Beaufort County Council needs to revisit the decision to restrict the operating permit for Beaufort Liquidation and its flea market off U.S. 21. Council obviously made this decision based on, "Do as we say, not as we do."
The county has contributed about $500,000 to turn the old rail bed into the Spanish Moss Trail, saying hundreds of local residents would enjoy the trail. What they didn't say was that more than a mile of it is to run right through the restrictive zones near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
The county and the Marine Corps apparently have no problem with that. But then out of the other side of their mouths they say that different rules apply to Beaufort Liquidation in that same zone. Their justification of restricting Beaufort Liquidation's operating periods has caught the county and the Marines in their own trap.
This smells like political heavy-handedness to me. They are not concerned about crowds on the trails in zones created to limit crowds. Are they going to have deputies disburse crowds on the trails?
Maybe the county and the Marine Corps will furnish an ear plug drop box and have a deputy or military police officer walk around the flea market writing tickets to folks who refuse to wear ear plugs.
The way I see this, the Marine Corps should support local businesses, not destroy them. The county needs to be more business-friendly also, and leave this business owner alone.