Letters to the Editor

Speak up to save park as we know it

Yes, they're once again trying to build a day dock in front of the seawall at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

A little history: In 1993, then-state Rep. Billy Keyserling (now mayor) proposed the first day dock in front of the seawall, using a $60,000 state grant. A group of citizens who felt it was a foolish thing to do met with him at the park to speak out against it. At a later date, the present day dock was built at the west end of the marina.

Fast forward several years and you have a group of boaters asking Beaufort City Council to build a new dock in front of the seawall "closer to the restaurants." The fact that we have an obese society that needs to walk a block or two fell on deaf ears, but the opponents managed to squelch this misguided notion for a second time, thanks to some common-sense members of City Council.

Now it's 2012 and we have the Redevelopment Commission proposing once again that the city build a "minimum 250-foot" day dock in front of the seawall, along with a 3,000- to 7,000-square-foot building to house a water sports center to accommodate dry/racked kayaks and boats, etc., in the area of much-needed parking space.

Citizens of Beaufort, wake up and speak up before our beautiful, historic city and the Waterfront Park are destroyed forever. Make your voices heard. Go to www.beaufortcivicinvestment.org to read/view the proposal. We must save the park.

Edie Rodgers