Most of us moved to Hilton Head Island for the beautiful beaches, the beautiful trees and the abundant wildlife; in short for the environment, with an understanding that the town had ordinances to keep and protect that beautiful environment.
Anyone who has seen the destruction the town and county councils have perpetrated at the airport should be shocked. The "tree trimming" deemed necessary was apparently changed to "clear cutting" to save money on maintenance down the road, and the result looks like a bomb exploded there.
We have seen Beaufort County's callous attitude allowing a small group of wealthy, private plane owners to push through a longer landing area that the commercial airlines don't need and most residents don't care about. But why are our Town Council members stepping aside and letting this happen? Why are they not showing concern for our environment and the well-being of their constituents on the north end of the island? It appears they are just falling in step with the county, on autopilot toward a 5,400-foot runway, reneging on promises to build noise-abating berms, planning to clear-cut on private property and even considering condemning private property for a multi-million-dollar relocation of Beach City Road.
Where does it all end? When the county and town have raised our taxes, cut back funds for public services, library and schools, and run out of money for anything but a bigger airport?
Peter S. Smith
Hilton Head Island