Catch up on Beaufort County news + Wednesday’s nature photo of the day

Friday’s news roundup for Beaufort County + nature photo of the day


Good afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Here’s today’s top news:

1. As sea turtle nesting season winds down and sea turtle hatching season hits its stride, the experts are compiling data. Reporter Sebastian Lee shares Hilton Head’s numbers and tells us what we can do to help ensure hatchlings have the best chance of survival. (Even if you aren’t interested in those things, this story is worth opening to see marine biologist Amber Kuehn’s gorgeous photo.)

2. Two years of deliberation, conversation (and, for some islanders, frustration) came to a head Tuesday as Hilton Head Town Council members once again considered rezoning Sea Pines Circle to pave the way for privately funded worker housing. Reporter Blake Douglas was at the six-hour meeting filled with cheers and jeers. Here’s what happened.

3. Beaufort County schools start Aug. 21, which means yellow buses will soon be on the roads. It also means drivers should be aware of South Carolina law when it comes to stopping for them. Reporter Mary Dimitrov explains how you can not only avoid a fine but also save a child’s life.

  • In response to increasing traffic fatalities, the Bluffton Police Department is holding a “Community Safety Discussion” to share measures law enforcement is taking to prevent collisions. Five people have died on Bluffton roads since the beginning of this year, with 17 fatalities so far in Beaufort County.

4. What do an infamous witch, 50 golf carts and a pair of walking shoes have in common? They’re all part of a planned renewal of one of Beaufort County’s most storied villages. A $16 million vision for the remaking of Paris Avenue, the main street through the artsy old village of Port Royal, is in the works. Reporter Karl Puckett has more details about what’s planned.

5. When the weather permits, many locals and visitors alike enjoy renting bicycles to ride around Hilton Head. Reporter Sarah Claire McDonald put together a list of Tripadvisor’s top picks for bike rental companies on the island.

Here are some statewide headlines of interest:

Photo finish

Janice Gierer shared this photo of a morning walk on Islanders Beach. “It never gets old,” she said. I tend to agree!

Janice Gierer shared this photo of a morning walk on Islanders Beach.

Janice Gierer shared this photo of a morning walk on Islanders Beach.

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