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Council’s Howard hosting Shell Point stormwater meeting Oct. 29

Beaufort County Council member Alice Howard (District 4) will host a community meeting for residents of Hamrick Drive and Broad River Drive in the Shell Point neighborhood at 6 p.m. October 29 to discuss existing stormwater and drainage issues. 

Invited guests Dan Ryback, interim Beaufort County Stormwater Manager and Matt Rausch, Beaufort County Infrastructure Superintendent, will be available for questions. Representatives from S.C. Department of Transportation and the Town of Port Royal will also be in attendance.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at Port Royal Town Hall, 700 Paris Avenue, Port Royal (map). The meeting is open to the general public.

Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, please contact Beaufort County Council Member Howard at, by phone at 843-255-2202 (office), at 843-986-7403 (mobile) or, finally, by mail at care over Clerk to Council, Beaufort County, P.O. Drawer 1228, Beaufort, S.C. 29901.

Marines conducting live-fire training

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be commencing live-fire training Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 21-22 and 24 from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. The marsh and waterways in the range impact area to include Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek, and Edding Creek will be closed to boater traffic. 

For questions regarding firing times and waterway closures, please contact the Weapons and Field Training Battalion Range Control at 843-228-3170.

County spraying for mosquitoes

Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial and/or ground treatments from through Friday, October 18. Mosquito Control applies EPA-registered public health insecticide during ideal weather using low-flying aircraft throughout daylight hours and spray trucks from about 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. For additional information, please contact Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800.

FWDG kicks off 29th annual winter coat drive

FWDG’s 29th annual winter coat drive begins on Friday, Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. The event collects winter coats for children and adults throughout Beaufort County.

Area residents are encouraged to donate gently-used winter coats, sweaters and warm clothes such as scarves, hats, or gloves/mittens. Over the course of the past 29 years, FWDG has collected more than 45,000 garments for those in need. The drive benefits two local nonprofit organizations: Help of Beaufort and The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head Island.
“This is an event we’re very proud of, as it directly impacts our immediate community,” FWDG founder and president Larry Mark said. “We invite you to go through your closets and find a garment to give. It means a lot to a fellow neighbor in your town who is struggling to keep himself or family warm.”
There are two donation drop-off points this year:
FWDG (Foyer): 745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, S.C. 29906, 843-524-8695.
WHHI-TV (Foyer): 32 Office Park Rd., Suite 103, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928, 843-785-4545.

SCPRT soliciting grant requests for Undiscovered SC Program

The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is inviting interested eligible entities to submit a Letter of Intent Form for grant funding assistance from the Undiscovered South Carolina Grant Program. The program assists non-profit organizations and communities with the development of publicly owned tourism products and attractions that will encourage visitation to South Carolina. The grant can help cover the implementation of existing plans or the expansion or enhancement of an existing tourism product. It is a 50-50 match grant, and the minimum project amount must be $200,000.

For more details about the program, read the Memo to Potential Applicants and Eligibility and Procedures. For more information, contact Dawn Dawson-House at or 803-734-1779.

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