City of Beaufort | February 2021
Your monthly news & updates
Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@cityofbeaufort.org.
Special Election is March 2

A Special Election to fill the unexpired City Council term of Stephen Murray, who is the new mayor of Beaufort, will be held on Tuesday, March 2. That term will go through December 2022.

Read here about the candidates running in the Special Election.

To find out where you vote that day, please go here.
Southside Park
Task Force appointed

Congratulations to these new members of the Southside Park Task Force: RJ Ball, Jessica Chemsak, Alice Howard, Neil Irvin, Brenda Litchfield, Kristen Marshall Mattson, Elizabeth O’Brien, Gwen Speller, Tamara Volk-Pace, Bryan Thierry, and Brantley Wilson.

The task force will meet on an accelerated timeline (first and third Thursdays of the month) to provide input to City Council on potential park improvements. Their recommendations will help in developing budget priorities before the start of our next budget year on July 1.

City offices to close on Presidents' Day

City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in honor of Presidents Day. WastePro will conduct its normal Monday pickups on that day.
Construction strong in 2020

Despite facing headwinds from the Covid-19 pandemic, new construction in the City of Beaufort continued at a strong pace in 2020.

The City issued 66 permits for single-family homes in 2020, and 7 permits for commercial buildings.

Project manager working
closely with Dominion
Neal Pugliese has been named senior project coordinator to partner with Dominion Energy as Dominion continues its current tree-pruning rotation in the City.

To follow updates on the Dominion project, sign up with Notify Me/News Flash/Dominion updates here.

What's happening with water line project in neighborhoods
Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is replacing galvanized water lines in the City of Beaufort to improve water quality.

Over time, these lines corrode, which can cause the water to look yellow or brown, can cause taste and odor issues, and can also cause issues with water pressure.

With many miles of galvanized lines, especially in older areas, BJWSA has taken a phased approach to the work. The current phase started the week of Jan. 18 in the Pigeon Point neighborhood.

This construction effort will include installation of new PVC water mains, fire hydrants, water services, and meter boxes along Laudonniere Street, La Chere Street, Calhoun Street, Harrington Street, North Street, Whitfield Street, Capers Street, Center Drive West and Emmons Street.

County offers electronic recycling event Feb. 6
The Beaufort County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling will host free electronics recycling events for county residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at these locations:

  • Beaufort County Public Works, 9 Benton Field Road, Bluffton
  • Beaufort County Public Works, 140 Shanklin Road, Beaufort

Per COVID-19, please stay in your car during the event. Staff will unload electronics and will use personal protection equipment (masks and gloves).

Any personal computers, laptops, CRT monitors, LCD monitors, CRT televisions, non-CRT televisions, printers, hard drives and miscellaneous electronics (microwaves, cell phones, radios, fax machines and typewriters) will be accepted.

Questions? Call 843-255-2736 or visit the website.
Make an impact: Sponsor a bench
The Beaufort Cultural Arts District is seeking sponsors for Phase II of its Bench Project, an artistic celebration of our history, culture and arts.

During Phase I, six benches, painted by local artists, were installed throughout the Beaufort Cultural Arts District in downtown Beaufort.

The fee for sponsors is $500; the benches are built by Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity.

The deadline to submit an application as sponsor, as well as the proposed bench artwork, is Feb. 12.

Artist Ginger Noah Wareham and the bench she painted in honor of Reconstruction Beaufort.
A new look for Our Grand Lady
The Grand Lady of Bay Street will soon have brand new look – and an old look, too.

The Historic Beaufort Foundation will begin this month to paint the exterior of the John Mark Verdier Home – the home built in 1804 that is one of Beaufort’s premier examples of Federal Period architecture. The current salmon pink shade was first applied around 1863, according to color expert Susan Buck. Her study of the various layers of paint on the home’s exterior determined that the original color – and one that was probably on the home during the lifetimes of John Mark Verdier Sr. and John Mark Verdier Jr. – was a
creamy white color. The shutters will be painted Charleston green, and the tabby foundation will be returned to its original dark brown color.

The project is being funded by the Paint the Lady campaign, which HBF launched in 2017. Donations are still being accepted to support this project and other improvements to the Verdier House. Congratulations to HBF and all who made this happen!

Coming in March: Women's Wellness Week, 5K
A slate of virtual activities – and a 5K run – will be held during Women’s Wellness Week in Beaufort March 20-28.

The week, whose keynote speaker is state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell, will feature workshops on financial, spiritual, physical, and mental wellness.

The women’s only 5K walk-and-run will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, at Live Oak Park in Port Royal, and will follow a certified course that winds through Port Royal. Register here for the race.

Women’s Wellness Week sponsors include headline sponsor USCB Center for the Arts, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the City of Beaufort, and Tunlin, Levin & Sumner, a division of Raymond James.

Check out the Wellness Week website, which will update events, workshops, and activities as they are added.
First Friday in February!
Cupid Sip & Stroll on Feb. 13

Get your Galentines together for a day of mimosas, shopping, and dining for downtown Beaufort's Cupid Sip & Stroll event on Saturday, Feb. 13.

This is a chance to explore various downtown Beaufort retailers while enjoying complimentary beverages and special retail and restaurant promotions. This event is open to those age 21 and above.

Beaufort Film Festival Feb. 15-19

Beaufort International Film Festival is still on! It will be held Feb. 15-19 with pandemic guidelines in place, including temperature checks, social distancing, masks, and a reduced venue capacity. The festival will be held at the Beaufort Inn.

For information on films, screening times and tickets, go here.
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' own words.

Orthopedic Associates of the Lowcountry

95 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 102, Beaufort SC 29907
Wed: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
843-547-0183
(Also locations in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island)

Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Philip Mulieri and Dr. Jason Norcross have joined Dr. Kirk Johnson with Orthopedic Associates of the Lowcountry to provide the community with more than 50 years of combined experience in orthopedic and sports medicine care.

Dr. Mulieri specializes in elbow and shoulder surgery. He provides comprehensive treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders to include minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopic techniques, complex reconstruction, and shoulder replacement. Dr. Norcross specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery. He has a strong interest in the latest treatment options for arthritis of the hip and knee, to include minimally invasive surgery, hip resurfacing, computer-assisted surgery, and revisions of hip and knee replacements

To schedule an appointment call 843-242-2821 or visit the practice’s website.
Happy anniversary.
Rhett Gallery!

Congratulations to Nancy and Billy Rhett, whose Rhett Gallery just celebrated its 40th anniversary!

The Bay Street gallery features works of art by the Rhett family, as well as antique maps and natural history prints. 

Meetings in February
City Council
5 p.m. Feb. 9 Work Session
7 p.m. Feb. 9 Regular Meeting

5 p.m. Feb. 23 Work Session
7 p.m. Feb. 23 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. Feb. 2
Affordable Housing Task Force, 3 p.m. Feb. 3
Southside Park Task Force, 4 p.m. Feb. 4
Metropolitan Planning Commission, 5 p.m. Feb. 8
Historic District Review Board, 2 p.m. Feb. 10
Cultural District Advisory Board, 2 p.m. Feb. 17
Southside Park Task Force, 4 p.m. Feb. 18
Zoning Board of Appeals, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22
Park & Tree Advisory Commission, 3 p.m. Feb. 25

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