Beaufort stacks deck in developer vs. people

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 24, 2014 

I don't live in Beaufort, technically, so I don't really have a dog in this fight, but some outside dogs should join the fray.

The memorandum of understanding between the Furman Company and the City of Beaufort and its Redevelopment Commission has stacked the cards against those with a long-term perspective for the city versus the powers of development.

The area in question doesn't exactly provide the most scenic view, but it's frightening what might happen if developers are given this area. A more appropriate memorandum of understanding might have been aimed at improving the view, expanding the park and addressing parking in the area.

Downtown Beaufort doesn't need any more business area at this time. We have plenty of art galleries, knick-knack shops and restaurants along the waterfront. That is about all the area will attract, thus there is no need at this time to try to attract more.

My view is that Beaufort needs to clean house in support of those who truly appreciate what we have. A very mild and long-needed response would be to tar, feather and run out of town on a rail, complete with pitchforks and torches, all associated with the memorandum of understanding as a gentle reminder that Beaufort is fine the way it is.

Perhaps the parking area could use some improvement, but not at the hands of those selected. The developers need to go to Hilton Head Island or Bluffton, where their skills might be appreciated.

Michel Whitaker

Beaufort

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