While it is true that I do not know all the facts surrounding the potential purchase of the Beaufort Commerce Park, I do think that if it is worth $2.5 million, it is the only piece of property in Beaufort County that is still worth what it was several years ago.
I also think that if a quasi public-private agency could not make this work, then a government entity alone has absolutely no chance. The people of Beaufort County have already lost money on this venture and are now set to lose an additional $2.5 million.
In order to bring well-paying jobs to Beaufort County, we must have a well-educated work force. Instead, we have expensive land.
We seem to be putting the cart before the horse in this case.
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Kim Statler, Lowcountry Economic Network executive director, said they couldn't offer "free or discounted land" because it wasn't publicly owned. Well, duh. We have a perfectly good system to address this problem. It's called foreclosure. After that, let's see what the property is worth.
Perhaps a private individual will buy it and find a use for it. At this point, I believe we would simply be throwing good money after bad. I suggest that County Council stay out of what should be a private-enterprise endeavor.
Susan DicksonSt. Helena Island