Nearly 73 percent of South Bethany property owners returned the Richard Hall Memorial Park Opinion Survey to the town by the 4:30 p.m. deadline on Dec. 10. Of them, more than 80 percent said they want the park left in its current state -- a strong statement of opposition to proposals to add features such as a pavilion, exercise stations and/or playground equipment to a portion of the existing wooded parcel.
In all, 941 of the 1,297 surveys were returned by the deadline. Of them, 760 -- 81 percent -- voiced support for leaving Richard Hall Memorial Park in its current state. Another 166 (17 percent) said they supported development of a recreational area within the park. The remaining 15 property owners (2 percent) said they had no opinion on the issue.
The town council will discuss the survey results at its next workshop meeting, on Jan. 27, 2011, at 6 p.m.
Pick up the Dec. 24 issue of the Coastal Point for more on this story.