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10 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 VIEWPOINTS cape Gazette negative impact that this proi- County residents and future visi- Letters )) eeL will have on traffic and the tors will be forced to continually environment, Councilman Sam regret that decision. Please vote Contlnu0d from pag0 O Wilg0n grid in a Nov. 7 story n0! It is time to finallyput this have been planned or approved: published in the Cape Gazette, issue to rest. Thank you. A new 600-phs-student el- that he wondered if Sussex Dan and Marie Abeam ementary school located near County was already full and that Lewes an existing fnlly enrolled middle school, a new development at Winswept Stables with 81 units, a Coastal Club development with I~arly 630 homes, an LC Homes oiect at Love Creek with oCeer 200 homes, a Cedar Grove velopment with 25 homes and proposed new facility for the Delaware State Police. If you ere to consider only these proj- e?cts, the immediate increase in the traffic generated by that many a tditional residents, students, and lice activity alone will more than cause gridlock on an already strained road infrastructure that will be unable to sustain that type of growth without major road ad- ditions and improvements. ;i Furthermore, if you were to add a 625-plus-site RV resort, with oversized vehicles, many the size of a city bus, you'd be creating ongoing traffic paralysis for nearly half of the year as the proposed operating schedule of the RV park is purported to be from March to October. This time period will cause at least a four-month overlap of school and RV operations, during which both use the same heavily trafficked and narrow roads simultaneously. And as you know, the proposed RV site will be within two-and-a- half miles of both fully enrolled elementary and middle schools that will utilize buses and most likely increase the number of walkers, Besides the major traffic con- cerns, there are environmental issues, dangerous safety consid- erations, evacuation planning obstacles in the event of major storms, an increased need for public services, an existing overstrained sewer system that is nearing capacity, loss of potential revenue from transfer taxes plus the fact that this proposal will be situated in the middle of quiet residential communities that are obviously not compatible with this proposed land use. To add more credence to the "he is tired of trying to maneu- ver his car and farm equipment on clogged Sussex roads." How might he react if an additional 600-plus RV vehicles started driving by his property as well? Some of the country roads to get access to the Love Creek Park are as narrow and winding as his must be and are probably more heavily trafficked. How can he possibly vote yes with good conscience to this potential nightmare to the nearby residents when he himself is disgusted with his own traffic situation? Additionally, in an interview aired on WBOC Nov. 17, Bob Wheatley, who is the chairman of the Sussex Planning & Zoning Commission, questioned why the vote on this project has taken so long. He inferred that it was "politics," and the probable im- pact that it would have had on the elections. By that, he implied that there would have been negative consequences to the candidates if the vote had happened before the elections. So in other words, he thinks that there was enough voter op- position to this project that the vote was postponed until after the election. That could mean that some might possibly be planning to ignore the wishes of the majority of the citizens they supposedly represent. Remem- ber, the issue being voted on is that the developer is applying for a zoning change in an area that had for many years been designated as AR-1. Most of the nearby residents who settled in the surrounding communities relied on that fact and purchased their homes expecting a non- commercial environment. Thus, the council is voting on whether or not that change in land use is appropriate and it is not, based on all of the above mentioned issues. Finally, we ask that the county council fully consider the facts of this project and recognize that if they vote yes, many of Sussex A tribute to Lillian Bourne's vision It was certainly sad to hear of the recent passing of Lillian Bourne. Lillian was a wonderful and giving person, and will al- ways be remembered for her vol- unteer work at Beebe Healthcare. We will never forget the "vision" she had, when she developed a plan for a thrift store to benefit Beebe. She presented her plan to the foundation board, and it was approved and turned over to the auxiliary for implementation. The rest is history! If not for Lillian's idea and persistence, the Beebe Thrift Store would not exist today. Even though others took credit, the concept was hers - and, as a result, the thrift store has raised more funds for the auxiliary and hospital than ever expected. I, along with many other volun- teers, am proud to know that we helped Lillian's dream become re- ality. Thank you, Lillian - we will never forget you - we will never forget your "vision" - and we will never forget your plan. We will miss you - rest in peace! 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