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Posted on: July 13, 2023

City Council makes appointments to several boards


BEAUFORT, S.C. (July 13, 2023)  –  City Council made a number of appointments and reappointments to several City boards at its meeting on July 12. Candidates were interviewed by City Council members during Work Sessions over the past couple of months.

Design Review Board

Erik Peterson and William Suter were reappointed to three-year terms that will expire on June 30, 2026. Peterson is an architect and currently works as an architectural associate with the Moser Design Group of Beaufort. He has a Master’s of Architecture from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Suter has extensive experience as a project manager for design/build firms. He has an MBA from West Coast University, Los Angeles.

The five-member Design Review Board  reviews applications for commercial and residential projects that are outside of the Historic District.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Kevin Blank and Marc Sviland were reappointed to three-year terms that will expire on June 30, 2026. Blank is a business strategy and development officer at Wells Fargo Bank. He has an Master’s in Sustainable Development from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Sviland, who is retired, built his home in the Northwest Quadrant and works with the Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity building homes.

The ZBOA is a five-member board that hears and decides appeals related to the Beaufort Code as well as variance requests.

Tourist Development Advisory Committee

Matt McAlhaney was reappointed to a three-year term expiring June 30, 2026. Vimal Desai and Randy Novick were appointed to three-year terms expiring June 30, 2026.

McAlhaney is the owner/operator of City Loft Hotel. Desai owns two hotels in Beaufort. Novick is a retired marketing and media executive with a specialty in tourism.

The seven-member Tourism Development Advisory Committee recommends to City Council how to allocate funds from State Accommodations Funds to enhance tourism in Beaufort.

Council said it plans to make appointments to the Historic District Review Board later this summer after its break.


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