Arts center worthy of long-term public help

info@islandpacket.comNovember 18, 2012 

A city without culture is just a crossroads. Your recent editorial critical of public support for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a vote against improvement and enhancement of the Lowcountry.

The arts center clearly improves the quality of life in our community. It brings art and entertainment to our community, where culture is scarce. The opposition to public support of theater and art is shocking, particularly in juxtaposition to support of a $25 million bond issue to buy land. There is far more vacant land than we need. There is no need to deter development by the expenditure of public money for more vacant land. Just drive from Hilton Head Island to Charleston and you will see mile after mile of swamp. Why should public money be spent to take land from the tax rolls when the land is vacant and likely to remain so?

A constructive use of a portion of the approved bond issue would be for Beaufort County to purchase the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina or enter into a long-term lease under terms that would insure the long-term viability of the arts center. That would be a worthwhile use of public money -- providing a benefit to the community, providing employment to local residents, delivering quality of life and attracting tourists and permanent residents.

Robert G. Sable

Hilton Head Island

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