Hilton Head Council approves $300,000 for private beach renourishment

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – A gated community on Hilton Head Island will receive $300,000 dollars in taxpayer money to re-nourish a private beach.

The council voted Tuesday night to approve the project  we first told you about here.

Pine Forest Beach is only accessible to Hilton Head Plantation residents.

Council members believed the re-nourishment should be publicly funded because the lack of sand poses a threat to storm-water runoff and other drainage issues.

Mayor David Bennett and Councilman David Ames made a motion to the re-think the funding, but that motion was denied.  They believe paying for the project without further study sets a bad precedent in allotting pubic money to private communities.

Of those on the council supporting the funding is Mayor Pro Tem Bill Harkins, a resident of Hilton Head Plantation.

The money will be allotted over the next three years at $100,000 dollars a year.



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