A group of concerned people has formed the Committee Against The Casino in Hardeeville (CATCH) because we strongly object to the idea of this type of activity in our "backyard" and see no social or economic benefits accruing to Hilton Head Island from such an establishment.
Every day, we are being pushed toward changes that diminish the peaceful retirement that was anticipated when we moved here to this island paradise. It seems some people just want to bring with them the baggage from the cities where they lived before and poison our quality of life. They should live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania if they want to be near a casino, listen to airplanes landing and taking off on extended runways, drive on expressways with "flyovers" and have cellphone towers everywhere.
All of these "improvements" remind me of the 1970s, when BASF and Chicago Bridge & Iron were trying to build plants along the Colleton River, which would have ruined this area forever. Residents of Hilton Head stopped those proposed industrial developments, and today, we need to stop the movement toward making Hilton Head a city like the ones we left behind. All change is not progress.
How about moving the Hilton Head airport to Hardeeville and building the casino in Columbia or Myrtle Beach?
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John W. Garnett Sr.
Hilton Head Island