About 150 protesters, made up of Hilton Head residents, elected officials and members of a nearby church, gathered at a rally Sunday to protest the proposed expansion of the Hilton Head Island Airport.
According to the Island Packet of Hilton Head, St. James Baptist Church is under the proposed expansion’s flight path and members say it threatens the church and the coastal island Gullah-Geechee culture. Hilton Head and Beaufort County officials hired consultants to recommend any changes needed. The proposals included the airport runway be extended from 4,300 feet to 5,400 feet. They say that would better accommodate commercial and private jets.
Officials say the master plan is expected to be done by October.