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Markert truly cares about City of Rehoboth

By Jan Konesey | Aug 01, 2014

If you care about Rehoboth Beach and it's neighborhoods, Bunky Markert is the clear choice for Rehoboth Beach City Commissioner. I have worked with Bunky for the past five years on the Rehoboth Planning Commission and seen first hand his commitment to preserving and protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods for both our residents and summer visitors. Bunky does his homework, is prepared, reaches out across the community to ensure that he has all of the information necessary to make the correct and sometimes, tough, decision.

Because of its role in city government, the planning commission is typically the first place many residents come to when concerned that changes are occuring in their neighborhood that have a negative impact on thier property and on the quality of thier life.

Unlike some other candidates, Bunky actually lives in the City of Rehoboth Beach, so he has first hand experience of these issues.

The most frequent issue the planning commission hears these days is the impact of large, investor-owned properties on our small lots. Current occupancy rates in the city allow up to 29 people in a 3,000 square foot house. Homes on 75-by-100-foot lots can be larger and hold even more people. As these properties proliferate across the town, the effect on the neighborhood is dramatic, parking issues, noise and traffic continue throughout the day and night. A once quiet neighborhood is changed to the detriment of both residents and other visitors.

One of the other candidates for city commissioner purports to be for homeowners, but when she had the opportunity to vote to reduce house sizes in Rehoboth Beach, she voted against it. Fortunately the ordinance reducing FAR on lots passed despite her objections, or conditions would even be worse. FAR (floor area ratio) is used to determine the allowable house size on a lot. So once the new FAR ordinance passed, allowable house size on a 50-by-100 lot was reduced from 3,500 to 3,000 square feet and proportionately for larger lots.

Currently our business community is thrivig, but our neighborhoods are at risk.  In this election. It is crucial to support the candidate who lives in and cares about our neighborhoods. I've been on the city commission and know first hand the long term impact their decisions have on the community. In my opinion, Bunky will work closely with the community and make the tough decisions to maintain our lovely, tranquil, tree-lined neighborhoods for us and for our children and grandchildren,

Please join me in supporting Bunky Markert for city commissioner.

Jan Konesey
Rehoboth Beach Planning Commissioner

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