Letters to the Editor

Too soon to criticize Shelter Cove project

I would appreciate -- and hopefully other readers would too -- if the newspaper refrained from publishing letters from the complain, gripe and whine crowd who apparently have too much time on their hands and use it to criticize the efforts of the developer who is spending upwards of $50 million to redevelop The Mall at Shelter Cove and replace it with the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

A letter in Monday's edition from two part-time residents was particularly negative and basically ungrateful. In my opinion, it missed the point of what is being done to create a new and vibrant place on Hilton Head Island for residents and visitors alike to shop, dine, relax and enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful scenery.

If you must criticize, please have the decency to wait until the work is complete and the finished product is available for you to experience. Then, make up your mind and, if you must, then feel free to speak your mind to your heart's content.

Those who are quick to criticize a work in progress should remember that this new development was years in the planning and approval process and replaces something that had become an obsolete, half-empty blight on our fine community.

As a resident of this area for 22 years, I am delighted by what I see so far at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, and I'm looking forward to the finished product.

Coligny Plaza and Pineland Station, hopefully you are next.

Paul Daniels

Hilton Head Island