Hilton Head Island is the place to be for families who visit and for those who live here. Unfortunately, because of that popularity, the eight or so months worth of visitors who come make parts of the island's road system overcrowded. Many who send letters to the newspaper live in gated communities where no visitors are allowed and life goes on smoothly.
For the people in the newly rezoned Folly Field area and in Sea Pines on the crowded south end of the island, road conditions are an important consideration every day. This is why so many are angry over plans to change zoning to allow more development and about choosing the south end for a college campus.
We are not negative people, as portrayed in recent letters. We are worried these plans will cause a mess, which will necessitate new, costly road infrastructure and great future expenditures. The Sea Pines Circle is already 70 percent over its designed capacity.
We are asking "why?"
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Anyone who doesn't have a stake in this should not write to the paper telling us how good it all will be. We will bear the brunt.
While some might want a lovely water park on the north end, the complaints there would likely be "not here -- too much traffic, too much noise."
We feel passionately about overcrowding and gridlock, too. Stop belittling our arguments.
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