$1 million set aside for flyover beautification could be used elsewhere on Hilton Head

bheffernan@islandpacket.comFebruary 20, 2013 

Before Hilton Head Island Town Council recalled its support of the Bluffton Parkway flyover Tuesday, it sat aside $1 million for beautification of the project.

That vote -- which passed 6-1, with John McCann dissenting -- is non-binding. Town manager Steve Riley said Wednesday there is no guarantee the money would be spent on landscaping and aesthetic design of the flyover, should it be constructed.

Rather, council could decide to commit the money if the flyover meets the town's aesthetic expectations once it is completed.

Riley said the $1 million of hospitality tax money could be used for other capital projects or facility operation costs.

The vote also included giving $400,000 to Beaufort County for a completed flyover feasibility study and reserving $1.1 million for town road and property maintenance.

After setting aside the $1 million, council opposed the flyover 6-1, with Mayor Drew Laughlin dissenting.

The project's construction will depend on the recommendations given at Beaufort County's public facilities meeting Friday and at the County Council meeting Monday.

Check back with The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette for updates, and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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