12 Jul City votes to have upcoming Shrimp Festival managed by downtown staff
With two staff positions providing daily support to downtown operations, the City of Beaufort is taking on the event production for October’s annual Shrimp Festival, a Heritage festival in the City of Beaufort.
“This is a prime opportunity for the City of Beaufort to shore up one of the main weekend attractions during the Fall in our community,” said Director of Downtown Operations, Linda Roper. “Myself and my event coordinator, Rhonda Carey, are geared up and ready to go. Moreover, we are thrilled to be working with all the stakeholders downtown to invigorate this corridor and maintain overall community vitality.”
In its press release, the City of Beaufort stated that it has taken on the role of ensuring the spirit of this Heritage program and the City will be monitoring the effectiveness of local events with its Strategic Plan and the Four Points Plan of the South Carolina Main Street program.
Unfortunately, membership in the South Carolina Main Street Program has lapsed and there’s been some issues in regards to the trade names that have were managed by the now-closed Main Street Beaufort and funded by the City for many years. “I have tasked my staff with restructuring and re‐focusing how we will conduct business” said City Manager Bill Prokop.
“I have also directed my staff to bring a working group together to plan for the future of event activities and to find ways to share in the success,” Prokop added.
The Shrimp Festival is the first of many events regularly scheduled to occur downtown. The City will also be playing a larger leadership role in many marquee events such as the Taste of Beaufort festival each May, and the popular Downtown Trick or Treat in October.
This is the true value of having staff focused on our commercial corridors throughout the city, the ability to forge vested partnerships that will clearly pay long term dividends to the success of our community, the release added.
“We made this decision for the benefit of our community and we feel it is the right decision. We look forward to seeing you at the Shrimp Fest on the 5th and 6th of October” said Mayor Billy Keyserling.