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City re-opened to public on June 15

The City of Beaufort officially re-opened to the public on Monday, June 15.

Various safety and sanitation measures were in place for city employees and the public.

Plexiglass shields have been installed in the departments that have face-to-face interactions with the public – planning, permits, and business licenses. If a member of the public does not have a mask, a mask will be provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available for the public.

Social distancing is being observed within departments and with the public.

These departments can also be reached by phone and email:

Building Permits: 843-525-7049 or 843-379-705; or or

Planning: 843-525-7011 or 843-470-3507; or

Business License: 843-525-7025;; All late fees, penalties, interest fees will be waived until June 20, 2020.

For now, City Council and board/commission meetings will continue to be held virtually via Zoom and livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page.

County hosting electronics recycling event

The Beaufort County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling will host two free electronics recycling events for County residents. The events will be held Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Beaufort County Public Works, 9 Benton Field Road, Bluffton.

Beaufort County Public Works, 140 Shanklin Road, Beaufort.

To limit personal contact and protection against coronavirus, residents are asked to please stay in their car during the event. Staff will unload bags and boxes and will use personal protection equipment (masks and gloves).

Any personal computers, laptops, CRT monitors, LCD monitors, CRT televisions, non-CRT televisions, printers, hard drives and miscellaneous electronics (microwaves, cell phones, radios, fax machines, and typewriters) will be accepted.

For questions or more information, visit or call 843-255-2736.

County Public Works wins recycling award

The Beaufort County Public Works Department recently received the Carolina Recycling Association 2020 Annual Recycling Award. The Go Green, Keep it Clean theme included a cleanup with three neighboring counties to help “Protect Our Species” by developing the first Regional Earth Day Cleanup on April 22, 2019.

The We’re All In to Keep It Clean litter pick-up event included County employees, County Council members, SCDOT, Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers, local haulers, community sponsors, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and local municipalities including the City of Beaufort, Town of Hilton Head, Town of Bluffton, and Town of Port Royal.

With assistance and guidance from Palmetto Pride, the counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper joined forces. The event involved 503 volunteers who picked up 2,375 bags of litter, equal to 47,500 pounds of trash and debris picked up from County roadways and waterways.

SCDMV extensions coming to an end

Extensions to expiration dates of some products the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) issues will end on Tuesday, June 30.

In March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SCDMV issued guidance extending the expiration date of some SCDMV-related products such as identification cards, driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, and parking placards which were set to expire between March and June 2020.

These extensions end on June 30 and SCDMV-related documents must be in compliance with South Carolina Law by July 1 or drivers and vehicle owners will possibly face suspensions or late fees.

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