The Town of Bluffton’s Building and Safety Staff recently completed the damage assessment of structures following Hurricane Matthew.

Residents may notice either a green, yellow or red placard posted on their property by Town Staff.  If no placard is posted on the property, that indicates there was either no damage, or very minor damage visible at the time of the inspection.  A green placard indicates some minor damage was observed, and a permit is not necessary for the minor repairs to be corrected immediately.  Minor repairs may include broken windows, damaged railings or missing siding. 

The Town’s contractor, Weeks Marine Incorporated expects to restart beach renourishment activities in South Forest Beach no later than October 19, 2016. 

The Town desires to replace the sand washed from our design template along the central oceanfront beach as a result of Hurricane Matthew.  While the storm related sand losses from the template are measureable, the majority of the sand recently pumped on the beach remains in place.

"As most of you have probably heard Hilton Head Island received a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew. Damage is severe. This video was shot entirely with my iPhone. Other areas on the island were hit much harder. I couldn't be prouder of my brothers and sisters with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and others from around the state who are helping us make the island safe for reentry. Pray for us as we recover from this storm!" Tom Bouthillet

 

The credit for the video goes to Tom Bouthillet, the fire captain for the Hilton Head Fire & Rescue

Special Building Permits

Over the next 30 days, the Town of Bluffton will waive fees for permits to make structural repairs for damage sustained to properties from Hurricane Matthew. During this 30-day period, the Town will not be accepting new single family or commercial permits unless a special circumstance is warranted.

“We want residents affected by the storm to have first priority when it comes to fixing their home,” said Town Manager Marc Orlando.

Professional building inspectors will conduct a survey of homes for potential hazards. They will leave behind a placard to communicate the results of their inspection. The color of the placard indicates the condition of the structure, and how safe it is to enter.

Citizens' Drop-Off Sites will be activated on Friday, October 14, 2016. These Drop-Off Sites are for the use of residents/property owners only and will accept landscaping debris, construction debris, and white goods (household appliances) only at these locations. No commercial use is authorized. The Drop-Off Site locations are as follows:

The American Humane Association is teaming up with Palmetto Animal League to create a Pet Disaster Recovery Center at the PAL Adoption Center in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park. American Humane’s rescue team has arrived at PAL with two giant, 50-foot emergency rescue vehicles ready to provide emergency aid for animals and pet owners affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The Town of Bluffton, to assist residents with the Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts, is placing industrial-sized dumpsters at three sites for disposal of storm debris:

  • Eagles’ Field (Corner of Buck Island Road and Bluffton Parkway)
  • Rotary Community Center Parking Lot (Located in Oscar Frazier Park at 11 Recreation Court)
  • Oyster Factory Park (63 Wharf Street)

Dumpsters will be available Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 and will only be in place for a limited time. Residents are reminded that these dumpsters are to be used for storm debris only which includes tree branches, limbs, twigs, trunks and other debris from plants and trees.

Those wishing to make a donation to or volunteer for recovery efforts are asked to work through Community Foundation of the Lowcountry In the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, individuals, groups and corporations wishing to donate to recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Lowcountry can make donations to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the organization of record to receive donations for disaster recovery and rebuilding in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties.

Improving the lives of Beaufort’s County’s children, one child at a time

Pristine beaches, meandering bike paths and manicured golf courses create a pretty picture of island living. For most tourists and residents of Hilton Head Island, this epitomizes their way of life; a life that is aesthetically pure and surrounded by beauty and relaxation. There are, however, island residents who live more in the shadows than in the sunshine.

“When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female or speak in a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone … describes the world and you are not in it, (it feels) … as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.” — Adrienne Rich, poet

Hilton Head Island recently received more high praise from the travel magazine Travel + Leisure. The publication ranked Hilton Head No. 2 out of 15 on its list of “America’s Favorite Beach Towns.” It stated, “Repeat visitors have been championing this South Carolina golf and beach resort for decades.

The online travel site Expedia recently published a list of its favorite destinations to celebrate life’s biggest moments. For expecting mothers, the site said there’s no place like Hilton Head Island, ranking it the No.1 destination for a “babymoon.”

Best Places to RetireSouthern Living recently included Bluffton on its list of 15 “Best Places to Retire.” The magazine focused on towns that have unique amenities, a low cost of living, opportunities for volunteering, part-time work and continued learning. Other important factors were a stable housing market, access to medical care, and an airport or train station close by.

Elizabeth MacMurrayAn English teacher with more than 30 years of classroom experience was named the 2016-17 Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year. The selection of Elizabeth MacMurray, who teaches ninth-grade English at Hilton Head Island High School, was announced during a recent breakfast celebration to honor teachers of the year from all of the district’s schools.

solarprogramMore South Carolinians will soon be able to harness the power of the sun, thanks to a new solar energy initiative by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The company recently announced plans to launch a community solar partnership with Clean Energy Collective. An alternative to rooftop solar, CEC’s RooflessSolar will give SCE&G residential electric customers, schools, churches and municipalities the opportunity to subscribe to or purchase panels in solar farms and receive credit for solar generation on their energy bills each month.