Letters to the Editor -- September 21, 2012

Reader encourages even more public input

We were in Delaware this weekend, and I heard from several people that the Planning & Zoning public hearing this past Thursday was overwhelming in support of the residents.

The letters and attendance were staggering! But another meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in Georgetown, to gather more info from the developers.

My understanding is that after the meeting on the 20th, the Planning & Zoning Commission will make their recommendations for the final meeting and vote by Sussex County Council on Sept. 25.

If you have not as yet written letters, now would be the time!

I also viewed a two-part video, which was an orientation of the Cedar Neck Road peninsula. It was well worth the time to view, and I strongly suggest you take a look. Go to You Tube videos. In the search portion, enter: orientation cedar neck road peninsula part 1 or part 2.

Maureen S. Beck
New Freedom, Pa., and Ocean View

Candidate opposes Castaways project

I have been contacted by many residents in the Cedar Neck area regarding the request by Castaways Bethany to rezone property on Cedar Neck Road so that an RV and cottage resort with a water park can be built.

Although the Sussex County Council has full jurisdiction regarding county land-use decisions, I have implored council members to consider two things when voting on this project:

First, the overwhelming community opposition voiced by residents in the area, who have pointed out that

Route 26, Central Avenue/Cedar Neck Road and Fred Hudson Road are emergency routes for the entire Ocean View area. The increased number and size of vehicles will produce traffic delays and interfere with emergency services.

These added vehicles will increase safety hazards for the many walkers, joggers and bicyclists who use Cedar Neck Road.

The transient nature of the project users during the summer months will also burden the area’s natural resources.

The proposed uses would harm the environmental areas contiguous to the east and stress the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the north and the Fresh Ponds State Park to the southeast.

The intended uses, as an RV park and a water park, are incompatible with the quiet residential character of the area.

Projects should be consistent with the County Comprehensive Land Use Plan and provide for development consistent with that already in the area.

Second, the Sussex County Council should consider how it would be jeopardizing its own back yard should it approve this project. This general area is home to one of the most beautiful natural preserves that Sussex County owns, the James Farm.

In sum, the construction of a campground and amusement park would:

• Work against the nature and character of the residential structure of the entire Cedar Neck peninsula, including the James Farm.

• Run counter to DNREC’s efforts to return wildlife to the area, by actually endangering the wildlife that is now there.

• Adversely affect property values.

• Turn this neighborhood into a noisy, crowded, high-density traffic gridlock area.

• Make Fred Hudson and Cedar Neck Roads an inadequate system to handle traffic.

Join with me in urging members of the Sussex County Council to vote on Sept. 25 to protect the property with which it is currently entrusted and not allow this area to be turned into an amusement park.

Rick Eakle, Candidate
20th District, Delaware Senate

Reader reaches out to county councilman
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County Councilman George Cole and the Planning & Zoning Commission of Sussex County, and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I am writing to let you know of the serious concerns I have regarding the proposed Castaways Bethany development on Cedar Neck Road.

As homeowners in the Cedar Landing community, my husband, myself and our family value the tranquility afforded by the natural setting on the Cedar Neck peninsula. Wildlife abounds here, the air and water are clean, and there is a feeling of safety and security. This will not be the case if the zoning variances are granted and the amusement park and campground are allowed.

The density of the proposed campground, with 139 trailers or tents, 60 closely-spaced “cottages,” and a 6.9-acre waterpark is alarming, to say the least. One wonders how this will all fit on the site and worries about the serious ecological impact 200-plus families coming, going and staying will have on the adjacent state park wetlands, forests and James Park ecological preserve.

Consider the nature and frequency of traffic that will be generated by 300 parking spaces for cars, large and small RV’s, and trailers, as well as the expected frequent bus trips carried out at other Castaways “resorts,” for day visitors in addition to the overnight campers. The safety of the numerous walkers and bicyclists who now use Cedar Neck Road will be threatened, for certain.

The continual human activity, noise and light inherent in such a development will certainly drive away the wildlife our area cherishes, and future generations should be allowed to enjoy. Campfires and vehicle emissions will certainly pollute the air, and there is sure to be runoff of all sorts into the wetlands, despite the best efforts of the developers. One wonders if DNREC is aware of the plans, and what that agency’s reaction would be to such use of this large block of land.

I urge you to deny the request. Surely there is a better use for this valuable property that can better maintain the nature of our area, as well as maintaining the value of our homes.

I truly appreciate your attention to this important decision.

Rosemary E. Garr
Ocean View

Opera at the Beach a hit, thanks to many

On behalf of the Prudential Gallo-Touch of Italy Foundation, I would like to thank sponsors, attendees and volunteers for the success of our Opera at the Beach event An Evening with Patricia Racette. World-renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Patricia Racette and Lyric Opera of Chicago pianist Craig Terry took the stage for a fabulous performance of opera and cabaret on Aug. 18 at the Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

As a foundation created to support worthy organizations in our community, we are humbled by the many individuals and businesses who contributed to making the evening so enjoyable for patrons and so beneficial to event recipients, Coastal Concerts and the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing. Over $15,000 was raised for these organizations.

I offer heartfelt thanks to all of you, and in particular to:

• Foundation donors Bette and Sal Gallo, Andrew Ratner and Lee Ann Wilkinson of Prudential Gallo Realtors and Bob Ciprietti of Touch of Italy.

• Sponsors: Cape Gazette, Beach Paper and Cape Gazette.com./Village Soup; Inclind Web Development; EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn & Suites; CAMP Rehoboth Community Center; the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential Gallo, Realtors; The Inn at Canal Square; Delaware Beach Life magazine; Coastal Point newspaper; Atlantic Jewelry; Anderson’s Floor Covering Inc.; Atlantic Theaters-The Movies at Midway; Cabo Restaurant & Tequila Bar; Community Bank Delaware; Dynamic Mortgage Services; Hampton Inn-Rehoboth Beach; Kevin Fleming Photography; Lana Warfield of Prudential Gallo Realtors; Russ Palmer Builders; Candy Kitchen Shoppes Inc.; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Fulton Bank, N.A.; Harry Caswell Plumbing Inc.; Hotel Rodney and the Rose & Crown Restaurant; J. Conn Scott Inc.; King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops; Law Offices of Scott and Shuman; Outlet Liquors; Schab and Barnett, P.A.; South Pacific Florist; Archino Specialty Advertising; Dunkin’ Donuts-Bethany Beach; East of Maui Surf Shops; Johnny Janosik Inc.; Minuteman Press-Dewey Beach; Shore Electric; and TD Digital Printers.

• Volunteers and supporters: Coastal Concerts President Denise Emery, Executive Director Edna Ellet, Program Committee Member Mark Mobley, Board members Dan Crampton, David Cristy, Barbara Passikoff and Catherine Hester, Cynthia Tunney, Sharon Crampton and Sandra Pace; Mary Landon Green of Beebe Medical Foundation; Cape Henlopen High Theatre Manager Derek Dutton; Delaware Symphony Orchestra General Manager Diana Milburn; Cape Henlopen Facilities Department members Sandy Hinsch, Bernie Bowden and staff; Kara Russell and Mike Dunn of Public Radio Delmarva; Michael Sprouse of Letters from Camp Rehoboth; Kristine Johnson of Minuteman Press; Chuck Scott of TD Digital Printers; Ken Keith Jr.; Michael Rawl and staff at Horizon Philanthropic; Judy Eger, Mary Cerami and Michelle Esposito of Prudential Gallo, Realtors; Judy and Anthony DeMeno; Mary DeMeno; Touch of Italy catering staff; Sussex Academy honor student Sam Ratner; Cape Henlopen Honor Society students Claudia Ratner, Julie Kyritsis, Meg Keswani, Maggie Wilson, Megan Hart and Austin Macelrevey; and Sussex Tech Honor Society student Maddie Gallagher.

Again, I would like to thank the 475-plus attendees who came out to enjoy a lovely evening of opera and cabaret in support of Coastal Concerts and the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing.

Tricia Ratner, Chairwoman
Opera at the Beach

Reader: Council prays to pass the buck

I don’t care if the members of the Sussex County Council believe in God, Jesus, Allah, Golden Calves or anything even remotely religious, but it is apparent they will not take responsibility for their actions as public servants without the excuse of divine intervention. Lord, what have you done?

George Rosenberg
South Bethany

Reader offers quotes to make points

A few quotes to ponder:

From Ben Stein: “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured… but not everyone must prove they are a citizen. Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.”

Dr. Barbara Bellar, candidate for Illinois State Senate: “We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that did not read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that’s broke. So, what the blank could possibly go wrong?”

President Obama, 2008 radio interview in New Hampshire: “I absolutely believe that, having lived in a country that was majority Muslim for a time and having distant relatives in Africa who are Muslim, that I’m less likely to demonize the Muslim faith and more likely to understand that they are ordinary folks. And I do think that the cultural understanding is something that could be extremely valuable. I think they would view America differently if I were president. Now, that is not just symbolic. That is something that could be used in a constructive way to open greater dialogue between the West and the Islamic world, and that ultimately could make us more safe.”

President Obama and V.P. Biden: “Osama is dead and GM is alive!”

Terrorist storming the U.S. building in Libya: “We are all Osamas!”

Ineptocracy (IN-EP-TOC’-RA-CY): “A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.”

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach

Reader gives a nod to Bethany gardeners

I just wanted to express my gratitude and praise for the Bethany Beach gardeners. From month to month, the flower displays are gorgeous, even with such a harsh summer. The gardeners seem to be there every day, pruning and beautifying. The floral displays always make me smile. The colorful arrangements make Bethany Beach look very inviting. Keep up the good work!

Leslie Walsh

Reader supports Price, offers evidence

Shirley Price listens. How many times have you been in the Giant or Food Lion, rounded the corner, and have seen Shirley listening to someone’s problem: like the person on White’s Neck Road who had a water problem or the elderly person who needed help; the student that needed a scholarship or the small-business owner who needed assistance just to keep his business alive?

Shirley listens, studies and acts. She was instrumental in getting the CHEER centers built. She helped get the pier built at Holts Landing. She created the Volunteer Fire Service revolving loan fund program to make loans for volunteer fire rescue companies to upgrade their equipment. She amended the law relating to gross receipts tax for Delaware printing companies to allow them to compete on state contracts creating a “a level playing field” with out-of-state companies.

Shirley listens. She has a proven track record of helping us here in the 38th. She knows our problems. She will hit the ground running and work with Gov. Markell to get things done for us.

Russ Melrath
Bethany Beach