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County Council puts damper on Keyserling’s plans for Smalls home  BEAUFORT – Beaufort County Council wasn’t very nice to former Mayor Billy Keyserling and his efforts to expand the historic Reconstruction Beaufort district he’s worked hard to establish.  Keyserling, who opted not to run for re-election in 2020 to focus on Beaufort County’s Reconstruction history, had… Keep Reading


Let’s try diplomacy, discussion, cooperation

We can work together to keep Beaufort’s downtown beautiful, vital and welcoming   Above: A photo of the front of the Sea Island Hotel from Bay Street taken in the early 1900s. One of the largest structures ever in downtown Beaufort, the hotel was torn down in 1959 to make way for what is now the Best… Keep Reading

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County sinks Coastal Resilience Overlay quicker than an incoming tide  BEAUFORT – It’s back to the drawing board for the proposed Coastal Resilience Overlay District.  The County Council, perhaps weary of arguing about the value of face masks, unanimously agreed Monday night to send the ordinance back to the council’s Natural Resources Committee.  Councilman Paul Sommerville, who… Keep Reading


Historical preservation is no small deal

By Tim Wood It’s quite easy now to get information or conduct research on any subject through the internet. What is more difficult, it seems, is having the time (or making the time) to get accurate information.  But I’d like to shed some light on at least one subject: The apparent disconnect that exists between… Keep Reading


Historic Beaufort’s Jenkins honored for preservation work

From staff reports Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) Executive Director Cynthia Cole Jenkins is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in Preservation. Jenkins received the award Friday, July 23 from Gov. Henry McMaster at the Statehouse in Columbia. Since 1995, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, Preservation South Carolina, and the… Keep Reading


Port Royal still cleaning up after Elsa, tying up loose ends on Port property  PORT ROYAL – The i’s have been dotted, the t’s crossed and representatives of Grey Ghost Properties LLC are believed to have updated agreements with the town of Port Royal which will make it easier to sell the 315-acres of waterfront… Keep Reading