DNREC protects natural resources, not financial resources

June 2, 2023

I would like to commend the Cape Gazette for taking an editorial stand that is consistent with the opinions of the extremely energized group of about 1,000 concerned citizens who jammed the auditorium of Cape Henlopen High School last December. Those in attendance were overwhelmingly opposed to the degradation of the pristine dune by constructing a commercial establishment that was totally inconsistent with everything Cape Henlopen State Park represents. Senate Bill 6 was introduced by Sen. Russ Huxtable to protect the park with the bipartisan support of elected officials.  

The proposed legislation is receiving pushback from unelected DNREC staff that appear to be much more interested in keeping the door open to new, potential revenue sources than protecting the crown jewel of Delaware State Parks. SB 6 clarifies and strengthens the Warner Grant, which will keep the park and the current level of operations in place. Improving and updating existing infrastructure and service facilities is not being opposed. DNREC should remember its name contains the words “natural resources” not “financial resources.” And, if they need additional revenue, they should appeal to the General Assembly, not to new vendor/business relationships to generate the revenue. We must preserve and protect this wonderful asset and let our elected, not appointed, officials guide the future of Cape Henlopen State Park.

Doug Spelman


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