I am afraid that after the commercialization of Hampton Park, there will be no limitations on changing the park’s character. Look no further than DeReef Park for destruction and shrinkage. What about the need for more limitations on cruise ships?

Just imagine: beer, wine, a wedding chapel, receptions, frying burgers, vehicles in and out of newly created parking areas. They choose a neighborhood of least resistance and tell the residents it’s for them. Try putting a cafe selling beer and wine in White Point Garden or Waterfront Park.

Why doesn’t the city abide by its rules of protecting quaint neighborhoods and visible reminders of the historical heritage of the city?

What’s wrong with you people? The spine and gumption of Charlestonians has eroded, and in its place is a cancer slowly eating the attraction of this city. During my lifetime Hampton Park has been a passive family-oriented park where someone could take a quiet walk, jog or bike ride, enjoy a picnic or walk a dog.

We the people have a vested interest in our public parks. We have a responsibility to protect them, not only for ourselves, but for our children. For the City of Charleston to cry it doesn’t have the money to maintain our park is like Hillary Clinton saying she is broke.

You can do something about this situation or hold on to this letter for five years and then cry over the change in Hampton Park.

Jerry Lee Boyer

Rutledge Avenue