303 Associates LLC, the local development company owned by Callawassie Island resident Dick Stewart, and his Beaufort Inn LLC have filed their Answer with Exhibits to the lawsuit brought by West Street Farms LLC and Mix Farms LLC, owned by Beaufort native Graham Bowen Trask. These defendants claim they are grandfathered under the City’s former zoning code and that they have certain “vested rights” that entitle them to go forward with their projects.
The lawsuit was also brought against the City of Beaufort, whose Answer is still being awaited after the City obtained a one-month extension to reply.
The lawsuit is an effort to stop the proposed massive hotel, parking garage, and apartment building projects in the historic downtown commercial district for allegedly violating the City Code and its required procedures for approval. Already a result has been the intervention of the National Park Service into the fray by notifying the City of its intention to review the potential threats to the National Landmark District posed by the projects.