LADY’S ISLAND NOTES: PART 1

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By Jim Hicks

Jon Rembold to be Chairman of Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: Congratulations to Jon Rembold, past president of LIBPA, on his selection as the next Chairman of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Jon also serves on the South Carolina Natural Gas Exploration Feasibility Study Committee and the LIBPA Board of Directors. Professionally he is the Engineering Project Manager for Ward Edward’s Engineering.

What a great idea: Twice a year, as a community, we enjoy and support the Friends of the Library used book sales and now there will be a mini- book sale offered twice each week (Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Fridays 1-5 p.m.) in what used to be the Carolina Room of the Beaufort Library.  To support these sales  require volunteers to serve two hour shifts and anyone interested in helping this worthwhile project should call Geni Flowers at 522-8605.

T-shirt slogan of the month: We all see the T-shirts with sayings which catch our attention and often express our personal opinions.  Spectrum Graphic’s produces and sells a T-shirt on which is a picture of the Woods Memorial Bridge with the saying “I am going over the bridge, wish me luck”.  With the increasing number of “snow birds” heading south via the intercoastal waterway the T-shirt reflects the feeling of many Lady’s Island residents as they pause at the bridge during their daily travels.

Change of Restaurants: With regret we note the closing of the Smokey Chef restaurant formerly located in the building across from Butler Marina. In the same location Mr. Rory Fosberry has opened the Lighthouse Deli & Café which will offer wide variety of delicatessen type sandwiches and for dinner the menu will offer pasta and European and Mediterranean style meals. We welcome Mr. Fosberry, wish him great success with the new restaurant and express our appreciation for establishing his business on Lady’s Island.

Lady’s Island Park to include bathrooms and second ballfield: A special thank you is extended to Ms. Christina Roberson for taking the initiative to include bathrooms, a second multi-purpose field and fencing around these new additions in the first phase of construction which is presently underway by JOCO Construction.  The majority of this construction is being funded by park impact fees which were paid by the homeowners of each new house built on Lady’s Island over the last decade.  The purpose of impact fees is to reduce the financial impact of providing infrastructure for population growth. When the Springfield Road park project began there was $642,002 of park impact fees available for use in building Lady’s Island parks. Although, JOCO Construction, which is based on Lady’s Island, is working hard to insure the community gets the most benefit possible out of every dollar the available impact fees will probably not be adequate to pay for the entire project.