Will They Stick It to the Bohicket ?
Last May we rolled down to Rockville, SC, to Cherry Point Seafood Company. Today we're parked on a different side from our original picture, but like the entire tract, it provides a commanding view of the Bohicket Creek. Cherry Point is an old family business run by an old island family which has long held that land to its current use. They make their living supplying shrimp trawlers with fuel, ice and off-loading facilities.
As they survive in this business so survives something of an unwritten land trust, a compact with the their neighbors to hold the line against abandoning this very choice parcel of real estate to developers. The pressures of development on the coastal communities of the low country are stronger than the countless hurricanes which they have endured. It causes a rapid erosion of the character and tranquility of little villages such as Rockville.
Development comes in all sizes from major high density subdivisions to individual residential structures which are increasingly outsized and outstanding against the relatively modest fabric of the village. People who have the money to buy into expensive coastal lands increasingly want their castle to reflect the outlay. They will cloak this desire in far kinder terms, but it's quite simply conspicuous consumption. Just one such temple to the ego can lean hard on village ambiance.
The shrimping industry has been hit by wildly increasing fuel costs, heavy regulation, foreign competition as well as the host of natural disasters which come with that territory. As the shrimpers are increasingly against the ropes Cherry Point feels every punch. We can't predict what will happen here, but the winds of change are picking up. If they have to quit any part of this fetching waterfront property it is certain that development is at the door. The questions is not if, but when development comes to this site, will they stick it to the Bohicket with some mansion made in the image of Tara II or will it be consistent with the design and tempo of this endangered little village?