We are in month 5 of the pandemic and despite logistical changes, the business of the Town of Bluffton continues unabated.
This version of my newsletter will be a potpourri of updates from multiple Town activities or activities which may affect Town residents.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias:
Thank heavens, the most challenging part of this tropical storm was pronouncing its name. Isaias is Spanish for Isaiah. The easiest way to remember this tongue-twister was: “eee-sigh-EE-as.” Remember, as a nation, we can put a person on the moon with the precision but, we still don’t have technology to predict a hurricane with precision. As a town, a county and a state, decisions err on the side of safety due to the unpredictability of these storms. Thank you for making this Tropical Storm a practice run for future weather events. Please continue to stay viligent to the potential damage of each, unique storm.
The Town remains prepared to respond to every weather event. If you need additional guidance about how to prepare, please check out the Town resources on its website: https://www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/. A dedicated hurricane section is located at the top, left of the homepage. That section has frequently-asked-questions, resources from partner agencies and the South Carolina 2020 Hurricane Guide, published by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Additionally, the Town’s Emergency Management Division is electronically providing two Hurricane Preparedness Presentations.
The presentations cover lessons learned from past storms, evacuation routes, procedures during an evacuation, as well as how to develop a plan for evacuation.
The links are available below, or log onto the Bluffton Police Department’s YouTube page. The presentation in English is available via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoAtI4G492A&t=1409s and the presentation in Spanish is available via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtRNBhwqUwU
For those who have questions after watching the videos, please email Lt. Mike Danyov at email@example.com or Sgt. Bonifacio Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K Race/August 1/Udpate:
Saturday, August 1, the Town hosted a virtual 5K race to raise funds for the Town’s anti-distracted driving campaign. The Town has partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, named after a Auburn University football player who died in a distracted driving incident. All the proceeds from this virtual 5K will fund Bluffton’s Lutzie 43 Scholarship program. This year, three local students each received a $1,000 scholarship to apply towards higher education. Great job Bluffton – for this race exceeded its expectations and goals, raising $4,748. Special shout out to CrossFit 843 and the Kiwanis Club of Bluffton for their participation in this event.
South Carolina Tax-Free (This) Weekend:
This weekend is the South Carolina tax-free weekend, which is held Friday August 7 – Sunday August 9. Most items needed for the back-to-school are tax-free such as clothes, computer and school supplies. According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR), eligible items can be purchased online and in-store without paying the state’s 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes during South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday. Learn more at https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend
Hail and Farewell: Beaufort City Police Chief Matthew Clancy
Beaufort City Police Chief Matthew Clancy’s life and public service will be honored Friday, August 7/8:30 a.m. during his funeral held at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The Clancy Family has established the Chief Matthew Clancy Criminal Justice Leadership Scholarship at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Information on Contributions at: //www.tcl.edu/foundation. If possible, please take a few minutes to honor Matt’s life of servant leadership this week in quiet reflection.
Make it Count Bluffton! /Census 2020/NEW DEADLINE -- September 30:
The U.S. Census numbers is the one-stop shop for data about every community in the nation. These figures help the Town of Bluffton apply for grants and funding sources to provide for our residents. How does the Census benefit you and the Town of Bluffton? Based on our population growth and figures, the Town has received grants and other funding sources which has helped pay many public projects such as the new Calhoun Street Regional Dock, parks, hurricane reimbursement and so forth. Please, if you haven’t filled out the U.S. Census 2020, please take 5 minutes and do so. We are counting on you to Make It Count for Bluffton! The link is: www.2020Census.gov.
Mobile Testing Clinics Around SC:
To stay informed of where additional mobile testing clinics are located, please refer to link: https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-mobile-pop-clinics. This page is updated as new testing clinics are confirmed. Residents can also receive a test at one of the many permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information on permanent testing locations.
Mayor’s Message Schedule:
The Mayor’s Message will be distributed every Wednesday. Thank you for your interest in keeping abreast of how this pandemic and other issues are affecting our community.
Mayor Lisa Sulka