Please preserve Cape Henlopen State Park

November 18, 2022

As a lifetime member of the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, member of the Sussex Bird Club and user of the park, I'm writing on behalf of those without a voice: the piping plovers, the red knots, the osprey, resident eagles, thousands of birds and raptors that migrate through the park each fall and spring, deer, fox, raccoons, possum, squirrels, etc. Their lives will be turned on end with the increased traffic, lights and exhaust from the large food supply trucks, beverage trucks, garbage trucks and patron vehicles (all day and past dusk), the increased lights on the outside and within the proposed restaurant. There are many studies showing how increased lights at night can affect migration patterns. 

There are plenty of restaurant options in Lewes and on Route 1. I can agree that the concession stand and restrooms need to be updated, but building the proposed restaurant is not the answer! 

Don't we have enough development that is erasing our beloved agricultural lands and mature forests? I'm beginning to think developers won't be happy until all open space is gone!

Please say no, no, no to building a commercial restaurant in Cape Henlopen State Park! Save this pristine nature oasis for the wildlife and humans who use it daily. 

Donna L. West
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