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Features : Letters to Editor Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013 - 8:57:51 AM

Letter to the Editor - October 24, 2013
Oct 23, 2013 - 8:56:54 AM

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Let’s keep Daniel Island’s small town feel
A few years ago, my wife and I desperately wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the northeast. We purchased a home in Daniel Island because we loved the safe, small town feel. We were so impressed with the manicured yards and parks, the local events, and neat restaurants. We have enjoyed shopping locally and everything is within walking distance of where we reside.
A few months ago we read an article in the Daniel Island News about the meeting that was held to discuss the Daniel Island Master Plan. We were taken aback to learn that the Island was projected to double or triple in population. It doesn't seem possible that the infrastructure can sustain a growth rate this significant. Just this past week we saw signage erected for a new 269 unit apartment complex going up on River Landing Drive. One of the few remaining fields will be replaced with asphalt, mortar and bricks. The complex will also include storefronts.  
Why are developments like this being approved especially when we have numerous vacant storefronts all along Seven Farms Drive? What affect will another apartment complex have on property values? That small town feeling is slowly but surely eroding. Traffic is increasing, garbage is strewn in our ponds, and we have observed many people not picking-up after their dogs.
What will life be like on Daniel Island when the population doubles or triples in the near future? How can we come together as a community to keep Daniel Island the clean, contemporary, safe, and small community we have all come to enjoy?
William and Emily McArdle
Daniel Island
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