HHI council approves committee aimed at protecting native property

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Hilton Head Town Council approved a recommendation that will create a committee aimed at helping native islanders protect their property.

Although many people were happy to hear the news, a few people say there's still work to be done.  Some people have complained that they had problems when trying to subdivide land between family members.

Those zoning issues have also prohibited islanders from selling or developing on a property.

"Our presence has to be known. We should be able to display our culture. We can't just have a broad scope [everything] looks the same when you come to the island," said a Hilton Head Island native, Taiwan Scott.

He believes the native island community should be able to express their culture.

"I was in Mount Pleasant over the weekend, just driving up [Highway] 17. You see the sweet grass along the highway, that's a prime example," said Scott.

The town recently reached a leasing agreement with the Mitchellville Project that shows life in the First Freedman's Community in Hilton Head.

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