Every time I drive pass the new Shelter Cove development, that Joni Mitchell refrain goes through my head. Where there once were beautiful, old oak trees dripping with moss, we now have a huge grocery store with an equally huge parking lot. It is a glaring, graceless hardscape, devoid of any of the beautiful trees that once gave us a sense of history.
Could this possibly represent the future that our town leaders envision for our beautiful island? Concrete, brick, stucco, and stone in place of beautiful, natural spaces? It seems to deny our uniqueness as a place to visit and live.
In two previous letters, published Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, previous writers were correct when they stated tourists come here for our natural beauty, not to shop in malls.
We can't change what has been done, but we can work to limit what happens next. I encourage residents to attend the 9 a.m. Oct. 1 hearings at Hilton Head Island's Town Hall at which increasing the number of housing units at the development from 210 to 240 will be discussed.
Also, residents should contact their representatives to urge them to limit this development.
Hilton Head Island