The writer of the July 29 letter titled “Let public speak” hit the nail on the head in his reference to Mayor Joe Riley’s push to profit from development on the islands.

Downtown Charleston needed a broader tax base and the islands were the only source.

I’ve lived on James Island since 1967 and I praised Mayor Riley for the many early projects he sponsored that added to the family enjoyment of this area.

Suddenly the purpose seemed to change. It seems to have started with the acquisition of the Angel Oak property on Johns Island or perhaps the growth of the city of North Charleston.

I mourn the islands as I knew them.

Dorothy Z. Coleman

Highwood Circle

James Island