Below is the agenda for the upcoming meeting of Beaufort’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) at City Hall-Council Chambers, Monday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m. The ZBOA will decide whether or not to grant a Special Exception to allow a massive three-story “big box” apartment building, see rendering above, on the corner of Charles and Port Republic Streets in Beaufort’s historic downtown commercial district as the prelude to two more massive structures: a huge convention hotel and a huge parking garage. In toto these will convert downtown Beaufort into a Convention Center composed of three huge buildings with all existing stores being satellites, similar to shopping malls all across America with several large anchor structures, many smaller shops, and a parking garage. The uniqueness of historic downtown Beaufort, which has existed for more than 300 years, will be destroyed, replaced by the homogenized mediocrity that characterizes strip shopping centers and retail malls all across modern America.
The Beaufort Tribune calls on all interested citizens to attend this meeting and MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN IN OPPOSITION.