Letters to the Editor

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Sheriff: Thanks for your help during storm

On Friday, June 17, Beaufort County was pounded by another storm. The Beaufort County Dispatch Center received over a thousand calls for service within just a couple of hours for fallen trees, electrical wires down, alarms, etc.

In fact, there were so many calls that the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office evening patrol shift was called in early to help respond due to the high call volume. Other area agencies like Beaufort Police Department, Beaufort County Public Works, SCDOT and SCE&G were also working just as diligently, but calls were backing up quickly. BCSO patrol units were responding to many fallen trees and were working to move them as quickly as possible.

One tree fell in the area of Meridian Road on Lady’s Island and while deputies worked to remove it, some citizens stopped to help to give them a hand. There were also three trees blocking various points along Land’s End Road on St Helena that needed to be cleared and a local businessman, Glen F. Inabinett Trucking, stepped up to help and used his dump truck and chains to assist BCSO deputies for over an hour to move those trees.

These citizens were not the only members of our community to help. There were numerous instances throughout Beaufort County where citizens stopped to help deputies by removing tree limbs and other debris from the roadways. These actions did not go un-noticed and were truly appreciated by BCSO and we would like to say “THANK YOU” to all who helped us.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office 

Solicitor: Thanks for your votes, support

To those that voted for me in the primary, thank you. I cannot adequately express my feelings for the support you showed me. You have allowed me to continue the career that I went to law school to pursue over 30 years ago. I do not know of any profession that is more fulfilling that that of a prosecutor. As I said during the campaign, for me it is not a job or a political position. It is a calling.

To both those who voted for me and to those that did not, I make three promises. First, I will continue to strive every day to earn your confidence and trust. Second, I will make decisions based on what I think is right. Politics will have no role. And finally, in the words of our state’s Republican Creed, “I will continue to take the calculated risk to dream and to build …”

Duffie Stone
14th Circuit Solicitor 

Planning commission continues code study

The City of Beaufort’s Planning Department is in the process of refining and finalizing the draft of the Beaufort Code to be reviewed by the Beaufort City Council.

As part of that process, we held sessions with the Metropolitan Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to council prior to it reviewing the code.

During that time, we received a number of public comments that we intend to address in more detail.

The city is committed to preparing a code that had been fully vetted by the public and local stakeholders. That is not to say that everyone will agree on everything; however it did not seem prudent to continue on the MPC recommendation process until these additional requested meetings were held.

So for now, we will not continue Planning Commission review of the code until we have a meeting with the Hermitage Road/Hundred Pines neighborhood, and perhaps other similar neighborhoods with a proposed T3-S zoning.

We might be ready to continue a formal review with the Planning Commission in July; a new schedule is forthcoming and will be published on our website.

There is a simple comment form online (www.cityofbeaufort.org/beaufort-code.aspx) to give us your comments.

City of Beaufort Planning Department