Aerial of Harbour Town Marina, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Aerial of Harbour Town Marina, Sea Pines Plantation , Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Aerial of Harbour Town Marina, Sea Pines Plantation , Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Built in 1969 by acclaimed developer Charles Fraser, Harbour Town Marina has 100 slips on Calimbogue Sound, the second largest sound on the Atlantic coast (Long Island Sound is the largest) and part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  Designed by renowned land planners Wallace Robert & Todd and Sasaki & Associates, the Sea Pines development includes, condominium apartments, a retail shopping center, a championship golf course and pro shop, a tennis center, two stand-alone restaurants as well as a hotel and Marriott time-share development.   The master plan also includes an iconic working lighthouse. Legend has it that the firms almost came to blows over the design of the lighthouse striping.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse (built 1903)

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This photo shows the lighthouse on the north side of the inlet, Intracoastal continues north between Town of Hillsboro Beach to the right and the City of Lighthouse Point to the left of the ICW.

The Chesapeake Bay from the Air (5 minutes)

The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia.  Encompassing over 4,479 square miles, it is the largest such body of water in the United States.  More than 150 rivers and streams flow into this estuary.

The Bay has become environmentally challenged by the agricultural economies surrounding it.    Over the past several decades, run offs from chemicals used in farming have dramatically reduced oyster and crab populations and lost a generation of “watermen” whose livelihoods have depended on this food source for centuries.

Click the underlined link above for a five-minute video of a tour of the Chesapeake Bay from the air.