The pine trees and surrounding large dense trees have been a beauty and determent in the same respect. The trees are blocking the airport view and endanger the safety of landing flights and take offs.
The county has been addressing the issue of removing theses trees for some time, now that their design is final the cost will be in the range of $250,000-the trees are adjacent to located property at the south end, this is at the south end of the runway.
The location can be noted by any passengers boarding their flights as potentially dangerous and a determent to the pilot’s performance in navigating their flights.
All of the tree may not reach the sudden death of the saw, instead many will need to be pruned, trimmed or cut down a few feet to accommodate the take off areas.
The county original plan was to remove all 325 trees-it is a shame that it has been neglected for so long, that is what the citizens in the surrounding neighborhoods were saying. But now a plan has been put in effect by Hilton Head Island’s Planning Department, also an arborist has determined that which trees are worth saving.
The County Administrator Mr. Gary Kubik has stated that yes this project will be very expensive, but the county will remain steadfast and committed in maintaining an environment of beautification.
After the project is completed the county will have to replace 665 new trees.
All of the work that is to be completed for the county of Hilton Head Airport will be paid through the Federal Aviation Administration grants, all of the reviews will be under due process and close watch by the administrators.
Did you know that its name is the same name? Hilton Head and Hilton Head Island are the same in Beaufort Island 20 miles north of Savannah Georgia.
The Islands rich history includes where the Native American Indians dwelled thousand of years ago and with the Sea Island Cotton Trade in the European Explorations.
When the southern civil war fell this location became a haven resting place for ex slaves.
The town of Hilton Head strictly enforces Land Management Ordinance in which governs the location of where building are placed and located, this law adds to the ambience of the area.
In retrospect the actual spending of these funds will only enhance the beauty and perseverance of this area, trees bring beauty and majesty to a land that we all can enjoy, so when you are a visitor to the area remember to smell the fresh pine and enjoy the beauty of a Carolina wren sometimes flying by your visited side.