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Hilton Head Rowing, Sailing center to get final town review

Plans for the proposed rowing and sailing center on Hilton Head Island's Squire Pope Park.
Plans for the proposed rowing and sailing center on Hilton Head Island's Squire Pope Park. Submitted drawing

The Hilton Head Rowing and Sailing Center might soon be ready for launch pending final design approval by a town board today.

The Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board is expected to give final inspection of the center's plans during its regular meeting at 1:15 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court.

The design has received criticism from members of local seafaring clubs who say it doesn't offer convenient water access for kayaks and small sailboats.

No changes to boat access were made to the plan since the design board's approval of a conceptual plan last month, said project architect Tom Parker, who sits on the review board but has abstained from voting on the plans.

The center, which will be owned by the town and managed by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center, would feature access to Skull Creek via a pier with a floating dock, a 1,400 square foot picnic pavilion, fenced boat storage and restrooms.

Construction, which could begin in early fall, is estimated to cost $760,000 and would be funded by the town's tax increment financing revenue, said town public projects director Scott Liggett last month. The town would also contribute $67,000 a year for operation and maintenance costs.

Check back with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette for updates after today's meeting and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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