Incredible Shrinking Beaufort County? County getting smaller

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) – Beaufort County is shrinking.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports not only are beaches along the Atlantic eroding but a new survey shows 16 acres in the county really belong to neighboring Jasper County.

South Carolina’s Geodetic Survey team has spent a year sorting through historical documents and researching buried landmarks to clarify where the county line is.

Most of the 16 acres belonging to Jasper County are along state Highway 170 and are in a highway department right of way.

Officials say there are no significant impacts from the border change. Such impacts could occur if people living in one county suddenly find themselves living in another.

Beaufort County Council has agreed to let Jasper County annex the land after the survey data is certified.

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