort, Kathy Todd retires.

Council considers
initial ARPA allocation

City Council heard at its meeting Feb. 22 an amendment to the budget that would allocate $1.4 million in funds the City has received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Before making these recommendations, City Manager Bill Prokop sought input from department heads, the public and City Council itself.

Report shows decrease
in violent crime

The Beaufort Police Department and the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department just released their 2021 annual reports that examine data and highlights from the year.

Violent crime decreased in Beaufort in 2021.

Burn permit cycle
begins on March 6

On Sunday, March 6, the burn permit cycle will begin. Residents will be permitted to burn during the weeks of March 6-12, April 3-9, Nov. 6-12, and Dec. 4-10. Burning is limited to between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. When granted by the City of Beaufort Fire Department, the permit is only for burning yard debris, leaves, tree branches, and yard trimmings originating on the premise of the issued burn permit.

News from our partners
BJWSA makes progress on 2 major projects
The current phase of the galvanized pipe replacement in the City of Beaufort is starting to wrap up. This is a multi-year project to improve water quality in older areas where there are galvanized water mains. Work includes installing new PVC water mains, fire hydrants, water services, and meter boxes.

Meanwhile, work within the right-of-way for North Street continues, primarily between Linton Lane and Ribaut Road. Construction and repaving activities have resulted in the need for detours in the area. North Street is expected to be closed for most of March at its intersection with Ribaut Road.

United Way launches survey
to determine needs

United Way of the Lowcountry has launched a public survey seeking input from residents about the needs and issues they face and their vision for the future of the Lowcountry.

Residents of United Way's service area — Beaufort and Jasper counties — are invited to complete the online survey at The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and all answers are anonymous.

Coming in March!
May you have a lucky First Friday!
Come celebrate March’s First Friday from 5-8 p.m. on March 4 with an evening of shopping, dining, and fun. Events take place on Bay Street, Scott Street and West Street. The theme for March is “Pot O’ Gold” and each purchase enters you into a drawing. The first 10 shoppers who make a purchase from participating stores will receive parking tokens. Shoppers will need to bring the entry forms to the Old Bay Marketplace and to Scott and Bay Street locations by 8 p.m. Winners will be announced at 8:15pm.

Women's Wellness
5K Race/Walk

Women’s Wellness 5K Race/Walk begins at 8 a.m. March 5 on Bay at Newcastle Street. Participants are encouraged to dress up as a woman who has been influential in their lives. The 5k course is USATF certified -- SC18010DW. More information can be found here.
Concert at Waterfront Park

On March 5 at 1:30 p.m., the City of Beaufort hosts the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and the 282nd Army Band for a joint concert at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This is a free event for all to enjoy. Bring chairs/blankets."
Sip & Stroll March 12

The Sham Rocked Sip & Stroll on March 12 is a chance to explore various Downtown Beaufort retailers while enjoying complimentary beverages and special retail and restaurant promotions. There are several ticket options.

HBF hosts Spring
Architects' Tour

Get set for HBF’s Spring Architects’ Tour -- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Featuring the work of two of the Lowcountry’s most accomplished architecture firms— Montgomery Architecture & Planning, and Allison Ramsey Architects, the tour celebrates the best in creative and distinctive Lowcountry contemporary residential architecture.

St. Patrick's Festival
on March 19

Beaufort Town Center will host the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Festival benefiting the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association.

The event is free and will take place on Saturday, March 19, from noon to 4 p.m.

Area restaurants and food trucks will be selling food and drinks and there will be live music by Mike Martin and The Beautiful Mess.

This family-fun event will have activities for children of all ages, and those young at heart.
Learn more about S.C.
and American Revolution

The Beaufort History Museum will host events on March 11-12 commemorating the Revolutionary War as it plans for the 250th anniversary of the war in 2026.

2-3 p.m. March 11: Rita Elliott will discuss the Battle of Purrysburg, S.C., and later archaeological dig discoveries made at the battle site. Elliott, an archaeologist with the Lamar Institute in Savannah, was part of a team that explored the site in 2015. Purrysburg is located near today’s Hardeeville.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12: Re-enactors from the 5th Company, 4th South Carolina Regiment will conduct a live-fire demonstration with period artillery at the Beaufort History Museum, 713 Craven St. The 5th Company, 4th South Carolina Regiment was organized in October 1776 when the Georgetown, S.C., Independent Artillery was adopted into the Continental Army assigned to the Southern District.

Both events are free.
Save the date for A Taste of Beaufort!
Mark your calendars now for one of the best festivals in Beaufort: the annual Taste of Beaufort Festival on May 6-7. Featuring the best culinary dishes from the Lowcountry, this festival is a foodie’s dream! Free admission. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses or organizations that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' own words.
Novus Ortho

1055 Ribaut Road, Suite 20 A
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Everything about our practice is focused on your smile, comfort and convenience. Whether you are 6, 16 or 60, we want your orthodontic experience to be easy, pleasant and even fun. Since we are experts at fixing smiles, we like to see lots of them around our practice. So we encourage you to ask questions and talk to us about how you are feeling and tell us how we can make your time with us even better.


277 Sea Island Parkway,
Suite 111
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m.-8 p.m
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

Enjoy great benefits like unlimited talk, text And data with 5G included. Find the perfect plan for you and your family.

Newcastle Dining

1211 Newcastle St.
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m.-5p.m.

Centrally located near downtown Beaufort, Newcastle Dining at the University of South Carolina Beaufort opened in early February.
The new eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves hot dishes, sandwiches, salads, desserts and snacks. It includes a coffee shop and serves USCB students, staff and the public. You can find Newcastle Dining downstairs in the student center.
Springhill Suites 

2227 Boundary St.

Welcome to SpringHill Suites by Marriott Beaufort! Conveniently located off Highway 21, we are just moments from historic Downtown Beaufort where you can take advantage of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, historical sites such as the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, Beaufort History Museum, and beautiful antebellum homes.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy our location for visiting the Spanish Moss Trail and Hunting Island State Park, and going boating, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Our Beaufort hotel is the ideal choice for those visiting for the Marine Corps Boot Camp graduations at Parris Island, and for business travelers visiting the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort Naval Hospital, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Parris Island. Our spacious all-suite hotel’s amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, outdoor pool, fitness center and fire pit.

Burke’s Outlet

11 Robert Smalls Parkway, Suite K
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Customers can find brand-name apparel and accessories for the entire family at up to 70% off other store’s prices. Most stores carry shoes, home furnishings, gifts, and toys. Our stores are designed to serve customers of all ages and income levels. We pride ourselves in offering a great assortment at great prices.

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

7 years: Little Caesar’s Lady’s Island
10 years: Lady’s Island Dockside
11 years: Erickson Law Firm
12 years: Dunkin Donuts
13 years: LimeLight Salon and Barefoot Bubbas
14 years: Hilton Garden Inn and Hairworks at Island Trendz
Meetings in March
City Council
5 p.m.March 8 Work Session
7 p.m. March 8 Regular Session

5 p.m. March 22 Work Session
7 p.m. March 22 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
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m. March 9
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. March10

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.