Lawyer suggests proposed 72-room downtown hotel may not have obtained mandatory zoning variance from City

Above: Scale rendering of proposed 72-room hotel in Beaufort’s historic downtown core-commercial district in comparison to three immediately adjacent commercial buildings owned by Graham B. Trask. Source: Beaufort Design/Build LLC.

The following is a letter delivered today, March 23, by Charleston historic-preservation attorney W. Andrew Gowder, Jr, to William B. Harvey III, Beaufort’s City Attorney. Mr. Gowder is the attorney for downtown Beaufort commercial property owner Graham B. Trask.

Editor’s Note: Graham B. Trask is the son of the editor/publisher of The Beaufort Tribune, George Trask. The editor/publisher has no ownership interest with Graham B. Trask in the commercial properties pictured above that Graham B. Trask owns in the same block and immediately adjacent to the proposed 72-room hotel. Graham B. Trask has retained Mr. Gowder to represent him in protecting his interest in those properties.