School district auctions disputed Lady's Island land

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comMarch 28, 2012 

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The Beaufort County School District will auction off land on Lady's Island that neighbors say is a trash-ridden eyesore.

The school district has struggled to clean up the two tracts on Alston Road because it doesn't have clear title to the property.

When the land was donated to the district in the 1930s, one deed's legal description was poorly written. The other deed is missing.

Because the district doesn't have a clear title, it doesn't have legal authority over the land, district operational services chief Phyllis White has said.

Whoever buys the land would have to resolve the title problems, White said in an email.

The title will be transferred through a "quit claim deed," White said.

"We are transferring what interests the district has in the property to the new owner," she said.

White said the district's attorneys had recommended an online auction as the best method to dispose of the land. The auction started March 16 with a bid of $5.

School board member Bill Evans, who represents Lady's Island, agreed the auction was the best option for the school district.

"We have no use for the property," he said. With the title cleared up, the new owner would be responsible for upkeep and maintenance, he said.

The land is still trash-ridden, said Terri Allgire, who lives nearby. The district's attempt to clean it in February using county jail prisoners fell through.

Allgire also said three mobile homes, which are on the land without the district's consent, are still there.

She declined to say if neighbors were considering buying the land.

The auction closes at 8:30 a.m. April 11. Currently, the high bid is $5,001, and 44 bids have been placed.

White said the school board would determine how any proceeds from the sale would be used.

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  3. Online auction of school district property at 43 Alston Road

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