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05/02/2014 City council announces special meeting for Tuesday

Downtown marina area memo of understanding on agenda

City council announces special meeting for Tuesday

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.

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05/01/2014 Wallace Scarborough speaks out: Open letter to Beaufort City Council

Wallace Scarborough speaks out

Open letter to Beaufort City Council

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.

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05/01/2014 Editorial: Not in praise of Billy Keyserling

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Not in praise of Billy Keyserling

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:

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04/30/2014 Letter to editor and editor’s comment: In praise of city councilman George O’Kelley, my dad

Letter to editor and editor’s comment

In praise of city councilman George O’Kelley, my dad

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.

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04/30/2014 Editorial in Island Packet praises Beaufort citizens for smacking down River Place development

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”.

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04/30/2014 Editorial: City’s website obscures spending, Tribune publishes city’s budgets

Editorial: City’s budget and website obscure spending

The city’s budget and its website obscure the city’s spending as will be related below.

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04/30/2014 Letter to editor: City management hides behind city’s lawyer

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.

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04/30/2014 City is operating in the red, plans property tax increase

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:

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04/30/2014 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

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:

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04/29/2014 Civic Green leader speaks out, Civic Master Plan must be revised

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:

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04/29/2014 Council to address Memorandum of Understanding next Tuesday, Mayor Billy Keyserling confirms River Place is dead

Council to address Memorandum of Understanding next Tuesday

Mayor Billy Keyserling confirms River Place is dead

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:

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04/29/2014 City manager releases police report on Wallace Scarborough assault, Scarborough responds

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:

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04/29/2014 Mayor Billy K threatens to have editor of The Beaufort Tribune arrested

Mayor Billy Keyserling 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!

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04/29/2014 City worker assaults Bay Street resident, a former state representative, at 4:30 a.m.

City worker assaults Bay Street resident, former state representative, at 4:30 am

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.

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04/29/2014 Agenda here: City council to hold budget meeting on planning department today

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:

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04/29/2014 City manager fails to provide full disclosure of Lawrence Group expenditures

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.

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04/29/2014 Civic Green petition has 2,000 signers

Civic Green petition has 2,000 signers

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04/24/2014 Verity cancels Greenville mayor’s talk: Development Commission’s announcement shaves the truth

Development Commission’s announcement shaves the truth about reason for cancellation

Verity cancels Greenville mayor’s talk

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04/24/2014 Op-Ed by David M. Taub, former Mayor City of Beaufort: “Mad as Hell”

Op-Ed by David M. Taub, former Mayor City of Beaufort

“Mad as Hell”

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04/23/2014 Letter to editor from Alton Aimar: Is this monster really killed and dead?

Letter to editor from Alton Aimar

Is this monster really killed and dead?

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04/23/2014 Public 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

How much money has the city paid to Lawrence Group and related parties?

April 23, 2014

Mr. Scott Dadson, City Manager
City of Beaufort

Dear Mr. Dadson,

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04/23/2014 Editorial: Civic Master Plan at center of debacle–Majority of council members oppose rezoning downtown waterfront parkland

Editorial: Civic Master Plan at center of debacle

Majority of council members oppose rezoning downtown waterfront parkland

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04/22/2014 Editorial 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 egg

Smithsonian Magazine designates Beaufort among top 10 best small towns to visit in America

Source: Smithsonian Magazine, April 2012

Photo source: Smithsonian Magazine, April 2014

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04/22/2014 Editorial: City council’s Sasaki Plan shows way out of Navarro/Chaffin/Verity debacle

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City council’s Sasaki Plan shows way out of Navarro/Chaffin/Verity debacle

Phase 2 of the Sasaki Plan, approved by Billy Keyserling and Donnie on their unanimous city council vote in 2003: an extension of the downtown waterfront park

Phase 2 of the Sasaki Plan, approved by Billy Keyserling and Donnie Beer in a unanimous city council vote in 2003: an extension of the downtown waterfront park

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.

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04/21/2014 Leader of Civic Green admonishes Greenville’s Mayor Knox White

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.

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04/21/2014 Greenville’s Mayor Knox White to speak here on April 30

Redevelopment Commission schedules two public meetings

Greenville’s Mayor Knox White to speak here on April 30

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.

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04/21/2014 Agenda for city council meeting, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Agenda for city council meeting, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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04/21/2014 Editorial: Navarro, Chaffin & Verity broke their promises, misled city and public about downtown waterfront development

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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.

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04/20/2014 Jim Chaffin’s past marred by $22 million real estate foreclosure

His North Carolina development went belly up in 2009

Jim Chaffin’s past marred by $22 million real estate foreclosure

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.

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04/20/2014 Beaufort’s waterfront will look very like this under Navarro, Chaffin & Verity

Beaufort’s downtown waterfront will look very like this under Navarro, Chaffin & Verity

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04/19/2014 1,500 petitioners send message to city council

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

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.

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04/17/2014 Editorial: Mayor Billy Keyserling’s Chinese Project, Visions of the future

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Editorial: Mayor Billy Keyserling’s Chinese Project, Visions of the future

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The “simple” commercial real estate future of Beaufort’s downtown waterfront?
Photo source: The Furman Company website home page, downtown Greenville SC

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04/17/2014 Letter to editor: “Work together on sensible approaches toward growth and preservation”

Letter to editor:
“Work together on sensible approaches toward growth and preservation”

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04/17/2014 Letter to editor: Rezoning always “not all positive”

Letter to editor: Rezoning always “not all positive”

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04/16/2014 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 involved

Beaufort’s downtown waterfront Chinese investor program mired in U.S. controversy and scandal

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04/16/2014 Editorial: Civic Green petition goes viral, Join the force of good for our town

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Civic Green petition goes viral
Join the force of good for our town

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04/16/2014 Letter to editor: “Don’t turn Beaufort into a pickle!”

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Letter to editor

“Don’t turn Beaufort into a pickle!”

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04/15/2014 Mayor Billy Keyserling heads to China, disputesutes accusation he is “in someone’s pocket”.

Mayor Billy Keyserling heads to China, disputes acccusation he is “in someone’s pocket”

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04/15/2014 Civic Green, A New Vision, shows the way to improve Beaufort’s downtown waterfront parking lot

Civic Green, A New Vision, shows the way to improve Beaufort’s downtown waterfront parking lot

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04/14/2014 Editorial: Beaufort’s parkland movement is strong and will prevail
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View of marina at downtown waterfront parking lot, under threat of commercial development, in Beaufort’s Downtown Waterfront Park, source: Civic Green, A New Vision

Editorial: Parkland movement is strong in Beaufort and will prevail

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04/14/2014 Phoenix, Arizona, shows how city parkland gets “stolen”

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

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 Noonan

Selfish “public servants” are the norm

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01/17/2014 Editorial: Is Chinese money driving downtown Beaufort’s “redevelopment” plan

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Is Chinese money driving downtown Beaufort’s “redevelopment” plan?

Can Jim Chaffin please translate this for us?

Can Jim Chaffin please translate this for us?

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01/17/2014 Letter to the editor from chairman of Historic Beaufort Foundation

Seven Integrities for Historic Preservation and In-Fill Design Principles

Letter to the editor from chairman of Historic Beaufort Foundation

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01/17/2014 Beaufort Gazette joins chorus of objectors to City’s massive downtown rezoning proposal

Beaufort Gazette joins chorus of objectors to City’s massive downtown rezoning proposal

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01/14/2014 Statement of Historic Beaufort Foundation to Planning Commission

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

Editor’s statement to Planning Commission

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01/14/2014 Planning Commission unanimously disapproves massive downtown rezoning proposal

Planning Commission unanimously disapproves massive downtown rezoning proposal

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Beaufort’s downtown marina area, which includes the waterfront parking lot. The City is proposing to remove the downtown parking and cover the parking lot with hotels, apartments, shops, offices, restaurants and condominiums, a direct contravention of the contractual pledges the City made when it developed the downtown waterfront park and parking lot.

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.

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01/10/2014 City modifies massive rezoning proposal

Cites “feedback from some of the affected property owners”

City modifies massive rezoning proposal

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01/09/2014 Beaufort Redevelopment Commission members and 2014 meeting dates

Beaufort Redevelopment Commission members and 2014 meeting dates

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01/09/2014 Beaufort Metropolitan Planning Commission members and 2014 meeting dates

Beaufort Metropolitan Planning Commission members and 2014 meeting dates

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01/09/2014 Beaufort City Council members

Beaufort City Council members

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01/09/2014 Planning commission meeting, Monday, January 13, 2014

Massive downtown rezoning on agenda

Planning Commission meeting, Monday, January 13, 2014

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01/08/2014 Redevelopment Commission agenda for January 9, 2014

Redevelopment Commission agenda for January 9, 2014

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01/08/2014 Editorial: City’s massive downtown rezoning plan puts the cart before the horse and is grossly irresponsible

November 2013 news release presages city’s massive rezoning plans

Editorial: City’s massive downtown rezoning plan puts the cart before the horse and is grossly irresponsible

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01/04/2014 Massive downtown rezoning to Core Commercial proposed

Historic district threatened

Massive downtown rezoning to Core Commercial proposed

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