County’s future needs ‘yes’ vote
Beaufort County Council, in what is an important win for all residents, recently voted unanimously to purchase and preserve Whitehall Point on Lady’s Island. Whitehall is the most recent addition to the wonderful legacy of the county’s Rural and Critical Lands program.
Since 2006, and in conjunction with the Rural and Critical program, the Beaufort County Open Land Trust has worked with landowners to negotiate permanent conservation easements that best ensure the future of both the property and Beaufort County.
In addition to Whitehall, other protected properties include the Ulmer property on the May River, the Mobley tract on the Oka- tie River, Henry Farms on St. Helena Island, and Bindon Plantation on the Pocotaligo River.
Each of these properties protected with conservation easements supports a healthy rural and riverfront landscape for Beaufort County.
While these properties and others have been real successes, there is more to be done. Beaufort County’s population continues to grow and this trend will continue. As David Lauderdale recently wrote, “we must own the land or own the development rights” to protect important places.
We were proud to be a part of a unified effort to saveWhitehall. In order to ensure that similar projects and rural landscapes remain an important and significant part of Beaufort County’s future, we urge you to support the Rural and Critical Lands Program on election day. This nationally recognized program has a long and enduring legacy.
Please vote “yes” on for the General Obligation Bonds. – Alex Shuford Board president Beaufort County Open Land Trust Beaufort