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People & Places: January 11, 2023

AppointmentsThe Rev. Nate Huffman is chaplain at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.The Rev. Edward Hunt is rector of Holy Trinity, Onancock, Va.The Very Rev. Sarah Frances Hurlbert is dean of the Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, N.C.The Rev. Michael Hurst is senior associate rector at Redeemer, Sarasota, Fla.The Rev. Ian G. Hyde is curate of Good Shepherd, Terrell, Texas.The Rev. Lilian Hyd...

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The Rev. Nate Huffman is chaplain at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

The Rev. Edward Hunt is rector of Holy Trinity, Onancock, Va.

The Very Rev. Sarah Frances Hurlbert is dean of the Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, N.C.

The Rev. Michael Hurst is senior associate rector at Redeemer, Sarasota, Fla.

The Rev. Ian G. Hyde is curate of Good Shepherd, Terrell, Texas.

The Rev. Lilian Hyde is interim rector of St. Andrew’s, Pearland, Texas.

The Rev. Donna Ialongo is rector of St. Benedict’s, Bolingbrook, Ill.

The Rev. Carver Israel is interim rector of St. Andrew & St. Monica, Philadelphia.

The Rev. Gary Jackson is rector of Grace, Port Orange, Fla.

The Rev. Canon Shancia Jarrett is canon for formation at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore.

The Rev. Canon David H. Johnson is interim rector of St. Paul’s, Magnolia Springs, Ala.

The Rev. Kristian Kohler is assistant rector for liturgy and congregational care at St. Anne’s in-the-Fields, Lincoln, Mass.

The Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry is priest in charge of St. Paul’s, Chatham, N.J.

The Rev. Mary J. Korte is rector of Christ Church, Rolla, Mo.

The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee is interim rector of St. Luke’s, Durham, N.C.

The Rev. Joanna Leiserson is interim rector of St. Anne’s, West Chester, Ohio.

The Rev. James Liberatore is interim rector of St. Stephen’s, Beaumont, Texas.

The Rev. Mitchell Lindeman is priest in charge of Ascension, Wakefield, R.I.

The Rev. Dr. Janet Lombardo is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia, N.H.

The Rev. Canon Cody Maynus is priest in charge of All Saints’, Northfield, Minn.

The Rev. Valerie Mayo is director of Beloved Community Initiatives at Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas.

The Rev. Meghan Mazur is priest in charge of St. Philip’s, Fort Payne, Ala.

The Rev. Gavin McAdam is curate of St. Mark’s, Irving, Texas.

The Rev. James McAdams is rector of St. Francis of Assisi, Indian Springs, Ala.

The Rev. Kathy McAdams is priest in charge of Grace, North Attleboro, Mass.

The Rev. Canon Ramelle McCall is the Diocese of South Carolina’s canon for leadership.

The Rev. Leah McCullough is co-director of Cathedral Ridge, Woodland Park, Colo.

The Rev. Kendra McDonald is associate rector for children, youth, and families at All Saints’, Austin, Texas.

The Rev. Gregory McIntyre is rector of St. Patrick’s, Mooresville, N.C.

The Rev. Kathryn McKey-Dunar is priest in charge of Trinity, Trumbull, Conn.

The Rev. Andrew McLarty is rector of Redeemer, Brookhaven, Miss.

The Rev. Suzie McNiff is parish deacon at Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn.

The Rev. Andy McQuery is rector of Christ Church, Oberlin, Ohio.

The Rev. Nelson Mendoza is priest in charge of Our Savior, New York.

The Rev. Garrett Mettler is priest in charge of St. Stephen’s, Armonk, N.Y.

The Rev. Anna Olson is interim rector of Good Shepherd, Silver Spring, Md.

The Rev. Mack Olson is the Diocese of Northern California’s missioner for church life.

The Rev. Ally Perry is rector of Trinity, Wetumpka, Ala.

The Rev. Canon Stephen Pessah is the Diocese of Florida’s canon for the Apalachee Region.

The Rev. Brian Petersen is curate of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, Calif.

Ms. Kate Riley is the Diocese of Maryland’s canon for youth.

The Rev. Daniel D. Robayo is vicar of St. Mary Magdalene, Manor, Texas.

The Rev. Suzi Robertson is rector of St. Stephen’s, Seattle.

The Rev. Sarah Robbins-Cole is interim assistant for youth at St. Andrew’s, Wellesley, Mass.

The Rev. Canon Charles Robinson is pastoral associate at Hickory Neck, Toano, Va.

The Rev. Lawrence Robles is parish priest of All Saints Christo Rey, Watsonville, Calif.

The Rev. Christopher Rodgers is priest in charge of St. James’, Sonora, and St. Matthew’s, San Andreas, Calif.

The Rev. Beth Scriven is interim rector of St. Luke’s, Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Rev. Marco Serrano is shepherd of Free State Minster in the Diocese of Kansas.

The Rev. Dr. Valorie Mulvey Sherer is priest in charge of Emmanuel, Webster Groves, Saint Louis.

The Rev. Shawn Sherrade is vicar of St. John’s, Abilene, Kan.

Ms. Sarah Shipman is executive director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham is associate rector at St. James’, New York.

The Rev. John Deepak Sundara is vicar for evangelism and worship at St. Martin’s, Houston.

The Rev. Naomi Sundara is chaplain of St. Martin’s Preschool, Houston.

The Rev. Thomas Szczerba is associate rector at St. David’s, Radnor, Wayne, Pa.

The Rev. Dr. Marcel Tabone is priest in charge of St. Barnabas by-the-Bay, Villas, N.J.

The Rev. Jennie Talley is priest in charge of St. John’s, Wilmot, and Trinity-St. Paul’s, New Rochelle, N.Y.

The Rev. Mike Tess is priest in charge of St. Mark’s, Beaver Dam, Wis.

The Rev. Canon Calhoun Walpole is parish priest at St. John’s, Johns Island, S.C.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Walters is rector of All Saints’, Peterborough, N.H.

The Rev. Patrick Ward is rector of Holy Spirit, Orleans, Mass.

The Rev. Doug Wasinger is rector of St. Mark’s, Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Rev. Nathan Webb is curate of St. James on the Lake, Kemp, Texas.

The Rev. Dr. David J. Weidner is interim priest in charge of St. Peter’s, Jacksonville, Fla.

The Rev. Jason Wells is priest in charge of St. Matthew’s, Goffstown, N.H.

The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert is interim rector of Grace, Sandusky, Ohio.

The Rev. Rachel Wildman is priest in charge of Trinity, Canton, and Trinity, Stoughton, Mass.

The Rev. Dan Wilfrid is transition bridge priest at St. John’s, Walpole, N.H.

The Rev. Susan Anslow Williams is interim rector of St. George’s, Milford, Mich.

The Rev. Ryan Willis is vicar of St. Peter’s, Pittsburg, Kan.

The Rev. Lee Winter is rector of Christ Church, Bay Saint Louis, Miss.

The Rev. Leah Wise is curate of Grace, Houston.

The Rev. George C. Wong is priest in charge of St. John’s, Kula, Hawaii.

The Rev. Mike Woods is vicar of St. Elizabeth’s, Buda, Texas.

The Rev. Canon Stuart Wright is the Diocese of Maryland’s canon for administration and transition ministry.

The Rev. Ben Wyatt is priest in charge of Holy Nativity, Indianapolis.

Dr. Thea Mirabella Maeve Wyatt is dean of the Iona School of the Diocese of Olympia.

The Rev. Canon Raja B. Zabaneh is rector of St. Paul’s, Jacksonville, Fla.

The Very Rev. James Zotalis is dean of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, Faribault, Minn.

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Albany: Karla Parsons Banach (priest in charge, St. Francis Mission, Albany), Jonathan Paul Beck (assisting priest, Cathedral of All Saints, Albany)

Arizona: Erin Cox Oney (assistant and chaplain, Ascension Church and School, Paradise Valley), Shawn Rutledge (vicar, St. Peter’s, Casa Grande), Craig Smith, OP (interim vicar, Resurrection, Gilbert)

Missouri: Margaret Barry Goldstein (curate, Transfiguration, Lake St. Louis), Joshua David Huber (curate, Calvary, Columbia)

New York: Stacey Marie Carpenter (curate, Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Del.), Eliza Aryeequaye Davies (priest associate, St. James the Less, Scarsdale), Nicole Regina Hanley (priest in charge, St. Andrew’s, Walden, and St. Francis of Assisi, Montgomery), Meredith Anne Marguerite Hawkins, Alexander Herasimischuk (priest in charge, Zion, Wappingers Falls), Molly Jane Layton (associate rector, Calvary-St. George’s, New York), Mary Katharine McCarty (curate, Christ’s Church, Rye)

Newark: Danielle D. Baker (priest in charge, St. Paul’s, Morris Plains), George Dredden III (priest in charge, Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral, Newark)

Northern Indiana: Amy Lepine Peterson (assisting priest, St. Joseph’s, Durham, N.C.)

Northwest Texas: Ashley Taylor Colley (curate, Holy Trinity, Midland)

Olympia: James Ayuen (parish priest, St. John’s Sudanese, Tukwila), Mary Bol (parish priest, St. John’s Sudanese, Tukwila), Daren Chidester, Allen Hicks, Baudelina Paz, Linzi Stahlecker (curate, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle), Pam Tinsley (assisting priest, St. Andrew’s, Tacoma)

West Texas: Matthew Robert Bloss (deacon in charge, St. John Chrysostom, Delafield, Wis.)

St. Stephen looking forward to community input on EPA revitalization grant

Berkeley County and the town of St. Stephen are getting to work on using a $500,000 environmental grant.ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (WCSC) - Berkeley County and the town of St. Stephen are getting to work on using a $500,000 environmental grant.The EPA Brownfield Grant money is meant to identify and make a plan to clean up run-down properties that may have contaminated materials on the land...

Berkeley County and the town of St. Stephen are getting to work on using a $500,000 environmental grant.

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (WCSC) - Berkeley County and the town of St. Stephen are getting to work on using a $500,000 environmental grant.

The EPA Brownfield Grant money is meant to identify and make a plan to clean up run-down properties that may have contaminated materials on the land so it can eventually be redeveloped.

County Economic Development Director Kristin Lanier says St. Stephen is an area where officials are looking forward to investing in redevelopment.

“We asked them to put together a steering committee of community members because we understand any type of activity in the community, especially grant-driven opportunities have to be driven by the community. So from that town hall, we sat down with the community members, and they actually provided a lot of insight that went into the grant that we wrote,” Lanier says.

Daniel Kredensor moved to St. Stephen to be a part of the small-town charm. He says he loves the area and is excited about what its future holds.

“It’s a small community. Everybody really is wonderful to each other. We take care of everybody here. The community itself is very much alive,” Kredensor says.

The grant will allow the county and town to identify as many as 15 to 20 pieces of land they want to revitalize before working the list down to a few main focuses. Officials already have their eye on the old St. Stephen High School and Old Lumber Mill.

Kredensor says it would be great to see opportunities like a community center come back to the school and a working company providing jobs take over the mill. He also hopes people will get involved in the town halls, committees and surveys that will soon be coming about the project.

“Everyone needs to be a part of this. It’s not just elected officials. And it’s not just you know, one or two people from the county. It is the people of town and it really needing that participation because the county doesn’t know every site that people think should be fixed,” he says.

As of October 1st, the money has been available and officials say the first steps are getting a qualified consultant to help and setting up the community outreach phase.

“This is where the community can start sending insights that they want to look at, and we will actually create like a ranking tool to kind of determine based on all the sites that are presented which one we deem we should look at in the first notch,” Lanier says.

The grant can be used to identify old sites that may have asbestos, lead paint, gas soil contamination or chemical remnants. Those types of hazards need to be properly identified and the county needs to create a plan for safely removing them with this grant to apply for more money to begin any work.

“There was a lot of history that comes into it, so when you come into a brownfield grant or in really any community you look around and you might see some unused properties, but the folks that live there, you know, they know the history of these of these communities in the in these properties,’ Lanier says.

Officials hosted a town hall about the grant. They also plan to send out information in different forms including online and handouts to make sure people are able to participate in the process starting early next year. You can watch the full meeting on the town’s Facebook page.

In a statement, St. Stephen Mayor John Rivers says:

I was pleased to see the participants at the Town Hall Meeting, held on October 20, 2022, at the American Legion Hut. Their questions were asked and answered. I think many misconceptions were cleared up during this exchange of information. We will continue in our efforts to keep the community informed, inspired and involved. I thank the Berkeley County Economic Development Department for their crucial partnership in this project. Our continued growth will depend on the actions of the town officials and a supporting community working together on one accord.

Officials say this is the first step in a years-long investment into revitalizing St. Stephen. They hope to have outreach programs ramp up at the start of the new year and want people to get as involved as possible.

You can learn more about St. Stephen and current projects going on by clicking here.

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Ole Miss Soccer adds nine to roster as part of 2023 signing class

Ole Miss soccer and head coach Matt Mott have announced the addition of nine new freshmen as part of their 2023 signing class.The class of new Rebels includes local and national talent with signees from seven different states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, California, Texas, and Wisconsin. From that pool of talent, the Rebels have added two goalkeepers, three defenders, two forwards, and two midfielders.Campbell WolffGoalkeeper | Alexandria, Va. | St. Stephen’s...

Ole Miss soccer and head coach Matt Mott have announced the addition of nine new freshmen as part of their 2023 signing class.

The class of new Rebels includes local and national talent with signees from seven different states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, California, Texas, and Wisconsin. From that pool of talent, the Rebels have added two goalkeepers, three defenders, two forwards, and two midfielders.

Campbell Wolff

Goalkeeper | Alexandria, Va. | St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia… Named to the All-Independent School League Team and was named an ISL All-Star in 2022… Played in the ISL Semifinals in 2019, 2021, and 2022… Led her team to the Virginia State Finals in 2019 and the Virginia State Semifinals in 2021 and 2022… Named to the Dean’s List/Honor Roll 2019-2022 and a Distinguished Scholar Athlete 2019-2022… Lettered one season in basketball (2019-20)

CLUB/ODP: Played for Virginia Union ECNL… Led Virginia Union to the ECNL National Playoffs in 2021

PERSONAL: Daughter of Robert and Kymberly Wolff… Born June 18, 2004… Father Robert played football at Georgia Tech

Gili Johnson

Forward | Manhattan, Kan. | Manhattan High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time letterwinner at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas… Scored 33 career goals with 13 assists… Played in the 2020-21 National Championship for GA and ECRL… Manhattan High School Triple Jump school record holder and 2022 Kansas High School 6A Triple Jump State Champion… Won a team track & field Centennial League Championship with Manhattan

CLUB/ODP: Played for Sporting Blue Valley ECNL… Played in the ECNL National Semifinals in 2022

PERSONAL: Daughter of Tonoher & Vincent Johnson… Born June 28, 2005… Has a sister, Nisbyc… Mother Tonoher played softball and track & field at Alcorn State… Father Vincent played football and track & field at Alcorn State… Aunt Shannon Washington was Ole Miss Varsity cheerleader… Uncle Justin Reed played basketball for Ole Miss and in the NBA… Cousin Errol Robinson played baseball at Ole Miss and in the MLB

Hattie Patterson

Defender | Dallas, Tex. | Highland Park High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas… Voted team captain in 2021 and 2022… Named District MVP in 2022… 2022 First Team All-Region… Two-time First Team All-District honoree (2021 & 2022)… 2020 Second Team All-District… 2022 5A Regional Finalist… National Honor Society… National English Honor Society… National Spanish Honor Society

CLUB/ODP: Played for Solar Soccer Club… Won the 2022 ECNL Texas Conference Championship… Two-time ECNL Second Team All-Conference honoree (2021 & 2022)

PERSONAL: Daughter of Lucas and Ali Patterson… Born March 21, 2005… Has one sister, Ella, and one brother, Cotton… Grandfather played football at Texas

Zoë Parkhurst

Midfielder | Menlo Park, Calif. | IMG Academy

CLUB/ODP: US Soccer National Training Center Invitee (2016, 2017, 2020, 2021)… Girls Academy National Talent ID 2022… Girls Academy Regional Talent ID 2022 & 2021… IMG U17 & U19 Team Captain… IMG U17 Team MVP… TopDrawerSoccer Top-150 (2018-2022)

PERSONAL: Daughter of Gillian and Justin Parkhurst… Born March 25, 2005… Has one sister, Mia… Father Justin played rugby at Cal and sister Mia plays soccer at Georgia

Avery Brown

Defender | Franklin, Tenn. | Franklin High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee… 2022 District Player of the Year… 2022 High School All-American Watch List… Played in 2022 State Senior Star game… Two-time All-State honoree (2021 & 2022)… Three-time All-District honoree (2020-2022)… Scored eight goals and had nine assists as a forward her sophomore season… Three-time District Champion (2020-2022)

CLUB/ODP: Played for Tennessee Soccer Club ECNL… Two-time First Team All-Conference honoree (2021 & 2022)… Played in the 2021 ECNL National Selection Game… Won a Conference Championship in 2019… Played in the ECNL Champions league playoffs in 2019, 2021, and 2022

PERSONAL: Daughter of Mike and Stacey Brown… Born January 19, 2005… Has one brother, Evan

Ella Luna

Midfielder | Milwaukee, Wis. | Whitefish Bay High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time letterwinner at Whitefish Bay High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin… 2021 State Champion… 2022 State Runner-up

CLUB/ODP: Played for SC Wave… Five-time Wisconsin State Cup Champion… Two-time Mid-America Champion (2021 & 2022)… GA Talent ID Camp participant… ODP International Team… ODP National Team

PERSONAL: Daughter of Mariano and Tina Luna… Born March 5, 2005… Has two sisters, Sophie and Maddie… Father Mariano played football at North Dakota State and New Mexico and professional soccer

Evie Ewing

Forward | Madison, Miss. | Madison Ridgeland Academy

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner at Madison Ridgeland Academy in Madison, Mississippi… Four-time All-Conference honoree (2019-2022)… 2022 All-Star… 2022 top-10 player DPL soccer… Lettered in basketball and track & field… 2022 Mississippi State Champion in long jump… 2021 & 2022 Mississippi State Champion in 400m

CLUB/ODP: Played for Alabama FC ECNL and RUSH Soccer… Rush 04 National Team selection (2018, 2019 & 2021)… MAIS top-20 player 2021 & 2022

PERSONAL: Daughter of Christa and Justin Ewing… Born December 3, 2004… Has one sister, Libba and one brother, Cade… Father Justin played baseball at Mississippi State

Addison Yelton

Goalkeeper | Johnson City, Tenn. | Baylor High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner at Baylor High School… Two-time All-Region selection (2019 & 2020)… 2021 Team Captain and MVP… Two-time US Club ID selection

PERSONAL: Daughter of Matt and Tamara Yelton… Born April 20, 2004… Has one brother, Aiden… Father Matt played soccer and mother Tamara played volleyball both for King University… Father Matt is an assistant coach at ETSU… Uncle Jay is the head coach at ETSU and Uncle Todd is the head coach at Samford

Avery Stevens

Defender | Garden Grove, Calif. | Pacifica High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California… 2022 Athlete of the Year… 2022 Team Captain… 2020 League Champions

CLUB/ODP: Played for Beach FC ENCL… 2022 ENCL Championship finalist

PERSONAL: Daughter of Eric and Cindy Stevens… Born August 17, 2005… Has two sisters, Autumn and Aubree… Father Eric played baseball at San Jose State

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Changes to CPO postponed until April

St. Helena residents, leaders rally against gated community, golf courseBy Mike McCombsFor the second time in five days, St. Helena Island citizens, local politicians, conservation leaders and others filled the County Council Chamber on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Beaufort County Administration Building hoping to speak out against a text amendment to the St. Helena Cultural Overlay Protection (CPO) zone.Though, no matter how County Administrator Eric Greenway and staff have framed the issue, ...

St. Helena residents, leaders rally against gated community, golf course

By Mike McCombs

For the second time in five days, St. Helena Island citizens, local politicians, conservation leaders and others filled the County Council Chamber on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Beaufort County Administration Building hoping to speak out against a text amendment to the St. Helena Cultural Overlay Protection (CPO) zone.

Though, no matter how County Administrator Eric Greenway and staff have framed the issue, particularly in comments to the County’s Planning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 5, they are actually more specifically rallying to stop a proposed golf course and gated community on Pine Island and in St. Helenaville.

Ultimately, Beaufort County’s Community Services and Land Use Committee decided Monday, to postpone action for more research and discussion with the community.

Chairwoman Alice Howard, who was also present at Thursday’s meeting, explained to the large crowd in attendance that the amendment was up for discussion, but that she intended to make a motion to postpone consideration of the item until the Committee’s April 10 meeting.

“Item No. 12 is a proposal to amend the St. Helena Cultural Overlay Protection zone on St. Helena. When we get to that item,” Howard said, “I am going to ask for a motion to postpone Consideration of the item until our April meeting and to refer the matter to the Cultural Protection Overlay District Committee which we formed in November 2022 to study the existing ordinance with our legal department and with other outside entities … to suggest provisions which can be added to reinforce the overlay’s purpose and to improve the protection it provides St. Helena and the surrounding islands.

“When it comes back from the CPO we will place it on our agenda and take public comment.”

Vice Chair York Glover agreed with Howard.

“I support Chairwoman Howard’s decision to postpone this matter until our April meeting,” Howard said. “The Cultural Protection Overlay District Committee needs more time to study the existing ordinance with the legal department and make sure we are doing everything within our power as County Council to monitor development projects and make sure we protect St. Helena and the surrounding islands.”

Developer Elvio Tropeano, representing Pine Island GC, LLP, has asked the County for a change to the zoning map to remove the culturally important Pine Island and St. Helenaville properties, nearly 500 acres, from the CPO to build a private, gated community and an 18-hole golf course. The CPO specifically forbids both gated communities and golf courses nine holes or larger.

Because of time constraints, and the fact the action was going to be postponed, public comments were limited to 15 minutes.

Among the speakers was Tom Mikell, representing the Hanna family, who owns the land. He said in a statement he gave to the committee that, “the family is confused how such extreme restrictions on the use of private property can be imposed.”

Monday’s meeting was markedly different from Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting, which saw more than 200 people attend, the crowd overflowing into the hall. There were more than 2½ hours of public comments.

From the start of his comments, Greenway tried to separate the text amendment to the CPO from the proposed Pine Island project.

“While everyone thinks this is related to the Pine Island issue, this is not being driven by the Pine Island request,” Greenway told the committee, though at least two representatives of the potential developer were present.

Greenway said the amendment was proposed solely because of concerns that the current CPO language leaves the County open to lawsuits, and he contended the developer agreed to pause while the County amended the text in an effort to strengthen the CPO.

But the text amendment, if anything, seems to weaken the CPO. Currently, the CPO forbids Restricted Access (Gated) Communities, Resorts and Golf Courses consisting of 9 holes or more. The text amendment actually allows for exceptions to these restrictions if 1) the land contains 50 or more acres of “highland,” which is not defined, 2) there is a negotiated Development Agreement with the Beaufort County Council, which takes the community out of the equation, or 3) there are limitations for use that protect the CPO.

Critics at the meeting accused Greenway and the County of negotiating a deal with the developers behind closed doors over the past year, and now softening the CPO to guarantee they can close the deal.

“I’m not an attorney or anything,” said Lily Harris of St. Helena Island, “but that yellow portion that was highlighted (the amendment), seemed to me that it was in favor of the developers. That’s all I wanted to say.”

Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation was the inaugural CPO District Chairperson for more than 5 years and is once again on the CPO District Committee.

“We were told then that if Beaufort County initiated the CPO district, that Beaufort County would be sued,” she said. “We said, ‘Bring it on.’ Now here I am again standing in essentially in the same spot, all of this time later, hearing essentially the same things.”

She also disputed claims that the CPO District Committee reviewed the documents at an early December meeting.

Amy Armstong, the Director of the S.C. Environmental Law Project who has been a litigator for 20 years, spoke on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League. She said the language of the CPO was already very clear.

“(There are) pretty simple and straightforward restrictions,” she said. “There are three uses that are very clearly prohibited. And what I heard this evening from planing staff is what we call in my field, legal gymnastics.”

Mayor Stephen Murray said development agreements tie the hands of the community and are not the proper mechanism to protect St. Helena. He suggested public conservation funds might be used to protect the properties.

In all, roughly three dozen people spoke with only one supporting the amendment or development.

In addition to those named other speakers in opposition to the amendment included Executive Director of the S.C. Coastal Conservation League Faith Rivers James, Victoria Smalls of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission, Cynthia Jenkins of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, Bernie Wright of Penn Center and Chief Sekhu Hadjo Gentile, leader of the Yamassee Indian tribe.

In addition, there were two petitions signed by a total of more than 8,000 Beaufort County citizens opposed to the development of Pine Island and St. Helenaville.

Gov. Henry McMaster also wrote a letter opposing the development of Pine Island and St. Helenaville.

“It is my fear that changes to the CPO, which has protected St. Helena from this type of development since 1999, will signal ‘open season’ to other developers and create a domino effect on St. Helena Island and beyond,” McMaster wrote. “It is my opinion that careful consideration of the benefits of development weighed against the certain damage to this pristine, historic, and culturally significant land will yield a decision to leave the CPO untouched.”

One speaker seemed to sum up St. Helena Island residents’ fears as a whole.

“Everybody knows, everybody in this room knows, if Pine Island is developed, it’s the beginning of the end (for St. Helena).”

Mike McCombs is the Editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews@gmail.com.

Prep roundup (Jan. 2-7) Lakewood Ranch boys stop Jesuit in soccer, 1-0

Diego Freyre scores the lone goal, Noah Rueping posts the shutout as the Mustangs defeat the No. 1 team in Florida and No. 2 team in the countrySATURDAYBradenton Christian 44, Cape Coral 31AT: Bradenton ChristianTOP PLAYERS: BC Lana Price 13 points, Kirsten Benigni 12 pointsRECORDS: Bradenton Christian 10-6, Cape Coral 7-7NEXT: Manatee at Bradenton Christian, 6 p.m., TuesdayFRIDAY...

Diego Freyre scores the lone goal, Noah Rueping posts the shutout as the Mustangs defeat the No. 1 team in Florida and No. 2 team in the country

SATURDAY

Bradenton Christian 44, Cape Coral 31

AT: Bradenton Christian

TOP PLAYERS: BC Lana Price 13 points, Kirsten Benigni 12 points

RECORDS: Bradenton Christian 10-6, Cape Coral 7-7

NEXT: Manatee at Bradenton Christian, 6 p.m., Tuesday

FRIDAY

BOYS SOCCER

Lakewood Ranch 1, Jesuit 0

TOP PLAYERS: LR, Diego Freyre goal, Noah Rueping shutout.

OF NOTE: Jesuit was first in Florida and second in the country.

NEXT: Lakewood Ranch vs. Gulf Breeze on Saturday at Jesuit in Tampa.

GIRLS SOCCER

Cardinal Mooney 8, Frostproof 0

AT: Cardinal Mooney High School

TOP PLAYERS: Lilly Henderson 2 goals, Gina Toltera 2 goals

RECORD: Cardinal Mooney 6-3-1

NEXT: Lakewood Ranch at Cardinal Mooney, 6 p.m. Tuesday

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cardinal Mooney 71, Lemon Bay 49

AT: Lemon Bay

TOP PLAYERS: CM, Kevin O'Donoghue 21 points, Connor Heald 17 points, Dylan Higgins 12 points

RECORDS: Cardinal Mooney 10-4

NEXT: Cardinal Mooney at Gateway Charter, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Bradenton Christian 48, St Stephen’s 40

TOP PLAYERS: BC, Jaden Baker 15 points, Landon Dempsey 11 points, 10 Rebounds

RECORD: Bradenton Christian 9-6

NEXT: Bayshore at Bradenton Christian, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Out-of-Door Academy 30, Sarasota Christian 26

TOP PLAYERS: SC, Jayven Scewczyk 12 points, Ben Milliken 10 points

RECORDS: Out-of-Door 7-6, Sarasota Christian 6-8

UP NEXT: Gulf Coast Heat at Sarasota Christian, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lemon Bay 59, Imagine School at North Port 28

OF NOTE: Twelve Lemon Bay players scored. ... The Manta Rays led 40-9 at halftime.

RECORD: Lemon Bay 9-7.

NEXT: DeSoto County at Lemon Bay, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

THURSDAY

GIRLS SOCCER

Saint Stephen’s 1, St. Petersburg Catholic 0

AT: Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

TOP PLAYERS: SS, Alexa Pymm goal, Julia Villaveces assist, goalie Riley Schlick-Trask 3 saves

RECORDS: Saint Stephen's Episcopal School 6-2, St. Pete Catholic High School 7-2

NEXT: Out-Of-Door Academy at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, 5 p.m. Monday

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bradenton Christian 60, Palmetto 26

AT: Bradenton Christian

TOP PLAYERS: BC, Lana Price 14 points, Katherine Mercer 11 points, Jillian Zoerman 11 points, Taylor Blunden 10 points

RECORDS: Bradenton Christian 9-5, Palmetto 4-6

NEXT: Keswick at Bradenton Christian on Friday

Venice 70, Sarasota 58

TOP PLAYERS: S, Paisley Binswanger 20 points, Kennedy McClain 17 points, V, T. O'Leary 19 points, Z. O'Leary 16 points, A. Ivery 15 points, I. Leggett 10 points

RECORD: Sarasota 10-8

NEXT: Riverview at Sarasota on Monday

WEDNESDAY

BOYS BASKETBALL

Sarasota 66, Saint Stephen's 59

AT: Eddie Howell Gymnasium, Sarasota

TOP PLAYERS: S, Harris Hawke 13 points, 5 rebounds, Kahlil Williams 12 points, Nate Johnson 11 points, 6 steals; SS, Braden Mohr 20 points, Rowan Bilik 17 points

RECORD: Sarasota 12-3, Saint Stephen's 9-3

NEXT: Sarasota at Island Coast, Friday, Saint Stephen's at Bradenton Christian, 7 p.m., Friday

TUESDAY

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cardinal Mooney 79 Imagine School at North Port 28

AT: Cardinal Mooney

TOP PLAYERS: CM, Kevin O'Donoghue 17 points, Connor Heald 9 points, Randy Wilson 8 points, Teddy Foster 8 points

RECORDS: Cardinal Mooney 9-4

NEXT: Cardinal Mooney at Lemon Bay, 7 p.m. Friday

Sarasota Christian 58, Families Instructing Students Home School 34

TOP PLAYERS: SC, Ben Milliken 22 points, Simon Dik 12 points, Maison Montgomery 9 points, Jayven Szewczyk 6 points, Randall Collins 6 points

RECORDS: Sarasota Christian 6-7, Families Instructing Students Home School 2-10

UP NEXT: Sarasota Christian at Out-of-Door Academy, 7 p.m., Friday

Lemon Bay 57, Evangelical Christian 49

TOP PLAYERS: LB, Joey Scott 15 points, Lucas Newcomb 13 points, Jace Huber 10 points

RECORD: Lemon Bay 10-3

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Neumann 57, Lemon Bay 52

TOP PLAYERS: LB, Taylor Orris 25 points, 12 rebounds, Maya Collins 14 points, 13 rebounds.

RECORD: Lemon Bay 8-7.

NEXT: Lemon Bay at Imagine School at North Port, Friday.

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