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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 5 - MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 7 Letters )) Continued frompage 6 one." Delaware Senate Bill 6 would increase the minimum wage to not less than $8 per hour effective July 1, and not less than $8.75 per hour effective July 1, 2014. Ask your legislators to vote for Senate Bill 6. It's the right thing to do - and it's time. Beth Doty Rehoboth Beach There are many reasons to deny RV park I am writing to express my opposition to and concern about the propoSed Love Creek RV Resort and Campground, a large transient recreational develop- ment that would be bounded by Mulberry Knoll Road, Cedar Grove Road and Ward Road, now a quiet residential area adjacent to my home. The proposed project is out of character with the surrounding area. The campground with 628 proposed campsites is a Commer- cial venture that has no broad- based Support, no economic ben- efit to the local community and is inconsistent: withuses provided in the county's AR-1 zoning. This is a uniquely sensi- tive area with wetlands that are home to two rare species. Land-disturbing activities, such as this proposal, will have a significant environmental and natural impact. According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Eastern tiger salamander and the barking tree frog live on the site. Jason Beale of the Del vare Nature Society said that there are only five places in the state that the eastern tiger salamander can be found, and this site is one of them. If this site is developed, that uniqueness will be lost. An increase in this intensity of use will destroy the unique quali- ties of the area, specifically the wildlife that is intolerant of human Because of its proxim- ity to Love Creek and wetlands, DNREC officials call the parcel an environmentally sensitive area that should be preserved and not developed. The 516 RV sites, 82 cabins, an amphitheater, welcome center, fitness center, laundry, club- house, general store, several pavilions, swimming pool and tiki bar, plus paved roads would create an extraordinary amount of impervious surface, in turn creating a hazardous potential of flooding and runoff into Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmen- tal Control has recommended Rehoboth Bay and its tributaries as critical areas. Ecologically important wetlands help absorb flood water and provide exten- sive habitat for flora and fauna, and have great impact on water quality and natural habitats. Very careful control of stormwater runoff is an especially important concern to keep sediment and other pollutants out of the bay. The bay has suffered sig- nificant loss of its marsh fringe through development. The ecological health and productiv- ity of the bay and its tributaries must be conserved. The sur- rounding wetlands represent an essential link in the life cycle of the fish in the marshes, estuaries, and offshore waters of Delaware. Wetlands contribute to better water quality and coastal stabili- zation. It is important that public and private wetlands are pre- served and protected to prevent despoliation and destruction. The position of DNREC is that the whole parcel should be permanently protected from de- velopment because of its proxim- ity to Love Creek. I am also concerned about the. lack of infrastructural demand. There is no talk of noise abate- ment, police patrols, emergency Inland Bays Foundation hard at work he Inland Bays Foundation has been involved with promoting the res- toration of the Inland Bays to their once "fishable" and "swimmable" conditions, and with promoting improve- ments in the quality of life in eastern Sussex County for a little over one year. Since our formation, the board of directors has had as invited guests to speak at their meetings Secretary Collin O'Mara (DNREC); Deputy Secretary David Small (DNREC); Secretary Ed Kee (DOA); Chris Bason, execu- tive director of the Center for the Inland Bays; Shawn Garvin, EPA regional administrator, Region III; and Ken Kristl, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener University School of Law. We sponsored a public forum Aug. 9, 2012, with guest speakers Nick DiPasquale, director of EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program, and John Schneider, program administrator for DNREC's Water Quality Assessment Pro- gram. We have reviewed hundreds of docu- ments dealing with Inland Bays and Sussex County issues, sent 17 letters to Sussex County Council, DNREC, EPA, Corps of Engineers, Delaware legislators andGov. Markell. We have also met with officials at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and have presented testimony at five DNREC public hearings and one coun- ty council meeting. We have made numerous presentations to local service organizations and other environmental groups. We are extremely knowledgeable regarding the issues that are causing adverse impacts to our Inland Bays and are leading to a deteriora- tion in the quality of life in Sussex County. We are proud of the work we have accomplished to date and hope that others will join us to see that the the Inland Bays and their tributaries are removed from the state of Delaware's list of impaired waters and to hold Sussex County Council accountable for adhering to its state- approved land-use plan. I would urge all residents, vacationers, business owners and local officials to visit our website - www.inlandbaysfoundation.org, click on 'News' and read the detailed testimo- ny that I presented to Delaware House of Rep- resentative's Natural Resources Committee ]an. 16, and to the Delaware Senate's Natural Resources and Environmental Control Com- mittee Jan. 23. I can promise that you will find the information that I presented a reas6n to get involved with environmental issues in Sus- sex County and to ensure that Sussex County is governed in accordance with established rules and regulations. As my testimony will clearly show, the In- land Bays are not', as some pro-uncontrolled- growth organizations would lead you to believe, cleaning themselves up, and Sussex County government is making decisions that, maybe slowly, will certainly lead to a deterio- ration in the quality of life in Sussex County. Please join us in our sincere efforts. William F. Moyer president Inland Bays Foundation Inc. response, sewer capacity, sub- leasing restrictions, and most important, the narrow roads approaching from the west. Ed Hughes Lewes Sussex won't profit from Love Creek RV city I am a resident of the Retreat at Love Creek in Lewes and, am writing to express my strong opposition to the proposed Love Creek RV Resort and Camp- grouod. There are numerous flaws with this proposal includ- ing, but not limited to, traffic and road remediation by the develop- er, environmental issues includ- ing noise pollution, the need for increased police patrol and emergency response resources and sewage disposal and water supply. You will hear much about these concerns from area residents, but I want to focus on the negative financial implica- tions that the RV park will have on Sussex County. When you analyze the short- and long-term financial impact of the proposed development, it becomes apparent that approval of the proposal is not in the best interests of Sussex County and its residents. If this parcel were to be developed as a residential community, it would provide significant initial and ongoing revenue streams to the county. If this property were to be devel- oped as an RV campground, the Continued on page 8 arma seeing In 2023, just 10 years from now, state officials expect their Indian River Marina to start making serious money for Delaware. That's when an $8.85 million loan from the state's 21st Century Parks Endowment will be paid back. By that time, when the inlet area has fully completed its transition from bridge con- struction zone to a dynamic recreation area with two campgrounds, two bathhouses, wide ocean beaches, water- front promenades, bicycle and walking trails and playgrounds, officials expect the inlet and marina area to become a major destination for Delaware. Greg Abbott, administration and support section manager for Delaware's parks, said state parks people attended the an- nual RV show in Hershey, Pa,, last September. "There were about 42,000 people in atten- dance. The largest show in the east. We had a booth there and it's amazing how many out- of-state visitors came up to us saying how much they loved Delaware Seashore State Park." In an interview last week, Abbott said the marina still has $6.45 million to pay back to the state but has never missed an annual payment and receives no operating subsidies from the state. The payments include principal and 4 percent inter- est. "The marina is part of Delaware Seashore State Park," said Abbott, "but it's a separate business enterprise that is com- pletely self-supporting includ- ing debt service." The $2 million annual budget supports seven employees year-round and another 13 dur- ing the summer months. They help manage and maintain the 274-wet-slip marina, the 160 or so berths in the dry-storage facility, buildings that house bait and tackle, seafood and fuel service operations, and a fish-cleaning station next to two head boats that operate out of the marina. The marina op- eration also overgees cottages along Indian River Inlet that are filled to capacity during the season. "We're still plugging away at the payments. It's pretty amazing considering that we were just getting rolling here when the economy was going south. It's been the worst pos- sible conditions, but we're still THERESA MOSIER manages Indian she says activity is on the upswing. making those payments," said Abbott. Not that the economy didn't bruise the marina. Manager Theresa M0sier, who Abbott credits for keeping the marina afloat during the tough time, River DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Marina. After several tough years, used a one-word adjective to describe her feelings about the fact that only 174 out of 274 wet slips are currently spoken for. "Horrible." Continued on page 8