Port Royal Town Council discusses projects, concerns

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 2, 2014 

The town of Port Royal is seeking $22.5 million to help purchase the Port of Port Royal, shown, from the S.C. Ports Authority.

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Port Royal Town Council, officials and residents discussed a wide range of topics during a council work session Wednesday night. Among them:

  • Town manager Van Willis spoke about Saturday's shark teeth and fossil hunt that attracted hundreds to The Sands beach. Willis said organizer Mike Harris will work with town officials before future hunts to ensure security and traffic control is in place.

  • Officials discussed the proposed logo and tagline for the town, which will be presented by consultant Bruce Murdy at Wednesday's regular meeting. Resident Jane Abrams suggested the anchor logo be approved, but the tagline edited to say "Cool. Coastal. Anchored in history."

  • Council members expressed concern with ongoing problems with reckless driving, alcohol and other violations at The Sands. Some areas of the beach could be roped off to ensure vehicles stay in the areas allowed and to prevent reckless driving.

  • Willis said a search is underway for a private operator to manage the Port Royal Shrimp Dock. Potential operators will be expected to provide a description of their plans.

  • Town planner Linda Bridges spoke about the recently adopted form-based code, which relies more on building appearance than use. Bridges said she will speak to council on the topic in August.

  • Residents and officials discussed ways to curb litter and trash problems from illegal dumping on streets and at the Port Royal Skate Park.

  • Willis said more vandalism has occurred at the Cypress Wetlands. Someone has been removing nuts and bolts from the walkways. Previous repairs cost about $3,600, and more will be needed, he said.

  • Willis said that although Beaufort County Council did not approve the one-percent capital project sales tax list, which could have allowed the town to purchase the shuttered Port of Port Royal, other port projects are moving forward. Some private buyers are interested in the property, and plans are moving ahead for removal of the boat drystack storage building.

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