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  • These texts show the real reason Hilton Head mayor didn't make it back for Hurricane Matthew

    Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett was criticized for being in Orlando when Hurricane Matthew struck Hilton Head Island in October 2016. But recently released text messaged between Mayor Bennett and Town Manager Steve Riley show the real reason the mayor didn't make it back to Beaufort County before the hurricane arrived.

Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett was criticized for being in Orlando when Hurricane Matthew struck Hilton Head Island in October 2016. But recently released text messaged between Mayor Bennett and Town Manager Steve Riley show the real reason the mayor didn't make it back to Beaufort County before the hurricane arrived. Ashley Jean Reese areese@islandpacket.com
Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett was criticized for being in Orlando when Hurricane Matthew struck Hilton Head Island in October 2016. But recently released text messaged between Mayor Bennett and Town Manager Steve Riley show the real reason the mayor didn't make it back to Beaufort County before the hurricane arrived. Ashley Jean Reese areese@islandpacket.com

Bennett and Riley’s hurricane texts a reminder of Hilton Head’s leadership problem

August 31, 2017 3:45 PM

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