Letters to the Editor--April 29, 2011

LBLC grateful to Hocker’s for Jamboree

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club would like to thank the Gerald Hocker Family for choosing them as the benefactors of their 29th Springtime Jamboree.

The recent Jamboree has helped the Lord Baltimore Lions raise funds for the needy at a time when so many have been adversely affected by the current economic downturn. All of the profit raised at this event goes back into our own community.

We are very grateful for the merchants and local organizations that chose to place their ads in this years’ program book.

We would also like to thank the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club for providing the refreshments available during intermission.

For those of you that attended the Springtime Jamboree, you know of the great entertainment provided by all our local, talented people.

Again, a big THANK YOU to the Gerald Hocker Family for another successful Springtime Jamboree. Regards to all,

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club,
Jamboree Committee

Pickrell thankful for support in election
Editor’s Note: The following letter was addressed to the residents of Ocean View and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Now that the dust has settled and the new council has been sworn in, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Ocean View for coming out to vote and express their views at the Ocean View election on April 9. I congratulate Gordon Wood and Tom Sheeran for getting the most votes, and I wish them well during the next three years in guiding the finances and operations of Ocean View. I hope that they will vote with a special sensitivity to conserving our Town’s funds and reducing the deficit rather than increasing the spending and raising our taxes over the next few years.

I especially want to thank the citizens who voted for me and supported me during my campaign and the citizens who — whether they voted for me or not — spoke to me and shared their views with me when I was visiting the neighborhoods of Ocean View during my campaign. It was truly a pleasure to meet each of you, and that will remain a memorable experience for me.

I think it is important to assess the significance of the votes in this election. While I was not elected Mayor as I had hoped, the difference in votes between Gordon Wood and me was a mere 20 votes — not the “landslide” claimed by Mr. Wood. What I see as more significant is that 48 percent of the voters supported Mr. Wood, but 52 percent voted for change and do not support the current status of oversight of the Town.

I urge that 52 percent of the populace to come to the Ocean View Council meetings and let your voices be heard by commenting on pending legislation and proposals for spending our precious tax dollars. This election verified what I stated early in my campaign — there is a heretofore silent majority in Ocean View — a majority who has not actively participated in the activities of the Town — not until this election that is.

I will be at every Council meeting as I have in the past, and I encourage that majority of the electorate to join me to see what is going on and to express your views and preferences. Don’t let management of the Town’s affairs continue to be guided by a vocal minority of our citizens. I will look forward to seeing you there.

George Pickrell
Ocean View

Chamber appreciative of support with event

On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s staff and Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 22nd Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour an overwhelming success. The Bike Tour, an important early-season event, sold out for the first time in 22 years with a record-breaking number of 1200 cyclists. This event brings out-of-town visitors and revenue into our local community at a time when our businesses need it most. This event wouldn’t have been possible without all of the hard work and dedication of our chamber members, volunteers, sponsors and assistance from our local police and fire companies.

I want to thank Presenting Sponsor: PNC Bank, Supporting Sponsors: Coastal Point, CRH Tented Events LLC, NV Homes Coastal Division, ResortQuest Delaware, LLC and Sag Wagon Sponsors: Fenwick Islander Bike Shop and Woodsong Country Inn for all their efforts and support of the event. Many thanks go out to all of our member businesses for their donations of time and resources; G&E Supermarket, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Mr. Natural Bottled Water, Inc. and Ruthie’s Bethany Beach Bakery. Other sponsors included: Bethany Coffeehouse & Gelato Café, Concierge by the Sea, Delaware Beach Life, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures, First Shore Federal, Indulgence, Nature Design Landscape Consulting, Rita’s of Bethany Beach, Salisbury University, Tansey-Warner Realty, The Blue Crab of Bethany Beach and The Bookend Café.

I would also like to send out many thanks to all of our amazing volunteers prior and during the event. The event couldn’t happen without you. To all of the local police and fire departments and especially Bill Bowden of Bethany Beach Fire Police; Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company & EMS; Millville Fire Police and Roxana Fire Police for going over and beyond to ensure the safety of the cyclists. Last, but not least, thank you to our area residents for being cautious and courteous to the cyclists on our local roads Saturday. Your support enabled us to promote our area as a bicycling destination, stimulate the local economy and bring new revenue to our area businesses.

Carrie B. Subity, Executive Director
Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

Reader offers alternative to DNREC
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to DNREC officials and Rep. Gerald Hocker, and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Joining a number of your readers, I too would like to comment on the removal of small docks along the Assawoman Canal. I for one, and I assume others who live along the canal, do not wish to do anything that might interfere with any operations or activities in the canal, and we certainly do not want to do anything that might hamper the passage of any watercraft though the canal.

So, I would like to ask: what harm would there be in allowing the construction of small personal docks set close to the very shallow banks of the canal?

DNREC could determine the appropriate size and location of such docks, and revenue-generating fees could be applied for this privilege. In addition to allowing residents along the canal to make use of the newly dredged canal, these docks could provide a safe landing point for someone in trouble in a small watercraft, a point made by a previous writer.

The dredging operation left many trees that extend far out over the canal. Surely a small dock tucked in along the shore would not impose any further navigational hazard. Moreover, the shoreline on both banks is quite shallow, and I would not expect that any craft — even small kayaks — would choose to navigate along the silt-covered shorelines rather than in the center of the canal. I have enclosed several photos that show the shallow areas along the banks.

Most importantly, for years these docks have enabled people to just sit beside the water and enjoy the flow of the tide and the views of the wildlife that abounds there. If permitted, the docks could once again allow children (of all ages) the opportunity to run down to the dock, toss out a crab line, and perhaps catch a “keeper.”

I have lived along the canal for 24 years (without a dock but with a courteous neighbor who shared his). I can not explain the pleasure that our family and our visitors enjoyed while their family did some crabbing or launched a kayak or a raft into the canal.

Please allow those of us who live along the canal — and love it — to once again be able to make use of and enjoy this state-managed resource.

John Sullivan
Bayonne, NJ
Bethany Beach

Mayor clarifies ‘landslide’ comment

In 1948, Lyndon Johnson won a closely contested and probably corrupt runoff election for the U. S. Senate by 87 votes.

Columnist Drew Person gave Johnson the title “Landslide Lyndon” because it was anything but a landslide. Similarly, the recent election for mayor in Ocean View was close and not a landslide. Describing it to a reporter, “Landslide Gordon” was my self-deprecating humor regarding the closeness of my reelection. Humor at my own expense was surely minsunderstood. I know the election was close.

Ocean View can expect this mayor to continue to be a listener and the one who opened up Town Council meetings to public participation, something that will continue.

What’s wrong with a little self-deprecating humor at my own expense?

Gordon Wood
Ocean View