Observations about letter supporting RV park
The following are a few observations regarding a recent letter in the Cape Gazette (3/29-4/1 edition - “Sussex should embrace proposed campground) in support of the proposed RV Park.
The issue of “campgrounds today being far different than 20-plus years ago." How so? Because the price of the equipment is greater? This will make the imprint on the eco-system less invasive? We think not, as outlined in the well-documented letter in the same edition entitled “Proposed park inappropriate."
We cannot understand the point that a camper “will contribute more to the local economy than the average vacationer." This project has been proposed as a “destination resort." If, as stated, the “$50,000 campers and motor homes” bring all their amenities with them how does that help local merchants? Oh, and how about lost hotel and motel revenue? Does not the existing zoning provide year-round revenue for “supplies, groceries, equipment and other ancillary items which support local commerce?"
Regarding traffic studies. There has been little evidence submitted to date supporting a comprehensive and all-inclusive study of the roads leading to the RV resort from all directions.
The last issue to be challenged in this correspondence is the conception “that some residents despise new development and would be happy to never see another house constructed." We do not recall comments of anti-development. This issue is being challenged for land-use revision, lost tax revenue to Sussex County as well as strain on traffic and services such as police, fire, ambulance.
In closing, we do not see this issue as anti-commerce and feel that these “responsible developers who have a long history of creating well planned communities” can still generate income from this property for themselves, their investors, Sussex County and local merchants by designing a suitable project within the guidelines of the existing zoning.
Linda and Jim Taylor