Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2014

Hilton Head Island should fund the arts

The original development plan for Hilton Head required two revenue streams for the island's economy -- tourism and upscale residential that served the retiree and second-home market. Despite the huge residential capital investment, the large residential real estate market, and the high level of spending of residents, the tourism industry has received far more attention than the needs of residents. That includes the high level of tourism promotion of the island for many years, largely due to the orientation of the Chamber of Commerce that derives much of its funding from the tourist-based accommodations tax.

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