Atkins: Dredging Inland Bay waterways vital
For as long as any of us can remember, the Indian River has been an integral part of our lives. It’s a beautiful body of water surrounded by numerous upscale communities, as well as tiny waterfront villages that have stood the test of time.
There are marinas and docking facilities that enable boaters the awesome opportunity to crab or fish inside the bay or to navigate out to deeper waters by boating under our spectacular new Indian River Inlet Bridge. Most of our families and friends have practically grown up on this body of water. It’s where our kids went tubing or learned to waterski, and it’s where we’ve all gone crabbing and clamming for many years.
However, there is a long-standing problem in several creeks and waterways that connect boaters to the Indian River, including Massey’s Landing, Hunter’s Pointe and Pepper and White creeks. The lack of dredging along these waterways has created huge problems for boaters.
It reached the point where the Coast Guard initially said they couldn’t maintain the navigational markers in these areas due to shallow water depths. They originally planned to remove 18 navigational markers in the Ocean View-area creeks, but after many of you contacted me and with my office’s urging, they have decided to return the markers.
Still, this is a huge problem that needs to be fixed. Many of these waterways are navigable only at high tide. For many years, our federal government has funded beach replenishment up and down the coast to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars. The time has come for our congressional delegation to find the money necessary to dredge Pepper and White Creeks and other areas of our inland bays downstate.
A large portion of our economy downstate depends on tourism. It’s no wonder when you look at our pristine beaches. Those tourism dollars keep many businesses afloat and have helped lower Delaware become a mecca of world-class shopping, fantastic restaurants and top-notch entertainment.
Boating is a serious recreational investment for many residents and a major tourism draw to our area, supplementing the tourist attractions in our beach towns. If we don’t maintain the Indian River like we should and find the money to dredge the areas that have long needed it, we jeopardize losing so much — not just tourism dollars, but a way of life for many. It’s time for this to happen.
State Rep. John C. Atkins
Annual CROP walk getting close
Wouldn’t it feel good to work with your community to bring hope to your neighbors, your country and the world? On May 3, you can join with 17 area churches in walking to support hands-up projects.
The building of wells in communities around the world helps change lives. The provision of seed and livestock, along with the instructional support, enables people to feed themselves. Small loans enable women to start businesses. Children are provided with education.
This is done by participating in the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk. The walk has been going on for 66 years and for 26 in Southeast Sussex. What we can’t do alone, we can do together. Everybody giving even a little will make a substantial amount.
You can donate by going online at www.crophungerwalk.org/bethanybeachde or by requesting an envelope and asking people to sponsor you. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rose Mary Hendrix at 537-9417 to receive information or find out who at your church is leading the walk.
Everyone is invited — individuals, book clubs, service clubs, schools, businesses, etc. Make a sign and let everyone know as you walk who you are and that you care. If you can or don’t want to walk, you can join us at the boardwalk to cheer on the walkers or enjoy the entertainment that will be provided.
Sometimes we feel like a drop of water, the little bit we can do won’t make a difference, but think of the ocean that we stand in awe of and realize that it is made of drops of water. Together we can be as awesome and powerful. Join in the walk or just go online and donate. Make our community proud of what it can do.
Please join us at the bandstand on May 3 at 11 a.m.
Rose Mary Hendrix
CROP Walk Coordinator
Reader encourages all to defend their rights
Now, really, aren’t you tired of the government’s overreaching? If you are, it’s time to read the U.S. Constitution and challenge your representatives and senators to do the same — live up to their oath of office or quit.
Our “rights” are God-given, not government-given. We put these people in office to protect us and our rights — really, nothing else. They have usurped powers that “We the People” have never given them, either through abrogation or legal legislation.
There is a tremendous amount of what our founders would call “pretend law and pretend legislation” out there. Our legislative, executive and judicial branches of government have made laws that are against the U.S. Constitution, the citizens of this country and the law of nature, thus they are “pretend law.” It is our absolute right and responsibility to challenge these so-called laws.
Just look at the conflict in Nevada. The BLM was instituted to use the ranchers’ “grazing” fees (a questionable regulation) to help manage and improve the land. That stopped soon and the monies no longer helped the ranchers but grew the agency. Now the land is “closed” to protect the desert tortoise. Well, the desert tortoise was there long before the BLM, and actually survived when the land supported tens of thousands of bison or buffalo. I believe the BLM is necessary, but so is common sense.
What is the real reason? Is there a company controlled by a member of Congress or their family that wants the mineral rights? Has a member of Congress promised the land to a developer? As citizens, that land belongs to all of us, not the BLM.
We need to quit selling our votes for so-called entitlements and cell phones. Stand up. Take control and responsibility for your own lives. Return to being “proud Americans” instead of whiny takers. Defend your rights — all of them — before they are gone forever.