As a long-time and frequent visitor to Hilton Head Island, I feel sick every time I pass the Kroger development on U.S. 278. The beautiful live oak trees that created a peaceful canopy have been cut so that an enormous Kroger store can be seen.
First of all, there was no reason to remove these wonderful trees for construction purposes, only for Kroger to be seen from the road. Secondly, there is no need for another supermarket on Hilton Head Island for residents or tourists given the existing choices of Harris Teeter, Publix, Bi-Lo, Walmart and Fresh Market -- some in multiple locations.
In addition, the land behind Kroger on the Broad Creek has also been cut for more buildings and asphalt. How the town government could permit this destruction makes no sense. What were they thinking, and where is all of this going?
It appears that the Charles Fraser vision is being thrown aside in an effort to attract business, needed or not, while ignoring the reasons that people have been attracted to Hilton Head Island for the last 30-plus years. Please save the unique and beautiful island that we love.