When is it enough to Lewes on overdevelopment
Now that we have two new Lewes Council members, it’s time to start addressing the lingering issues that have been ignored, specifically:
1. With the most recent decision to reassess property values, it is time to make changes to allow all taxpaying homeowners within the town of Lewes to vote in strategic elections for city council. It is a taxation without representation like the Boston Tea Party.
2. Due to sea level rise concerns, the Lewes sewage treatment facility is located in a tidal wetland and pumps effluent into a waterway that flows to the beach. by Lewes. The sewage sludge tanks are at ground level. This installation must be relocated and / or the effluent must be redirected. How about an ocean outfall like Rehoboth, or better yet indoor spray irrigation and / or indoor rapid infiltration basins to restore our aquifers with potable water.
3. BPW’s persistent lawsuit against city council has become very costly with legal fees exceeding $ 400,000. Can we fix this mess now?
4. The public fecal contamination of Lewes Beach due to the lack of toilets between Savannah Road and Roosevelt Inlet must end. Council is expected to make an order like Rehoboth Beach regarding public defecation on Lewes Beach. There is an order on Lewes Beach for dogs, but none for humans.
5. Allowing parking on Lewes Beach is a must; free parking for all on Lewes beach is not acceptable. All day long, users park in the streets, on bicycle paths and on public and private land. A thorough carrying capacity study should be done in the same way as Cape Henlopen National Park, which closes when full.
6. Cars parked in the cycle lanes of Cedar Street create a hazardous environment for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Designate cycle lanes as cycle lanes and not as open parking spaces that create dangerous blind spots and entice pedestrians and cyclists to ride on the roadway. The Delaware Department of Transportation has initiated a parking restriction along Cape Henlopen Drive to protect pedestrians and cyclists; they should do the same on Cedar Street.
7. The Lewes Beach investigation revealed a flagrant encroachment on town property without consequences; maybe council can reclaim their property, designate authorized parking spaces and generate income.
8. Overdevelopment causes overtourism; both create a serious infrastructure situation that must be addressed before it is too late. When is enough, enough?