I couldn't agree more with the recent letter from the commander of the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron. Beaufort is sadly underutilizing the remarkable, existing advantage and potential of its city marina.
In my experience, there have always been some with the vision to create, improve and evolve, who inevitably have to run the gauntlet of those who perceive every change as a threat. And yes, not every change is an improvement; recall the vitriol surrounding the Eiffel Tower before it became a world-class icon.
Beaufort is a water town in the best sense. Yet many see this remarkable gift only as a "view." We're on the Intracoastal Waterway, for goodness sakes. My feeling is that the view will only improve with the proposed changes in the marina area, plus it will engender greater vibrancy and access for residents, tourists and merchants alike.
Think of small seaport towns along the East Coast -- such as Annapolis, Marblehead and Camden -- and note how the waterfront sustains their lifestyles and economies. We have that here in Beaufort, in the palm of our hand.
Let's embrace the concepts of those who have put a great deal of time and thought into this and appreciate that there are others who will not only continue to appreciate this fabulous view, but will actually use it.