The Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting Dec. 12 in the Train Depot.
Before business began, Beaufort club members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina sang Christmas carols. 
Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Pat Kenney spoke about his transition to Deputy Superintendent at Yellowstone National Park and the importance of the CLNS and Beaufort partnership. 
Bucky Oliver reported that Front Street Village is moving forward with its inn and bistro project. The 30,488-square-foot bistro building will have 8,400 square feet of meeting space and the ballroom can seat more than 300. There will be 133 guest rooms at the inn that Concord Hospitality has agreed to operate. Construction will begin the first quarter of 2017 an with an expected opening in spring of 2018. 
Other business at the meeting included the final plat for Beau Coast Phase I Subdivision was approved and itwas decided to hold a public hearing at the January board meeting regarding the historic landmark designation from the old Beaufort Elementary School.
The three public hearing items were all approved and included the following:
• A Special Use Permit request by Loving’s Family, LLC for a “Retail Business” in TR Zoning District – 102-G Professional Park Drive was approved. 
• A request by Coastal Vistas Partnership to rezone 153 Aqua 10 Road consisting of 10.87 acres in the Town’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction from B-W (Business Waterfront) to R-8 (Single Family Residential) was approved on the condition the property is annexed.
• A Special Use Permit request by Coastal Vistas Partnership for a 32-Slip Residential Marina with a 1,200 accessory structure for 153 Aqua 10 Road was approved. 
In the manager’s report by Manager Charles Burgess, he reminded the Board about the annual retreat at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 at Front Street Village.
He also updated the Board on the ribbon cutting for the new fire station.