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Editorial: “Done deal” gets undone, time to cut and run from Lawrence Group

$1,964,728 spent so far

Editorial: “Done deal” gets undone
Time to cut and run from Lawrence Group

“There’s nothing you can do about it; it’s a done deal.” That’s what people of good will, now known to number in the thousands, were told by the relatively small cadre of insider proponents of the Civic Master Plan during the past two years.

Well, the done deal got undone, but there’s more to be undone:

1. City council must revoke the Memorandum of Understanding with its Redevelopment Commission and The Furman Company regarding the now-defunct River Place project. This revocation is anticipated to happen at next Tuesday’s council meeting.

2. City council must amend the Civic Master Plan to substitute the people’s vision of public downtown waterfront open space and views in place of the insider’s plan of private core-commercial multi-use structures. No date for this plan amendment to happen has yet been announced.

3. City council must abandon its dream that the public will stand by while millions of dollars continue to be spent with a planning firm, Lawrence Group, that has proven it is totally out of touch with the reality of historic downtown waterfront Beaufort.

Where did all the money go? So far it’s $1,964,728 and counting, all paid to Lawrence Group. Surely Lawrence Group is not the only recipient of the city’s misguided planning effort.

City council will hold a public workshop at 5:00 p.m. today, April 29, at City Hall to review its planning department’s proposed new budget. Without doubt, a huge amount of additional money will be proposed to be spent with Lawrence Group on the proposed form-based zoning code.

The public will demand to know exactly what the $1,964,728 in down-the-drain plans has already bought, who initiated, approved and pushed forward those plans as a “done deal”, and what’s going to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Now is the time to cut and run from Lawrence Group. Not another cent for this group should be approved by city council.

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