We began coming to Hilton Head for short visits in the mid-1970s and have been spending four months each winter here since the late 1990s as we now own property on the island and in greater Bluffton. Thus, we have seen remarkable changes in the town -- some for the good, some sadly not.
Most distressing this winter has been the heart-breaking sacrifice of the long rows of huge hollies in the U.S. 278 median northward from the Fresh Market, apparently to accommodate the laying of new storm sewers. Also shocking is the disfigurement of the Shelter Cove area by the monstrous "MegaKroger" edifice. It is jarringly out of character with its immediate surroundings and with the once carefully-guarded ambiance of Hilton Head.
Now, adding insult to injury, we're told the development anchored by the new Kroger building is to be named the Shelter Cove Towne Centre, a trite affection that is Disney-esque, unimaginative and is both snobby and silly at the same time.
The building is there -- a fait accompli. Is it too late to hope that two strokes of an eraser or two taps of the delete key might wipe the name away and be replaced with an honest, straightforward name that is (alas) conspicuously at the center of town?
Randall and Mary Lou Waldron
Hilton Head Island