The writer of a recent letter concerning the rowing and sailing center has many of his facts wrong.
First, the 61 members of the Palmetto Rowing Club, while supporting the center, are quite happy to continue rowing from their base under the Old Oyster Factory on Broad Creek. The 54 (four years ago only 18) mentioned in his letter refers to the number of high school-aged athletes from four secondary schools, plus home schoolers, rowing and using the crowded facility. This number is expected to grow.
The sailing center also will support a youth sailing program and provide needed equipment.
The equipment used by the student crew (to date, more than $50,800) will be transferred to the center as part of the equipment to be provided by the sponsors. The site will be a town park with amenities for the public. Fishing and crabbing can be done from the docks when not in use for rowing or sailing. The center also will support kayaking.
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Hilton Head Island has facilities for golf, tennis, skateboarding, roller hockey, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming to name just a few. The town has had no public recreational access to the water.
The center would be located on tidal water that will permit rowing at all tides, versus the current site, where we can't row on at least four days out of each 14-day tidal cycle. This will be the jewel of our island's parks and used by many of our residents and guests.
Luther M. Strayer III
Hilton Head Island