Park restaurant violates Warner Grant

November 18, 2022

The following letter was sent to Gov. John Carney, DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, Rep. Steve Smyk and Lewes Mayor Andrew Williams with a copy provided to the Cape Gazette for publication. 

I have recently learned that the building of a restaurant on the dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park is under consideration. It is my understanding that this would be in violation of Section 5 of the Warner Land Trust Grant that clearly states, "Said lands must be administered for the public benefit as areas of public recreation, conservation and/or nature education and may not be used for private benefit to the detriment of such public benefit, subject, however, to use for railroad purposes existing at the time of this act."

I have spoken to many of my neighbors and not one of them thinks this is a good idea. They have expressed concern with loss of habitat, disruption of bird migration, noise, erosion, alcohol use, light pollution and crowding of an already very busy area.  

I urge all to lend whatever influence you may have with DNREC to request reconsideration of this plan.  

Brenda M. Afzal


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