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A Note from Mayor McCann: July 2022

A Note from Mayor McCann: July 2022

A Return to Civility As mayor, I enjoy interacting with young people. They are indeed the future. Any time I am invited to share my experiences or words of encouragement with them, I am happy to do...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: July 2022

A Note from Mayor Sulka: July 2022

The Key Ingredients that Connect a Successful Startup to a Successful Town A startup and a town have more similarities than are obvious at first glance. In reality, both are in an interdependent...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: June 2022

A Note from Mayor Sulka: June 2022

What Bluffton Does Best: Have Fun Together After a nearly two-year hiatus from Bluffton’s events due to the pandemic, the town wants to help bring neighbors together again to make memories. Bluffton...

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A Note from Mayor McCann: June 2022

A Note from Mayor McCann: June 2022

Storm Ready June 1 is the official start of the 2022 hurricane season, and I’m knocking on wood that any named storms will graciously pass us by again this year. But we want you to be ready and...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: May 2022

A Note from Mayor Sulka: May 2022

Preserving Our Sense of Place The town is currently offering a Historic Preservation Grant Program to owners of “contributing resources” to the Old Town Bluffton Historic District to financially...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka

A Note from Mayor Sulka

Keeping Residents Informed Happy 2022! With each new year, brand-new residents come to our town. This means, there is so much knowledge of how Bluffton came to be that needs to be shared. My goal...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: January 2022

A Note from Mayor Sulka: January 2022

Year in Review As our community and the world continue to negotiate the pandemic’s fluctuations, the business of the Town of Bluffton continued unabated this year. I want to share some of the town’s...

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: August 2021

A Note from Mayor Sulka: August 2021

Support for Small Business. As the mayor of Bluffton along with our town council, we have always supported our local businesses in many ways. The Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is one of the most visible ways we demonstrate this local business support. 

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: July 2021

A Note from Mayor Sulka: July 2021

You’re Only a Click Away I write about this often but feel it is important to make sure you have the tools in your hands if you ever have questions or concerns. While you are always welcome to...

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A Note from Mayor McCann: July 2021

A Note from Mayor McCann: July 2021

Gratitude, Respect and Fun I am so grateful and proud to be part of a community that has stood strong and rallied together through one of the most challenging times I’ve ever seen. The world is a...

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A Note from Our Mayors: March 2021

A Note from Our Mayors: March 2021

Our Comprehensive Plan a Reflection of Excellence I was thrilled to hear that our recently adopted comprehensive plan earned the 2020 Outstanding Planning Project, awarded by the South Carolina...

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A Note from John McCann: New Town Manager Comes with Local Knowledge and Experience

A Note from John McCann: New Town Manager Comes with Local Knowledge and Experience

Hilton Head Island Town Council voted in December to offer the Hilton Head Island town manager position to Marc Orlando, who most recently served as town manager for Bluffton. Our action represents one of the highest duties of Town Council in employing a manager and determining what skills, experience, and personality are best suited to meet the needs and opportunities of the Town of Hilton Head Island.

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A Note from Lisa Sulka: Secret to Success

A Note from Lisa Sulka: Secret to Success

Have you ever noticed when someone paints a house, the actual painting doesn’t seem to take very long? What takes the most time is getting ready to paint. We call it “the story of the blue tape.” You know that blue tape that comes off really easily? When someone is going to paint a house—if they are going to do it right—they spend a lot of time with that blue tape. They put that tape everywhere. They cover up everything that could cause a problem down the road. Every window is wrapped in plastic and taped with that blue tape. I bet if it takes a week to paint a house, five of the seven days are spent on the prep work. That’s where the time is spent.

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A Note from Mayor McCann:  Town Council Workshop Kick’s Off New Year

A Note from Mayor McCann: Town Council Workshop Kick’s Off New Year

Welcome 2021. I say this with an abundance of caution after the year we had in 2020 and with hope that this year will be better for all of us. As we continue dealing with COVID-19, I’m hoping that the vaccines now available will bring the level of protection we need for our health. It would be great to return 100 percent to the normalcy we had before COVID-19 entered into the picture.

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A Note from Mayor Sulka: Welcome Police Chief Stephenie Price!

A Note from Mayor Sulka: Welcome Police Chief Stephenie Price!

Bluffton’s new police chief was sworn in on Monday, October 12, and on behalf of Town Council, Town Manager Marc Orlando and all the men and women who serve the Bluffton community, we are thrilled she is here. Chief Price was the former assistant chief of police for Savannah, Georgia, and she plans to make Bluffton her new home. Her conviction, compassion and dedicated to best practices made her shine among the more than 100 candidates who applied for this position.

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A Note from Lisa Sulka

A Note from Lisa Sulka

At the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, we are continually working on ways in which we can best serve the Bluffton community. Among our entrepreneurial programs and business development endeavors, we choose to focus our efforts on improving the program, which is most beneficial to individuals living in the Bluffton community: Membership!

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A Note from John McCann

A Note from John McCann

Before the end of this year, Hilton Head Island’s Town Council will have fulfilled its most important role: the selection of a new town manager. When current town manager Steve Riley announced his retirement in June, council gathered to choose an experienced firm to guide us through the recruitment and selection process. This is the first time in 26 years that our town council has been through the hiring process for its top employee, so you can imagine what a huge responsibility we have before us.

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A Note from Mayor McCann:  Rethinking Our Lives Post Coronavirus

A Note from Mayor McCann: Rethinking Our Lives Post Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has given me multiple reasons to pause and think about how we live and work, how we conduct business, and how we govern. Over the last two months, our lives have changed dramatically, and I wonder what our new normal will look like once we get through this crisis and return to our prior existence.

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#9PMROUTINE

#9PMROUTINE

Have you ever gotten out of your vehicle with your hands full, or when you are trying to get your kids inside and thinking about what to cook for dinner, and forgotten to lock your car? We are all...

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A Note from Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and HHI Mayor John McCann

A Note from Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and HHI Mayor John McCann

Local Governance Matters on Business Licensing and Local Taxing Authority

Welcome to the new year, one we hope brings much prosperity for the communities we are fortunate to serve. As elected officials, we’re charged with using our platform as town council bodies to govern our community and meet the needs of our residents—from addressing affordable housing, economic development and stormwater issues to protecting our waterways and maintaining and adding to our parks. With the support of local businesses, we strive for a healthy economy and jobs our residents can depend on for their livelihood.

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