Letters: July 8, 2005

Community just wants the right to stay put

I (my family — Fitzgerald) have lived in a house in the midst of Lynn Lee Village since 1961. It was one of the original Steele family houses, an old farmhouse about 200 years old. The trailers (mobile homes) started coming in about the mid 1960s.

The first row was the one nearest the canal, then followed by the center row and the last row of homes being filled in the following years through the late 1960s.

When the Steeles started Lynn Lee Village it was originally part of a “planned community” of sorts.

Mr. Steele passed on in 1966 and the park as well of the care of their two children was left to Mrs. Virginia Steele. She would regularly drive through the park as well as go by our house on her almost daily rounds of making sure “everything was in order.” Trash, noise, etc. kept under control. It was a very well-run park with cute little homes and their boats docked right out back.

After Mrs. Steele sold the park in the late 1980s, the park went into decline. Many of the original owners had moved on, bought houses or died.

I understand that the park is not what it once was, but there have been years of unresolved problems and conflicts, leaving many that have homes there uncertain of their place at Lynn Lee Village.

And sorry to say that some of the owners are older and don’t want to put up the fight that is required to stand up to the “big developers,” whether they go by the name of Dan and Mark McGreevy, a.k.a. Caldera Properties, Canal Place LLC, or then turn it over to Toll Brothers as they have the other properties in the area.

It is the big guy getting what he wants (now the Supreme Court is also on the side of development). Please consider that 87 mobile homes do not have the same impact as 87 condos, multi-family dwellings or whatever they call them. There has been more than enough development put onto the ground at White’s Creek (pronounced “crick”).

May I remind you that the “recommended” 127 units for the Old Mill property was upsized to 166 and there are 88 houses in Bethany Lakes and 48 more being built by the water company (which is essentially the same property).

This is all about greed and money. The county seems to have enough money (a surplus, in fact) and maybe once all the building that has already been approved up and down Cedar Neck Road is built and finished, then perhaps they can bring this back for review, but now is not the time. It is all about class and status. And it’s not very nice or necessary.

Let the owners of Lynn Lee Village stay where they planned (and paid) to be for the rest of their lives on “99-year leases.” If a few of the principals in the park now want out and into a new home, why not buy one. There are more than enough homes for sale in the papers and plenty more a-comin’! That’s even if County Council extends their break from two weeks to two years.

Faith A. Fitzgerald
Ocean View

Editor’s Note: The public hearings on the Canal Place LLC application are closed, but Sussex County Planning and Zoning will again consider the application under old business at the Thursday, July 14, meeting at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 2 The Circle in Georgetown.

Thanks to reps for doing their jobs

They deserve our heartfelt thanks, those 34 Delaware House Representatives who ignored special interests’ pressure to pass HB 170.

Because of their bi-partisan support, the citizens of Sussex County are that much closer to realizing their goal of adding two additional “at-large” members to the county council — members that are desperately needed in order to bring more representative government to the largest county east of the Mississippi River.

A special thanks is due our own local representatives, without whose committed backing of the bill it would have been impossible to gain the necessary support of the other state representatives.

So, thanks Joe Booth (the bill’s sponsor), Pete Schwartzkopf, Gerald Hocker, George Carey and John Atkins. You did what the voters elected you to do. You stepped up and represented the majority of your constituents in a manner that makes us proud of you.

However, the job is not yet complete, because Sen. Thurman Adams refused to let the Senate companion bill, SB 100, out of committee for an up or down vote. Ironically, he thwarted his fellow senators’ rights to express their wishes much the same as the current Sussex County Council has thwarted its citizens’ rights to properly express their wishes.

But, because 2005 is only the first year of a two-year legislative session, the bill can still become law in 2006 if SB 100 passes the senate next year.

We need to consider the job half complete and in the next 12 months redouble our resolve and effort to convince Sen. Adams and the Senate to step up and do what they need to do — that is, to release and to pass HB 100.

Allen Ide

You don’t need to own waterfront property

My wife was told by a South Bethany police dispatcher on June 30, that there is no law that you can’t park your boat on township bulkheads on end of canals.

So the people that called me from Middlesex can park their boats on township bulkhead. Also, if you live in Cat Hill, east side of Route 1 and anyone who wants to have a place to park your boat.

There are some ends of canals that are not owned by the town, so call the town to find out which ones they are.

Don’t forget, if you fall getting in and out of your boat and get hurt, get a good lawyer.

Michael Matera
South Bethany