City of Beaufort | March 2021
Your monthly news & updates
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Special Election is today!
A Special Election to fill the unexpired City Council term of Stephen Murray, who is the new mayor of Beaufort, is being held today, 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.
New playground at
Washington Street Park!

New playground equipment has been installed at Washington Street Park for both toddlers and older children. The equipment includes a structure valued at $36,000 that was won at a raffle held in 2019 at a parks conference.

A ribbon-cutting will be held at the park from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

Penalties waived for 2 months
on business license tax

City Council agreed at its Feb. 23 meeting to waive penalties and interest on business license taxes sent after the April 30 due date. Penalties and interest will apply if the payment is not received by June 30. Council took this action to help businesses that may be having cash-flow problems as Covid-19 restrictions continue to be in place.

Mask ordinance extended

The City of Beaufort extended its mask ordinance through April 9 at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Keep an eye out
for Southside Park survey

The City's Southside Park Task Force will soon be putting out a survey to gather input on how to best improve the park. That survey will be featured on our Facebook and NextDoor pages, and a QR code will be available to easily take the survey on your phone. We'll also make paper surveys available. More information will be available shortly, and we'd appreciate our residents' participation!
Public Works begins
tree-planting initiative
Our Public Works staff launched a tree-planting initiative on Feb. 24 when it planted two live oaks at Christensen Park in Pigeon Point. The Pigeon Point Beautification Committee was there to lend its support.

Beaufort is a longtime Tree City USA, and this initiative celebrates that, said Parks Supervisor Adam Wellins. Wellins will also offer plant and care tips for each kind of tree planted.

March happenings!
Dr. Bell highlights Women's Wellness Week
A slate of virtual activities – and a 5K run and Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity women's build event – will be held during Women’s Wellness Week in Beaufort March 20-28.

The week, whose keynote speaker is state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell (photo at right), will feature workshops on financial, spiritual, physical, and mental wellness. Dr. Bell's topic is "Finding Our Way Out of the Covid 19 Pandemic."

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. There is still time to register here before the event is maxed out at 250 runners/walkers.

Habitat for Humanity is holding a "women's build" for a home for a local family on March 20, 23, and 25.

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.
Welcome, new businesses!
Every month we'll feature the new businesses that have opened in Beaufort, as described in the owners' own words.
Happy anniversary to
Amidst the Alders!
Amidst the Alders, 223 Scott St., is celebrating its one-year anniversary on March 12-13. Make sure to check out this charming & original shop and offer the owners a hearty congratulations!

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

March 22-23 Strategic Retreat (tentative)
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 Assn, 10 a.m. March 2
Southside Park Task Force, 4 p.m. March 4
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m. March 10
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. March 11
Metropolitan Planning Commission, 5 p.m. March 15
Zoning Board of Appeals, 5:30 p.m. March 22

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.