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Town of Hilton Head Island Says 'Eye sore' Will Cost Them Thousands

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The Town of Hilton Head Island is getting together final plans for the removal of two boats from Jarvis Creek.

The boats lie stranded since August, in a display some Hilton Head Island neighbors call an eye sore. Others call it a scenic beauty.

"Every time I come by it, going off or onto the island, I look by and see it and it brings a smile to my face," Hilton Head Island resident Sandy Burhans says.

She works near the scene, and says it's become part of the natural surrounding she enjoys each day.

However, others use terms like unsightly and hazardous to explain the boats. Hilton Head's Public Projects and Facilities Director Scott Liggett described the sight this way.

Liggett says the boats ran aground in August, and ever since then there's been a hassle to get them taken out of the creek.

Now, the Town will foot the bill for their removal with a price of tag of what he estimates to be $175,000.

"It will be brought forward from the town's reserves, which is what we believe is necessary for the town to execute a contract to have the boats physically removed from the marsh," Liggett says.

That price leaves taxpayers like Burhans wondering why the expense to go forward on a project she believes unnecessary.

"Why spend the money? I don't see a hazard," she says.

Liggett says the reason for removal, beyond aesthetic concerns, is to rid wildlife of the material that is breaking down from the boats, and littering the creek.

Some kayakers say they observed debris that can be harmful to the environment, too.

But the Town will be left to pay for the project, since the owners of the boats tell them they cannot afford to get them out themselves.

"They claimed they were unable to remove the boats themselves, incurred the financial impact of the boat's removal," Liggett says.

The Town will present the final details of the removal in tomorrow night's council meeting.

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