Happy holidays, with gratitude and optimism

John McCann

Happy holidays to all.

This season of hope and joy is a time to look back with gratitude and a time to look forward with optimism.

As 2019 comes to close, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to everyone in our community. The Town of Hilton Head Island is grateful for your spirit of corporation and active civic engagement over the past 12 months. Much has happened this year and a lot of credit and thanks is owed to our very own citizens - our greatest assets.

Your ideas, concerns, fresh perspectives and willingness to work collaboratively with our Town Council, town staff and numerous committees contributed greatly to our progress. Yes, there were and still are some challenges with roadway projects, traffic, and legislative bills on home rule and businesses licenses. I'm confident we will get through those.

Our town has been blessed with a healthy economy as reflected by high bond ratings, consistently high visitor trends, world-recognized tourism and a stable tax base. We have to maintain this as we go forward.

Teams of consultants brought forth a wealth of information on work force housing and preserving the Gullah Geechee culture. I'm excited that we will be implementing some of those recommendations in the coming months.

We are now working with consultants on our parks and recreation master plan. I look forward to hearing their recommendations.

A lot of what we have been able to accomplish this year is due to the highly professional and talented town staff. I want to publicly thank this remarkable group of public servants for their role in making our community a great place to live, work, visit and raise families.

Over the next few weeks of holiday celebrations, let us remember those in our community who are less fortunate. As you share during this season of giving, please support those organizations working to bring joy to the lives of others.

May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holidays.

John McCann is the mayor of Hilton Head Island. JohnM@hiltonheadislandsc.gov

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