Beaufort changed on April 18, most likely forever.
Maybe you didn’t notice unless you tried to commute between Frogmore and Lady’s Island (or vice versa) past the new Wal-Mart. A short, 3.6-mile trip between the two points turned into a 50-minute delay as two lanes dropped to one for “paving.”
Unbelievable, given that paving a small cutout square of pavement could have been accomplished at night.
But, it is not fair to judge the future of a city (no longer a town) on one inconvenience.
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Add Boundary Street to the list, Robert Smalls Parkway and numerous new developments surrounding Lowe’s, the clear-cutting on Sam’s Point Road, etc., and you have the makings of a “big” city, one in which development is defined, and will be defined, by orange cones and sawhorses.
Beaufort will obviously have a fresh look and feel in another year or so, with beautiful marshside vistas and esplanades. I am all for the “look,” but it does come at a price. Not the monetary one, but the one that comes at the expense of a small hometown. A “town” that motivated many to relocate or to simply return home.
If you are in doubt, I could easily point to the once “sleepy” town of Austin, Texas, that morphed into the fourth largest city in Texas. The turning point was a magazine article years ago placing it in the “Top 10 Cities to Live.”
While I am not necessarily against change, I am just letting you know it arrived on this day in Beaufort.