Your March 24 editorial ("Don't repeat mistakes with Commerce Park") is correct that a lot has been poured on the Beaufort Commerce Park. And now is the time to sow the seeds.
Although the property has been called an industrial park for years, it was little more than raw land. Utilities, roads and a stormwater system are major investments that have been completed thanks to the Lowcountry Economic Network.
Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling and the rest of Beaufort City Council should be applauded for their proactive approach to economic development.
The new Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafè on Carteret Street is a shining example of how government can work with the private sector to stimulate investment for long-term tax revenue benefits.
We spend millions in tax dollars to preserve land, so why not use tax dollars to leverage dirt in order to create jobs and revenue?
The business community foots the bill for important functions of our entire community, such as the school district's operating budget. Ask your favorite nonprofit how much of its revenue comes from local companies in the form of donations or event sponsorships.
Yes, mistakes have been made in the past. But this isn't the same land, same economy or same city that it was only a few years ago. Streamlined permitting and the ability to seek grant money are but a couple of new advantages that have previously been barriers to commerce park owners and prospects.
City Council should be supported for engaging in economic development, not scolded.