On Monday, the Beaufort County Council also heard from:
"The board of Island West requests all the help that you can give us with these issues to give us a safe entrance and exit," said Jim Cuff, president of the community's homeowners association.
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New districts for the Beaufort County Council and the Board of Education are now in place after the county received approval of its new map Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Council Chairman Weston Newton said that resolving an objection from the Justice Department could have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and he was pleased that federal officials found no fault with the county's process.
When voters head to the polls in November, they'll notice several changes due to the new districts:
County Council members approved the plan unanimously, and they have argued it was the best map they could draw using the required population data from the 2010 census.
However, a petition opposing the lines gathered about 1,000 signatures before it was sent to the Justice Department last month, its organizer has said.
The school board did not object to the map, but it is exploring whether it can minimize the plan's impact on its own membership.
School board Chairman Fred Washington Jr. said Monday that approval from federal officials "does not rule out other options that we have."
Justice Department approval also does not prevent private parties from suing to stop the redistricting plan.
County Democratic Party Chairman Blaine Lotz could not be reached immediately Monday evening for comment. But Lotz said last week the party might consider such a suit as a fallback position.
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