Stop the Cape Henlopen State Park restaurant

November 25, 2022

The following letter was sent to state and local officials with a copy provided to the Cape Gazette for publication. 

We are writing to you, as full-time residents of Lewes, to voice our strong opposition to DNREC's plan to put in a restaurant at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The restaurant plan contradicts the DNREC mission that is posted on its website, which states that DNREC "envisions a Delaware that offers a healthy environment where people embrace a commitment to the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the environment in their daily lives.”

How would a restaurant help protect, enhance and increase enjoyment of the environment at Cape Henlopen State Park? It won't. Not with its proposed location right next to Hawk Watch and the negative impact this location will have on bird migration and wildlife. Not with the damage it will do to beach erosion and protected dunes. Not with the increase of traffic, noise and light pollution.

Please stop this ill-considered restaurant plan and save Cape Henlopen State Park.

Kim and Mark Ash


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