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Too many unanswered questions on RV park

Jul 22, 2013

Since early this year, my neighbors and I have been dealing with the threat of the Lingo organization developing an RV park on land adjacent to our homes which is not zoned for such development nor consonant with the character of the existing neighborhood of agriculture and single family-homes.

It endangers the ecosystem and the safety of our families by proposing utilization of currently inadequate dangerous county roads with no shoulders for access to this so-called resort.

I have attended meetings, studied the criteria for rezoning as well as DelDOT's feasibility reports and visited with planning & zoning. I keep asking what benefit does this Lingo commercial venture offer the county, its citizens or my neighbors and myself. I am unable to get any answers.

With several partners back in the early 80s, I purchased 18 acres along Ward Road and developed Beachwoods I & II. We believed the zoning was appropriate then as we do today. When we subdivide the property lots were a minimum of half an acre and we designed and paid for the roads and the drainage system to county specifications. Our plan was that our community would offer privacy, safety, easy access to the beaches, shopping and entertainment.

I live in Beachwoods now and plan to continue to call it home. There is absolutely nothing in the Lingo proposal that benefits me or anyone other than the Lingos. After a thorough analysis of our community's response to the Lingo plan, it is clear that there is virtually no support for this ill-conceived proposal.

While I was reviewing the DelDOT study, I noticed for the first time that subject area for this project abuts Route 24. From the original proposal presented by the Lingo organization in January and subsequent meetings, I have been unsuccessful in getting an answer to any of my questions regarding the suitability of this “resort” for our communities.

I have a new question today. If the Lingo organization is aware that access to their proposed RV park could be available off Route 24, why would their proposals recommend directing RV traffic to unsuitable and unsafe country lanes without shoulders and dangerous curves?

It's time for answers. It's clear that this RV park offers nothing to Sussex County. Our neighbors have made it clear that they are overwhelmingly against this project. We settled here because it was the right place for our families to live and we believed that the zoning would protect us from the invasion proposed by the Lingo organization.

J. Todd Miller
Lewes

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