‘Delawareans by choice’ are all welcome

March 25, 2022

We, as coastal area citizens, fortunately, enjoy a beautiful ocean environment with a fair, tolerant society for all. Yes, we can do better, albeit, the future looks hopeful and the vision is clear. 

Lately, one notes various opinion pieces commenting negatively on the influx of folks moving into eastern Sussex, settling into their “sunset years.” Most arrive here after a successful life’s work of contributing to society in a significant fashion. Many retirees come from Boston, New York City, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, D.C., and points elsewhere to here, one of the top 10 retirement destinations in America.  

These unsung heroes are worldly, educated, well to do, and are prime examples of successful lives! To a larger extent, they blend in quickly, giving back time, energy and monies to the local communities without hesitation, asking little in return. 

After looking at the census and supporting statistics, it is noteworthy that these retired “Delawareans by choice” appear to now be the majority resident in the beach areas. This influx has hit the tipping point; coastal citizens need to amplify their own voice and seat at the table in Dover.  

This movement is significant. It is changing the upside potential of coastal Sussex County, bringing a tremendous talent pool of ideas, energy and leaders to move into the future.  

To the above, I say, welcome to the dance, pull up a chair. 

John (Jack) Bucchioni 
Candidate, Delaware State Senate District 6 
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