Lisa Sulka

We at the Town of Bluffton are continually planning new projects to enhance our town, strengthen our community and provide a high quality of life for all residents.

The renovated Town Hall has been unveiled, and I hope you are as proud of it as I am. The new Town Hall has several new functions for the public such as a centralized Customer Service Center and a new Town Council Chambers, which will also be used for Municipal Court.

We held our first Town Council meeting there Feb. 12. To honor a dedicated servant of our Town, we revealed that evening that the chamber has been named for Emmett McCracken.

The new Town Hall is 29,233 square feet and will accommodate our staff and public meetings for years to come. A Lowcountry architecture theme was interwoven into the renovations, featuring wood floors, sliding “barn” doors for large rooms and a modern, open-space concept.

Palmetto Bluff’s architecture inspired the renovated space, which provides for modern amenities while blending into the Lowcountry’s natural aesthetics.

We hope you will stop by for a visit soon.

I want to remind you of several calendar items, so you can plan to be a part of more Town discussions, events and activities.

• April: To mark Arbor Day, the Town hosts a public event with the planting of new trees.

• April 27: May River Cleanup at Oyster Factory Park.

• May 11: Bluffton Village Festival, sponsored by the Bluffton Rotary Club, is always the Saturday before Mother’s Day and is held in the Historic District.

• May: Historic Preservation Symposium; date and location to be announced.

• Sept. 11: The Town hosts an annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony.

• Sept. 21: Beach-River Sweep; Bluffton participates in a statewide cleanup of its waterways.

• Oct. 12-20: The Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, a multi-week event celebrating Bluffton’s culture of history, art and seafood. Held in the Historic District.

• November: Bluffton’s American Legion Post 205 hosts a Veterans Day Parade throughout the Historic District.

• Dec. 7: Bluffton’s annual Christmas Parade is the first Saturday of December and there is no entry free. Sign up via the Town’s website. The Town’s Tree Lighting is held the Friday prior to the parade. The parade is held rain or shine.

To stay informed of the Town’s events, activities and meetings, sign up to receive the Town’s media releases and meeting notices. Visit TownofBluffton.SC.gov and click “Subscribe to our mailing list.”

We also welcome you at Town Council meetings, which are held every second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton.