The entry toll charged by Hilton Head Plantation to property owners delinquent in paying their dues seems reasonable to me.
The yearly fee is used to provide landscaping, maintenance of roads and security to all property owners. Those who refuse to pay the $1,060 annual assessment are causing neighbors to pay for them, as the bills keep piling up regardless of whether those few delinquent property owners pay the bills that they agreed to pay when they bought (or in this case, inherited) property.
Would these people also tap into their neighbors' electricity, water or cable service?
Instead of requiring all owners to subsidize this choice, why not go to those good friends who are willing to call in a gate pass and simply ask them for the money to pay the dues? I'm sure they would be more than willing to cough it up.
As it is, this practice is nothing more than stealing from neighbors. Payment plans appear to be available from the property owners' association, but as one resident was quoted as admitting, he has the money to pay. So why not just do the right thing? His neighbors have no obligation to pay for him.
St. Helena Island