Hilton Head Island may see a mobile home subdivision on a 2.34-acre lot off of Gumtree Road. The goal is to offer residents of Hilton Head an affordable housing plan, with lots starting at $89,000. Owners will provide their own mobile homes. If the project receives approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island, the subdivision will begin development.

Mayors in northern Beaufort County held a news conference in May to warn residents about a future potential threat: Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the coast could stir up unexploded bombs, weapons and radioactive waste that were dumped on the ocean floor decades ago, they said. The group called on the federal government to investigate the matter before any testing work is permitted. Currently, eight permits have been issued to explore the Atlantic Ocean for natural resources. The S.C. Environmental Law Project is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal to block any testing.

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area has launched www.411.org, a nonpartisan website that features candidate bios, responses to league questions, sample ballots and more. Visitors to the site can enter their addresses for personalized ballot information. The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.

jeff bradleyQuestion. What do you think should happen in the SCANA nuclear plant debacle? Is this what you think will happen?

Answer. I think that management and shareholders should suffer the brunt of the failure of the nuclear power plant. I think we should reduce the nuclear rate premium to zero and put some — if not all — of the bad actors in jail. But another company like Dominion will probably acquire SCANA and assume responsibility for the Jenkinsville construction site. The General Assembly fired the Public Service Commission and has moved to reconstitute the Public Service Commission board. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

Baynard MausoleumHILTON HEAD’S OLDEST STRUCTURE UNDERGOES RENOVATION

Dating to 1846, Baynard Mausoleum is the oldest standing structure on Hilton Head Island. Constructed by Hilton Head planter William Eddings Baynard, the mausoleum survived the Civil War, the development of the island and several hurricanes. Over the years, however, the building fell into disrepair — the stone ridge supporting the 2,500-pound bluestone slabs of its roof cracked in half, making it only a matter of time before the roof collapsed.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded more than $150,000 in grants to three local nonprofit groups on March 21. The foundation distributes grants three times a year as part of its competitive grant program.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has launched a first-of-its-kind mobile app that will help law enforcement better respond to potential threats at area schools. The P3Tips app lets users anonymously submit tips about possible threats and track officers’ response.

Democratic candidates for South Carolina governor and the open District 1 congressional seat will host an evening of fun, food and music from 5-7:30 p.m. May 10 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island.

Red Cedar Elementary has earned a certification in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — instruction after an on-site visit by an outside review team. Red Cedar is the seventh Beaufort County school district school to earn the certification from AdvancED, giving Beaufort County more STEM-certified schools than any other district in South Carolina.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has installed sand fencing along more than five miles of beachfront, from Alder Lane in South Forest Beach to Singleton Beach near the Folly.

Three-time congressional candidate Dimitri Cherny is entering the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district seat of South Carolina. He’ll face off against incumbent former Gov. Mark Sanford and Katie Arrington in the upcoming June 13 primary.

Another summer, another honor: Southern Living magazine recently named Hilton Head Island the South’s Best Beach for 2018, earning praise for its flat, wide Atlantic beaches and waterways that readers said are perfect for paddling. And access to world-class golf at resorts like Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes didn’t hurt, either.

scholarship

The Island School Council for the Arts will host its third annual scholarship luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at Port Royal Golf Club. At the luncheon, Beaufort County high school students who have been awarded the 2018 ISCA Scholarship form the Joan Stuckart Memorial Scholarship Fund — designated for visual arts students — will be recognized; five students will be selected based on their demonstrated excellence in the arts, superior academics, and desire to pursue a college degree in visual arts.

David BennettQuestion. What do you think the role of the town or local government should be in addressing workforce housing?

Answer. We have the opportunity to build community and ease traffic by reducing our reliance on workers who reside off-island. The town should advocate for high-quality housing that fits our island’s character and is owned and operated by the private sector. And town staff should take the role of a clearinghouse, matching supply and demand, identifying and vetting partnerships and other opportunities and ensuring long-term affordability and maintenance standards. 

Sheriff WoodwardWOODWARD’S CHALLENGE OF TANNER FOR SHERIFF JOB A “NEXT CAREER STEP”

Joey “Jo Jo” Woodward might have surprised some residents when he announced he was challenging long-serving Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner in the upcoming local election. But Woodward’s reason for running is fairly straightforward: “It is that time in my career,” he said.

LOWCOUNTRY LEGAL VOLUNTEERS ADDS LAWYER, PLANS EXPANSION.

Thanks to a generous donation, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers is extending its reach in a region where wealth and poverty discreetly co-exist.

The money, with a match from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, allowed the Bluffton-based group to add a new attorney — a move that doubles the number of practicing lawyers on the nonprofit organization’s staff.