Proposed RV city a monstrous idea

April 4, 2013

I am writing this letter to express my opposition to the Lingo/Townsend RV city proposal. Before I tell you why I am opposed, I want to state that some of my fondest memories have been my camping vacations. I was a Girl Scout camp certified leader and have tent camped for years with family and friends. I hold no ill will towards anyone who camps in an RV or tent or cabin. I just don’t think this land is really suited for a sprawling RV city.


This plan includes 516 RV sites, 30 tents and 82 rental cabins, all within 162 acres. This type of density is totally incompatible with the surrounding area of residential communities and would be better suited for a rural area. To a previous writer who questioned why we would prefer a housing development rather than a campground where the trees would be left intact, I suggest you take a closer look and tell me how the developers are going to build a tiki bar, marina, community center, general store and several hundred RV spaces without cutting down trees.


My partner and I are full time residents at the nearby Retreat at Love Creek, having bought our house seven years ago. I, a transplant and she, a native of Sussex County, settled in this community for the peace and tranquility of the countryside, for the jobs we were fortunate to have here, and for the breath of fresh air by the ocean. We began setting our sights to our retirement goals and have no desire to move out of Sussex County. As a matter of fact, we felt a move to a smaller house would be the right move for us for both financial and long-term health reasons.


We considered several other local communities - closer to the water, inland, for over-55-year-olds, water privileged and even condos or older homes in town - but we kept coming right back to our own neighborhood. That’s how much we love living here. We have a great community, fabulous neighbors and lots to keep everyone busy. So we purchased one of the last lots and are building a house right around the corner from where we are living today.


We hope we can sell our current house, but all of the publicity about RV city seems to have affected the traffic of potential buyers for our house. Some Realtors have even commented that this RV development may be detracting some prospective buyers from even considering this neighborhood. When we moved here, we knew there would be development, but we expected it to be in character with the other housing developments. We never dreamed that developers would try and change the zoning to build a monstrous RV city!


The Townsend and Lingo families have lived in this area for many years. If they responded to the outpouring of opposition that the local residents have to their plan, they would do the right thing and withdraw their application and submit it for a more suitable location.


Sherry L. Berman


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