Downtown marina area memo of understanding on agenda
There will be a special meeting of city council at 5:00 this coming Tuesday, May 6, at City Hall according to a notice emailed to the media at 4:00 p.m. today, May 2.Wallace Scarborough speaks out: Open letter to Beaufort City Council
Wallace Scarborough speaks out
The following is an open letter that Beaufort resident Wallace Scarborough sent to the members of city council yesterday, April 30, following a physical and verbal attack on Mr. Scarborough at approximately 4:30 a.m., April 29, by a member of the city’s street maintenance crew. Click here to read the Tribune’s earlier report on the matter and click here to read the “alleged police report” referenced below.
As polite in an easy Southern way as it might be to praise Billy Keyserling, the current mayor of Beaufort, for his about-face on the waterfront parking lot issue, the community must remember:Letter to editor and editor’s comment: In praise of city councilman George O’Kelley, my dad
Letter to editor and editor’s comment
This is my thanks to the editor of The Beaufort Tribune and the other concerned citizens of Beaufort who have agreed with the lone voice crying out on Beaufort’s City Council to save the Freedom Mall and adjacent parking from the re-zoning currently before Council.Editorial in Island Packet praises Beaufort citizens for smacking down River Place development
An April 26 editorial in the Island Packet newspaper praised the citizens of Beaufort for smacking down Beaufort’s city council, redevelopment commission and their proposed River Place project. The editorial styled River Place a “secret redevelopment project”.Editorial: City’s website obscures spending, Tribune publishes city’s budgets
The city’s budget and its website obscure the city’s spending as will be related below.Letter to editor: City management hides behind city’s lawyer
A few years ago I made a request to the city for a copy of a certificate of occupancy. The reply was sent to me via the city’s lawyer.City is operating in the red, plans property tax increase
The City of Beaufort is operating at a budget deficit according to information presented to city council and the public by city manager Scott Dadson at a budget worksession yesterday evening, April 29.
If the 2015 city budget proposed by Dadson in the worksession is adopted by council as anticipated on June 10, city taxpayers will be facing a city property tax increase as of July 1 to cover the deficit as follows:2014 City of Beaufort Budget – Ordinance 04/30/2014 2014 City of Beaufort Budget – Details 04/30/2014 2013 City of Beaufort Budget – Summary 04/30/2014 2012 City of Beaufort Budget – Details 04/30/2014 2011 City of Beaufort Budget – Details 04/30/2014 2010 City of Beaufort Budget – Details 04/30/2014 2009 City of Beaufort Budget – Details 04/29/2014 Editorial: “Done deal” gets undone, time to cut and run from Lawrence Group
$1,964,728 spent so far
“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:Civic Green leader speaks out, Civic Master Plan must be revised
Kathy Lindsay, a local attorney and a leader of the Civic Green movement to save the city’s downtown waterfront parking lot from core-commercial private development, sent the following letter to the five members of city council today, April 29:Council to address Memorandum of Understanding next Tuesday, Mayor Billy Keyserling confirms River Place is dead
Council to address Memorandum of Understanding next Tuesday
River Place is dead. The Memorandum of Understanding will be killed at council’s meeting next Tuesday. The Civic Master Plan “runs contrary to what the public wants.” And “we failed to engage people’s concerns over the past two years.”
That is what Mayor Billy Keyserling said in the following email he sent to his fellow members of city council today, April 29:City manager releases police report on Wallace Scarborough assault, Scarborough responds
Scott Dadson, Beaufort’s city manager, released the following police report late this morning, Tuesday, April 29:Mayor Billy K threatens to have editor of The Beaufort Tribune arrested
A confidential source has reported to The Beaufort Tribune this morning, Tuesday, April 29, that Beaufort’s Mayor Billy Keyserling threatened today to have the editor of the Tribune arrested!City worker assaults Bay Street resident, a former state representative, at 4:30 a.m.
A street cleaner employed by or under contract to the City of Beaufort cursed and assaulted Bay Street resident Wallace Scarborough at approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, April 29, according to Scarborough. “He dropped his leaf blower, called me an obscene name and punched me in the face,” Scarborough reported to the police.Agenda here: City council to hold budget meeting on planning department today
Beaufort city council will hold a special worksession meeting at 5:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 29, regarding the budget for the planning department for the upcoming fiscal year. The planning department is responsible for coordination of the city’s Civic Master Plan, coordination with the city’s redevelopment commission, and coordination with the city’s planning consultants, Lawrence Group, which has already been paid $1,964,728 according to city attorney William B. Harvey III. Here is the agenda:City manager fails to provide full disclosure of Lawrence Group expenditures
In a tersely worded email message accompanied by an eight-line spreadsheet, Beaufort city manager Scott Dadson failed yesterday, April 28, to provide detailed information publicly requested last week by The Beaufort Tribune regarding the city’s expenditures with Lawrence Group and related parties, the people responsible for the city’s recently adopted Civic Master Plan.Civic Green petition has 2,000 signers Verity cancels Greenville mayor’s talk: Development Commission’s announcement shaves the truth
Development Commission’s announcement shaves the truth about reason for cancellationOp-Ed by David M. Taub, former Mayor City of Beaufort: “Mad as Hell”
Op-Ed by David M. Taub, former Mayor City of BeaufortLetter to editor from Alton Aimar: Is this monster really killed and dead?
Letter to editor from Alton AimarPublic request to Scott Dadson, city manager: How much money has the city paid to Lawrence Group and related parties?
Public request to Scott Dadson, city manager
April 23, 2014
Mr. Scott Dadson, City Manager
City of Beaufort
Dear Mr. Dadson,Editorial: Civic Master Plan at center of debacle–Majority of council members oppose rezoning downtown waterfront parkland
Editorial: Civic Master Plan at center of debacleEditorial comment to Navarro, Chaffin & Verity: Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg
Editorial comment to Navarro, Chaffin & Verity: Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden eggEditorial: City council’s Sasaki Plan shows way out of Navarro/Chaffin/Verity debacle
The plan unanimously approved by Beaufort’s city council in 2003, known as Phase 2 of the Sasaki Plan, shows to the five current members of city council the way out of the planning debacle they have allowed to be created by Messrs. Stephen Navarro, Jim Chaffin and Jon Verity for the destruction of the public’s downtown waterfront parkland.Leader of Civic Green admonishes Greenville’s Mayor Knox White
A leader of the Civic Green movement to save Beaufort’s downtown waterfront parking lot as public open space instead of making it a private core commercial development sent the following email to Greenville’s Mayor Knox White today, April 21. The Greenville mayor is scheduled to speak at a public meeting at city hall in Beaufort, 9:00 a.m., next Wednesday, April 30.Greenville’s Mayor Knox White to speak here on April 30
Redevelopment Commission schedules two public meetings
Beaufort’s Redevelopment Commission has scheduled two public meetings in coming days including a speech on April 30 by Greenville’s Mayor Knox White on the economics of cities.Agenda for city council meeting, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Editorial: Navarro, Chaffin & Verity broke their promises, misled city and public about downtown waterfront development
Navarro, Chaffin & Verity broke their promises, misled city and public about downtown waterfront development
Public statements and contractual commitments made by Stephen Navarro, Jim Chaffin and Jon Verity show that they have broken their promises and misled city council and the public about their intentions regarding the proposed downtown waterfront commercial development on the city’s parkland.Jim Chaffin’s past marred by $22 million real estate foreclosure
His North Carolina development went belly up in 2009
Jim Chaffin, the man designated by Stephen Navarro of The Furman Company to coordinate the Redevelopment Commission’s proposed downtown Beaufort waterfront commercial development on the city’s parkland, experienced in 2009 a $22 million loan foreclosure on his Balsam Mountain Preserve in North Carolina, according to an article that appeared in the June 7, 2010, issue of Golf Business & Real Estate newsletter.Beaufort’s waterfront will look very like this under Navarro, Chaffin & Verity 1,500 petitioners send message to city council
Over the past week more than 1,500 Beaufort residents and visitors have sent the same consistent message to the five members of city council: Don’t sell the public’s parkland for private development.
Click here to read all of the comments made by the petitioners.04/18/2014 Save The Waterfront Park advocates take off gloves, call for direct citizen action
It’s time to let the Developers and City Council members know how we feel. Please contact them with your thoughts and concerns. They need to hear from all of us, please call them, email them, let them know your thoughts. Be civil but firm.Editorial: Mayor Billy Keyserling’s Chinese Project, Visions of the future Letter to editor: “Work together on sensible approaches toward growth and preservation” Letter to editor: Rezoning always “not all positive” Beaufort’s downtown waterfront Chinese investor program mired in U.S. controversy and scandal: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother involved
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother involvedEditorial: Civic Green petition goes viral, Join the force of good for our town
EditorialLetter to editor: “Don’t turn Beaufort into a pickle!”
Letter to editorMayor Billy Keyserling heads to China, disputesutes accusation he is “in someone’s pocket”. Civic Green, A New Vision, shows the way to improve Beaufort’s downtown waterfront parking lot Editorial: Beaufort’s parkland movement is strong and will prevail Phoenix, Arizona, shows how city parkland gets “stolen”
Residents of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, woke up recently to discover that their city fathers had transferred a city park for development purposes. Sounds eerily like what’s happening in beautiful Beaufort by the sea. Click here for the news article.04/14/2014 Support for preserving Beaufort’s downtown waterfront park grows into groundswell
A groundswell of support for preserving Beaufort’s downtown waterfront parking lot as open space has emerged in the face of City Council’s current effort to transfer the land to a Greenville commmercial development company. Click here for the latest citizens’ effort at city council hearing on this past Tuesday, April 8.01/20/2014 Commentary by Peggy Noonan: Selfish “public servants” are the norm
Commentary by Peggy NoonanEditorial: Is Chinese money driving downtown Beaufort’s “redevelopment” plan
EditorialLetter to the editor from chairman of Historic Beaufort Foundation
Seven Integrities for Historic Preservation and In-Fill Design PrinciplesBeaufort Gazette joins chorus of objectors to City’s massive downtown rezoning proposal Statement of Historic Beaufort Foundation to Planning Commission
The following is the statement presented by Maxine Lutz, executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation, to the Metropolitan Planning Commission at last evening’s meeting, January 13, 2014: More…01/14/2014 Editor’s statement to Planning Commission Planning Commission unanimously disapproves massive downtown rezoning proposal
Beaufort’s Metropolitan Planning Commission, composed of five members, unanimously disapproved the City’s massive downtown rezoning proposal at its monthly meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014.City modifies massive rezoning proposal