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Town of Bluffton News Flash

Posted on: July 29, 2020

Mayor's Message - July 29, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dear Bluffton,

Governor Henry McMaster held a 4 p.m. media conference today announcing all remaining businesses which are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may reopen Monday. The caveat: masks must be worn. These businesses include movie theaters, concerts and sporting events.

Additionally, Governor McMaster is now making mandatory the former recommendations that restaurants require wearing of a face mask inside, limiting restaurant tables to eight people and the restaurant cannot exceed a 50% capacity. Starting Monday, masks must also be worn inside all state buildings.

Governor McMaster said these requirements are temporary and targeted and offers the best option to control the infection rate while keeping businesses throughout the state open.

The Town of Bluffton Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K/Saturday, August 1

One of the many goals of Town Council is to provide and promote public health and safety.  This mission and this weekend’s event is very close to my heart because it has affected many families in our community.

It is also a personal cause because I have lost relatives due to distracted driving.

That’s why I have partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s campaign to raise awareness about distracted driving and its tragic consequences.

This Saturday, August 1, is an opportunity to be a part of the solution.  

Join the Town of Bluffton, along with the Bluffton Police Department, the Lutzie 43 Foundation, Mike Hostilo Law Firm and CrossFit 843 for the 2nd annual Lutzie 43 5K. Due to COVID-19, this year’s race will be virtual. Just walk, jog or run from your neighborhood, trail, or backyard.

There is no registration fee, but we ask that you donate as much or as little as you can. All money raised will go towards providing students scholarships to a higher educational college, university, or vocational program. You can donate very easily online, by clicking

The Lutzie 43 Foundation was created after the death of former Auburn University football player Phillip Lutzenkirchen. He died in a distracted driving motor vehicle accident in 2014. His jersey number was 43. Mike Lutzenkirchen, founder, and CEO of the foundation visited Bluffton in April 2019 to share his story with students at Bluffton High School, May River High School, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), and at a joint press conference.

Inspired by the legacy of Philip, the Lutzie 43 Foundation started the 43 Key Seconds initiative with a goal of creating the first nationally recognized symbol for distracted and impaired driving. The 43 Key Seconds key, which you can hang from your rear-view mirror, reminds you to take 43 seconds to ensure you have a clear head, clear hands, clear eyes and click it before turning the key. If you take just a few seconds to be mindful, remove anything from your hands besides the steering wheel, ensure you are focused on the road and buckle your seatbelt, lives can be saved.

All the proceeds from this virtual 5K will fund the Town’s Bluffton Lutzie 43 Scholarship program. This year, three local students each received a $1,000 scholarship to apply towards higher education.

Make sure to take photos of yourself on August 1 and use the hashtags: #Lutzie43 #BlufftonSC. You can also tag the Town of Bluffton Government in your post or email your photos with a short caption to Lindsay Housaman, digital communications manager, at (

We can’t wait to see your photos! Thank you for helping save lives in our community.

Local COVID-19 Testing: 

Ridgeland, SC/COVID Testing:  A testing event will be held Friday, July 31 at Second Euhaw Baptist Church, located at 3676 Bees Creek Road in Ridgeland, from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.  All testing is first-come, first-serve and does not require an appointment or doctor’s referral.

Hilton Head High School/COVID Testing:  A testing event will be held at Hilton Head High School (70 Wilborn Road) Wednesday, August 5, from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.  All testing is first-come, first-serve and does not require an appointment or doctor’s referral.

Mobile Testing Clinics Around SC: To stay informed of where additional mobile testing clinics are located, please refer to link:  This page is updated as new testing clinics are confirmed. Residents can also receive a test at one of the 167 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit for more information on permanent testing locations.

Other Local Tips & Resources: 

Make it Count Bluffton! /Census 2020:  The U.S. Census numbers is the one-stop shop for data about every community in the nation.  These figures help the Town of Bluffton apply for grants and funding sources to provide for our residents. How does the Census benefit you and the Town of Bluffton?  Based on our population growth and figures, the Town has received grants and other funding sources which has helped pay many public projects such as the new Calhoun Street Regional Dock, parks, hurricane reimbursement and so forth. Please, if you haven’t filled out the U.S. Census 2020, please take 5 minutes and do so.  We are counting on you to Make It Count for Bluffton! The link is:

Mayor’s Message Schedule:  Going forward, the Mayor’s Message will be distributed every Wednesday. Thank you for your interest in keeping abreast of how this pandemic and other issues are affecting our community.


Mayor Lisa Sulka

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