Criticism of proposed RV park unfounded

February 1, 2013

Just attended the RV/campground zoning change hearing in Sussex County.  Standing room only! I was very neutral about the issue, even though I live  close by and travel all these exact roads everyday.  The lawyers, engineers and owners for the proposed park were very thorough, made very good points concerning these roads, laid out a very fine project, all of which won me over.  Looks like a first class RV campground. It will blend in with the area and have very little environmental impact. Looks like it will mostly be hidden in the woods.

I can appreciate the concern for the adjacent homeowners with the value of their $300-400k homes being impacted as was the situation at 3 Seasons Park next to Rehoboth County Club. For many of us, our first contact with coastal Sussex was through RVing or camping. We all did not start out with large permanent houses.

It has been many years since I camped here. Many times I dragged a RV trailer down here and there was no vacancy signs everywhere. Private campgrounds at Three Seasons, Sandy Cove were closed and the Inlet campground overflow was eliminated. Not being able to preplan keeps you out of Cape Henlopen and Indian River State campgrounds. They are filled for the season by March. Could use another private campground around here.

Pertaining to local traffic impact, mentioned so many times at the hearing, I will say I have refueled hundreds of times at the northbound WAWA and never observed or was delayed by an RV coming out Wolf Neck Road from Big Oaks campground just a stones throw away. So much misinformation at this hearing, I had to leave after hearing a civic association officer say the population of the fledgling RV park will surpass the entire city  of Lewes in a very short time!

Walt Cunningham

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