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Waterfront Park Will Face Changes From Budget Cuts in Beaufort

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One of the lowcountry's main attractions could be facing some changes thanks to recent budget cuts. Thousands visit Beaufort's Waterfront Park every year..... Some are locals, some come for festivals, and some are on vacation, like Mike Hart.

"Yes we come down here twice a year, we stay in Hilton Head, come up to Beaufort take the tour, go across the bridge, its a beautiful place."

And he always stops at Waterfront Park.

"Every time we come we park down here, walk through the park, get something to eat,and enjoy the park."

But the park he knows is facing changes thanks to recent budget cuts by the city.

And Mayor Billy Keyserling says it was a tough decision for council.

"It came down to raising taxes or making cuts, and the five members of council didn't think at this time that raising taxes made sense."

As a result, the landscaping and maintenance budget was chopped and some things had to go, but he says folks wont notice any huge changes.

"The bottom line is what they'll see are a few fewer annuals, the bathroom closed at five o'clock, and no Christmas decorations"

Mowing and watering the grass will happen less often, as well as the pruning of trees and shrubs, and even though these are slight changes they are a big deal to those that frequent the park.

"Its a tragedy, its a beautiful place. It's an attraction to bring people in and I'm sure you have festivals here and things like that that bring revenue to the town, and it would be tragic not to keep it up," said Hart.

Mayor Keyserling says he hopes the municipalities around the county can join forces to protect and maintain the county parks, by raising money together.

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