A recent letter to the Island Packet referred to the stranded boats in Jarvis Creek as an embarrassment to our town. We all have standards; however, I can think of a few more significant “embarrassments.”
A few years ago, the town branded Hilton Head Island as “green.” We do not even make it easy for all residents to recycle. Many condos and rentals do not even offer recycling. If people chose, they can haul it to the county dump. Yet, the town and the county require customers to recycle in two very different ways: single stream (all in one container) and sort by material, respectively. They also do not collect the same materials. This creates unnecessary confusion on how and what to recycle. Styrofoam is rampant and recycled only by Publix. Hazardous waste roundups twice a year are not enough.
Another embarrassment is our disregard for island wildlife. For decades, visitors have taken sea life away in buckets to die in the sun on their decks. Why don’t we see sand dollars anymore? Soon it may be crabs and turtle eggs. Our own island mascot gets the shaft daily. Alligators are often put in grave positions by foolish people, and once someone decides they are a problem, they are removed and killed if they are deemed too big.
How can Hilton Head be “green” if we do not actively participate in doing more for our unique environment? You know what is embarrassing? Most people don’t care.
Hilton Head Island