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Stewart to speak at LIBPA July meeting
Dick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of 303 Associates, will be the guest speaker for the July 10 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association to be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtors Association Headquarters located in the Professional Business Park on Lady’s Island Drive.  The meeting is open to the public.
In addition to serving as the Founder and Managing Member of 303 Associates, Stewart is the founder and managing member of a hospitality company that operates the Beaufort Inn and Grid Properties, LLC a property company with holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Stewart and his wife Sharon gave the original Crystal Lake property to the county for the purpose of it becoming a park and recently provided financial support for the creation of the Port Royal Sound Foundation.

US 21/Boundary Street project topic of event
Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort have scheduled an informal open house regarding the US 21/Boundary Street road improvement project. The open house will be held Thursday, July 12 between 5 and 7 p.m. at Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street. Preliminary alignment and traffic data will be available for review. The project begins at Neil Road and ends at Ribaut Road. It calls for replacement of the center turn lane with a median, realignment of SC 170 and the addition of a 10 ft. multi-use path. City and county officials and consultants will be on hand at the event to answer questions regarding the project.
Related maps, drawings and the draft environmental assessment will be available at the county engineering office for public review following the open house. The engineering office is located at Building #3, 102 Industrial Village Road, Beaufort.  Additional information may also be obtained by calling the office at 843-255-2700.

Citizen input sought for naming rail trail pathway
Beaufort County Council wants help from residents in naming a proposed pedestrian/bicycle trail planned for northern Beaufort County. The 13-mile-long trail will be developed along the former railroad right of way from the Town of Port Royal through the City of Beaufort and portions of the unincorporated area of Beaufort County to the Whale Branch River. Spurs connecting portions of the trail to the community are also a part of the project.
County Council will hold a public hearing on the name for the trail on Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, County Administration Building, 100 Ribaut Road. All interested residents are encouraged to attend and offer their suggestions.
For more about the project, visit www.railtrailbeaufort.wordpress.com.

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