Bluffton Town Council member Fred Hamilton is a lifelong resident of Bluffton who sometimes can’t believe what has happened in his hometown. Born in 1959, he’s lived in Bluffton his whole life — minus a three-year stint in the Army. The town’s population growth in the last 15 years has exceeded anything he ever imagined.
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RESIDENTIAL GROWTH PROJECTIONS
• City of Hardeeville: 5,800 residents to 28,000 in the next 10 years
• Ardmore New River Apartments: 248 additional units this year
• Sun City: additional 150 units a year for combined total of 750
• East Argent: 350 additional units a year through 2022 for a total of 1,750 units; 500 units per year from 2023 to 2028 for a total of 3,000 units — a combined total of 4,750 units
• University Park: 35 additional units per year through 2020 for a total of 105 units
• Hilton Head Lakes: 35 additional units this year; 85 more units per year from 2019 to 2022; 50 units per year from 2023 to 2024; a combined total of 475 units
MICHAEL COVERT ENJOYS GIVING BACK TO THE LOWCOUNTRY
Since moving to Bluffton in 1996, Michael Covert has dedicated himself to the community. The owner of Covert Aire, he represents Bluffton on Beaufort County Council — a position he became interested in after serving as a capital improvement sales tax commissioner.
GRUBER TAKES THE REINS AS HILTON HEAD’S NEW ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER
Joshua A. Gruber, Hilton Head Island’s new assistant town manager, is settling into his job, determined to build on a legacy left by his predecessor.
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GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL AGES
I don’t know about you, but our summer was filled with spontaneous trips, late-night swims in Calibogue Sound, late-night movie marathons set to the backdrop of a summer storm, and lazy mornings when my daughters and I woke like contented kittens without a care or commitment in the world.
AT LOWCOUNTRY SCHOOLS, IT’S READING, WRITING AND RECESS.
Researchers continue to debate a subject that kids have agreed upon for ages: How important is recess?
Skip science or social studies, and most kids would hardly notice. But scrap recess? Prepare for a revolution. The prevailing opinion is beginning to take the kids’ side. Last summer, the National Network of Public Health Institutes collaborated with Health Resources In Action and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the issue. The resulting “Keep Recess In Schools” report recommends at least 20 minutes of daily recess for all students kindergarten through 12th grade.
HORSE RESCUE GROUP SETS UP IN THE LOWCOUNTRY
Dayle Eldredge, founder and president of Second Wind Thoroughbred Project, has been taking in unwanted thoroughbreds since she was a teenager. Now, fresh from a transplant from Florida to Hilton Head Island, she hopes to spread her mission to the Lowcountry.
WHETHER HIKING ‘THRU’ OR JUST VISITING, THE APPALACHIAN OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
Lowcountry residents might be surprised to learn that the world’s most-famous long-distance trail isn’t as far from our beaches and marshes as it might seem. Springer Mountain in Georgia is the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and it’s only a six-hour drive from Hilton Head Island. The trail also passes through Hot Springs, North Carolina, a little more than five hours away, so it’s not hard for area mountain lovers to get their fix.