23 years is awesome. It's a special place, theres really no where else like it. I just completed our annual summer trip a few eeks ago. I have a few more years than you. My dad first took me and my family down to HHI when I was one year old back in 1971. Been there at least once every years since then. A few things have changed. In the 70's there were no stop lights, alot of the secondary roads were sand, i saw gregg russell start in harbourtown, one main grocery store in coligly plaza, the william hilton inn was the hotel (owned by sea pines). We stayed in sea pines all but one time over the years. Absolutely love it. Where do you stay when there?
Let's see...the heron point golf course was orginally called the sea marsh course (sea pines), lighthouse was free, the crazy crab in harbourtown was originally called the calibogue cafe, the sea pines beach club was originally called the "turtle lane cabannas", Hyatt had the hotel in palmetto dunes back then, there was a drawbridge to get on the island and sometimes your got caught by the boats that always have the right of way, no shelter cove, no wexford, no palmetto hall, no windmill harbour, about 2,500 permanent residents, land was alot cheaper - especially in the interior of the island.
Even with these few changes, the island has definitely kept its feel over the years. I will be a permanent resident one day!