I read with dismay your Oct. 7 story on maintenance cutbacks at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
This park is the crown jewel of Beaufort. It is one of the major reasons we selected Beaufort for our retirement home. It is ground zero for most of the city's festivals and one of the places visited by nearly every tourist passing through our fair city.
It is imperative to the economy of Beaufort that the waterfront park be maintained in pristine condition. Maintenance is always less expensive than restoration. The city needs to find something less critical in the budget to trim instead, or God forbid, raise taxes a mill or two to provide the necessary funds.
This critical infrastructure must be maintained for the good of the entire community. If it is allowed to fall into disrepair, tourism -- and our economy -- will fall as well.