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Civic Green petition has 2,000 signers

Civic Green petition has 2,000 signers


As of 6:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, April 29, exactly 2,000 people have signed the online Civic Green petition aimed at Beaufort’s city council and redevelopment commission.

The petition, started two weeks ago on the website, urges council and commission to abandon their proposed RiverPlace destruction of Beaufort’s downtown waterfront park.

The RiverPlace plan has within recent weeks provoked a firestorm of protest from local residents and visitors from around the world. The protest arose when city council announced its intention to rezone the property from Conservation/Preservation to Core Commercial in advance of the redevelopment commission and the developer producing any site plans,  economic feasibility studies or citizen “stakeholder” support for RiverPlace.

In response to the public outcry, a majority of city council members stated last week that they are now opposed to the RiverPlace project but they have so far announced no action to revoke the rezoning proposal, to cancel their memorandum of understanding with the redevelopment commission and the RiverPlace developer, or to remove the RiverPlace concept from the city’s Civic Master Plan.

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