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.
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.
Question. 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.
WOODWARD’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.
FATE OF CROWDED BLUFFTON SCHOOLS IN HANDS OF VOTERS ON APRIL 21
Voters who head to the polls later this month will have their own opinions about the Beaufort County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Moss, but the bond referendum isn’t about adults—it will decide the fate of Bluffton students in overcrowded schools.
Question. You visit Beaufort County often and always have an active schedule of public meetings while you’re here. What issues are frequently brought up by your constituents at the grocery stores, libraries, neighborhood community centers and other locations where you meet with them?
Answer. Since (the shooting in) Parkland, it’s overwhelmingly been guns. Typically, it’s the things that impact people’s lives. This obviously means roads and infrastructure in Beaufort County, but it also means government taxes and spending, health care and even things like immigration or what comes next in the wake of the storms we’ve had of late.
After a fire at The Crazy Crab restaurant in early March, the restaurant closed its doors for repairs. The fire, which occurred as the staff was preparing for the lunch crowd on March 7 and has been ruled an accident, caused extensive damage to the building’s kitchen and roof and left one employee with minor burns. The Crazy Crab had been planning to renovate its outdoor pavilion and bar before the fire and now plans to reopen Memorial Day weekend.
The Silver Garden on Hilton Head Island has recently expanded and added an art gallery to the silversmith shop. Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in The Village Exchange, the new art gallery features an exhibition of 25 artists of all mediums.
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry has selected Becca and Lee Edwards as the admirals of the 2018 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head. This annual event is the hospice group’s largest fundraiser, and admirals are chosen based on their qualities of leadership and community involvement. This year’s Yacht Hop will be held May 6 at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, where guests can tour yachts and sample hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. For more information, go to www.hospicecarelc.org.
Mayra Rivera was unanimously elected the new chairwoman of the Beaufort County Democratic Party in February. Rivera is the first Latina to lead the group, replacing longtime chair Blaine Lotz. Rivera lives in Bluffton and serves as a legal assistant at Deverall Immigration Law Firm. She has a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico Law School and a master’s degree in international law from the Institute of Law and Economy in Spain.
Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus will launch a live, online version of its coding boot camp on April 28. The 24-week program will teach participants the skills needed to create front- and back-end web applications. The boot camp is designed with the consideration of working professionals and students, and is two three-hour evening classes during the week and a fourhour class on Saturdays, which students will attend remotely. To learn more, go to www.savannahcodingbootcamp.com.