Taking stock of Bluffton’s surging growth.
In those heady days before the economic collapse of 2008, it was a phrase you’d read in every newspaper, magazine and real estate pamphlet in town: Bluffton is Booming.
The town of Bluffton is seeking applicants for its Neighborhood Assistance Program, which offers repairs to homes and properties of low- to moderate-income residents. This program, which is operated through the town of Bluffton’s Affordable Housing Committee, offers assistance with repairs for projects such as leaking roofs, unstable or unsafe floors, failing septic tanks, inaccessible private roads, removing broken or unwanted items from a resident’s property, removing unsafe structures from a resident’s property, ensuring local emergency services have an official address to a resident’s property and assisting in obtaining proper paperwork for heirs’ property.
In a recent report, Palmetto Promise Institute unveiled the most enterprise-friendly cities in the state. Topping the list is the town of Bluffton. Buoyed by an impressive decadal population growth, healthy job growth and a low business tax burden, Bluffton scored a total of 81.07 points out of a possible 100 points. Mauldin, Greer, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn round out the top five, respectively.
Hilton Head Island and Bluffton were both put on a national stage recently. The Weather Channel was on location on the first day of spring, March 20, and more than 9 million viewers tuned in. The following week, reality show “The Bachelorette” came to town and filmed an upcoming episode on the island and in Bluffton. The national spotlight returned once again as the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing took place April 10-16 at Harbour Town Golf Links. The PGA Tour tournament was televised by The Golf Channel and CBS.
Students at Bluffton High School can soon begin earning college credits at the University of South Carolina Beaufort through a new partnership between the two schools. A memorandum of agreement between the Beaufort County School District and the university will allow Bluffton High students to take courses from USCB professors beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. There will be no cost to students.
In a unanimous vote at its March 14 meeting, Bluffton Town Council authorized the town manager to execute a purchase and an operating agreement for the historic property located at 111 Calhoun St. The vote followed another unanimous vote by Beaufort County Council on March 13 to assist the town in funding the purchase through its Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program.
Bluffton Town Council recently voted to change its code and allow food trucks to operate in town limits. Food truck operators must obtain a business license, pay an annual fee of $400 to the town and must operate at least 200 feet away from an established restaurant without permission from the owner. The trucks will be allowed to operate between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Bluffton High School is one of only a few South Carolina schools approved to implement an innovative program that helps students develop skills valued by colleges and employers. The new AP Capstone program, scheduled to begin in the 2017-18 academic year, will become a new school choice in addition to Bluffton High’s current offerings of Project Lead the Way and Acceleration Academy.
You might miss the gray marble marker when driving to Hilton Head Island, but “the bridge,” as it’s commonly known, is named after Robert Graves, patriarch of one of the Lowcountry’s legacy families who had a hand in developing the island. Graves, along with Konrad Marcus and developer John Reed, built the Hilton Head Christian Academy building on Gardener Drive just a decade after the school began in a church along Mathews Drive in 1979.
Christmas Parade Road Closures
Old Town Bluffton
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
The Town of Bluffton’s annual Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Old Town. As a result of the parade route, several roads will be closed to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m.