The July 11 meeting at the Sea Pines Community Center opened my eyes.
It's time for new leadership in the Association of Sea Pines Plantation Property Owners. Without consensus of the property owners, the ASPPPO, along with Community Services Associates, asked state Rep. Andy Patrick to introduce legislation to establish a special tax district.
The intention is to tax all Sea Pines property owners to pay for dredging. This legislation has already been approved by the House of Representatives and now sits in the Senate.
But not to worry, they tell us. This legislation will not be enacted without a vote from the Sea Pines property owners. But a vote is not a legal requirement. The special tax district could become law without our approval.
Our "big brothers" tell us that all Sea Pines owners will benefit from the dredging because of increased property values. Or conversely, without the dredging, the waterways will close and Sea Pines will lose Harbour Town and South Beach Marina, both commercial operations. One would be hard-pressed to believe that the business owners will allow that to happen.
Let those who benefit most from these waterways pay for the dredging. South Carolina taxes are already too high, and Sea Pines owners don't need to be saddled with additional expense. We need to find ASPPPO leaders who will be committed to representing us as was intended.
Hilton Head Island