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Beaufort County, Inglese part ways

Beaufort County Deputy Administrator Chris Inglese is no longer in that second-in-command position as of last week. According to the Beaufort Gazette, Inglese has said he was fired; the administration’s position is he’s no longer “with the county.”

Inglese went to work with Beaufort County in 2017 prior to the arrival of current Administrator Ashley Jacobs who promoted him as her deputy assistant. His most recent project was developing the reopening of county offices after closings related to COVID-19 concerns.

Inglese’s departure follows the departure of other county officials, including Chief Financial Officer Alicia Holland, who left at the beginning of annual budget discussions in April after 10 years with the county. Long-time Human Resources Director Suzanne Gregory also left the county earlier this year.

They joined former Deputy Director of Engineering and Construction Rob McFee, who had been with the county for 12 years, and Stormwater Manager Dan Rybak who had been with the county less than a year.

New RV Park Proposed

PORT ROYAL – Port Royal Town officials are contemplating a zoning change which would allow construction of a 50-lot recreational vehicle park off Parris Island Gateway near Shell Point.

The park would limit occupancy to 28 days so that the project will be promoted for short-term RV campers visiting the area.

The town council reviewed the development plans for Seagull Retreat last week and will discuss the zoning change at their next meeting later this month.

Biker killed on Old Shell Road

PORT ROYAL – Steven McKinzie, 22, of Beaufort died Monday, June 1 in a motorcycle accident on Old Shell Road.

According to the Beaufort County Coroner’s report, McKinzie was passing a vehicle on a double-yellow line when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree. He was not wearing a helmet.

– Compiled by Lolita Huckaby

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