We don’t need a restaurant at Cape state park

October 4, 2022

I wholeheartedly agree with the Sept. 23 letter to the editor regarding the proposal to open a restaurant in Cape Henlopen State Park. I'm a native of New Jersey and have watched the commercialization sprawl along the shoreline leaving a couple of my favorite wild, open spaces like Long Beach Island and Island Beach State Park as two of the only relatively pristine coastal beaches left. I have also been vacationing in the northernmost beaches of North Carolina for over 30 years, and regret much of the commercialization that has occurred.

It's absolutely critical that we in the Lewes area understand that once a community takes a step like the one proposed for Cape Henlopen, it's like letting the genie out of the bottle. It can't be stopped. It can't be reversed. And a certain natural, unspoiled beauty will be lost forever. Do we really need more boardwalks, neon signs and chain restaurants to impinge on a day of natural bliss?

Robert Griffiths
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