Reply by Dick Stewart to Graham Kerr’s Op Ed: Change is coming

Mr Kerr,

I graduated from Beaufort High in 1967. I recall some people saying the waterfront park shouldn’t be built. Many of the businesses in the buildings you describe have gone. There is no department store, no hardware store, no shoe store, no auto supply store, no gas station. In recent years four banks have left downtown. My point is that change is coming and change is required. There is an established process that has worked well for decades. It’s important how the downtown works as well as how it looks. I love Beaufort. I hear from many more people who look forward to buildings replacing surface parking lots in the core commercial district, people who understand that change is needed. I think you will find the reality to be very different than the material you are spreading.

Best regards.

Dick Stewart