The Town of Hilton Head Island should drop the idea of establishing a water park for several reasons.
We had a water park right in the middle of the tourist area in South Forest Beach. It's gone. It's not unreasonable to believe it's gone because it was unprofitable. Taxpayers money should not be used to finance a venture into entrepreneurship.
Town staff's functions do not include running a business. They have no expertise in that area and are likely to fail.
A government entity cannot effectively run a business profitably -- the incentives are absent -- and the taxpayers end up subsidizing a losing proposition. The communist system doesn't work.
Government's job should be to facilitate and encourage private industry, not replace it.
If there are people on Town Council that want to start a business, let them do so with their own money and money they raise privately, not through taxpayer financing.
Our governor would like to create more jobs for South Carolinians. That doesn't mean she should use tax funds to build a factory to produce goods and provide jobs. She should facilitate private industry to accomplish that. To see how well government-run businesses work, one needs to look no farther than Cuba and Venezuela.
Also, the town's debacle with its trash franchise should be a lesson that government should not try to mandate change when it goes against market forces. Government should not manipulate the free enterprise system.
Hilton Head Island