Task Force, Texas and “Tee” Time in Wonderland

What may we add to April on Hilton Head Island? Beautiful weather, nature in bloom, events and tourism all abound. The 47th annual RBC Heritage presented by Boeing begins to roaring cheers broadcasted worldwide.

Our RBC Heritage presented by Boeing is arguably one of the most enjoyed tournaments on the PGA tour, as evidenced by its’ enormous economic impact on our community, over $96 million in 2014 alone. With its’ iconic setting, the talented golf professionals, and the electric energy of the crowds, one would believe the event to be complete. What could possibly be added? And yet, each and every year, more volunteers and organizations, more spectators, and community gatherings combine to make this great occasion increasingly spectacular. Sea Pines Resort has premiered not only the Beach House and Plantation House, but on March 27th, the curtain was raised on the new centerpiece, the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Congratulations!

The same is quite true of Hilton Head Island. Our unique and significant history has been veritably established. Now it’s time to cultivate and foster dynamic ways for Islanders and visitors from near and far to enjoy and appreciate it. The heritage of our lovely Island is deeply rooted in the richness of our historical and cultural identity. I’m working with Town Council to create a task force charged with the goal of establishing a vision for heritage tourism, highlighting such features as the Early Indians, Captain William Hilton’s discovery of the Island, Mitchelville, the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War battles and, in these contemporary times, the blueprint for modern planned resort communities together with all the representative art and culture.

Since we’re in Wonderland and it’s Tee (sic) time, does that mean it’s also Texas tea time? I’ve heard there may be oil found off our shores, but does that mean we should extract it…just because it’s there? If we seek to make everything serve the same purpose, what unique purpose do we have? So, hot or iced, sweet or un, a little cream, a slice of lemon, this or that to suit your taste, but do our Islanders overwhelmingly agree…don’t add that Texas tea? Your Town Council is aware and active on this important issue.

Hilton Head Island contributes to the world our miles of magnificent beaches and waterways, our multitude of wildlife species and vegetation, and our historical culture augmented by the arts. Should we strive to be the premier resort, retirement and business community on the East Coast? As was recently suggested by a task force of our citizens, let’s be earnestly committed to preserving our splendid barrier island as a naturally endowed sanctuary for future generations to experience with delight. We’ve received our Heritage, now let’s leave our Legacy!

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