I regularly attend Hilton Head Island Town Council meetings, and over the years, I have seen some things at those meetings that surprised me. And for the second time in less than a month, I was shocked at what I saw -- or rather at what I did not see -- at a recent Town Council meeting. The agenda for the Oct. 21 meeting included two critical items that will affect the town for years to come: the Coligny area redevelopment plan and a public hearing on the Shelter Cove Towne Centre. The agenda for the most recent Town Council meeting included another public hearing on Shelter Cove.
What I did not see at either of those meetings was any candidate for mayor -- other than our current mayor, Drew Laughlin. Most notably, as the future of the Coligny area and the Shelter Cove area were considered, mayoral challenger David Bennett apparently could not find the time to attend either of the meetings.
Where are the "vision" and "leadership" qualities of a mayoral candidate who could not be bothered with listening to the voices of the island residents on what they have to say, or even with participating in an open, transparent town process? If Bennett could not or would not take the time to attend the last two council meetings, how can he be expected to devote the time and effort to being mayor for the next four years? Think about that when you cast your vote in the runoff Tuesday.
Chester C. Williams
Hilton Head Island