Some Hilton Head residents say this decision will result in less safety, more traffic

December 31, 2016

As a years-long feud regarding the use of “lock-out” condominium units on Hilton Head Island continues to burn, the town’s Planning Commission added fuel to the fire Wednesday when it decided to allow the controversial practice in timeshares.


The changes, if approved at an undetermined date by Town Council, would allow the construction or renovation of timeshares for the purpose of lock-outs in specific areas, including the Mitchelville, South Forest Beach, Coligny and Bradley Circle regions.


Currently lock-outs are allowed in multi-family buildings within those areas. Typically, condominiums with the split units have longer leases compared to the allotted use periods of timeshares.


The Town Council in July hired the Columbia law firm of Robinson, McFadden & Moore to review the issue of lock-outs, but kept the exact recommendations from the firm quiet.


Lock-outs separate multiple-bedroom units, often by locked or caulked doors, and sometimes limit access to kitchens and power breakers. Opponents say the units are a safety hazard, health risk and support criminal activities.


Jack Daly, Forest Beach Owners Association president, said safety concerns in two multi-family condominium buildings, Oceanwalk Villas and Xanadu Villas, are already a growing co