Hilton Head Island Update

Spring is indeed the season of new beginnings, April is simply “TARTANIC” and I truly want everyone to “like” me. This may sound like a jumble of thoughts to you, or perhaps even incoherency, but each pice relates to who we are and where we are headed today, tomorrow and beyond.

Spring’s arrival in the Low Country is tangible to the senses and replete with experiences. From picking daffodils to posting pictures from the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, the “spring” is in our steps and the smiles upon our faces. Yes, I too have renewed enthusiasm. I’ve now witnessed and participated in a number of Town initiatives, and these confirm what I’ve always believed to be true. That is, we are best when we live on the high “C’s”: comprehensive planning, coordinating efforts, and involving community in conversations and cooperation.

To address the vital safety, travel-ability, aesthetics and preservation of our singular way-of-life considerations at the gateway to our community, your Town Council has directed Town staff to deliver a conceptual design plan for the S.R. 278 corridor between Moss Creek and Gum Tree. Roadway improvements to this thoroughfare may be constructed and delivered in phases, perhaps beginning with the acute safety concerns at the entry to Windmill Harbor. But the significance of preparing a comprehensive plan identifying all impacts and assuring that each component works cooperatively to achieve our goals cannot be overemphasized.

Imminently, I will ask Town Council to maintain green space and improve recreational and environmental opportunities on the south end of our Island by coordinating three Town-owned parcels along Cordillo Parkway, that same popular area where we, together with our partners are investing tens of millions of dollars. This comprehensive plan would ensure that these properties are utilized in a way that highlights our extraordinary environmental assets and distinct lifestyle while reducing vehicular traffic and eliminating the possibility of “up-zoning” and increased density. Returning well-maintained recreational options, which are accessible by leisure trail, to this residential pocket would be the favorable result.

Thank you to Town Council’s Public Planning Committee, whose invitation to Steven Ames, a Visioning expert, has challenged us to initiate and participate in a community-wide conversation of TARTANIC proportion.

What specifically is TARTANIC? It’s larger than the Titanic and possibly as iconic as Harbour Town Lighthouse. It’s not the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, but it will polish your preparation for the Island’s signature event. It’s Wednesday, April 6th, and it’s National Tartan Day. And we have been challenged! Consider this your invitation to a vivid display of the tartan and a call for you to be counted as representing Hilton Head Island in your “shout it out loud” plaid. Will we be the victors? Or will the prize be awarded to our friends over the bridge in Bluffton? Stay tuned for details and Tartanic surprises.

Finally, allow me to express my heartfelt appreciation to Councilor Lee Edwards for his service. Mr. Edwards, who is relinquishing his seat in May, is well-liked and admired, and he will be missed.

I would like to be well “liked” too. Seeking viable opportunities to communicate with you, I’ve established a Facebook page. Please find me and like me at facebook.com/MayorDavidBennett. Happy Spring!

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