The town of Bluffton recently began construction on the next phase of the Buck Island-Simmonsville Community sidewalk project. The project will install 1,200 linear feet of 5-foot wide sidewalks on Buck Island Road adjacent to the Toy Fields neighborhood across from the Wellstone development.
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The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island recently announced that Emory Campbell and Caroline “Beany” Newhall will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame on Nov. 10. Campbell is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cultural and environmental heritage of the Lowcountry.
The Coastal Discovery Museum recently held a grand opening for donors who supported the construction of a new $400,000 educational building and learning laboratory at the Coastal Discovery Museum. It was the first public announcement that the building was named in honor of Tom Peeples in recognition of his foresight in preserving historic Honey Horn and helping develop a successful public-private partnership between the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Town of Hilton Head Island.
German Batista of Hilton Head Island graduates from Veterans Treatment Court at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Sept. 20.
German Antonio Batista is a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He received two Bronze Stars following a tour of duty in Iraq during the Gulf War. He is also a recovering abuser of alcohol and drugs.
Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island by Town Manager, Steve Riley
- The big news this week was the authorization from FEMA to authorize the Town to begin to clear debris from private roads in the major PUDs. This is an important first step, but we must now begin the work of collecting the documentation required by FEMA to gain approval to clear the debris for all of the private dirt roads.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen some shellfish harvesting areas in Beaufort County previously closed due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, the agency announced today.
Since October 8 when Hurricane Matthew came through Bluffton causing downed trees, downed power lines, power outages and structural damage, the Town has focused on recovery. While much has been done, much more must be accomplished. In an effort to help inform residents, the Town of Bluffton offers the following information:
The residential debris drop-off sites located at Coligny Beach Parking lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive, 111 Leg O’ Mutton Road and 120 William Hilton Parkway are still open daily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- The focus in week two has been on damage assessment, clearing of debris on roads, restarting beach renourishment, emergency permitting, assisting those in need, reaching out to state and federal agencies for assistance, and restoring some sense of normalcy.
Federal Emergency Management Inspectors (FEMA) Inspectors have arrived in Beaufort County to begin damage assessment and inspections for those that have applied for individual assistance and other assignments.
Dates have been scheduled to allow the burning of yard waste due to Hurricane Matthew. The dates will be Saturday 10/22/2016 through sunset on Sunday 10/30/2016.
Please be advised the rules of the Town’s burning ordinance still apply:
The Town of Bluffton continues to make strides in returning to our daily responsibilities as we recover from Hurricane Matthew. The following information is provided with regard to recovery progress:
BEAUFORT, SC - United Way of the Lowcountry is mobilizing resources and providing assistance to help people rebuild their lives and this community by collecting donations for disaster relief efforts and responding to needs through the United Way Helpline.
Please be advised that the following Town parks will be re-opened to the public as of 10/18/2016:
Looking for Hurricane Matthew recovery updates? Find links to the latest news and information here:
If you see a hazardous tree in a Public Road Right-of-Way or on a Town property and would like to report it; please go to the Town of Hilton Head Island's website under Disaster Recovery, Report Public Infrastructure/Code Violations http://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/recovery/crm.cfm.
The Town will address these on a priority basis as they are discovered. A comprehensive listing of public roadways can be found on the Town's website as well.
The Town is not addressing hazardous trees on private property, unless it is leaning or hanging over a Public Road Right-of-Way, in which case it will be removed or cut at the Right-of-Way line. Private property owners, including private roads, are responsible for and should address any hazardous trees on their property.
On Saturday October 15th alone, Town contractors removed more than 700 hazardous trees and limbs over public roadways and properties. 14 bucket truck crews were in operation and more crews have been added today.